One thousand workers in Canada are killed at their workplace every year. Many of these tragedies are due to the company’s failure to maintain a safe workplace. Come and learn what is happening and how we can help save lives both in Canada and abroad.

Location: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 3rd Floor Meeting room 1440 12th Avenue W South west corner of 12th and Hemlock NB This location is wheelchair accessible

Time of meeting is 3:00 pm. – 5:30 pm   Registration opens at 2pm  N.B. Review minutes from Februry 19 General Meeting to be approved May 27

Speakers:

Tom Sandborn is a respected journalist and author of ‘Hell’s History’ The USW’s fight to prevent workplace deaths and injuries from the 1992 Westray Mine disaster through 2016

In his own words…Tom was born in Alaska and raised in the wilderness by wolves. Later, Jesuits at the University of San Francisco and radical feminists in Vancouver generously gave time and energy to the difficult task of educating and humanizing him. Tom has a formal education, too: a BA from UBC. He has been practicing the dark arts of journalism off and on ever since university, and now also has about five decades of social justice, peace and environmental campaigning under his belt.

Tom’s goal is to live up to the classic definition of a journalist’s job from H. L. Menken – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’

Binega A. Markos, P, Eng is an Eritrean-Canadian who is a Project Engineer for the City of New Westminster. Binega will share with us the appaling conditions of  labourers forced to work for majority-Canadian-owned mine, Nevsun Resources at the Bisha mine in Eritrea.

Human Rights Watch writes, “In 2016, a United Nations Commission of Inquiry established by the Human Rights Council found the government’s “totalitarian practices” and disrespect for the rule of law manifested “wholesale disregard for the liberty” of its citizens. Thousands of Eritreans flee the country monthly to avoid “national service,” conscription that lasts indefinitely. Eritreans are subject to arbitrary arrest and harsh treatment in detention. Eritrea has had no national elections, no legislature, no independent media, and no independent nongovernmental organizations since 2001. Religious freedom remains severely curtailed.”

From 2012-2016, 1 in 50 Eritreans sought asylum in Europe, nearly twice the ratio of Syrians according to EU statistical service Eurostat.

See the following article on the Canadian class action suit that has been filed:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/oct/14/canadian-firm-nevsun-resources-new-forced-labour-claims-eritrea-bisha-min
Agenda for General Meeting Saturday, May 27

Territorial Acknowledgment

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Feb 19, 2017 General Meeting  Click here to see draft minutes 

Tribute to Isabel Minty by Jamie Lee Hamilton (See information below at the * for the where and when of Isabel’s June 8 memorial)

Speaker Panel and Q & A 

Elections:

  • One Member-at-Large to the COPE executive, term expiring at the 2017 Annual General Meeting
  • Election of a Recording Secretary to the COPE executive with term expiring at the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Follow this link for the list of the COPE executive. http://cope.bc.ca/about/our-executive-board/ and/or contact our Co-Chairs Connie Hubbs conniehubbs@shaw.ca or Tim Louis tim@timlouislaw.com

NB: You must be a member of COPE 30 days prior to May 27 to vote, or to accept a nomination for election.

Follow the link below to join or renew your membership.http://cope.bc.ca/get-involved/become-a-member/

Equity Representative Positions may also be selected at the Equity Plenary and subsequently ratified by a vote of the Membership during this meeting.

Adjourn: 5:30pm

*Isabel Minty’s Memorial is at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017