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Video: 'LNG Pipedreams' public forum in Vancouver

More than 250 people attended the 'LNG Pipedreams: Fracked Futures and Community Resistance' counter-forum in Vancouver organized by the Council of Canadians and the Wilderness Committee.

Our BC-Yukon regional organizer Leila Darwish, who MC'd the evening, says, "What a great night -- thanks to all you fine folks who came out to the event tonight! Standing room only! A very special thanks to our amazing speakers for an incredible evening exposing the true impacts of fracking, fracked gas pipelines, and LNG: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan, Shannon McPhail, Joyce Williams, Tracey Saxby, Damien Gillis, and Susan Spratt. And many thanks to Linda Williams from Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) First Nations for a wonderful welcome and opening."

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Stephen Harper attacks the 'evils of communism.' But what of the victims of capitalism?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched into a full-on attack on the "evils of communism" at a fundraiser on Friday for a monument to its victims: "During the 20th century, communism's poisonous ideology and ruthless practices slowly bled into countries around the world, on almost every continent," Harper said.

The evening's event aimed help raise money for Tribute to Liberty, which aims for a permanent memorial in Ottawa to communism's "hundreds of millions" of victims.

You can hear the full speech below. 

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#YesAllWomen: Rebecca Solnit discusses misogynist violence and Santa Barbara Massacre

Santa Barbara is grieving after a 22-year-old man killed six college students just after posting a misogynistic video online vowing to take his revenge on women for sexually rejecting him. The massacre prompted an unprecedented reaction online with tens of thousands of women joining together to tell their stories of sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. By Sunday, the hashtag #YesAllWomen had gone viral. In speaking out, women were placing the shooting inside a broader context of misogynist violence that often goes ignored. In her new book, "Men Explain Things to Me," author and historian Rebecca Solnit tackles this issue and many others.

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Why is the government smearing the National Council of Canadian Muslims?

So, why does National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) need a video explaining who they are? Well, there is a small, but well-funded and vocal industry growing in Canada whose sole purpose is to attack and smear muslim organizations.

Watch this video to learn about NCCM, but more importantly why the government is trying to silence the NCCM.

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Video: We deserve better than precarious work

Students deserve better...

...than minimum wage.
...than unpaid internships.
...than unemployment.

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Video: Who's watching whom? Michael Geist examines Canadian privacy and surveillance

In this video, Michael Geist speaks at a Geek Girls Toronto event. Hosted at the Mozilla offices, a sold-out audience showed yet again that there is enormous public interest and concern with recent privacy and surveillance developments. The talk focused on the problems associated with lawful access, privacy reform, and surveillance.

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Video: Migrants know your rights

No One Is Illegal aims to provide basic legal information to people without immigration status so that they will be able to better protect themselves from the risks of immigration arrest and detention.

For more information, please visit No One Is Illegal here.

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In largest election in the world, India elects hard right candidate Narendra Modi

From Democracy Now!: Results from the largest election in the world show India's opposition leader Narendra Modi has won a landslide victory to become the country's new prime minister. Modi is the leader of the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party. "This is the result that the corporations in India wanted," says Siddhartha Deb, Indian author and journalist, noting that Modi "is very a pro-development politician, which basically means pro-business." Deb adds that Modi served as the chief minister of Gujarat, where anti-Muslim riots in 2002 left at least a thousand people dead. After the bloodshed, the U.S. State Department revoked Modi's visa. Modi has never apologized for or explained his actions at the time of the riots.

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Minister of Aboriginal Affairs maligns Confederacy of Nations in Question Period

For those who follow Parliament, the Conservatives willfully misleading, and often hate and venom-filled responses to Question Period are nothing new. Yet, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs' response to NDP Aborginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder's invitation at the behest of the Confederacy of Nations, who are meeting this week in Ottawa, is jaw dropping. Here is part of the transcript:

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Video: Young workers call for $14 minimum wage in Ontario

On May 14, students and young workers set up an obstacle course on the lawn of Queen's Park to demonstrate the hurdles students face juggling rising tuition fees and low-wage work. The event is part of the ongoing campaign calling on party leaders and candidates to support a $14 minimum wage in Ontario.

Speaker's List:

Alastair Woods, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

Denise Martins, Ontario Federation of Labour Vice-President for Young Workers

John Nerier, Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance

Sareh Serajelahi, Workers' Action Centre / Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

Rob Depipple, United Steelworkers Local 9176

Sarah Salise, Anakbayan

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