Originally published in the Toronto Star, May 11, 2019
In the research for my book Outside In: A Political Memoir, I came across a 1982 election interview on BCTV with Jack Webster — the journalist known as “king of the Vancouver airwaves” at the time — where my right to run for city council was challenged based solely on my gender. [ read more…]
Very excited that the book tour for Outside In is about to begin – see the first leg of events listed below. It seems like it has been a very long journey of reflecting, writing, and going through the process of editing and publishing. [ read more…]
Thus said George Puil just before the 1982 civic election on Jack Webster’s BC TV program. Sexism in politics is a lot in the news these days, and while progress has been made we are still living with sexism and discrimination. [ read more…]
This video tells the incredible story of the struggle thalidomide survivors in Canada, who have sought justice after decades of neglect by the federal government. I was honoured to work on this issue with the Thalidomide Victims’ Association of Canada — including presenting a motion to Parliament, that passed unanimously in December 2014. [ read more…]
Originally published in the Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2018
B.C.’s electoral referendum has begun, giving British Columbians the opportunity to choose a stronger, more democratic system of electing government.
We care deeply about this referendum because of our decades of work on civic engagement, human rights, environmental justice and equity. [ read more…]
Originally posted on rabble.ca October 22, 2018
Over the decades, I’ve run in nine Vancouver civic elections, winning five. But, as a long time voter, this latest election on October 20 was one to remember.
Into the wee hours of the morning we waited doggedly for the last polls to come in — hanging out at the legendary Polynesian bar room in the basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Vancouver’s Eastside, desperate to see who would be mayor. [ read more…]
The piece was originally posted on rabble.ca – November 2 2017.
So, every time the curtain falls
Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent
A few mindful lyrics from Roger Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, draws us to be present and not absent from what happens around us. [ read more…]
In 2015 Libby gave the Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture at Simon Fraser University.
See the video of the lecture here:
The transcript was shared on the SFU Contours Journal – which you can read here. It is also reproduced below.
GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN PARLIAMENT
I did not know Grace MacInnis personally but had a pivotal moment in my earlier years that was formative and very important to me. [ read more…]
September 21, 2016, Presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Watch the video of Libby’s interview with Jackie Wong here.
Libby Davies has a long and storied history working in East Vancouver politics and community organizing.
Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver began over forty years ago. [ read more…]
Libby hosted a thank you party for East Vancouver supporters on November 29, 2015 at the Legion on Main Street.
Listen in to Libby’s address from the evening here.
Watch Watch Katrina Pacey’s speech here.
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