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Dead Wild Roses: Same Sex Marraige not the Apocalypse, Honest.

Dan Savage on why SSM is a decent, humane institution.

 

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Dan Savage, Human Rights, Religion, Same Sex Marriage, SSM

The Canadian Progressive: In Open Letter, 19 Professors Denounce Harper’s Fair Elections Act

by: Various

We, the undersigned, international scholars and political scientists, are concerned that Canada’s international reputation as one of the world’s guardians of democracy and human rights is threatened by passage of the proposed Fair Elections Act.

We believe that this Act would prove [to] be deeply damaging for electoral integrity within Canada, as well as providing an example which, if emulated elsewhere, may potentially harm international standards of electoral rights around the world.

In particular, the governing party in Canada has proposed a set of wide-ranging changes, which if enacted, would, we believe, undermine the integrity of the Canadian (Read more…)

wmtc: march 19, 2003: don’t call it a failure. it was a huge success for so many.

Eleven years ago today, the US invaded Iraq.

This unprovoked invasion of another country that had not threatened the United States was justified by the pretense of finding weapons of mass destruction (which the US knew did not exist), and as payback for 9/11 (which the US knew Iraq had no part in), and by of ridding the world of Saddam Hussein (who was trained and financed by the US). Many such rationales were advanced, including a a Christian crusade against Muslims.

None of the stated rationales for the invasion mentioned the massive profiteering that would reap trillions in profits (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Harper’s Justice Agenda: Theory vs. the Evidence

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The Canadian Progressive: Parliament’s Sham Report on Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women Trashed

by: Obert Madondo

Many had hoped the Special Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women would move Canada closer to addressing the perennial issue of more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

The committee’s final report, delivered in parliament last week, turned out to be another government-sponsored sham. Most shocking is the fact that the report killed Canadians’ call for a national public inquiry, which is only a first step towards addressing this national tragedy.

Rights advocacy groups and opposition parties express their disappointed.

Once again, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is disappointed and frustrated.

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Pample the Moose: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Political and the Partisan

The story about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ decision to pull Professor Strong-Boag’s blog post about International Women’s Day has continued to evolve since my post on the weekend.  The Winnipeg Free Press has published additional correspondance between the Museum and Strong-Boag.  On their side, the museum indicated that they did not want blog posts that are “used as, or be perceived as, a platform for political positions or partisan statements”.  Strong-Boag replies that she considers this approach to be both “naive and pedagogically unsound for a museum supposedly dedicated to (the promotion of) Human (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Human rights justice blocked for Aboriginal women in Canada

by: Canadian Human Rights Commission | Press Release

OTTAWA, March 4, 2014 – Fear of retaliation is among the top reasons why Aboriginal women in Canada won’t come forward when they experience discrimination, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) says in its Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today.

The report presents key findings from a series of roundtable discussions the CHRC held with Aboriginal women from across Canada in 2013. During the discussions, the women were invited to share their experiences. Many of their stories cited the complexity of the human rights complaint process, language barriers, lack of awareness, (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

The way that trans people are housed in detention and correctional settings has come to attention recently, after British comedian Avery Edison was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for having previously overstayed her visa — and then she was initially sent to a mens’ prison while the issue was sorted out. After an outcry. Ms. Edison was moved to a female facility, but a number of other experiences that trans people have had with CBSA and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) have also come to light.

On Friday, I’d posted an article discussing some of the issues (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

The way that trans people are housed in detention and correctional settings has come to attention recently, after British comedian Avery Edison was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for having previously overstayed her visa — and then she was initially sent to a mens’ prison while the issue was sorted out. After an outcry. Ms. Edison was moved to a female facility, but a number of other experiences that trans people have had with CBSA and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) have also come to light.

On Friday, I’d posted an article discussing some of the issues (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: On the Detention of Trans People

“… in a way that is not inconsistent with one’s gender identity.”

Remember that phrase. It’s going to simplify something that might otherwise seem like a complicated issue.

So this British comedian walks into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Some of you have heard this one before…

The treatment of trans people (particularly trans women) in detention facilities, in the correctional system and in border security has come under re-examination recently, following the story of 25-year old Avery Edison. The British comedian had overstayed her student visa during a previous visit to Canada, and so upon her return, (Read more…)

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Gold Medal Hypocrisy at the Sochi Winter Olympics – Toronto Star

Nothing in Sochi did more to honour and advance the Olympic ideals than the worldwide fight for equality unleashed by Russia’s infamous homophobic law. My post-Olympic analysis in the Toronto Star.

Montreal Simon: The Putin Games and the Fascist Circus

Like millions of others I was dazzled by the closing of the Sochi Games, for it was a spectacular display of the best that Russia has to offer.And I was happy to see the smiles on the faces of our athletes after such a successful Olympics. But I have to admit I really didn't feel like celebrating, not when the biggest winner of those games was the sinister thug Vladimir Putin. Read more »

wmtc: freedom to read week 2014: celebrate your freedom to read

Image from Freedom to Read website

Freedom to Read Week 2014 runs from February 23 to March 1. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week in Canada.

