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LEFT COAST EVENTS - Lower Mainland - April 27th, 2005

1.  Women of Worth Conference - May 1st
2.  Employment Opportunity - Farmer's Market - expires May 4th
3.  Mother's Day Dinner - May 4th
4.  Slide Presentations about Iraq - May 4th, 6th
5.  Bus Riders Union - May 5th
6.  Movie Night - the Face of Dignity - May 6th
7.  Hastings 7 Art & Craft Auction Fundraiser - May 7th
8.  Saturday Morning Autism School - May 7th - June 18th
9.  March for Childcare on Mother's Day - May 8th
10. Music for Mom - Chamber Choir - May 8th
11. Mel Lehan Challenges Gordon Campbell - fundraiser - May 12th
12. Call for Papers - May 15th
13. Basic Human Right Tent City - May 17th
14. Spoken Word, Poetry Slam - May 27th
15. Human Rights Film Festival - May 31st due date
16. Business Alliance for Local Living Economies - conference - June 2-5th
17. Joey Only Events List
18.  COPE Update - School Trustees Protect Students
19. What's gone wrong with the Vancouver pound?
20. Inner Sanctuary Seeks Room Mates
21. COPE Candidates - for November election
22. Assessing the impact of income assessment policy
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1.  WOMEN OF WORTH CONFERENCE

Mention "Sunwolf" when you register for the Women Of Worth (WOW) Conference, and you can attend at less than half-price!  Just $98 while space available (reg. $228).  Register at www.theWOWconference.com.  Sunday, May 1, 2005 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC.  Pre-registration required.

Late-Breaking News
 
The Improvisers from "C is for Comedy" will now be guest starring at the Women Of Worth (WOW) Conference!  Hilarious high energy performers, just one testimonial includes, "I can categorically say they provided the best comedy routines we have ever had.  I do not say this lightly, as over the years we have hired some of the best comedy acts in the country."

Six of Canada's top professional speakers
 
The WOW Conference also promises to deliver unparalleled approaches to hormonal balance (from PMS to Menopause), creating the relationship of your dreams (it's easier than you think), longevity & wellness (naturally slowing the cellular clock), increasing abundance, unlocking the funny side of the brain, and becoming an Unstoppable Woman.  Plus special guest performance by award-winning composer Julie Blue.   This is also a FUNdraising event, with net proceeds to Goldie Hawn's Brightlight Foundation for children.
 
Pampering & Gifts
 
Complimentary massage and other pampering services will be available during the day, and every woman takes home gifts ... from aromatherapy to chocolate.  Everyone enjoys a hot breakfast buffet, and will enter to win fantastic door prizes ... including $1,000 getaways for two at the Kingfisher Spa Retreat, the Delta Whistler with Sacha Spa (compliments of Passionate Travel), and a chance to win a Club Med trip to Cancun (compliments of Funpass)!
 
A Premier Full-Day Event for Women
 
Ignite your mind, body & soul with passion and purpose during this remarkable full-day event for women.  Come experience your magnificence and soar even higher!

Sunday, May 1, 2005. 
8:30am - 6:30pm. 
Pavilion Ballroom, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel,
Vancouver, BC.
 
Pre-Registration Required
 
Register now at www.theWOWconference.com or call (604) 709-3691.
(Remember, mention Sunwolf and attend for just $98 - reg. $228)
Inquire about reserved seating and complimentary ticket with tables of 10.
 
WOW!  Because every woman ...
... is a woman of worth.

From: "SunWolf" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

WOMEN AND THE WORLD PEACE FORUM (WPF)

VANCOUVER JUNE 23 ? 27, 2006

You are invited to attend a women?s workshop/discussion on
?Women?s participation in WPF: What are the possibilities??
 
Monday May 2nd
at 5 p.m.
in Vancouver City Hall (12th & Cambie)

Third  floor committee room three (3)

?Cities and Communities: Working together to End War and Build a Peaceful,
Just and Sustainable World?

The WPF is being organized by:

World Peace Forum Society,
Vancouver Peace and Justice Committee,
International Organizing Committee,
Endorsing organizations and people who volunteer
Vancouver School Board,
Vancouver Library Board,
Vancouver Parks Board,

The City of Vancouver voted unanimously to host a general assembly of the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, a joint meeting of representatives from the International Peace Messenger Cities, Mayors for Peace and Cities for Peace.

We hope you can attend the initial planning meeting for women? participation in the World Peace Forum

Monday May 2nd
at 5pm
Vancouver City Hall
3rd floor committee room three.

Please pass this invitation on to other women who may be interested.

Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, Member of Vancouver Peace & Justice Committee

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2.  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

On-site Farmers' Market Staff

East Vancouver Farmers' Market - 3 positions
West End Farmers Market - 2 positions
Nat Bailey Farmers Market - 1 position

Your Local Farmers' Markets needs on-site staff for the 2005 season.  Our Markets began in 1995 and are some of the busiest and most successful Farmers Markets in B.C. The Markets have grown through the years, serving thousands of customers, supporting local agriculture & increasing agricultural awareness throughout the Lower Mainland. For more information please visit our website at www.eatlocal.org

? East Van Market runs every Saturday from May 14th - October 8th from
9a.m. - 2 p.m in the Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot, East 15th & Victoria Drive.

? West End Market runs every Saturday from June 18th th - October 8th from
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m downtown on Comox St. between Bute & Thurlow (at Nelson Park)

? Nat Bailey Stadium Market runs every Wednesday afternoon from June 15th  - October 26th from  1 p.m. - 6:30 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium, 30th & Ontario St.

Ideal Farmers' Market Staff?
? can commit to a full season of Saturdays and/or Wednesdays
? have great customer service skills & happy, energetic disposition
? like to take initiative and work efficiently
? work well with others
? can manage & delegate tasks appropriately
? have an interest in one or more of the following areas: community & local economic development, rural and urban connections, farming, food production, issues of sustainability & urban food security

Market staff report to the on-site Market Manager & are responsible for the smooth operation of Market days by:

? Attending all Markets at which they are scheduled to work;
? Arriving 1 hour in advance of Market opening & remaining until 1 hour after closing.
? Setting up the Market and community information tables, banners and other Market day materials; assisting vendors & customers with parking; staffing the market table; providing Market information to shoppers and vendors
? Working with Market day volunteers and delegating appropriate work to them

Pay: $10/hr

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest and a resume outlining your qualifications.  Applicants may apply for one or multiple Markets.  All applicants must be available for every market date at the Market location for which they are applying.

