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Project: Save Pine Free Coastal Health Clinic For Youth with David Eby

Pine Action Alert: Meeting tonight!
June 18, 2014

Vancouver Coastal Health has ignored our concerns about the closure of the only dedicated youth clinic in Metro Vancouver for months. Now we have a chance to make sure they hear us loud and clear.

Tonight, at 6:00 p.m., at 899 West 12th Avenue in the Paetzold Auditorium, Jim Pattison Pavillon, Vancouver Coastal Health is holding a public board meeting where they’ll hear an update on the clinic closures, including the closure of the Pine Free Clinic. Click here for more info.

At the end of the meeting, they’ll open up the mic to hear from the public in a question and answer session.

We’ve written to Vancouver Coastal Health and they haven’t written back.

We invited them to our forum and they didn’t show up.

We asked them to consult youth before closing the Pine Free Clinic and they set dates for “consultation” meetings with patients from every clinic of theirs except Pine Free.

We asked them for frank information and they released a poster to clinic patients that said that the Pine Free Clinic wasn’t closing, when it is.

By showing up at this meeting, we can show them that we aren’t going away, and that we will work hard to protect and defend 40 more years of operation for Metro Vancouver’s only dedicated youth and young adult clinic.

I’m reminded of an old saying: “First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they fight you, then you win.”

If we can convince the Board that there is enough community support, we may be able to convince them to revisit their strategy of ignoring the community entirely, which is the first step down the road to saving the Pine Free Clinic.

Let’s move this fight to save the Pine Free Clinic past the “ignore you” stage and let the provincial government know that they can’t ignore the concerns of young people and their supporters, because if they won’t come to us, we’ll keep coming to them.

I hope to see you tonight!

What: Vancouver Coastal Health Board Meeting, including update on clinic closures and open mic
Where: 899 West 12th Avenue in the Paetzold Auditorium, Jim Pattison Pavillon
When: 6-8 p.m.
Who: Everyone who wants youth and young adults to have access to a clinic dedicated to their needs

Yours truly,
David Eby

Project #SavePineFree


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Breaking News! California Auctioneer Charged For Sending Horses to Slaughter

Breaking News! California Auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter. Madera, CA- Auctioneer Billy Ray Brown Jr., was arrested and charged in a case involving professional rodeo horses and beloved pets and auction records traced to a slaughterhouse in Canada.
The 1998 CA ‘Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption’ prohibits any person from possessing, transferring, receiving or holding any horse, pony, burro or mule with intent to kill it or have it killed, where the person knows or should know that any part of the animal will be used for human consumption, and provides that a violation constitutes a felony offense, but the sale of horses through auction in CA is laundered and horses are shipped first across state borders where no protective laws exist.

It’s no secret that countless horses from every breed and discipline sadly disappear across state lines after being sold for their meat at auction, despite the 1998 CA law. CA horses have proven to be no safer that horses in other states. Due to the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don’t realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.

Rescue horses can be protected through strict adoption contracts and placement through sanctuary, Individual horse owners and others can also implement protective measures to assure their horses’ safety and welfare.
Safety provisions can be written into any contract. Check out reputable rescues like Wild for Life Foundation ‘s Lifetime Equine Refuge for examples of safety provisions you can use to keep horses from being sold, given away or auctioned for any purpose.

Learn more at
Watch Saving America’s Horses trailer:
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Protest at Aquarium June 10 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming protest at the aquarium: June 10 at 5pm , check out their facebook link for more info:

It is timed to coincide with the aquarium’s grand opening reception for donors, politicians and board members.
FB event page is here:

Join us on Tuesday, June 10th from 5-7 pm as we return to the aquarium for a demonstration that coincides with their invite-only Grand Opening Celebration. In attendance will be local politicians, local media personalities and influencers, and aquarium board members, donors & key supporters.

This is our chance to reach all of these people with our message of compassion, caring and freedom for all cetaceans!

YOUR CHALLENGE: To help us build upon the incredible success of Empty The Tanks, we’re asking each of you to bring ONE friend with you who wasn’t at Empty The Tanks. Let’s keep the momentum going!!!

(Note that the aquarium is not publicly advertising their event).

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Tragedy, 17 horses lost in Langley fire, worth millions

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, “one of B.C.’s top racing duo’s lost 17 racehorses in weekend fire.” The 17 racehorses that died in a burning Langley barn Sunday afternoon were worth as much as $1 million and carried high expectations of star power on B.C.’s harness-racing circuit.” (Vancouver Sun, Tuesday June 3rd, 2014)

In the whole article, there is not one mention of the severe trauma and horror that these mostly two and three year old “Standardbreds” must have experienced.

There is an outpouring of loss and sympathy towards JJJ Stables and their family, because of course, its all about the money lost, for that really is the only value of horses in the racing industry.

“These horses were just starting their careers, he said, and estimates they were worth up to $1 million.”

Few still understand the complex horror that the horse racing industry creates for these exquisitely beautiful creatures. It requires an in depth and deep look at behind the scenes financing and basically a look at where these horses end up when they finish last, most often the kill floor of some sickening slaughter house.

To learn more about the horse racing industry please check out this American website, Director and Founder Katia Louise has created a movie revealing an in depth look at the entire “process” of a race horses life, from birth to the finish line, which is death. And it isn’t pretty.

The fact that these racehorses are broken down into financial losses and games, the fact that any living creature can be defined based on its financial liability, shows the sickness of our world, the deep sickness of our society. One that is based not on compassion, but illusion and entertainment at the cost of humanity and humility.




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