2016 Day of Mourning Calls for Asbestos Ban

 

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Written by Harmony Raine

This April 28th, Canadian unions are calling for a comprehensive national ban on asbestos , a known killer that causes disease, suffering and death—all of it preventable. We want the federal government to pass legislation that outlaws the use, exportation, and import of asbestos.

More than 2,000 people die every year in Canada from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, such as mesothelioma,1 lung cancer and asbestosis.2 Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of occupational death in Canada, and since 1996, asbestos-related diseases have accounted for about a third of the workplace deaths recognized by workers’ compensation boards.

Deaths from mesothelioma increased by 60 percent between 2000 and 2012. Despite these disturbing facts, imports of items that contain asbestos, like brake pads and cement pipes, are on the rise (in 2014, imports of asbestos brake linings and pads hit a seven-year high, valued at $3.6 million that year alone). These products, as well as the lack of a formal registry of buildings known to contain asbestos, increase workers’ risk of exposure to a known killer.

Safer alternatives

This risk of asbestos exposure is preventable and completely unacceptable given that there are safe alternatives. Asbestos-free brake pads are manufactured in Guelph, Ontario, and asbestos-free ceiling tiles are produced in Langley, BC. Substituting these safer alternatives for deadly asbestos also creates Canadian jobs and support Canadian industries. Plans for new spending on infrastructure at all levels of government make it even more urgent that an asbestos ban be put in place now to guarantee that projects such as construction and upgrades to roads, transit stations, and other public places remain asbestos free.

National Day of Mourning Background

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL- CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade. Every year since, local unions and labour councils have marked the day with ceremonies of remembrance for colleagues, friends and family who have been killed, injured, or suffered serious health consequences because of workplace-related hazards and incidents.

Each year, approximately 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job (more than 2.5 workers per day). In the 20 year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039 people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 918 deaths per year). Hundreds of thousands more are injured, and countless thousands become permanently disabled or die from work-related diseases.

Honouring these individuals not only demonstrates our respect and support for affected workers and their families, but is also a vital means of creating public awareness of workplace hazards and toxins. It helps us to reinforce our ongoing commitment to fighting for safer workplaces and demanding that negligent employers are held accountable.

Unions have already made a difference over the past year by reducing the hazards people face when working in confined spaces and helping to make the workplaces of Canadians (not just union members) much safer and healthier. Through labour councils, the BC Federation of Labour, and the Canadian Labour Congress, unions have also fostered workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, with changes to provincial laws moving forward in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Recognizing that not all injuries are physical, unions are also taking on the stigma of mental illness and factoring it into what makes a workplace healthy and safe.

This year, Canada can take a giant step forward with a comprehensive ban on asbestos that will help to make all of our workplaces, homes and public spaces safer and healthier.

 

Kamloops Day of Mourning Ceremony

The Kamloops and District Labour Council will host a Day of Mourning ceremony On April 28, 2016 (6:00 pm) at St. Andrew’s on the Square and invites everyone to attend. The event will include guest speakers, a sidewalk march to lay the wreath, lighting of memorial candles, and music provided by Gail Ovington (piano), Jake Dogteron (trumpet), and Lorne Bailey (bagpipes).

Workers are also encouraged to observe a moment of silence and fly flags at half- mast at their worksites on April 28th.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

For more information about the Kamloops event, please contact Jim Waldie at waldiejames@gmail.com.

To learn more about the National Day of Mourning, visit dayofmourning.bc.ca. If you would like to leave a note in honour a fallen family member or worker, please visit the Day of Mourning commemoration site at dayofmourning.bc.ca. You can also request complimentary Day of Mourning decals and posters through this website.

1 Mesothelioma: mez-oh-thee-lee-oh-ma A rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the protective lining that covers the internal organs of the body. Signs and symptoms include shortness of breath due to fluid between the lung and the chest wall, chest wall pain and constitutional signs such as unexplained weight loss. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos (Sources: wikipedia.com and merriam- webster.com).

2 Asbestosis: az-bess-toe-sis A chronic inflammatory and scarring disease affecting the tissue of the lungs. People with the condition may experience severe shortness of breath and are at an increased risk for certain cancers, including lung cancer. Asbestosis specifically refers to fibrosis within the lung tissue from asbestos, and not scarring around the outside of the lungs. It is caused by the breathing in and retention of asbestos fibres (Sources: wikipedia.com and merriam-webster.com).

