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Post a Comment. Jody's Daily Haiku. The public hospital system for the entire country only has 12 ventilators ; the private hospitals report approximately another Because of the high rate of poverty, many people in Honduras suffer from preexisting conditions caused by poor nutrition and are particularly vulnerable. Weak infrastructure also means that many affected will be unable to access the care they need, especially those in rural communities like ours.

We are still sending out packets of food since the majority of our moms are unable to work because of the government restrictions. Adults have one day a week assigned by the last digit of our identification number where we are allowed to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. If you are caught outside past 6 pm, you can be arrested and forced to spend the night in jail. Rates of domestic violence have always been high in this area, and I am afraid of what the anxiety caused by this situation will provoke.

The children in our foster care program are safe and will still receive food, shelter, love, medical care, educational programs, and attention just as before, even if the routine is a bit different. So far, all of our staff are still receiving their full paycheck and benefits, though their daily responsibilities have changed due to the crisis. We will continue to do everything in our power to provide the maximum number of services possible to our children and families during this time. Thank you for taking the time to read about what is going on here in Honduras.

I truly hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

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Please reach out if you would like to hear more details about what is going on. We are busy but happy to get in touch when we can!! One positive thing I can say that has emerged from this crisis is the realization of how interconnected we truly are. We are all in this together and we truly thank you for your support and compassion during this unprecedented time. In solidarity, Emily. No comments:.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Casita Copan kids making puzzles during my visit. The sawdust alfombras depicting Easter scenes that normally decorate Copan Ruinas streets at this time of year.As an ardent fair-trade, no sweatshops, etc consumer, I often find it hard to know if I'm just seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses. We do drink Level Ground for the very reasons you define, but it makes me think about how much deeper we need to research.

Thanks, Jody, for all your posts and photos.

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You always move me - to act, to think, and sometimes to tears. Maggie Kerr-Southin. I think it is important to allow families the right to choose if they allow their children a chance to work. I do not believe in anyone government or otherwise telling people,good people what they can and cannot do to survive and it is obvious these families are not abusing anyone only trying to live a normal healthy life.

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We have bought fair trade for years, for the reasons you state, but honestly had little idea of the other side of the matter. And the other side, from the Honduran perspective, makes sense. And, of course we also buy fair trade to assuage our guilt and to hope that our cuppa joe isn't exploiting too many people. I honestly don't know, in the Comox Valley, where we would access the coffees of which you write. Always food for thought, Jody.

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We have a volunteer group on Salt Spring Island who buy directly from a co op of coffee producers on Ometepe island, have the beans roasted locally and sell the coffee. We pay the growers about twice the "fair trade" price and return all the revenue that we generate from sales back to Nic and Guatemala for a variety of development projects.

Youngsters on the finca help with the sorting of the beans. They don't act like slaves any more that we did as kids helping out around the farm or household.

WE call our coffee Ometepe in honour of its source. Thank you Jodie. Having raised our children in the wilderness - where they grew up living and loving the rhythm of nature and seasons and the responsibilities of survival - here in BC - I have a great respect and admiration for families that work together on the land and in family businesses. In Victoria BC - Fantastico knows their coffee growers personally. They aren't certified organic fair trade because the coffee growers are small family operations and they can't afford the certification but they are organic.

If we as consumers ask our coffee shops what they know about the families and farmers whose products they sell - we quickly can perceive which coffee shops are actually involved in ethical and 'fair trade' with the people who are growing.

It is one way we in the north americas can participate in the well being of the growers of our food everywhere. Get to know our farmers or buy from businesses that honour and know their growers - whether it is local produce or products from far away.

Buying ethically raised food may cost a bit more out of our pocket books but our hearts and souls will thrive as we begin again to feel the wealth of nourishment, flavour and love that goes into what we eat and wear. There are a number of groups that do this in El Salvador and Guatemala.

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I have a number of people in Iowa interested in doing this type of comercio directo or comercio solidariobut I'm still not sure how they might do it. Any suggestions are welcome. This was a good suggestion that you put up here Trades Jobs. Post a Comment. Jody's Daily Haiku. Sunday, October 27, The dark side of fair trade. Count me in for any practices that try to help small producers in under-developed countries make a decent living from their coffee crops and such.Jody Paterson is a writer, editor and communications strategist with 27 years of experience writing for and managing B.

