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The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional

Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.

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The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May shares her 2002 hunger strike experience, begs Harper to meet Chief Spence

During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

On June 6, I ended my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act and a national inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. I conveyed these demands to the Governor READ MORE

Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

The evidence on the crime rate in Canada is out! Statistics Canada reported yesterday that rate of crimes reported to Canadian police forces across the country reached its lowest level last year. The incidents of serious crimes also dropped. By six per cent. That’s for most offences, including attempted murders, sexual assaults, major assaults, robberies, motor vehicle thefts and break-ins.

In a grotesque twist to this important revelation, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews tried to claim credit for the decline. The stats suggests that the Harper Conservatives’ Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10) is working, according the National Post.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The real “gateway drug” is alcohol, not marijuana

With the recent passage of crime Bill C-10 into law, we can expect a lot of young and first-time Canadian marijuana users in our high school system to do real time in jail. That’s because of the Conservative government’s’ tough-on-crime agenda and legendary disdain for evidence. And, especially, the long-standing societal myth that marijuana is the “gateway drug” leading to the use of other illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Well, a report in the August 2012 edition of The Journal of School Health debunks the myth.

The real gateway drug is the more socially-acceptable drug: alcohol.

The report follows

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Bill C10: Vic Toews Met With Lobbyist for U.S. Prisons Profiteer GEO

During the heated public debates on the omnibus crime Bill C-10, Canadian progressives argued that the Harper Government’s controversial legislation was the beginning of the privatization of Canada’s prison system. Turns out that a leading U.S. prison profiteering company lobbied the federal Public Safety Minister and other Canadian officials. So reveals a memo obtained by Bloomberg News under Canada’s freedom-of-information laws.

GEO Group Inc. lobbied Toews through Patrick Gagnon, a managing partner with the lobbying firm The Parliamentary Group. This record on the website of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada confirms it.

Says Bloomberg

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Recovered: Canadian Progressive World Blog

The news is good! I’ve fully restored my blog, Canadian Progressive World, home of the provocative, unapologetic, activism-oriented and globally-conscious Canadian progressive! The blog was hacked Friday night after I published this story linking Enbridge executive J. Richard Bird to the unveiling lucrative Bill C-10 prisons project: “Enbridge executive’s company awarded first crime Bill C-10 $38.5-million prison project“. In addition to your views, shares and other interactions, dozens of progressive blogs and other publications picked up the story. The story has received tremendous attention on the Internet and social media in the last 48 hours. A few . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Recovered: Canadian Progressive World Blog

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Enbridge executive’s company awarded first crime Bill C-10 $38.5-million prison project

Executive and company have strong and lucrative ties with the Canadian military and Harper government.

Opponents of the Conservative government’s crime Bill C-10 were justified to argue that private companies would profiteer from the new jail system the legislation proposed for Canada. On Tuesday, the Canadian Press reported that a Toronto-based construction company, Bird Construction Inc., had been awarded the contract to build the $38.5-million North East Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Nova Scotia. The 200-bed facility is due to open in 2014.

Turns out there’s a connection between the company and Enbridge Inc.: a man named J.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US

US states are beginning to rely less on privately run prisons, but Canada may be a land of opportunity for the two biggest firms

By: BILBO POYNTER | The Guardian

US private prison firms are targeting Canada for fresh opportunities as pressure builds at home on the troubled multi-billion dollar industry from human rights groups and legal actions, and as more states look to scale back their reliance on them.

Two of the biggest operators in an industry once regarded as recession-proof, Geo Group and Management and Training Corporation (MTC), have been lobbying various government departments in the Canadian capital,

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Obert Report: Harper and Obama Argue About The War of 1812 (VIDEO)

Co-hosts Obert and Anita dramatize a recent secret conversation between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama. Harper and his Conservative majority government are militarizing Canadian society. They’re re-writing the country’s history to fit their fledgling right-wing worldview. Canada‘s Independence Day is around the corner and Harper has placed the War of 1812 at the centre of all official celebrations. In that war, British loyalist forces and their First Nations allies repulsed numerous American attempts to invade and annex Canada. Harper’s ingenious plan is to trick Obama into publicly confirming America’s defeat on Sun News Network, Canada’s

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Worst Canadian in The World: Senator Patrick Brazeau

Meet Patrick Brazeau (pictured), the sexist Canadian senator who called Ottawa-based reporter, Jennifer Ditchburn, a bitch yesterday. Her crime: she’d done her job by highlighting his poor attendance record in Canada’s appointed upper house of Parliament. He immediately issued a “reluctant” apology.

Why did Brazeau call the reporter a bitch? She was just doing her job. Is it because he’s an ex-soldier? He served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Is it because he’s a 2nd degree black belt in Karate. Is it..?

Let’s get to know a little more about Brazeau, the Conservative senator Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed in

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: A Final Push For Response To My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Letter to Stephen Harper

Below is a copy of my letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, send today and copied to leaders of elected parties and selected MPs. May 29, 2012 The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C10 Hunger Strike Update: May 22, 2012

Today I felt really sick. And this is the first time I’ve felt this sick since I started the indefinite hunger protest on March 24. For over a week now, I’ve been experiencing severe chest pains. Earlier, I walked to … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C10 Hunger Strike Update: May 18, 2012

Another visit to the doctor today, which is day #66 of my indefinite hunger strike protesting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cruel new crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. The tests done … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 11 Update

This journal entry covers days 10 and 11 (March 23 and 24) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I think I’m approaching a crucial turning point … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Indefinited Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 9 Update

This journal entry covers days 8 and 9 (March 21 and 22) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am on … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 7 Update

This journal entry covers days 6 and 7 (March 19 & 20) of my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 5 Update

This journal entry covers days 3, 4 and 5 (March 16, 17 & 18) of my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Indefinite Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

At 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14, I started an indefinite hunger strike to demand that the Parliament of Canada immediately repeal the new Safe Streets and Communities Act (formerly omnibus crime Bill C-10). The Act …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 2 Update

It’s Day 2 of my indefinite hunger strike to demand the repeal of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I started the peaceful protest at 12:01am …Read More