Freedom to Read Week – called “Banned Books Week” in the United States – encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, a human right guaranteed to us under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For me, it is also a time to celebrate the library as a bulwark against censorship, and for library workers to reflect on our jobs in a broader political context.

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Far Right’s Scorched Earth Policy

The last few weeks has been a series of horrifying revelations for supporters of LGBT rights.  What it has unveiled is the “scorched earth” approach that the far right in the US is willing to pursue. First it was Kansas’s House of Representatives passing a hideous “Jim Crow” law, only to have their Senate balk at it.  Kansas, it seems was only one head of the hydra, with Arizona’s state Senate passing a very similar law a mere week later.  As writers at Alternet point out, Republicans in several states are pushing similar legislation:

Republicans in (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: To Be Young, Gifted, And Gay – Part Two

While I wholeheartedly agree that no one has the right to pry into a person’s sexual orientation (except in cases of arrant hypocrisy), I still feel such admiration for and encouragement about the human spirit when people choose to reveal it. Following Michael Sam’s recent revelation that he is gay, Canadian actress Ellen Page has made the announcement that she is as well.

In the following video, a testament to her integrity, Page talks about the priorities we all should have. I defy you not to be inspired by her words:

P.S. The audio volume of the video is (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Vladimir Putin and the Horror at Canada House

It couldn't have been an uglier or more depressing sight. The Russian dictator Vladimir Putin at Canada House in Sochi.Being greeted by our athletes as if he was some kind of rock star. And they were his groupies…Read more »

wmtc: myth-busting and truth-telling: challenging the govt’s claims about refugees

The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers has a great page that counters every single one of the Harper Government’s statements lies about refugee claims in Canada. At the site, click on any of the statements to read more. Challenging The Myths: The Truth About Canadian Refugee Law

The Federal government’s refugee laws and policies are shrouded by myths and misinformation. The circulation of these myths is one of the biggest barriers to understanding the issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Canada.

This page highlights some common myths about refugees to correct the record and provide accurate information:

1. Canada (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, questioning the Saskatchewan Party’s belief that meeting the province’s constitutional duty to provide correctional centre inmates with the basic necessities of life isn’t a “core” government function.

For further reading:- CTV reports on the label the Sask Party has applied to correctional food services (and the resulting privatization process) here.  – And once again, CBC reports here on the cautionary tale of Ontario’s highway maintenance – where public safety has been compromised in the name of outsourcing provincial services.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Cheer for the athletes but don’t be naive: the Olympics are about politics

TweetNational leaders covet the opportunity to host the international event and multi-national corporations invest billions of dollars in advertising to its massive world-wide audience. Competing in glorious national stadiums and sports centres in between commercial breaks, the athletes appear to be little more than commodities. Make no mistake, the Olympic Games are political by nature. […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Sickening Corruption of Chris Alexander

They say that everything he touches he corrupts, or drags into his monstrous world.And it must be true eh?Because just look at the sad and pathetic case of Chris Alexander.Once he had half a reputation, then it started to unravel, now he's just another callous Con. Read more »

wmtc: what i’m reading: the immortal life of henrietta lacks, by roberta skloot

I’ve just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. I’m sure many of you have read it, but if you have not, please run to your local library or bookstore or website and borrow, purchase, or download a copy immediately. This book is literary nonfiction of the highest order, a melding of social, cultural, and science history, and a a triumph of research and writing.

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman, a poor tobacco farmer who lived near and in Baltimore. Henrietta died of cancer in 1951, at the age of 31. She left behind five (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives not bothered by Third World-style child poverty in Canada

Federal minister James Moore shows that the Harper Conservatives aren’t at all bothered by the fact that 1 in 7 children live in poverty in Canada today.

The post Harper Conservatives not bothered by Third World-style child poverty in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Paul S. Graham: Video: Human rights, yes! Quebec Charter of Values, non!

Winnipeg, Dec. 10, 2013: Winnipeggers gathered at the Manitoba Legislative Building to speak up for human rights and against Quebec’s proposed “Charter of Values” that would, among other things, prohibit public employees from wearing religious symbols. Speakers included:

Omar Siddiqui (Master of Ceremonies) Shahina Siddiqui (Executive Director, Islamic Social Services Association) Art Miki, past president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians) John Harvard (former Member of Parliament and Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba) Rabbi Allan Green (Congregation Shaary Zedek) Bernice Cyr (Executive Director, Native Women’s Transition Centre) Marie Lands (Social Worker) Dr. James Christie, Director, Ridd Institute for Religion & (Read more…)

wmtc: coming soon: let them stay week 2014

Maybe you thought we gave up and went away? Not a chance. The War Resisters Support Campaign is still working to make Canada a safe haven for people of peace and conscience.

Several US war resisters were forced out of Canada, court martialed, and given harsh prison sentences by the US military. Many more could no longer bear the uncertainty and surrendered themselves to the military. But some forty people who refused to participate in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with their families, are still living in Canada. And we are still fighting for them.

About a (Read more…)