Resumes will be accepted until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, May 4, 2005.

Resumes can be e-mailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  OR  send or drop off resumes to:

Your Local Farmers' Market Society
1163 Commercial Dr., suite#2
Vancouver, BC    V5L 3X3

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held May 5th and 6th, 2005 . Orientation & training week of May 9th, 2005.

From: Tara McDonald < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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3.  MOTHERS DAY DINNER

Indigenous mothers of the east end of Vancouver, would like to host a dinner at the Vancouver Indian Center. As mothers we are concerned with the health and welfare of many indigenous families living in the east end of Vancouver. Many families live on a fixed income, which does not meet their food needs. Having this dinner would help to feed many poverty stricken families.

AT VANCOUVER INDIAN CENTER
ON MAY 4, 2005
AT 6 PM

West Coast Family Nights at the Vancouver Indian Center is held every wednesday evening. When a west coast tribe is hosting that evening, the evening begins around 6 pm with a meal. When no one is hosting that evening, performances begin around 7:30 pm. The West Coast Family Night is open to anyone, who wants to attend. Usually this is a very fun event, for the whole family.

The Vancouver Indian Center is situated at 1607 East Hastings Street. Near the corner of Hastings Street and Commercial Drive area. It is the building with the totem poles in the front of the building. This area is also the home of many Indigenous people from throughout British Columbia and Canada. West Coast Family Night is the only night that we as indigenous people, can get together and sing and dance and have fun. So for many of us, it is a special night to gather.

As Mothers Day is on May 8, 2005, the indigenous mothers would like to host a dinner on May 4, 2005, at 6 pm. For this event to happen, we are seeking donations of foods such as meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and dry goods. We are also asking for donations, to present as gifts and raffles, to help raise funds for another dinner, sometime in the future. All donations will be very much appreciated.

Donations could be left at: Joey Onlys home address. 125 West 41st Ave. Vancouver B.C.Telephone number:  604 872 5153.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by emailing telquaa at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with more information. Leave your address and phone number, and we will be able to do pick ups also. Volunteers will also be greatly appreciated. This also gives you a chance to meet your indigenous neighbors, and experience indigenous culture and values. See you there.

Thank you.

From a concerned Indigenous Mother, Grandmother and Clan Mother of the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Dated this April 7, 2005.

From: "telquaa,Helen Michell" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
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5.  SLIDE PRESENTATIONS ABOUT IRAQ

The Coalition in Solidarity with the People of Iraq (CESAPI) is sponsoring:

IRAQ - A slide show presented by Greg Rollins who has just returned from 5 months in Iraq with the Christian Peacemakers Team (visit www.cpt.org).  The slides depict life in Iraq today - the toll the occupation is having on the people of Iraq and  under-cover images of the U.S. seige of Fallujah.

Wednesday, May 4, 7.30 p.m.
Activity Room,
Templeton Park Pool,
700 Templeton.

Friday, May 6, 7.30 p.m.
SPEC,
2150 Maple Street,
(in Kitsilano)

Discussion will follow each presentation.
Free Admission,
Coffee, tea and cookies served.

For more information visit http://vcn.bc.ca/cesapi or call 604 737-1299.

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5.  THE BUS RIDERS UNION
 
Oppose SNC Lavalin?s destructive corporate operations!

The Bus Riders Union is calling on all interested progressive organizations to unite and join forces in a Coalition opposing the destructive ?profits before people? policies and actions of SNC Lavalin.

SNC Lavalin is a large Canadian multi-national private corporation that builds and maintains infrastructure. It has been awarded ?reconstruction? contracts in many Third World countries like Iraq, Palestine and Haiti, and is conducting mining operations on indigenous territories in Canada. SNC TEC, one of its subsidiaries, makes bullets that are being used, among other things, for the continued war and occupation against the people of Iraq. In BC, SNC Lavalin has been awarded the contract to build, operate and maintain the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Skytrain Line, which will funnel billions of public dollars away from sorely-needed bus service improvements into an Olympic size ?white elephant? that most bus riders will not even use. For more information about SNC Lavalin, please see the Bus Riders Union Position Paper On SNC Lavalin, attached to this note.

SNC Lavalin?s practices expose a clear link between the theft and plunder of indigenous lands and attacks on the basic human rights of poor people locally, with war, occupation and attacks on the basic human rights of poor people globally.

Objectives of the proposed Coalition:

  • To consolidate the local forces working on campaigns against SNC Lavalin
  • To join efforts in actions opposing SNC Lavalin?s destructive ?profits before people? policies and actions

We propose to unite in a Lower Mainland Coalition Against SNC Lavalin for the following actions:

May 5 ? Action against SNC Lavalin

August ? Protest and picket of RAV groundbreaking ceremony

There is a first meeting called by Harsha Walia, Will Offley and Earle Peach for this Thursday, April 21st at the Carnegie Centre that we will be attending, and at which we will put forward this concrete proposal for action. We hope to work with you on the specific actions that we are proposing.

In Solidarity,

Bus Riders Union Planning Committee

From: "Phil Lyons" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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6.  MOVIE NIGHT - THE FACE OF DIGNITY - ARGENTINA

Movie Night: Resistance, rebellion and revolution in Latino-America
>From Argentinean resistance
and Cancun Independent Media Collective Production Present

?THE FACE OF DIGNITY ?

-"The situation in Argentina contains many elements of the anti-capitalist
movements: the practice of direct action, self-management, and direct
democracy; the belief in the power of diversity, decentralization and
solidarity; the convergence of radically different social sectors; the
rejection of the state, multinational corporation, and financial
institutions. Yet what is most incredible is that form of uprising arose
spontaneously- it was not imposed  or suggested by activists, but rather,
created by ordinary people from ground up, resulting in a truly popular
rebellion "-.

In this context that Piqueteros movement arose.  A new form of struggle
emerged from the unemployed which consisted of blocking road to demand
subsidy for unemployment.

?BLOCKING THE ROADS OPENS THE WAY?
?ALL OF THEM MUST GO!

Palestinian Community Centre, Kingsway 1874
May 6, 7:00 pm.

Organized by
LA SURDA LATINO-AMERICAN COLLECTIVE.
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7.  HASTINGS 7 ART & CRAFT AUCTION FUNDRAISER

you are hereby invited to attend the...

