Press Release Media Service | Nov 3, 2005
At its October 28, 2005 meeting, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution declaring that the GVRD Board must agree to the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) proposed development before UBC begins construction of any high-rise buildings adjacent to the popular park and beach.
To date 45,000 persons have signed petitions and have written 1,026 letters opposing the project.
The Independent | 02 November 2005
[Wal-mart CEO, Lee Scott's] biggest problem is that he has been making energetic efforts to improve his company's lousy reputation, only to have his efforts undermined by embarrassing new information unearthed about the company and by a spirited organising effort by churches, small businesses, unions, environmentalists and rich coastal liberals to stop the Wal-Martisation of America dead in its tracks.
By Tom Regan | CS Monitor | 2005/10/31
In an interview to be broadcast today in Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, one of George Bush's closest allies, said he tried repeatedly to persuade the president not to go to war. The Guardian reports that, in a "behind the scenes effort" he even asked Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to help him.
Goettingen, Germany - Thousands of anti-fascist militants shut down a neo-Nazi march in central Germany by building burning barricades along the entire length of the fascists' planned march route. When police attempted to re-route the demonstration, autonomous anti-fascists, who were separate from the main anti-fascist bloc, attacked the Nazis, forcing their entire event to be canceled. 3800 police worked hard to keep the two groups separated, but were unable to maintain order among the counter-demonstrators, who destroyed a large amount of property. At least one bank was looted and its contents fed to a burning roadblock. 14 police officers were among a total of 60 who were injured. Most of the 41 people who were arrested have already been released. [Article continues in German]
The family of a young aboriginal man found frozen to death outside Saskatoon in 1990 has sued the city's police force and individual officers.
The statement of claim alleges police engaged in "misinformation, obfuscation, deception and false assurances" when Stonechild's mother Stella Bignell asked about her son's death.
Gale Courey Toensing | Indian Country Today | October 28, 2005
FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will fight a ruling by which the National Labor Relations Board seized jurisdiction over employee labor issues at tribal casinos.
Some chiefs fear the upcoming first ministers meeting, set for Nov. 24-25 in Kelowna, B.C., will focus on poverty, housing, and health and put issues like the implementation of treaties and self-government on the back burner. Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine, "The challenge is not to debate whether the right exists or not but how to get full effect of the right."
By MIAMI HERALD STAFF
The son of Miami police Chief John Timoney has been arrested by federal agents in New York for allegedly trying to purchase 400 pounds of marijuana, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
While (workplace take-overs) aren’t necessarily a clear revolution in changing working culture, they are planting the seeds for new social relations and a way of organizing society. Solidarity, non-obligatory cooperation, democracy, direct action, sustainability, self-management and questioning the old world-order are all strategies and actions that move us forward toward changing the future.
CP | Sat Oct 29
Seven Mohawks were found guilty Saturday of rioting at an embattled native community near Montreal in 2004.
The jury of also found the seven suspects guilty of forcible confinement.
Another six were found guilty of a lesser charge of taking part in an illegal protest, while six more were cleared of all charges.
THOMAS WALKOM | Toronto Star | Oct. 29, 2005
It's not just Syrians who are to blame
The federal government says it is outraged that Maher Arar was tortured in Syria. It is talking tough. Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew wants the culprits responsible brought to justice.
At the top would be the U.S. officials who, after arresting Arar in New York in September 2002 as a suspected terrorist, chose to send him to Syria to be tortured rather than lay charges.
Pettigrew might also consider taking legal aim at Canadian officials and politicians who, according to testimony given at the judicial inquiry into Arar's imprisonment, downplayed the danger he faced.
CUPE | Oct 31, 2005
DRYDEN, ON – The McGuinty Liberals are proposing massive changes to the way hospital, long-term care, home care and community social services are funded and delivered in Ontario.
[H]ealth and social service workers in Northern Ontario are cautioning that the changes and "integration," proposed through the LHINs, will compromise the quality of health care and social services, and make it harder for people in Northern Ontario to access already scarce health services.
NYTimes | By MICHAEL BARBARO | November 1, 2005
Wal-Mart is taking a page from the modern political playbook. Under fire from well-organized opponents who have hammered the retailer with criticisms of its wages, health insurance and treatment of workers, Wal-Mart has quietly recruited former presidential advisers, including Michael K. Deaver, who was Ronald Reagan's image-meister, and Leslie Dach, one of Bill Clinton's media consultants, to set up a rapid-response public relations team in Arkansas.
Pivot Legal Society | October 27 2005
The City of Vancouver 2005 Housing Survey is inaccurate, according to new figures released by Pivot Legal Society... The City failed to consider the loss of social housing due to conversion and rent increases, with the result that the Downtown Eastside Housing Plan, passed on September 22, 2005, will fall well short of its target of reducing homelessness by 2008.
The BBC released a poll a couple of weeks ago on who should be leading an imaginary world government (obviously not the United Nations). Coming in at number four after winner Mandela, Bill Clinton(?), and the Dali Lama was Noam Chomsky. I haven't seen any reaction from Chomsky on this but he must be frustrated beyond belief. "Chomsky on Anarchism", a series of interviews on libertarian socialism dating from 1967 was released this year so there shouldn't be any doubt on where the man stands. And still, they don't understand.