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The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s new refugee system unfair to refugees

by Canadian Council for Refugees AND Amnesty International Canada: On the eve of the introduction of important changes to Canada’s refugee determination system, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International expressed fear that the system will fail some refugees, violate their rights in Canada, and send them back to persecution. “The whole purpose of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s new refugee system unfair to refugees

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Movement’s Manifesto

The Idle No More grassroots movement has taken Canada by storm. On Monday, it held peaceful protests in major cities across Canada, calling for progressive action on aboriginal and land treaty issues. On Twitter, hashtags associated with the movement, such as #idlenomore and #nativewinter, are gaining in popularity. The movement’s new website (www.idlenomore.ca) carries refreshing . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Movement’s Manifesto

The Canadian Progressive: May 2011 election fraud legal challenges at Federal Court on Monday

by Council of Canadians WHAT: Beginning Monday, the most important legal cases in the history of Canadian elections will be argued before the Federal Court: the applications to contest the outcome of 2011 federal election in six ridings. WHEN: 9:30am, Monday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The full federal court hearing of the election . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: May 2011 election fraud legal challenges at Federal Court on Monday

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Ontario Teachers Begin Strike Actions November 12

by OSSTF/FEESP After postponing sanctions for five days, Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced early this morning that discussions with the Provincial Government have ended without an agreement. OSSTF/FE… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Ontario Teachers Begin Strike Actions November 12

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s corporate media “boycotted” PowerShift 2012 conference

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/aboriginal-canada_b_2062293.html The media largely boycotted the youth-led Power Shift 2012 conference, which took place in Ottawa and Gatineau last weekend. The four-day conference brought together more than 1,000 youth from across Canada (a Google search of “Power Shift 2012″ followed by the names of major Canadian newspapers turns up . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s corporate media “boycotted” PowerShift 2012 conference

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care One month after Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care released a number of examples of patients being denied access to necessary health services due to the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and its resulting confusion, the group is releasing another round of troubling cases. Canadian Doctors for . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Council of Canadians: We need a “Great Free Trade Debate” on Canada-EU trade deal

On the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the Council of Canadians is calling on provinces to follow the Quebec government’s lead by holding immediate public consultations on this generation’s big deal – the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). “The Great Free Trade Debate never ended; it rages . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Council of Canadians: We need a “Great Free Trade Debate” on Canada-EU trade deal

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Major Canadian Unions Endorse Mass Sit-in Against Tar Sands Pipelines and Tankers

Today (September 26), the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW), the BC Teachers’ Federation, the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union-CAW, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC) have all added their names to the growing list endorsing the October 22 Defend Our Coast mass sit-in against . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Major Canadian Unions Endorse Mass Sit-in Against Tar Sands Pipelines and Tankers

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: CAW Sets Sights on National Auto Policy as Chrysler Deal Ratifies

CAW members at Chrysler have approved a new collective agreement, voting 90 per cent in favour of ratification. Voting took place at a series of ratification meetings held Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30 in Windsor, Brampton and Etobicoke, Ontario. The contract with Chrysler follows the pattern deal set with Ford on September 17, . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: CAW Sets Sights on National Auto Policy as Chrysler Deal Ratifies

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

Meet Madi Lussier, one of the two witnesses from the Canadian Immigration Report or CIReport.ca, barred from speaking before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration earlier this week. Lussier and her fellow witness were invited to speak before the committee. Then they traveled all the way from Toronto to Ottawa to make the presentation, . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians unhappy with Harper Conservatives’ $1.4b tar sands subsidies (VIDEO)

A must-watch video! Climate change activists hit the streets of Hamilton, Ontario, and asked people to compliment the Harper Conservatives’ annual $1.4 billion oil subsidies to Canada’s oil industry. Almost all of the people asked said they weren’t happy with giving handouts to the wealthiest and most destructive industry on the planet. Then the activists . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians unhappy with Harper Conservatives’ $1.4b tar sands subsidies (VIDEO)

Canadian Progressive: Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Later: A Roundtable Discussion

