A light-hearted read on this New Years Eve. I find it totally interesting how Canada differentiates between provinces and our neighbouring country.
I, a Lower Mainland British Columbian (the little tiny bottom left corner of BC), use almost all of these terms, other than I never use chesterfield, it’s a Couch, I use Utencil not cutlery, we call the electric bill just Hydro, I pronounce Toronto as “chur-OHN-noh”, and I usually say gutters not rain gutters.
Recently the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter had it’s city funding cut due to claims of transphobia. That means that they will lose out on $34,312 that the city had originally approved. Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter is Canada’s oldest rape crisis center, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The shelter was established in 1973 and has operated a feminist transition house since 1983, offering women shelter from men who are abusing them, including fathers, husbands, sons, pimps, johns and landlords.
This is one of the few female spaces left for women in need. Please consider helping:
THE HEILTSUK NATION IS SUING THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FOR AN OIL SPILL ON THEIR TERRITORIES
Two years ago as of October 13, the Nathan E. Steward sank outside of my hometown and 110 000 liters of diesel fuel was dumped into the ocean, destroying millions of dollars worth of local clam beds and severely impacting the local environment and economy in long-lasting and traumatic ways. I attended a conference talking about the court case that the sovereign Heiltsuk Nation is taking up against the corporation that owned the tanker (Kirby), the province of British Columbia, and the federal government of Canada. Indigenous peoples in Canada have won 90% of the court cases that they’ve taken to the federal level in the past couple decades, and this is far from the first time that my hometown has gone to bat with the Canadian government. The legal fees will be extravagant. Please watch the video if you have four minutes.
If you care about indigenous issues, please share this. I’ve personally participated in the protests surrounding Enbridge when I was 14 (six years ago), but the Canadian government is still trying to fuck over First Nations people.