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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.

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Irene Lanzinger new B.C. Federation of Labour president

Yesterday, union members from the B.C. Federation of Labour voted to elect Irene Lanzinger as their new president. Lanzinger edged out other front-runner Amber Hockin by 57 votes to become the first woman to lead the Federation.

The B.C Federation of Labour represents more than 500,000 union members from more than 1,100 unions working in every sector of the B.C. economy.

With 2,207 union delegates present, this was the largest convention in B.C. Federation of Labour history. 

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November 28, 2014 |
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Can a First Nations-led movement stop Big Oil?

Photo: Paulina Otylia

Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil?

The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The Pull Together initiative supports First Nations in B.C. who are taking to the courts to stop Enbridge's Northern Gateway project.

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November 7, 2014 |
B.C.'s child and family welfare system is at breaking point, with excessive caseloads putting vulnerable children, youth and families at risk, frontline workers reveal in a report.

Jobs! Money! Nope! Benefits of LNG exports grossly exaggerated

Photo: flickr/Chris Yakimov

In the 2013 provincial election, Christy Clark's Liberals promised that exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia would provide jobs and expand government revenues.

A year and a half later this boom is nowhere to be seen.

Fifteen liquefying plants and pipelines have been promoted. Six were reported to be on the verge of starting construction. But in early October, Petronas -- the company closest to seeking regulatory approval -- announced that it was considering shelving its proposal.

The Malaysian government-owned corporation wanted assurances that provincial and federal taxes and royalties would be kept low and that the company could bring in workers from abroad to construct and operate its facilities.

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