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For far too long the federal government has ignored the needs of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

They are able to do so because most people are unaware of the history of Canada’s First Peoples and believe the myths and misconceptions that surround them.

This campaign intends to raise public awareness about the issues and provide the tools necessary to help ensure that the rights of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada are respected.

 

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Notification of Regular Meeting

  • Open to: All PSAC Members on Vancouver Island
  • Date/Time: June 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: PSAC Victoria Regional Office 210-1497 Admirals Road
  • Teleconference: Please call 250-953-1050 or 1-866-953-1050 for ‘call in’ coordinates, no later than June 20 at 12:00 noon.

Come out or Telephone in & See what your newly formed Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee (VIHRC) has been doing for you!

New members and allies are always welcomed to observe or join VIHRC! VIHRC is particularly keen in welcoming any member from 4 equity groups:

  • Aboriginals;
  • Access (Persons with Disabilities which also includes invisible disorders such as ADHD, Brain injury, OCD etc.);
  • Pride (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Transsexual etc.);
  • Racially Visible

Regular meeting atmosphere is casual. Please contact 250-953-1050 or email PSAC Victoria Regional Office at mackenr@psac.com for more info.

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stands in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in opposition to homophobia and transphobia.

In at least 76 countries around the world, homosexuality is still illegal. Just a few months ago, activist David Kato was brutally murdered in Uganda, where a vicious anti-gay crusade is being sponsored by government. Here in Canada, discrimination in the workplace and hate crime are still all too frequent realities for GLBT persons. Recent research demonstrates alarmingly high rates of school bullying, that is disproportionately directed against young lesbians.

This year, we mark May 17 with apprehension, as the Harper Conservatives begin their majority rule. With his strong majority in hand, what will stop Harper from acting on earlier threats to abolish same-sex marriage and ban abortion? His government has already gutted federal pay equity, eliminated the Court Challenges Program, cut funding to feminist advocacy and research, and attacked many human rights groups.

Just a few months ago, we were on the verge of a major victory: Bill C-389 would have amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to better protect the rights of transgender persons. PSAC, the CLC, Egale and several other organizations actively supported Bill C-389. The Bill was adopted by the House of Commons and was waiting to be examined by the Senate, when the Parliament was dissolved and elections were called.

Today, the perspective of winning back Bill C-389 is faint, even though we should remain optimistic in the long term. Indeed, Bill Siksay and the NDP, with the support of the other opposition parties, have laid the ground work to proceed quickly with the adoption of a similar bill when there will be a change of government.

Today, more than ever, it is important that we stand strong and proud, staunch allies in defense of the human rights of all of our brothers and our sisters.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee – February 8, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by: VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: February 14, 2011
  • Adopted Officially: April 14, 2011

Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 p.m.

Download the 2011-02-08 VIHRC Meeting Minutes (pdf) or continue reading below.

Attendance

  • Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Daniel Girard, Laura Gracie, Mark McCavour, Jacqueline Cordova, Virginia Vaillancourt & PSAC Rep: James Little.
  • Teleconference: Tracy Shudo & Robert Mitchell
  • Translators: Mary Butterfield, Mary Warner & Trish MacAuley (student trainee)
  • Regrets: Paul Jones, Eve d’Anjou, Ryan Dowell, Glen Hendry, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Sayed Subzwari, Levan Turner, Anita Hoffman, Nick Humphreys, Maddalena Maher, Sonia Manak, Veronica Mann & Lindsay Nowotny

Roundtable Introduction:

  • At this time we proceeded with a round of introduction of the members that were presented.

