The Canadian Council of International Cooperation is releasing an analysis of the text of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, tabled by the federal government in Parliament on March 26. Making a Bad Situation Worse, was compiled by CCIC in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Minister of Censorship Jason Kenney’s decision to ban British MP George Galloway from speaking in Canada has ignited a firestorm of protest across the country. Kenney’s office and the entire Conservative caucus has been bombarded with thousands of e-mails, phone calls and messages of protest. A legal challenge has been launched by Galloway’s legal counsel in Canada, and the media is reporting new developments every day. The movement to reverse the ban on Galloway is big, and is growing by the minute. This site is the clearinghouse for all update about the campaign and includes documents from the legal challenge, breaking news, ticket information, and action items. Please upload a link of this site to your website, upload it to all Galloway groups on facebook and on your profile, and forward it to all your friends. If you have any news or updates for the website, email email@example.com.
Under-reported news from the last 2 weeks in March.
Please send an e-mail to Prime Minister Stephen Harper firstname.lastname@example.org calling on the Canadian government to:
- Actually implement the disarmament and non-proliferation measures already elaborated or awaiting negotiation through the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
- Establish initiatives that will end NATO’s reliance on nuclear weapons and engage other states in the serious pursuit of disarmament.
- Pursue new actions to resolve injustices, divisions and conflicts that affect members of the Alliance through constructive engagement among neighbours.
Maria Dolores Itzep is a lawyer with the Community Legal Centre in Rabinal, Guatemala. As an indigenous Achi woman raised in the community, she has dedicated her legal career to working with survivors of human rights abuses that took place in this region during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. The Legal Centre provides free legal services to those seeking justice for human rights abuses, land conflicts, and cases of violence against women. Maria Dolores is involved with bringing cases before the Inter-American Human Rights Court and is also representing the Achi people in the genocide case being carried out in Spain.
Two public presentations in Fredericton:
When: 7:30pm, Monday, March 30. Potluck at 6:00 pm. All welcome.
Where: Conserver House, 180 St. John St.
When: Tuesday, March 31 at 4:30pm
Where: UNB Ludlow Hall (Law Building), Room 15. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The campus presentation is co-sponsored by: UNB Faculty of Law, Canadian Lawyers Abroad (UNB Chapter), the International Law Society, the Aboriginal Law Students Society and the Women’s Law Society. The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network and the UNB Law School to bring a special presentation to campus.
* If you would like to arrange a meeting with Maria Dolores in Fredericton on Monday or Tuesday, please email email@example.com
Maria Dolores will be touring the Maritimes from March 21 to April 5, 2009. The tour is being organized by Breaking the Silence Network, which has a solidarity relationship with partner organizations throughout Guatemala. BTS works with partners to develop relationships and projects based on solidarity, friendship and human rights advocacy. For more information go to: www.breaking-the-silence.ca
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by Stefan Christoff in the Hour
“The Conservative government has reintroduced two controversial provisions within the post-9/11 Anti-Terrorism Act. If passed, the recently tabled legislation would once again extend policing powers like investigative hearings and preventive arrests. These extraordinary measures expired in March 2007 when the opposition parties at the time refused to reaffirm them.”
George Galloway: To ban a five-times elected British MP from addressing public events or keeping appointments with television and radio programmes is a serious matter. Kenney’s “spokesman” told the Sun, “Galloway’s not coming in … end of story.” Alas for him, it’s not. Canada remains a free country governed by law and my friends are even now seeking a judicial review. And there are other ways I can address those Canadians who wish to hear me.
From all over Belgium, by bus, bike, taxi, public transport and even by walking, hundreds of activists came to NATO’s headquarters in Evere, Brussels. They tried non-violently to enter the NATO terrain and seal gates, windows and doors. At the same time, the NATO has been symbolically buried during a farewell ceremony. Today, this burial is still a symbolic act, but the will to turn this symbol into reality is very high.