Democracy North: Feb 16: A Tribe Called Red—Canadian Doctors for Medicare on Budget—Resisting Afghanistan civilian deaths

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  • 03:10 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.



  • 31:15 — Interview with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau (member of A Tribe Called Red) on the electronic band’s new double-nomination for Juno Awards this month, their current cross-Canada tour, and more. Interviewed Feb. 6 by David P. Ball.

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  • 37:30 — Interview with two Toronto activists on their creative campaign to use sports to resist civilian deaths under NATO occupation in Afghanistan—by spoofing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ website. Interviewed Feb. 7 by Jahanzeb Hussain.




  • INDIGENOUS: MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY — As groups across the country held Women’s Memorial Marches for missing and murdered aboriginal women, now documented to be at least 824, calls for a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women remain unheeded by the Harper government (APTN).


  • BC: KINDER MORGAN — Despite a heavily criticized online process, approximately 2,000 individuals, groups and governments registered before the deadline to apply to participate in a National Energy Board’s hearing into the Kinder Morgan oil sands pipeline expansion project yesterday. The Trans Mountain pipeline would carry nearly 900,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby (VO).


  • QUEBEC: OIL BY RAIL SAFETY — Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. (MM&A) had been the subject of repeated infraction notices for violations of the rules surrounding the securing of trains for years before the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, but Transport Canada never imposed any sanctions on the company. Those violations, documented in Transport Canada files obtained by Radio-Canada’s investigative program, Enquête, were noted several times in 2004 and 2009, and again in 2011 and 2012 (CBC).


  • CANADA: ELECTION ACT — The minister in charge of a new elections act said on Monday that the government is open to changing a provision that experts feared would prevent the chief electoral officer, Marc Mayrand, from speaking openly. What hasn’t changed in the act is a ban on Elections Canada promoting voting to groups underrepresented in the polls, including Aboriginal people and young adults, as well as ending the ability for those without proper identification to be vouched for by another voter, both of which some say amounts to suppressing the non-Conservative vote (NATIONAL POST).


  • CANADA: WHALING TRANSPORT — The whaling nations of Iceland and Japan are using Canada as a trans-shipment destination in the trade of meat from endangered fin whales — the same species that Canada has agreed internationally to protect. Canada says it is helpless to stop the trade, even though it is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (VANCOUVER SUN).


  • TORONTO: TRANSGENDER WOMAN DEPORTED — A transgender woman who had been detained by immigration in a men-only jail was denied release Wednesday and was removed from Canada Thursday. Avery Edison, 25, was held at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex for men in Milton for 20 hours. Her story spread online, sparked by her tweeting of her initial detention at Pearson International Airport (STAR).


  • VENEZUELA PROTESTS — At least four people have been killed, including a police officer, pro-government social movement leader, and several anti-government protesters, after thousands of Venezuelans both opposing and supporting President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of Caracas following two weeks of anti-government protests across the country (AJE).


  • PAKISTAN: DRONE ACTIVIST MISSING — A Pakistani court has ordered the country’s intelligence agencies to produce a prominent anti-drone campaigner, who was abducted last week, by February 20, or to categorically state that they are not holding him, the activist’s lawyers say. Speaking to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, Shehzad Akbar, the head of Karim Khan’s legal team, called Khan’s abduction from his Rawalpindi home late on February 5 “a signature government abduction”, alleging that Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agencies were responsible for the disappearance (AJE).


  • PALESTINE/ISRAEL: EAST JERUSALEM — Jerusalem’s planning committee moved forwards on Wednesday with plans to build a nine-storey Jewish seminary in the heart of a densely-populated Palestinian neighbourhood near the Old City (AFP).


  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: MUSLIMS TARGETED — Amnesty International, the UK-based rights organisation, has said that Anti-Balaka fighters in the Central African Republic are trying to “ethnically cleanse Muslims”, citing first-hand testimonies from victims of the violence in the country’s northwest. The result of the violent attacks is “a Muslim exodus of historic proportions” (AJE).


  • TECH: EU-US INTERNET CONTROL — The mass surveillance carried out by the US National Security Agency means that governance of the internet has to be made more international and less dominated by America, the European Union’s executive has declared (GUARDIAN).

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