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KIMBERLY ROGERS WOMYN’S BRIGADE
On April 25, 02, BC Liberal MLA Jeff Bray’s office was occupied by ten womyn from the Kimberly Rogers Womyn’s Brigade (part of the Victoria Anti-Poverty Coalition).
Protesters Oppose the War on Iraq – Aug.5.2002
Demonstrators protested George Bush’s plan for a war on Iraq today in Toronto. NDP MPP Peter Kormos and others addressed the crowd.
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Cameras to help keep south Los Angeles alleys clean - Aug.2002
Jack Layton Runs for NDP Leadership - July.30.2002
Progressive Toronto Councillor Jack Layton is off and running for the leadership of the Federal NDP. A few hundred people attended his community barbecue at Cecil Street on Tuesday.
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At the Villlage Voice – July.2002
- Nat Hentoff: When the FBI monitors lawful groups, U.S. citizens must resist.
- Mondo Washington: Failed corporate crook George Bush lashes out against dirty-dealing CEOs. By James Ridgeway.
- HORMONAL OUTRAGE: Studies are revealing that hormone replacement therapy does more harm than good.
At the Nation - July.2002
- CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Tinkering With the Death Machine
- BRUCE SHAPIRO: Rethinking the Death Penalty
- JIM HIGHTOWER: POP-ing the Bankers
- EDWARD HOAGLAND: 1776 and All That
- HERMAN SCHWARTZ: The Court's Terrible Two
- Bush and the Billionaire
- controversy over corporate governance.
At Corporate Watch - July.2002
- George and Dick's Amazing Corporate Misadventures
- Bush: Corporate Confidence Man
- ALLIANCE FOR A CORPORATE FREE UN: Bayer and the UN Global Compact
IN THE NEWS
* Nigeria: Women Claim Victory in ChevronTexaco Oil Terminal Takeover
* Burkina Faso: Thousands March Against Privatisation
* Uzbekistan: PricewaterhouseCoopers Advises on US Relations
* USA: Enron-New York Times Deal Highlights Media's Dilemma
* USA: Corporate Responsibility vs. Accountability
* USA: Can Bush Scold Wall Street with a Straight Face
* USA: Financial Scandals are Being Replicated on a Global Scale
* USA: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
* Africa: Commission Hands Down Significant Human Rights Decision
* India: Bhopal Survivors Extend Hunger Strike
At Straight Goods – July.2002
- Privatization squeezes out hard-fought rights for Toronto workers.
- Workers pay brutal price for cheap fruit - Sunday Herald.
- Independence Day from Esso
- Ontario school board budget struggles reflect provincial funding cuts
- Rate spread on credit cards highest ever
Electronic Frontier Foundation - Latest bulletin July 19, 2002
- Read the full issue of EFFector
Global Internet Liberty Campaign Newsletter.
Read the GILC Alert Volume 6, Issue 5 July, 2002
- Complete newsletter is posted here
At the Star - July.23.2002
- Layton makes it official, launches leadership bid
Road Rage at Car Free Kensington – July.22.2002
Folks blocking a Kensington Market Street for a Sunday Car Free celebration got a surprise taste of road rage when a muscular gorilla pulled in and tried to drive through. It turned into a case of road rage when he got blocked by the people and jumped out to storm about threatening certain individuals. A drum corp playing on the street up nearer to Presto suddenly turned and marched with the rest of the people to the car … leaving the angry motorist in rising anger as drums and chants drowned out his yelling. One woman jumped in his car, he ran around it and tried to pick a fight with another man … and it continued for some time till he finally gave up and backed out to leave.
Angry Motorist (in sleeveless T-shirt) threatens locals
People gather for Car Free celebration
* In congested Toronto TTC fares
have doubled, yet there are 10 percent less buses and 20 percent less streetcars.
Report by Gary Morton
Oppresto on Fire - Thursday July 18th 2002
Nike is funding Presto, a club in
Kensington Market as part of a marketing campaign for their new line of
Presto sneakers. Teams of Nike-clad youth generate Presto hype on the streets,
and participating artists and musicians sign agreements stating that they
will not display competitors’ logos onstage or in their art.
Countering Nike’s campaign to make Presto cool is an organizing group in Kensington that is staging counter concerts on Augusta Ave. This first one had speakers like Ian Thomson of the Maquila Solidarity Network and Dave Meslin of the Toronto Public Space Committee.
This first concert filled the street with local residents as music blared from a third floor balcony. People mingled and danced and drummed on the asphalt and others in costume carried the party closer to Presto’s doorway.
Things got a little ugly when folks began throwing stuff at the Presto building. Then a mob gathered at the front. I was inside with a friend of mine, a Vietnamese girl, touring Presto, when the crowd began to chant, Burn Nike Down, Burn Nike Down! Which sort of cut the tour short as we decided to exit quickly.
Police moved in and took stations behind the Presto windows. Later I found that it wasn’t only folks on the left that oppose Presto, as a more right wing type of person fumed about Nike’s funding of a soup kitchen in the community center across the road.
Report by Gary Morton http://CitizensontheWeb.com
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At the Star - July.16.2002
- Ottawa may ease laws on marijuana possession
- Powell seeking approval of plan to aid Palestinians
News Digest CitizensontheWeb.com
G8 – Full Coverage
The Detailed IMC News Blast now is now included on the G8 and Take the Capital page at
Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
At The Nation – July.2002
Students Against Sweatshops
Last Tuesday marked 100 days since twelve Florida State University students were arrested for setting up a "tent city" in front of the school's administration building. The uproar over the arrests, and the continuing presence of a group of anti-sweatshop activists camped out on an FSU quad, have left an indelible mark on this campus known more for holding national titles in football than for student protest activity.
For the full story on the latest ripple of the national student anti-sweatshop movement sweeping the US, read Jenny Stepp's Nation web report.
MATT BIVENS: Failsafe Point: False Advertising
Senators who ask about security at nuclear power plants get a very different picture from that offered in full-page newspaper ads.
Exxon Mobil-sponsored terrorism in Indonesia.
Nuclear Power's Menu by MATT BIVENS - The
nuclear industry has rolled out the red carpet for Congress with a series
of perfectly licit, lavish junkets.
At Corporate Watch –
OIL, GAS AND COAL Afghan Pipe Dreams
Don't Let Indian Government Bury Bhopal!
A Tale of Two Coups: Venezuela and Argentina
Edison's Failing Grade – on for profit education
Stop IFC Loans to Indian PVC Factory!
