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Support for Ontario court decision on harmful sex worker laws

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September 28, 2010

MP Libby Davies Welcomes Superior Court Ruling Striking Down Harmful Laws

Ottawa- Vancouver East MP Libby Davies welcomes the landmark Ontario Superior Court ruling striking down Canada's laws surrounding prostitution noting the laws are substantially "increasing the risk of harm" to sex workers.

"This is a long overdue victory for some of Canada's most vulnerable women," said Davies. "The ruling is in line with the 2006 findings of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Solicitation Laws, showing that current laws are hurting sex workers," said Davies whose Private Member's Motion was the impetus for the sub-committee.

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Asia Pacific Currents

What happened after Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh?

February 15, 2014
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific region and an interview with Colin Long about his recent solidarity visit to Bangladesh.
Length: 27:30 minutes (12.59 MB)
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Sour gas wells allowed within 100 metres of schools

January 29, 2014
| The natural gas industry is growing rapidly in B.C. Much of the gas contains dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide. A new report finds serious problems with current safety provisions.
Length: 11:33 minutes (10.58 MB)

Sorry, when it comes to nuclear safety, we won’t shut up and keep quiet.

| December 21, 2013

How to stay safe as a human rights defender

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Those who defend human rights are often on the frontlines of the action. As a result, they see great violence and face great danger.

Caring for yourself while you are organizing for human rights is essential. It is important to keep your own safety in mind!

This workbook includes advice on how to maintain your safety and security in various activist situations as a human rights defender:

-making a security plan

-supporting other human rights defenders

-analyzing risk

-keeping your computer and phone secure

-avoiding lawsuits and defending yourself against defamation

-dealing with police

 

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Let us not forget the Bangladesh disaster

Nothing will erase from my mind's eye the picture of long lines of young women, snaking along the road, in rain or shine going to work in the many, many garment factories to be found all over Dhaka, crammed into every kind of structure, from one time apartments, to tenements to sheds.

Every now and then, colour coded plastic raincoats spoke to the small largesse of some factory management, but on the whole, if it rained they walked soaking. Quietly. Purposively.

This amazing fortitude was also demonstrated in the survival in the recent Rana Plaza tragedy -- which was particularly horrific because it was avoidable.

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National Day of Mourning: Past sacrifice, present struggle

| April 26, 2013
Redeye

Tanker safety plan called an insult to British Columbians

April 18, 2013
| Last month the federal government announced their new plans to increase safety as tankers carrying tar sands crude oil travel the B.C. coast. Eoin Madden says the plan is an insult.
Length: 16:20 minutes (14.96 MB)

Open letter to Facebook: B.C. advocates push for safe social media

| November 16, 2012

29th Annual Injured Workers Rally: Save Our Workers' Compensation System!

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location

Queens Park
Queens Park Circle
Toronto
Canada
Phone: 416 461 2411
Fax: 416 461 7138
43° 39' 47.0808" N, 79° 23' 35.538" W

Ontario's worker's compensation system is under attack. Drastic changes have been proposed, while others have already been implemented. The result of these changes is increased poverty, marginalization and uncertainty for disabled workers.

Please join injuured workers, their advocates, organized labour, migrant workers and others for a fun filled and educational rally that aims to stop the cuts to disabled workers. Stand up to our elected representatives and WSIB officials whose actions have continued to injure and already injured segment of our population.

This is an important part of our social contract, one worth fighting for. After all, we all have the potential to be injured at work.

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