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::B.C. NDP premier tells celebratory convention delegates tough decisions ahead

]VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan opened his New Democratic Party’s convention on Saturday with an exuberant cheer to celebrate the party’s rise to power after 16 years of Liberal governments, but he quickly turned to serious issues ahead.
“It feels like the election was a lifetime ago,” said Horgan about last May’s election result that resulted in the NDP reaching an agreement with the Green party to form a minority government.
He said the New Democrats face one of the most difficult decisions in B.C.’s history over the future of the $8.3 billion Site C hydroelectric dam, which has been under construction for more than two years.
The New Democrats announced they will make a yes or no decision on Site C, and the fate of the more than 2,000 people currently working on the project, by the end of the year.An independent government-commissioned report this week found the project in B.C.’s northeast will likely not meet its 2024 completion date and is over budget and could cost more than $10 billion.
“We have a serious decision ahead of us,” said Horgan. “It’s not just me, not just our colleagues in the government but all of us in B.C. It’s a decisive decision about where we go from here, but this is the good news friends, the decision to proceed or not to proceed is going to be made in the interest of British Columbians.”
One of the Horgan’s government’s first moves after taking power last July was to ask the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent utilities regulator, to examine the project’s economic viability. Site C, which would be the third dam on B.C.’s Peace River near Fort St. John, was a signature job-creation and power generation plan of former Liberal premier Christy Clark.
The commission report stated the dam is not likely to be completed by a 2024 deadline and could end up costing 20 to 50 per cent more than budgeted, increasing completion costs to above $10 billion.
Horgan told reporters following his convention speech, he will conduct an intense economic review of the project in the coming weeks. He said he is concerned about recent reports of tension cracks in areas at the construction site.
“I’m going to be working with the ministry of finance, B.C. Hydro, the ministry of energy to look at the economics of the project going forward, and new revelations about geotechnical challenges makes it increasingly difficult to look at the project as one that is going to be in the best interest of B.C.,” he said.But Horgan said his comments should not be viewed as a signal he already has made up his mind about killing Site C.
“We’ve got a lot of analysis to do on the numbers and how we proceed from here will be known in the fullness of time,” he said.
Horgan also told convention delegates the NDP faces a looming battle over the $7.4 billion Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, which the party says threatens the province’s coast.
The Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline has already received approvals from the federal Liberals and the former B.C. Liberal government, but the NDP promised during the election campaign to fight the project.
“We are going to be guided by the values of the people in this room,” Horgan told delegates. “We’re going to be guided by the values of British Columbians who believe that a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Salish Sea is not in the interest of our environment. It’s not in the interest of our economy and we’re going to make decisions based on the best interests of you and all British Columbians across the province.”
Horgan reinforced the NDP’s plans to fight the pipeline project in comments to reporters after his convention speech.
“We’ve been working as diligently as we can looking at what tools we have to make sure we’re putting up the opposition British Columbians have professed to us,” he said.
Horgan generated large cheers throughout his speech, but the loudest came when he told delegates he will set his sights high and not accept second best.
Horgan hugged federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who also address the convention.
Horgan’s leadership received a 97.5 per cent approval at a convention vote.

::6th Annual Jalsah Graduation Ceremony Presented by Darul Qur’an Institute of Islamic Studies

By: Shaykh Mohammed Anees
On October 28, Darul Qur’an Institute of Islamic Studies held its 6th Annual Jalsah and Graduation Ceremony at Royal King Palace Hall in Surrey. This year Alhamdulillah with the help of Allah and the support of the community, 1 student graduated as Hafidh ul Qur’an. He is Hafidh Khalid Kamran son of Mr. & Mrs. Mohammed Kamran. It was an evening full of beautiful and inspiring recitations of the Qur’an, Nasheeds, Salat-alan-Nabi, Islamic plays and speeches all performed by the students of the Madrasah. Shaykh Mohammed Anees Abdul Wahab acknowledged the sacrifices made by students and their parents in the pursuit of Islamic education. He then explained that not only are the students of the Madrasah taught Islamic studies such as learning to read the Qur’an correctly with Tajweed, memorizing verses of the Qur’an, praying and living our lives according to the peaceful practices of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, but they are also taught to be law abiding, peaceful, productive and contributing members of Canadian society. Keeping this in mind, we are pleased to inform the community that Hafidh Khalid, upon completion of his Qur’an memorization, he has already started his university education and is on his way to becoming a civil engineer. The main event of the night was the Khatmul-Qur’an, the graduation ceremony of completion of the Qur’an. Hafidh Khalid Kamran, son of Mr and Mrs Mohammed Kamran began and continued his Islamic Studies with Shaykh Oves and Shaykh Anees and after years of sacrifices and hard work this student completed his Tahfeedh-ul-Qur’an. The amazing and remarkable aspect is that he completed his Tahfeedh-ul-Qur’an while going to high school just like other boys of his age. Many Scholars of Islam attended and graced the event with their presence. Alhamdulillah this year we were honoured with the presence of 2 guest speakers: Shaykh Imam Dr. Zijad Delic of Ottawa who spoke about the importance of educating our Muslim youth and investing in their future. The next guest speaker, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Yaqub, is an eminent professor from Madeenah University of Saudi Arabia who spoke about the amazing achievement of memorizing the Qur’an, the importance of understanding it and practicing its peaceful teachings. Guests from the lower mainland and guests from Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and other cities attended the event. Dignitaries that attended the event included Member of Parliament Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal and Member of Parliament Ken Hardie and leaders of local Muslim organizations. Both Members of Parliament recognized the positive impact of the Institute in the community. Shaykh Mohammed Anees Abdul Wahab informed the audience that the Institute suffers financial difficulties and is in need of assistance to carry on the many programs and services the Institute is offering. He then explained that the Institute is committed to financial transparency and the community is welcome to see the financial records of the Institute. At the conclusion of the event the founders of the Institute, Shaykh Mohammed Oves Abdul Wahab and Shaykh Mohammed Anees Abdul Wahab thanked the guests and volunteers and a sumptuous dinner was enjoyed by all in attendance followed by Isha Salah.