Association for Child Development and Intervention. Jody and her spouse Paul Willcocks have been working with Cuso International in Central America since Januaryproviding communications support and training to NGOs that Cuso partners with in Honduras and more recently in Nicaragua.

They returned to Vancouver Island in May to prepare for whatever adventures lie ahead. Jody is a former executive director of the grassroots sex worker support organization Peers Victoria. InJody received an honourary doctorate in laws from the University of Victoria for her social-justice work, and that same year was part of a Times Colonist investigative team that won the Michener Award for their work on the chaos and dysfunction in the provision of basic services in B.

You can email Jody at: jodypatersonmobile gmail. It helps me shed what has lost meaning, making room for something new. Spending every Sunday for more than a year now with a ragtag group of Honduran children from deprived, troubled childhoods has turned out to be a surprisingly heartening experience.

After travelling through Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, Jody Paterson finds Canadian streets rather empty … and rather boring. Three kids, two stepkids and five grandsons will do that to you. What strikes me so […]. I saw Darth Vader near the Inner Harbour today, a sure sign that spring is approaching. A few hardy buskers keep going through the dark days of winter in Victoria, but street performers like Darth generally keep a low profile until the weather gets warmer.

It requires a certain bravura to dress up like Darth […]. We grin at the camera, our cheeks flushed almost as red as the heart-shaped balloons and streamers draped everywhere in that tiny basement suite we lived in at the time. I was crazy about him then. Now, I look at that picture and can barely remember that period of my life. But […]. I do have fond memories of a brief couple of years as a Mrs. I guess I can consider myself a movie star now, even if The Brothel Project is the only film I ever star in.

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Jody has three children, two step-children and six grandchildren. Avatars by Sterling Adventures. Privacy Policy Terms of Use. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.Thanks for the personal take Jody; I have a feeling he did follow you! Post a Comment. Jody's Daily Haiku. Friday, September 19, My secret crush: Vince Ready. Vince Ready - our homegrown Holy One. Once bickering parties in a labour dispute learn that Ready has been called in to help them reach a settlement, you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief as everyone starts thinking about getting back to work.

I'm sure Ready has all kinds of skills as a mediator, but at this point, after so many high-profile settlements between employers and employees otherwise predisposed to fight each other to the death, just the mere uttering of his name seems to signal that labour peace is coming soon.

His latest loaves-and-fishes act involved the B. But any long-time B. I suspect that part of his secret is that he never gets involved until both sides are wrung out and quietly wishing someone would just come along and help them save face, but he must have some extraordinary people skills as well. I've had a crush on the guy for more than 20 years. My one and only face-to-face encounter with Ready was in the lobby of the Harbour Towers Hotel, where he was mediating between the provincial government and whatever big union was furious with them at that time.

I introduced myself to him as a reporter for the Times Colonist. He smiled that charming smile of his and said yes, he'd followed my work for years, and it was a pleasure to finally meet me. Even in the moment I didn't believe that he had any idea of who I was.

But what did it matter? Vince Ready cared enough to flatter me with a fake story about how he'd been noticing my byline, and I swooned like a school girl. If he uses that same charm during mediation, I can see why everyone caves. After that, I became an avid observer of any labour dispute that Ready was called into, and how they always seemed to rapidly end in a settlement. I even tried to convince him to let me follow a mediation of his for the newspaper, a request that I now admit might have had something to do with me also finding him very good-looking.

Back in those days and perhaps still, he presented as a blue-collar guy in a good suit, a look that I hadn't known I was partial to until swooned by him that day at Harbour Towers. At any rate, he said no, and I've never laid eyes on him again. But Vince, I think of you whenever a labour dispute turns protracted - which, in B.

Labels: B. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.Post a Comment. Jody's Daily Haiku. Court judgments are often answering questions that the average person wouldn't possibly think to ask about the issue of the moment, like "Did the judge err in declining to consider the jurisdictional issue on judicial review?