Old Business for review:

  • E-mail minutes from our November 23, 2010 reviewed. Hearing no amendments being needed and the motion was made to adopt the minutes by Michael Doerfler
  • Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to accept the previous minutes. Seconded: Mark McCavour. Carried: Unanimously

New Business

Treasurer’s Report:

  • This was presented by Michael. Michael advised everyone that the reason for the two month delay in reconciling is because the bank statements are received approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the month end. So that is why the current accounting is showing a two month delay. January statement will not be out until about the 3rd week in February.
  • Correction was made regarding the total revenue amount which was listed under the revenue section as being Equity Shares – Credit Interest as being $.09 and PSACBC Donation for VIHRC Banner as being $168.00 for a total of $168.09, however in the Total Revenue section it is shown as being $168.00, correction was made to reflect the cent value of $.09 for a total revenue amount of $168.09.
  • Tracy inquired as to why this report was given, was it due to being calendar year end report. It was explained to Tracy that this report is only an update and is given at each meeting to let all the members know what has been spent by VIHRC in the last month. It was also noted that the only time this is given is when there has been changes affecting our finances.
  • Robert inquired as to the monies collected for our fundraising efforts for the Human Rights Museum and if it was included in the $996.39 balance forward from the chequing account.
  • Michael stated that he believed this to be so and also stated that as he had just taken over from Wendy Bruce that he was not completely sure.
  • Mark McCavour stated that the money we collected for this fundraiser was kept separated from the VIHRC Finances.
  • Robert requested that the previous statements be gone through to see if there is any mention of donations being made to the Museum already is that he was under the impression that the money would be held onto until all the fundraising had been completed and that one payment would be made to the HR Museum. Michael found the December treasurers report where it was noted that a $222.44 donation earned for the HR Museum from fundraising in July and on the November treasurers report it was noted that another $52.10 was earned from the Labour Day Picnic. Michael noted that there was a total of donation owed to the HR Museum in the amount of $274.54 to be sent via cheque to the HR Museum.
  • Michael noted that donation monies requested was paid out to the following:
    • PSAC Meet & Greet held in December 2010 for $100.00
    • Women’s Candlelight Vigil in December 2010 for $100.00

Women’s Candlelight Vigil:

  • Women’s Candlelight Vigil held at the Legislative grounds in Victoria was a huge success. The event included the Mayor from Victoria as well as several MLAs. The purpose of this vigil was to bring to the forefront the plight of more than 500 aboriginal women who have either gone missing or have been murdered. Late request for donations of shoes for this event meant a lot of last minute details that evolved for this event. The request for donations of shoes for this event was a huge success and looking at the pictures of all the shoes made a very strong impression. The shoes that had been donated this year were split up between the Victoria Transition House and the Aboriginal Native Centre in Vancouver. Next year this vigil will again request donations of shoes in the hopes that it will bring in more than 500 pairs of shoes.
  • Tracy requested that the information be put onto the PSAC website as she was not aware of the donation of shoes. Virginia mentioned that a poster had been made up for the PSAC website, but due to the lateness of the request for shoes not everyone may have had a chance to see it.
  • Virginia Vaillancourt did a fantastic job in her duty as Grand Marshall for this event. Well Done Virginia!!!!

PSAC Meet & Greet:

  • This event was very successful. Michael encouraged people to attend this year’s event if they have not done so. It’s a great way to network with other committees or members.

PSAC Human Rights National Network (HRNN):

  • This was launched out on January 15, 2011 by Michael Doerfler and currently has 10 members coast to coast. The purpose of this network is to unite every single union member across Canada who is involved in Human Rights at the Local, Regional or National level. This system will allow members to have discussions online. The current system is very restrictive in trying to locate members. For example if one wanted to contact a member from another region they would have to go onto the PSAC site, go to the Region that the other member was at and hopefully be able to find the HR officer. With this network that step would be eliminated and the other member would be much easier to locate. Within this network two positions from an organization would be members of the National Network. These members would in turn report back to their members with any relevant information. Currently the HRNN is currently in operation via e-mail distribution list much like what we use for our own committee list. Once more members join, PSAC will be contacted and a request will be made to set up a web site through them. If you build it they will come!!!!
  • A question was asked regarding the involvement of the PSAC at this level. James explained that due to the logistics of having this network going National that the BC PSAC Regional Communication Officer, Patrick Bragg, should be contacted sooner rather than later to offer guidance and assistance regarding system authorizations that may be needed in order to link this network both regionally and nationally. The current goal is to get between 50 and 100 members prior to seeking the use of the PSAC network. James reminded everyone that Terms of References will have to be completed as well as a clear purpose of goals and functions. He also advised that care and caution must be taken to ensure that there are no groups that are excluded from this network, once it is fully up and running.
  • Tracy asked about whether if CEIU component level is involved within the network, currently the CEIU Vice President of Human Rights is involved with this network. Michael explained that this is in the early stages and they will be visiting this issue as they become more known.
  • Well done Michael and thank you for your efforts in getting this network up and running!!!!!!

