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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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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Key players in the Occupy movement have announced innovative plans.  A small co-op is being formed to potentially offer low cost prepaid payment cards.  The potential credit union link is explored in this Credit Union Times article. The occupy movement still thinks in both national and local terms, and continues to encourage credit union membership and democratic control models. 

Notably, Canadian 'prepaid' payment cards are criticized in the Vancouver Sun today because of the excessive fees charged by many financial institutions. These kinds of cards are evolving into more than gift cards.  Social assistance payments and other transfers are being processed using these cards; particularly to those who do not have bank or credit union accounts.  As noted in the Vancouver Sun piece, the added costs are potentially borne by those who can least afford it.  CCEC is researching such a card offering but has no definite plans at this time.  

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Take the Welfare Food Challenge

Can you live on $610 per month?  That is the maximum welfare rate for a single person to cover everything including food, shelter and clothing.  This rate is below the poverty line. 

One in seven people in BC live in poverty.  Poverty in BC costs us all between $8 – 9 billion a year in crime, poor health, and lost economic opportunities. The cost of fixing it is less than half of that.   BC has the greatest economic inequality and the worst poverty and child poverty rates in Canada.

Take action today:  

  • Invite Jagrup Brar to speak on his experience living on $610 a month or a speaker from Raise the Rates;
  • Write to your local MLA;
  • Hold a public meeting or event;
  • Do a public action, maybe outside your local MLA’s office;
  • Contact your local media about any activities you organize including taking the Welfare Food Challenge to live on only the food you can purchase for $26 for a week.

Support the work of Raise the Rates, a long time CCEC Member.  Work to build a movement for change that raises welfare, tackles poverty and shifts the priorities of society to putting the needs of people first.

For more information visit these websites: 

Raise the Rates

MLA Welfare Challenge

Welfare Food Challenge

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·      Phone: 604 738-1653 (Bill Hopwood) or 604 729-2380 (Jean Swanson)

·      E-Mail Bill  or Jean

Ask them for a copy of their 2012 Raise the Rates Report.

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