MEC: Stop Supporting Offensive Billboards

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I would like to revoke my membership in Mountain Equipment Co-op.  I have noticed that you have put advertisements on the full colour, illuminated billboards situated near the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge in North Vancouver.  These billboards were put there by Astral Media with the permission of the Squamish Nation, however the majority of North Vancouver residents oppose these ugly, distracting and dangerous advertisements.

These billboards uglify our beautiful city and make an already dangerous stretch of highway even more dangerous.  The District of North Vancouver Council has put pressure on the Squamish Nation to take them down but they have not.  Have you noticed that your advertisements are interspersed with ads for General Electric – one of the most nefarious organizations in history?

Would you say that MEC members are the types of people who appreciate nature?  I’d say so.  Do you think your members are in favour of tarnishing our environment with ugly advertisements?  Those billboards are an insult to the people of North Vancouver, and you are supporting it.  In addition, you are contributing to the needless bombardment of commercial messages that happens every day in this and other cities due to the prevalence of outdoor advertising.

Shame on you MEC, and please tell me how to get my shares back, as I will never be shopping at your stores as long as your ads are on those awful billboards.

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Vancity Credit Union: Is Enbridge Your Idea of “Good Money”?

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have repeatedly requested from you a complete list of companies that Vancity Credit Union invests in and each time you have ignored me.  Is that because you are ashamed of the fact that you take your members’ money and invest it in evil corporations while hiding behind your “Good Money®” facade?

I am not surprised to discover that Vancity Credit Union is no better than any major bank, since you are so out of step with your members as to bombard them with commercial radio and television advertisements in your branches.  Your idea of “Good Money®” is gentrification and environmental destruction.  In a way you are worse than major banks because they are at least straight up about being evil (just look at the RBC logo).  You lie to people about being a friendly institution but you still engage in fractional reserve lending, which creates debt and inflation, and you still invest in large corporations that have no regard for our environment or our community, and whose mission, in fact, is simply to exploit the earth and its residents for profit.

Do you think most of your members know that their financial institution owns shares in Enbridge?  Maybe you should let them know.  You seem to think that just repeating “Good Money®” over and over will lull people into complacency, but the people of BC are up in arms about Enbridge and through this issue I think they will discover that your “Good Money®” brand is just a facade.

I will be keeping my membership with Vancity Credit Union so I can have my say in changing it, but I will not be keeping my money in an institution that owns shares in Enbridge, and I’ll be encouraging all my friends who are members to take similar action.  Shame on you.

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Nil Income Letter 2

July 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sent by fax to student loan administration officials

Nil Income Letter 1

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Sent by fax to student loan administration officials

Vancity Credit Union Invests in Enbridge

July 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

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