“Keep it Local, Keep it Public”

BURNABY—While B.C. residents have rejected P3 water and wastewater projects in numerous cities including the Capital Regional District, Whistler and most recently in Abbotsford and Mission, education about keeping resources public must continue. Cinema Politica, the Council of Canadians, CUPE and Water Watch are encouraging communities across the province to host their own “Keep it […]

Abbotsford joins BC lobby to cut P3 strings from federal infrastructure funding

ABBOTSFORD – The City of Abbotsford has a new mayor who is taking a new, public approach to meeting the city and region’sfuture water needs. Abbotsford resident’s recently rejected the Stave Lake P3 water project by an overwhelming 75 per cent. In turn they also turned down a $65 million grant from the federal government, […]

P3 water project sinks in Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD—A P3 water plan was overwhelmingly rejected in Abbotsford and the former mayor, George Peary, an outspoken P3 supporter was also defeated.  The $291 million project would have been the largest privately financed undertaking in the water sector in Canada to date. The Stave Lake referendum question was included on Saturday’s municipal election ballot and […]

Garbage collection changes coming to Victoria

VICTORIA – The longstanding tradition of full backyard garbage pick-up could be coming to an end in Victoria.                           The City of Victoria has launched its new proposals to change the way garbage is picked up in the city. The City will be mailing a survey to Victoria residents who will get to vote on three […]

CUPE week-long school widens its tent

PARKSVILLE—CUPE’s Union Education department slogan, “Powerful Learning,” lived up to its name last week as the annual Parksville School this year welcomed participants from the Hospital Employees’ Union and expanded its program. “We had about 20 HEU registrants for the first time at Parksville,” says Union Education rep Ruth Scher. “They ran a Grassroots Leadership […]

CLBC Stop the Cuts – Coming to your town!

BURNABY—A coalition of activists supporting persons with disabilities is planning a series of rallies as part of its campaign to stop the cuts and restore services to Community Living BC. In addition to joining a Facebook page (you can become a Friend by going to Kimberley Yanko clbcfailspwd) and signing a Google online petition (clbcstopthecuts), […]

“¡Viva Mexico!” screening to support CoDev filmfest

VANCOUVER—This Thursday’s Vancouver premiere of “¡Viva Mexico!” at Langara College offers a tantalizing hint of what will be on offer at the eleventh annual World Community Film Festival (February 10-12, 2012). This powerful film, which documents the journey of Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos across Mexico in the “Other Campaign,” celebrates the struggle for land and […]

Record number of CUPE members seeking election to local government

BURNABY—With local election day—November 19—fast approaching, we’re going to feature one CUPE member seeking election every day for the balance of the campaign. First up is Janet Chalmers, from CUPE Local 593. Janet is running for the office of Councilor for the City of Mission. Janet has been a school secretary with the Mission School […]

Residents concerned about the ‘private’ in P3

ABBOTSFORD—City of Abbotsford residents have serious concerns about the Stave Lake P3 deal. That’s the message from the latest Angus Reid poll on the scheme.  Two-thirds of respondents in the City ordered poll are concerned about the “role of private businesses” (68 per cent) and the “secretive process” (67 per cent) in this P3 deal. […]

Local residents speak out against P3 in new video

ABBOTSFORD—Water Watch Mission-Abbotsford has launched a new video online on The Future of Water in Abbotsford .  The five-minute video features local residents and their views on the upcoming November 19 referendum to privatize water. The video also features the views of Council of Canadians spokesperson Maude Barlow and CUPE president Paul Moist speaking at a […]