VIHRC AGM (2011) Date Change:

  • The date for our AGM in September had to be changed to the following date due to conventions being run at the same time. Please note the new date for our VIHRC Annual AGM will be Thursday, September 8, 2011.

VIHRC Delegate/Alternate to BC Regional Triennial Convention:

  • Michael passed out an e-mail from Kay Sinclair advising of the procedures and requirements for voting of VIHRC delegate and VIHRC alternate to this convention.
  • Nominations for delegate were:
    • Nominee: Michael Doerfler
      Nominated: Robert Mitchell
      Seconded: Tracy Shudo
  • Michael Doerfler for Delegate has won by acclamation.
  • Nominations for alternate were:
    • Nominee: Robert Mitchell
      Nominated: Tracy Shudo
      Seconded: Laura Gracie
    • Nominee: Mark McCavour
      Nominated: Virginia Vaillancourt
      Seconded: Michael Doerfler
  • Mark McCavour respectfully declined; Robert Mitchell will be the alternate delegate.
  • VIHRC Delegate/Alternate Issues:
  • Motion: To pay the $100.00 registration fee on behalf of Michael as well as the lost wages for the Friday as this is not being covered by PSAC was made by Virginia Vaillancourt. Seconded: Tracy Shudo. Carried: Unanimously
  • Discussion ensued; Michael preferred to change his flex day to accommodate this day. Virginia pointed out that the flex day is an earned day and that Michael should be able to have this day of rest. Michael countered that this was his personal choice and that he didn’t want to have VIHRC to pay his lost wages for that day when he could switch his flex day. A friendly amendment was made to change the wording of the motion from Michael to delegate.
  • James requested that the minutes reflect that the motion was changed to state the delegate to the convention and not Michael. This was so that in the unforeseen event that Michael would not be able to go to convention the VIHRC would not be responsible for paying his lost wages.
  • Robert expressed congratulations to Mark McCavour on his receiving the prestigious Spirit Award. Well Done and Congratulations!!!

Meeting Adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the PSAC Office in Admirals Walk

The PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference, which will be held September 30 to October 2, 2011 at the Explorer Hotel and the Yellowknife Inn in Yellowknife, NT, under the theme “The Path that Unites us”.

The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize Aboriginal members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower, unite and engage Aboriginal members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;

Delegates

PSAC members in good standing and who self-identify as Aboriginal may apply to be a delegate to this Conference. Priority will be given to members who are active on aboriginal workers’ rights in their union or workplace. Priority will also be given to community activist on Aboriginal issues. The selection of delegates will take into account representation such as Region, Component, language, youth, gender and other equity groups.

Delegates will be entitled to full voice and vote during the conference, including the resolutions and elections processes.

Funding for Delegates:

Delegate costs to the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference will be fully covered as per the 2003 PSAC Triennial Convention decision and PSAC Travel Directive. Costs covered are as follows:

  • travel costs, including ground transportation;
  • hotel accommodation costs at The Explorer Hotel and The Yellowknife Inn;
  • loss of salary;
  • per diem for meals;
  • incidental costs;
  • the conference registration fee of $150.00
  • child care as per the Family Care Policy;
  • costs related to accessibility requirements.

For more information and online application, visit the national website.

Today, the Public Service Alliance of Canada commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.

PSAC stands strongly opposed to all forms of racism and remains committed to advancing human rights, equality and social justice; both inside PSAC and within our society. We know that discrimination based on race, colour or ethnic origin can be subtle, making it difficult to quantify and combat.

