Libby in the News

Links to news articles written by or about Libby Davies.

  • PM: Job losses won't blow government off course

    MIRAMICHI, N.B. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed Friday to stay his government’s economic course despite “bad news” such as the layoff last month of 129,000 Canadians. Speaking in a Miramichi hockey rink, Harper said his government won’t change its approach to solving the current economic crisis.

  • Job losses can't blow us off track:PM

    Ottawa • The speed of this downturn is becoming unnerving. Canada lost 129,000 jobs in January, down 0.8 per cent compared to December. Most of the losses were in the manufacturing heartland of central Canada, according to a Statistics Canada survey published yesterday.

  • Housing and Poverty Need to be Addressed in the Downtown Eastside

    The long, systemic problem in the Downtown Eastside has been the failure of public policy to address growing poverty. That's manifested itself in many different ways. Overall, it is people's lack of purchasing power. It's people lacking the basic necessities of life for any kind of decent standard of life, whether it's money to buy an affordable room, whether it's to buy food or clothes or to get to work, or have any kind of semblance of what we would consider a normal life.

  • President Barack Obama asked to give immediate amnesty to resisters

    ...U.S. army deserter Chris Teske is expected to surrender to U.S. authorities at the Rossland border crossing today after losing a Federal Court appeal to stay in Canada. "I'm completely shocked that this is happening," he said from his Castlegar home at a news conference held by supporters in Vancouver yesterday. "I hope everything goes well when I cross the border tomorrow." Speakers, including B.C. MPs Bill Siksay and Libby Davies, urged the Canadian government to grant Teske and seven other known U.S. deserters refugee status to remain in Canada.

  • Tories blitz airwaves to promote their cause: Propaganda war fuelled by fear, panic and desperation, counters NDP House leader

    To save his job and his government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to suspend Parliament this week while his party blitzes the country with a public-relations campaign aimed at discrediting the notion of a Liberal-led coalition government propped up by the separatist Bloc Québécois.

  • Stop anti-gay group from entering Canada: Vancouver NDP MP

    Canada's public safety minister needs to stop a notorious American anti-gay group from entering the country, according to Vancouver East MP Libby Davies of the NDP. The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to come to Vancouver next week to protest the performance of the Laramie Project at Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive.

  • Minister not welcome: MP

    MP Libby Davies has joined the fight to keep an American church group, which plans to protest a Vancouver play about a murdered gay man, from crossing the border.

  • Vancouver play a walk on the wild side

    Paul Decarie has lived in the rough Downtown Eastside for 15 years, but it wasn't until he heard the music and listened to the lyrics that he understood how his neighbourhood became more than a collection of streets and alleys. "We live there and we know it is our home and where our friends and family live," said Decarie, 51, who attended the play's recent preview. "We all have our own histories of how we got there, but I don't think many of us knew about the history of the Downtown Eastside."

  • Downtown Eastside love-in sings

    Bruce: The Musical, written by former Vancouver Sun reporter Bob Sarti with music composed by Bill Sample and Earle Peach, has got to be one of the most unlikely concepts: a musical about an abrasive alcoholic logger/steelworker who spends three months in rehab and comes out ready to take on city hall?

  • Bruce inspires more than community

    In writing the songs for Bruce -- The Musical, Bill Sample learned about activist Bruce Eriksen. What he discovered was that Eriksen was a recovered alcoholic who lived in the rundown Downtown Eastside. His exposure to the derelicts and drunks and addicts he lived among made him understand that here was a neighbourhood without hope. It inspired in him a goal to cultivate a community spirit that could overcome the eastside's problems. Along the way, Eriksen married politician Libby Davies and by her became a father.

  • Report Back from Montebello

    Protests like the one at Montebello are essential to a healthy democracy. Bush, Harper and their cronies should think twice before assuming they will get away with fooling the people.

  • Women Kick Harper's Ass

    When more than 40 women gathered in a classroom at the SFU Harbour Centre campus on December 8, they weren’t in any mood to celebrate. On the contrary, they wanted to alert the media to a series of actions they felt the Stephen Harper government had taken to erode women’s rights in Canada. Seven speakers from different women’s organizations took their place at the front of the room, ready to explain their positions and answer questions from reporters.

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