~~ The Hastings 7 Art & Craft Auction Fundraiser ~~

on Saturday, May 7th, 2005
at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E. Pender Street)
doors open at 8pm
art & craft auction at 9.30pm

super folk music to follow
- salmon bbq (mmm...) and cash bar (yay!) also available -

$10 - $20 sliding scale (salmon not included, but it will be affordable!)
no one will be turned away for lack of $$

Advance Tickets Available From:
** People's Co-op Bookstore :: 1391 Commercial Drive, EastVan.
** Seamrippers Craft Collective :: 436 West Pender, Downtown.
(get your tickets early!!)

For more information on the event, or to book a table there, please
contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you have art or craft stuffs to donate, please contact philippa at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*** All proceeds from this event will support the Hastings 7 Legal Defense
Fund, to help off-set court costs for 7 eastside activists/residents who
were brutalized by the Vancouver Police Department in February of 2004,
and who were then charged themselves.  For background information on the
Hastings 7 case, please visit http://resist.ca/~vpdbrutality *****

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8.  SATURDAY MORNING AUTISM SCHOOL

A video- conferenced parent training initiative by ACT - Autism Community Training

7 Saturdays: May 7th - June 18, 2005
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Locations: Campbell River  Vancouver  Victoria  Trail   Kelowna   Fort St. John   Prince George

Why Video Conferencing?

These video-conferenced workshops focus on providing families with a basic knowledge of autism and the practicalities of running home-based therapy programs for their children. The purpose of these workshops is to deliver excellent parent training to families in smaller communities outside of the Lower Mainland

ACT has developed this series in order to address the concerns of parents who are unable to attend training opportunities due to long traveling distance, time commitments and cost restraints. Given the huge distances within BC, it is too expensive to offer these workshops live in each community. To facilitate parents meeting and networking as well as being able to receive training within their communities, ACT is offering these training workshops via video-conferencing.

Video-conferencing workshops are a new initiative for ACT; if successful and ACT is able to secure funding, we hope to offer these workshops twice annually throughout the province. If you would like to participate in the video-conferences, contact ACT by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at (604) 205-5467. Please use our toll free number, 1-866-939-5188, if you live outside the Lower Mainland.

Please Note: There are a restricted number of seats for these opportunities. Please book early to avoid disappointment and allow us to send sufficient hand-outs to each site.

Topics, Dates & Speakers

May 7 ?Why Does My Kid Behave Like That? - An Introduction to Autism? Presented by Dr. Jill Calder, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Region and parent of a child with ASD
May 14 & May 21 ?What is ABA? Lovaas, Verbal Behaviour and More: An Introduction for Parents? Presented by Suzanne Jacobsen Ph.D., BCBA, Clinical Director, ABA Learning Centre
May 28 ?How to be a Parent & a Key Member of Your Child?s Treatment Team?  Presented by Dr. Jill Calder, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Region
June 4 & June18 ?Encouraging Parent Child Interaction - Tips for Parents? Presented by Gerry Kysela, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Family Centred Practices Group
June 11 ?Book Keeping for Individual Funding Programs - What Parents Need to Know About Paying Professionals and Behaviour Interventionists? Presented by Doug Querns, Certified General Accountant & parent of two children with ASD

Costs:     $35 per session per parent $60 per session for both parents. Parents can use their autism funding for these                                     training opportunities. Bursaries may be available for low income families.These workshops are not restricted to parents                 who have a child diagnosed with ASD. Professionals are also welcomed if space allows; however, parents will be given                 priority. ACT now accepts credit card payment.

For more information on these workshops, including specific locations, please visit our website at www.actbc.ca contact ACT by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (604) 205-5467. Please use our toll free number, 1-866-939-5188, if you live outside the Lower Mainland. We can also mail or fax the registration form.

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9.  MARCH FOR CHILDCARE ON MOTHER'S DAY

Lack of Childcare Program in Canada Points to Sexism:
Mothers and Childcare workers vow to march for childcare on Mother?s Day

(Vancouver, Canada) ? Pointing to the decades of unfulfilled promises for a
national childcare program in Canada, Grassroots Women asserts that it is
the result of sexism in the Canadian government. To bring this issue to light,
the organization will host a Mother?s Day March and Rally on May 8 under the
banner ?Universal Childcare is a Women?s Right!?

?Childcare is a working class women?s issue,? explains Marlee Oulett, a
mother and an organizer with Grassroots Women. ?We are overwhelmingly the ones
taking care of our kids at home and those working in the childcare field.?

Studies have found that Canadian women still have the primary responsibility
for childcare: in one study, over 75% of women stated they had the primary
responsibility for arranging childcare and were four times more likely to
stay home with a sick child than men in the study. Women also account for over
97% of those providing childcare in the public and private sectors.

?The lack of action to implement a childcare program points to a lack of
genuine respect for advancing women?s equality,? asserts Rachel Rosen,
childcare worker and organizer with Grassroots Women. ?The lack of universal
childcare contributes to stalling working class women?s development and
trapping us in poverty.?

?Because I didn?t qualify for a full subsidy, I had to pay for childcare
when I make little more than welfare rates working in factory. Most of my income
went to childcare. It?s impossible to advance my education or save for our
future,? continues Marlee, mother of three children under 12. ?When I was doing
seasonal work, it was the hardest. Sometimes we had to work for 25 days straight and
we?d lose our jobs if we didn?t do all the shifts: try finding and affording
childcare for 25 days in a row, 12 hours per day!?

While the federal government continues to speak about implementing a
national childcare system, they have yet to put any guarantees in place to ensure
that it will be directly towards a public, not-for-profit system or that the
exploitative and defacto Canadian childcare program ? the Live-in Caregiver
Progam ? will be scrapped. ?Since childcare programs fall under provincial
jurisdiction, we need more than just a cash infusion to the provinces. In
BC, we have seen increased federal funding in the past few years, yet for
mothers and childcare workers there is now even less access to quality childcare.
Childcare should not be a tug of war but a basic right for women and our
families!? continues Rosen.
The Mother?s Day March and Rally will begin at 2:00pm on May 8 at Woodland
Park (Adanac and Woodland). Protesters will march to Grandview Park (Commercial
and Charles) for a program of speakers, performers and children?s activities.
Everyone is welcome to join together under the call: ?Universal childcare is
a women?s right!?!