::U.S. Out of Afghanistan!

By: Janine Solanki
Vancouver protests 16 years of war and occupation of Afghanistan during International Days of Action
October 7th, 2001 marked the beginning of the U.S.-led so-called “war on terror”, what is more accurately a war OF terror. With the thin excuse of responding to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Afghanistan was invaded and subsequently occupied. 16 years later not only is Afghanistan still under U.S. occupation, but the new era of war and occupation which has expanded, country after country, over the last 16 years. Now in addition to the destruction that war has inflicted upon Afghanistan, we also have Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria bearing the wounds of war, along with military operations and drone attacks on other countries in Africa and the Middle East. A single result shows just how devastating the entire new era of war and occupation has been. The world now is facing the largest refugee crisis in human history, and these refugees are coming from the countries under U.S.-led wars because war and occupation has made their homelands uninhabitable.
For Afghanistan, the situation has become increasingly worse. By September, 2017 was shaping up to be the deadliest year on record for Afghan civilians since the 2001 invasion, according to The Guardian newspaper. A record number of civilians, 1,662 – were killed in the first six months of 2017, a 2% increase from the same period last year. An additional 3,581 civilians were wounded. These numbers were released in a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. This increase came with a 23% rise in the number of women killed, and child deaths were up 9% compared with the same period last year.
The war in Afghanistan is not winding down after 16 years – on June 13, 2017, U.S. President Trump announced the U.S. would be sending nearly 4000 additional troops to Afghanistan, to be joined by 3000 additional forces promised by NATO. This will bring the total troop number to nearly 20,000 in Afghanistan.
To protest the continuing war and occupation in Afghanistan, leading antiwar organizers in the U.S. called for International Days of Action October 2nd to 8th. In Vancouver, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) answered this call and organized for a rally and petition campaign on October 7th, in Downtown Vancouver. The rally opened with a welcoming song and drumming from Eagle Eyes, an Indigenous activist and hereditary chief from Sechelt. MAWO Chair Alison Bodine led the crowd in chants of “US Hands Off Afghanistan!” and emceed the program, as well as announced a new MAWO petition against the U.S. war and occupation in Afghanistan, highlighting the recent U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan. MAWO executive committee Janine Solanki spoke on the role Canada has played, from 2001 onwards, in the war and occupation of Afghanistan, and how Canada continues as an colonial player in this new era of war and occupation. David Whittlesey, MAWO organizer and long-time antiwar activist since the Vietnam war, also spoke and encouraged people to keep up organizing and protesting against war.
Following the program, activists approached passers-by who stopped to add their signature to the petition against the U.S. in Afghanistan. Local news radio station News1130 also came to cover the rally and reflected the protest online and over the radio.
While this month’s rally was especially important to mark the anniversary of the war on Afghanistan, MAWO has organized an antiwar rally and petition campaign every month since MAWO formed. October 2017 also marked MAWO’s 14 year anniversary, and since MAWO started organizing on October 29th, 2003 MAWO has been constantly expanding and finding more communities and organizations to unite with against war with both locally and internationally. MAWO continues to stand by the cornerstones of organizing, educating and mobilizing with creativity, consistency and, as demonstrated in organizing on this international day of action, also with coordination. Now more than ever is a critical time to be organizing against the expanding new era of war and occupation, and MAWO encourages more antiwar groups and peace-loving people to come together against war and occupation.

MAWO is committed to continue voicing the demand “U.S. Out of Afghanistan Now!”through protest and through educational events and literature. Alongside the demands of no to war and occupation, the demand for the self-determination of all oppressed nations is defending a basic right and one that antiwar groups and peace-loving people can unite around to be part of building a strong and effective antiwar movement.
For more information on upcoming MAWO events and actions visit www.mawovancouver.org, find MAWO on Facebook or follow on Twitter @mawovan. To see the full list of endorsers of the International Days of Action and for information about events in other cities across the United States visit: www.notowar.net

::BC NDP Convention delegates vote to build a sustainable economy.

After 16 years of the BC Liberals putting the wealthy few ahead of working British Columbians, BC NDP Convention delegates passed resolutions that affirmed their support for the BC NDP government’s efforts to build a sustainable economy that benefits everyone.
Two resolutions debated and passed focused on supporting BC’s forestry industry, which has been hard hit in recent months by fires across the interior. One resolution encourages support for family-owned mills and local forestry operators throughout BC by ensuring they have an adequate supply of wood fibre. The other pledges support for Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP government’s advocacy on behalf of BC forestry workers and BC mills in ongoing softwood lumber negotiations.
After years of BC Liberal mismanagement of the forestry industry, including unnecessary delays to a softwood deal with the United States and the loss of tens of thousands of forestry jobs in rural BC, delegates were adamant for the need to ensure rural communities have the support to create vibrant, local economic development.
BC NDP delegates also recognized the need to expand rapid transit in the Lower Mainland and Central Okanagan to make up for years of inaction by the BC Liberals. BC NDP party delegates demonstrated their support for the government’s focus on making transit a priority and recognized the importance of a robust transit system in making life more affordable for British Columbians in Metro Vancouver.
The BC NDP Convention ran Friday through Sunday. More than 800 New Democrats gathered at the Victoria Conference Centre to debate policy resolutions, participate in trainings and workshops and hear speakers.

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