IN THE NEWS
*USA: Poor Countries Reject GMO
*World: The Blight of Eco-Tourism
*USA: Gay Shame
*World: New Survey Shows 2001 Grim for Trade Unions
*USA: Judi Bari vs. John Ashcroft
*World: Climate Shift Feeds Desert Growth
*USA: Glacier Threatens Alaskan Fishing Village
*World: Leaders Won't Commit to Earth Summit
*G8: Africa Aid is ''Peanuts,'' Say Activists
*USA: WorldCom, The Latest Corporate Accounting Scandal
*World: Activists Oppose Public Financing of Caspian Oil Pipeline
*USA: Seeking Justice For Apartheid Through the Courts
*Canada: Country Poised to Receive G-8 Leaders and the Alternative People's Summit
*Africa: Commission Hands Down Significant Decision on Nigerian Rights Violations
*USA: Memo Cited Bush's Late SEC Filings
*Peru: New Forestry Law Triggers Violent Protests
*Europe: HP, Compaq Job Cuts Total 5,900
*USA: Northrop to Purchase TRW for $7.8 Billion
*G8: Africa Aid is ''Peanuts,'' Say Activists
*World: Leaders Won't Commit to Earth Summit
*Concerned Citizens of Norco Reach
Agreement with Shell Chemical
*AFL-CIO Looking for Researchers
*Union Wins Strike Against Cement Company
*Democracy Now! Looking for a Producer
*Borders CEO: Don't Limit Access to Books, Ideas
*G8 Failing to Stop the Terror Trade
*Special Event: Cancer Alley Community Struggle Documentary
*New Film on Grassroots Globalization
*The Movement Loses a Visionary Leader
ORGANIC OPPORTUNITY - People & Planet-Friendly
At Straight Goods
- July 2002
- What Joseph Stiglitz and anti-G8 protestors
have in common
- Character attacks used as weapon of choice against
globalization’s critics - Linda McQuaig.
- Bloom is off the rose of globalization with
latest G8 - Mel Watkins.
- The globalizer who came in from the cold
AlterNet. Joseph Stiglitz,
- Bush's Mid-East plan-a non-starter - Rabbi Michael
Lerner. Offers nothing real to the Palestinians - but plenty for the
- New program to let Ontario consumers purchase
- Canada could supply five percent of its energy
needs from the wind by 2010 - The Canadian Wind Energy Association.
- Will Bruce County become Canada’s Yucca Mountain?
- The proposed site for tens of thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste
is raising controversy on both sides of the border.
- The real sin of the Asper scandal - Linda McQuaig.
- Israeli peace movement builds momentum - Aaron
Freeman. Refuseniks are part of a bigger picture of Israelis questioning
the sense of Sharon's policies.
- Sir Mick! - Jim Kempkes returns to Straight
Goods with an animation celebrating the knighthood of Mick Jagger.
- Concern about Africa is misleading - Linda McQuaig.
The global economic system creates obstacles to Africa, not solutions.
- Exploding tuition fees a disaster for medical
education - Dr. Gordon Guyatt.
- Chrétien's ethics guidelines full of
loopholes - Democracy Watch.
- A market economy, yes; a market society - no!-
Ed Broadbent. Former federal NDP leader offers advice to contenders for
the job he once held.
- Documentary of US 'war crimes' shocks Europe-
- Michael Moore opens “Mike’s Office of Homeland
- Prisoners in the U.S. war on terror- Toronto
Star. Thousands of Muslims are still being detained without charges in
- Stripping away Big Pharma's figleaf- Russell
Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Corporate Watch.
ACT-O report on the failure of the Tenant Protection Act and the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
SUBMISSION TO THE OMBUDSMAN ONTARIO Concerning
the Failure of the Tenant Protection Act and the Rules and Procedures of
the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal to meet Ombudsman Fairness Standards
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Legal Clinics Housing Issues Committee (LCHIC)
Bob Levitt Ontario and Toronto Tenants web site
OCAP report - The (Ontario) Tenant Protect Act:
An Attack on Tenants.
At the Village Voice
Mondo Washington: John Ashcroft hypes a dirty bomber. By James Ridgeway.
Nat Hentoff: The separation of church and state
is in crisis. Does God need tax dollars to teach?
Mondo Washington: Who are the lawyers behind Bush's
recent attacks on civil liberties? By James Ridgeway.
Mondo Washington: D.C.'s emergency-evacuation
quagmire. By James Ridgeway.
THE HEAT IS ON: TIME TO RATIFY KYOTO
Poll after poll has shown a decisive majority of Canadians support adopting the Kyoto Protocol.
Kyoto is the only global framework
that can start to reduce greenhouse gas emissions world-wide. After 10
years of international negotiations, years of consultation at home, and
significant economic analysis, Canada is in a position to move forward
with the rest of the international community and adopt the Protocol.
The federal government is currently engaged in a series of cross-Canada consultations with hundreds of stakeholders. While Ottawa should be commended for finally tabling a series of options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is short-sightedly pursuing the idea of “clean energy exports”.
CLEAN ENERGY EXPORTS: a strategy to promote dirty fossil fuels
By allowing Canada to get credits for natural gas and hydro-electric exports to the U.S., emissions could grow by the equivalent of three large Alberta tar sands operations, five Ontario coal power plants and two million more SUVs. In fact, by getting this proposed credit, Canada would be continuing to promote the dirtiest fossil fuels, namely coal and tar sands oil.
Export credits set a bad precedent since many jurisdictions export goods that help keep emissions lower than they might otherwise be. Canada similarly exports cheap fossil fuels which keep renewable energy and efficiency practices out of the market.
THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT PLAN: creative accounting for a changing climate
Alberta is marketing its own plan which ostensibly shifts responsibility for emissions in the Alberta oil and gas industry to jurisdictions where the oil and gas is exported.
This plan removes onus from Alberta for its skyrocketing emissions from unconstrained growth in some of the most energy-intensive fossil fuel operations in the world.
Following Alberta’s logic, a pulp and paper mill would not be responsible for its water pollution; the country that bought the paper would be responsible. While the Alberta government states it should not be responsible for pollution from its export-oriented industry, it is collecting billions of dollars in royalties and captures enormous economic benefits from fossil fuel exports.
You can find an analysis of the Canada & Alberta options, as well as a Kyoto economic cost-benefit study at
2) BAD EVOLUTION
Alanna Mitchell Globe and Mail May 4, 2002
For the first time, a major study has catalogued the Beginning of the slippery slope to the collapse of Earth's ecosystems. Because of global warming, animals and plants are changing in unpredictable ways.
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Howard Hampton's Hydro Flash, July 3, 20
On July 2, the price of hydro hit a high of 47.1 cents per kWh. At its peak, the price was 11 times more than the 4.3 cents we paid before hydro deregulation and privatization began. Demand peaked at over 25,000 megawatts and prices soared along with it.
If you paid $100 a month for hydro before May 1, even a doubling of the overall price would add $100 to your monthly bill, or $1,200 per year.
There were outages and brownouts in southern Ontario as the province bought power from other jurisdictions to try to prevent shortages. In Hamilton, steel giant Dofasco shut down an arc furnace at 9 a.m. due to high hydro prices. While the company says no one was laid off, their decision could be an ominous sign of things to come.
In Grimsby, rotating emergency blackouts caused by transformer problems affected 8,500 homes and cut off one man's breathing machine while he slept.
Howard Hampton's Hydro Flash is produced by the
Ontario New Democratic Party to alert consumers to the risks of hydro privatization
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A Conversation with Justin Podur in Gaza
Tell me about Gaza.
During my first few hours here in Gaza, just after
I crossed the Erez
checkpoint, I passed an orange grove being knocked down by Israeli
armored bulldozers. We started to take pictures of what was going on,
but nearby tanks fired into the air warning us to stop. We went back the
next day to survey the damage and talk to the caretakers of the grove --
a family living in a nearby house. The Israeli army had shot up their
house and their water tank. For three days, the whole family was afraid
to leave the house.
The Erez checkpoint is close to the Erez settlement.
