Impressive start to a weekend of bringing together diverse social movements. The theme: Build Together—Win Together—The Future Is Ours!
It is less than a week until the start of the Peoples' Social Forum—a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships.
"Making real change and improvements in the child welfare system is going to require the will of the B.C. government and a much more strategic action and investment plan for recruitment, health and safety, and retention of frontline workers." — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Aboriginal leaders hope to raise attention on education issues facing First Nations and alter the current bill before Parliament.
"Be creative, be outspoken, be daring. Your voice is powerful. Your stories are moving. People need to hear them because they will make a difference." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Help tell Toys "R" Us that one in seven kids in Ontario live in poverty. If the company cares about our communities, it should support a minimum wage that brings families out of poverty.
“We are trained to diffuse and de-escalate only one-on-one altercations. That’s worlds away from what we’re facing with group and gang violence,” said Bruce England, OPSEU Local 290 President.
"The voters of London West deserve no less than to hear from candidates on the issue of a moratorium on job cuts.'" - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Despite scathing report on mental health services for children and youth, program at B.C. Children's Hospital sees hours cut and staff eliminated.
“Why are some programs being treated differently than others? This discrepancy amounts to program cuts by stealth and bad faith bargaining,” says Harmston.