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Coalition aims to curb child labour in British Columbia

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When Jeni Mathers tells people that children as young as 12 are working on British Columbia's construction sites and factory floors, she gets some extreme reactions. "A lot of people are in denial about it. When we talk to them they're shocked, they're embarrassed, they say, 'That can't possibly be.'"

Mathers is one of several members of the B.C. Employment Standards Coalition who have been visiting community events across the province, raising awareness for what they, and many others, see as a huge problem. In B.C., any child under 15 can hold almost any job with little more regulation than a parent's permission note. These young workers are inexperienced, poorly protected and being injured on a regular basis.


Vancouver Mayor and City Council make waves with opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline

Kinder Morgan's plans would see close to one oil tanker a day passing through the narrows of Vancouver's harbour. (Photo: http://www.bcwaters.org/)
This week Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted to oppose Kinder Morgan's pipeline and oil tanker plans for this narrow harbour.

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Protests continue over luxury development on Coast Salish burial ground

Photo: John Cameron

Protests against the luxury home being built on Grace Islet, B.C. have continued over the course of this past week, with a group of activists erecting a mock house over graves in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria last Monday. Grace islet, which lies just off of Grace Point on Salt Spring Island, one of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland B.C., is just three quarters of an acre and is a known Coast Salish burial site, making the ongoing construction increasingly controversial.  


RESIST: The Unist'ot'en's Call to the Land

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RESIST: The Unist'oten's Call to the Land is a short documentary that was filmed in the summer of 2013 on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory, 1000 km north of Vancouver in northern B.C. (western Canada) over the duration of the fourth annual Environmental Action Camp, hosted by the Unist'ot'en (C'ihlts'ehkhyu/Big Frog) Clan.

B.C. aboriginal communities' simmering fury towards Enbridge and Harper

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Where I come from, people will spit at you if they think you support Enbridge. That's because we not only get the pipeline risk, but also the tanker risk, and the inevitable splashes that come with loading diluted bitumen into the tankers, which would mean constant micro-spills. Despite being bombarded with a lot of pretty ads reassuring us that our fears about tanker accidents are unjustified, the world-class tanker-safety system in the Douglas Channel, so far, amounts to one orange plastic triangle nailed to a tree.


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| June 19, 2014

Northern Gateway: Resistance continues

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“My personal view is that these pipelines are a joke. I mean they are not pipelines, they are spill lines. Every single one spills." -- Shannon McPhail, Executive Director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.


Protesters deliver simple message to Harper: 'No pipelines'

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On Tuesday night, numerous British Columbians rallied against the federal government's approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

According to the Global News, protesters gathered in downtown Vancouver to show their disapproval by carrying signs and chanting, "No pipelines," and "Defend Our Coast."


June 13, 2014 |
In a mandate letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, Premier Christy Clark has failed to stop the planned closure of the Victoria Youth Custody Services centre.
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