Racism in all its forms is wrong, and we must use our collective solidarity to defeat it. Recent events within our union have illustrated that no-one is immune from racism; it affects us all, and it’s up all of us to fight for its eradication. We all stand in solidarity with the victims of racism inside PSAC, as well as everyone impacted by it. An injury to one is an injury to all; the impact has been serious and profound on everyone associated with PSAC.

Therefore whether it be in our workplaces, in our union or in society, we all have a responsibility to actively pursue a racism-free world. We must all use this day to strengthen our commitment and solidarity in confronting racism. We can never allow the perpetrators of prejudice and hate to divide and deter us from this important goal.

We cannot turn a blind eye towards any racist act, in the hope it will simply go away. At the same time, we must ensure that due processes and natural justice are also respected when tackling racism. We continue to learn; we must keep asking hard questions of ourselves and develop new strategies for combating this evil. We are all leaders in this collective fight. Using our energy, passion and solidarity, we can meet this challenge.

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via CEIU Local 20901

CEIU Local 20901 is proud to host our first Pride in Public Service Pub Night.

CEIU 20901 (Library Square) is happy to invite all LGBT staff and friends to the first Vancouver LGBT Public Service Pub Night – We hope to make it a regular monthly event, where we can all come together and show pride inside and outside of our workplaces, network, and (most of all) have fun.

  • What: Pub Night
  • Where: The Fountainhead Pub* @ 1025 Davie Street, Vancouver (near the corner of Davie & Burrard, across from Celebrities & next to the community garden)
  • When: Fri Mar 18/11 from 5:00-9:00
  • Why: To support Pride in the workplace, meet Public Service LGBT staff, a chance to network with others from various Unions & dept’s; and most of all, to have fun!!!

More details in the poster – please download and post!

 

 

Come and join the Human Rights Committee of the PSAC for a film showing of:   “Looking for Dawn” 

When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2011,  anytime after 5:00 p.m. and film will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where: 3rd floor boardroom of the PSAC, 300- 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

(Two blocks south of the Joyce Street Skytrain station.  Buzz 300) 

This is a 73 minute long National Film Board of Canada film about the estimated 500 Aboriginal Women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years.

 No cost, no tickets required, and we provide popcorn, drinks, and comfy chairs. Just come and bring your friends.

For further information or any questions, please contact Regina Brennan
 by phone at: 604-430-5631 or e-mail: brennar@psac.com

The PSAC, in the spirit of solidarity in struggle, takes this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important past and present contributions of Black people and people of African descent, and also, to acknowledge the discrimination, barriers and challenges that they have and continue to face in Canada.

Despite the many positive contributions to Canada’s history for centuries, people of African descent are still absent in our history books and under-represented in our political and economic institutions.

Read more at the national website or visit islandnet.com for a listing of events taking place in BC.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee November 23, 2010 ‘E-Meeting’ Minutes

Minutes prepared by VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: December 2, 2010
  • Adopted Officially: February 8, 2011

Attendance

  • Boardroom: None.
  • Teleconference: None.
  • Guest: None
  • Translators: None
  • Regrets: None.

Continue reading below, or download the November 23rd VIHRC meeting minutes (pdf).

Boardroom Meeting Cancelled:

  • Due to the wintery weather conditions, this physical meeting was canceled and an ‘electronic meeting’ was conducted instead three days later via e-mails on November 26, 2010.

Old Business for review:

Reviewed / Adopted September 9th AGM Minutes & Post to PSAC BC website

Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to accept the previous minutes. Seconded: Laura Gracie. Carried: Unanimously by email

New Business:

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Discussion ensured of current financial picture and was also presented with a current financial statement ending November 10, 2010.
  • This was the last act of our predecessor Treasurer, Wendy Bruce, before her career move to mainland. Once again thank you Wendy Bruce. Congratulations and good luck with her new job.
  • The current balance as of November 10, 2010 was $996.39 in chequing and $50.13 in shares equity accounts.

