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- Volume Eight, Number Eight: December 2003
Dark Shadows Cast
Solidarity may be forever, but it’s not always consistent, if the
recent BC Federation of Labour convention in Vancouver is any
The escalating confrontation between the IWA Canada and the rest of the
labour movement over one of the union’s locals, 1-3567, signing highly
concessionary contracts with the executives of four multinational
corporations seeking to take advantage of the BC Liberal government’s
sell-off efforts of public health facilities, cast a dark shadow over
the convention’s resolve to lead a united opposition to the regime.
Despite being ruled in violation of the constitution of the Canadian
Labour Congress, which said last month the so-called “voluntary
agreements” signed with no mandate from the local’s membership and
prior to the firms’ hiring of any employees, the IWA’s national
executive appeared to commit to supporting the local’s actions.
takes top NDP job
British Columbia’s New Democrats chose a new leader November 23rd to
replace the outgoing Joy MacPhail. Carole James, a former Victoria
school trustee now working in child services with the Carrier-Sekani
Tribal Council, won on the second ballot over former MLA Leonard Krog
and Oak Bay councilor Nils Jensen.
James entered the convention with more committed delegates, but not
enough to guarantee her a win. She brought strong backing from many of
the province’s public-sector unions, MLA Jenny Kwan, and both of B.C.’s
NDP MPs. James styled herself the safe choice for leader, unburdened
with the previous NDP governments’ baggage, but still committed to the
party and its principles.
Krog was considered the front-runner in the early part of the race.
During the convention, though, Krog’s uninspired performance failed to
impress undecided delegates. Contrasting with Krog’s fizzle was
Victoria bookseller Mehdi Najari’s passion. Considered a fringe
candidate, Najari gave a fiery speech calling on the party to
radicalize. For his effort, Najari was rewarded with three standing
ovations and 32 votes, leaving him eliminated on the first ballot.
Amnesty Film Festival Forced to Drop Film
"Some degree of threat to their
to reports by Duncan Campbell of the Guardian(London), an
award-winnning documentary about Venezuelan president, Hugo
Chavez and the coup last year that briefly ousted him has become the
center of an international dispute. The film was pulled from the
Vancouver Amnesty International (AI)
film festival because Amnesty staff in Caracas said they feared for
their safety if it were shown.
The film, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, was made by two
Irish film makers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain as they were
preparing a documentary about Mr Chavez, with his cooperation, before
the coup. In April of 2002 when the coup began, they found
themselves trapped inside the presidential palace as events unfolded.
They kept their cameras running to document this unique historical
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