By Alex Hundert - August 23, 2012
The Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC) is a prison where it is practically impossible to discern who is in charge. The CNCC is also a prison characterized by the arbitrary abuse of authority by various levels of staff throughout the institution. And though the abuses may often be subtle, they do seem to be pervasive.
By John Bonnar - rabble.ca
The photo, featuring a yellow candle burning brightly, hung over the Toronto Homeless Memorial board as a symbol of hope that one day homeless deaths will be a thing of the past...For now though, anti-poverty and housing activists continue to gather on the second Tuesday of every month to honour those who’ve died on the streets of Toronto the previous month.
By Carl Bronski - WSWS
In response to Ontario Conservative party leader Tim Hudak’s proposals to rewrite the province’s labour laws, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Ken Georgetti has penned an op-ed piece extolling the value of unions in increasing corporate profitability, controlling wage demands and policing the workforce...The Canadian Labour Congress’ response to [Hudak]...further illustrates the extent to which the trade unions have become junior partners in the corporate drive to reduce the living standards of the working class.
By Alex Hundert - August 11, 2012
When I write the words “Riot 2010″, the last thing I expect comes to people’s minds is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But shortly after I received my first bail, for the charges on which I am now incarcerated, in the same complex that first held myself and more than 16 others accused in the G20 main conspiracy group, there was a riot in Maplehurst. This too was a politically motivated riot, but of a very different kind than the one that reclaimed the streets of Toronto in June of 2010.
August 8, 2012 - rabble.ca
It is an outrage that the federal government is enacting the first measures of its omnibus crime Bill C-10, the so-called 'Safe Streets and Communities Act' on August 9, just one day before the annual Prisoners' Justice Day. This bill will only serve to make prisons more crowded and will make our prison system even less about justice than it currently is. We want people to know how bad things already are before they get worse.
On August 8, Ontario anarchist prisoner Nicole Kish will be turning 26. This also marks the 5 year anniversary since her nightmare began which ended her up in a prison cell serving a life sentence.
By Carl Bronski - 28 July 2012
The four dead workers and a fifth who was seriously injured in the accident were all recent immigrants. Lacking means and Canadian work experience, they become part of a pool of cheap labour workers, many of whom are driven to seek employment in the “underground economy” and are hence reluctant to press for proper safety training.
Previous to her involvement in the Toronto G20 Black Bloc, Kelly was a long time activist, involved with groups such as Food Not Bombs and Camas Books collective in Victoria, and doing harm reduction work with SOS in Ontario, as well as hosting workshops and doing outreach for queer youth, and doing Indigenous solidarity work.
Injustice defines Western societies. America long ago spurned rule of law principles. Canada marches in lock-step.
It’s mid-July 2012, and each month of the year so far has broken the record for heat and dryness. In Southern Ontario, climate change is increasingly a present reality. It is the context in which we act, and its effects will only get more pronounced as time passes.
Back in the Spring of 2011, we shifted our focus from writing to holding workshops, and since then, we’ve done more than two dozen in cities and towns across Southern Ontario. We are almost too excited to share with you the culmination of this work, the Learning from the Land guide.
Tuesday, June 26 2012 - The Star
Alex Hundert, a pre-eminent member of the so-called “G20 ringleaders,” was sentenced to 13 ½ months in prison Tuesday...Hundert is the last to be sentenced out of a group of six who struck a deal with the Crown last November...Hundert said it was “ridiculous” to think his prosecution wasn’t politically motivated...“I think every time someone behind the bench or Crown suggests it’s not, it puts the whole system in disrepute...”
June 21, 2012 - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The ugliness of the austerity agenda is becoming clearer in Toronto. In this year’s Provincial budget we saw cuts to Social Assistance benefits...It is a measure that can only worsen the crisis of homelessness in Toronto and across Ontario. Last week, the Provincial Housing Minister caved into pressure from the Ford Administration and approved the sale of 65 units of public housing in this City. Hundreds more are in danger of going the same way and, indeed, the destruction of public housing is the logical end result of this political direction.
By Gwalgen Geordie Dent - June 17, 2012
Did senior police officers lie to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)?...Was there a coordinated attempt to deny information to the OIPRD by Toronto Police Services?...These and other questions have been raised by the report issued last month by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director in relation to police actions during the G20. The report was a scathing review of police conduct and planning and lead to charges against 45 officers under the Police Services Act.
June 9th, 2012 - No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
The Law Union of Ontario...is dismayed by recent attacks by the Conservative Government’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, aimed at the grassroots migrant rights group No One Is Illegal. No One Is Illegal has a proven track record of working alongside migrant communities and individuals on issues relating to human rights and broader social justice...No One Is Illegal is an important and crucial voice of dissent.