Just Film Festival: seeking higher moral ground

VANCOUVER—Refugees making their way from Syria to Sweden in black tie. A drag queen fighting against the rigid structures of a Catholic country. Communities resisting pipelines and mega-projects. These are just some of the stories featured in this year’s Just Film Festival (March 30 – April 1). The Just Film Festival presents compelling documentary films […]

The Reading Tree: Family-focused literacy

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) recently launched The Reading Tree, a children’s picture book aimed at promoting literacy – produced almost entirely by public library employees. Children’s Librarian Els Kushner, Early Years Assistant Manager Christie Menzo, and Kerrisdale Branch Head Andrea Brown, all CUPE 391 members, were the key threesome responsible for The […]

Ambulance Paramedics of BC launch new campaign

RICHMOND – Imagine a world with more paramedics. That’s the message of a hard-hitting, province-wide campaign the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC (CUPE 873) have launched to raise public awareness about the distress calls emergency dispatchers answer every day. “This campaign brings the public up close and personal to B.C.’s most common public […]

K-12 Presidents’ Council meets

BURNABY—The K-12 Presidents’ Council met recently, and among other agenda items, approved the Trustees’ report for 2015/16 and elected members to fill vacant executive positions. Rod Isaac (CUPE 411, Chilliwack) was elected vice chair and Leslie Franklin (CUPE 703, Maple Ridge) treasurer. Ann Purvis (CUPE 440, Kimberley, Invermere and Golden) was acclaimed for a three-year […]

BC Liberal ‘campaign finance reform’ nothing but hollow pre-election spin

BURNABY—CUPE BC President Paul Faoro today released the following statement: “For years Premier Christy Clark has personally benefited—to the tune of $300,000—from B.C.’s lax campaign finance laws. Only now, on the eve of a provincial election, and after growing national and international media coverage of the issue is the premier making cosmetic efforts to make […]

Education forum slams BC Liberal record

SURREY—A community forum hosted by CUPE 728 (Surrey K-12 support workers) in partnership with local education advocate Cindy Dalglish on February 21 provided a stark reminder of the BC Liberals’ gutting of the public school system since 2001. “With a May 9 election and education being in the forefront, it’s important that parents have information,” […]

International Women’s Day event inspires, empowers CUPE activists

PORT MOODY—This year’s CUPE Lower Mainland International Women’s Day event, held at the Old Mill Boathouse overlooking the east end of Burrard Inlet, was empowering, enlightening, poignant and entertaining as CUPE sisters shared their knowledge, stories, and music in celebration of this special day.  The event, emceed by CUPE 23 member Kathy Boyce, opened with […]

Statement on International Women’s Day from CUPE BC

BURNABY – International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of the past and ongoing efforts to build a world where all people are truly equal. The values and activism that women bring to our movement are integral to CUPE BC and the entire labour movement. Women are leaders throughout our union–in CUPE BC’s District Councils, on […]