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Public transit is a life and death issue, according to Stephen Hume (Vancouver Sun), who's opinion piece highlights the public health impact of nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants as we put more and more vehicles on the road. The proposed expansion of our public transportation system, and the referendum on taxation, put some some big issues before the public.  Images of the ordinary people in Beijing struggling with really poor air quality are scary.  Recent reports on the effects of vehicle exhausts on young brains, and urban dwellers' health are disturbing.  There is a real need to get the right decision on the upcoming referendum in Greater Vancouver.  You may want to attend the public meeting hosted by the Board of Change March 19th, 5:30-8PM.  
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Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED) is a great source for information on the BC economy and proposed mega-projects.  The CRED research provides an important resource to CCEC as we assess the Kinder Morgan proposal for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  In particular, CRED observes that the oil and gas industry is only a small part of the BC  economy (Gross Domestic Product) and unlikely to generate significant sustained employment gains. 

The CRED Blog and newsletter are great public resources. 

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is seeking proposals for papers on the subject of job creation, with an emphasis on constructive interventions - environmentally and socially.  The invitation is in preparation for a a mini-conference that CCPA-BC, BC Federation of Labour and the Progressive Economics Forum are holding on Nov. 21, 2014 – A Good Jobs Economy in BC

 Proposals are requested by September 8th, one page only! 

 

 

• Solutions to youth unemployment
• Green jobs
• Sustainable and value-added resource development
• The role of the public sector in wealth and job creation (including crown corporations,
post-secondary education sector, government procurement, infrastructure and services)
• Financing alternative job creation
• A jobs vision for rural and First Nations communities
• Moving from “any job” to Good Jobs
• Effective employment strategies for more marginalized populations (recent immigrants,
Aboriginal people, people with disabilities)
• What does modern industrial policy look like?
• Role of co-ops, social enterprises and community economic development
• Encouraging and retaining high-tech and creative sector jobs

 

 

For more information Click Here.

 

 

 

 

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More input from our Members:

Let’s get away from fossil-fuel based economics.  Thank you for standing against this pipeline plan! 

No. Never. Not now.  Not ever.  We need to focus on green, renewable technologies not dirty, polluting tar sands for profits!

I am unequivocally opposed to this pipeline.  There are too many reasons to list – it is unsafe for people; it promotes climate change; the NEB is undemocratic; it ignores First Nations rights and title; it support a corrupt industry; it does not benefit the people who are most directly harmed by its construction or potential accidents.  No!  No!  No! Thank you.

No more pipelines. We need to invest in cleaner forms of energy.

DO NOT BUILD IT!! PLEASE. 

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pipe-up

CCEC Credit Union is an accepted intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. This project of Kinder Morgan proposes to pump Alberta tar sands bitumen to Burnaby and then ship it on huge tankers through Burrard Inlet and Georgia Strait. CCEC is concerned at a global level and at a regional level about the ecological risks.  CCEC is also concerned with the economic subsidies imputed from government and those living along the transportation corridor. Implicitly, costs and risks are being imposed on neighbours and citizens.      

The review process is biased in favour of the proponent, so the challenge will be both present evidence to the NEB and the public. The NEB discounts any climate change concerns as not relevant. CCEC will be collaborating with several other community organizations over the coming months. We will also be hosting at least one members' meeting to broaden the public's knowledge, and hold the public process to account.   

For those seeking more information,check out the Wilderness Committee , Pipe-Up, or Forest Ethics

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CCEC has asked the Minister responsible for Canada Post to reconsider the recent proposals from Canada Post to close out all urban home delivery of the mail over the next 5 years. Some 5 million households will be directly affected, with mail redirected to 'community mailboxes'. The letter to Minister Raitt notes that on social and environmental grounds, the proposals transfer costs to the public rather than truly reducing costs. Seniors and the disabled are likely to be the most affected, but so will anyone who relies heavily on paper-based communications (often required for financial business). Many are objecting to the announced Canada Post proposals, ranging from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to the National Association of Major Mail Users. 

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CCEC Credit Union has an activist role in housing innovation and affordability, consistent with our mission of supporting co-operative style development. In 2013 CCEC has partnered with several projects to finance creative responses to people's needs.

The Galiano Land and Community Housing Trust is concerned about the lack of affordable housing on their island. The Galiano Green Affordable Home Ownership project plans to build small scale homes, using 'sweat equity', that will provide modest cost new homes.  The project will also feature common amenities and some novel construction technology.

The Yarrow Ecovillage is a larger scale project in the Fraser Valley that is being developed in three phases to a total of 36 units of 'co-housing'. The last component is specified as seniors housing. This 25 acre site includes 20 acres of working farm and a comprehensive vision for sustainable living - alternative energy, waste management and a salmon bearing stream. 

Several non-profit housing co-ops have come to CCEC to finance upgrades to their facilities; roofs, windows, plumbing, etc. These include Cameo Housing Co-op, Trout Lake Housing Co-op and Grandview Housing Co-op. CCEC knows and understands the non-profit model and can respond appropriately.

And the Fraser Common Farm Co-op also sought a loan to improve their facilities. Fraser Common Farm is a small community that is committed to ecological farming and education, and has been in existence for 30 years.  You may know them through the Glorious Organics Co-op farming business,

CCEC is also working with the Cedar Cottage co-housing group, and other Metro projects. CCEC has also had inquiries from Fanny Bay to Kaslo, about other co-op developments that are being planned. 

And lastly, CCEC is working with a variety of members on home purchases, especially co-ownership arrangements that may be a bit novel.  

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SFU Public Square - Summit

CCEC is collaborating with SFU Public Square and hosting one of 100 Community Conversations on the BC Economy, taking place over the coming few weeks. These conversations will feed into a Community Summit Sep 28-Oct 4 at the Centre for Dialog and subsequently the publication of a "Citizens' Agenda". 

The SFU Public Square is a unique community engagement project which tries to foster constructive open dialog on issues of substantial importance within the province. 

The challenging question is, "How can we create wealth, promote social equity, and protect our environment?"

Check out the other events and activities associated with this 2013 Community Summit. If you'd like to take part in our CCEC community conversation session, email Joanne. Last year's 'summit' considered the problem social isolation in urban environments and the report prompted policy re-considerations within governments and foundations.  

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