It is tragic to hear of the death of Marilyn Holsten and I can believe her life was a "living hell." Her death is tragic because she was a real fighter and displayed incredible strength as she took on the eviction, and the federal medical marijuana program. MLA Jenny Kwan and I visited Marilyn and tried to get the provincial and federal governments to get better home support for her and approval for medical marijuana. Ironically, we just got a copy of the letter from the federal health minister today, saying she had been approved for the medical marijuana program, in late June. It is a telling story of our health-care system that Marilyn had to contend with so many obstacles when she was so debilitated and just needed security and medical support. I'm very sad that her life ended this way. Libby Davies, MP, Vancouver East
In good economic times or bad, basically at any time other than election time, child care seems not to be a government priority. And true to form last week we saw the BC Liberal government again knocked child care to the bottom of the list with their withdrawal of Minor Capital Grants to child care centres.
Vancouver -- At four in the afternoon on Wednesday, August 19, a crowd of 160 people gathered to pay their respects to Curtis Brick -- a well-known and popular homeless aboriginal man. Flowers were placed at the spot where he was found. His friend, Dwayne Koe, pulled out a guitar and sang a song called, "We are one." Curtis Brick, 46, died on July 29 on one of the hottest days of year, mere meters away from a water fountain and children's water park.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission can launch its own complaints for violations of the Human Rights Act. But the agency rarely does so, unlike a U.S. counterpart that deals with employment discrimination. Vancouver's port is poisoned by sexual harassment, according to a report by veteran labour arbitrator Vince Ready. The human rights commission is hearing a complaint of discrimination by one female worker and an arbitrator is hearing another case.