Treasurer Replacement:

  • Michael Doerfler became the current interim Treasurer until next AGM in September 2011. Please direct all financial inquires to him.
  • Networking with other HRCs, Locals & Components (Moved up from June 22nd):
  • Plenty of discussion on how VIHRC can network with other HRCs across the country as there is lack of support and resources in place to bring all together.
  • Some suggestions included that perhaps PSAC can host a place on their website so any Human Rights position from a HRC or Local/Component can come together online by discussing about issues in an online forum.
  • For now, Michael Doerfler will continue to find HR members across the country and create an email list similar to VIHRC email list to keep all in the loop and exchange ideas etc.

VIHRC Delegate to BC Triennial Convention:

  • Kay Sinclair from PSAC BC presented a document on how we can elect a member from VIHRC to go to the regional convention in spring 2011 as a delegate.
  • This is first time VIHRC is able to participate in this process.
  • The requirements are is that we need to advertise about the election at least 4 weeks ahead of the meeting which VIHRC would elect someone and possibly an alternative. This ‘election’ meeting has to be in between 2 months to 6 months before the convention which is in mid May 2011. VIHRC’s February 8th (2011) Meeting falls perfectly in that period. VIHRC will elect a delegate and an alternative in this meeting.

Candle Vigil Donation Request:

  • Request received from Virginia Vaillancourt requesting a donation of $100.00 for the December 6th Candle Light Vigil which is being put on by the Victoria Regional Women’s Committee. Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to donate $100.00. Seconded: Anita Hoffman Carried: Unanimously by e-mail

PSAC Meet & Greet Donation Request:

  • Request received from Dave Jackson of the PSAC Victoria Regional Office requesting a financial donation towards the Meet and Greet on the 14th of December 2010. Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to donate on a sliding scale of $50.00 – $100.00 depending on the response of other committees’ financial donations. Seconded: Laura Gracie. Carried: Unanimously by e-mail.**Note: The final amount ended up to be $100.00.

Conclusion of ‘E’ Meeting:

  • This was a very interesting experiment to do this meeting via electronic means. This is good to know if we have to do this again in future i.e. an emergency meeting or unforeseen reasons.

Next Meeting: February 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Human Rights Committee – meeting minutes  January 5, 2011

In attendance:

  • Shawna Hall
  • Dean Bordokas
  • Tracy Shudo
  • Katie Moran
  • Sargy Chima
  • Jennifer Ho
  • Deanna Wilson
  • On phone – Kay Sinclair
  • staff resource person – Regina Brennan (minutes)

Agenda

  1. Previous Minutes and business arising
  2. Terms of Reference and structure of the HR Cttee
  3. Sick Leave Credits
  4. Movie Night
  5. Delegate election
  6. Racially Visible Conference
  7. Round Table
  8. Next Meeting

Continue reading below, or download the January 5th Human Rights Committee meeting minutes (pdf)

Opening round and introductions plus we celebrated the coming New Year.

1. We passed the previous minutes and added the agenda item on the Racially Visible conference to this meeting to followup on the business arising.

2. Terms of Reference and structure of the HR Cttee. The terms of reference are from 2004. We agreed to hold a steering committee meeting on January 19th, at 5:30pm in the boardroom, of Sargy, Tracy, Regina, Kay and ask Pam Jabal to join by phone if she would like to. This meeting would be to discuss the structural questions that were raised and to make a recommendation for any changes required to our terms of reference.

Tracy made the following suggestions:

We should have more than two signing officers

The cheques should be kept at the Regional Office and be available at the meetings.

Tracy agreed to send Sargy, Regina and Kay a copy of the Island Terms of Reference.

3. Sick Leave Credits. Dean brought the issue of the Canada Post Short Term Disability plan issues to the committee. Discussion about possibly filing a Human Rights Complaint, a grievance, or organizing a campaign. The plan affects people with chronic illnesses adversely. The Local will keep an eye on things and provide representation where needed.

