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Down But Not Out is the 11th top rated homeless blog on the web

I am extremely proud to announce that my website, has recently been selected as the 11th best blog about homelessness on the internet. It is a great honour to be judged wothy of membership in the group of 50 top blogs on the web and to be associated with such influential organizations as which in my opinion produces the finest commentary on the topic in its End Homelessness blog.


Amnesty International Film Festival

Nov 18, 2010 to Nov 21, 2010
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 36.3396" N, 123° 7' 29.2332" W
British Columbia CA
the 15th annual Amnesty International Film Festival runs Nov 18-21 at Vancity Theatre,
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Regina - human rights film festival

*International Human Rights Film Festival*
*October 26, 27 and 28*

Tues Oct. 26 -- "Ghosts"
Three Muslim Canadian men were detained and tortured for months and years in Syria and Egypt. Upon their release, they return to Canada and try to find answers to why they were detained in the first place. This is a documentary about how fragile the balance between democracy, human right and national security can be in the post 9/11 era.
(Screening along with "Under One Sky: Voices of Youth")

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Toronto Call to Action: Tomorrow, Tuesday October 12th THIS IS WHAT A DEMONSTRATION LOOKS LIKE!


WHAT: Demonstration

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12 at 5pm

WHERE: Starting at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student Centre)

On October 8th, a Justice of the Peace ruled that Alex Hundert, a
community organizer facing politically motivated G20 related "conspiracy"
charges, had violated his "no-public demonstration" bail condition for
participating in panel discussions at two university events. He was
arrested on the evening of September 17th in front of his father's house
after speaking on a panel at Ryerson University and has been in jail ever
since. Based on the ruling on Oct 8, the Crown is now seeking to revoke
Alex's bail entirely and keep him behind bars.

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US/Canadian secret human medical experimentation

I'm sure you've all seen the news about how the US has apologized for deliberately infecting people with syphilis and blacklisting them from treatment to "see what happens".  Part of a grisly history of secret human experimentation.


I remember my mom telling me about when she worked as a nurse, there was a rash of birth defects that were attributed to chemical spraying tests done over cities in canada.  Does anyone know a good source of info for this or similar tests carried out in canada?


An evening with Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

Oct 30, 2010
The Winchevsky Centre
585 Cranbrooke Avenue
M6A 2X9 Toronto , ON
43° 43' 24.3012" N, 79° 25' 46.7508" W
Ontario CA
Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, reflects on 20 years of the Rosenberg Fund for Children’s work and outlines dramatic new developments in his parent's case.
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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available

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Does Your Lawyer Act for ICBC? Ask, You May Be Surprised By

You’ve been injured in an accident. You don’t feel comfortable with how things have progressed with ICBC in your settlement negotiations so you decide to hire a lawyer. You find a qualified ICBC claims lawyer and off you go. You assume, reasobly so, that the lawyer is acting for you and not ICBC, right?

Not always… Lawyers typically have many clients. Many ICBC claims lawyers work both sides of the fence, that is, they represent injured people in advancing ICBC claims on some files and on other files they represent ICBC in defending against ICBC injury claims. Other lawyers restrict their practice to one side or the other.

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Our veterans fought for freedom and democracy, not for a Police State where the police routinely conduct violent home invasions

Our veterans fought for freedom and democracy, not for a Police State where the police routinely conduct violent home invasions in full violation of all Human and Democratic Rights protected by the Canadian Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Criminal Code of Canada.No Court order, 

No Arrest Warrant - Wrongful Violent Home Invasion, Assault, And Detention by The Barrie City Police After the G-20:What has happened to Freedom, Democracy and Justice in Canada?

The erosion of Civil Liberties in Canada is a reality none of us can afford to ignore.

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Turkish Civil Servants win Right to Strike

Turkey's ruling party triumphs in key referendum

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said provisional results showed that some 58 percent of the voters backed the amendments in the referendum, hailing the outcome as a "turning point" for Turkish democracy.

"We have passed a historic threshold on the way to advanced democracy and the supremacy of law... September 12 will go down in history as a turning point," Erdogan told a crowd of jubilant supporters at his party's office in Istanbul.



Film screening: Home Safe Toronto

Aug 26, 2010 to Aug 27, 2010
Camera Bar
1028 Queen St.
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 41.202" N, 79° 20' 18.2148" W
Ontario CA
Home Safe Toronto reveals how close homelessness is to many hard-working, hopeful Torontonians.
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What we are not told about Insurance in Canada / BC

If someone runs a red light and hits you on your bicycle or while you are walking, the following can happen (even if there is a witness).


#1  You can be denied medical care because many public health programs will exclude you based on the false belief that ICBC will use Part 7 Coverage (upto $150K) to help you. 


#2  You can be denied access to programs for people with disability.  This includes spinal cord management, back to work assistance and advocacy, devices such as a back brace etc.



Prisoners' Justice Week

Aug 10, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
Ontario CA
Multiple events organized for prison justice week.
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Derrick Jensen on diversity of tactics--must watch!

Just found these on the tube.  I think this is an essential compliment to the discussions here about diversity of tactics, non violence etc.  Derrick makes some really powerful arguments against pacifism as a useful tool.  A little meandering, but it's really worth watching all 6 parts.  If you're in a rush, start at part 5 to hear the arguments against pacifism.

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How To Occupy A Member of Parliament's Office 2,000 words

Here, this is a fantastic set of proven to work ideas that make a difference. On behalf of the great disciplined patriot Jacob Hunter I present this piece. Spanner McNeil


How to Occupy a Member of Parliament's Office

By Jacob Hunter, Cannabis Culture - Tuesday, July 27 2010




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