Twenty-four hours after taking over Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station, we’re still here, construction is stopped for a second day, and we’re confident we can hold the space for a while still. We’re confident that energy will continue to build through the weekend, and we invite anyone interested in helping us stop construction to drop by the site.
By Matthew Behrens - rabble.ca
While the use of security certificates appears to have stalled, their most pernicious attributes are being used in a widening net that entraps refugees and permanent resident applicants. For years, secret trials opponents have argued that security certificates were a thin edge of the wedge for a broader attack on fundamental freedoms...That argument...continues to be confirmed, as witnessed these past few weeks by revelations of mass spying on global citizens by the National Security Agency as well as the Communications Security Establishment Canada.
Hamilton, ON - June 20th, 2013
As this statement is released, we are digging in and occupying Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp. We have done this to stop construction in preparation for the reversal of their Line 9 Pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands through our communities and watersheds, likely for export.
By Garth Mullins - June 14, 2013
Putting an entire society under the microscope is a bad way to catch the enemy of the day. It is a search for a terrorist needle in a haystack of the global population of phone and computer users. It also happens every day at every airport. Anyone who flies on a plane becomes a suspect.
By Dana Gabriel
The Beyond the Border action plan is the most significant step forward in U.S.-Canada cooperation since NAFTA. It provides the framework for future North American integration. When fully implemented, the agreement can be expanded and updated. So far, the agenda has quietly slipped under the radar. By incrementally incorporating various pilot projects and excluding Mexico from the process, it has managed to avoid the controversy of past initiatives.
By Yves Engler - June 17, 2013
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has transformed Canadian diplomacy into the lobbying arm of dirty oil. They've spent tens of millions of dollars pushing the Keystone XL pipeline in the US but they have also engaged in significant lobbying efforts in Europe.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
On the basis of secret government directives, Canada’s national security apparatus is conducting mass surveillance of Canadians parallel to, if not directly patterned after, the domestic spying operations of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)...Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the NSA’s Canadian counterpart and longstanding partner, has been scrutinizing the metadata of Canadians’ electronic communications since at least 2005.
A provincial investigation found the former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoner was handcuffed, shackled and stomped by jail guards in 2010. Ontario ombudsman André Marin made the assault central to the report he released Tuesday criticizing the Ottawa jail and the province’s corrections system as a whole.
By Carl Bronski - 6 June 2013
...[I]t was...ultimately proven...that thousands of calls had been placed to voters who had earlier professed support for candidates opposing the Conservatives. The calls...were fraudulently represented as coming from an official body overseeing elections logistics. Voters were erroneously redirected to polling stations where they were not registered or to locations that had no polling stations at all...[T]he source of the information used to place the calls...was controlled and maintained by the federal Conservative Party.
By Brent Patterson - June 4, 2013
Defenders of the Land, Idle No More and other groups are organizing a 'Sovereignty Summer' for the coming months..."The Defenders of the Land is an established network of Indigenous activists that was formally formed in 2008...As a result of the alliance, Idle No More has now agreed to support non-violent direct action, including blockades, in the cause of Indigenous rights."
By Humberto DaSilva - June 1, 2013
The Right is cracking up. So drop 'em in the soup.
By Peter Rugh - May 30th, 2013
Amidst the ongoing jobs-vs-environment debate...one voice is noticeably absent: the bitumen workers in Canada who are largely against long-term tar sands extraction and the building of the pipeline...“We’re diametrically opposed to the construction of it...The Keystone XL is not good for the economy, it’s not good for the environment, it violates all kinds of First Nations rights.”
By Yves Engler - May 29th, 2013
Not only does the current Canadian government engage in gunboat diplomacy, our country has a long, shameful and mostly hidden history of doing so.
By Yves Engler - May 28th, 2013
If the Harper government were honest about its policies, it would proclaim for all to hear: “Our goal is to make the rich richer”...Many Canadians would agree that has been the effect of Conservative domestic policies, but may be surprised to learn the extent to which it is also true in international affairs.
Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.