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Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Action PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 06 February 2020 12:32


RCMP RAID IN PROGRESS - Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Action TOMORROW. 8 AM,
Friday, Feb 7th @ Centennial Square 

Early today the RCMP began militarized raids against Wet'suwet'en land defenders in defiance of Wet'suwet'en law, the Province's commitment to UNDRIP, and  the Wiggus negotiation process.

We cannot stand idly by while governments enact colonial violence in our names. Tomorrow, we take to the streets. Rally, march and disruption. Friday, 8 AM, Centennial Square (City Hall), Victoria – Bring Noise Makers. Bring banners. Bring friends.
Together, we fight back..

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2020 08:43
Oak Bay, B.C., moves ahead with experimental deer control program PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:44

Vancouver Island community hopes to launch first deer birth control program in Canada

Emily Brass · CBC News - February 23, 2018

The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society is overseeing the deer control project, which aims to capture 20 does before fawning season begins in late March. (CBC )

The community of Oak Bay, on southern Vancouver Island, is moving ahead with an experimental project to control urban deer using a contraceptive that has been used on the wild horse population in Alberta.

The district has partnered with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society, which is overseeing the project. It aims to capture 20 does before fawning season begins in late March.

The group is now sedating and putting collars on the animals, equipped with tracking devices. The team is also taking blood, fecal and DNA samples.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 February 2018 10:19
understanding civil resistance and songs of resistance PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:33

Wednesday, Nov. 22 @ 7:30 pm

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

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You're invited to Songs of Resistance, a night of music and solidarity, featuring radical troubadour David Rovics with a special appearance by Swedish artist Elona Planman. 

Tickets available in advance for $15 at: songs of resistance David Rovics in concert tickets or $20 at the door. No one turned away.  Don't miss the discussion prior to the concert, starting at 6:30 pm, on the topic "Understanding Civil Resistance".

Please help spread the word & see you on November 22nd!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:42
Saanich Inlet First Nations united in fight against proposed LNG plant PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 10 July 2016 09:56


MARCH 2, 2016 06:00 AM


The Saanich Peninsula First Nations are promising a battle on the land, the sea and in the courtroom if Steelhead LNG plans to go ahead with a liquefied natural gas plant on the former Bamberton development lands.

Standing on Tsartlip First Nation land looking across Saanich Inlet at the site of the former cement factory where Steelhead envisions its project, the chiefs of the Saanich Peninsula nations — Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum and Pauquachin, known collectively as WSANEC — made it clear they are united in opposition.

“We wanted to make a strong impact statement to make sure our statement is heard ... we are making it well known that we oppose LNG in our territory,” said Chief Rebecca David of the Pauquachin First Nation. “The decisions and choices we make today affect the next seven generations. We are trying to protect the water and the lands of our future children.”

David said opposition to the project seems to have fallen on deaf ears at the Steelhead offices.

Victoria councillors are calling for wethical investments PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 07:40

JANUARY 12, 2015 09:31 PM

Jeremy Loveday and Ben Isitt, pictured during the municipal election campaign in October, are calling for more ethical investing by the City of Victoria.   Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist


Victoria councillors Jeremy Loveday and Ben Isitt hope to encourage more ethical investments of city dollars.

The two, in co-operation with the University of Victoria Student Society, are hosting a town-hall meeting tonight to explore alternatives to the current situation, in which municipal funds are invested in pooled portfolios largely out of the city’s control.

Right now, the city’s capital reserves of about $120 million and short-term assets are invested in the portfolios, administered by the Municipal Finance Authority through fund manager Philips, Hager & North Ltd., along with funds from other municipal governments. “So the city has no control, beyond that the funds go to the MFA,” Isitt said. “I guess in a delegated way we do have representation on the MFA through the [Capital] Regional District.”

Isitt said a concern he has, for example, is that Philips, Hager & North has taken the position that investment in the oilsands is consistent with the principles of socially responsible investing.

“Many people have a different view,” Isitt said. The purpose of the town hall, he said, is to explore how to ensure city funds are being used “as a force for good rather than for harm” in terms of environmental and social issues.

“We do know that [the MFA] pooled fund includes investments in Enbridge and Trans Mountain Pipeline and other oil and gas industries, which many members of the public think aren’t the best destination for public dollars,” he said. “We believe it’s important to invest the public’s money in enterprises that advance, rather than undermine, social justice and the environment.”

Unfortunately, Isitt said, the city’s discretion is limited legislatively.

He said he’d like to see amendments by provincial legislature to allow local governments to invest responsibly. “The city’s had an investment policy on its books for about a decade that includes a very clear commitment to socially responsible investing where possible,” he said. “Unfortunately it’s the ‘where possible’ that’s the legislative straitjacket that we’re in.’ ”

Speakers at the event include Kelsey Mech, chair of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Nathalie Chambers of the Farmland Protection Coalition, and peace activist and former Green party leader Joan Russow.

The event is planned for 7 p.m. tonight at the Downtown Community Centre, 955 Pandora.

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- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-councillors-call-for-the-city-to-make-ethical-investments-1.1728773#sthash.OuCBIoH7.dpuf
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