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STOP HARPER AND KENNEY’S DEPORTATION OF IRAQ WAR RESISTERS LIVING IN CANADA

VIDEO: Canadian confronts Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on his deportation of U.S. Iraq war resisters

VIDEO: Stephen Harper admits the Iraq War was “absolutely an error”

Controversial Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and the Stephen Harper Minority Government in Canada are deporting Iraq War resisters to jail in the U.S. Cliff Cornell, who spent 4 years in Canada, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in military jail because he came to Canada and spoke out against the war in Iraq. Other war resisters and their families face imminent deportation in the coming weeks and months.

Harper, Kenney and the Conservatives are known to be historic supporters of the Bush Administration, the invasion of Iraq, and have known political ties to Conservative lobby groups in the U.S.

Thousands of Canadian supporters have been calling on the Conservative Harper minority government to implement the war resisters motion passed both in June 2008 and March 2009 to stop the deportations immediately. Please help send the Harper government, Minister Kenney and the Opposition, a message that the deportation of the Iraq War resisters is opposed by the majority of us throughout Canada.

Environmental Racism at the Tar Sands

Jada Voyageur of the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nations describes the affects of the tar sands. Jada was hosted by NOII and UBC First Nations Legal Studies in Feb 2009.

Harsha Walia: City is a sweatshop

Harsha Walia speaking on “Stolen Labour on Stolen Land” in Toronto. Three parts on No One is Illegal movement including migrant and indigenous alliances, strategies, and overcoming challenges.

No One Is Illegal Toronto Confronts Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration Canada

You tube video: No One Is Illegal Toronto confronts Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

PORGERA IN FLAMES: Barrick-Recommended Military Force burns down hundreds of homes in PNG

Barrick is a Canadian mining company and is able to get away with such crimes because of a lack of mandatory regulations that hold Canadian companies accountable overseas.

Hundreds of homes in the Porgera valley of Papua New Guinea are being set aflame. Local human rights organizations in Porgera claim that these fires are part of a strategy to clear people out of the way for the expansion of Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine. On April 27th, without prior warning, the indigenous land owners of the villages surrounding Barrick Gold’s Porgera open pit mine were violently evicted by a police and military operation with 200 troops. “Operation Ipili” was launched during the middle of the day to allegedly make way for the expansion of a Barrick gold mine. This effective State of Emergency in Porgera was motivated by situation reports presented by Barrick (PNG) Limited, according to Laigap Porgera Member of Parliament Phillip Kikala.

May 1st Pay Equity Action – from your desk!

We’re calling on you to take part in a May 1st pay equity action – from the comfort of your home or work!

This Friday, take a few minutes out of your day to send an e-mail, mail a letter, send a fax, or make a phone call to our Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Hon. Mary Schryer. We’d like Ms. Schryer to know that there is more work to be done on the pay equity front in our province, and that we’re keeping an eye on the progress.

Please feel free to use the following draft letter and address information to create your own correspondence. The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity has some great resources you may want to take a look at to help you write your own letter (www.equite-equity.com). Also, feel free to send similar messages to any of our other representatives! (http://app.infoaa.7700.gnb.ca/gnb/pub/ListMLA1.asp, http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp?featureId=10)

This is a decentralized action, but please CC or BCC the NBRebELLEs – Fredericton on any e-mails, so we can keep you posted on how many people take part. Please forward this to your friends and colleagues!

In Solidarity,
NBRebELLEs – Fredericton

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Contact info:
HON. MARY SCHRYER (L), MLA
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Phone: (506) 457-7866
Fax: (506) 453-2164
EMail Address: mary.schryer@gnb.ca
Mailing address:
Sartain MacDonald Building
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
Canada
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Dear Hon. Mary Schryer,
I was excited to hear that the NB government is going to adopt pay equity legislation for the public sector this Spring. Congratulations on this achievement!
I am still greatly concerned that this legislation does not cover private sector employees, since this is where women often hold non-unionized positions and face wage discrimination. New Brunswicker’s need to see an inclusive law that ensures employees are involved in the efforts to attain pay equity and which all public and private sector employers must comply. We need a pro-active law under which implementation does not require the filing of complaints by employees, instead it is the responsibility of public and private sector employers to show that they have complied with the requirements of the pay equity law. I urge you to continue working towards a pro-active and inclusive legislation that includes private sector employees, and look forward to hearing of your advances in the near future.
Sincerely,
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Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell sentenced to 12 months in prison after deportation by Harper government

On Tuesday evening, during a court-martial hearing at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Cliff Cornell was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a bad conduct discharge after publicly expressing his conscientious objection to the Iraq War while in Canada. Prosecutors claimed that American troops in Iraq saw Cornell on television while Cornell was in Canada. It was argued that those troops felt morale had been undermined because Cornell spoke out about his moral objections to the Iraq War.

“Considering Joining the Military?” brochure

CFSC has produced this educational brochure as a counter-balance to information available to young people who are considering a career in the military. The brochure encourages reflection and research by those interested in the military as it is not just any career choice. As General Rick Hillier (ret.) said in 2005, “We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to kill people.” If you are involved in a local group working on educating young people about the alternatives to the military, contact us about ordering hard copies of this brochure for use at events, etc.

Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold

Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands.

According to Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer of the Akali Tange Association, a human rights organization in Papua New Guinea, “Barrick’s Porgera Mine is a textbook case of what can go wrong when large-scale mining confronts indigenous peoples, ignoring the impacts of its projects and resorting to goon squads when people rebel against it. This outrages the conscience of local Indigenous communities, especially when the mine is right next to our homes; my people are exposed to dangerous chemicals like cyanide and mercury; some of our people drown in the tailings and waste during floods; and fishing stocks, flora and fauna are depleted down the river systems, leading to indigenous food sources being threatened.”

Gloria Paul: What will we be breathing this season?

From The Daily Gleaner of April 18, I was informed (with little notice from the base) that once more CFB Gagetown will start its annual burning from April 20-May 15, with its current and former chemicals exploding yet again into air, land and water.