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Tla’amin Nation, B.C. and Canada initial final agreement

Chief negotiators for Canada, British Columbia and the Tla’amin Nation (Sliammon First Nation) initialed a Final Agreement last week. This initialing marks an important step toward a treaty that would bring economic and social benefits to the First Nation and the Powell River region.    “With 50 per cent of Tla’amin Nation’s...

Occupy Surrey: George W. Bush met by War Criminal Welcoming Committee

On October 20th, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were invited by Mayor Diane Watts, the Surrey Board of Trade and Surrey City Council to speak at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.  Each former President was given $150,000 for their appearance, while the attendees paid an astonishing $599 each to...

Enforcement of natural resource acts to be simplified

The Natural Resource Compliance Act introduced this week will make it easier for compliance and enforcement officers to hold offenders accountable for violating natural resource legislation. If passed, the act will establish one designation, “natural resource officer,” which will allow officers to enforce a broader range of...

Coroners Service confirms identity of two more feet

The BC Coroners Service has identified a woman whose feet washed ashore in Richmond, in 2008. After an exhaustive post-mortem investigation by the Coroners Service, the feet were positively identified by DNA analysis as belonging to a New Westminster resident who committed suicide by jumping from the Pattulo Bridge into the...

COMMENT: The costs of being aboriginal in BC

Being First Nations in BC comes at too high a price. We all know the statistics: dismal success at (white) school; endemic poverty on and off reserve; half the prison population despite being only three percent of the Canadian population; high incidence of sexual abuse; the too high a percentage of children in care; high...

COMMENT: Hope, anger, courage: Day One of Occupy Vancouver

A global call was put out for a day of action on October 15th, 2011.  Inspired by the swelling movement at “Occupy Wall Street” and hundreds of similar protests around the world, Vancouver residents answered the beckon.  This morning marked the inception of Vancouver’s Occupy Movement with thousands converging at the Vancouver...

COMMENT: Time of use billing has always been the plan for Smart Meters

A confidential report on BC Hydro Smart Meter Business Case by Horizon Technologies Inc. states that "BC Hydro will maintain the same rate structures when Smart Meters are first put in, and implement new rate structures afterwards; so that Smart Meters aren't blamed for higher rates."Read the full confidential report here.Rich...

The 'Ethical Oil' bait-and-switch

In the ongoing campaign to put a positive spin on Alberta’s Tar Sands, proponents have deployed a new rhetorical attack: women’s rights. If you support women’s rights, say conservative pundits Ezra Levant and Alykhan Velshi, choose “ethical oil” over “conflict oil”. The phrase is now standard prose for the Harper government,...

COMMENT: Canada’s disappeared women

This fall British Columbia’s Missing Women Commission will finally begin its work. It does so in under a cloud of suspicion: an inadequate mandate, a potentially compromised commissioner, and a refusal to financially support affected native communities, families, and Vancouver Downtown Eastside community groups to participate...

Aboriginal groups slam police and justice system

The First Nations Summit (FNS), the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC (NCCABC) today expressed shock and outrage at the RCMP beating of a 17 year old handcuffed aboriginal girl in Williams Lake and an aboriginal death in...

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