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Left Coast Events (pt ii) - Victoria & Islands - Dec 4 06 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 December 2006 13:09
Left Coast Events (pt ii) - Victoria & Islands - Dec 4 06

1.  Victoria School of Writing requests assistance
2.  Support Fair Trade This Christmas
3.  Friends of Friends of the Nemaiah Valley News
4.  Help Ban Offshore Oil & Gas Development
5.  Federal Government Moves to Further Restrict Women's Groups
6.  ACTION ALERT: Prevent the first private ER from opening in Vancouver
7.  CRD meets next Wednesday to decide on funding for cycling and walking projects

contributions, considerations, concerns:

*  from janine -- i hope y'all survived this winter's first snowstorm alright.  on the friday prior, i noticed the street newz bike trailer had been stolen.  all that remained was one tire, chained to the post behind the apartment building where i live.  food not bombs have had two of theirs stolen this year too.  are the poor so desperate they're stealing from the poor?  maybe if they'd stop creating poverty this wouldn't happen so often.  i'm not asking for money, though, my first annual fundraiser was very successful (thanks to givemeaning.org and everyone else) -- i'm in the process of tallying it up and will report the results soon.  this week i'm looking after a cat and her house, plus feeding the resident deer and birds, near prospect lake.  i have limited online capacity, so may not respond to email immediately.  i've seen some good movies through the snow and recommend 'spinning boris' - about three americans hired to manage the russian campaign that resulted in his election.  also 'breakfast on pluto' - about an irish baby abandoned in the 60s, and his adventures with cross-dressing and his search for his mother.  'prairie giant' is a historical documentary about tommy douglas and his many challenges attempting to implement health care and other progressive reforms including the 8 hour work day, 5 days a week.  i saw 'chumscrubbers' a while ago, a black comedy about rich suburban american teenagers.  and, as soon as 'manufacturing landscapes' is released to dvd, i recommend it as a must see.  thanks to the community for supporting all my alternative media work - http://relativenewz.ca - hope you're keeping warm, fed, and dry.

*  From: "Jane P. Brett" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

The Wednesday Night Peace Vigil has changed its meeting time in consideration of the oncoming cold winter, the lack of visibility and the precious ages and health of many of our members.  Beginning Wednesday, November 8th, we will meet in the same place (Cenotaph at the Legislature), but during the NOON HOUR: 12:00 - 1:00. Peace ambassadors are needed to greet international visitors and to respond to current world conflict issues (including disarmament, civilian casualties, nuclear terrorism). Bring your peaceful passion and share it with vigilers from around the world.  We will have been talking to Cohoe ferry passengers, other tourists and locals on a weekly basis since October 2001, when Canadian forces joined in support of the "humanitarian bombing" of Afghanistan. Come and witness with us the change in public opinion.  Imagine: War Never Again.  (477-1944 )

*  Falun Dafa (meditation) at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone, Wednesdays, 5-7 pm.  Also, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-noon, across from Beacon Hill petting zoo - all winter.  Free, everyone welcome.  995-1494, faluninfo.net

*  The Victoria Folk Music Society offers live music every Sunday night at 7:30 pm, 1110 Hillside.  Info: www.pacificcoast.net/~vfms

*  Victoria's Food Not Bombs is searching for volunteers to help prepare, cook, and clean-up on Sundays.  Serve your community, and eat good food.  383-5144 extension 1940.

*  From: "chaplain" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Sacred Paths?. Notices from UVic Interfaith Services. 
At the Interfaith Office we have worked hard to prepare excellent resources for spiritual development at UVic. We offer resources for spiritual learning, practice, community, and service.  Our website has been updated and is full of information on upcoming events, groups, speakers, retreats, student groups and discussion circles. Check it out!  http://web.uvic.ca/interfaith  To book an appointment to see one of the chaplains, phone 721-8338

*  From: "ken frenette" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Open Doors Choir, from Our Place, is performing:

Sunday Dec. 10th, Cadboro Bay Village Xmas concert
Sunday, Dec   17th, St. Savior's Church morning service
Monday   Dec  18th  1st Metropolitan Church... Our Place Xmas party, 2-4pm.
Friday    Dec  22nd  City Hall Nativity celebration  (check time)
May 3rd         2007 33rd annual Conference, Canadian Association of Music Therapy

From: "Janet Cho" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
 
This is a reminder that the closing date for nominations for the 2007
Victoria's Leadership Awards is Thursday, November 30, 2006. Attached you
will find a letter from Al Kemp, Chair of the Victoria's Leadership Awards
and this year's nomination form.

