August 3, 2010

Queer pride parade draws 600,000

LIBERATION NOW!—Strutting their stuff at the annual Pride Parade on August 1 were, from left: CUPE 389 member Carol Nordby, CUPE Communications rep Dan Gawthrop, CUPE BC general vice president Paul Faoro, Pink Triangle working group members Kathy McMahon and Kevin Robichaud, Pink Triangle chair and general vice president Cindy McQueen, secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock, CUPE 1936 president Michael Lanier, and National Pink Triangle committee member Peter DeGroot.

VANCOUVER—CUPE members showed up in force on

July 29, 2010

CUPE BC opposes Enbridge tanker plans to navigate off coast

BURNABY—Citing this week’s Enbridge oil spill that has threatened a Michigan river and the earlier disaster by British Petroleum that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast, the B.C.

July 21, 2010

Community forum for trans people and allies to be held in Vancouver

VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Trans Forum (July 23-25) is a gathering of trans people and allies to educate each other and the people they encounter in their daily lives. The forum aims to provide transition information (Canadian resources), a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore gender, and skill sharing among community members. Dances, movie nights and other social activities, including an All Body Swim, are included. The event will be held at the Rhodes Wellness College at #280-1125 Howe Street.

June 16, 2010

CUPE BC sponsors DTES festival for National Aboriginal Day

VANCOUVER—A four-day celebration of aboriginal culture and communities in the Downtown Eastside—culminating in National Aboriginal Day on June 21—promises to be an empowering event for the Lower Mainland’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and an eye-opener for the non-native population, says a member of CUPE BC’s aboriginal working group.

CUPE 951 member Dale Whitford, co-organizer of the events at Oppenheimer Park (440 Powell Street), says the June 18-21 fes

June 14, 2010

A time to celebrate…and a time to make things better

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. This is a time to celebrate the cultures and contributions of our First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has been proud to participate in this celebration every year since it was proclaimed in 1996. In some cases, our members not only attend the events but are instrumental in organizing them. Last year, at a National Aboriginal Day event held at Ship’s Point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, kids learned how to create their own spirit stones and do sidewalk chalk art that captured the day’s activities.

May 13, 2010

Time to end homophobia in the sports world

BURNABY—Chances are, more than one player on the teams still battling it out for the Stanley Cup this month is gay. But we’ll never hear about it, and those players will never come out of the closet, because the world of professional sports–especially the National Hockey League–is one of the last bastions of homophobia in our society.

May 10, 2010

Diversity work requires ‘visionary persistence’

Workplace, union equality a long—but rewarding—road, says CUPE disability rights activist

BURNABY—Achieving equality rights and promoting diversity—both in the workplace and in one’s union—can be a long, tough road.

April 19, 2010

2010 Back-to-Batoche Canoe Trip

This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Riel Resistance at Batoche – an opportunity for the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan and allies like CUPE Saskatchewan to remember that event and mark the important role that Métis people and culture play in our communities today.

Find information on the Back to Batoche Festival on the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan website and make arrangements to stay in Batoche following the canoe trip.

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April 6, 2010

SAFA presents the 8th Annual Sawan Mela


June 12-13, 2010

Lumberman's Arch Stanley Park

Come and enjoy this free two day family event showcasing bhangra, gidha, classical & modern dances, dhol, children's activities, Indian bazaar, mehndi, arts & paintings, rangoli, and Indian Food.  Shuttle bus service will be available.

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March 25, 2010

Sign the petition calling for universal access to HIV treatment

In 2005, the G8 committed to providing access to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support for all those who need it by 2010. Despite that promise, in 2008 two million people died of AIDS-related illness, and the number of new HIV infections continues to outstrip the number of people being treated. For every two people starting treatment, a further five become infected with the virus.

Sign the petition.