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Canada 'reconsidering' UNESCO funding after Palestine's admission

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Montreal, Nov. 1, 2011 - On Oct. 31, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted full membership to Palestine, despite the certainty that the U.S. would cut its funding -- 22 per cent of the agency's budget. The UNESCO membership bid, which required approval by two-thirds of the agency's general conference, passed by a vote of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions. The U.S., Canada, Israel, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany were among those who voted against, while China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa and India voted in favour. Huge cheers erupted in the UNESCO meeting hall when the Palestinian membership passed.

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Western farmers protest federal government attack on Canadian Wheat Board in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Farmers from across western Canada gathered Friday in Winnipeg to protest the federal government's plan to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board. The farmers gathered at Exhibition Park and formed a very long and enthusiastic cavalcade into the downtown area where they demonstrated their support of the CWB in front of its downtown office.

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Greenpeace returns ocean destruction to Canadian tuna giant Clover Leaf

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26 October 2011 (Markham) -- Greenpeace activists visited Clover Leaf Seafoods' Canadian headquarters this morning to return cases of the company's canned tuna products and deliver a platter of simulated marine life remains, representing the wasteful fisheries the company sources from.

"Canadian consumers deserve better than Clover Leaf's canned ocean destruction. As Canada's largest brand of unsustainably caught tuna, Clover Leaf can and should become a leader in responsible sourcing policies, as major European brands have already done," said Sarah King, Greenpeace oceans campaign coordinator. "Clover Leaf knows the tuna fisheries it sources from kill far more than just tuna and that there are greener options," added King.

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Harper government fast tracks dismantling of long-gun registry

Ottawa, October 25, 2011: The government introduced today in the House of Commons Bill C-19. Police, public health, women and victims of gun violence groups are outraged about Bill C-19 because, if passed, it will eliminate the registration of non-restricted firearms (rifles and shotguns).

In the upcoming days, the Coalition for Gun Control will look at the fine print of the bill, but it appears that the government is proposing an archaic roll back of the clock to the days when police recovered a gun and had to search store by store to see where the firearm was sold.

The Coalition for Gun Control is urging Canadians to tell their Member of Parliament to stand up for safety and stop the bill at second reading.

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Political intervention stopped torture charges being brought against George W. Bush

October 24, 2011, Surrey, BC and New York, NY - After successfully lodging a private torture prosecution with a British Columbia court against former U.S. president George W. Bush as he visited Surrey for a paid speaking engagement, four torture victims have had their pursuit of justice blocked by the attorney general of B.C.

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Torture victims to initiate private prosecution against George W. Bush in Canada

Prominent Individuals and Organizations Sign on in Support

October 19, 2011, Surrey, BC - On Oct. 20, four individuals who allege they were tortured during George W. Bush's tenure as president of the United States will lodge a private prosecution in Provincial Court in Surrey, British Columbia, against the former president, who is due to visit Canada for a paid speaking engagement at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit on the same day. The four men will take this step after repeated calls to the Canadian attorney general to open a torture investigation of George Bush went unanswered. Human rights groups and prominent individuals will sign on in support of the effort.

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MUNACA Occupying Montreal For McGill Homecoming

McGill alumna Judy Rebick with picketing MUNACA workers. She told them that they are part of a bigger global movement also fighting for the same rights. Photo: Brianne Selman

MUNACA, the union representing 1,700 striking McGill support staff will be present in different locations in Montreal this weekend echoing the same message being voiced by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Both are fighting for transparency, accountability, fairness and equality. MUNACA members, who have been without a contract for a year, are seeking parity with other university workers in Montreal, protection of their pensions, and implementation of a fair wage scale.

During the McGill Homecoming this weekend, MUNACA will be disrupting a series of events urging McGill's big donors to withhold donations until the dispute is resolved fairly.

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Canadian environmentalist launches a new Rainbow Warrior

14 October 2011 (Toronto) - The new Rainbow Warrior, a campaigning vessel built by Greenpeace and the third to bear the name, was launched by a Canadian activist at a ceremony in Berne-Matzen, Germany today.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and Cree from northern Alberta, was chosen as "Godmother" of the new ship in recognition of her work on the tar sands campaign.

She spoke about the Native American prophecy from which the ship got its name at the ceremony: "There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it. . . they will be known as the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow'."

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Annual cost of violence pegged at $6.9B even after women leave abusive partners

Media Release | Oct. 11, 2011

Even after women have separated from an abusive partner, the violence still costs Canadians an estimated $6.9 billion a year, according to research at the University of British Columbia.

Led by UBC Nursing Prof. Colleen Varcoe, the study -- published in a recent issue of Canadian Public Policy -- is the first in Canada to comprehensively identify the spectrum of economic costs for services used by women who leave a violent partner.

Overall, the annual bill for violence rings in at a total of $13,162 per woman across health and non-health sectors, and within public and private domains. This estimate represents the use of health, legal and social services.

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Watch live today at 3:30 EST: Opposition to Dick Cheney's planned appearance in Canada

A press conference will held by civil society leaders and local politicians regarding Dick Cheney's upcoming visit to Vancouver, Canada. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) Friday, September 23 in Vancouver. An online livestream of the press conference will be available at the website http://creativetechnology.org

Statements will be made by Vancouver Member of Parliament Don Davies, who is the Immigration Critic for the Official Opposition, Gail Davidson of Lawyers Against War, and Derrick O'Keefe of the StopWar Coalition and the Canadian Peace Alliance, as well as other spokespeople for civil society groups.

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