Opportunity for Action to End Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls By: Human Rights Watch | Press Release: (Edited by Obert Madondo) TORONTO, April 30, 2013 – The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted today…
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Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Lori Theresa Waller provides her own take on the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights’ study on labour rights and inequality: In the 1970s, all provinces used the simple card check system, whereby an employer must legally recognize a union if the majority of workers sign membership cards. Since then, B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia have moved to requiring that workplaces also hold a vote before the union will be legally recognized.
…Studies have found that the additional requirement of holding a vote decreases the success of union organizing drives
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: This week six courageous “Journey of Nishiyuu” Aboriginal youth arrived in Ottawa after walking 1 600 kilometres from Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. They’d hoped to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In a gesture like to further galvanize the popular view that Harper [...]
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Chief Theresa Spence, Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council file urgent “Action Request” with U.N. human rights body By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence hasn’t given up her fight against Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s draconian omnibus Bills C-45 and C-38. On Jan. 24, she ended READ MORE
Richard Hughes Political Blogger
The Idle No More Movement has reopened an old problem and kicked off a new discussion in Canada regarding our relationship and responsibilities towards indigenous peoples. While it is easy to pick up on PM Harper’s desperate and racist wedge attack on Chief Theresa Spence and the Attawapiskat Nation we must take deep breaths and get down to the reality of the situation. This cuts both ways.
The chartered accountants facts and figures do not factor in the abuse of native peoples through forced day and residential schools. The horrific reality that native parents faced while
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Energy Giant Encana met a woman who was not about to be pushed around by industry or compliant government regulators. Landowner Jessica Ernst has launched a Multi-million dollar lawsuit against the EnCana and Alberta government regulators over water contamination.
Jessica Ernst is also telling her story to the United Nations in New York.
The outcome of this case could have far reaching ramifications for the residents and natural gas industry.
We have been lied to by Natural Gas Frackers from the get-go and residents have suffered the results of this dubious practice. Information 0f legal actions
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by Guest Blogger | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 25, 2013 Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence signed the First Nations declaration that ended her 43-day hunger strike at Ottawa’s Victoria Island . The 13-point declaration, entitled “First Nations: Working Towards Fundamental Change”, was signed jointly with First Nations leaders and Canada’s federal opposition parties. As The Canadian Progressive publisher, READ MORE
by Ontario Federation of Labour: This year, as the global community recognizes December 10 as International Human Rights Day, many Canadians struggle with a vanishing sense of pride in Canada’s once renowned reputation as a leader in human rights. While that reputation has always been contradicted by the lived experiences of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and READ MORE
For many years, I have felt that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were an exaggeration. Yes, Israel has been unyielding in its expansion of settlements in the West Bank in clear violation of international law, effectively dividing the already-slight territory into several isolated segments and making the creation of a viable Palestinian state nearly impossible. But Israel has withdrawn settlers from occupied territory before, in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip. Unlikely as it may now appear, it could always happen again.
The above represents the
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by Independent Jewish Voices | December 3, 2012 A Canadian Jewish human rights group is condemning the Harper government’s opposition to giving Palestine non-member observer state status at the United Nations. In a vote taken this week by the General Assembly, 138 countries voted to grant Palestine this status. “Once again the Harper government has embarrassed [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Jewish human rights group condemns Harper government’s UN vote on Palestine
High-impact anti-Israeli apartheid online activism by peace makers around the world forced Stevie Wonder to cancel his planned performance for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The American singer, songwriter, and activist had been scheduled to perfo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: No Stevie Wonder for the Israel Defense Forces
Yesterday marked a shameful moment in the history of this country’s foreign policy. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the UN General Assembly to recognize Palestine as an observer state … and Canada voted no.
Our vote puts the lie to our claim that we believe in a two-state solution, or at least that we believe in a just two-state solution. If we do, how can we possibly object to the
A Taliban gunman shot her as she made her way home from school in Pakistan. She survived the assassination attempt and is now recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital hospital in the UK. Today, Malala Yousafzai has become the symbol … . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action
Globally, 61 million children, most of them girls, are denied their birthright to education. They’re discriminated against, marginalized and exploited. Please click here to add your voice to millions around the world calling on governments and… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide
The Palestinian Authority has announced that before the end of the year (but after the U.S. presidential election) it will press for a vote by the General Assembly for upgraded status at the UN. On cue, the United States has gone into bullying mode, warning European nations that if they support the Palestinians there will be “significant negative consequences,” including financial sanctions, for
Assorted content to end your week.
- Michael Harris follows up on the previous activism to save the Experimental Lakes Area by noting that efforts to work with the Harper Cons are providing both divisive and disastrous: (J)ust a few months after the Death of Evidence rally, another event is playing out behind the scenes that is partly the way of the world and partly full-blown tragedy. If those same scientists held a rally today, they would have to call it by another name. Judging from what is happening in that penumbral zone where idealism and power politics collide,
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Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
Few could argue that the UN couldn’t be improved. They often are tangled up in their own structures that seem to handcuff them when facing real problems such as the the current mess in Syria, but Canada has just been humiliated and downgraded once again by the Steve Harper Conservatives.
Steve sent his hit man Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the UN with a ‘get tough’ message. The job requires some finesse and diplomacy, qualities doled out sparingly to the PM and his ‘Pit Bull” representaive John Baird.
What has happened to Canada members of the
Are you like millions of Canadians outraged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s relentless assault on our democratic institutions, traditions and values? Maybe you’re wondering if the Harper can really be stopped? This week (September 15-22) is the week to do find answers. And do something about Canada’s ailing democracy. It’s Democracy Week (September 15-22) in Canada. Enter Elections Canada, the “independent” and “non-partisan” agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums – the sponsor and brains behind the initiative. Oh yes, the same Elections Canada seemingly sabotaging the Etobicoke Centre by-election, which was ordered by the Ontario Superior court. The same Elections Canada
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Vic Toews, Public Safety Minister issues a directive to RCMP, CSIS and Canada Border Services to use information obtained through torture.
In 1985, Canada led by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture .
Article 2.2 of the UN Convention… ..
Mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)
If you look at world history, ever since men began waging war, you will see that there’s a permanent race between sword and shield. The sword always wins. The more improvements that are made to the shield, the more improvements are made to the sword.
– Jacques Chirac
Today marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. On 6 August 1945, the United States dropped a single bomb on the city that instantly killed 80,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki that instantly killed
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So this one Quebec MP, who is a capable politician in his own right, who has spoken at hundreds of Liberal fundraisers over the years, has national branding from his father, and has, over the last while, began to finally eke out his own brand, has said no to running for the Liberal leadership. Not [...]
Winnipeg: July 11, 2012: Three of the several hundred demonstrators who marched through downtown Winnipeg demanding public inquiries into the the deaths and disappearances of 600 hundred indigenous women in Canada. Photo: Paul S. Graham
More than 600 indigenous women in Canada are believed to have gone missing or been murdered in recent years. The slowness of governments to act and the lack of progress where governments have acted have spurred Manitoba’s aboriginal organizations to demand full-scale provincial and national inquiries.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Southern Chiefs Organization have written to Prime Minister Stephen
. . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba’s Grand Chiefs demand provincial, national & international inquiries into missing & murdered women