March 19, 2010

March 21st is Anti-Racism Day

BURNABY—This Sunday (March 21) is the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, an occasion for people around the world to focus their attention on racism and to help promote racial harmony.

This year’s Anti-Racism Day marks the 50th anniversary of the date it was chosen to commemorate: the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid's passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186.

“CUPE BC encourages its members to commemorate this day with their families, friends, and co-w

July 28, 2009

Pink Triangle CUPE members gear up for Multi Union Pride

VANCOUVER—With sweltering heat and sunny skies expected once again for this year’s Pride event in Vancouver, CUPE BC is hoping to see a loud and proud contingent of LGBT members and allies marching with the Multi-Union Pride contingent as festivities get under way on Sunday (August 2).

The Multi-Union Pride group is gathering at Robson Street between Thurlow and Burrard. With the committee and volunteers arriving at 9 a.m., marchers are expected to arrive by 11 a.m. and the parade to start at noon sharp.

June 22, 2009

Making connections for performers with disabilities

“Lights, Camera, Access” is a non-profit charitable organization whose primary mission is to connect persons with disabilities who are artists or performers to employment opportunities in Canada’s entertainment and media industries, as well as to create greater public awareness.

May 6, 2009

CUPE recognized with award for cultural diversity work

VANCOUVER—CUPE’s commitment to diversity, equality, inclusiveness and social justice was recognized recently at the 14th annual cultural DIVERSEcity awards for business, sponsored by the Community Resources Society.

CUPE was a finalist in the not-for-profit category, along with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS). This year’s winner was YWCA Vancouver.

April 29, 2009

Is there a shortage of opportunities in tourism, or a shortage of applicants with disabilities?

Myths exist that are keeping many people with disabilities away from employment in the tourism industry.

We are looking for discussion starters and discussion participants to share ideas about why that is, and what can be done to increase employment for people with disabilities in the tourism sector.

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Find out what SPARC BC's Access Awareness Day, June 6, 2009, is all about.

April 29, 2009

CUPE BC applauds Appeal Court decision on Indian Act injustice

VICTORIA—A recent Court of Appeal decision striking down two sections of the federal Indian Act as unconstitutional redresses a longstanding injustice against aboriginal women and is an encouraging development for future generations of aboriginal peoples in Canada, says CUPE BC.

In the unanimous ruling, the court found that two sections of the Act continue to discriminate against aboriginal women who married non-aboriginal men and, crucially, their children when it comes to conferring Indian status.