Tues. Jan. 27 – MVA Transit Forum

Location: Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall- 514 Carnarvon St. in New Westminster

Time: Tues. Jan. 27 – 6 pm to 8 pm

Public transit service levels in the Lower Mainland have remained practically unchanged over the past seven years. In that same period demand has soared.

Metro Vancouver residents will be asked to vote on a 0.5 per cent hike in B.C.’s Provincial Sales Tax to fund new transit projects, in a referendum this March. The referendum is seeking a public decision on the transportation funding measures identified by the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council. The Mayor’s funding plan advocates for more transit routes, more buses and HandyDART vans, more options for cyclists, and increased service all over the region.

Metro Vancouver Alliance members committed to campaigning vigorously for a Yes vote on this referendum. We are campaigning to get Metro Vancouver residents’ transit needs met.

As part of this campaign, we invite you and members of your community to our first Transit Forum on Tuesday, January 27.

If you live or work in the New Westminster/Burnaby area we encourage you to come. We’ll be discussing the upcoming transit referendum and working in groups to build relationships in the community and develop strategies to ensure that the referendum passes, and transit in the region receives increased funding.

It’s important to everyone in Metro Vancouver that this referendum passes – join us and help make this happen! Help spread the word.

 

We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

If you were at our June membership meeting you would have seen the presentation by City of Burnaby staff on the City’s opposition to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Following the presentation, the membership voted to support the City’s position on this important issue. We believe that it’s in all of our interests to oppose the project, for a variety of reasons including the safety of humans and the ecology as well as a desire to promote energy conservation and green solutions.

The legal battle has unfolded and Kinder Morgan has been attempting to do testing on Burnaby Mountain which is public, protected land on unceded Indigenous territory. The National Energy Board decision to allow this, against the wishes of the people and government of Burnaby, is being appealed. In the meantime, the courts have allowed Kinder Morgan to proceed.

There is a diverse and determined group of people who are not willing to let that happen and their numbers are growing. At the beginning of November several of them were threatened with lawsuits and injunctions. This week there have been many arrests of protesters. Civil disobedience in the face of injustice is an individual choice. At our membership meeting this week we voted to sign on to an open letter in support of those trying to protect the land for us all.

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work….

The text of the letter and the list of all the other supporters can be found here, along with a link to sign on as an individual – http://peoplesclimateconvergence.org/we-stand-caretakers-burnaby-mountain

In addition to signing the letter, other ways to support the land defenders can be found here – http://www.canadians.org/blog/top-5-ways-you-can-support-kinder-morgan-pipeline-blockade

CUPE National Human Rights Conference

CUPE 23 has voted to send two members to the CUPE National Human Rights Conference. It will be held in Winnipeg from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8, 2015. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office to submit your name for consideration by December 15th.

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From the CUPE.ca website:

We are at a critical moment for equality and the labour movement. Though we’ve made important human rights gains over time, growing inequality, globalization, privatization and the rise of precarious work threaten the progress we’ve made.  CUPE must be a leader in advancing equality. Our efforts benefit everyone.

CUPE activists will gather to share ideas and develop strategies in areas where workers have power: bargaining, organizing, mobilizing and political action.

 

Significant dates to remember

As members of the largest union in Canada, we benefit from the research and advocacy that can be done on our behalf. Over the next month there are 5 significant dates to remember and issues to take action on. For more information and actions you can take, please see the document linked below.

  • November 20 – TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
  • December 1 – WORLD AIDS DAY
  • December 3 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
  • December 6 – NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
  • December 10 – INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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