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Fifth annual Downtown Eastside powwow shifts focus to future generations

Regalia-clad dancers and a "we support Standing Rock" banner filled Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park Sunday for the fifth annual Downtown Eastside powwow on Sunday.

The focus of the celebration shifted this year from elders to children, a move that's not only part of a four-year cycle of change but also symbolizes looking to the future.

"We're big supporters of Standing Rock. I think it ties in so nicely with the powwow because that's what they're standing up for -- it's the future generations," said Patrick Smith with Culture Saves Lives.

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Fight for affordable housing in Vancouver intensifies as units sit empty

Pressures for affordable housing continue to rise in Vancouver as the city saw two housing rallies take place over the weekend.

The first drew a crowd of 50 activists on Friday, who gathered outside of Vancouver's City Hall to demand that affordable housing be made a priority in the municipality. The rally was organized by COPE, the Coalition of Progressive Electors, which calls for investments in co-ops and social housing, zoning for rent controls and enforcement of health standards in buildings.

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Indigenous resistance grows as Standing Rock solidarity actions continue

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Yesterday afternoon nearly 100 demonstrators marched through downtown Toronto to protest the North Dakota Access Pipeline marking Toronto's third solidarity demonstration with Standing Rock.

The $3.8 billion pipeline would extend from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to carry around 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day through South Dakota, Iowa, and into Illinois.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and hundreds of other Indigenous communities across North America have since joined the resistance.  

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Standing up for Standing Rock rally focuses attention on Indigenous resistance

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Solidarity demonstrators gathered outside of the United States consulate in Toronto yesterday morning to support the Standing Rock Sioux community protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Members of the Dakota and Lakota nations established the Sacred Stone encampment near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers to protest the pipeline, a $3.8 billion project that extends through Indigenous burial grounds.

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CUPW and Canada Post reach tentative agreements for postal workers

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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post have tentatively agreed to new working conditions for Canada's posties.

The two parties announced last night two separate tentative agreements -- lasting two years -- had been drawn up for CUPW's 50,000 urban, and rural and suburban mail carriers, respectively.

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Postal workers postpone planned strike action for 24 hours

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Postal workers have postponed planned strike action for a day as mediated negotiations with Canada Post continue into another week.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 51,000 postal workers across its urban and rural and suburban mail carrier units, extended its 72-hour strike deadline about an hour before it was due to expire at 12 am Monday. 

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'The system isn't broken -- it was built this way!' Black Lives Matter Toronto rally on SIU's doorstep

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The criminal justice and police oversight systems in Canada aren't malfunctioning. They were designed to disproportionately criminalize communities of colour. So Black Lives Matter Toronto is saying: shut it down.

On the one-month anniversary of police killing Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old Somali-Canadian man, outside his Ottawa home, Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapters rallied in seven cities across Canada.

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Not quite back to school for Mexican teachers

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Teachers in four Mexican states refused to head back to school on Monday as the teacher-led movement against President Enrique Peña Nieto's impeding education reform ramps up with ongoing strikes and renewed road blockades.

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Canada's immigration policies are killing people

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Last week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled a $138-million budget for developing "alternatives to [immigration] detention," including $10.5 million dedicated to bettering health services in detention facilities.

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Goodale invests $138 million to upgrade indefinite detention, not reform it

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On Monday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the federal government would be pouring $138 million into upgrading immigration detention facilities across Canada. Two detention centres, in Quebec and British Columbia, will also be replaced.

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