Kamloops Joins the National Call for $15

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Written by Barbara Nederpel

On April 15th, the Kamloops District Labour Council, workers, students, progressive political parties, and concerned citizens in Kamloops, join the national call for a $15 minimum wage.

Around 40 people rallied at the North Shore transit exchange to demand that anyone who works full time should be able to live above the poverty line.

This national day of action is the first of its kind in Canada ad follows a groundswell movement to a $15 minimum wage that is sweeping across North America — Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco prompted a commitment from the entire state of California, as well as New York and the province of Alberta.

But here in British Columbia the minimum wage is the lowest in the country at $10.45. The only long term commitment by the BC Liberals ties any future increase to inflation. Where Alberta will reach $15 in 2018, at this rate, BC will not reach it until 2034.

This low rate means a full time worker will make $6,000 below the poverty line, despite working as hard and diligently as higher waged workers, and with no prospects of improvement in their situation unless they are able to secure better work.

However, the statistics of low wage workers paints a picture oDSC_0488f a huge portion of the population that likely will be in the same low wage situation for the long term.

Over half of a million people earn less than $15 an hour in BC— that’s one-quarter of all working people.

Eighty-two per cent are 20 or older. These are students drowning in debt load and studying full time, and young people in precarious work trying to stand on their own 2 feet.

Nearly two-thirds are women, many unable to access affordable, quality childcare, which may explain why we have amongst the worst child poverty rates in the country.

And 15,500 are over the age of 65. These are people who are forced to work because they are unable to pay for rent, food or medications otherwise.

Right winged economists decry that raising the minimum wage will hurt job creation and stall the economy. However, statistics have shown that it actually stimulates growth in local businesses and economy.

Why? When people are able to live above the poverty line, they can afford to spend every penny in their community.

Real job creation comes from people spending money in local business, not from big corporations who hide their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

According to a study done by the BC Federation of Labour, 83% of British Columbians agree with increasing the rate to $15. Also in agreement are 5 economists at the International Monetary Fund.

Unfortunately, the BC Liberals do not agree, citing the need to protect a delicate economy while they tout that BC has the strongest economy in the country. But how can we have the strongest economy when we have the highest cost of living, the worst wage gap, and the worst child poverty?

A strong economy is one that works for everyone and a minimum wage increase to $15 is a vital step needed to get there.

 

2016 KDLC Bursary Application

The Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) is offering four (4) $1,000 (one thousand dollar) bursaries (two in an academic field and two in a technical (trades) field of study) to students who are members or relatives of members of unions that are affiliated to, and in good standing with, the KDLC.

Who is eligible?

Members or relatives of members, of unions affiliated to and in good standing with, the KDLC.

Definition of a relative:  a spouse of same or opposite sex, parent, child, including step-child or foster child, brother, sister, grandchild, niece or nephew.

Applicants must be registered in a full-time or part-time post secondary program at a PUBLIC education institution (for technical field of study – must be sponsored from a recognized trade union) in 2016/2017.

All of the following information MUST be included in your submission to the KDLC Bursary Committee.

  1. Application form
  2. Transcript of your grade standing
  3. Confirmation of your enrollment in a PUBLIC education institution (for technical field of study – must be sponsored from a recognized trade union) in 2016/2017.  If you are waiting for enrollment confirmation, please send a letter stating you are waiting for the confirmation and if you are chosen for a bursary, the confirmation will have to be shown before you will receive the bursary.
  4. A double-spaced typed essay of 750-2000 words on the following topic.  This essay shall be the basis for awarding the bursary.

The Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) was founded 60 years ago by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to promote the rights of working people in the Thompson-Nicola region.  What impact has the KDLC had in meeting its mandate in our region during the past 60 years?

Please submit all of the above information to the address below before May 13, 2016.  The Committee will ONLY accept Bursary applications by mail to:

Bursary Committee
Kamloops and District Labour Council
PO Box 369 STN MAIN
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5K9

Please include: KDLC Bursary Application

KDLC Calls for Full Panel Review on Ajax

 

The Kamloops and District Labour Council called on federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to order a full panel review of the proposed Ajax mine project. The labour organization joined the City of Kamloops, the Thompson Nicola Regional District, and the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation who have also requested a more rigorous review.

