Election BC 2017: Migrant Workers Dignity Association and Environmental Law Centre

Alexandra Henao, representing the Migrant Workers Dignity Association, works on behalf of 30,000 documented farm workers in BC who too often work long days without holidays or benefits for little pay.  Migrant workers pay taxes, yet they are forced into conditions that would be illegal for Canadian citizens.  What is the provincial government doing to support these workers, to improve their working conditions and protect them from employers who see only profit?  Why are they not allowed to form unions and bargain for their basic human rights?

Calvin Sandborn is the legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria.  For many years the provincial government has neglected to employ environmental assessment reviews, and the ELC is representing citizen groups who bring their concerns to the centre.  Calvin provides examples of creeks and rivers that have been polluted by abandoned mining projects, and the lack of government oversight to know or do anything to promote the cleanup of these sites.  Calvin also speaks about the government’s “systemic failure to proactively disclose key documents about the state of the environment and what government is doing to protect the environment.”

Before you vote in May, be sure to listen and read and learn, and base your decision on news that extends beyond the paid propaganda.



About Janine Bandcroft

The Winds of Change airs every other Thursday 11-noon from CFUV listener supported radio in Victoria, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. You can listen live anytime at cfuv.ca (it's a great station) and if you're able, we'd really appreciate if you contribute (even 5 bucks) to our annual funding drive.
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