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman hosts a roundtable discussion of Occupy Wall Street movement on its 1 year anniversary with the following experts: Frances Fox Piven, an author and professor at City University of New York who has studied social movements for decades; Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog Waging Nonviolence, which has extensively covered . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Later: A Roundtable Discussion

Canadian Progressive: U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO)

Julian Assange‘s U.S. attorney, Michael Ratner, claims that the U.S. is getting tougher with Bradley Manning hoping to pressure him to testify against the WikiLeaks founder. He tells The Real News Network: They would want him to testify or roll over against Julian. And it’s not me making that up. The lawyer for Bradley Manning, . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO)

Canadian Progressive: Massive Peaceful Tar Sands Protest Before B.C. Provincial Legislature Planned For October 22

Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Massive Peaceful Tar Sands Protest Before B.C. Provincial Legislature Planned For October 22

Canadian Progressive: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

Written by Justin Elliott | ProPublica On a Saturday afternoon last February, journalist Carl Bernstein got up on stage at the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan and delivered a speech questioning the listing of an obscure Iranian group called the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) on the U.S. government list of officially designated foreign . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

Canadian Progressive: Toronto Sex Assault Rally: Mike Layton Calls On Men To Eliminate Violence Against Women

Addressing Monday’s rally against recent sex assaults in Toronto, city councillor, Mike Layton, calls on all men to eliminate violence against women. RELATED: To avoid sex assault, don’t dress “like a whore”: Krista Ford RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Labour Day Event: POSTER

Event sponsored by the Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC), its affiliated unions and the community. Celebrating labour, family and community.

Canadian Progressive: Harper Government Pressured Mexico To Nuke Peaceful Excellon Protests

Evidence suggests that the Harper Government pressured Mexico to nuke peaceful protests at Canadian company Excellon Resources Inc’s La Platosa Mine.

Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison

In Vladmir Putin’s Russia, a peaceful and legitimate act of civil disobedience earns you two years in prison. That’s the sentence a Russian court just imposed on three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. Judge Marina Sirovaya found Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, guilty of “hooliganism” earlier . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison

Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper

So far, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ideology-inspired of project of social and political engineering expresses itself most eloquently as the Conservatives’ egregious assault on civil liberties, the metamorphosis of Canada into a petro-state, and militarization of both Canadian society and foreign policy. We’re yet to acknowledge how this project oppresses the “other” while empowering utopian . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper

Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Canadian Progressive World: URGENT PETITION: Free Members of Feminist Punk Group Pussy Riot Now!

Recently, the Putin regime in Russia extended the pre-trial detention of 3 members of the feminist punk group “Pussy Riot” until January 2013. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich had been in detention since March after they were arrested for committing the ultimate crime in Vladmir Putin’s Russia: singing a protest song, “punk-prayer” called . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: URGENT PETITION: Free Members of Feminist Punk Group Pussy Riot Now!

Canadian Progressive World: Activist Communique: The Slackers Guide to Activism—Superhero Style

Submitted by JEN MESZAROS

My name is Jen, and I’m creating an activist group in vancouver to increase the community’s participation in world issues–such as exposing Monsanto, Arctic drilling by Shell, the impact of Stephen Harper on Canada and the proposed pipelines. Our group plans to bring attention to issues through street performances, music, art . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Activist Communique: The Slackers Guide to Activism—Superhero Style

Canadian Progressive World: Mexicans Protest Enrique Pena Nieto’s Stolen Presidency

An estimated 30 000 demonstrators marched through Mexico City on Sunday accusing President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), of massive electoral fraud. The protesters carried placards with messages such as: “Fraud, Fraud”, “Winning by cheating is not winning at all and is illegal”, “You launder money, we are cleaning our consciences”, . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Mexicans Protest Enrique Pena Nieto’s Stolen Presidency

Canadian Progressive World: Duly Quoted: Chris Hedges On Occupy Wall Street And “The Canadian Prime Minister”

This is a quote from a popular article on Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama and the corrupting influence of corporate power, by award-winning journalist & activist, Chris Hedges. In the article, Hedges asks the same questions Canadian progressives now ask themselves everyday: What happened to Canada?

“Global financiers are . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Duly Quoted: Chris Hedges On Occupy Wall Street And “The Canadian Prime Minister”