Tues June 21, 2016 — O’wet: Lost Lagoon — School Closures — Canada Pension Increase

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June 21

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TODAY’S SHOW Host: Jane Bouey @janebouey

2:00 Intro, News, Weather


20:35 – Canada Pension Plan Increase – a 7 year phase in beginning Jan 1/19 will increase both employee and employer contributions by 1 percent – currently 4.95 percent each. Joey Hartman – characterizes as a modest success that falls short of the doubling in benefit that the Canadian Labour Congress  advocated for over8 years. Plus her report on the rally June 16  marking the  International Day for Domestic Workers and protesting “Project Guardian” the  program of the Canadian Border Services Agency that sees the arrest and deportation of domestic caregivers for work permit infractions.

35:20 – The Vancouver School Board has released a preliminary list of 12 schools facing possible closure. The move comes as a part of the board’s Long Range Facilities Plan, and is aimed at getting schools to a Provincially mandated district-wide capacity rate of 95%.

Gwen Giesbrecht – provincially recognized Vancouver public education advocate, Britannia parent and community activist passionately outlines the impact on neighbourhoods – with a particular focus on low-income families on the East side..

List of schools:

  • Queen Elizabeth Annex
  • Champlain Heights Annex
  • Tecumseh Annex
  • McBride Annex
  • A.R. Lord Elementary
  • Seymour Elementary
  • Bruce Elementary
  • Sir Guy Carlton Elementary
  • Queen Alexandra Elementary
  • Trudeau Elementary
  • Britannia Secondary
  • Gladstone Secondary

Info on Vancouver School Board process: http://engage.vsb.bc.ca/

51:00 The new one-person show, by Musqueam actress and playwright Quelemia Sparrow is premiering June 21 on National Aboriginal Day – at the Firehall Theatre. O’wet/Lost Lagoon explores Sparrow’s journey of becoming a model in Tokyo at age 15, her family’s ancestral ties to Stanley Park, intergenerational trauma, canoeing and navigating her own identity as a mixed-race indigenous woman in the modern world. Discussing the show is Kim Harvey – Tshilqot’in, Syilx, Kutenai, Dakelh and Canada nations director, playwright, actor, and educator….who has been involved in the development and community engagement for O’wet/Lost Lagoon. June 21 National Aboriginal Day celebration performance (pay-what-you-can). Play runs June 21-25. Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at door (plus fees/tax) at www.firehallartscentre.ca or at 280 East Cordova Street |604.689.0926. $2 from every ticket will be donated to Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. Members of the public are encouraged to contact info@alleytheatre.ca if they feel that the ticket prices above are prohibitive and we will arrange a discount or free tickets.

Music in today’s show: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sandy Scofield



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