Perhaps the Israeli
thinking is that the orange grove could provide cover for some sort of
Palestinian operation against the settlement.
Checkpoints are often near settlements. They are
sites of tragedies as
well as mundane hardship. A few days ago, on the June 28th a couple by
the last name of Lalooh were shot. Their house was near a checkpoint.
The man had gone out to hang up laundry. He was shot by Israeli
soldiers. His wife went outside to see what was happening and she was
shot as well. She died, and the man is in intensive care.
Another thing you notice at checkpoints is which
cars pass through
easily and which ones don't. Israelis have orange license plates.
Palestinians have green. At just about any checkpoint, you see a long
line of green license plates waiting for hours while the orange ones zip
Gaza is completely fenced in. It's like the world's
largest prison. To
the west is the sea. To the north, south and east are electric fences.
Palestinians are not allowed to leave. You know that famous quote that
says, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent
suffer"? Well, here, they've locked up more than a million innocent
Gaza is a land mass of 360 square kilometers.
Of that, 58% is in hands
of Palestinians; 42% is in hands of the Israeli military and
settlements. In Palestinian-controlled areas there are 1.25 million
people. In the Israeli controlled area, only 4000. That works out to be
something like 6000 Palestinians per square kilometer in their areas,
and 27 Israelis per square kilometer in their areas. Each settler has
226 times as much space as each Palestinian (leaving aside land
The economy of Gaza is a disaster. Most Israelis
commute elsewhere to
work. But the Palestinians can't move around. Their unemployment rate is
67%. People have been living off of mutual aid, hospitality, donations
and savings, and there is some agriculture, but that can only go on for
so long. It's been two years now since Gazans have had to function in
How do people cope?
People spend a lot of time just trying to get
around. The central road
between Gaza City and the north has a checkpoint -- making the road
almost unusable to Palestinians. People tend to take the long way around
on the western road. But the other day, the Israelis set up an impromptu
checkpoint on this western road, which meant people had to turn around,
leave their cars somewhere and then try to make their way on foot on the
beach. The next step, no doubt, will be that the army starts patrolling
Even the simplest daily practices are a gamble.
Amazingly, people keep finding ways to live their
lives. I had a chance
recently to visit an art college, where I saw people making sculpture,
furniture, and paintings. They have few supplies, the graduates will
have no where to work, and travel to and from the college is arduous,
but they persevere. Israel claims that if they relax security, they'll
risk more suicide bombers. But, as many military experts acknowledge,
these security measures do very little to prevent bombings. What we do
know about these security measures, however, is that they prevent people
from creating art, from going to school, from living their lives.
I visited a technical college where it's the same
story. It offers a
high level of education, but there are so few prospects for the students
who earn their degrees. They have to sleep over in the school in order
to attend class with any predictability.
Have international volunteers been active in Gaza as well?
Yes. I'll give you an example of a recent action,
which I was not at but
which others told me about. In Raffa in southern Gaza, an Israeli
bulldozing operation left a broken, open sewer that was becoming a
serious public health concern. When workers tried to fix it, they were
fired upon by Israelis. They asked internationals to protect them while
they fixed it -- so about 20 internationals came, formed a ring around
the workers, and the workers fixed the sewer. A small victory, but a
Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
has ordered the
dismantling of 10 "rogue" settlements. Is this a meaningful gesture in
The problem is not these rogue settlements --
unapproved enclaves of a
few people in mobile homes. The problem is the Israeli-approved
settlements, which operate under an entirely separate parallel
infrastructure. Settlers don't worry about having their electricity or
water turned off. Their needs and their freedoms are protected by the
Israeli military. They get to walk through walls -- or what are
effectively walls for Palestinians. The problem is this systemic
protection and nurturing of sanctioned settlements, which represent
daily theft from the Palestinians, and provide the military's
justification for being there.
Beginning to dismantle this parallel infrastructure
would be a
What would a two-state solution mean for Gaza?
The question is, how would it work? What happens
to Gaza? Are Gazans
going to be able to go back and forth to the West Bank? Would there be
some sort of bridge or tunnel? Who will control access? From what I've
seen, people not being able to move around is the root of so many
problems. Without open passage between the two land areas that would
make up Palestine, daily life would still be pretty miserable. You can't
construct two of the world's largest prisons and then call it a state,
and expect that it has anything to do with peace or justice for
This two-state solution is not a peace plan, if
peace means peace of
mind and a modicum of control over your destiny.
What is the direction of this intifadah?
The problem is there is no goal -- no offensive
goal, no defensive goal.
The point is to be defiant, to maintain dignity. I've heard many young
men and even children give voice to the idea that they have nothing left
to choose but how they die.
People sometimes use the argument that maintaining
the occupation is a
security risk for Israel, but I'm not sure that's true. Israeli
civilians are at risk due to suicide bombers, but Israel as a nation is
not. The tragedy is what's happening to the Palestinians. And in a way,
that's Israel's tragedy as well. What Israelis have to worry about is
not what's being done to them, but what they're doing.
Israeli peace activist Neta Golan asked a soldier,
"Haven't you learned
from the suffering our people have been through?" He answered that he
was working to make sure Jews never suffered again. The problem is that
in the process of protecting Jews, Israelis are inflicting terrible
suffering on the Palestinians. It is a suffering that is within Israel's
control to stop.
Euphemisms for Israeli Settlements Confuse
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism
June 26, 2002
The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported last month
(5/31/02) that at the
behest of a Likud party minister, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has
banned its editorial departments from using the terms "settlers" or
"settlements" on radio and TV. According to Ha'aretz, "it is not clear if
the editors will obey the order," which was seen as an attempt by the new
IBA director to curry favor with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. What does
seem clear is that settlements-- housing built on land illegally seized by
Israel after the 1967 war-- are such a contentious issue within Israel
that the Israeli government would like to stop reporters from even saying
Nonetheless, the opinion pages of an Israeli paper
like Ha'aretz often
show a franker debate over Israel's aggressive settlement policy than one
can generally find in mainstream U.S. media. Direct government
interference doesn't seem to have been necessary to convince some major
U.S. news outlets to avoid honest investigation of settlements, and
sometimes even to avoid the word itself.
The "neighborhood" of Gilo
This may be partly due to campaigns by pressure
groups within the U.S.
Take the case of Gilo, an Israeli settlement that some pro-settler groups
have used as a focal point for their campaigns to eliminate the term
"settlements" in favor of "neighborhoods." In September 2001, CNN changed
its policy on how to characterize Gilo: "We refer to Gilo as 'a Jewish
neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem, built on land occupied by
Israel in 1967.' We don't refer to it as a settlement," said the order
from CNN headquarters. CNN denies that its decision was a concession to
outside pressure, but according to veteran Middle East reporter Robert
Fisk (London Independent, 9/3/01), sources within the network said that
the switch followed "months of internal debate in CNN, which has been
constantly criticized by CNN Watch, honestreporting.com and other
pro-Israeli pressure groups."
