In my sadness over the death of Nelson Mandela, and because I'm so tired, I forgot that Friday was the anniversary of a monumental Canadian tragedy. That on a snowy day in Montreal twenty four years ago, an angry man with a gun stormed through an engineering school and killed fourteen young women. Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women.Read more »
As I've mentioned before, I may be naive but I can't help feeling that Michelle Rempel is a cut above most Cons. I don't blame her for causing a ruckus on Twitter the other day, by taking a shot at this fluffy event.
@MichelleRempel: What's the biggest issue facing women? This kind of crap. #allissuesarewomensissues #patronizing https://t.co/4u1Odg1JXU— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) November 7, 2013
And I don't approve of the way some on our side went after her.
— Jeromie Williams (@JeromieWilliams) November 7, 2013
Because she deserves better than that. But let's be clear, as her Great Leader likes (Read more…)
You might think that Kellie Leitch would be better than most Cons. Better than her ghastly leader. She's a pediatric surgeon who still works on a volunteer basis at an Ottawa hospital. She's smart, she has an impressive resume, and she's a woman in a government of good ol' boys.So I have to admit that even I dared hope she might be different eh?
But not any longer. Because this is outrageous. Read more »
With Harper and his band of geniuses running around the UN this, it’s actually been kind of interesting. As I pointed out back in May, Harper’s foreign policy has served primarily to isolate Canada on the world stage, and continue the far-right narrative about the “irrelevance” of the United Nations. Today, in what must be a first in history, Canada refused to sign a UN treaty which the US agreed to sign. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said there is a potential link between signing on to the treaty and Canada’s now-abolished long gun registry. Baird’s (Read more…)
“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo
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The recent visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights shows that violence against indigenous women in Canada demands inquiry, says Human Rights Watch.
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I’m in Fort McMurray Alberta, the heart of tar sands country, to participate in the Healing Walk organized by the Keepers of the Athabasca. Keepers of the Athabasca is a collection of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air, and thus for all […]
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…)
Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was held at Parliament Hill on May 9, 2013, drawing thousands of right-wing busybodies who can’t keep their authoritarianism in their pants.
The name of the yearly “March For Life” is misleading, because most of the religious fanatics who attend these events are very selective about their concern for life. They almost exclusively focus on unborn fetuses, and spare almost no thought for actual human beings who have left the womb. Causes of premature death such as war, capital punishment, poverty, pollution, depression and unsafe working conditions are barely on their radar, if at (Read more…)
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A Muslimah from Manchester, England, gets her message across in this funny yet pointed video in which she thanks FEMEN ‘from the bottom of her heart’ for showing her how to campaign for women’s rights:
My parents got it wrong, they seriously got it wrong…. they thought that by sending me to school… giving me an education…. they were giving me the skills I needed to make a difference in the world… really what they should have been teaching me is that the best way to campaign as a woman, the best way to be heard, is just to take
The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not talking about a couple of films here, we’re talking dozens of amazing documentaries. The section also features a forward by Ravida Din, Director General of English Program, who discusses the NFB’s herstory with the women’s movement (which as Yasmin Jiwani’s excellent oped in today’s (Read more…)
The beaten (by the Canadian Conservative budget cuts) but not down National Film Board of Canada is offering a treasure trove of titles for free streaming today, in celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day. Included in the bunch is the 2012 experimental short by Jenn Strom, below (after the jump), called ASSEMBLY. We’re not talking about a couple of films here, we’re talking dozens of amazing documentaries. The section also features a forward by Ravida Din, Director General of English Program, who discusses the NFB’s herstory with the women’s movement (which as Yasmin Jiwani’s excellent oped in today’s Montreal Gazette reminds us, is nowhere near over).
Ensure Accountability for Police Misconduct, Indigenous Women’s Safety By Human Rights Watch (Press Release)| Feb. 13, 2013: VANCOUVER – Comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) on February 14, 2013, fail to address the core issue of a lack of security that prevents indigenous women and girls from filing complaints of police abuse, READ MORE
World population has increased from under 1-billion in 1800 to over 7-billion today–that’s just over 200 years. So that’s an extraordinary rate of population increase. If we saw that in any other species, we’d say, “Wow, that species is headed for a crash.” We don’t think that way when we see the human population numbers. We look at them and say, “Oh, wow–how successful we are.” –Richard Heinberg, in a speech at the 2012 Bioneers Conference
This week we decided to tackle the baby items: sorting them, cleaning them and selling them. During this process, I could not
. . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis
Glory Hallelujah. I see that Pope Benny has decided to take early retirement. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said.Leaving us to wonder whether it was his health, his conscience, or something the butler said. Read more »
It is commendable the great work young Malala has done, promoting education for young girls. This makes it all the more appalling that the Taliban would shoot her, a barbaric action. It is great that she got the treatment she needed, a British doctor stepped up, and she’s making a recovery.
However, there is something worth remembering in all this. Many young people are being killed and injured in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, by un-manned US drone attacks. The attacker is safely far away, in a control room, removed from the violence. Barack Obama has been ordering these drone attacks
It seemed like just another day in the Great Frozen North.A day when Canada looked liked it always does at this time of the year. But then I remembered it wasn't just another day. It was the seventh anniversary of the day Stephen Harper and his Cons came to power. The day of infamy, when everything changed, and the Canada I knew and loved started getting old and dying.Read more »
Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO) The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s READ MORE
The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: Andrea Landry, a member of the Anishinaable people and Youth Executive of the National Association of Friendship Centre in Canada, recently attended a meeting for Indigenous youth at the UN Headquarters in New York. In this interview with UNTV Multimedia Producer, Mary Ferreira, Andrea explains how indigenous youth READ MORE