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    Dear Minister Flaherty: I want to thank you for reviewing the materials I presented to you - a sampling of those sent by the many people I’ve heard... read more
    Sep 23, 2011 11:56 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    Weston says bill tries to balance rights of victims with accused   By Jane Seyd, North Shore News THE Conservative government wasted little time in introducing... read more
    Sep 23, 2011 11:28 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    (August 8, 2011, West Vancouver, BC) – Local Member of Parliament John Weston (West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country) on August 2nd... read more
    Sep 20, 2011 11:16 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    West Vancouverite Alison Wood and MP John Weston ride just north of Squamish on the 2010 RBC GranFondo Whistler between Vancouver and Whistler (August... read more
    Sep 20, 2011 7:07 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

August

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    August 31, 2011 After three-and-a-half years of unjustified imprisonment in a Mexican prison, Pavel Kulisek walked free August 16th, cleared of all charges,... read more
    Aug 31, 2011 4:56 pm | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    The Royal Tea-by-the-Sea marks the “Official Birthday” of Queen Elizabeth II; her actual birthday is April 21st.  This Official Birthday event... read more
    Aug 29, 2011 10:46 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    REMARKS ON THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF WHISTLER’S OLYMPIC PLAZA John Weston, M.P. West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea-to Sky Country August 27, 2011   Hello,... read more
    Aug 27, 2011 2:40 pm | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

July

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    John Weston MP Biography “John Weston is the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea-to-Sky Country, and he is... read more
    Jul 28, 2011 11:51 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country                        ——-                                                                                                                                                                                                    I... read more
    Jul 26, 2011 6:57 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    John Weston, M.P. West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country July 18, 2011  Four North Shore soccer teams participated July 8-10, 2011 in... read more
    Jul 19, 2011 7:20 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    July 7th, 2011 Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, John Weston, delivered the following remarks: “I’ve... read more
    Jul 08, 2011 6:46 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    The following speech was delivered on July 1st, 2011, by Member of Parliament John Weston at Squamish, B.C. “Canada Day is local. All you have to... read more
    Jul 06, 2011 8:13 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    The following article originally appeared in the “Coast reporter” community newspaper. It can be found here: http://www.coastreporter.net/article/20110701/SECHELT0101/307019970/-1/sechelt/rural-workers-could-strike July 1st 2011 Christine Wood/Staff Writer Mail is once again flowing on the Sunshine Coast following the recent postal dispute, but rural postal workers could take their own job action this December. Dec. 31 marks the end of a contract between the Canada Post Corporation (CPC) and the rural arm of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Local CUPW 840 president Charlene Penner said, although rural workers are not allowed to strike under their current contract, they will be permitted to strike like their urban counterparts after the contract ends in December. “I would think that if Canada Post bargains with us the same way that they have bargained with the urban unit, then we probably will [strike],” Penner said. “Unless they are going to bargain in good faith with the rural workers, it probably will come to that, I would think.” Contract negotiations between CPC and the urban CUPW workers stalled months ago, and after rotating strikes by the CUPW and a CPC imposed lockout, the federal government stepped in. After a two-day debate in the House of Commons and a 53-26 vote in the senate, back-to-work legislation was enacted on June 26. “We’re all very, very disappointed about that back-to-work legislation. It’s a sad day in Canada for labour,” Penner said. “To have the government legislate you back, first of all pretending like it’s a strike, when in fact they had locked people out, and then doing nothing to negotiate during the whole time and then sitting back waiting for the government to send people back to work, and with a contract that isn’t what the union was looking for.” But West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country Member of Parliament John Weston said the back-to-work legislation was needed. “It was definitely the right thing to do,” Weston said. “Canada’s economy was being hurt. Small business people across the country suffered when their postal services were not running. People needed to receive their funds, which in many cases is still processed by mail, and the negotiations had begun as long ago as October.” Weston said the Minister of Labour was offered to help mediate between the two sides, having helped the Maritime workers and employers come to an agreement about a month ago, but the help didn’t result in any agreement being reached. “The situation was not headed for a voluntary reconciliation, and therefore the Minister had to step in,” Weston said. He said there were about 60 hours of debate in the House of Commons over the back-to-work legislation, dubbed Bill C-6, and said Conservative MPs were on hand whenever a vote was called. “Almost all the Con-servative MPs were in the house whenever needed for votes at any time of the day or night. My last shift was a 3 to 6 a.m. shift, and I’d say there was a high level of esprit de corps in the house,” Weston said. “Our whip brought in lots of pizza, and one MP brought in a guitar, not in the house, but in the lobby next door, so there were ways we kept ourselves awake and engaged and ready for the task at hand.” When Penner spoke with Coast Reporter June 29, she said mail volumes were manageable, although some other areas of Canada were experiencing large volumes of backlogged mail to sort through. “Yesterday it was very light and today it’s a little heavier with the HST ballot forms coming in. It’s picking up, but it’s not an overload,” she said. read more
    Jul 04, 2011 7:13 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
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    The following article appeared in the “Coast Reporter” community newspaper. The article’s original appearance  can be found: http://www.coastreporter.net/article/20110701/SECHELT0101/307019972/-1/sechelt/sechelt-doctor-gets-back-to-work   Christine Wood/Staff Writer July 1st 2011 Sechelt’s Dr. Isabelle Hughan is glad to be back to work this week, having received her permanent residence papers Monday, June 27. She credits the speedy resolution of her immigration issue to John Weston, MP for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country, and the public pressure put on his office by caring Coasters. “I am just overwhelmed by the support that my patients here have given me. They made it clear that I was needed back again,” Hughan said. Hughan had been away from her clinic for three weeks after being told she needed to stop working because her temporary work permit was no longer valid. She thought her new permit was in place, but updated paperwork was needed, leaving her unable to work legally in Canada. She was debating going back to the U.K. to work while she waited for the issue to be resolved, because her family was suffering from the loss of income. But once the media picked up her story and community members started lobbying Weston’s office, the issue was dealt with quickly. Just days after Weston brought the case to the attention of Immigration Canada, a permanent residence card was issued to Hughan. She said she went to Vancouver Monday morning to “camp out in front of UPS,” and by 11 a.m., the card was in her hands. “Then we [Hughan and her family] went straight to the border and walked over to the U.S. and came back again,” Hughan said, noting the entrance into Canada is needed to make the paperwork official.She was back to work the next morning with 40 patients waiting to see her that day. “I’m trying to make sure I can see anyone who wants to be seen,” she said, noting she usually schedules about 30 patients a day. Weston was pleased with the outcome, saying he was “delighted” she had received her permanent residence paperwork. “I was glad that, with my Sunshine Coast base assistant Sue McQueen, we were able to intervene and make sure the officials knew of Bella [Hughan]’s situation,” Weston said. “It’s not only our honour, it’s our responsibility to act as advocates for members of the community who have problems with the government.” The day after Hughan received her paperwork, she met with Weston for coffee to talk about ways to help improve the system for other working professionals caught in the same situation. “We’re going to see if there’s anything that can be learned from that process,” Weston added.   read more
    Jul 04, 2011 7:00 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

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    The Powell River Peak 4400 Marine Ave. Powell River BC V8A 2K1 Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Attention: Laura Walz, Editor Re:      Letter to the Editor John... read more
    Apr 05, 2011 8:40 am | British Columbia, West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

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