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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation to sue Shell Canada over tar sands projects

November 30th, 2011

Calgary -- On the eve of the 17th UNFCCC, the world's climate summit, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and allies rallied outside of Shell Canada corporate headquarters in downtown Calgary. The chief and council served Shell executives papers with intent to sue for failure to meet contractual agreements made between Shell and the First Nation regarding existing tar sands projects within ACFN traditional territory and Canada's pristine Athabasca, A UNESCO heritage site. This event was followed by a press conference at the Kahanoff Center is Calgary, Alberta.

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G20 'conspiracy' arrestees: 'We emerge united and in solidarity'

Group statement by 17 people charged with conspiracy during the G20 regarding a plea deal.

November 22, 2011 -- As people across Turtle Island look towards the global wave of protests against the austerity agenda, the memory of the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto looms large as both inspiration and caution.

We are 17 people accused by the state of planning to disrupt the leaders' summit -- the prosecutors call us the G20 Main Conspiracy Group.

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Canadian and Irish boats en route to Gaza in attempt to break blockade

The Canadian boat to Gaza, The Tahrir, in Greece last July, shortly before its confrontation with Greek authorities, who prevented its sailing to Gaza.

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2 Nov. 2011

Canadian and Irish ships set to challenge Israel's illegal blockade with
Freedom Waves to Gaza

The Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse have successfully reached international waters, marking the start of the Freedom Waves to Gaza campaign. The boats are currently in the Mediterranean Sea, preparing to sail for Gaza within a matter of hours.

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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

Photo: Greenpeace Canada

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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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