*  From: "rob mcdonald" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Hope you all can make it to the December 5th edition of our green coffee house.  As always, it'll be at QV's on the corner of government and fisgard at 6pm.  There'll be lots to talk about with the recent conclusion of the London bye-election, and the Liberal leadership race, as well as our recent wintery conditions and what our plans are for the holiday season.

*  From: "Ingmar Lee" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Thanks for the pics, Janine! We've heard about the snow, but hadn't realized how much there was. Is this a repeat of the blizzard of '96? It looks like the amount of snow that's there could get burnt off in a couple of hours of 'normal' Victoria weather. Just like you said in your article, 'snow job' [see http://relativenewz.ca ] the '96 blizzard was one of my favourite times in Vic, a time when I met all my neighbours for the first time. Tonight is our last night in Pondicherry. We'll have a few days in Madras, and then off to Burma for 20 days, then a week in Thailand, and then back to home, sweet home. We're all homesick and we miss our friends, and we're all looking forward to seeing you very much. Love and Peace, Ingmar

*  From: CODEPINK < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

CODEPINK gear is a great gift any time of the year. You can find a CODEPINK shirt for everyone in your circle, from Babies for Peace to Moms for Peace. Be sure to check out our new We Will Not Be Silent t-shirts in Arabic and English or Spanish and English. This timely phrase comes from the White Rose, a WWII non-violent resistance group in Germany which called for active resistance to the Nazi regime. Many travelers are now choosing to wear We Will Not Be Silent shirts in solidarity with Raed Jarrar, the Iraq Project Director for our sister organization Global Exchange, who was recently forced to change the Arabic shirt before boarding a plane in New York. http://democracyinaction.org

*  From: "John and Heather " < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Bristol- Myers is donating a dollar to AIDS everytimesomeone goes to theirwebsite and moves the match to the candle and lights it. Please forward this to your friends. It takes a second to raise a dollar.
https://www.lighttounite.org/

*  From: "Brasscheck TV" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

A Hollywood film about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is currently in movie theaters.  Like so many of the assassinations of progressive political leaders in the US during the 1960s, the murder of Robert Kennedy was characterized by a rush to judgement and the mishandling and sometimes outright destruction of evidence. New photographic and video evidence shows that three pro-war, anti-Kennedy CIA operatives normally based in Asia were inexplicably in the audience the night Kennedy was killed. This information was revealed for the first time recently on the BBC program "Newsnight."
http://www.brasscheck.com/videos/cia/cia5.html

*  From: Barry Carlson < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

HOORAY for women on horseback..!!!!!
http://video.google.nl/videoplay?docid=-4584913278289860160

*  From: Jeremy Williams < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

We need to let our government know there are other options to drugging children.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/canadianchildrensrights

*  From: Andrew MacLeod < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Please forward as you see fit. Band councillors, Bear Mountain, Langford and the province have reached an agreement in principle that would see the sacred cave destroyed. Money and land will change hands and there will be a new "First Nations casino" at the resort . . .
Details are at http://andrewmacleodclippings.blogspot.com/

*  From: Make Poverty History < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Please help us evaluate how we are doing and give us suggestions on how we can improve the Make Poverty History campaign. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to fill out. Your identity will remain anonymous and the campaign will not share your responses with other organizations.

*  From: Esther < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Healing Our Hearts & World - Play, Art, Drama, Sandtray Therapies
Coaching, Advocacy, EMDR, NVC.
Children/Couples/Family Therapy.
Esther Muirhead, B.S.W. M.Ed.
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 380-0036.