4. Movie Night. We agreed that the movie night was a big success and we would like to do more of them. Katie will look into Made In Dagenham and let us know times and dates so we can go as a group. Regina will check on the movies we currenly have in-house that would be good. Regina will also check with Marion McLarty to see if she has any access to the Cliff Movies.

February 11 to 13 is the World Community Film Festival at Langara College.

Carol will email information on the passes available once she knows the information.

5. Delegates to the PSAC Regional Convention. We will hold our election on Monday, February 7th. We previously agreed to send one delegate and up to two observers, and spend up to $600.00 on the observers. We will have some expenses for the delegate too. The registration fee of $100.00 plus one days pay will not be covered for the delegate out of the PSAC funding. In order to run for one of these positions, you need to be a member in good standing, and you need to self identify with the PSAC.

6. We were asked to provide ideas and contact information for entertainment for the upcoming Racially Visible conference. We are allowed to have a table there, and we have plenty of posters to hand out. Regina to check with Seema to see if white people can staff the table too, or if the conference is only open to racially visible people. The conference is from April 1 to 3.

7. Round

Jennifer thanked the committee for the funding for the December 6th event and gave us a report on how it went. Great event.

Tracy reminded us about the movies on February 11-13 organized by Co-Dev.

8.. Next meeting will be on Monday, February 7th, as decided in point 5 above.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:30pm

Bill C-389 could get through Parliament next week but we need your help to get it there.

Bill Siksay’s private member’s bill in support of trans human rights passed a report stage vote by only 12 votes in December. Fundamentalist and right-wing groups are flooding MPs’ inboxes, opposing this crucial piece of human rights legislation.

The bill will get its final hour of debate on Monday, February 7 at 11:00 am. It will be voted on at Third Reading on Wednesday February 9, 2011 between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

This is the third time that Siksay, the MP for Burnaby/Douglas and the GLBT critic for the NDP, has attempted to pass legislation that would add gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act and federal hate crime laws.

Read more at psac.com.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Notification of Regular Meeting

  • Open to: All PSAC Members on Vancouver Island
  • Date/Time: February 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: PSAC Victoria Regional Office 210-1497 Admirals Road
  • Teleconference: Please call 250-953-1050 or 1-866-953-1050 for ‘call in’ coordinates, no later than February 7 at 12:00 noon.

Come out or Telephone in & See what your newly formed Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee (VIHRC) has been doing for you!

New members and allies are always welcomed to observe or join VIHRC!

VIHRC is particularly keen in welcoming any member from 4 equity groups:

  • Aboriginals;
  • Access (Persons with Disabilities which also includes invisible disorders such as ADHD, Brain injury, OCD etc.);
  • Pride (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Transsexual etc.);
  • Racially Visible

Regular meeting atmosphere is casual. Please contact 250-953-1050 or email the PSAC Victoria Regional Office for more info. Spread the word! Download the poster here (.pdf)

via email to: Self-ID’d PSAC members in BC, Youth Caucus, Human Rights Committee

B.C. Regional Triennial Convention – May 13-15, 2011 – Public Services Not Private Profits

The 5th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention of the Public Service Alliance of Canada will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, from Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2011. For more information, visit the regional website – http://wp.psacbc.com/2010/11/25/convention-2011/

As per the BC Regional Council by-laws, one delegate to Convention will be elected from each of the following equity groups:

  • racially visible
  • aboriginal
  • lesbian, gay, transgendered, bisexual
  • members with a disability

And three delegates will be elected from amongst youth members, under the age of 30. For more information, see the BC Regional Council by-laws.

Download the nomination form for these delegate positions here. Note the nominations deadline is January 17 2010. Please completed fax nomination forms to (604) 430 0194, or return via email to braggp@psac.com. Mail-out ballots will be sent out once the nominations have been closed.

