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Dr.Vandana Shiva denied entry to Canada

Due to speak in Calgary, the renowned Indian scientist and activist was denied entry into Canada March 9. rabble.ca interviewed her before 'Shout Out for Global Justice' during Toronto's G20 Summit. Photo: Andy Ciordia
Due to speak in Calgary, the renowned Indian scientist and activist was denied entry into Canada March 9. rabble.ca interviewed her before 'Shout Out for Global Justice' during Toronto's G20 Summit.

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People need to tell their G20 story in a public hearing: CCLA and NUPGE

Photo: Ariel Estulin

Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and James Clancy, the National Union of Public and General Employees's national president, spoke to rabble.ca about the release of a report by the CCLA and the NUPGE based on public hearings on the G20 mass arrests. The hearings were held in Toronto and Montreal last November.

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The free trade fracas at Seoul G20

By most accounts, the Seoul meeting of the Group of 20 major economies failed to meet the objective of "rebalancing" the global economy. No major agreement was reached on any core issues, beyond agreeing to put things off until 2011 while the IMF is put to work on some "indicative guidelines" for the next debate.

According to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, "It is unclear whether G-20 members will agree on such guidelines, let alone enforce them rigorously."

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The reasons behind my expulsion from Seoul G20

Paul Quintos is the international policy officer of the Filipino think-tank the IBON Foundation. He and at least seven other activists from the Philippines were detained and deported by immigration officials at Seoul Incheon Airport prior to the start of the Seoul G20 conference. This is the address he sent after his expulsion to delegates who were attending an IBON-sponsored conference on Charting Alternatives for the Global Economy

First of all, I would like to express my deep regret that I am unable to join you today in Korea.

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G20: Lest we forget

One of the hallmarks of a democratic state is its commitment to free, and public, political expression.

Indeed, no society can call itself truly democratic if it does not guarantee to its citizens the inalienable rights to gather, communicate their opinions, and demonstrate their support for or against any political position they wish.

If these assertions are true -- and they can hardly be questioned -- Canada's behaviour during the G20 Summit held this summer in Toronto casts serious doubt on the current state of democracy in this country.

Consider these facts:

• June 26 to 28, 2010 saw the largest mass arrests in Canada's history.

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LIVE: G20 Public Hearing -- Montreal -- November 12, 2010

From November 10 to 12, 2010, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Union of Public and General Employees co-host three days of public hearings to examine police activity during the recent G20 Summit in Toronto. They have invited members of the public affected by G20 Summit security to attend this event to speak about how their contact with the police during the G20 Summit impacted them personally.

Activist Communique blogger, Krystalline Kraus, live blogs G20 Public Hearings on November 10th and 11th from Toronto.

The CCLA's Penelope Chester will pick up the live blog for the Montreal hearings, on Friday, November 12.

Tune in to our Cover It Live coverage from Montreal below, beginning 9AM EST on Friday, November 12th.

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