By Yves Engler - February 15th, 2013
Alongside one of this country’s biggest corporations, Stephen Harper’s government has entangled Canada in one of the most controversial decisions of Obama’s presidency. The Conservatives have lobbied vigorously in support of Calgary-based TransCanada’s plan to build a $7 billion pipeline to take up to 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
By Karl Nerenberg - February 14, 2013
To all appearances, RCMP officers in northern British Columbia act more like colonial occupiers -- or even feudal enforcers and thugs -- than servants of the public good...Prime Minister Harper could barely conceal his contempt for non-partisan, evidence-based organizations such as Human Rights Watch in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Heart-Wrenching, Appalling" Stories: RCMP Accused of Rape in Report on British Columbia Aboriginal Women
CBC News - Feb 13, 2013
...[A] report [released on Wednesday] by New York-based Human Rights Watch [details]...claims [against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police] — which include police threats, torture and sexual assault [against Aboriginal women]. The report calls on the federal government to launch a national inquiry...The researchers interviewed 50 aboriginal women and girls...They heard stories of police pepper-spraying and using Tasers on young aboriginal girls, and of women being strip-searched by male officers.
Harper Government Sides with U.S. and Israel Against Lebanon: The Conservatives’ Latest Salvo Against Hezbollah
By YVES ENGLER - February 13, 2013
In response to hotly contested claims that Hezbollah was responsible for bombing Israeli citizens in Bulgaria last July, immigration minister Jason Kenney called the Lebanese group a “vile anti-Semitic terrorist organization” and urged the European Union to “follow Canada’s lead in listing Hezbollah as a proscribed and illegal terrorist organization.”
By Alex Hundert - February 11, 2013
On the evening of January 21st, I was brought back to the hole. Not on misconduct this time, but to what is known as Administrative Segregation because the Security Manager has decided that having me on range...constitutes a threat to security...I have not been provided with any basis for being removed from general population aside from the vague notion of security measures, nor have I been given any justification for being stripped of any of my so-called privileges.
Woman Complains to Human Rights Commission That Feds Spend Less for Child Welfare Services on Reserves: Harper Government Responds by Spying On Her
By Daphne Bramham - Vancouver Sun
Cindy Blackstock doesn't look or act like a spy or a subversive. But that's the way the Canadian government treats her...Why? Because in 2007, she filed a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal against the federal government for spending considerably less for child welfare services on Indian reserves than the average province does for off-reserve aboriginal child welfare services.
Feb 10, 2013 - CBC News
An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats...[T]he federal government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications — an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming — to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.
By Karl Nerenberg - February 1, 2013
Early in January of this year, Zsolt Bayer...a confidant of Hungary's current Prime Minister, told a journalist: “Most Gypsies are not suitable for cohabitation. They are not suitable for being among people. Most are animals, and behave like animals. They shouldn't be tolerated or understood, but stamped out"...At around the same time...the Canadian government was busy putting up billboards in the Hungarian city of Miskolc...telling Roma that if they seek asylum in Canada they will likely be sent home in short order.
By Harsha Walia - rabble.ca
"[T]he only way to keep this movement going is for us to see our actions in Idle No More as part of a larger and long-standing commitment to the restoration of Indigenous nationhood...[W]e need to go beyond demonstrations and rallies in malls and legislatures and on public streets and start to reoccupy Indigenous sacred, ceremonial and cultural use sites to re-establish our presence on our land and in doing so to educate Canadians about our continuing connections to those places and how important they are to our continuing existence as Indigenous peoples."
- Mohawk Author Taiaiake Alfred
By Michael Laxer - February 5, 2013
Another year. Another report on how we as Canadians are failing one in every six of our children...According to The Conference Board of Canada, the child poverty that all Canadian political parties, in 1989, pledged to eliminate by the year 2000 has not only not been eliminated, it has actually increased since the 1990s by 15.1%.
Gentrification is the process by which poorer urban spaces are “cleaned up” and redeveloped to welcome upscale businesses and residences and the wealthier people who use them. A quick look at the City of Guelph’s long-term plans for the downtown and other areas undergoing development demonstrates that gentrification is underway in our city, and that although this gentrification is a complex process, its driving forces can be traced back to specific people and organizations.
By Dana Gabriel
The U.S. and Canada have made significant progress in advancing the Beyond the Border deal and continue to implement various perimeter security initiatives. Without much fanfare, they have signed an immigration agreement that would allow them to share biographic and at a later date, biometric information. As part of a North American security perimeter, both countries are further harmonizing border security and immigration measures. Canada is further taking on U.S. security priorities and this could include a bigger role in the war on terrorism.
By Tobold Rollo - January 27, 2013
Every field has its embarrassing deranged cousin who lives in the proverbial attic...Most of these quacks are on the internet and some of them even have books. All of them have devoted audiences with brains made of pink play-doh...When it comes to Political pseudo-Science approaches to Indigenous rights, the University of Calgary is home to the majority of our academic embarrassments. Chief among them are Tom Flanagan and Barry Cooper.
By Nora Loreto - January 31, 2013
Apparently, stirring up racial tensions in the name of “saving taxpayers’ money” is a noble cause these days. A cause worthy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal...Gary McHale, loud, obnoxious, anti-Native Gary McHale has just been told he’ll be awarded the honour in the coming weeks.
By Sean Carleton - January 31, 2013
...[T]here is still much confusion about why Bill C-45 is so problematic. To help clarify the case against Bill C-45, this article first breaks down the Conservative Party's rationalization of Bill C-45 and then examines how the bill can be understood as a dangerous attack on democracy and a continuation of the Canadian state's support for colonial and capitalist expansion and exploitation.