“If this report isn’t a wake-up call for the need for increased staffing and other resources, I don’t know what is.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
To put it in perspective, the first significant wildfire event this year occurred some 3 weeks earlier than in 2015 and Environment Canada is forecasting an 80 to 90 per cent chance that B.C. will be hotter than average through June.
“The key is a comprehensive strategy that supports workers, their families and communities as partners in change, not victims of change. With a just transition strategy in place, the possibilities are rich and the vision of greener communities in a low-carbon economy is bright.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Organizations condemn murder and urge the U.S. Secretary of State to press the Honduran government to provide immediate, effective, and carefully consulted protection to Mexican environmentalist and journalist Gustavo Castro Soto and other witnesses in the case.
First Nations and union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring B.C. government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories(09 Feb. 2016) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.
"Just as earlier governments used industrial strategies to build our country, our current federal and provincial governments need modern industrial strategies to respond to the problem of climate change." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
V20 coalition launched in Lima proposes ways to raise funds for climate adaptation projects.
"When a government refuses to consider alternative energy sources, sidelines its own utilities commission, ignores environmental concerns and Aboriginal People’s constitutional rights, citizens have a responsibility to speak out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Despite being victims of Ontario's austerity agenda, forest firefighters in Ontario have stepped forward to help out in western Canada.
“If mandatory testing and documentation were part of the design approval process, they wouldn’t need to issue this order now." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.