*  From: "Joanna Wilkinson" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

For all those on a journey to BEING peace I highly recommend At Hell's Gate; A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace by Claude Anshin Thomas. ISBN1-59030-271-0 (paperback)  This book was a gift, a most treasured one. I took advantage of the snow to indulge myself in this book. Because it is his story of healing it speaks directly to my heart. He says we all have our own war, our own Vietnam that can run our lives. Through the practice of mindfulness we can heal, what Eckhart Tolle calls our pain body. "we can live ourselves into a new way of thinking". We can stop war.

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1.  Victoria School of Writing requests assistance

Mayday! Mayday! VSW is in danger of becoming a statistic. Victoria Literary Arts Festival - gone.  Booming Ground Writers' Community - gone. ICA FolkFest - suspended.  Victoria School of Writing? It's up to us, the writers and readers with a stake in its survival.

VSW needs your help. We must meet a financial shortfall of $5,000 by the end of January and $15,000 by the end of August in order to stay open. We have some awesome winter courses and a great summer school lined up, but we need community support to ensure that these programs proceed.

John Gould, writer and long-time friend of VSW, sums up the school's importance this way. "VSW is a vital feature of our cultural landscape. Where else are our writers to turn in search of first-class, accessible instruction combined with an ongoing sense of connection, of community? VSW is unique, and too valuable to lose."

Based on the relationship you already have with VSW - as volunteer, student, instructor, supporter or fan - our newly expanded Board of Directors invites you to get involved. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Victoria School of Writing Charitable Giving Campaign 2006/07. No donation is too big or too small! There are three ways to make a gift:

ONLINE through CanadaHelps, a public charitable foundation that acts as a secure donation portal. Go to www.canadahelps.org, click on "Make a Donation" and enter the name "Victoria School of Writing". CanadaHelps accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

BY PHONE, using a VISA (sorry, no other credit cards). Please call (250) 595-3000 between noon and 4pm, Monday to Thursday. If you don't reach us, please leave a message and we'll get back to you promptly - and if you need us to return your call outside of office hours, just name the time.

BY MAIL. Please complete our Donation Form (PDF attached) and mail it, along with your VISA information (sorry, no other credit cards) or cheque to:
Victoria School of Writing
Charitable Giving Campaign 2006/07
Suite 306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 1J6

To follow up on this message, VSW volunteers will be conducting a PHONE BLITZ on Sunday, December 3rd, between 11am and 4pm. In addition to our phone line, we will be using our landlord's, so if you see "Volunteer Victoria" on your call display, that's us. If you've made a pledge or contribution by Saturday, December 2nd, please send us an email with the words "I've donated!" in the subject line. If you'd rather we didn't call you, please send us an email by the same date, with the words "No call, please." in the subject line.

Thank you for your time and support. We'd be grateful if you'd help us spread the word by forwarding this message to anyone in your network who you think may want a chance to support this endeavor.

We will keep you posted!
Sincerely,
Victoria School of Writing Society
Jill Margo, Executive Director
Victoria School of Writing
306-620 View St. | Victoria, BC | V8W 1J6
Phone/Fax: (250) 595-3000

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http://www.victoriaschoolofwriting.org

VSW Board of Directors: Mavis Andrews, Karen Ballinger, Tanya Chass?, Lee Lindsay, Matthew Miller, Lesley Neilson, Ed Nelson, Julie Paul, Grant Sheppard, Ruth Slavin, Lynne Van Luven
VSW Advisory Board: Don Bailey, Peter Baillie, Margaret Slavin Dyment, Jane Heffelfinger, Carol Matthews, P.K. Page, Patricia Young

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2.  Support Fair Trade This Christmas
 
Make This Christmas Extra Special

Many of us are once again facing the task of finding the perfect gift
for those near and dear to our hearts this Christmas.  We want to find
that item that will bring a smile, a whoop of joy, that look that says,
"Thanks - you've made me feel really special."

