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Canadian groups to condemn failure of UN Haiti mission

On February 29, 2004, Haiti’s elected government and president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, were ousted by a foreign-backed right-wing rebellion. The ousting was facilitated by a resolution of the United Nations Security Council, adopted at an overnight session on February 28/29. Several thousand soldiers from the U.S., France and Canada were then deployed. “Four years later, the UN mission in Haiti has nothing to show for its efforts,” said Niraj Joshi here yesterday. She is a coordinator of CHAN and of the Toronto Haiti Action Committee. “The human rights situation remains precarious, and poverty and starvation are on the rise.”


Do you know more about American Idol’s Top 24 than about the people in Fort Chipewyan dying of rare cancers? Are you aware that peep toe shoes are the hottest thing this spring, and oblivious of the fact that the minimum wage in oil-rich Alberta is actually the lowest in Canada? Did you hear plenty from American and Israeli politicians when the border between Gaza and Egypt was broken in January, and nothing from the Palestinian women who made it happen?


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Women’s lives worse than ever

Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages. Girls as young as six are being married into a life of slavery and rape, often by multiple members of their new relatives. Banned from seeing their own parents or siblings, they are also prohibited from going to school. With little recognition of the illegality of the situation or any effective recourse, many of the victims are driven to self-immolation – burning themselves to death – or severe self-harm.

Statement of Solidarity for Ardoch Algonquin First Nations (AAFN) In Their Struggle Against Uranium Exploration and Mining

Robert Lovelace
Central East Correctional Centre
541 Hwy 36
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4S6

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation – “Paula Sherman” , “Bob Lovelace”, “Mireille/Jack LaPointe”

Canadian government – “Prime Minister Stephen Harper”, “Robert Nicholson, Attorney General and Minister of Justice”

Ontario government and opposition critics – “Premier Dalton McGuinty” , “Hon. Donna H. Cansfield, Ministry of Natural Resources” , “John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment” , “Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines” , “Margarette R. Best, Ministry of Health Promotion” , “Gilles Bisson- NDP Critic Aboriginal Affairs and natural resources” , “France Gelinas- NDP, Critic Northern Development and Mines” ,

Re: Statement of Solidarity for Ardoch Algonquin First Nations (AAFN) In Their Struggle Against Uranium Exploration and Mining

February 25, 2008

Fredericton, New Brunswick – We are writing in solidarity with the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and leaders of their community currently facing jail time and fines for their role in peaceful protest against uranium exploration on Algonquin land.

From New Brunswick, where uranium exploration is also occurring, we are shocked to learn that your communities were not notified of plans to explore for uranium before forest was cleared and blasting began. We are outraged to learn that AAFN Spokesperson and Negotiator Robert Lovelace is facing 6 months incarceration and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for upholding Algonquin law on Algonquin homeland.

We support calls to immediately drop charges against the AAFN, to free political prisoner Robert Lovelace and to withdraw all fines imposed on the AAFN.

We urge the province of Ontario to work with Indigenous peoples to undertake immediate reform of provincial laws and policies that fail to respect and uphold the duty of meaningful consultation, accommodation and consent. The province must also take urgent measures to address conflicts arising from its past failures that oppress and deny Indigenous peoples their rights.

In Solidarity,

Fredericton Peace Coalition
Mobilization – a student and community social justice group in Fredericton
Knowledge is Power Collective
Rev. George Feenstra, Minister of the Nashwaaksis United Church of Canada
From Behind Bars – prison support radio show in Fredericton
Wilhelmina Nolan, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Sharbot is Still Here

Most of you already know about our local fight here against a proposed uranium mine. You have doubtless heard about the outrageous jail term and fines recently imposed on Bob Lovelace of the Ardoch Algonquins, and the draconian conditions forced on
other Algonquin leaders by a court that seems closely allied with the mining interests.The new website ** is a vital complement to current coverage of this story of courage and resistance.

Retired chief stoic behind bars

After serving more than a week of a 6-month sentence, Robert Lovelace stands firm in his opposition to a proposed uranium mine in Sharbot Lake, Geoff Nixon writes.

Canada, U.S. agree to share troops in civil emergencies

As reported in today’s National Post, the Edmonton Journal, and the front-page of the Ottawa Citizen, “Canada and the US have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal. Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.”

Afghanistan’s refugee crisis ‘ignored’

A growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is being overlooked as an unknown number of people are fleeing their homes, caught between security forces and the Taliban, Red Cross officials have told the Guardian. They say they have less access now to displaced people than at any time over the past 27 years. “The conflict has not only intensified but it has also spread over the last few years. Prolonged human suffering is causing real concern in ever larger areas,” said Reto Stocker, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Kabul. “There is little capacity to address it. We’ve never had so little access.”

Groups call on government: Don’t renew security certificates

The Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui yesterday called on ‘Minister of Public Safety’ Stockwell Day to refrain from signing a new security certificate against Adil Charkaoui and the other security certificate detainees under the new security certificate law, which
is expected to enter into force any day.

Vigil calling for Abolition of Coal-Fired Plants – No Nukes / No Uranium Mining

Please join Vigil calling for Abolition of Coal-Fired Plants – No Nukes / No Uranium Mining
Tuesday February 26, 2008
Ottawa, Ontario
US Embassy
490 Sussex Dr

Paradigm Shift Environmental Alliance

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