Politics in Canada

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Red Tent 2010 - Action for a National Housing Strategy

Aug 3, 2010
MP Russ Heibert's constituency office
106A - 2429 152nd Street
Surrey , BC
Canada
49° 2' 44.4912" N, 122° 48' 4.6332" W
British Columbia CA
Gather with the Red Tent campaign as part of weekly demonstrations at the offices of MPs who have voted against Bill C-304 or have otherwise failed to endorse a national housing plan.
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Book launch: Our Friendly Local Terrorist

Sep 7, 2010
University of Toronto
Regis College 100 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.0908" N, 79° 23' 12.1128" W
Ontario CA
Between the Lines and Romero House welcome one and all to the launch of Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy.
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Book launch: Our Friendly Local Terrorist

Sep 8, 2010
Romero House
1558 Bloor St. W.
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 22.0356" N, 79° 27' 12.2292" W
Ontario CA
Between the Lines and Romero House welcome one and all to the launch of Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy.
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Is Rob Ford "chicken" to debate Smitherman in Toronto mayoral race?

The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail would have us believe that Rob Ford is "chicken" not to debate George Smitherman (top two poll runners in mayoral race) in Toronto recently. Also they are shooting him down for an alleged verbal assault at a high school foortball game in 2001?

George Smitherman at Jazz Fest

But why is that Ford will not debate Smitherman one on one? Ford says it's because he wants to decide when they should debate and I agree.

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G20 Bail hearings continue, Crown appealing some releases

- please forward -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bail hearings continue for G20 activists detained for a month;

Crown appealing release of some. Communities express support for defendants and denounce criminalization of dissent.

July 26, Toronto - Leah Henderson, Amanda (Mandy) Hiscocks, and Alex Hundert, along with others, are facing politically-motivated charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests. The three were pre-emptively arrested at gun-point in a house raid on the morning of June 26, before protests began.

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Keep our families together!

Aug 3, 2010
Ministry of Child and Family Development Regional Office
865 Hornby, corner Smithe, Coast Salish Territories
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 14' 54.6828" N, 123° 6' 31.68" W
British Columbia CA
The DTES Power of Women Group is organizing to defend and support healthy families. All welcome, please join us!
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The Art of Decolonization workshop series

Aug 3, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
University of Toronto - OISE (Room 2198)
252 Bloor Street West
M5S 1V5 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
These workshops will explore how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines and how art contributes to the maintenance and recovery of culture.
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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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Townhall meeting - Education cuts in Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant

Aug 18, 2010 to Aug 19, 2010
Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 15' 44.8776" N, 123° 5' 13.4592" W
British Columbia CA
Join Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant MLA Jenny Kwan and a panel of guest speakers to discuss the impacts of education cuts in Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant and ...across the city.
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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:

http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/vancouversolidarity/  
and http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/endorsements-cont/

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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Who's running, who should be for the ONDP in 2011

We have a federal page, so I figured with the election a little over a year away, why not throw up a provincial NDP nomination page.

I wasn't at the TC AGM but apparently Cathy Crowe is thinking of running again, anyone who was there have any word on that?

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/node/3883

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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Roots, Rhymes and Resistance

Jul 16, 2010 to Jul 17, 2010
Arbor Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle U of T
Toronto
Canada
43° 39' 49.2084" N, 79° 23' 40.8876" W
CA
Filipino Canadian youth host an annual fundraising concert. Featuring emerging young artists in the community, RRR will showcase the cultural component of UKPC's years of organizing work in Toronto.
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Anarchist propositions

For those who describe themselves as anarchists, I thought a discussion might be of interest surrounding belief systems, variations of Anarchist sentiments, and the apparent divergence when it comes to aims and tactics, the 101s as it were, according to the respective adherents.

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Statement from the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance: In "Carnage" We Find Beauty.

This is a repost that was found on various interspaces on July 6th 2010. We write this statement in unwavering defiance to the ongoing attempt to silence us: those who militantly voice their opposition to this ecocidal, colonial- capitalist state, and the corporations that profit from its systemic violence. The state does not represent us, and we do not consent to its rule or its racist, patriarchal 'justice' system, which only serves to uphold the interests of the ruling elite. In regards to the ongoing scapegoating of anarchists in a debacle reminiscent of the McCarthy era: This 'black scare' will not work. Nor is it an exception.

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Whither China

Upon hearing Richard Fadden describe some Canadian politicians as being influenced by foreign governments, leaning towards China, I want to discuss on a larger scale how Canada should be conducting our relationship with China. Under former PM Chretien, Canada seemed to be moving towards closer relations with China, namely along the lines of nuclear trade. Since PM Harper has come to power, it seems that the more hard-line reform elements within the party whom have long wanted Canada to be tougher on China because of human rights abuses, our relationship with China has deteriorated. China is and will be for the foreseeable future, a super power. The more China industrializes and its middle class grows, the bigger the threat it becomes to US economic hegemony.

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CAS says children should not be involved in G20

This is a great article about how the CAS will be present and "on call" during the G8/G20 protests in Toronto.

I'm so annoyed at this comment by their spokesperson:

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While Fleming did note that he respects the right to protest, he feels children should not be involved at the G20.

"You never know what these things will turn out to be. As a parent I'd have concerns. I'd have good intentions but not everyone has the same thoughts. I would think twice before taking my kids. The protests have been known to become violent and that would be a concern for anyone there."

And I loved John Clarke's response:

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