Now, imagine the satisfaction of finding those perfect gifts ... and
knowing that those gifts also:

provide a fair income to the person who made them
provide the producer's children with food and an
education
3.keep alive traditional skills and designs handed down
for many generations
4.are made through an organization that operates in a
democratic fashion, where
the producers set the price for the products,
each worker/artist/craftsperson gets a fair share of the
profit,
the principle of equal pay for equal work by men and
women is practiced,
        safe and healthy working environments are a priority,
and
trading relationships are open, transparent,
accountable, and are designed to create a sustainable livelihood for
people in the poorest parts of the world.

You can bring dignity, respect and hope into the lives of those people
whose hands crafted the gifts you give to those you love.  Make this
Christmas extra special for more people than you know by purchasing
fairly traded products.

The following not-for-profit stores and events offer fair trade products
in your region.  They are stocked with lots of treasures representing
many diverse cultures and traditions.

We appreciate your support this Christmas:

Global Village Store Victoria
535 Pandora Ave (outside Market Sqare)
380-1530

Global Village Store Nanaimo
1808 Bowen Road
618-0949

GIFTS Duncan
175 Station Street
for information call Dawn at 710-0087

Ten Thousand Villages Broadmead
Broadmead Village Shopping Centre
727-7281

Ten Thousand Villages Oak Bay
1976 Oak Bay Avenue
598-8183

Ten Thousand Villages Sidney
102-2360 Beacon Avenue
655-0832

VIDEA Annual Fair Trade Fair - Victoria International Development
Education Association
November 25, 2006     10:00am to 4:00pm Information at 385-2333
St. John the Divine Church Hall, 925 Balmoral off Quadra, Victoria

Gordon United Christmas Fair Trade Craft Sale
Featuring products from Global Village and Ten Thousand Villages
December 9, 10:00am to 4:00pm December 10, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
935 Goldstream Avenue, downtown Langford

From: "Communications" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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3.  Friends of Friends of the Nemaiah Valley News

1.  A reminder that our Fall 2006 Newsletter is on our website at:
http://www.fonv.ca/newsletters/NewsletterFall2006.pdf

As you can see, FONV has been busy over the past year and the new year
promises to be busier.  The big unknown looming on the horizon is the
proposed Prosperity Mine (gold and copper) which involves removing the fish
from Fish Lake and using the lake as a tailings pond.  According to Taseko
Mines, "This scenario is the only technically and economically viable
alternative".

An FONV team went up to the Nemaiah Valley earlier this month and presented
our consultant's report on First Nations Curriculum development.
Subsequently, a Xeni Gwet'in committee with TNG (Tsilhqot'in National
Government) representation is being established to garner community input
and push this exciting initiative ahead.

You can read more about both of these in our newsletter.

2.  You may have noticed that, unlike other Novembers, you haven't been
harassed, oops, I mean encouraged, to donate to or attend our Fall
Auction.  The reason is that we are saving our energy and ideas for a Spring
Event.
The respite will be a short one.  Be prepared!


3.  Victoria Times-Colonist columnist, Les Leyne, recently wrote a rather
superficial piece about the cost of the Xeni Gwet'in FN court case for
rights and title.  Jack Woodward has rebutted the negative implications of
Leyne's article in a thoughtfully worded reply.  It's time to set the record
straight.  Both articles are attached to this email.


4.  A big "Thank You" goes out to all those who have made financial
contributions to FONV recently.  As an all-volunteer Board, we are very
hands-on with everything that needs to be done to run the Society BUT we
NEED your help to continue to do this.  As always, we appreciate donations
of all sizes.  They can be mailed to:

FONV
1010 Foul Bay Road
Victoria, B.C.
V8S 4J1

If you require a tax receipt (only available for donations over $100.00)
please make a cheque out to the EcoForestry Institute and mail it to the
same address.  We really do need these donations to make our projects a
success.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 250-592-1088.

Thanks again for your continuing interest and support.