CNN is far from the only outlet that has trouble
identifying Gilo. Media
critic Ali Abunimah pointed out in a June 20 letter to NPR that the
network's coverage of the recent suicide bombings which killed 26 Israelis
incorrectly asserted that the attacks took place in "Jerusalem." In fact,
they occurred in the settlements of Gilo and French Hill, both of which
are outside of Jerusalem's traditional city limits, on land illegally
annexed by Israel. Abunimah explained that "while absolutely nothing can
justify such attacks... geographical accuracy in reporting remains
supremely important," especiadly given the emotional intensity of the
A close reading of some of the New York Times'
recent coverage of
settlements illustrates the politics that may be at work in such cases. In
a May 29 article about Palestinian attacks on Israelis, Times
correspondent John Kifner reported the Israeli army's efforts to erect
fortified barriers between Bethlehem and Gilo, which Kifner described as
"a nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood, where a sprawling Jewish area has
been built on land seized after the war of 1967." The sentence would have
been a lot easier to parse if Kifner had called Gilo what it is: an
As Kifner indicated, Gilo is built on land seized
by Israel after the 1967
war. What the Times left unsaid, however, is that this seizure is illegal
under international law. Gilo, like other Israeli settlements on "seized"
land, was built in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 446,
which states that Israeli settlements built on land occupied since 1967
"have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving
a comprehensive, just and lasting peace." Resolution 446 also calls on
Israel to observe the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an
occupying power "shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian
population into the territory it occupies." Since 446 was passed in 1979,
the U.N. has issued other resolutions "deploring" Israel's failure to
comply with it.
Again, Gilo's status as an illegal settlement
does not justify the
Palestinian killings of civilians there, but it is central to
understanding why Gilo is such a hot spot. For news outlets to report on
Gilo simply as a Jerusalem neighborhood under attack, without explaining
its legal status, is a gross distortion-- especially since the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict, which has claimed so many thousands of
lives, is at bottom about who should control the land. Settlements have
been a central point of contention throughout.
According to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem,
population in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) increased almost
100 percent between 1993 and 2000, and there are now 380,000 Israelis
living in West Bank settlements (including East Jerusalem). In a May 13
report, "Land Grab," B'Tselem argues that this illegal growth is a result
of Israel's policy of de facto annexing Palestinian land through a variety
of mechanisms, including economic incentives for settlers so large that in
the year 2000, "settlement regional councils received grants averaging 165
percent more than their counterparts in Israel." B'Tselem found that while
"the built-up areas of the settlements" constitute only 1.7 percent of the
West Bank, the settlements' broad municipal boundaries and their regional
councils mean that in fact, settlements control a full 41.9 percent of
West Bank land.
Struggles and shrieks
The New York Times certainly isn't the only or
worst offender in terms of
inaccurate coverage of settlements, but some of its recent articles are
instructive in how poor attention to detail on settlements can muddy the
waters in an outlet's coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a
whole. Kifner's May 30 Times article about 6 Israeli civilians killed by
Palestinians does consistently use the term "settlement" where
appropriate. But the article's lead seems crafted to give the impression
that the legality of settlements is simply a matter of perpective. Kifner
described one of the people killed as "a 17-year-old yeshiva student in
what he believed to be the land of Israel who was killed by a Palestinian
gunman who believed the land was his." The question of legality is not
clarified elsewhere. The sympathy shown throughout the article for the
Israeli victims and their loved ones is perfectly appropriate. What's less
appropriate, however, is Kifner's failure to contextualize the complicated
and deadly issue of settlements in a framework of international law.
Kifner repeated this "he says, she says" approach
in a June 4 article. He
described the construction of an Israeli multi-million dollar luxury
development on Palestinian land as something that would be "a neighborhood
to Jews, a settlement to Arabs." Explaining the enormous growth in the
settler population since the 1993 Oslo accords, Kifner noted that
settlements have "generated Palestinian anger and frustration." Again,
this gives the impression that there's no arbiter in the controversy, only
the emotional claims of competing ethnic groups.
The sources cited in the Times article give additional
insight into how
U.S. cultural affinities may be influencing the slant of American
reporting on settlements. Canvassing local perspectives on the luxury
development, Kifner spoke with both Jews and Palestinians. Or rather, he
spoke with those that he shared a language with.
Jerusalem's mayor is quoted explaining that the
new construction is a sign
of the positive influence of "diligent private entrepreneurs that know how
to make economic considerations," and one of the developers "proudly"
extolled the amenities of the "neighborhood" being built. In a striking
contrast, the Arabs quoted by Kifner are presented as simply shrieking
garbled objections-- because they didn't speak English:
"The Arabs down the slope were less sanguine.
In a grocery store, the
anger was palpable. 'This land, my father, my cousin,' said the owner,
Mohammed Abedat, struggling in limited English. 'Turkey here, Britannia
here, Israel no.'
"An old woman, dressed in a traditional embroidered
garment, shrieked at a
It seems that in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,
a lot can get lost in
At the Star - July.9.2002
- Bush's war on greed highly suspect
- Bush vows to use all means to topple Saddam
Molson Indy Protesters Strip to Underwear – July.4.2002
Instead of the Indy it was called the WHOLESOME UNDIE! In response to the pollution, noise and grime of Toronto’s Molson Indy, protesters stripped to their underwear and hit the Indy track on bikes for a Critical Mass Ride.
As media and race car drivers paced the track, cyclists ran their own race with Tooker Gomberg as flag man. Prizes went to the slowest rider and the rider with the sweetest undies.
After the races the protest gang hit the Indy Street Festival downtown, and called on people to oppose Indy by showing their undies. Not everyone was amused. Fervent Indy supporters hollered (nearly all men) a defense of the race from the packed rooftop patio at Hooters. Police moved in to kick us off the road. And one angry man shouted, “You’re hippies! I believe in pounding out hippies!”
So will this style of protest catch on? Let me say that I hope so. It would be the perfect sort of thing to stage for the pope’s visit this summer.
Photos by Gary Morton
squat busted - Wed, 03 Jul 2002
From: Jenn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
the squat at 246 gilmour in ottawa was dramatically busted last night. riot squad cops gained entry to the balcony via a firetruck extension ladder they sprayed the occupants, likely with pepper spray. 8 people were arrested and taken away in handcuffs. several others had chained themselves to doors inside and were still there as of this report by CBC
anyone with more up to date details???
this night raid was certainly to be expected.
More info at http://ottawa.indymedia.org/2002/07/756.shtml
At Corporate Media - July.3.2002
- No US apology over wedding bombing
US military officials in Afghanistan have refused to apologise following the mistaken bombing of an Afghan wedding party on Monday
- Cartoon - International Justice Strikes Again.
- Controversy - Canada-U.S. agree to 'safe third country' refugee pact
Thunder Takes the Capital - Ottawa G8 Protest Notes & Photos – June 29.2002
- Read a full report with photos and links to more photos
At Corporate Media - June.25.2002
- G-8 site 'a war zone' amid security fears
- Bush enrages Arab World - says Arafat must go
- Ottawa offloaded social spending, Statscan says
At the Globe - June.18.2002
- Ontario delays tax cuts
- Opposition hammers Tory document
- Publisher's firing sets off storm
At the Star - June.17.2002
- Arthur Andersen convicted in Enron probe
- Police defend tactics used against G-7 protesters
- Israel to build 120km West Bank wall
- Prominent U.S. politicians back Saddam ouster
Postering update - 11 Jun 2002
For over two months now, the Toronto Public Space Committee has been working against the proposed by-law that would restrict postering on 99% of Toronto's hydro poles. The by-law was originally suggested by "staff" at City Hall. Soon after it was placed on the agenda, a glowing letter of recommendation came from Chief of Police Julian Fantino - leading some people to suspect that "staff" could in fact be a reference to the Toronto police.
