Freedom to Love, Loving Freedom

Tired but happy, after the first full day at the LGBT Human Rights Conference at the WORLD OUTGAMES 2009 in Copenhagen. We got up early and took the Metro to a very modern Danish broadcasting centre, where our conference of 750+ delegates from 80+ countries came together as part of the World Outgames. [ read more…]

The Tragic Situation of Live In Caregivers

I attended a press conference today, organized by the Philippine Women Centre of BC, the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association, SIKLAB, and Grassroots Women – BC, to highlight the terrible situation facing Live-In Caregivers who are being removed from Canadian airports, even though they have been approved, and issued legal documents, to work in Canada. [ read more…]

National Day of Reconciliation

Today is the 1st anniversary of the historic apology from the Canadian Government to survivors of residential schools, and today on Parliament Hill and across the country people gathered to press for action.

Aboriginal people have rights that are not being realized and upheld. [ read more…]

Hearing testimony on the failures of C-15

All the witnesses appearing on Bill C 15 Mandatory Minimum Sentences for drug crimes) so far (save one who supports MMS) have flatly called for the Bill to be defeated. I agree this Bill must be defeated!! And indeed the NDP voted against it at Second Reading. [ read more…]

The STV thing

Well, the STV thing…..

I’ve had many calls from people wanting to know where I stand on it. People have stopped me and asked and to be honest, I’ve ducked. “Undecided”, I’ve said. And Mez has heroically sent me messages, info, and encouragement (thanks Mez!). [ read more…]

Walk 4 Justice

Dear Friends,

I offer my support and solidarity for the Walk 4 Justice, leaving Vancouver May 29th and arriving in Terrace B.C. June 20th 2009.

The tragedy of the missing and murdered women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, in B.C. and across the country requires our immediate attention and action to ensure safety, support, and an end to violence against women. [ read more…]

Gangs and Prohibition

Like other metro Vancouver communities, East Vancouver has been recently caught in the horrific and terrifying gun violence, resulting from gangs involved in organized crime and drugs. I have heard from a number of constituents who are horrified at what’s taking place and have a sense of dread at the level of violence, randomness, and the impact on innocent people. [ read more…]

A Right to Community

On Saturday, I attended the 18th Annual Missing Women’s Memorial March in the Downtown Eastside. Eagles circled high above us at Main and Hastings, maybe as a sign that their spirits were close by as we looked up.

I have been to many of the marches as they wind their way through the allys and streets that hold the memories and stories of the tragedy of the missing, but not to be forgotten women. [ read more…]

A Busy Week

The week goes so fast in Ottawa; I can barely remember all that happened. It’s a blur of activity, seriously. As House Leader for the NDP I have particular responsibilities and I seem to dash from place to place, trying to stay on top of what’s happening on the Hill. [ read more…]