Went down to the federal NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair's fundraiser, held tonight in the Michele Pujole room at the University of Victoria. The full house of roughly three hundred listened to a self-congratulatory performance, played to a mainly partisan crowd. Mulcair comes down against the Northern Gateway, but discounts it as secondary to the Keystone project. He also says he favours the controversial Churchill Falls hydro project, and repeatedly emphasized his party's support of "sustainable" development. The Official Opposition sounds very much like a kinder and gentler environmental steward, though I heard little that makes them differ from the current resource paradigm, if only less of business as usual.
The New Democratic Official Opposition is hosting regional budget hearings across the country from May 22nd - May 25th. We want to hear your thoughts on the recent Omnibus Budget Bill and share with you information about the many non-budget measures hidden in the massive 425-page bill.
Wednesday May 23rd
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
First Metropolitan United Church Fellowship Hall,
932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria
Vancouver Island MPs Denise Savoie (Victoria), Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) and Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) invite you to a discussion on the Budget's impact on you and on Vancouver Island's communities.
One third of Bill C-38, the federal budget bill, has repercussions for the environment. Gutting the environmental assessment regime for the proposed Enbridge pipeline and all future large energy projects has a direct impact on First Nations and their territories, and on future generations of all Canadians, as do changes to eligibility for Old Age Security and employment insurance, food inspections, health-care and services for a new generation of veterans.
Fisheries habitat protection, supports for youth, archival programs that preserve Canada's historical records and bo
Local human rights and social justice activist, Terry Wolfwood attended an Algerian conference on Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli captivity. Terry has travelled to the West Bank and Jordan to participate in meetings and actions to further Palestinian dignity and national self-actualization on numerous occasions, bringing news of their struggle back to Victoria. Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; all signs point to a spring election in B.C., where the economy, and sudden introduction of the so-called, Harmonized Sales Tax promises to be a big issue. But there's more going on in the province, and within the two leading parties, than just the HST.
Mehdi Najari is an on again off again member of the NDP, who ran against Carole James for the party's leadership in 1988 because, he says he was "fed up with [the] corporate lackeys and impostors" controlling the NDP. Mehdi Najari and the NDP's latest chance to get it right n the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with the latest newz from the city's streets and beyond. but first, Terry Wolfwood and internationalizing the plight of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
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