By Olivia Ward - Toronto Star
An Amnesty report released Wednesday says that [UN] committees on racial discrimination, prevention of torture and children’s rights found “a range” of “ongoing and serious human rights challenges,” especially for indigenous peoples...“By every measure, be it respect for treaty and land rights, levels of poverty, average life spans, violence against women and girls, dramatically disproportionate levels of arrest and incarceration or access to government services such as housing, health care, education, water and child protection, indigenous peoples across Canada continue to face a grave human rights crisis...”
The Wall of Silence: Systemic Protection of Police Leaves Relatives of Victims of Police Killings in the Dark
By Simon Van Vliet - The Dominion
Though police brutality was particularly obvious during the recent social turmoil in Quebec, problems of violence and impunity have been around for decades throughout the country. In 2012, various police-related incidents leading to serious injuries or deaths have been reported from Nova Scotia all the way to British Columbia...“This doesn't happen to 'criminals'...It happens to regular people.”
By Yves Engler - December 19, 2012
...Harper's policies have spurred an unprecedented international backlash against Canada. And, after nearly seven years of this government’s more belligerent and corporate centric foreign policy, displays of opposition are growing...But, only a small percentage of Canadians are aware of this growing international hostility...[I]f more of us knew how much the Conservatives were besmirching Canada’s reputation, foreign affairs very well could become an election issue.
By Duncan Cameron - December 18, 2012
The latest victory of business-funded politics was recorded last week when the Harper Conservatives passed Bill C-377 aimed at hobbling the ability of trade unions to participate in public life...With its legislation...the Harper government is imposing new financial regulations that will add steep compliance costs and time-consuming administrative requirements to the normal activities of representing trade unionists.
By Rachael Petersen - December 18, 2012
Thousands of people across Canada mobilized Monday, 10 December 2012 under the banner “Idle No More” to protest the effects of current and proposed government policies on the nation’s indigenous peoples...While it has received little mainstream media attention, Idle No More has capitalized on social media networks to spread information about the widespread rallies, protests, and roadblocks...The rallies...are the broadest expressions of discontent from First Nations that Canada has seen in years.
By Eric Jacobs - December 11, 2012
Beyond the populist rhetoric of taking a “tough stance on crime”, recent Conservative efforts such as C-309 are best understood as part of a massive expansion of this country's Prison-Industrial-Complex, and a shift towards a more Americanized system of incarceration...The myth of prisons...ignores the rampant culture of recidivism fostered by a system that does not address the root causes of crime, and purposefully makes the process of reintegration into society more difficult for those leaving prison. It also shrouds the much more important role of the Prison-Industrial-Complex as both a lucrative site of corporate profit and a vital tool of State control.
By Eric Walberg - Dissident Voice
As a former colony of both France and Britain, the loyal ‘white dominion’ of yesteryear, Canada may look like the perfect intermediary today: ‘Be nice and you too can graduate from colony to dominion.’ However, the flip side of white dominion status is that, like Israel or South Africa, you have built your society on the bones of the ‘brown’ natives. So it is not surprising that this week...[Prime Minister Stephen] Harper...faces ongoing protests over government neglect of Canada’s First Nations.
By YVES ENGLER - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
After Hamas won legislative elections in January 2006 the Conservatives made Canada the first country...to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA). When Hamas officials were ousted from the Palestinian unity government in June 2007, the Conservatives immediately contributed $8 million “in direct support to the new government.” Then in December 2007 the Conservatives announced a five-year $300 million aid program to the Palestinians, which was largely designed to serve Israel’s interests.
By Yves Engler - December 11, 2012
Thank you Julian Fantino...The International Co-operation Minister caused a ruckus last week when he said that the Canadian International Development Agency should actively promote the country’s interests abroad rather than primarily focus on poverty reduction...While some commentators suggested the former Toronto police chief stuck his foot in his mouth, we should thank Fantino for his comments because they raise some important questions that Canadians seldom talk about.
By Dana Gabriel
While NAFTA partners pursue a trilateral approach with respect to different initiatives, the U.S. also has a separate bilateral border and regulatory agenda with Canada and Mexico. This is part of ongoing efforts to create a common economic and security perimeter. As the incremental path towards a North American Union continues, citizens from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are not being consulted, much less being given a choice in the matter even though the plan threatens the future sovereignty of each country.
Today is the five year anniversary of the historic action at Vancouver Airport that prevented the deportation of Laibar Singh, an almost two year struggle that many of No One Is Illegal's Vancouver activists were deeply involved.
By Matthew Behrens - December 7, 2012
...[C]urrent interpretation of immigration legislation is so narrow that decisions are essentially based on the very limited and contentious grounds of "national interest" and "national security"...Such decisions...are condemning growing numbers to endless deportation procedures or decades of essentially stateless limbo.
By Alexander Fangmann - 4 December 2012
As with other unions, the aim of the [National Hockey League Player's Association] is not to win for their players higher wages or living standards, but to work with owners to reduce their costs and to act as business advisers. This is most vividly illustrated by the attention paid by the union to various schemes that would transfer money from the higher-revenue teams to lower-revenue ones.
By Mandy Hiscocks - November 29, 2012
The inquiry into the death of Ashley Smith in a Federal Penitentiary five years ago has been shining a much needed light on policy and procedure at Correctional Services Canada, and on the behaviour and attitudes of some of the people it employs...Ashley Smith needed help, and instead was treated brutally by people she couldn't get away from -- this is the situation for so many others as well.
By Karl Nerenberg - rabble.ca
There can be almost no doubt that the minute Canada bestows the honour of “safe” country on present-day Hungary there will be defiant cries of victory from that country’s violent militias and legions of admirers of 1930s and 1940s style Fascism...It might be an unintended consequence; but it should not come a surprise to Jason Kenney and this government.