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Immigration Minister must act as directed by Parliament and let U.S. war resisters stay in Canada


For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jeremy Hinzman, Nga Nguyen and their son Liam.

TORONTO-This afternoon the Federal Court of Appeal issued its unanimous judgment that an immigration officer's decision rejecting Jeremy Hinzman's application for permanent residence in Canada was "significantly flawed" and "unreasonable."


Amnesty International wants G8-G20 security reviewed

27 June 2010

Toronto and the G8/G20: Peaceful protest suffers amidst heavy security measures and acts of vandalism

As the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International Canada (English branch) concluded today in Toronto, Amnesty International members from across the country expressed their very deep concern that important rights associated with peaceful protest have suffered considerably in the city over the weekend.


Canada blocks action on poverty at G20 Summit






Toronto 27 June 2010 -

By delaying key actions until the Seoul Summit in November, the G20 has shown an unfortunate lack of political will to fight poverty and inequality, demonstrating the need for the group to open its doors to greater global participation.


"The G20 is once again showing a lack of political will on key issues," says GCAP co-chair and Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.


Queers Against Israeli Apartheid wins battle against censorship

Pride Toronto backs down on decision to censor group at 2010 Pride Parade

For Immediate Release - June 23, 2010

TORONTO - Queers Against Israeli Apartheid congratulates Toronto's LGBT community for successfully reversing censorship at the 2010 Pride Parade. Pride Toronto announced today that it would not censor the term ‘Israeli apartheid' from the parade.

"This is a victory for the Palestine solidarity movement, which has faced censorship and bullying tactics from the Israel lobby for far too long," says Tim McCaskell, a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. "The Israel lobby learned a tough lesson today about our community's proud history of standing up to censorship and human rights abuses."


Leaked G20 declaration sees G20 abandon plans to stop handouts to Big Oil and Coal

International/Toronto-23 June 2010 -- As BP's oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, G20 heads of state, due to meet in Toronto this weekend, are planning to dilute last year's commitment to phase out subsidies to Big Oil and Big Coal, according a copy of the draft statement seen by the environmental groups, Greenpeace and Oil Change International.

Last year in Pittsburgh, G20 leaders agreed, "To phase out and rationalize over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest" (1).

However, this year's draft statement (2) sees the commitment watered down with the inclusion of "voluntary, member-specific approaches," to ending fossil fuel subsidies.



B.C. First Nations groups criticize Bill C-3 as marching aboriginal women reach Ottawa

The AMUN Marchers reached Ottawa after a month-long protest march. This photo is from earlier in the march. Left to right: Viviane Michel, Danielle Guay, Sharon McIvor, Michele Audette

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 1, 2010)

We, the undersigned Indigenous organizations and individuals, have considered Bill C-3 (Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act) which was introduced by the minister in response to the direction given by the B.C. Court of Appeal in the McIvor v. Canada (Indian Registrar) case to eliminate discrimination in Indian Act against descendants of Indian women who lost status due to marriage.


Six more hire Abousfian Abdelrazik in defiance of UN Security Council

Abousfian Abdelrazik arrives home after six years of imposed exile.

Media Advisory
June 1, 2010

The open rebellion against a UN Security Council "terrorist" list is growing in Canada. The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) are the latest labour organizations to announce that they will hire Abousfian Abdelrazik despite Canadian law saying that it is illegal to do so.

When the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the Canadian section of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), announced at a press conference on 18 May that they, together with the Windsor District Labour Council, were hiring Abousfian Abdelrazik, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon was forced to respond.


Enbridge wants oil tankers to travel B.C. coast

May 27, 2010 | For Immediate Release

SOINTULA, B.C. - On May 27 Enbridge escalated conflict on the coast when they took steps to break the First Nations ban on tanker traffic by applying to the federal government for approval of their Northern Gateway pipeline.

"Enbridge poses a grave threat to the future of coastal First Nations' way of life," says Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations. "We will not allow Enbridge to do to us what BP has done to the people of Louisiana."

Sterritt said Enbridge is unfamiliar with the strength and commitment of B.C.'s First Nations.

"We do not intend to lose this fight. We are not willing to roll the dice with our children's future. The stakes are too high."


Synthia grounded?: UN science body considers curfew for synthetic biology's machine-made microbe

At the same moment that J. Craig Venter announced in Washington DC that his team had created the first-ever synthetic and self-reproducing microbe on May 20, 2010, a UN meeting in Nairobi called for precaution before Synthia (as his synthetic life form is called) is let out in the wild. The scientific body (the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice -- SBSTTA 14) of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) wrapped up its two week-long meeting this evening in Nairobi with a call for the establishment of global rules over synthetic life forms.


American scientist Craig Venter creates and sells self-replicating synthetic life

The Belfast Telegraph in Northern Ireland has leaked news of monumental importance to humanity:

"An American biologist has stepped into the shoes of Baron Frankenstein by breathing life into a bacterium using genes assembled in the laboratory.

The creation of the 'synthetic cell', described as a 'landmark' by one British expert, is a 15-year dream come true for maverick genetics entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter."


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