KDLC represents over 11,000 unionized public and private sector workers in the Kamloops area voted without dissension to send a letter to the Environment Minister in hopes to encourage the review.

“Our labour organization supports good local, family supporting jobs especially when our unemployment rate is higher than the provincial average,” said President Barb Nederpel. “We also believe that a project of this size and location warrants the best scientific review possible so the results will be received by the public with greater confidence.”

The recent SLR Consulting report on KGHM’s 18,000 page application has left many in Kamloops doubting the completeness of KGHM’s application and wanting more details.

“Given the size of the mine and its proximity to Kamloops, it is baffling that the current federal environment minister wouldn’t immediately order a full panel review” said Nederpel. “We are asking this minister to side with the City of Kamloops, the TNRD, First Nations, and now the KDLC to order the review this project needs.”

KDLC has a proud record of supporting mining and miners in the Kamloops area and across the province.

“Labour will continue to stand with working people and will fight to ensure that mining jobs go first to local workers, British Columbians, and Canadians, who are in strong unions to ensure the best health and safety standards possible, and fair wages and benefits to support families and strengthen the local economy” said Nederpel. “We will not stand by and allow the exploitation of temporary foreign workers.”

Letter to Minister McKenna

Take a closer look at private laundry

DSC_0172The case of the laundry workers in Interior Health goes far beyond the superficial views of those who say this contracting out is a “no-brainer.” The new contract between Interior Health Authority (IHA) and Ecotex, resulting in 93 full time equivalents across the region, is cited to save $35 million over 20 years and that the employer will ease the transition of the workers into new opportunities. This is enough consolation for some people to not give it a second thought.

IHA says that they are going to ensure that they will find alternate employment or retraining for those who are displaced. Truth of the matter is that displacement language is a collective agreement right that was bargained by the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) to help protect members in cases such as these.

A retraining fund exists from what remains after HEU won the settlement of Bill 29 in the Supreme Court of Canada when the BC Liberals contracted out hospital support services in the lower mainland en masse resulting in the largest lay off of women workers in Canadian history. Another education fund came out of bargaining.

It is not the kind heart of the BC Liberals or of IHA that will ensure these workers have any options, but the persistent hard work of their union.

Regardless, when they displace these workers, they in turn displace other workers. At the end of the day, the only jobs created will be in a private facility in an undisclosed location (although expected to be Kelowna) at rock bottom wages, while family supporting jobs here in Kamloops will be lost.

What little we know of this contract is that it is over 20 very long years. It makes sense that this is required so that Ecotex can recuperate any of the costs of building a facility and purchasing the equipment needed. By the way, this is exactly the capital cost outlay that Interior Health references as the reason for contracting out in the first place. Except now, after 20 years, Ecotex will own the equipment, not the taxpayers.

But then one news report states the new contract is $11 million per year (CBC) while another (Nelson Star) states that laundry currently costs $10 million, it is hard to understand where they get $35 million in savings.

Ecotex themselves are trying to lighten the blow by stating that they will provide 90 – 100 full time, unionized jobs with competitive wages and benefits. However, it is believed that these Ecotex workers would be represented by CLAC which is hardly comforting.

CLAC, or the Christian Labour Association of Canada, is not a recognized union by the Canadian Labour Congress because it is often voluntarily organized by the corporation to protect the interests of the business, not the workers.

To demonstrate, language exists in CLAC agreements where grievances are resolved simply because the “decisive word resides with management” and other language ensures that the workers can never go on strike.

To make matters worse, in 2002, the BC Liberals altered the Employment Standards Act to exclude unionized employees from the provisions of the Act. Since then, CLAC “negotiated” agreements are frequently found to be below the Employment Standards floor in wages, overtime pay, annual vacations, and termination pay.

The stagnant contract number of $11 million per year becomes particularly alarming when the cost of doing business is not immune to inflation and profit margins are certain to be protected. Will the taxpayers be charged superfluous amounts as they have been in the lower mainland for regular services above the contract? Or will the workers absorb the impact through their wages?