Pat Swift
www.fonv.ca
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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4.  Help Ban Offshore Oil & Gas Development

WRITE a LETTER (and be sure to include your home
mailing address, so they know you're real and which
riding you're in) to Minister of Natural Resources Gary
Lunn (and phone him, too!) and Prime Minister Stephen
Harper at:

Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources:
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Ottawa Phone#:  613-996-1119
Sidney (Riding) Phone#:  250-656-2320

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Let them know whether or not you believe:

- The federal government should enact a permanent,
legislated ban on offshore oil and gas development off
BC's coast.

- 75% of respondents to the federal government's own
public input process in 2004 wanted the government to
maintain the moratorium on offshore oil and gas
development. The federal government should be obligated
to adhere to the results of its own public input
process.

- Coastal oil and gas drilling results in chronic
pollution through regular oil leakages, minor spills,
and the discharge of toxic drill cuttings, muds and
fluids into the ocean which contaminate the marine
life.

- The Queen Charlotte Islands and the Hecate Strait are
the most earthquake prone regions in Canada. The
consequences of a major oil spill would be devastating
to the wildlife, fisheries, and human communities in
the region. Ocean currents will take spills on to the
ecologically sensitive shores of the BC mainland and
Queen Charlotte Islands.

- Seismic testing, in which extremely loud, underwater
shock waves are blasted to rattle the ocean floor in an
effort to find potential oil and gas deposits, kills
and harms fish and invertebrates, deafens whales, and
disrupts migration routes of marine mammals.

- Coastal oil and gas drilling would contribute
significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and will
contravene Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Accord. A
single offshore rig emits the same quantity of
pollution each day as 7,000 cars driving 80 kilometers.

- Few direct jobs would be created for coastal
communities. Foreign work crews with the necessary
specialized skills would be brought in from around the
world. Oil rigs would be constructed where labour is
cheapest, likely in South Korea or China.

- Major oil spills are inevitable even with today's
technologies. For example, an oil spill of several
hundred thousand litres from the Terra Nova oil rig
occurred in November of 2004 off Newfoundland's coast
and killed scores of sea birds. Terra Nova had only
been in production less than 3 years when the spill
occurred due to mechanical failures, and was one of the
offshore oil projects touted as an environmentally
friendly operation by coastal oil advocates in BC -
until the spill occurred.

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the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Canada's
largest grassroots, membership-based wilderness
protection organization. Donate online on the left side
of our website www.wcwcvictoria.org

Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Victoria Office and Rainforest Store
651 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1M7
250-388-9292 (phone)
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www.wcwcvictoria.org (Victoria)
www.wildernesscommittee.org (Vancouver)
www.bcoilslick.org
www.okanaganpetition.org
www.viforest.org

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5.  Federal Government Moves to Further Restrict Women's Groups

but they're busy encouraging 'women's equality' in afghanistan - editor's note

November 30, 2006

Ottawa: Yesterday, Minister Beverley Oda moved to further restrict the work of women's groups throughout the country by announcing the closure of twelve Status of Women Canada offices. In so doing, Oda has dramatically reduced access by Canadian women to the Status of Women Canada department, especially in rural and remote areas.

"Women are bewildered by this decision. With the elimination of over half of the regional staff, local women's access to Status of Women Canada offices will be significantly worse," said Mich?le Asselin, President of la F?d?ration des femmes du Qu?bec (Federation of Women in Qu?bec).

Minister Oda said the offices were being closed because they were too supportive of groups who advocated or lobbied on behalf of women.

"The Status of Women Canada office here, which has been open for twenty years, was the eyes and ears of the community for women in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Joyce Hancock, former President of the Provincial Advisory Council and member of the Feminist Coalition. "The office was also instrumental in assisting women in this province to access resources for programs which support women on the ground."
In Thunder Bay, where another Status of Women office will be closing, the response was similar. "For more than 30 years, the Northern Ontario office for Status of Women Canada has been our life line," said Gwen O'Reilly with the Northwestern Ontario Women's Action Group.

"The office provided critical support to francophone, Aboriginal, rural and other women's groups addressing poverty, violence, access to justice, and economic development. The office has also played a particularly significant role in supporting Aboriginal women's groups to increase their role in community and regional leadership " As of April 1 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia will have no SWC offices. Ontario will lose all four offices outside of Ottawa, and Qu?bec will lose one of two. No plans have been announced to increase the staff complement in the remaining offices.

