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wmtc: leaving vancouver: in which we discover the scary truth about canadian passports

This was an eventful day! We started at the Acme Cafe, for another BOGO breakfast. The food is great even without the discount. But a free goat cheese-portobello-sun dried tomato fritata, with potatoes and toast? Yes, please!The Acme Cafe is a few buil… . . . → Read More: wmtc: leaving vancouver: in which we discover the scary truth about canadian passports

wmtc: surveillance at the border: outrage fades as we accept the new normal?

The surveillance state continues to grow; news of its magnitude continues to trickle out. Some people shrug, claiming only criminals and terrorists need be concerned, but in these extreme conditions, that attitude looks increasingly ridiculous – or government-sponsored. The rest of us shudder and shake our heads… but what more?

The Canada-US border has become . . . → Read More: wmtc: surveillance at the border: outrage fades as we accept the new normal?

wmtc: canadian woman refused entry to u.s. based on confidential health records

According to this news story, a Canadian woman named Ellen Richardson was refused entry into the United States because of a prior medical condition. That is, when the US border guards swiped her passport, information taken from her health records came up.

Now, the US can refuse entry to any non-citizen for any reason or . . . → Read More: wmtc: canadian woman refused entry to u.s. based on confidential health records

wmtc: jeju island and the constitution-free u.s.-canada border: empire and resistance, at home and abroad

I’ve been hoping to write about this for months, but the right post and adequate time never seem to arrive at the same time. Rather than put it off any longer, I’ll pretend this is Tumblr or Pinterest or somesuch, and post it here without additional commentary.

* * * * *From Save Jeju Now: . . . → Read More: wmtc: jeju island and the constitution-free u.s.-canada border: empire and resistance, at home and abroad

wmtc: a people’s history of the war of 1812

At last, this is the fourth post of the talks I attended in November and December. Allan and I organized this in Mississauga, through the Mississauga “twig” of the IS. The talk was given by our friend and comrade John Bell.

The other recent talks: noah richler, u.s. war resisters, and the militarization of . . . → Read More: wmtc: a people’s history of the war of 1812

wmtc: land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained

Via Common Dreams: Pakistan’s anti-drone politician and former cricket-star, Imran Khan, was taken off an international flight from Toronto to New York for questioning over his political views, and his critical stance on US foreign policy, immigration officials have confirmed.

“I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my . . . → Read More: wmtc: land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained

wmtc: seen in upstate new york

Something for all your needs, plus excellent alliteration. Down the road in Mohawk territory, in the North Country region of New York State, we saw this:

Many generations of Mohawks have been ironworkers. Many of the great New York City skyscrapers were built by Mohawk labour.

We didn’t have a camera . . . → Read More: wmtc: seen in upstate new york

wmtc: immigration lawyers to jason kenney: your attempt to intimidate us is "reprehensible" and "we will not succumb"

This story is a bit dated, but many people may have missed it.

You may recall that a few months back, Conrad Black, a convicted felon who renounced his Canadian citizenship, received a temporary resident permit from the CIC. This allowed Black to enter and live in Canada despite his prison record; indeed, the permit . . . → Read More: wmtc: immigration lawyers to jason kenney: your attempt to intimidate us is "reprehensible" and "we will not succumb"

wmtc: coming soon to a canadian town near you: the fbi

I seldom play the scary “US is taking over Canada” card, but if the Harper government was any deeper into Washington, you’d need a colonoscopy to find them. I blogged about this here, and I’m glad to see the CBC recognize the issue. This is scary, dangerous, and truly disgusting. When the Conservative government passed its . . . → Read More: wmtc: coming soon to a canadian town near you: the fbi

wmtc: fbi to operate within canada, cbsa using us-style tactics: the deep integration we should fear and protest

The CBSA harassing political journalists trying to enter Canada: bad.

The FBI free to operate within Canadian borders: worse.

Years ago when people stoked fears of co-called “deep integration” between Canada and the United States, conversations tended to focus on tangible signs like a North American currency. I admit I wasn’t concerned. Now, trends . . . → Read More: wmtc: fbi to operate within canada, cbsa using us-style tactics: the deep integration we should fear and protest

wmtc: u.s. continues to target its own citizens at the border… which is 100 miles wide

This story — A Montreal university student was detained at the U.S. border, held for several hours, interrogated, had his personal belongings searched and saw his computer confiscated for more than a week.

What caught the authorities’ attention? His doctoral research on Islamic studies, he says.

In a case that has attracted media attention in . . . → Read More: wmtc: u.s. continues to target its own citizens at the border… which is 100 miles wide