However, Fantino's recommendation leads one to wonder: What exactly would their motivation be for endorsing such a law? Would the police be particularly happy guarding hydro poles, waiting to ticket a child who has lost a dog, or an old woman trying to advertise a yard sale or church bazaar? Or would they rather direct their attention to the activists postering for the latest OCAP event or ARA rally?
Neither the manpower nor financial resources nor political support exist to make this law enforceable in every case, so all other arguments aside, it can be pointed out that anyone who is advocating this change in legislation should know damn well that it is only enforceable SELECTIVELY - and those of us with experience in activism realize precisely who will be the selected targets.
Of course, there are other arguments - about preserving freedom of speech, and refuting the ridiculous reasons city councillors such as John Filion (Willowdale) and Joanne Flint (Don Valley West) have been advocating this by-law. For example, one notion that has been entertained at previous meetings is that of posters being "a distraction to drivers." I find it hard to believe that those arguing this point have ever stepped onto the streets of this city - otherwise they would have noticed the flashing billboards, moving billboards, rolling billboards (on the side of bus shelters), and giant electronic screens at intersections, all of which are specifically designed to distract drivers. Another problem is that of cell phones or radios in cars - but proponents of this by-law ignore the logic of the situation and the proven facts, insisting that 8x11-inch pieces of paper on hydro poles must be an enormous cause of traffic fatalities.
Aside from activists, another target of any possible enforcement of this law would be the postering companies that indiscriminately plaster poles with advertising. Yet, in this situation, which is better: For those promoting community events to compete with small-scale advertisers, or for individuals' posters to be illegal in nearly every part of the city while company ads dominate our street corners and the "litter" of corporate power permeates our daily lives?
There are two fronts that exist here: That of preserving the freedom of individuals to publicize events on public property, and that of limiting the intrusive nature of big advertising. It is important for one to address both issues if our existing freedom of expression is to remain a characteristic of this society.
Links to other media coverage of this issue are
Ernie Eves forms new rock group "Guns and Clearcuts" - Thu, 13 Jun 2002
From: Anita Krajnc <email@example.com>
Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter
Toronto -- Today the Ontario Conservative government passed the Heritage Hunting and Fishing Act (Bill 135). "The tawdry record of the Tory government in preserving wildlife species and habitat continues on its undistinguished course," says Dan McDermott, Director of the Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter. "Ernie Eves and his OFAH (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters) buddies are rocking and rolling to the Tory wildlife policy tunes of 'Guns and Clearcuts,'" says McDermott.
The Tories' Fire Emulation Guidelines allow massive clearcuts in Ontario.
Today's passage of the Heritage Hunting and Fishing Act cements the increased role of the sports hunting and fishing industry in wildlife management in the province.
Bill 135 establishes a "right to recreational hunting and fishing" and offloads government environmental responsibilities for managing wildlife to the sports hunting and fishing industry through the creation of a Fish and Wildlife Commission. Bill 135 allows for more and more control over wildlife management to be transferred from government to third party user groups which practice ecologically destructive activities, such as:
• keeping deer populations unnaturally high in certain areas of Ontario through feeding of deer in the winter
• promoting open season on hunting coyotes and wolves, which recreational hunters kill to protect deer populations
• stocking Ontario's lakes and rivers with non-native species, such as Pacific salmon. These exotics interfere with the breeding cycle of indigenous fish, such as lake trout.
Bill 135 does nothing to protect ecosystems and species, and the hunting and angling lobby has little interest in protecting endangered species.
SMOG DAY? FREE TTC!
Humanize Toronto has launched a campaign calling upon the City of Toronto to make the TTC free every time a Smog Day is officially declared.
Sounds too expensive? Here's their solution: "City Council covers the TTC's lost revenue for that day, and then sends the bill to Queen's Park and Ottawa, 50-50." Sounds good to us.
For more info and to download and sign the petition check out:
Council Watch Volume 9 - June.2002
Get informed and take action to green up Toronto.
Opposition grows against the City's proposal to giveaway control of our water system
Comment on the City's Draft Official Plan
Attend the Toronto Smog Summit
Public Health tackles West Nile Virus and household products that contain mercury
At NowToronto - June.13.2002
- GARDEN PARTY - Guerrilla Planters Sow Seeds of Subversion in the Dark
- JUMPING JACK - Layton's NDP Bid Could be Ambushed at the Pass
- MURKIER AND MURKIER - Latest Twist in Mumia's Case has Disciples Wondering
Protest Notes on Toronto NEO-NAZI CONCERT SHUT THEM DOWN Demo! Sat June 8
- read the full report with photos
At The Nation Magazine – June.2002
- ARUNDHATI ROY: War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs
Corporate Welfare - Ontario Premier Ernie Eves Gives 51 Million in Corporate Welfare to Wealthy Biotech Industry - June.8.2002
- Story at the Globe.
The People's Summit, June 21-25, Calgary, Canada 2002
G6B The People's Summit, June 21-25, 2002 University of Calgary
Saren Azer firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 26 & 27, 2002, the leaders of the world's most industrialized countries, the G8, will meet in Kananaskis, Alberta. They will make critical decisions that will have global impact. Past G8 Summits have consistently failed to offer an effective means for individuals, civil society or even other states, to provide input to, or engage in, meaningful dialogue with G8 leaders.
We believe, therefore, that an alternative forum, offering a means for the views and concerns of all of the world's peoples to be expressed and considered, is sorely needed. As such, from June 21-25, 2002, the G6B (Group of 6 Billion – reflecting the entire global citizenry) will be held in Calgary, offering a forum to generate and discuss ideas and solutions that will promote economic activities that are beneficial to people living in all parts of our world, but that also reflect full respect for human rights and the environment.
The G6B Conference will offer an alternative view of the planet's future; one which is not rooted in increased militarism and poverty, and decreased human and civil rights. Committed to bridging the divides and inequalities that exist between the developed and developing world, the conference will bring forward recommendations in six theme areas: trade & economy, human security, health, education, environment, democracy & governance.
The Conference brings renowned speakers, respected experts, and activists from the frontlines of poverty and conflict, together with an anticipated audience of 500, to explore a number of crucial issues and recommendations within the G6B's six themes. Consistent with the priorities of the G8, all sessions will have a special focus on the issues of Africa.
The International Society for Peace and Human Rights (ISPHR), has taken the lead in organizing this conference and is now working with a steering committee made up of other national and local organizations including; Amnesty International, Partnership Africa Canada, Rights & Democracy, CLC, RESULTS, University of Calgary G8 office, and the Calgary African Community.
We would like to invite all individuals and non-governmental organizations who share this philosophy and these beliefs, to join with us in this endeavour.
For more details about the conference and on line registration, please check our website at
www.peaceandhumanrights.org or contact Lynn Foster @ 403-202-0638 or by e-mail: email@example.com .