For more information, contact Rachel Rosen at Grassroots Women: (604)
682-4451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Grassroots Women
#304 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
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(604) 682-4451

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10.  MUSIC FOR MOM
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Marnie Wilson at 604.685.5575 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For Immediate Release / Photos & Interviews Available Upon Request

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Music for Mother's Day

BOUQUET - Music for Mom

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2005 Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver)

Tickets: $16-$23 at Ticketmaster (604.280.3311 or www.ticketmaster.ca)

Vancouver, BC... Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir draw a close to their 34th concert season with a special afternoon celebration  on Mother's Day.  Pianist Linda Lee Thomas and bassist Miles Hill join the Choir for a concert that features works from Berring, Schumann, Washburn, Shearing, Boulanger, Parker and Strauss.  BOUQUET - MUSIC FOR MOM takes place at 3pm on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Ryerson United Church (2195 W. 45th Avenue, at Yew).  Tickets at Ticketmaster, call 604.280.3311 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.

"Mothers should have music on their day, for music is the perfect gift," says Washburn.  "It is brief yet lasts forever.  It mirrors our inner thoughts. It says without words the things we find hard to express."

"Music is poetry in perpetual motion," he continues, and has selected a variety of works based on the idea.  The performance opens with Peter Berring's Strings in the Earth and Air, inspired by the poetry of James Joyce. George Shearing's Songs and Sonnets offer a setting for some of William Shakespeare's writings.  In Songstream Alice Parker has found melodies to expand upon the words of Edna St. Vincent Millay.  Clara Shumann based her Drei gemischte Ch?re on those of Emanual Geibel.

Mothers, and others, may also enjoy Lili Boulanger's Hymne au Soliel, Jon Wahburn's O sacrum convivium and An der sch?nen, blauen Donau by Johann Strauss, Jr.

"Yes, mothers should have music on their day," beams Washburn.  "And every mother's boy or girl!"

About the Vancouver Chamber Choir
The Vancouver Chamber Choir is Canada's outstanding professional vocal ensemble.  Based on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia, conductor Jon Washburn and his twenty singers are noted for diverse repertoire and performing excellence.  The ACDA Choral Journal has declared the VCC to be "as fine a vocal chamber group as any in the world today".

About guest artist Linda Lee Thomas, piano
Linda Lee Thomas is Vancouver's most eclectic pianist: a musician whose performances are, according to The Vancouver Sun, infused with "subtlety, elegance and fire".  Miss Thomas is currently Principal Pianist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. For seventeen years (1975-1992) she was highly visible to Vancouver audiences as Artistic Director and prima performer of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre's hugely successful chamber music series, Masterpiece Music. In 2000, Linda Lee was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the industry.

About guest artist Miles Hill, bass
Miles Foxx Hill studied with Dave Holland, bassist for the great Miles Davis. He has played on over 300 album projects for artists as diverse as P.J. Perry and the Rankin Family, to children's entertainer Raffi. In 1991, Miles received a Juno Award and a Gold Record for his work on Renegade Romantic by Paul Janz. Most recently, Miles has recorded, mixed, mastered and co-produced a CD for vocalist Joani Taylor that was also nominated for a Juno Award. Miles Hill is currently producing, recording and performing music for artists and films in studios in and around Vancouver

For further information about the Vancouver Chamber Choir, its concert season, educational programs, group bookings and subscription offers call 604.738.6822 or visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com.

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11.  MEL LEHAN CHALLENGES GORDON CAMPBELL

Below is my invitation for you to join me at a special election benefit for my friend and local Vancouver-Point Grey NDP candidate Mel Lehan - the man who is running to personally defeat Premier Gordon Campbell.
 
I hope you can come out for this great dinner event I am hosting with my wife Shirley Ross - featuring special guests Joy MacPhail, Darlene Marzari and Tom Perry at Chivana restaurant on 4th Avenue Thursday May 12.
 
Details are below - don't miss it!

Dinner for a Winner:  Mel Lehan

The only NDP candidate who can defeat Gordon Campbell!

Join Mel Lehan, NDP candidate in Vancouver-Point Grey for a fantastic benefit dinner ? featuring NDP House Leader Joy MacPhail, and former Point Grey NDP MLAs Darlene Marzari and Tom Perry.

Hosted by political commentator and newspaper columnist Bill Tieleman and Shirley Ross, health care activist, this will be the most enjoyable and tasty benefit of the 2005 election.

The event takes place on Thursday May 12 at the fabulous Chivana restaurant in the heart of Kitsilano at 2340 West Fourth Avenue near Vine, from 6 p.m. ? for drinks, 7 p.m. for a marvelous dinner and 8 p.m. for brief speeches.   Chivana was voted the best Asian fusion restaurant in the city last year by Vancouver Sun readers.

Mel Lehan is a dedicated community activist and former teacher who has been honoured by both the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce and the David Suzuki Foundation for his contributions to the community.

Mel Lehan is the only candidate in the entire province who can personally defeat BC Premier Gordon Campbell but he needs your help to win.

Don?t miss this event - where else can you:

Eat to defeat the Premier?
Drink to sink Gordon Campbell?
Donate to seal the fate of the BC Liberals?

Tickets are $100 each or 10 tickets for $900.  A tax-deductible political contribution receipt for $65 will be issued for each $100 ticket.

PLEASE RSVP TODAY ? by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone to 604-928-0763.

Cheques should be made out to: BC NDP - Vancouver-Point Grey
Send your cheques to: Mel Lehan May 12 Dinner c/o Mel Lehan Campaign Office, 2610 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC  V6K 2G3

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12.  CALL FOR PAPERS

The following Call for Papers from Canadian Woman Studies (a publication affiliated with York University) is on Rural Women in Canada.

There are various suggested topics below with many different creative avenues: Invited are essays, research reports, true stories, poetry, drawings, and other artwork that illuminate these issues.
The new deadline for submissions is May 15, 2005.

Please post this notice and spread this information by word-of-mouth around your community.

If you decide to submit something, please feel free to send a copy (by mail, email, or fax) to the BC Rural Women's Network. It would be wonderful to post your words and creative contributions on our website to share with other members of the Network. What a great opportunity to further share your experiences of living in rural and remote areas of the province.

Thanks to Shauna Paull with the Immigrating Women in Science Project for the following announcement

~Nythalah

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme (cws/cf)
Call for Papers

Rural Women in Canada (Vol. 24, Nos. 3,4)

DEADLINE EXTENDED!
CWS/cf plans to commit the Summer 2005 issue to an exploration of the diversity of Canadian rural women?s experiences (factory, fisheries, forestry, farming) and revealing some of the less visible dimensions of that experience.

Articles will turn a rural lens on familiar women?s issues and consider the implications of both of these for policy, both explicitly rural policy, and other policy, the rural dimensions of which are rarely considered (e.g. workfare).

