FILM – Hemingway’s Hot Havana – 7pm Thurs. Oct. 18 – 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

Actor and playwright Brian Gordon Sinclair brings his one-person play Hemingway’s Hot Havana from Toronto to the West Coast. The rousing adventure of sharks, pirates, submarines and romance will be performed at our Social Justice Film Night.

Admission $10. More Info:


Victoria Friends of Cuba Committee resumes its Social Justice Film Nights for the 3rd Thurs. of every month.

Sept. 20 – “Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining”
Oct. 18 – “Hemingway’s Hot Havana”
Nov. 15 – “Haiti: The Call of the Conch to Battle”

Special Engagement
Nov. 23 – DAVID ROVICS in concert –

Free “Occupy” Novel if you have a Kindle – TRADING DREAMS

Free eBook giveaway of one of the first Occupy novels, TRADING DREAMS — Free on Amazon from October 10-14, 2012. Gift it to your network!

Author information:

Huffington Post blogger and adjunct faculty at Boston University, J. L. Morin, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. She is the author of the award-winning novel SAZZAE (Gold medal winner of the 2010 eLit Book Award, 2010 winner of a Living Now Book Award), started as a creative thesis at Harvard, followed by the novels: TRAVELLING LIGHT, on sex slavery; and TRADING DREAMS, a humorous novel that unmasks hypocrisy in the banking industry. Her writing has appeared in THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, HARVARD YISEI, THE DETROIT NEWS, AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, CYPRUS WEEKLY, LIVONIA OBSERVER ECCENTRIC NEWSPAPERS, and THE HARVARD CRIMSON. J. L. Morin grew up in inner city Detroit, graduated from Harvard, and traded currency derivatives in New York while studying nights at New York University’s Stern School of Business (MBA ‘97) culminating in a job at the Federal Reserve Bank posted to the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Morin took to the road, traveling to Australia as a diplomatic spouse, a way of life that fueled an interest in the origins of cultures. After 9/11, she worked as a TV newscaster.

Continue reading »





On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On February 14th, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.


A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being



Coal Hard Truth Forum: Tues. Oct 9th – 7pm – UVic, Social Science and Math Building A – Rm. 104

Vancouver Island needs to be working towards environmental sustainability. Our industries and societies should operate with a lower impact on our environment to ensure the preservation of biodiversity and functioning ecosystems for our future. There is the will to do this – communities up and down the Island are diversifying their economies, leaning towards lower impact and sustainable industries.

The proposed Raven Underground Coal Project is a massive step backwards. The plan to mine over 28 million metric tonnes of coal and rock from the Comox Valley is simply not the direction we need to be headed. The Raven Project requires the disruption of wildlife corridors, the partial dredging of the Alberni inlet (to facilitate tankers to export the coal) and the alteration of salmonid-bearing creeks.

It poses direct risk to ecosystems in several watersheds in the Comox Valley, to the marine ecology along the export route and to water quality and security downhill from the mine. It threatens more sustainable and environmentally sound industries such as shellfish aquaculture, tourism, and fisheries – all operating and sustaining communities near or within the proposed mine site, trucking route, port site and tanker route.

All this risk so that we can export the world’s dirtiest resource, and relapse into the boom-bust, finite resource cycle that has created economic hardship in rural communities across the Island and across BC.

The Raven Project is also part of a larger problem: it is one of nearly 20 mines proposed in BC, a province that is an international leader in coal exports. Some of this coal arrives at port by rail via the U.S., where governments have prohibited its export in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. British Columbia – a province whose coal exports aren’t being counted towards our provincial carbon emission totals – needs to be leading development in alternative energy sectors, not clinging to the most carbon intensive fuel on earth.

The Wilderness Committee has been working with grassroots groups in the Comox and Alberni Valleys to rally opposition to the proposed Raven Project. As part of this effort, we’re proud to host the Coal Hard Truth Forum on October 9th at 7:00 pm at the University of Victoria. Please join the Sightline Institute’s Eric de Place and I for a discussion on the coal industry in the Pacific Northwest region, the proposed Raven Mine and ways you can get involved to stop coal expansion and speak out for the local and global environment.

Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: University of Victoria, Social Science and Math Building A – Rm. 104

For more information, visit
Or call the Wilderness Committee’s Victoria Office at 250-388-9292

Click here for more information on the forum, the proposed Raven Mine or facts on the coal industry in BC.

I hope to see you on the 9th!

Torrance Coste | Vancouver Island Campaigner
Wilderness Committee

Spreading the Maple Spring: Lessons from Quebec’s Student Strike

Thursday, October 4
University of Victoria Room A210
Social Sciences and Math Building
Event Facebook page:

Part of a Cross-Canada Speaking Tour The October 4 UVIC event will feature:

-Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, former spokesperson for CLASSE
-Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, a former member of CLASSE’s executive and a key organizer behind the strike
-Ethan Cox,’s Quebec correspondent and a former student organizer

Admission by donation.

Local sponsors: UVIC Social Justice Studies, Victoria Voice.

* Fighting for Education and Against Austerity Together The forum will address what happened in Quebec, but also how the hard-earned lessons of the longest student strike in Canadian history can be applied to organizing across the country. We hope to be able to build bridges of solidarity with movements in other parts of Canada, ties that are critical to mounting a truly national movement against Stephen Harper and austerity.

For CLASSE, the largest of the student unions involved in the Quebec student strike, this victory is merely the start of the next fight. And that fight is against austerity, in all its forms. More importantly, that fight is to not only oppose assaults on our social welfare, but to build a better society. The tour runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, with events in London, ON, Toronto, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Victoria and Vancouver.