If language exists to cap the contract costs, then it becomes a burden on the backs of the workers.

premieer_p3109287After an SFU economist, Marvin Shaffer concluded there is no business case to support the move and with so many questions around this contract, it is no wonder that the general public is highly suspicious of the over $127,000 in donations given to the BC Liberals by Ecotex.

And this is when the “no-brainers” state that this unskilled work deserves no-more than minimum wage. But these are real people trying to make ends meet for their families, not high school kids making a few extra bucks as the minimum wage argument goes, and at full time hours, would be living $6,000 below the poverty level.

And surely, with hospital laundry resulting in exposure to various bodily fluids, including blood, vomit, C-Difficile infested feces and when the injury rates to wrists, shoulders and backs are high, they deserve more than that. They deserve at least the wages and protections that they get now.

As the Minister of Health proudly walks through the new $89 million Clinical Service Building at Royal Inland Hospital, with the contracted out parking stalls, half of the top floor and other space available for retail and office rentals, and a state of the art amphitheater available to the public for rent, it’s a hard pill to swallow when we say our health care is “public” and only front line care matters.

 

Parity Now: “Because it’s 2016”

Article Submitted by KDLC executive member, Harmony Ráine, seen here presenting a donation by the KDLC to the Kamloops Women’s Resource Group Society to help them continue on their amazing work protecting and promoting women.

(*The word “women” includes anyone who identifies as a woman)

If you think women have achieved equality with men, you are mistaken. If you think women in Canada, the United States, or other parts of the developed world enjoy a reasonable level of equality with men, you are still wrong. Sadly, even in 2016, gender parity remains very elusive.

The 2015 Global Gender Gap Index ranked 145 countries on measures of health, education, economic, and political equality between men and women; and shockingly, Canada ranks only 30th in gender parity worldwide.

In order to assess equality, we must examine economic equality (or parity), because money provides people with the means to achieve other types of equality (ie: education, health care, and political participation). Highlighting the gendered wage gap makes glaringly apparent just how much inequality still exists between the sexes.

Canada’s low overall equality ranking is largely due to our massive wage gap:average-annual-earnings-gender-equality-gap-women

  • Canadian working women earn about $8,000 less per year than men doing an equivalent job
  • Based on average weekly wages of all Canadian workers (full- and part-time), women earned just 75.3% of men’s income (2014) – a wage gap that is double the global average
  • A gap this wide means that Canadian women must work more than 70 additional days each year to catch up to men, and
  • The average Canadian full-time working woman will lose more than $460,000 over a 40 year period due to pay disparity
  • Worldwide, many more women than men complete university and enter skilled professions; but women tend to be unable to reach the top of their professions in the same ways men do.
  • Canadian women make up half of Canada’s labour force, but comprise only 3 percent of Canadian CEOs and 15.9 percent of board seats in S&P / TSX 60 companies (2013). The political landscape is similar.

Importantly, these are not only well-paying occupations; but are high level, high profile positions that entail decision-making and policy implementation.

Women remain severely underrepresented in higher paying, male-dominated fields as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), senior executive positions, and roles in government. This is NOT because women are disinterested or “not well suited” to these careers, or because they are more interested in raising a family than making money. These are just excuses based on common stereotypes of women. Women have a wide range of interests, talents, and aptitudes and are willing and capable of taking on a variety of challenges.

Research shows that women are not encouraged – or are actively discouraged – from studying in certain fields or entering various trades and occupations by a plethora of family and social pressures, as well as conscious and unconscious biases and overt bullying and discrimination in schools, workplaces, and society. Women also face numerous, persistent structural barriers such as poor economic conditions and labour market prospects, inadequate enforcement of human rights legislation and labour laws, and weak provisions for maternity leaves and child care.
As the primary caregivers for children and other family members, women suffer economic losses that are generally unrecoverable, and that are never experienced or understood by most men. When women spend extended periods of their lives out of the paid workforce for maternity leaves and other family-related obligations, the enormous impact of lost wages is compounded by deficits in education, skills training, upgrading, mentoring, career advancement, and confidence – not to mention the high cost of daycare when they return to work.

