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Tue Aug 31 10:35:20 PDT 2010


URGENT ACTION: PANDORA GREEN !! Come to City Hall Thursday morning!
An invitation from the Committee to End Homelessness, Harm Reduction
Victoria and the Victoria Coalition Against Poverty to community members
tenting on Pandora Green and their allies, supporters and friends:

On Thursday, Victoria's City Council will debate an amendment to the
"Streets and Traffic Bylaws" to "better regulate boulevards and medians".
 The amendment would force the people camping on the Pandora Boulevard
between Quadra and Cook to accept options dictated to them or to put their
tents up elsewhere.  The most marginalized members of our community will be
displaced once again.

Come to City Hall to show your opposition to the amendment!  Show your
support for peoples' rights and dignity!  We need a critical mass!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!! URGENT ACTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Thursday, September 2nd
Time: 10 am - approximately 11 am
Place: City Hall, Pandora between Douglas and Government

SOME BACKGROUND INFO:

- In October 2005, the City of Victoria issues an injunction against people
who are camping in a city-owned park. Lawyers challenge the injunction,
arguing people have no choice but to camp due to a lack of available shelter
beds.

- In May 2008, Victoria's only fixed-site needle exchange is closed and a
"no-go" zone banning the distribution of harm reduction supplies in most of
the downtown core is established.  People begin to gather on the boulevard
on "Pandora Green", although it is located within the "no-go" zone.

- In October 2008, the British Columbia Supreme Court strikes down a City of
Victoria bylaw aimed at preventing homeless people from setting up tents and
sleeping in city parks.  The Court rules that the bylaw deprived the
homeless of life, liberty and security in violation of the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.  The City appeals the decision.

- In April 2009, the City of Victoria approves a $250,000 plan to "beautify"
the boulevard on the 900 block of Pandora Ave.  The plan is designed to
discourage and/or prevent "loitering".  It includes paving the boulevard and
installing divided benches, floodlights and sprinklers.

- In June 2009, the City of Victoria loses its appeal of the Supreme Court
decision.

- In the spring of 2010, the City admits that no suitable proposals to
"beautify" Pandora for less than $250,000 were received.  The boulevard on
"Pandora Green" continues to be a home to many street-involved community
members who cannot access appropriate housing or health services.

- In August 2010, the City quickly and quietly proposes a modification to
the street and traffic bylaws, despite opposition within Council.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Pamphlet on Pandora Green:
http://vcapvictoria.wordpress.com/flyers-pamphlets-etc/

Additional websites:
www.harmreductionvictoria.ca
http://vcapvictoria.wordpress.com/
http://bchannelnews.tv/
http://bullsheet.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/street-beautification-or-social-cleansing/
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Enbridge issued final notice of trespass by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/tylermccreary/2010/08/enbridge-issued-final-notice-trespass-wetsuweten-hereditary-ch-0?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rabble-news+%28rabble.ca+-+News+for+the+rest+of+us%29


 By Tyler McCreary <http://rabble.ca/category/bios/tyler-mccreary>
| August 25, 2010

[image: Enbridge Protest at Smithers Council]

(Photo credit, Pat Moss)

On Tuesday, August 24th, representatives of Enbridge, Michelle Perret and
Kevin Brown, received formal notice from Wet'suweten hereditary chiefs
Hagwilakw (Antoinette Austin) and Toghestiy (Warner Naziel) that Enbridge
was trespassing on unceded Wet'suwet'en lands and did not have permission to
build a pipeline on their lands.

Enbridge had sent Perret and Brown to present the council of the Town of
Smithers with an update on their proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Involving a new twin pipeline system extending from Alberta to a new marine
terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, the proposed Northern Gateway
Pipeline plans to carry tar sands oil to port and natural gas condensate to
Alberta to thin the oil for pipeline transport.

Non-aboriginal community activists in tyvek coveralls with reflective vests
handed out brochures against the pipeline as people filed into the meeting,
while Wet'suwet'en activists stood holding banners proclaiming the need to
"yintah' wewat'zenli" (take care of the land), stop the pipeline, and
"respect Indigenous peoples' rights."

Inside, the council meeting was packed. As the Enbridge representatives
moved to the front of the room, members of the Wet'suwet'en greeted them
with a war song. Perret gave a short presentation, outlining how Enbridge
was cleaning up the recent pipeline spill in Michigan and then emphasizing
the thousands of jobs that building the Northern Gateway Pipeline would
create.
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At the end of the Enbridge presentation, Toghestiy took the floor, reminding
the Enbridge representatives that jurisdiction over Wet'suwet'en lands lay
with the Wet'suwet'en people not the municipal government. He stated
Enbridge did not have permission to be on the Likht'amisyu (Fireweed) clan's
territories and had already been warned that they were trespassing.
Hagwilakw and Toghestiy each hand delivered the Enbridge representatives an
eagle feather, issuing their final warning. To cheers from the assembled
crowd, Toghestiy stated that "further trespass will be dealt with under
Wet'suwet'en law."
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*GRAPHIC RADICALS *EXHIBIT
Aug 11 - Oct 31, 2010
Wed - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm

*Legacy Art Gallery and Café,*
630 Yates Street,
Victoria, BC
(250) 381-7670

http://uvac.uvic.ca/

*FREE ADMISSION*

Graphic Radicals is a themed presentation of the work of World War 3
Illustrated, a New York artist collective, from the 1980s to the present
day. The art confronts issues such as anti-war protests, squatting in New
York, the tragedies of 9-11, racism, prisons and anarchism through a variety
of mediums including: posters, graphic illustrations, paintings, banners and
other media.http://graphicradicals.blogspot.com/

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*~NEW CAPI INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE~*



Application Deadline: September 7, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. PST!