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He got fired as a result. And now the BC Court of Appeal has overturned that firing. It wasn't overturned for the reasons that I would have overturned it, which would have been around things like questioning why you'd fire a guy who made an informed decision that saved wildlife without harming the public. That would be the Court of Right Thinking, and we don't have one of those. But hurrah for all the complicated legal arguments the court cited that still ended up with Casavant winning his appeal.

I like a conservation officer who tries to conserve. The story starts out pretty low-key. Casavant was working in Port Hardy back in and got a call from a resident that a mother black bear and her two cubs were rummaging through the resident's garbage.

Casavant was told by his superiors to kill all three bears because they'd been habituated to eating human food and would continue to be nuisances. The resident said she hadn't seen the cubs eating garbage, so Casavant killed the mother and took the two cubs to a veterinarian for assessment. Deemed healthy, they were transferred to a wild animal recovery centre and would be eventually released back to the wild.

Then all hell broke loose back at Casavant's workplace, and he ended up being dismissed from his conservation job and told he was now working for the Forests Ministry. Much conflict and union involvement later, Casavant lost a lower court case about his dismissal and took it to the BC Court of Appeal. The court battle was all based on high-faluting legal arguments that had nothing to do with sparing the lives of two perfectly healthy bear cubs, but the upshot is that Casavant won, though perhaps only because the discipline procedure was messed up.

No doubt the questionable psychologist's report used to justify firing Casavant because he was unfit for the work played a role in the appeal court's thinking. Asked to perform a general workplace environment assessment, the psychologist "instead provided an opinion about Mr.

Conservation officers play difficult roles mediating the relationship between wildlife and the public. Complex legal arguments aside, Casavant's case highlights that officers appear to be governed in quasi-military fashion, taking their orders from someone who isn't at the scene, didn't talk to the affected residents, and perhaps isn't even trained in conservation.

Haven't we all had bosses with zero experience in the work they're now supervising? Is this how the BC public imagines conservation to work? Surely we want skilled conservation officers able to assess the situation in that moment and make a decision that saves wild animals whenever possible.

Casavant didn't win his appeal on that argument, but the Court of Right Thinking is feeling good about this decision. Labels: animalsBC governmentconservationcourt system. Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.Thanks Jody I hope you'll follow up when you get more information about the situation in Prince George.

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Excellent investigative reporting, Jody - this is a frightening story. It resonates with what we are hearing from many non-profit community groups that operate group homes and other supports for adult community living. Bascially CLBC is bullying them into accepting contract reductions that force them to try to care for more people with less money.

The clearly-stated threat is that if they speak up to complain publicly or challenge the cuts, CLBC will simply put their care contracts out to tender to companies like this that care nothing about the vulnerable people being served and simply see this as another way to make a profit. It's deeply disturbing, and the public doesn't have a clue what's going on because there is no independent rep like Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond with the authority to investigate and report on what is happening in the group homes etc for adults.

What I would like Paterson to know is that it cannot be fixed. It can only be replaced. Thank you for bringing this into the light Jody.

This has been an ongoing systems issue for some time now, no standard set for how group homes or "private contracts" need to be run.

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They can say all they want that the homes are accredited but this fails to cover some major things that effect the care these children receive and also a safe and supported work environment for the staff. Accreditation does not require the staff to come from a background of working with vulnerable people. All they require is for these "youth workers" to attend a couple of one day trainings such as ASIST or TCI and they are apparently trained to work with the most high risk people in the province.

This leaves Jordy open to hire the same people he has working in his liquor industry to apparently "help" kids in his "specialized" homes. How can these home be called "specialized" when the staff are not trained or supported to properly offer help to these youth. This is not anything against the staff, many of them are coming in with the best of intentions and do care about the kids.

However, many are just there for their pay cheque. If Jordy offered a better work environment for the staff and other benefits he would be able to hire qualified staff, not just the next bartender who needs to make some extra money.

Another thing not followed by accreditation is having more than one staff on at a time. The group homes say they do this but rarely is there more than one in the home at a time. No wonder the police are constantly being called for issues, how could one person deal with 4 or 5 angry or drug induced teens that may be physically bigger than them. Maybe the police should be asking this question since they had to use a tazer on one child.

