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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.

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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.

Related rabble.ca story:

Why is B.C. considering referendums on pipelines?

| November 15, 2013

Sensible BC takes big strides in the campaign to decriminalize marijuana

When I launched Sensible BC back in September 2012, it seemed like a long shot to think we could succeed in a campaign for a provincial marijuana referendum. But we have had incredible success and good luck since then, and now we are within reach of getting the signatures we need to force a vote on decriminalization right here in British Columbia.

The Sensible Policing Act

The Sensible BC campaign is centred around our proposed legislation, called the Sensible Policing Act. This law does four specific things, all of which are within provincial jurisdiction.

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Reconciliation Week wraps up in Vancouver

Photo: Province of British Columbia.
Politicians and First Nations leaders took part in the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Vancouver.

Related rabble.ca story:

Why is Big Oil funding Reconciliation Week events in Vancouver?

From September 18-21, 2013, the 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' (TRC) is holding an event in British Columbia as part of its Canada-wide effort "to promote awareness and public education about the Residential School system and its impacts". Simultaneously a fairly new organization named 'Reconciliation Canada' is organizing some events of its own to coincide with TRC's event in BC. These events include a "Reconciliation Walk" and an "All Nations Canoe Gathering".

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Metro Vancouver transit referendum opens up opportunities for organizing

In April, during the election campaign she was expected to lose, B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark announced that she would hold a referendum on transit funding in Greater Vancouver. The announcement did not attract much attention at the time, as most did not think she would have the chance to follow through.

After her surprise election victory, both Clark and rookie Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone have repeated the commitment to hold a vote in conjunction with, or before, the November 2014 municipal elections.

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Derrick O'Keefe

Nestlé's bottled water scam shows we need to curb corporate power in B.C.

| September 4, 2013

Solidarity assemblies required: Ikea's union-busting lockout reaches two months

Ikea, that family-friendly darling of home decor and Swedish innocence is trying to break its union, Teamsters Local 213.

They have locked out their workers in Richmond, BC for two months now, while deciding to bargain in reverse: start with a pathetic offer, then as time goes by, if locked out workers don't come back, the concessions and contract stripping increase!

By the way, Ikea's 2011 profit was $3.85 billion. Profit, not revenue. Again, not enough money for the family-owned company! Its founder is worth $52 billion.

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