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Hassan Almrei Finally Sees End of His Secret Trial Security Certificate!

Detained almost exclusively in solitary confinement since 2001, Almrei now looking to piece his life together

(report from the Campaign to Stop Secret trials in Canada)

Toronto, December 14, 2009 — The Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, which for almost a decade has sought abolition of secret hearing security certificates, rejoices in the decision to quash the security certificate against Hassan Almrei, who has spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone in recent Canadian history.
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UN saved us from war…but left us to die from poisoning

Little Sara Jahirovic is dying a slow, painful death. Staring up with big, haunting brown eyes, Sara is a victim of broken promises by United Nations charity chiefs more than a decade after British troops helped free Kosovo. Her desperate father – he has eight other children – explains that at the age of three she has already had three heart attacks and, as she now suffers daily fainting fits, this Christmas may well be her last. Sara is just one of hundreds of forgotten children abandoned to suffer brain damage and await death in an international scandal exposed today by The Sun. The youngsters are being poisoned by dust blowing into a stinking refugee camp from a mountain of toxic lead waste towering above them.

CBC: Deal ends First Nation protest over hydro dams

The New Brunswick government and Tobique First Nation signed a five-year, $2.5-million deal on Monday, ending years of frustration and protest over the impact two hydro dams have had on the western community.

For Daniel Thau-Elaff’s coverage of the summer protest.

Mexico activists targeted for their criticisms of a Canadian-owned mine


Community members receive death threats as conflict deepens around Canadian-owned Mexican mine

Tensions are building in the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, where a Canadian-owned gold and silver mine has been forced to close due to a Supreme Court decision that cancelled its environmental permit.

On Friday, December 11, 2009, residents of the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro and members of the anti-mine group Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO) were attacked by a group of mine supporters. The next day, Federal parliamentarians were stoned in their vehicles by mine employees as they attempted to visit the village. The Mendoza Pence family, who have spearheaded the village’s anti-mine campaign for over a decade, are now receiving death threats.
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Opposition to Canada-Colombia free trade continues

On Friday, December 4th, over 80 people rallied in front of the Wolfville, NS, office of Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants. Brison, the Liberal International Trade Critic, was targeted because of his support of Bill C-23 – an Act to implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). The rally also came only days after the Conservative government cut funding to a well-known NGO critical of Canadian foreign policy.

Colombian paramilitaries assassinate indigenous leader in the name of Canadian multinationals

Dave Bleakney of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reporting from Copenhagen. He interviews Jose Goyas, an indigenous leader, about the harmful effects of Canadian mining companies and the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Abdelrazik supporters gather for solidarity rally

A crowd gathered at Phillips Square downtown on Saturday afternoon to show their solidarity with Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Montreal man who spent nearly six years exiled in Sudan.

Even after returning home in June, Abdelrazik says he is still “imprisoned” because he remains on a United Nations no-fly list and the designation carries with it a host of restrictions beyond travel.

The group is demanding “that the federal government take serious action to restore Mr. Abdelrazik’s full liberty and actively oppose the 1267 list.”

Parliament denies refugees appeal on the merits

Janet Dench: Yesterday, December 10, the House of Commons celebrated Human Rights Day by defeating Bill C-291, the bill that would give refugee claimants access to an appeal in the merits. It is not clear how many Members of Parliament saw the irony – immediately after announcing the defeat of the bill, the Speaker wished everyone the best for the Christmas season. He wasn’t thinking about Grise, the young woman brutally murdered earlier this year in Mexico, who might be alive today if Canada had a refugee appeal.

Opposition to Canada-Colombia free trade continues

Large puppets of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez and paramilitaries mingled among the protesters. Demonstrators held white masks with flowing red streamers to represent the victims of Colombian state-supported armed violence.

Following songs by the Raging Grannies and speeches from representatives of labour unions, church and social justice groups, the crowd marched to Acadia University. The crowd chanted “Hey Scott, Just Say No!” as it entered the building and room where Brison was waiting.

Trade issue stirs up protestors, politician

After two hours of heated words with those inside, Kustudic said of Brison’s stance: “adamant resistance to listening to/ hearing what others – especially your constituents, I have to say is not an admirable or desirable characteristic for someone who is elected to represent his constituents’ interests to the federal government.”