PSAC Mainland BC Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Monday, February 7,  2011, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
  • 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C. (Buzz 200 to enter)

Agenda:

  1. Election of Delegate and Observer to the BC Regional Convention

If you would like to join the meeting by conference call, please contact Regina Brennan by February 4 via e-mail: brennar@psac.com or by phone at: 604-430-5631 or toll-free at:    1-800-663-1655 for conference call-in codes. Download copy of HRC poster at Mainland HRC poster_Feb7_final

Public Service Alliance of CanadaVancouver Regional Office

#200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9 Ph: 604-430-5631 or toll-free: 1-800-663-1655

Website: http://wp.psacbc.com/

Vancouver Area Council – January 12

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2011, dinner at 5 pm, meeting to start at 5:30 pm sharp.
  • Vancouver Regional Office, Suite 200 – 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver.
  • Agenda items so far are:
    • Regional Convention delegate and alternate elections
    • Regional Convention resolution proposals
  • If you or your Local/Branch has a resolution that you want the Area Council to consider for submission, please email it in advance of the meeting.

Please RSVP by January 7, 2011 as dinner will be served and we wish to ensure we have enough for all who plan to attend.

Fraser Valley Area Council Annual General Meeting – January 18

  • Tuesday January 18, 2011, 5pm to 7pm
  • ABC Country Restaurant 32080 Marshall Road Abbotsford (at the Best Western)
  • Agenda
    • Election of Executive
    • Election of Delegate to BC PSAC Convention
    • Resolutions to BC PSAC Convention
  • Guest: David Murray, Federal NDP Candidate for Abbotsford

Dinner is provided.

BRUSH (Health & Safety) Committee meeting – January 19

  • At this meeting and in accordance with subsection 9(8) and Regulation 1 of the BC Regional By-Laws, the BRUSH committee will be electing a delegate to the 2011 BC Regional Convention.
  • For more information, contact James Little

Victoria Area Council Annual General Meeting – February 1

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2011 5:30pm
  • PSAC Victoria Regional Office, 210-1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
  • Agenda
    • Election of Delegate to BC Regional Convention

Please RSVP to Rosemary by e-mail mackenr@psac.com no later than January 31, 2011 as food will be served.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Meeting – February 8

  • The VIHRC will be holding a meeting on February 8, 2011.  During this meeting the Committee will be electing a delegate and an alternate to PSAC BC Regional Triennial Convention scheduled for May 13-15, 2011 in Vancouver.
  • Regulation 1 states that any active member in good standing of the Human Rights Committee is eligible to seek delegate status and to vote in the delegate selection. Eligible candidates who are unable to attend the delegate selection meeting may seek the delegate seat by submitting a written statement, duly moved and seconded, of their intent to do so.

Look forward to seeing you there!

West Fraser Valley Area Council meeting – Feb 28th

  • Monday, February 28, 2011 5:30pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Agenda
    • Election of Delegate to BC Regional Convention

PSAC Mainland BC Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
  • 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C. (Buzz 200 to enter)

Agenda:

  1. Regional Convention, to discuss planning and setting dates for electing our delegates.
  2. Celebrate the Season

If you would like to join the meeting by conference call, please contact Regina Brennan by Jan 4 via e-mail: brennar@psac.com or by phone at: 604-430-5631 or toll-free at:    1-800-663-1655 for conference call-in codes. Download copy of poster at HRC poster_Jan. 5_final

Public Service Alliance of CanadaVancouver Regional Office

#200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9 Ph: 604-430-5631 or toll-free: 1-800-663-1655

Website: http://wp.psacbc.com/

 

Today is International Human Rights Day and the Public Service Alliance of Canada condemns the Harper government for continuing to undermine and attack human rights, both at home and internationally.

Since 2006, the Conservatives have chipped away at democratic institutions and practices, compromising Canadian’s fundamental human rights.

Since the Conservatives took power, we have seen cuts to essential programs, the de-funding of human rights organizations and ongoing attacks on evidence-based research.

Read more at the national website.

The application deadline is approaching -  for more information and online application, visit the national website.

The 2011 Conference for Racially Visible Members will take place April 1-3, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver under the theme “United, Empowered, Fearless: Ready for Action!”. The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Conference for Racially Visible Members are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize racialized members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower and engage racialized members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;
  • provide tools and leadership skills to advocate for racialized workers’ rights




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