By Yves Engler - March 28th, 2013
When a US-led coalition invaded Iraq the forward-looking Canadian government stayed out of the war. And if you believe that I have a bridge for sale in Moose Jaw at an excellent price...[I]t’s completely false to say Canada did not participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Please watch and share a new video, courtesy of allies, featuring interviews with detainees and their family members...Tomorrow, Thursday March 28th, there will a lunch hour rally from noon to 1 pm at Force Four Entertainment to deliver the petition and to protest of this racist reality style TV show that profits from exploitation, suffering, and division of migrant people and their families.
By Dana Gabriel
In Canada, opposition to CETA continuous to grow. There are deep concerns over the expansion of NAFTA-like investor rights...CETA is based on the failed NAFTA model with the same false promises. These secretive and binding international agreements are not really about trade, but are in fact designed to reshape regulatory and policy frameworks to further increase the rights of corporations and investors.
Splitting The Sky Died March 13, 2013: Indigenous Sovereigntist, Prison Justice Activist, Human Rights and Ecojustice Warrior
March 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
In the highest of honour I will remember Splitting the Sky who died suddenly March 13 2013 in Adam's Lake, BC...Splitting the Sky, also know as John Boncore, his colonial name, aged 61, was one of the most fierce, uncompromising, warriors I have ever met. He was fighting the pipeline in northern BC at the time of his death, but has been involved in sovereignty issues and many human rights and ecojustice campaigns all over the world.
By Yves Engler - March 20th, 2013
One law for the rulers and another for the rest of us — wasn’t that supposed to have ended with feudalism?...[S]o-called white-collar crime is generally treated less severely than other forms of illegal activity, which is another way of saying there are different rules for ‘important people’ than the rest of us. If you have high enough status, you can usually buy your way out of crime.
By Graham Beverley - 19 March 2013
...Thomas Mulcair and several other leading New Democrats traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City last week for a series of closed-door talks with Obama administration officials, Democratic Party politicians, business leaders and other representatives of American and international capital. Mulcair used the opportunity to demonstrate to the U.S. ruling elite that the New Democratic Party (NDP) is dedicated to defending the interests of big business and a dependable ally of U.S. imperialism.
By Duncan Cameron - March 12, 2013
It remains to be seen if the [Conservative Party of Canada] drawing on a conservative movement made of libertarians, militarists, resource extraction champions, and environmental charlatans can hold on to power, let alone build for future success.
By Alex Hundert - March 15, 2013
While I have been imprisoned at the CNCC, every attempt that I have made to act against the deteriorating conditions in the prison, though mostly in accordance with authorized structural mechanisms, has not only been negated or dismissed but also at times criminalized. This very much parallels some of my pre-imprisonment organizing experiences as well, where sometimes those efforts most in accordance with so-called “proper channels” were often those most targeted by authorities for criminalization.
By Paul Kahnert - March 11, 2013
Creating legislation that takes away human rights in the workplace, and claiming that it is giving you rights, is deliberately dishonest. What it's really about is greed and low wages...The top 1% love their money. They also love the processes that make them even more money...The only way to get low wages and dramatically increase profits for the wealthy is to get rid of unions.
By Mike Blanchfield - 6 March 2013
Venezuela has sent a formal protest to the Canadian government for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "insensitive" remarks on the death of President Hugo Chavez...A statement from a senior Venezuelan government official says a "card of protest" was sent to Ottawa after Harper expressed what he called insensitivity at a time when their country is grieving.
By Dru Oja Jay - Media Co-op
To Canadian journalists, it's obvious that Chavez was a dictator, an autocratic man who fooled millions into voting for him and made a mess of his country. So obvious, that they don't need to cite evidence...[T]he establishment's visceral and irrational response has...complex underpinnings. It comes down to a failure of imagination. Venezuela forces pundits and leaders uncomfortably close to thinking two thoughts which are unthinkable in Canada: that oil revenues and society's wealth might be used for the common good, and that Canada might have a foreign policy substantially independent of the US.
By Dennis Gruending - March 8, 2013
The conservative movement has been quite successful in building a network in Ottawa and across the country in the past 20 years...The list of Manning’s chosen speakers in Ottawa is always interesting for what it reveals. The group comprises conservative politicians, past and present, the usual suspects from public relations and government relations firms, some business people, but also a slice of the media...There are also academics, pollsters, representatives from right-wing think tanks and advocacy group and elements of the religious right.
By Vic Neufeld - 8 March 2013
Recent media reports have noted research showing that at least 3,000 children are now known to have died while attending Canada’s aboriginal residential schools. The findings were released last month by...[the] Truth and Reconciliation Commission...[It] claims that the results are part of the first systematic search of government, school and other records, and provide primary documentation identifying deaths, when they occurred, and the circumstances.
By Ted Snider - March 7, 2013
Harper should take a better look not only at Chavez, but at himself, before he insensitively responds to the death of a man whom a majority of Venezuelans had just re-elected and lectures them on economics and democracy...As Harper has no right to criticize Chavez on economics, so he has no right to lecture Venezuelans on democracy.
By Yves Engler - March 6th, 2013
The protests against the Keystone XL pipeline have already focused a great deal of attention on the Conservatives’ terrible environmental record and if Obama rejects the project, it would deliver a major blow to their tar sands oriented economic policy. It could also precipitate a sort of existential crisis within the ardently pro-US Conservative party.