Just a few thoughts around a few issues people wouldn't know about unless they work in the helping profession. I hope you are able to dig around and find more of this information that needs to be brought to the public and Marry Ellen's attention.

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His response was that they the newspaper couldn't run or investigate any type story regarding concerns over the MCFD and Taborview's relationship unless it was brought forth in the provincial legislature by a member of the opposition, at which time it could be reported. Is that true? Any negative comments regarding Hoover was also struck from the comments section of the article itself, leaving only a general 'positive' feedback defending Hoover's operations.

Truth is, that incident was bound to happen; I was told by the Children's Rep that they had a long list of complaints regarding Taborview, and that they knew that there was a very tight non-business relationship between Jordy and a previous head of Northern BC's MCFD director. That these concerns were either ignored or filed under 'anecdotal' kills me; how can something be investigated if it's not told to someone?

Isn't that how an investigation starts, by having someone actually tell someone in authority? Apparently not, an 11 year old needs to be tazored first. They come from all over the north, and perhaps more money could be assigned to recruiting services in their home towns. The staff and kids of Taborview are all well-meaning and of good hearts, but that doesn't make it a good place to grow up. But in my experience, more than a few companies are ok with that, including the gov't.Years ago I read an article by the wife of a man who "drove" a train.

She begged people to not commit suicide by train. She went on to explain the incredible toll it takes on the driver of the train. In all these cases people might well be mentally ill, but there are easier ways to kill yourself and not create harm for the driver of the other vehicle.

It is difficult to know what could have been done for the person attempting suicide, especially if no one knew. ICBC certainly didn't help the other victims, until it was brought to their attention.

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Thank you for writing about this. In these cases there are two sets of victims. Post a Comment. Jody's Daily Haiku. The tragic suicide by car of a year-old on the Pat Bay Highway on Sunday takes me back to another similar suicide back in that I wrote about for the Times Colonist. There's a whole other set of victims when people kill themselves in the manner that these two young men did, 19 years apart. Whoever is in the vehicle when a person randomly picks a moment to step into the road and be killed is almost certainly going to be haunted forever by that stranger's decision.

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Here's my column on Ian Davidson's suicide on the Malahat inand a wish that ICBC does not play rough with the people involved in Sunday's tragedy like it did with the Coopsie family 19 years ago. The only question was who would be the killer.

It turned out to be the Coopsie family, picked randomly from among the many travellers making their way north on the Malahat on that sunny afternoon two days after Christmas. Davidson, 25, waited beside his idling car just past the Spectacle Lake turnoff, waited until the Coopsies' truck was so close that there could only be one ending to this sad drama.

And then he jumped onto the road. Dave Coopsie, driving to Duncan for a family dinner with his wife Dawn and their two youngest children, swerved toward oncoming traffic to avoid hitting him. But there was no room left to manoeuvre when Davidson lunged at the truck a second time. The young man died moments later, his years of suicide attempts finally over.

It took anguished minutes for the Coopsie truck to slow to a stop, anguished minutes more to walk back and try to figure out what had just happened. Dawn Coopsie cries every time she thinks of that young face pressed into their windshield, the sound of her two boys screaming at the sight of what her year-old called ''the scary, scary man.

Greater Victoria Victim Services arrived soon after the accident to offer support, and the Shawnigan RCMP urged the family to consider counselling for their traumatized sons. The Coopsies didn't have a clue who picks up the tab for the aftermath when your truck is written off by someone's suicide, when life goes sideways after an intimate involvement in a stranger's death. ICBC had other plans, as it turned out. The adjuster spent all of five minutes with them the first time they met, just long enough to let them know that because they didn't have collision insurance, they'd have to pay for their towing charges and vehicle replacement themselves.

Davidson wasn't actually driving his car at the time of the accident, noted the adjuster, so his insurance didn't come into play. The insurance corporation had a bit of a change of heart a few days later after hearing from MLA Andrew Petter's office, which took up the Coopsies' cause after getting their desperate phone call. They'd get their towing fees reimbursed and a payout for their vehicle, ICBC told them, but no counselling.

The adjuster wanted them to sign an agreement forfeiting their right to sue.