This issue will address fairly specific policy considerations/options with respect to the gendering of rural work (unpaid and paid), gendering of rural care (home care, community care, environmental care), and gendering of policy (work and care). The focus will to be to help make connections and to encourage thinking about policy and strategies with a gender/rural lens, and advocate a gender agenda for rural policy makers, and a rural agenda for women?s policy makers.

Possible topics include:
? Diversity and difference
? Rural immigration experience
? Rural migrant worker experience
? Globalization, trade, rural restructuring and their implications for women
? ?New rural governance?
? Impact of government policies (EI, health care delivery, training, resource regulations etc)
? Impact of the changing rural economy on rural women?s lives
? Activism and women?s resistance
? Rural feminisms
? Rural women?s organizations (esp. as service providers in context of state cutbacks)
? Services: childcare, healthcare, training, etc.
? Issues for younger/older rural women
? Rural community sustainability
? The rural experience of non-rural policy
? Violence
? Self-employment
? Sexualities
? The crisis in agriculture
? Remote communities
? First Nations women in rural communities
? Women aging in rural communities
? The rural service economy
? Tourism
? Transportation
? Urban -rural relationships and links
? Strategies for communicating rural women?s issues
? Women?s experiences of environments and environmentalism

Your ideas for additional topics are welcome.

Invited are essays, research reports, true stories, poetry, drawings, and other artwork that illuminate these issues.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 15th, 2005

Articles should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 12 pages long (3000 words). A short (50-word) abstract of the article and a brief biographical note must accompany each submission. We give preference to previously unpublished material. If possible, please submit graphics or photographs to accompany your article. Please note CWS/cf reserves the right to edit manuscripts with respect to length and clarity, and in conformity with our house-style. To encourage use of the material published, CWS/cf has granted electronic rights to Gale Group, Micromedia Proquest and the H. W. Wilson. Any royalties received will be used by CWS/cf to assist the publication in disseminating its message.
Write or call as soon as possible indicating your intention to submit your work.

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme
212 Founders, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Telephone: (416) 736-5356 Fax: (416) 736-5765   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Luciana Ricciutelli
Editor-in-Chief
Inanna Publications and Education Inc.,
operating as Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme
212 Founders College
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416.736.5356
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Visit our website at: www.yorku.ca/cwscf

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BC Rural Women's Network
P.O. Box 1242  Vernon, BC  V1T 6N6
ph:  (250) 542-7531  fax:  (250) 545-6406
www.bcruralwomen.ca
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13.  BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TENT CITY

ACTION CALL OUT!

MAY 17 8:00AM
GRANDVIEW WOODLAND PARK
1200 Block Commerial Drive

DEMANDING THE REMOVAL OF SECTION 67 OF THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
ON THIS DAY PERSONS WITH HOMES WILL GIVE OUT TENTS  TO THE HOMELESS
ON THIS DAY THE POLICE WILL SHUT THE EVENT DOWN
ON THIS DAY THE VOTERS AND NON VOTERS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WILL WITNESS WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN A VOID & NULL VOTE, OR CHOOSING NOT TO VOTE AT ALL TO BRING JUSTICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES.
ON THIS DAY VOTERS AND NON VOTERS CAN BEGIN THE PROCESS OF GIVING STATUS ABORIGINAL PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT.

TAKE ACTION! BRING A TENT TO GIVE AWAY. MAY 17 8:00AM

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14.  SPOKEN WORD, SLAM POETRY, WORD/MUSIC FUSION

step right up, ladies + gentlemen, for an exciting evening of spoken word, slam poetry + word/music fusion @ the solstice cafe...

the canadian festival of spoken word is being held in vancouver from 11-15 october, 2005. + here's your chance to get on board.

10 spots open for compitition - 4 make the team.  (first come first serve - performance order is random)

this is your chance to represent victoria in an expense-paid trip to vancouver, + be a part of some of the greatest spoken word in the country.

the slamoff will be held according to regular slam rules - each contestant will have 3 minutes to perform a piece + be judged by the people chosen randomly for the seats of power (there will be 5 of 'em - drop the high + low scores, keep the middle 3). top 7 will go on to the 2nd round after a brief interlude from the feature performers. top 4 cumulative totals @ the end of 2 rounds will be the official victoria cfsw team.

then it will be time to sit back, relax + enjoy a blowout feature performance from:

THE FUGITIVES
(cr avery, barbara adler, mark berube + brendan mcleod)

making their return appearance @ the solstice cafe.

host to be announced.

...if anyone had questions/comments or requires further information, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

hope to see you all there.

27 may 2005
sign-up @ 1800h, the heat is on @ 1830.

$5 @ the door (no one turn'd away for lack of $$$).

~s.

(ps: please pass this along to anyone you think may be interested.)
--
"injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
~martin luther king, jr.

From: shayne

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15.  HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

Human rights film festival seeking films and videos

Films are now being accepted for consideration for the 10th annual Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver, set for November 3-6 this year. Short and feature-length documentary and dramatic films on a wide variety of human rights issues and themes are welcome. For more information and an entry form visit www.amnesty.bc.ca/filmfest or contact Don Wright at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline is May 31, 2005.

Thank you,

Don Wright
Regional Development Coordinator, BC/Yukon
Amnesty International Canada -- Pacific Regional Office
#430 - 319 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1T4
http://www.amnesty.bc.ca
604-294-5160

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16.   BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR LOCAL LIVING ECONOMIES
 
The Third Annual International BALLE Conference

When:   Thursday, June 2nd,to Sunday,  June 5th, 2005  
Where: On the UBC Campus, Vancouver,  Canada

More than ever, people are coming together to increase prosperity and  equity in our society, strengthen local communities and preserve our  natural environment. The BALLE conference is a gathering of bright and  dedicated contributors to the shift towards flourishing living economies.  The power to regain local control of our economy is definitely within our  reach as individuals. Please join us.  Register before May 15th for the early bird rate of $300 (Cdn). Look  below to find out who'll be there and how you can be too.

Our website at  http://www.ballebc.com carries  complete info on the conference schedule and a full list of speakers. 
 
Keynote  Speakers

Donna Morton,
director of the Centre for Integral  Economics

David Korten,
author of When Corporations Rule the  World from Bainbridge Island, WA, is also chair of the Positive  Futures Network and president of the People Centered Development Forum

Michael Shuman,
author of Going Local and Local  First is VP of Enterprise Development at Training and Development  Corporation
 
Judy Wicks,
is co-founder of BALLE and owner of White Dog  Cafe in Philadelphia. She works locally and internationally supporting and  inspiring cultural change.

