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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

E311 – 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver BC V6H 3N1
Tel./Tél: 604) 875-2633
Fax/Télec: (604) 875-3716

The mission of the BCCEWH is to improve the health of women by fostering collaboration on innovative, multi-disciplinary research endeavours and action-oriented approaches to women's health initiatives, women-centred programs, and health policy. Pays particular attention to policy that will improve the health status of women who are marginalised and who face multiple disadvantages in health due to socio- economic status, race, culture, age, sexual orientation, geography, disability, and/or addiction.

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The Canadian Women's Health Network,

Suite 203, 419 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0M3
Tel./Tél: (204) 942-5500
Fax/Télec: (204) 989-2355

BC Health Coalition

4th Floor, 411 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver BC  V6B 1X4
Tel/Tel: (604) 681-7945
Fax: 604-681-7947
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The BC Health Coalition is a strong network of organizations and individuals, which in total represents over 600,000 British Columbians. We are seniors, women, people with disabilities, and anti-poverty activists. We are youth, men, parents concerned for their children’s' future, and people living with HIV/AIDS. We are community living advocates, health care providers and their unions.
We are committed to anti-oppression.  We seek to raise consciousness on the issues related to classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination.

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Brigit's Notes

is an electronic bulletin full of great women's health news.

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Women North Network (WNN) / Northern FIRE

University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way
Prince George BC V2N 4Z9
Tel./Tél: 250.960.5284
Fax/Télec: 250.960.5273

Before becoming Northern FIRE, the Northern Secretariat was part of a national network of Centres of Excellence that began in 1996. The Centres of Excellence program was established to address the imbalance of health care and health status faced by women, particularly those who are socio-economically marginalized.

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End Legislated Poverty (ELP)

Suite 211, 456 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Y 1R3
Tel./Tél: (604) 879-1209
Toll Free: (in BC) 1-866-879-1209
End Legislated Poverty (ELP) is a coalition of over 40 groups in BC, working together to educate and organize in order to make governments reduce and end poverty.

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Vancouver BC
Tel./Tél: (604) 876-8638
Fax/Télec: (604) 685-7611

PovNet is an internet site for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about welfare and housing laws and resources in British Columbia, Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally.

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Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre

#306-535 Thurlow Street
Vancouver BC V6E 3L2

Tenant Hotline: Vancouver area (604) 255-0546
Outside Vancouver area: (800) 665-1185

The Tenants' Rights Action Coalition (TRAC) is a community-based coalition of groups and individuals working on behalf of B.C.'s one million tenants. Hotline hours of operation 9-5 Monday to Thursday. Tenant Survival Guide available on-line. Also, Tenant Survival Guide is in: Chinese, Punjabi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Victoria Cool Aid Society

#102-749 Pandora Ave.
Victoria BC V8W 1N9
Tel./Tél: (250) 383-1977
Fax/Télec: (250) 383-1639

Provides social services programs including affordable housing, emergency services, medical care, employment services, daycare for homeless women.

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P.O. Box 613
Duncan BC V9L 3X9
Tel./Tél: (250) 748-8093

From community development inspired by the grassroots to media campaigning and lobbying, WISE advances awareness of the links among policy, poverty and health; action to address them; and implementation of creative, inexpensive solutions at the local level.

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

P.O. Box 235
Nanaimo BC V9R 5K9

Since its foundation in 1960, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace has worked locally, nationally and internationally on issues related to peace, social justice, human rights and development, always seeking to promote a woman's and a feminist's perspective.

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Raging Grannies of B.C.

Vancouver BC

The Raging Grannies are caring older women who endeavour to raise awareness of issues relating to peace, the environment, and social justice through satirical songs and skits. Even if political conscious, they are not partisan... And they often show up where they are not wanted! They dedicate their efforts to the children of the world.

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Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

1426 Napier St.
Vancouver BC V5L 2M5
Tel./Tél: 604 253 3395

WILPF works on issues of peace, human rights and disarmament at the local, national and international levels, participating in the ongoing international debates on peace and security issues, conflict prevention and resolution, on the elimination of all forms of discrimination, and the promotion and protection of human rights. It contributes to analysis of these issues, and through its many activities, educates, informs and mobilizes women for action everywhere.

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Economic Security

Tri-County Women's Centre

126 Brunswick Street
Yarmouth NS B5A 2H3
Tel./Tél: 902-742-0085
Fax/Télec: 902-742-6068

Support, advocacy, information; lending Library; community education; community development.

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UN Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC)

60 Maryland Street
Winnipeg MB R3G 1K7
Tel./Tél: (204) 772-7876
UNPAC is an association of Manitoba women dedicated to the objectives of the Platform For Action as ratified by Canada at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995). UNPAC's current work focuses on promoting economic literacy through the Women & Economy website and the "Banging the Door Down" video, as well as education and lobbying through the Gender Budget Project.

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The Bus Riders Union
672 E. Broadway (Take the #8 or #9 and get off at Broadway and Fraser)
Vancouver BC
V5T 1X6

Phone: 604-215-2775

The Vancouver Bus Riders Union represents the mass transit and public health needs of the transit dependent. We put the needs of transit dependent people, overwhelmingly working class, and disproportionately people of colour, at the centre of public policy.
The Bus Riders Union is a labour/community organization that is an experiment in Left movement building. The BRU has been slowly but steadily gathering force; today we have over 950 members and thousands of supporters.

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Government Policy

Canadian Women Voters Congress

P.O. Box 4722 - VMPO
Vancouver BC V6B 4A4
Tel./Tél: (604) 878-8228
Fax/Télec: (604) 681-4545

The Canadian Women Voters Congress is a non-partisan, grass roots organization, dedicated to encouraging all Canadian women to become strong, effective voices at all levels of government.

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) – BC Office

 1400 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1H7
Tel./Tel: (604) 801-5121 x 221
Fax/Telec: (604) 801-5122

CCPA-BC is an important source of analysis, commentary and public policy solutions. BC Commentary: A Review of Provincial Social and Economic Trends, published three times per year, is mailed free to all CCPA members residing in BC.

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Feminist Institute for Studies on Law and Society, Simon Fraser University

Burnaby BC
Tel./Tél: 778.782.4761 or 778.782.4469
The institute was established in 1990 to facilitate and continue the development of feminist analyses on law and society at Simon Fraser University. It is designed to provide an environment for creative interaction among scholars and community representatives who are involved in its work locally, nationally and internationally, and to bridge gaps between legal and social science research.

Women's Economic Justice Project, Women's Livable Income Working Group

P.O. Box 8484
Victoria BC V8W 3S1
Tel./Tél: 250-383-7322

Addresses the feminization of poverty and the resulting economic barriers to women's participation in the political life of their community.

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FemINist INitiative of BC

P.O. Box 613, Stn Main
Duncan BC V9L 3X9
Tel./Tél: 250-748-8093

The FemINist INitiative of BC (FemINit BC) is a political party that was registered in the province of British Columbia, Canada on June 22, 2005 by a group of women living in poverty. Through a process of grassroots consultation and consensus building, organizers aim to develop a party and candidates who are guided by the values of "INclusiveness, INtegrity, INvolvement and INnovation".

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