For information on all events please visit:
National tour sponsors:, CEP, For more information, please email

“Carbon Democracy”: Energy and Democratic Politics

Distinguished speakers series
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 – 7:00 PM
UVic, Bob Wright Centre, Room B150

Friday, October 5th 2:30 to 4:30 pm
UVic, Fraser Building, Room 152

Timothy Mitchell The Centre for Co-operative & Community-Based Economy welcomes Dr. Timothy Mitchell as our 2012 Distinguished Speaker.

Dr. Mitchell is a renowned scholar on political economy. His work has examined the creation of economic knowledge and the making of “the economy” and “the market” as objects of twentieth-century politics; the problems with explaining contemporary politics in terms of globalization or the development of capitalism. He recently published a very well received book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (Verso, 2011). His visit is jointly sponsored with the Victoria Colloquium on Political, Social and Legal Theory

Prof Mitchell will be speaking on two occasions – on Thursday October 4 in a manner that addresses the principal themes of Carbon Democracy and on Friday October 5 on a draft paper that extends some of the arguments in Carbon Democracy, especially those that discuss the links between the development of economic thought and theories of political organization.  The talks are designed so that they are complementary.  Please attend both if you can.  In addition, for those who want to read and discuss his work in more detail, the Colloquium will also be holding a preseminar on his work on September 28.

Here, then, are the events associated with his visit:

1.       Pre-seminar, this coming Friday, September 28th in room 152 of the Fraser (law) building, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.   The readings (two chapters from his book, Carbon Democracy) are available on the Victoria Colloquium website:

2.       CCCBE Distinguished Lecture, Thursday, October 4th in room B150 of the Bob Wright Centre, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm:  “Carbon Democracy”: Energy and Democratic Politics.

3.       Victoria Colloquium, Friday, October 5th in room 152 of the Fraser Building, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm: “Economentality: How the Future Entered Government

Paved with Good Intentions

Tuesday, October 2

David Strong C112
University of Victoria

A public presentation and discussion with Dru Oja Jay, co-author of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

“NGOs are as Canadian as hockey,” declared a 1988 Parliamentary report. Few institutions epitomize the foundational Canadian myth of international benevolence like the non-governmental organization devoted to development abroad.

Dru Oja Jay will discuss these organizations and their development projects. Just how “non-governmental” are organizations that get most of their funding from government agencies? What impact do these funding ties have on NGOs’ ability to support popular demands for democratic reforms and wealth redistribution? What happens when NGOs support a repressive regime? What happens when NGOs bite the hand that feeds them?

Free Admission.

Sponsors:  Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies, VIPIRG, KAIROS Victoria, and the Council of Canadians Victoria.

Here is the information about the book.

Official site:


Facebook page:

“An extraordinary exposé”
– Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

“Timely, hard-hitting and well-researched.”
– Mike Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

“An important piece of scholarship.”
– Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
and author of Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in
Debt in Bangladesh

“Sure to be controversial.”
– Brian K. Murphy, former policy analyst, Inter Pares

“A must-read for scholars and practitioners alike.”
– Sangeeta Kamat, Associate Professor, University of
Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Development
Hegemony: NGOs and the State in India.

Achievements of the Venezuelan Revolution – Merli Vanegas – Sept 28 – Social Justice Studies – UVic

September 28, 2012

Lecture: UVic, David Strong Building, Room C116, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Lecture and Social: Café Simpảtico, 1923 Fernwood Road, 8 – 11 pm


Merli Va negas: is a socialist lawyer and the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Vancouver . She has worked for the Venezuelan government inthe National Assembly also serving as a Legal Advisor in different governmental institutions : the Bolivarian University of Venezuela, Ministry of Higher Education, CitizensPower Branch, Ministry of Communications and Information; and Ministry of Labor. She joined the Foreign Ministry representing the Venezuelan government in the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also a diplomat in the Embassy of Venezuela in Libya. Under President Chavez there have been majorimprovements in the quality of life for the country’s poor. The poverty indexes have been lowered and social improvements in the form of health, education, alimentation, sports, culture, and on a range of other fields have been significant. These achievements have been very dependent on grass roots participation through the Social Missions. Besides reducing poverty, recognition and inclusion into society are perhaps the most important factors for Chavez’s electoral success. 

For more information: 250.598.7690. Co-sponsored by Victoria Central America Support Committee, Consulado General de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Vancouver, B.C., UVic Social Justice Studies

Roll Out the Red Carpet with Big Oil

Community members and the groups and Victoria Voice are providing a tongue-in-cheek welcome for UBCM delegates attending a wine-and-cheese reception hosted by Big Oil this Wednesday, Sept 26 from 6-8pm at the Royal BC Museum. The reception is being hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, an industry lobby group, and is part of the official program of the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention.
I am attending  the UBCM convention as a delegate from the City of Victoria, and I will be advocating on the convention floor for Resolution A8, which calls for the protection of BC’s coastline and interior waterways from the expansion of oil pipelines and tanker traffic.
I think it would be highly hypocritical to wine-and-dine with Big Oil executives at the same time that I support Resolution A8. I therefore intend to boycott the reception and join community members outside the museum. You should come down as well to send a clear message to protect the BC Coast and Interior. You can find more info here.
All the best,
Ben Isitt
Victoria City Councillor and CRD Director
Email. | Tel. 250.882.9302

“Xexa:ls and the Power of Transformation: The Sto:lo, Good Governance and Self-Determination”

Wednesday, Sept. 26
First Peoples’ House – Ceremonial Room
Indigenous Governance is pleased to announce the first lecture in our Indigenous Speakers Series:
Wenona Victor presents
“Xexa:ls and the Power of Transformation: The Sto:lo, Good Governance and Self-Determination”
First Peoples’ House – Ceremonial Room

Wenona Victor is a Sto:lo activist, Ph.D candidate in Criminology at Simon Fraser University, and a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley.

For more information contact Mick Scow