Jim Hightower,
a former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, he  has been called America's most popular populist. He works to revitalize  grassroots politics as an author, speaker and radio commentator.

David Suzuki,
renowned Canadian scientist, environmentalist  and broadcaster has been challenging us to live sustainably.

Malaika Edwards,
co-founder of People's Grocery, and food  justice activist in Oakland
 
Tom Linzey,
founder of the Community Environmental Legal  Defense Fund, based in Pennsylvania.
 
Cliff Fregin,
Co-owner of HaidaBucks Cafe in Masset, Haida  Gwaii and COO of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association.

Full schedule details are available at http://www.ballebc.com

Local First Trade  Show

As a business owner, you definitely want to be part of the exciting  Local First Trade Show. This one day event will serve to showcase  businesses that are part of our local economies. To reserve your table, go  to http://www.ballebc.com .
 
More about BALLE
 
BALLE's mission is to catalyze, strengthen and connect local business  networks dedicated to building strong Local Living Economies.

BALLE currently serves 19 networks in the US and Canada. A Local Living  Economy ensures economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy  community life and natural life, as well as long-term economic viability.
 
Every day choices are made which impact and shape our  emerging local and global economies. These choices reflect the interests,  ideas and values of those who make them. Our Local Living Economy leaders  are making choices that reflect the highest level of care they can  collectively imagine. We invite you to join them .

To  receive information about upcoming BALLE events, please send  a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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17.  PART OF THE JOEY ONLY EVENTS COMPILATION LIST

YALE CANCELS JOHN GRAHAM BENEFIT

Perhaps it is only a wild rumour but the word on the street is that the
John Graham Benefit at the Yale was cancelled due to theatening phone
calls.  The show was slated for April 28th and was to feature Manik, Joey
Only, Andy Mason and the Tricksters and more.  I encourage everyone to
call the Yale and show their dissaproval with such a low and cowardly act.
 Support John Graham and his fight against extradition to the US
(www.johngrahamdefense.org)

The Yale Hotel
1300 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M7
phone: (604) 681-9253
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POLITICAL PRISONER PREVENTION PROGRAM PART 2

date changed to Friday May 13th

...ANOTHER SHOWCASE OF POLITICAL & ENLIGHTENED ENTERTAINMENT... all proceeds
given directly to radicals facing criminal charges

POLITICAL PRISONER PREVENTION PROGRAM PART II saturday may 14th, doors open
at 7:30PM PICADILLY PUB, 622 WEST PENDER

ADMISSION $5-20, but no one turned away

this money raised from this showcase will go to: -JOHN GRAHAM DEFENCE; to
help with the burdens that former American Indian Movement member John
Graham's family faces while waiting for the appeal process to start over his
extradition case to the United States. -FRANK MARTIN; a local native
soveriegntist facing obstruction charges after an RCMP Division E
intelligence officer pulled him over on the highway near Abbotsford.
FEATURING THE PERFORMANCES OF: BETTY CRACKER - female foursome of political
punk rock RICKY LAVALLIE - a native bluegrass player from downtown eastside.
ANDY MASON - Mohawk/Upper Cayuga folk and rock songwriter. THE ANGRY COMIC
MARK SMITH - hosts comedy night at Granville's Cellar. CORWIN FOX -
songwriter and producer from Victoria B.C. HOSTED BY - Joey Only, local
anarchist bluesygrass songwriter. more acts to be announced as various
negotiations continue...

prizes, raffles, draws, giveaways, art SATURDAY MAY 14th AT THE PICADILLY
PUB

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SOUND RESISTANCE SPRING SPECIAL/MAYDAY

Tune into CFRO 102.7 CO-OP RADIO from 7-9 on Mayday for a special SOUND
RESISTANCE program of revolutionary rock, punk, folk, bluegrass and more
with host Joey Only.  Consider taking out a membership to Co-op radio and
support the only radio station of its kind in Vancouver.

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100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR IWW

The Industrial Workers of the World turn 100 this year, join us at:
the Picadilly Pub 622 Pender Street Saturday June 11th, doors open at 7:30
tickets $5 at the door, no one turned away

While the Pacific Northwest Labour Historian Society is in town we aim to
host a rockin party to get them all drunk and happy.  Join Vancouver IWW for
a night of entertainment, history, stories, and recollections along with
radical labour, union and working class songs dug up from history.
PERFORMANCES ALREADY INCLUDE: DAN KEETON AND THE DIGGERS: Their name comes
from the rebellion of 1649 JOEY ONLY: Vancouver's punk radical bluesygrass
anarcho-folk singer SOLIDARITY NOTES: A choir dedicated to singing the old
radical hymns. JESS GRANT: Seatte singer songwriter, IWW member and
established artist.

contact: Gord Flett from IWW: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Joey Only from Ravenhymn
Productions: joeyonly @ ravenhymn.com

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CITIZENS RULE, NEW ANTI-GORDON CAMPBELL COMPILATION CD
www.bcfiberals.com

Stop by Redcat Records or a King Revolution and pick up this new 20 song
compilation with recordings by DOA, GEOFF BERNER, TODD BUTLER, BETTY
CRACKER, JOEY ONLY, BOB STUBBS and more.  This CD in non-partisan meaning it
does not endorse any political party.

This is the only compilation of its kind and it perked the ears up of CBC
NEWS who has recorded a number of us live and will run a long newspeice
possibly this Friday but more likely next week on Canada Now.  Yesterday
Betty Cracker and Joey Only met with Bob Nixon and his cameraman Mike at
Faceplant Studios for a full Anti-Campbell filming session.

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NEW CD RELEASES FROM THE REBEL SPELL AND RAE SPOON

Check out our comrades websites, www.therebelspell.org ,political punk
www.raespoon.com, modern countryish cow-folk

Both Rae and the Rebel Spell have just released new CD's.  Stop by your
local underground distributor (redcat records on Main st or A Kind
Revolution on Hastings) and pick yours up today.  Support your local radical
entertainers.

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that's all for April, thanks a lot joeyonly

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18.  COPE UPDATE
April 08, 2005

COPE SCHOOL TRUSTEES PROTECT STUDENTS AT BC SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING.
Vancouver COPE School Trustees Adrienne Montani, Noel Herron, Angela Kenyon, Allan Wong, and Jane Bouey worked with trustees from across BC to pass important motions at last month's BC School Trustees Annual General Meeting in Victoria. COPE Trustees used resolutions and a question period with the BC Liberal's Minister of Education, to demand adequate funding, oppose privatization of public education and defend publicly elected school boards.