Equality vs Equity posterEmployment equity programs and other measures intended to level the playing field have unfortunately become a necessary evil for women and other marginalized groups, who have been systematically denied equal opportunities to learn, earn, and survive in our supposed democratic, multicultural society. It is even sadder that already marginalized people who must take advantage of equity programs often experience backlash and resentment in both society and the workplace, accused of trying to “work the system” or “get special treatment.” To these comments, women can only reply that our “special treatment” consists of working longer for less money and recognition than men, while raising families; and likely losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the wage gap over our working lifetimes

Since about 2002 the global wage gap has remained almost stagnant. Experts suggest that at the present rate, the gap will take at least another 118 years to close completely.

In a seemingly progressive move, Canada’s newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempted some partial redress for women’s lack of representation in the federal government by appointing women to 15 of 31 cabinet posts. When asked to explain his rationale for what has been dubbed “Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet,” Trudeau simply replied, “Because it’s 2015.”

I am cautiously optimistic, but fear that Trudeau’s apparently sincere gesture might lack substance and any real plan to create sustainable equity in the lives, working conditions, and ongoing struggles of average Canadian workers and citizens – especially marginalized members.

Sheila Malcolmson, the NDP’s Status of Women Critic, asserts, “There’s no excuse for the fact that women in Canada continue to make substantially less than men” and is outraged that Canada is “lagging far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to pay equity.” She states that the NDP will be calling on the Trudeau government to take action on the unacceptable wage gap between Canadian men and women, push the Liberals to “recognize pay equity as a right,” and implement recommendations made by a 2004 pay equity task force.

Because of massive, ongoing, courageous work by women, past and present feminist activists, and our allies, women have made monumental progress toward achieving better equity. These efforts cannot be understated, but we are not ‘there’ yet.

International Women’s Day was created to draw attention to gender inequalities and provide the impetus for consciousness-raising, dialogue, and activism that can lead to meaningful social change for women. The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Pledge for Parity.” Pledging for parity can help women and girls to achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive cultures, and eradicate workplace bias, discrimination, resentment, and backlash.

Women’s equality doesn’t take anything away from men. “What’s good for women is good for business, is good for men, is good for families, is good for economies” – Deborah Gillis

Our mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, grandmothers, aunts, friends, co-workers, and fellow union activists deserve real equity and parity with men. Not just because it’s 2016 and it’s about time, but because it’s right.

To learn more about International Women’s Day 2016, visit: International Women’s Day

To Pledge For Parity, go to: Pledge for Parity

It’s Cold in BC

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For the first time, affiliates and friends of the Kamloops and District Labour Council came together as a single force for the Kamloops Coldest Night of the Year, an annual event that took place in 80 communities across the country, raising money for the local homeless and hungry.

A tremendous $3,633 was raised by Team KDLC with the top 3 affiliate donors CUPE 4879 ($1,425), HEU ($883) and BCGEU ($655), far surpassing the donations usually raised by our Soup Kitchen.  PLUS, once the numbers are all in, we will be the number 1 team in Kamloops!

But no matter how much money the labour council and other good Kamloops citizens raise, it isn’t going to be enough to alter the dire situation for our most vulnerable residents.

After a decade of waiting, we had hoped that this would be the year that the BC Liberals would finally incorporate a poverty reduction plan into their budget, especially considering how often they are called out by the NDP and anti-poverty groups for being the only province in the country without one.

One would think that a government knowing that once again they had the worst child poverty in the country, 20% to be exact, that they would be compelled to make immediate changes.

The closest they came was the sheepish announcement by Mike de Jong regarding the minuscule increase in disability benefit of $77 per month after a 9 year freeze. But in one of the cruelest moves I’ve seen the Liberals make, they snatched away theirDSC_0068 bus passes of almost equal value.

Meanwhile, those living on social assistance, who’s rates have also been frozen since 2007, were ignored completely.

A full time worker at minimum wage, which is harder to get than most think, makes $6,000 below the poverty line and BC has the worst income gap in the country. But still, even after the Liberals discovered they made an error calculating a minimum wage increase that will leave BC as the lowest in the country as of April, they still refused to alter it.

Only 280 “affordable housing” units will be built, not sure where, in the first year when the needs are in the thousands across the province.

A scant amount of money was budgeted to increase the number of child care spaces but no change to making any of the spaces remotely affordable.

