Activists are always making a fuss, but I must admit that as I sought to make sense of the conference, the thought had already crossed my mind that the exercise is far more about us the dominant people of the Earth than about them the afflicted.
Millions of years of this kind of food testing has undoubtedly left us pretty anxious eaters. Today, we look to the processes of civilization to provide us with a modicum of power over the natural world. We rest assured that our Ministry of Health will tell us what is safe to eat.
You would not have survived this trip at the height of the conflict, announces our translator Evelyn.
On August 20, we were in Montebello, Quebec to voice our opposition to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), and to the secret meetings and agenda set by Stephen Harper, George W. Bush and Felipe CalderÃ³n. Hundreds of community, labour, student and peace activists converged next to the huge, metal security fence circling the resort, patrolled by a massive show of police and security officers.
Arriving on horse, by foot, or cheek to cheek in a shared truck with neighbours, they had come to participate in a voluntary referendum.
Quilapayun, the legendary folk music group, is the closing act of Torontoâe(TM)s 4th annual Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace held at Harbourfront November 9 to 11, 2007. The group, renowned for their involvement in the socially conscious Chilean New Song Movement (Nueva Cancion), returns to Toronto after more than three decades.
The recent case of Laibar Singh, a paralyzed refugee claimant, has created much debate and division. There is a strong outpouring of sympathy for Laibar Singh and his medical condition. However, the fundamental question turns on whether Canadian society has any "obligation" to support Mr. Singh, as he has exhausted all his legal avenues. In addition, much of the public perception around Mr. Singh has unfortunately been fuelled by inaccurate facts.
On January 17, 2008, the Federal Court of Canada issued its order regarding the Safe Third Country Agreement (IMM-7818-05). Mr. Justice Phelan, following his Reasons for Judgement of November 29, 2007, ordered that "this application for judicial review is granted and the designation of the United States of America as a 'safe third country' is quashed." Justice Phelan and the Order took effect on February 1, 2008.
Think of a television studio. Got the picture? Tall ceiling, shadowy cameras on meaty tripods, hot lights, phony sets, suits, hairspray and anchors aging with more foundation than grace. Cables and assistants run everywhere and everything run by the few networks with enough money to afford that tall room filled with pricey gear and temperamental talent.