The most significant Vancouver motion on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified youth passed by a large majority. The motion states:  "That the BCSTA encourage and support school district policies that specifically address the safety concerns of, and prohibit discrimination against, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified students, as well as students who are harassed due to perceptions of their gender identity or sexual orientation.."

Also passing with near unanimous support was a Vancouver motion calling on the "Minister of Education to provide funding to school boards to support universal access to All-Day Kindergarten."

And near unanimous support was given to a resolution calling on the Ministry "to provide necessary funding to complete seismic upgrades of all identified at-risk schools within 10 years, with the highest priority being upgrades within 3 - 5 years for all schools assessed as being at high risk."

Vancouver Trustees also ensured that BCSTA policy continues to call for "raising welfare rates to at least the minimum poverty line."

Vancouver motions that did not pass included a resolution on the elimination of the new provincial Grade 10 exams. COPE Trustees noted that there is no evidence that standardized Grade 10 exams improves learning, and the exams could narrow curriculum to the exams, and download more work on teachers.

Vancouver's lone NPA Trustee supported Grade 10 exams.

VANCOUVER PARK BOARD OPTS FOR FAIR-TRADED PRODUCTS
Mar 28, 2005 - COPE Park Commissioners have approved an ethical purchasing policy for products sold in Vancouver park concessions.

Vancouver Park Board was following on City Council's earlier decision to pass an ethical purchasing policy that requires suppliers to follow a sustainability code that ensures  workers who make products that are used or sold by the City and Park Board are protected by accepted health and safety standards.

Commissioner Lyndsay Poaps and her fellow COPE Commissioners pushed hard to get ethical purchasing in public parks.

"It is important for the parks board to be on board," said Poaps. "We are the city's principal buyer through golf courses and food revenues. Over a year we get, on average, $400,000 in revenue from the 15 park concession stands and the three golf course clubhouses."
The Vancouver Park Board spends about $1.5 million purchasing foodstuffs and other supplies.

DRAFT COPE SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET - NO LAY-OFFS, SMALLER CLASSES, FOCUS ON LEARNING
The Vancouver School Board has issued its first draft of the 2005-06 budget. Using public input received over two years of consultations, and working with an addition of $6.8 million in funds, COPE Trustees are ensuring no lay-offs this year. They also want to  decrease class-sizes in intermediate grades, increasing the number of teacher-librarians, and  assign more staff to ESL and special needs. The Board is proposing  All Day Kindergarten for  Vancouver's  twelve inner city schools. Other areas proposed for renewed support include: clerical, school administration, fine arts, mini-schools, teacher development, technology and library resources.

The public can learn more about the draft budget, on Tuesday, April 12th, at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of Jamieson Elementary, 6350 Tisdall Street., Vancouver.

A revised budget will be presented at the School Board Offices 1580 W Broadway at 5 pm on Monday April 18. Another opportunity for the public to give input on the budget will be at 7 pm on Thurs, April 21 in the VSB Board Room also at 1580 w Broadway.

Individuals and groups who wish to speak at the April 12 and/or April 21 should call 604-713-5283 no later than two days before the meeting.
For details of the draft budget, and how to make your views known, go to www.vsb.bc.ca
 
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19.  WHAT'S GONE WRONG WITH THE VANCOUVER POUND
KILLING HEALTHY DOGS IN A NO-KILL PUBLIC FACILITY
April 9, 2005. The Vancouver Animal Shelter, formerly know as the Vancouver
Pound, is a city-run and taxpayer funded facility which bills itself as
Canada's 1st No-Kill Shelter on its website. The staff and volunteers who
work and volunteer their time there do so in large part because of the
shelter's commitment to a no-kill policy. Fundraising letters and appeals
always mention the no-kill status of the shelter.

Imagine the shock of horrified no-kill activists when they discovered city
employees quietly bringing drugged animals into an after-hours veterinary
clinic in Vancouver to have them killed. When the activists started asking
questions about the animals, the city staff refused to answer, calling on a
supervisor and quickly removing the dogs from sight. The activists, one a
former politician who had voted for increased funding for the shelter based
on the no-kill policy, the other a prominent campaigner for no-kill
shelters and humane bylaws in the lower mainland, were then ejected from
the clinic at 41st and Fraser by the owner of the clinic who tried to make
arrangements to have the dogs killed at another time and place. Both
activists waited on the sidewalk for the city employee in charge to exit,
Ms. Katy Ernst, who spoke briefly with them but refused to answer most of
their questions pertaining to the dogs. She did say that the dogs were not
ordered destroyed by a court, and that one of the dogs was alleged to have
bitten the former owner, although this was not corroborated by physical or
medical evidence. Nor was Ernst able to confirm whether or not the dogs had
been properly evaluated by an animal behaviourist for treatment of
behavioural problems caused by abuse and trauma.

Both activists offered to locate qualified dog trainers (in secure
facilities if need be) and pay for the treatment of any behavioural
problems the Vancouver Animal Shelter staff were unequipped or unwilling to
deal with. This offer was refused at the time by Ms. Ernst, but remains
open. Earnst also refused to reveal who order the dogs killed, and the
shelter manager Nancy Clay, who is also a dog breeder, was unavailable at
the time. Bob Christofoli her assistant, was not at work that day either.
Attempts to contact shelter staff and managerial staff at the shelter to
discover the current status of the dogs and investigate how such an
incident should come to pass have been unsuccessful at this point.

City Councilor Tim Louis expressed outrage at the situation and plans to
investigate the matter. Said Louis I am strongly opposed to euthanasia of
animals and called placement of special needs dogs needing rehabilitation
in the community with qualified volunteers a practical solution to the
problem. Louis is on the Finance Committee, which oversees funding to the
shelter.

Financial and managerial oversight of the facility clearly needs to be
reviewed, as Freedom of Information requests by Animal Rights Coalition
spokesperson Donna Liberson which advocates for no-kill shelters reveal
that city staff had been systematically destroying legal records of animals
which the the Animal Rights Coalition had inquired about. Their fate is not
known, and in a public facility, this lack of accountability and
transparency is both unacceptable and shocking. Liberson comments: "We also
discovered veterinary bills paid for by the City of Vancouver for animals
that were not Vancouver Pound animals. A forensic audit of the pound must
be done."

