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Lost in the '50s with Harper's anti-terror pablum

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Last Friday, viewers of the CBC's flagship news program, The National, could be forgiven for thinking they were back in the Leave it to Beaver 1950s. Indeed, they ran a saccharine story that would have done proud former Soviet and East German state news agencies. In fact, had it run during the Cold War, it would hopefully be touted in today's journalism schools as an embarrassing parody of what their profession is supposed to be.

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| March 20, 2015

Human rights ignored in Omar Khadr's 13-year imprisonment

Those who value human rights, a fair judicial system and the rule of law, find it incomprehensible that Omar Khadr is still incarcerated. Soon he will again be turning to Canadian courts, which have so often, in his long struggle for justice, ruled in his favour.

In the next few months, a number of legal challenges finally could result in his freedom. With these cases on the horizon, every Canadian committed to basic tenets of justice and democracy is urged to help cover Khadr's mounting legal costs.

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| March 11, 2015

Concerned citizens react to Chris Alexander's comments on Muslim women

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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander's latest remarks about what Muslim women are allowed to wear during a citizenship oath are concerning and appalling.

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Open letter: To Chris Alexander from concerned Canadian citizens

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To the Honourable Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander: 

We, like many Canadians, were taken aback by your recent comments about a woman's right to choose what to wear for two reasons: one, you are stigmatizing the minority of women who wear niqab, and even hijab; and two, because you are politicizing a fundamental constitutional right.

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February 27, 2015 |
Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.’s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract and poor working conditions.
February 25, 2015 |
Bill C-279 is the latest in a series of proposed laws that would extend long-overdue human rights protection to transgender people.

Harper's record of refusal: An act of violence against Indigenous women

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On November 12, 1971, Helen Betty Osborne was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in the Pas, Northern Manitoba. On August 2014, we learned about the brutal murder of 15 year old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Within the 43 year time span between the two murders, hundreds of Indigenous women have continued to go missing or have been murdered in every region across Canada.

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Political activist Ken Stone takes CSIS to task for alleged harassment

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What is it like to be targeted by Canada's spy agency? Veteran anti-war and environmental activist Ken Stone knows firsthand and is willing to talk about it.

The retired school teacher is presently taking the legal route: making a formal complaint against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). This action follows the sudden appearance of two agents at his Hamilton home two years ago.

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