The move contradicts an election statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to respect and promote women's human rights. It is also inconsistent with the federal government's commitment to better meet the needs of local women.
In British Columbia, where over seventy five community groups have provided critical support to women with the assistance of their local Status of Women Canada office, women were astonished by the news. "A local office with skilled staff people who understand this province cannot be replaced with a telephone number in Alberta", said Shauna Paull, co-chair of a BC coalition
on human rights and the trafficking of women.

"Clearly, this government has a deep animosity for women who advocate, in groups, to defend or promote the principle of women's equality," added Shelagh Day, FAFIA Co-chair. "The closure of twelve offices is an extreme measure to make sure that women are cut off from meaningful input into public policy."

For more information, contact:

FAFIA in Ottawa at 613-232-9505, x222 or 613-292-7941 (cell) or Charlotte Thibault in Montr?al at 514-849-6957.

For Victoria, BC, contact SWAG at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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6.  ACTION ALERT: Prevent the first private ER from opening in Vancouver

Take action today! Write a letter to your Health Minister.

Canada?s first private emergency care clinic is slated to open in Vancouver, British Columbia. The False Creek Surgical Centre already provides many non-medically necessary treatments like hip and knee replacements, but now wants to provide emergency care for an initial cost of $199. Additional diagnostic tests and treatments would cost more. The clinic will not take acute (and expensive) cases such as accident victims or heart attacks, which would be referred to public emergency wards.

This clinic will provide ?medically necessary? services for a fee, thus clearly breaching the Canada Health Act. The owner of the clinic is trying to hide behind smoke and mirrors. This is what he had to say about poorer patients who might not be able to afford the clinic?s fees: ?Buy us a gift? Let's go back to the old days [when people bartered for medical service].?

According to False Creek?s Medical Director Gordon Bird, the clinic will hire physicians who already practice in the public system ? another major breach of the Canada Health Act.

British Columbia Health Minister George Abbott has admitted that this project ?probably? breaches the Canada Health Act, but he hasn?t committed to taking action yet.

If you're a resident of British Columbia, write Health Minister George Abbott and urge him to prevent this clinic from opening.

If you?re from outside British Columbia, write federal Health Minister Tony Clement and demand that he crack down on this clinic, because it violates the Canada Health Act and sets a dangerous precedent for health care across the country.

** If you live in British Columbia go to http://profitisnotthecure.c.topica.com/maafpvjabu4lPclrJD1bafpLn1/ and send your letter now! ?

** If you?re from outside British Columbia go to http://profitisnotthecure.c.topica.com/maafpvjabu4lQclrJD1bafpLn1/ and send your letter now! ?

Call 1-800-387-7177, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit our websites at www.canadians.org and www.profitisnotthecure.ca, for more information on how you can support the Council of Canadians' campaign to defend public health care.

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* editor's note:  check out the dvd 'Prairie Giant' - the story of Tommy Douglas, for a revealing glimpse into Canada's simultaneously shameful and celebratory history.  it left me wondering why i didn't learn about this in high school, in neighbouring alberta.

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7.  CRD meets next Wednesday to decide on funding for cycling and walking projects

Next Wednesday, December 6, the CRD will meet. to decide on allocating $11 million in federal gas tax funding.  $4 million has been earmarked for cycling, $2 million for walking and $4 for transit.  Some directors now want the entire fund to go to transit.  That?s not fair ? the region needs to support cycling and walking to ensure projects like the E&N Rail Trail get done.

You can still help ? call your Mayor or come to the CRD meeting and speak out for cycling and walking.

The meeting will be held in the

6th Floor boardrom
at 625 Fisgard St. f
rom 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sign up to speak at the CRD Board where a decision will be made:  http://www.crd.bc.ca/board/addressing/index.htm

Backgrounder and Contact Information for area Mayors and Councils at:  www.capitalbikeandwalk.org

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When you go to war against a tyrant, the people you kill in the war are the victims of the tyrant.

Howard Zinn

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