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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available

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The domestic politics of international trade

I am taking a class on International Trade at UVic Law. The text that we use for the class is International Trade Law by Guzman and Pauwelyn. One question that the text asks in one of its discussion sections is:

In today's political context, does it still make sense to pursue "closed" or "export" politics in Geneva [at the WTO headquarters] so as to overcome "import" politics or protectionism at home? If trade liberalization is, indeed, in the overall interest of a country, can one not expect that modern parliaments will realize this? Should, as a result, parliaments and domestic politics be involved more (not less) to make the WTO effective and legitimate? 


Public meeting - economic crisis? Who pays?

Aug 24, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
Ryerson Student Centre - Oakham Lounge (2nd floor)
55 Gould St.
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 28.6092" N, 79° 22' 44.148" W
Ontario CA
A public forum on the government's proposed public sector wage freeze.
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What Is Day trying to Say

Day, the Federal Minister says the billions in the budget for prisons is necessary despite the stats noting a decrease in crime.  Day says it is because people aren't reporting crimes happening to them and the stats are not a true reflection of the crime rate.  Interestingly enough this is supposed to explain the 9.5 billion in the budget for locking Canadians up. 

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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.


Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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water rights & other activism: Canadians have to reach out to teach US citizens

There is a huge push to force Canada to sell water as a commodity... its probably best for Canadian activists to be doing some gentle education for US activists if we want to educate the US about water issues & the impacts to regional ecology,

before the US media & divisive politicians begin to accuse *Canadians* of hoarding (aka, 'how dare you reserve the right to not trade or commodify!') a human right... which should be an essential commodity of trade for 'American Interests'... obviously, the US has corporate interests best suited to managing the resources for those backward, dumb & selfish Canadians... 

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:  

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857


This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.

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Oil spill tourism losses may be denied, says BP oil claims chief

On day 72 of the disaster Thursday, the oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico 2010 became the worst oil spill ever within the region. Hurricane Alex put a halt to cleanup efforts this week and pushed oil further onto shore. The booming tourism expected on the Gulf coast as the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches is virtually non-existent. What's more, the government overseer of BP's oil spill claim program said oil spill tourism losses might not qualify. The oil spill cap remains in place despite heavy winds and waves, but only a quarter of the crude gushing into the sea is being collected.

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Feinberg - BP claims for oil spill tourism in doubt


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