Saren Azer, Chairperson, Amnesty International (12/26), International Society for Peace and Human Rights
Tel: (780) 436-0210
ACLU Online: Ashcroft Ushers in New Era of Domestic Spying - June 2002
The e-newsletter of the American Civil Liberties Union
At Straight Goods – June.2002
- How to make TV work as a tool for social change
- Turn the page on publishing. Devastated by monopolistic practices, Canada's book publishers deserve Ottawa's help.
- Darkness follows Day. Stephen Harper’s recent history as the president of the National Citizens’ Coalition offers a clear look at what he really believes
- Study reports rubber bullets unsafe - Toronto Star.
- New Canada-US agreement will refuse entry to thousands of refugees
- NDP rookie steals spotlight from Harper
- Insider reports on Pickering cost overuns
- Stephen Harper’s strain of anti-Canadianism
- Coca-Cola: Latin America's second religion - AlterNet
- Patients more likely to die in for-profit hospitals
- Chemical industry fighting lawn pesticide bans with increasing success
- Ontario approves gutting of forests - Toronto Star
- The Liberals' plans to sell parts of BC Hydro is courting financial disaster
Toronto WATER WATCH ACTION ALERT – JUNE 6, 2002
At the June 4 Water Consultation with Irene Jones, City Water Advocate, a standing room only crowd of 200 plus packed the committee room to hear about the City plan to give up control of our water system.
City Councillors, citizens and representatives of citizen, environmental and labour groups detailed their concerns and overwhelmingly rejected the City’s plan.
The City report recommended that the City abandon direct public control of our water system and adopt a new management system – one that is unpopular, expensive and less accountable.
Worse still, the report did not give a clear picture of how the proposed Municipal Service Board system would work or how it might affect taxes, staffing, public health and other municipal services.
On June 11 attend a special joint meeting of Policy & Finance and Works Committees. Citizens and representatives of groups can make five-minute deputations. You don’t need to be an expert – just speak from the heart and tell them what you think about the water plan. It will make a difference.
Joint meeting of Policy & Finance and Works Committees, June 11th- 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Committee Room 1, City Hall
To make a deputation call Trudy Perrin at 416-392-8027
Global Internet Liberty Campaign Newsletter.
Read the GILC Alert Volume 6, Issue 4 June 6 22, 2002
- Complete newsletter is posted here
 US courts issue key Net speech rulings
 Russian Net speech curbs debated
 New legal battles over deep weblinks
 Turkish Internet restrictions draw fire
 Jordan jails online dissenter
 Mystery surrounds end to Chinese blocking of news sites
 Court refuses to throw out charges in Russian E-Book case
 Study recommends education, not Net blockers
 US Congress considers new virtual images ban
 Egypt clamps down on Internet speech
 Daniel Pearl video back online
 Report: marker trick fools crippled CDs
 Euro data retention decision provokes alarm
 New US gov't rules may allow massive Internet spying
 US gov't investigates Verichip tracking implants maker
 Euro regulators probe Microsoft privacy woes
 US Net privacy bill passes important hurdle
 Interactive TV privacy fears grow
 US cell phone tracking scheme still on hold
At Corporate Media - June.6.2002
- Candid McDonough to quit as NDP leader
- Israeli tanks attack Arafat's HQ
- Nuclear exchange possible: Musharraf
- CPP invests in networks, biotech, pools
- Car bomb kills at least 17 in Israel
At the Globe - June.3.2002
- Chrétien fires Martin
Guerilla Gardening in a Chemtrail Jungle– May.27.2002
* Notes on a Guerilla Gardening expedition by Gary Morton
At NowToronto and EYE - May.30.2002
- Plan to Nowhere - Suburban Mel Not The Man ....
- Greenwashing Poison PESTICIDE INDUSTRY ADOPTS ECO-TALK TO STOP BAN
- Showdown in Cowtown
- Paving Over Peace - CANUCK-BUILT ROAD HELPS ISRAEL CEMENT CONTROL
- Burning issue -The politics of high-tech garbage disposal are heating up
Electronic Frontier Foundation - Latest bulletin, May 24th, 2002
- Read the full issue of EFFector
* Check Out the New EFF Action Center
* ALERT: Turner CEO Says Bathroom Breaks are Theft
* Librarian of Congress Rejects Proposed Webcasting Royalty Rates
* California Supreme Court Hears DVD Trade Secret Case
* Hollywood Wants to Plug the "Analog Hole"
* Court Rejects Review of 2600 Magazine Digital Copyright Case
* Supreme Court Maintains Ban on Internet Censorship Law
* Prevent Court-Ordered Surveillance of TV Users
Ontario Health Coalition Report Paints Disturbing Picture of Ontario’s Privatized Long Term Care
The full report is available at www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
Toronto – The Ontario Health Coalition released a report today on the privatization of Ontario’s long term care sector. Called “Ownership Matters” the report draws conclusions from the key trends and outcomes of increasing private ownership and operation in Ontario’s long term care facilities.
“For the first time, Ontarians are paying for the construction of long term care facilities that will be owned and operated by corporations for profit. But is privatized long term care “faster, better, cheaper”? The evidence is that it is not. Our research shows that Ontario has by far the highest rate of for-profit long term care in the country and we have among the worst levels of care”, noted Irene Harris coalition co chair. “Our long term care facilities are suffering under the burden of heavier care requirements as hospital beds have closed. While staff workloads, accident and injury are on the increase, regulations guaranteeing minimum staffing levels have been eliminated. These trends must be changed.”
“The bottom line? Seniors’ protections in long term care facilities are being systematically eliminated while opportunities for profit are being expanded”, concluded Ethel Meade, seniors’ representative on the coalition. “Care for the fastest growing population in the country is being turned over to a powerful for-profit nursing and retirement home sector. As a senior, I think about this as one who may require a bed in one of these facilities and I am deeply disturbed by the serious deficiencies in protections for the residents and staff.”
The Age of Inequality - May 2002
Here's the latest evidence of the startling growth of income and wealth inequality, in the United States and around the world:
The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly reports this week on the development of a new innovation in healthcare delivery: "boutique" or "concierge" coverage for the world's super-elite.
Leading medical providers like the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore are establishing special programs to give platinum service to the well-heeled. Depending on the program, the super-rich customers may receive massages and sauna time along with their physical, housecalls, and step-to-the-front-of-the-line service in testing facilities.
Using these services are a worldwide elite class of business executives and royalty -- the "winners" in a system of corporate globalization that is generating morally repugnant economic disparities.
Here are some other measures of the gains of the wealthy:
* Executive pay at top U.S. corporations climbed 571 percent from 1990 to 2000.
* There are presently nearly 500 billionaires worldwide.
* U.S. corporate tax payments are slated to drop to historic lows as a result of the tax bill enacted into law earlier this year. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, corporate taxes will plummet to only 1.3 percent of U.S. gross domestic product this year, the lowest since fiscal 1983, and the second lowest level in the last 60 years.
* More than half of the tax cuts enacted last year that are scheduled to take effect after 2002 will go to the best-off 1 percent of all U.S. taxpayers.
Even in the United States -- the nation that is supposed to be the biggest winner from globalization -- the average person has watched skyrocketing executive compensation and wealth accumulation, but has not been able to climb even a few steps up the economic ladder. Average real wages in the United States are at or below the wage rate of 1973.
