By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad
Activists outside the British Parliament protest Canada’s tar sands. (Photo: Facebook/Idle No More UK Solidarity Action)
Environmental activists protesting “petrocrat” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our dirty tar sands were arrested at the British Parliament earlier today, The Guardian (UK) and other media report.
The protesters, identifying themselves as Love Canada, Hate Tar Sands, were arrested after climbing the roof of the British Parliament building with T-shirts saying ‘oil out of politics’, ‘stop Harper’ and ‘stop the tar sands’. They also spilled molasses on the floor outside the building.
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘” don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things”
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By: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care | Press Release
Photo: Doctors for Refugee Care
TORONTO, June 10, 2013 – Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is holding a second National Day of Action on June 17th to call on the federal government to reverse the reckless cuts to refugee health care. It has been almost one year since the government made changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) which has left many patients – including sick children and pregnant women fleeing sexual violence – suffering. Due to overwhelming interest, events will be happening in at least 17 cities across the country. These events are a demonstration of health care workers and (Read more…)
By: Action Canada for Population and Development | Press Release
OTTAWA/GENEVA, June 7, 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).
In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution on violence against women, has played a leadership role in helping to create advances seeking to protect women from violence. Yet this year, a number of concerns have been raised regarding Canada’s approach to the new resolution (Read more…)
By: CUPE | Press Release
NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Education workers and students are paying the price for ballooning deficits in Coquitlam and New Westminster. The districts have announced layoffs of CUPE support staff that the union says will severely affect the quality and even safety of education and services.
A $12.6-million deficient in Coquitlam brought the layoff of 51 CUPE employees, including those that deal with the most vulnerable students. In New West a projected $5.5 million shortfall led the board to send out layoff notices last week to 37 CUPE employees including 27 special education assistants.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s report on its inquiry into housing licensing in the City of Waterloo is out. It urges the city to remove discriminatory sections of its rental housing licensing bylaw to advance human rights for disadvantaged Human Rights Code-protected groups.
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Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual assessment of the world’s human rights.
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By: Polaris Institute | Press Release: Tuesday May 21st, The Hague, Netherlands – Today members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska attended the Royal Dutch Shell AGM to confront the Chairman and Board over Shell’s decision to pursue highly risky ‘extreme energy’ projects without adequate consultation and accommodation [...]
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By: Human Rights Legal Support Centre | Press Release: TORONTO, May 14, 2013 – The Toronto Police Service (TPS), the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB), and educator Dr. Clem Marshall have reached an agreement to settle his Human Rights Application. The terms of the settlement are confidential and neither the TPS nor the TPSB has admitted any liability. Dr. [...]
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By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013: On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more [...]
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Canada is due for review at the UN human rights council – abuses by its mining companies must not be overlooked By: Meera Karunananthan | The Guardian (UK), Published on Wed Apr 24, 2013: Canada is scheduled for its universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights council on 26 April. The UPR is [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A report tabled in the House of Commons last Friday reveals that the Harper Conservatives nuked more than 15,000 public service jobs last year, 8,000 of them fulltime positions. Strangely, the cuts seem to be waging a war against Canadian women and the future. 7,000 of the gutted positions benefited [...]
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By: Food Banks Canada | Press Release: TORONTO, May 6, 2013 – Today, food banks across the country are asking Canadians to join the Hunger Awareness Week movement from May 6-10, 2013, to raise awareness about the solvable issue of Hunger in Canada. Hunger hits much closer to home than many Canadians realize. In fact, [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Montreal Police violated the rights of protesters during the 2012 student protests, says a new 47-page report based on 384 witness accounts. The report, called ”Testimonies of the Student Strike: Repression And Discrimination,” was compiled by ASSÉ, Quebec’s largest student federation, in association with the Quebec Human Rights [...]
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First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet By: Martin Lukacs | The Guardian (UK), Published on Fri Apr 26, 2013: In a boardroom in a soaring high-rise on Wall Street, Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel is sitting across from one [...]
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By: United Steelworkers | Press Release: TORONTO, April 10, 2013 – The United Steelworkers (USW) is calling for the resignation of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, over her mishandling of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The recent disclosure that RBC is replacing Canadian employees by outsourcing jobs to [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to tackling child poverty, obesity and related well-being issues, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN children’s agency. The Innocenti Report Card 11 by UNICEF’s Research Office also reveals that the Canada [...]
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By: United Steelworkers Union | Press Release: TORONTO – “The news that RBC is replacing 45 of its employees with workers from India is just further proof that corporations and the Harper government intend to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to lower wages across Canada,” said Ken Neumann, National Director of the [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, the Associated Press ditched the demeaning and exclusionary term “illegal immigrant”. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, responded with: “It was inevitable. It was just a matter of time.” The New York Times called the [...]
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Surely this progressive step by the AP should enlighten Canada’s mainstream media, the Canadian Border Services Agency and immigrant-bashing Conservative politicians such as Jason Kenney. It should make them “see” that recent non-European immigrants are as human as European immigrants and their immigrant ancestors? By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Associated [...]
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By: Canadian Council for Refugees | Press Release: Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to [...]
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Activists Seek to Defeat CFAA Expansion Proposal, Pass Reforms to Protect Innovators and Internet Users. By: Demand Progress: WASHINGTON – Today, on the day that Aaron Swartz‘s trial was set to have begun, Demand Progress and Aaron Swartz’s partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman announced that activists will engage in a week of action [...]
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By: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Press Release: TORONTO – One of Canada’s leading free speech groups is warning that a low-profile bill – coming up for second reading debate in the House of Commons today – could severely weaken the journalistic integrity of the CBC and cripple its ability to [...]
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