Former Park Commissioner Roslyn Cassells received numerous calls from
volunteers and staffers at the shelter reporting concerns that they knew or
suspected that animals were being killed away from the public eye. This has
now been clearly evidenced with a number of witnesses to this incident.
Furthermore she received calls about animal research done on shelter dogs
by UBC researchers studying the effect of social and physical deprivation
on dogs. Some of the dogs in the study who were in the deprived group had
such declines in their overall health that they moved from being considered
adoptable to unadoptable. The debate over the ethics of using seized and
lost dogs, who could easily be someone's pet gone missing, in a long study
which could adversely effect their health went unspoken as staff and
volunteers asking questions or questioning the study were strongly
discouraged. Eventually the dogs in the study, which was never reviewed at
city council, were moved to a locked area in the facility where only
specific staff and researchers were permitted. Other staffers and
volunteers who had previously been regularly visiting and exercising the
dogs were forbidden to do so. During the period of the study the animals
were removed from the possibility of adoption and were used only as
research subjects for the UBC study. A number of dogs was released
informally to UBC researchers. What was the fate of those animals?

Cassells commented When I was an elected representative on the park board
from 1999-2002 I received a lot of complaints from members of the public
that the pound was not doing enough bylaw enforcement. When I asked pound
officials about this they said they needed more money for enforcement. I
voted in favor of large budget increases to the pound to increase bylaw
enforcement in the park system and improve animal welfare. However, despite
huge infusions of cash and significant infrastructure improvements to the
physical plant and the level of staffing, the complaints increased. I am
concerned about how the money is being used at this facility. I am
concerned about the fact that the animals do not receive basic preventative
vaccinations and their veterinary care seems inadequate. Where did all the
money go that was meant to help the animals? Why is the public being asked
to donate money to this facility under the guise of a no-kill shelter when
the shelter is clearly killing animals and even using them as research
subjects. A homeless animal needs advocacy, not exploitation. A strong
light needs to be shone on the Vancouver Animal Shelter at this time. The
City of Vancouver needs to decide if they are willing to go to bat for
homeless animals or not. They are truly the most voiceless and powerless
members of our community. If we are truly civilized we must oppose any
attempts to abuse, kill, or use these living creatures in any way which
goes against their nature.

The greatness of a nation is measured by how its weakest members are
treated Ghandi

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20.  INNER SANCTUARY IS SEEKING ROOMMATES WITH SOUL and/or SOUL MATES WITH ROOM!

Inner Sanctuary, a creative space overlooking Porpoise Bay and the Sechelt Inlet on the serene Sunshine Coast, is seeking full/part time community-minded people to live in an artistic, playful,  Intentional Home. We are focused and committed to our spiritual and personal growth, Self sustainability and conscious living, empowering each other to live in our greatness.  Our uniquely designed haven is fully furnished, non smoking and eco-friendly.  Shanti, the resident kitty loves snuggling with anyone who allows her purrrrrrfection.

Lots of space in this large home to be inspired, rejuvenate, create your dreams, work and play.  It's a sweet retreat only an hour and a half from Vancouver.  Available immediately to rent weekly or monthly.  You may consider IS as a home away from home for a few days per week or weekends only.   Teachers, Healers, Travellers, Community builders are welcome to come explore all unlimited possibilities.  Transformation and expansion is likely, so BE prepared.

Fully Furnished Theme Rooms, $400 - 550/mth., all inclusive of utilities, wireless internet, hot tub, ocean view, yoga/meditation/dance/play space.  Partial exchange considered, ie...looking for magical maintenance man.

This is a unique sacred space .  Come live/work/play with us the temple of IS.

To Further explore possibilities, check us out at www.innersanctuary.ca and call to come visit 604.885.6688

Namaste,
Kristina K.
 
www.innersanctuary.ca
"A Tantric Temple, devoted to the Divine!"
 
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Vancouver 604-985-PLAY (7529)
Sechelt     604-885-6688
Cell           604-328-1924
Anywhere  1-866-ONE-LOVE
 
"I AM an archaeologist of the human psyche. I AM Love. I AM Goddess re-born. I AM co-creating a divine new reality in Love & Consciousness. I AM."  KVK

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21.  COPE ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE: PLANNING BEGINS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION
April 22, 2005

Close to 300 COPE members packed the 2005 Annual General Meeting at the Maritime Labour Centre on April 17  to choose a new Executive and start building for this November's Vancouver civic election.

COPE's 2005 Executive members are:

Gary Onstad, External Chairperson
Donalda Greenwell-Baker ,Internal Chairperson,
Deming Smith, Treasurer
Paul Houle, Recording Secretary,
Mabel Elmore, Membership Secretary.
Sharon Costello, Corresponding Secretary
David Chudnovsky, Fundraiser.
Mebrat Kebrade, Member-at-Large,
Paul Tetrault, Member-at-Large
Spencer Herbert, Member-at-Large
Janet Routledge, Member-at-Large.

COPE members approved a number of changes to COPE's Constitution including one that enables those who are underemployed, or unable to pay a membership fee, to become COPE members.

COPE members also overwhelmingly approved a motion to direct the COPE Executive to meet with the Friends of Larry Campbell and begin talks about building a coalition leading into the fall election.

For more information on AGM  motions and  changes to the COPE Constitution, go to:  www.cope.bc.ca.

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22.  ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF INCOME ASSISTANCE POLICY

I am a University of Victoria School of Social Work practicum student at the Constituency office of Jenny Kwan and I am currently developing a report on single parents and income assistance - specifically the rule that moves single parents off of income assistance and into the workforce when their youngest child is 3.
 
I am doing a 4-fold survey to look at how this rule is impacting the women, their children and the community.  I have surveys designed for:
- women who have children under 3,
- women whose youngest is over 3
- organizations who work primarily with low income and/or parenting women (such as job preparatory programs for parenting women)
- organizations who have a wide clientele base which includes low income parenting women (such as food banks & daycares). 

I am asking for assistance from organizations that are willing to fill out organization based surveys and/or distribute surveys to program participants who may be impacted by the rule to move single mothers off of income assistance.  When finished this report will be submitted to the Opposition Research to help guide policy with regards to this rule.  And I will make copies of a summary of the report available to organizations that have assisted in its completion.

Now I recognize that this may be more complex for your organization and rural women in general which is why I am seeking perhaps other suggestions of how I can work with your organization in order to help rural women have a say in how this policy affects them.  I really think it's important that rural women's voices are also heard in respect to this policy.

Andrea Vollans
Practicum Student at Jenny Kwan's constituency office
604 775 0790
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Last Updated on Saturday, 30 April 2005 03:43