Coffee and Global Warming – the Georgia Straight

Don’t miss “As climate change worsens, coffee addicts may be in for a jolt“, published in the Georgia Strait, and written by our own Kirsten Daub, Cafe Etico Coordinator.

It’s another brilliantly sunny day in Northern Nicaragua. I’ve just clambered down a mountainside, and stepping into the shade of Manuel Garcia’s coffee farm is instant relief from the heat. As we walk through the coffee trees …

Read the full article here.

Honduras Free Trade Agreement

Honduras deal: Another example of Canada’s poor record on trade and human rights.

Excerpted from Embassy magazine (Wednesday, July 9, 2014), Bill Fairbairn and Tara Ward are co-chairs, and Stacey Gomez is the co-ordinator of the Americas Policy Group, a working group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas.

Despite compelling testimony provided over the past year that emphasized the dire human rights situation in Honduras, the act to implement the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement quietly passed its third reading in the Senate in June and received royal assent. (more…)

Women Workers Make Gains in Central America

Excerpted from CUPE’s International Solidarity Report 2013-14, Executive Director Barbara Wood writes about the amazing work of CoDev/CUPE partners MEC. (you can find a full copy of the CUPE International Solidarity Report at their website)

Shouts of joy and celebration rang out at the annual forum held by CUPE partner, MEC (the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women) in Managua, Nicaragua in March. (more…)

Maquila Tour to Honduras & Nicaragua 2014

In March of this year, Executive Director Barbara Wood led a delegation to Nicaragua and Honduras to meet with MEC and CODEMUH, two women’s organizations that work with maquila or sweatshop workers. Representatives from CUPE and BCGEU joined Barbara on the trip, including Andrea Duncan. We asked Andrea to share her impressions of the experience. (more…)

CoDev Honoured with BCGEU Spirit of Leadership Award

BCGEU Spirit of Leadership Award

CoDev was awarded the Spirit of Leadership Award by the BCGEU at their convention on 29 May 2014.

The award is the union’s highest honour, and recognizes CoDev’s leadership in fighting for social justice for working people, women and marginalized populations in both Canada and Latin America. Executive Director Barbara Wood noted, “this recognition by the BCGEU is more important than ever given the current environment.”

For more information about the award, see the BCGEU website.