Meanwhile, poverty remains pervasive in both the United States and around the world.
* One in six children in the United States live in poverty.
* In 2000, a full quarter of the U.S. population was earning poverty-level wages, according to the Economics Policy Institute.
* Around the world, 1.2 billion persons live on a dollar a day, or less.
* Tens of millions of children worldwide are locked out of school because their parents are unable to afford school fees.
* More than a million children die a year form diarrhea, because their families lack access to clean drinking water.
No Water? Drink Coke! May.2002
US giant Coca Cola draws water freely from the common groundwater resource available to it in Kerala- the basis for its profits. This comes at a tremendous expense to the community who are left with dwindling water resources in the area because of Coke's thirst for profits, as well as polluted water because of Coke's operations in the area. Nityanand Jayaraman looks at the concerns surrounding Coca Cola's operations as well as the big picture- privatization of water for profits at the expense of community access to water.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - May.24.2002
POWER SOURCES: On party, gender, race & class, TV news looks to the most powerful groups
A study of ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News in 2001 shows that 92 percent of all U.S. sources interviewed were white, 85 percent were male and, where party affiliation was identifiable, 75 percent were Republican.
THE "OH, REALLY?" FACTOR: Bill O'Reilly spins facts and statistics
If it’s spin to back up your arguments with bogus facts and statistics, and to dismiss numbers that don’t fit in with your preconceptions, then Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News Channel show isn’t, as he repeatedly claims, a "no-spin zone"-- it’s Spin City.
Ontario & Alberta the Worst at Forest Protection – May.2002
The federal government earned top marks for protecting Canada's national parks, but all but two provinces received failing grades.
Eleven of the provinces and territories have laws that fail to protect their parks, says the study by David Boydat the University of Victoria.
Alberta and Ontario are the worst. They earned a grade of F minus, the worst grade possible. Logging takes place in 75 per cent of Ontario's Algonquin Park and Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park has been continuously violated by oil and gas exploration.
Continuation of such destructive practices will strip down and degrade the ecological systems in the regions. Degradation of ecosystems means the loss of the top predators. Wolves and foxes are responsible for controlling the population of rodents and small animals like raccoons and skunks.
At NowToronto - Ongoing
- Don Wanangas at City Hall
Straight Goods Bulletin - May 2002
- U of T settles with anti-depressant drug critic
- Economists without borders - Mel Watkins. Not often noted for altruism, lawyers and economists offer their skills to a new battle against global poverty - and pleasantly surprise.
September 11 furor grows
- What did Bush know, when did he know it and why did he do so little beforehand?
- "Government ethics" does not have to be an oxymoron
- A year of needless cuts and broken promises in B.C. Seth Klein, CCPA. The remaking of B.C. is being justified by false claims.
- Ernie Eves' short life as a departure from Mike Harris - Hugh Mackenzie,
- Power privatization would make it tough to control pollution
- More dirty coal NAFTA, privatization, and pollution.
- Report links childhood development and economic prosperity - CBC News.
- Cuba joins the Axis Of Nonsense - Guardian.
- BC injured workers could lose everything due Workers' Compensation cuts - CBC News.
New CKLN Site – May 24.2002
CKLN's sexy new website is up - look! it moves! and yes, we are streaming live once again. Check us out at our short & snappy new url- http://www.ckln.fm/
At the Star- May.23.2002
- OPP to probe lobbyist's actions
At the Guardian - May.22.2002
- Fear of nuclear war over Kashmir
MarineLand May 2002 Protest: They're Buried on the Hill - May 19th.2002
- photos and writeup
NDP News Digest - May 21, 2002
NDP PROBES ENRONITIS AT HYDRO ONE - The Ontario Securities Commission will investigate Howard Hampton's complaint about business relationships that seem too close for comfort between Hydro One, its external auditor and various spin-off companies. The NDP wants tight conflict rules to govern the role of senior executives who move from an external auditing firm and its consulting arm to work directly for their clients' firms.
At issue is a one billion dollar outsourcing contract between Hydro One and a spin-off consulting company created, and later sold to outside investors, by Hydro One's auditor, Ernst & Young. Hydro One entered the deal despite a warning in its prospectus that the companies involved "have not previously provided the extensive range of services covered by the agreement to any other electric utility company." Yesterday the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges of violating auditor independence rules
against the same auditing firm, Ernst & Young, in a case that's almost exactly like the situation at Hydro One, Hampton revealed.
What Ernst & Young says, in both the U.S. case and the Hydro One case, is that it separated its consulting business two years ago. "That wasn't good enough for the American authorities. It shouldn't be good enough for Ontario," Hampton said. "The Americans launched an investigation and yesterday they charged Ernst & Young with violating the rules. The premier, as an investment banker himself, knows what the rules are
around this. He knows how Enron and its auditor, Arthur Andersen, played fast and loose with the rules and got into trouble. There's enormous concern about how 'Enronitis' may have spread to many more companies."
SEVEN-FIGURE SALARY SENSATION - Lack of Conservative
government action to
cancel the obscene pay packages of nearly $13 million to four Hydro One
executives, paid to them whether they choose to leave or are asked to leave,
had Howard Hampton and the NDP prompting Ontario's new premier to get with
it. Last week, the Premier promised a review of what Hampton termed "the
orgy of excessive salaries, bonuses and pay outs" to the executives of Hydro
One, part of the public hydro system that the government wants to privatize.
"The four senior people at Hydro One get almost $13 million. The rest of us
get higher hydro rates. And these high-flying executives get it for
quitting! Incredibly, they rake in the dough if you privatize and they rake
in the dough if you back off. Premier, you've had five days to figure out
what everyone else in Ontario already knows: Hydro One and OPG is liking
winning the lottery for senior executives, except they don't even have to
buy a ticket. What are you going to do about this bloated excess?" Hampton
At the Star - May.21.2002
- Secret video shows shelter overcrowding
Police and demos - May 2002
Toronto Police Accountability Coalition draft brief on police and demonstrations and other stuff is at
Electronic Frontier Foundation- Latest bulletin May 16th, 2002
* Court Rejects Review of 2600 Magazine Digital Copyright Case
* Supreme Court Maintains Ban on Internet Censorship Law
* Prevent Court-Ordered Surveillance of TV Users
At the Village Voice - May.2002
- Mondo Washington: In Afghanistan, more U.S. troops were killed by air accidents than by enemy fire.
New on http://www.corpwatch.org> May.2002
- Bush and ''Angolagate''
In the News
* USA: Ex-Im Bank, Corporate Welfare at Its Worst
* World: Corporate Bribery on the Rise, Says Survey
* Central Asia: World Bank Chief In Talks Over Pipeline
* Costa Rica: Offshore Oil Drilling Scrapped
* USA: Court Says Nike Must Defend Its PR
* Maya Indian Urges Shareholder Activism Over Belize Dam Project
* Bad Girls Take on Big Tobacco
9-11 news from Mike Ruppert - 17 May 02
At PJ the Cat's page - May 2002
- The 582,000 animals that are genetically modified in Britain's labs
At the Star - May.17.2002
- Activists applaud appeal in cat-torture case
- Hydro executive cash deals called a 'rip-off'
At the Globe - May.17.2002
- Farmed salmon high in PCBs, study says
- Bush faces furor over knowledge of Sept 11 attack
At Eye - May.16.2002
- A telling birth
- School board spying on student politics
- Ratepayers gather to fight development
At NowToronto - May.16.2002
- CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF
ISLAND AIRPORT DEBATE GROUNDED WHILE LOBBYISTS WORK CITY HALL
At the Star - May.14.2002
- Liberals cling to 4 seats in votes
At the Guardian - May.13.2002
- Opec chief warned Chavez about coup
- EU 'horror' at Afghan jail conditions...prison camp in northern Afghanistan compared to Auschwitz.
