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Paul Manly on El Salvador’s struggle with a Canadian-Australian mining giant

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Paul Manly on El Salvador’s struggle with a Canadian-Australian mining giant)

Nanaimo filmmaker Paul Manly has been visiting communities and hearing from individuals affected by mining projects in El Salvador and the tactics of Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) used by mining companies

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On September 10, 2014, dozens of organizations from Canada, El Salvador and around the world confronted Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, whose subsidiary is suing the nation of El Salvador for $301 million (USD). El Salvador’s offence was refusing to a grant a permit to a gold mine that would contaminate 60 per cent of the population’s drinking water.

The Council of Canadians, the Latin American Solidarity Network, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and others planned to descend on the company’s Toronto headquarters to present a letter from people affected by the decision. The letter demands that the company withdraw the lawsuit.

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Is watching the news turning us into bad news bears?

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Is watching the news turning us into bad news bears?)

Research shows that certain types of news coverage can produce emotional responses associated with stress and that the biggest effect comes from traumatic events covered in a sensational way*

picture 572A recent survey of more than 2,500 Americans has found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a “great deal” of stress in the previous month. And these stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news.

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Front page tragedies: Mentally ill people are being criminalized

June 17th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Front page tragedies: Mentally ill people are being criminalized)

Society’s wait-and-see inactivity—until something horrible happens—in effect criminalizes mental illness, says Austin Mardon

picture 551Austin Mardon is an academic, author, and community leader who has participated in community based volunteerism and is an advocate for the disabled.  He has also struggled with schizophrenia for much of his adult life. In 2006, Austin became the first Canadian with schizophrenia to be awarded the Order of Canada. In a full commentary published on June 14, 2014 in the Edmonton Journal, Austin argues that mental illness should be treated as aggressively as cancer. “Our inactivity as a society until something horrible happens,” he writes, “in effect criminalizes mental illness, which is first and foremost an illness and a medical issue.” Austin believes that tragedies such as the murders of three Moncton, New Brunswick RCMP officers on June 4, will continue to happen until we learn to diagnose and treat mental illnesses quickly and aggressively.

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Manjit Virk, his daughter’s death, and teaching for all

June 11th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Manjit Virk, his daughter’s death, and teaching for all)

The Reena Virk tragedy has become teaching for all of us

manjit virkIn the years since their daughter, Reena Virk, was murdered in Victoria B.C., Suman and Manjit Virk have made their work against bullying a top priority. In November 2009 British Columbia’s Solicitor General Kash Heed presented the Virks with the Anthony J. Hulme Award of Distinction, B.C.’s highest honour for community safety and crime prevention. (more…)

Dissolve: A play about drug-facilitated sexual assault

February 13th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Dissolve: A play about drug-facilitated sexual assault)

243834531.htmlThis is actually happening in our community!  And it is happening much more frequently than we would like to think.  Survivors rarely step forward with a report to the police- the reasons for this are many and are understandable- she wonders if she will be believed, her memory has been impacted, she may blame herself, she may feel shame and fear…

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Poet calls men to action to prevent violence against women

October 3rd, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Poet calls men to action to prevent violence against women)

Jeremy Loveday’s YouTube message implores men to speak up and act against sexual violence, generating thousands of views, links from political leaders, and some controversy

picture 505Performance poet, community builder, change agent. Those are the words Victoria poet Jeremy Loveday uses to describe himself on Twitter and Facebook. And recently, with one YouTube video, Loveday has drawn on all three of those callings.

Masks Off—A Challenge to Men [opens to video] is a passionate call to action from a man, to other men, to end sexual violence against women. As noted in the Victoria Times-Colonist, “the video’s appearance online is timely given recent reports about the use of chants advocating rape at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the University of B.C. during frosh events, but Loveday penned the poem months ago.” Loveday wrote the challenge to men for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Victoria in May 2013. (more…)