With funding support from CIDA through their International Youth Internship
Program<http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/acdi-cida.nsf/eng/JUD-330132840-NHG>(IYIP),
The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at
the University of Victoria is offering the following exciting six-month
placements for 2010-11:

   - *Community Development Advisor* with the *Centre for Marinelife
   Conservation and Community Development* in Hanoi, Vietnam
   - *Environmental Communication and Outreach Specialist* with the *Centre
   for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development* in Hanoi, Vietnam
   - *Project Officer* with *Migrant Forum in Asia* in Quezon City,
   Philippines
   - *Project Officer* with the *Center for Migrant Advocacy* in Quezon
   City, Philippines
   - *Communication and Media Specialist* with *Isis International* in
   Quezon City, Philippines
   - *Project Officer* with *The Worldfish Center - Philippines* in Los
   Banos, Philippines
   - *Project Officer* with the *Community Based Natural Resource Management
   Learning Institute* in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

*Basic Eligibility Requirements:*

To be eligible for our CIDA International Youth Internship Program
placements you must:

   - Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, or a person on
   whom refugee protection has been conferred
   - Be 30 years of age or under as of October 1, 2010
   - Have completed a post-secondary (i.e. College or University) degree or
   diploma and NOT currently registered in any educational program.  Note: You
   need to be finished your studies before your placement begins (i.e. by
   October 1, 2010)
   - Be unemployed or underemployed and not collecting Employment Insurance
   (EI).  Note: Applicants who have already had significant work experience in
   their field are not eligible for this program
   - Be genuinely interested in permanently entering the workforce and
   starting an international career



In addition:

   - This must be your FIRST placement with the Career Focus Program of the
   Government of Canada’s Youth Employment
Strategy<http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/yesprograms.shtml>(YES)
program
   - This must be your FIRST paid, career-related international work
   experience

* *

*To Apply: *

Applicants must submit an Application Form (available on our website), cover
letter, resume and transcripts (unofficial or official).  Applicants should
apply directly to the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.  Further
information about the program, eligibility requirements, and full
application details are available on CAPI's
website<http://www.capi.uvic.ca/opportunities/internship-program>
.

*Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday September 7, 2010 at
9:00 a.m. PST.  *Incomplete applications will not be accepted.**







*The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives:*

* *

As an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Victoria, CAPI
has over 20 years of experience in research and policy-related work in the
Asia-Pacific region. CAPI consists of a Director, an Associate Director, a
Program Manager, a Program Assistant and an Administrator, as well as three
program Chairs (a Law Chair, a China Chair and a Japan Chair). With an
extensive network of partner organizations and Associates throughout Canada
and the Asia-Pacific region, CAPI carries out multidisciplinary programs and
initiatives with a particular focus on China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea
and the developing island nations of the South Pacific. Our work includes
international conferences and symposia, a visiting researcher program, an
ongoing lecture series, international internships, as well as publications
and communications activities.





Thank-you!



**********************

Kristy Farkas

Program Assistant

Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Sedgewick Building, Room C 145

University of Victoria



Tel: 250.721.7023

Fax: 250.721.3107

Web: http//www.capi.uvic.ca

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The City Talks Identity and Urban Politics in the Pacific Northwest
http://www.thecitytalks.ca/lectures.php

   - September 16: The Legacies of Colonization: Apartheid in Small Town BC
   A film screening and discussion
   Leonie Sandercock
   University of British Columbia Details
     Dr. Leonie Sandercock
   School of Community and Regional Planning
   University of British Columbia
   Legacies of Colonization: Apartheid in Small Town British Columbia

   Leonie Sandercock is a professor in the School of Community & Regional
   Planning at the University of British Columbia and the recipient of the Dale
   Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, the Paul Davidoff Award
   for best book in planning, the Harmony Gold Screenwriting Award, and the BMW
   Award for Intercultural Learning. Her research interests focus on planning
   in multicultural cities, indigenous planning, and the importance of
   storytelling and multimedia in planning. She is the author of a dozen books,
   including Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities
(1998), Cosmopolis
   II: Mongrel Cities in the 21st Century (2003), and Multimedia
   Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning (2010). She has also directed
   two documentaries (with Giovanni Attili), one on the immigrant experience in
   Vancouver, Where Strangers Become Neighbours: The Story of the
   Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Integration of Immigrants in
   Vancouver (National Film Board, 2007), and the other on conflicts between
   First Nations and settlers in Burns Lake, BC, entitled Finding Our
Way(Moving Images, 2010).
   Abstract

   Can small town British Columbians overcome a history of bitter division
   and racial segregation? Can the community of Burns Lake find a way towards
   reconciliation, reparation, and co-existence? Join scholar and filmmaker
   Leonie Sandercock for a screening and discussion of Finding Our Way, a new
   documentary film that explores the legacies of colonialism in small town
   British Columbia and the prospects of a healthier future.

   Thursday September 16, 7:30 PM

   Legacy Art Gallery and Café ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria
   Free Public Event


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