Heck, de Jong couldn’t even articulate what “affordable” means, demonstrating just how out of touch the Liberals are.

But wait! A few days later, Christie Clark announced they would provide legislative support for, “the most vulnerable members of our society and they depend on all of us to make sure that they’re safe and that they’re looked after.”

Sadly, no, she wasn’tDSC_0055 talking about children. Or the disabled. She was speaking about cats and dogs.

Even though they know that poverty costs BC $8 – 9 BILLION per year in higher public health care and criminal justice costs, and lost productivity, they still choose to do nothing. Well they’re even more cruel than that. In fact they would rather hoard a surplus and create a fantasy slush fund than to help lift people out of poverty.

 

 

TPP and Me

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Article Submitted by           Doug McArthur               Political action committee  I.B.E.W. Lu993

With the election over and the new Liberal majority taking the big seat, the buzz has been around the TPP deal.  It has been touted as a trade deal, it will stream line the movement of goods and services among its signatories and allow business to be conducted faster and more efficiently, for corporations.

The question comes down to how will it affect the working class?  As an apprentice electrician, with a post-secondary education, I feel like I sit right in the middle of the working class/middle class spectrum, so I’ll quickly explain what the TPP means to me.

As far as I can see the TPP will start a race to the bottom.  First, the TPP will give virtually all power to the corporations.  Once signed into law the TPP will allow corporations to sue governments for anything that affects their bottom line. This will include environmental protections and possibly even labour laws. If they want a pipeline, they get a pipeline; if they want an oil exporting port in protected waters, they get it.

This fact alone makes me wonder why on earth any government would sign such an agreement knowing they will have their hands tied trying to protect their land, citizens and even sovereignty.

The second part, which hits home hardest for me, is the fact that the TPP will blow open the temporary foreign worker program. At the time of writing this I am currently, like many of the tradesmen in this country, sitting on employment insurance. As a union worker I also know that many of my brothers and sisters are also sitting on employment insurance.

The temporary foreign worker program was originally brought in to fill the gaps for the jobs we cannot fill, not for cheaper labour for corporations while we sit at home starving. Under the TPP these new jobs will be offered directly to the cheaper foreign labour before we even see a posting.  It will start a race to the bottom driving down wages, working conditions and quality of life.  Essentially for the working class we can pretty safely assume that the wages and safety standards will fall to the lowest signing authority.

There is hope still though. Write to your MP, flood the media and offices of our elected leaders speaking out against this deal.  At the end of the day the same man who is attempting to sign away our countries rights is only doing a temp job as long as we allow him to do it.

A “Must Read” Essay on Labour’s Role in Democracy and Prosperity

 

“This essay first appeared in the James Lorimer & Company book Canada After Harper. It would be useful for students and union members as it explains in plain language how unions play a crucial role in industrial democracy, sharing prosperity, and promoting social justice in Canada. It also explains the nature of the attack on the labour movement and considers what it needs to do to survive. It has been updated to reflect recent changes in the political landscape.”

Unions: Their Role in Democracy and Prosperity

See more at: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Team KDLC 2016

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Coldest Night of the Year Website

An estimated 150,000 Canadians experience homelessness outside, and hundreds of thousands more face the constant challenge of living right on the edge – adults, youth, families, the elderly – we’re walking for them all on February 20th.

People struggling with:
Living at or below the poverty line
Addictions or substance abuse
Community and social support
Race or gender discrimination
Access to adequate housing
Access to adequate food
Access to employment
Mental health issues

The New Life Community Kamloops, known for their commitment to serving people in need, is once again hosting the WALK in our community. So that’s who we’re walking for. People in our community. Neighbours down your street. Kids you see every day. A family member you love. Maybe even you.

Members of the KDLC are walking as team “KDLC 2016” raising money to help the homeless, the hungry and the hurting. Then, on February 20th, we will walk as a team with our coveted Coldest Night Toques and union flags to show that labour in Kamloops cares about our community and everyone in it.

How to get involved:

You or your local can donate directly to Team KDLC 2016 HERE

OR

You can sign up as a KDLC team member and gather donations from your local and/or friends HERE

Be sure to sign up under “KDLC 2016″ by clicking on the “Join a Team” link.

 

Promotional information about our team:

Team KDLC

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