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Green Party leadership candidate,Dimitri Lascaris will be in Victoria on August 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 09 August 2020 13:15












Last Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2020 12:23
Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written 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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Written 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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Written 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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Written 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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Written 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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Justice News
Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 01 May 2015 07:50

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Join us for a March and Rally with speakers

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May 1st is set aside in most countries around the world as International Labour Day.  The Victoria May Day Committee together with CUPE Locals, International Solidarity groups, IWW and the Work Less Party of BC continues to work towards a meaningful marking of this occasion and its importance to the international working class. 

May Day celebrates the social and economic achievements of the international labour movement and promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

Share links http://vmdc.ca or the Facebook event

This year we will be gathering at the Tourist Info Office @ 4:00pm,
812 Wharf Street and Government St with live music, information and march to Centennial Square for food starting at 5pm

Music:  Nedjo Rogers, Art Farquharson, John Shaw.





Moussa Magassa

UVic Human Rights Office


Abbas Mohammadi

Worker’s Communist Party of Iran longtime, activist in labour and human rights.

Carlos Flores

Canadian Union of Public Employees and member of the Central American Support Committee.

Tyson Strandlund

Young Communist League

Roisin Lyder

Student at University of Victoria




Event Following Centennial Square Festival and March

7pm FRIDAY, MAY 1st
2994 DOUGLAS ST, Victoria


Guest Speakers: 
Javier Dómokos Ruiz, Consul General of the republic of Cuba in Toronto &
Merli Vanegas, Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Vancouver.

John Baird gets job with mining giant that got government subsidies when he was a minister PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:56

John Baird, who resigned last month as Minister of Foreign Affairs, has landed a job as an advisor with Barrick Gold, a corporation that received subsidies for its mining operations from the government during the time Baird was in the Cabinet.

The announcement shortly after Minister Baird became the minister that Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was ‘partnering’ with Barrick Gold in Peru, where the mining company was facing growing protests from the locals, while slashing funds long standing foreign aid groups caused astir three years ago.

Local 10-year-old declares the right to a healthy environment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 13 February 2015 11:40

Local 10-year-old declares the right to a healthy envirnment

Rupert Yakelashek, 10, wants the City of Victoria to stand up as a leader in declaring the right to a healthy environment. - Don Denton photo
Rupert Yakelashek, 10, wants the City of Victoria to stand up as a leader in declaring the right to a healthy environment.
— Image Credit: Don Denton Photo

A local kid is making it his priority to ensure the citizens of Victoria have the right to a healthy environment.

Rupert Yakelashek, 10, went to David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour in Victoria in November, where he was inspired to bring about environmental change in Victoria.

[Suzuki] said that Canada had fallen behind in the environmental race and that many countries have environmental rights, but not Canada,” said Yakelashek.

During the municipal election, Yakelashek brought letters to each of the candidates in Victoria asking them to support a declaration for the right to a healthy environment.

He made a lasting impression on Coun. Jeremy Loveday in particular.

He really stuck with me as one of the people that stood out from my time campaigning,” said Loveday. “I think it’s a great step for the city to make a strong statement in favour of the environment and for future generations.”

The declaration states multiple environmental rights of humans, such as the right to breathe clean air, the right to drink clean water, the right to consume safe food and the right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment.

The declaration also states that the City of Victoria should take cost-effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens.

Loveday put forward a motion, endorsed by Coun. Ben Isitt and Mayor Lisa Helps, to adopt the declaration.

Yakelashek is going to City Hall on Thursday night (Dec. 18) to bring his message directly to council and relay to it and the public why it is an important initiative to support. There will be a rallyimmediately prior to the meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Pandora Avenue entrance to city hall.

If humans are harming the environment, we’re directly harming ourselves,” said Yakelashek.

While it is a declaration and not a bylaw, Loveday said supporting it at the municipal level is the first step.

The plan is to have municipalities recognize the right to a healthy environment in declarative statements, and then from there get provinces to make the same statements,” said Loveday.

Eventually the rights could get passed at the constitutional level. More than 100 other countries in the world already have the right to a healthy environment in their constitutions.

Victoria would be a leader in it as we’d be the first city on Vancouver Island and the sixth city across Canada to sign on,” said Loveday, adding the declaration lines up with the city’s official community plan and could be used as a reference for future projects.

I think it’s important for Victoria because we’re the capital of British Columbia,” said Yakelashek. “Victoria is considered the leader of British Columbia and is a great influence.”

Supporting this declaration is a strong statement for the environment moving forward, said Loveday.

If we don’t protect our environment, it’s future generations that are [going to] pay the price for that.”

Pacific herring stocks are shadows of their former abundance. But the Canadian government wants to reopen fishing off British Columbia. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:26

Fighting Over Herring­the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes
By Craig Welch

National Geographic
Picture of pacific herring swimming in a large ball for safety




Pacific herring in British Columbia, Canada, come near shore in massive schools every spring to spawn.

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative

The Pacific herring­an oily, silvery, schooling fish­is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups.

"Last year it almost got to a war­locals were geared up to block fishing boats in port," said Tony Pitcher, a fisheries scientist with the University of British Columbia. "There were more police on the dock than there were local people."

This unusual battle is part of a global debate about the future of some of the oceans' most important fish: the abundant schools of sardines, squid, smelt, anchovies, and herring that serve as forage for larger animals in the sea.

Scientists like Pitcher argue that too few governments take into account the essential role these forage fish play in marine systems before deciding how many of them can be caught.

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