Electronic Frontier Foundation- May 10th, 2002
* Judge Rejects Challenge to eBook Case
- Read the full issue of EFFector
At Eye - May.2002
National Save Medicare Day
- Tie a ribbon for health care
- ID hassles for the homeless
At the Star - May.12.2002
- A day to tidy Tent City
- Gay teen thanks supporters
- Access to information in peril
At the Globe - May.12.2002
- Hydro One hiring under attack
- Israel jails Canadian escorted from church
At Mainline - May.11.2002
- Billions for war, but not for the people.
At the Post - May.12.2002
- Militants get hero's welcome in Gaza City
e.NDP - News from Canada's New Democratic Party - May 10, 2002
NDP TO OPPOSE ORWELLIAN SECURITY BILL
OTTAWA - New Democrat MP Dick Proctor has laid out NDP concerns about the new
Public Safety Act (Bill C-55) proposed by the Liberal government, arguing it should not be rushed through Parliament, as the government is demanding.
"We will be opposing Bill C-55 vigorously because it amounts to nothing short of a sneak attack on human rights and gives virtually Orwellian powers to certain federal cabinet ministers, particularly the Minister of Transport," Mr. Proctor told the Commons Thursday.
He said not only New Democrats oppose the bill, noting Federal Privacy Commissioner
George Radwanski has expressed "deep concerns about the legislation, so much so that he took the relatively extraordinary step of releasing publicly the letter that he wrote to the Transport Minister on the topic...His concern was that the bill's provisions could fundamentally and unnecessarily alter the balance between individuals and the state that exists and should exist in a free society such as Canada."
NEW DEMOCRATS CONDEMN BETRAYAL OF KYOTO
OTTAWA - NDP environment critic Joe Comartin today condemned the Liberal government's abandonment of a commitment to ratify the Kyoto Accord on greenhouse gas emission.
"Jean Chrétien has sent a clear message to the world that his government has no intention of signing the Kyoto Accord and that Canada's environmental commitments aren't worth the paper they are written on," Mr. Comartin said. "Now the Liberal government wants to weasel out of our commitment and base any ratification of the agreement on new measures that effectively allow Canada to do nothing and continue to pollute."
He noted Canada spent years working with the international community in negotiating the Accord, but has consistently backed away from important pollution reduction targets on the grounds that Canada cannot afford to take an independent position from that of the U.S.
Earlier this week NDP House Leader Bill Blaikie told the Commons, "The real corruption story in Ottawa is not limited to the way the Liberals give out contract. It is also about the way the Liberals' position on the Kyoto Accord has been corrupted."
"It has gone from one of commitment to one of cowardice now when it comes to the Kyoto Accord," he said. "The Minister of the Environment used to talk about his intention, then he talked about his preference and now he is talking about having to make a decision. The Liberal government's position on Kyoto has changed."
At www.corpwatch.org - May.2002
- ENRON Bulldozing Bolivia
Enron's Cuiaba gas pipeline project -- built with US government support -- is an ecological and social disaster cutting through the last tall dry forest in the world.
IN THE NEWS
* USA: Internal Memos Connect Enron to California Energy Crisis
* Australia: Power Rip-Off Exposed
* Africa: Pact to End 'Chocolate Slavery'
* Asia: General Motors Swallows Rival
* Gates Foundation Urged to Keep Philip Morris Out of Nutrition Initiative
* Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Storage Infringes on Native Rights
* Rainforest Activists Launch ''Dinosaur Tour''
* Aung San Suu Kyi, Human Rights Activist Released
At Fair.org - May.2002
- Newsweek Exposes Use of Child Soldiers Abroad,But Turns Blind Eye to U.S.
At Cable Pulse - May.12.2002
- Massive Peace Rally In Israel
Conflict in the Middle East– May.2002
- Latest Updates - Links & Articles
At Straight Goods – May.2002
- Harper ducks Calgary by-election campaign against NDP's Bill
- Innovative green loan fund facilitates fair trade coffee - Paul Pellizzari.
- The professionalization politics bleeds over from US to Canada – Aaron Freeman.
- Halifax Daily News editor jumps ship over CanWest editorial policy - Bruce Wark.
- London-based Index on Censorhip reports CanWest controversy.
- Apartheid in the Holy Land - Desmond Tutu, The Guardian
CIA Takes Control in Palestine – May.9.2002
Reuters reported yesterday that George Bush is sending CIA director George Tenet to the Middle East to work with Yasser Arafat in creating a new security force to route out suicide bombers. This action follows a suicide bombing that killed 16 people in a pool hall in Israel. 60 others were wounded in that same attack.
With movies like Truth and Lies about Sept. 11th playing in North America, people that suspect CIA complicity in the WTC attack will likely find this new CIA activity suspect.
Wouldn’t it be possible for the CIA under Tenet to gain control of a core group of suicide bombers, and then direct them to attack in the United States? After a bombing in an American city, the CIA could then release paper work linking funding for the attacks to Saddam and then launch a war against Iraq, with the hidden motive of gaining control of its oil fields and strategic location.
Conspiracy theories aside, questions must be asked about any version of the Palestinian Authority that has become a tool of the CIA. Will such an outfit in any way represent Palestinians?
At The Nation Magazine – May.8.2002
rogue nature of US foreign policy:
- Lonesome Cowboy (April 29, 2002)
- Rogue Nation
UK news on GMOs - May.8.2002
- Trade war fear as public resists GM food
- Pink castle 'blocks' GM crop tests
At Suzuki.org - May.2002
- Economics and the Kyoto Protocol
Toronto Marijuana March – Grass Makes You Green – May.5.2002
- Read the Full Report with Photos
At Corporate Watch – May.2002
MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
- The War on Terrorism's Gravy Train
IN THE NEWS
* Colombia: Human Rights Groups Criticize U.S. Military Aid
* Philippines: Preparations for U.S. Military Base Sparks Alarm
* Mexico: Legislation Strikes Blow Against Privatization, Secrecy
* USA: Bush Chokes Reactive Chemical Regulations
* Justice in Bhopal Tour
* Biojustice 2002
from the NDP - May.2002
CORPORATIONS DELAYING ACCESS TO CHEAPER DRUGS
OTTAWA - NDP health critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis has introduced a bill in the Commons that would lower prescription drug costs for Canadians by removing the Patent Act's controversial notice of compliance within patented medicine regulations.
"The government's failure to reel in skyrocketing drug costs is putting incredible pressure on our whole health care system," Ms. Wasylycia-Leis said. "This bill will remove a hurdle to cheaper generic drugs for all Canadians and eliminate an unjustifiable perk given to big pharmaceutical corporations."
The patented medicine regulations' notice of compliance allows for the automatic extension of brand-name drug monopolies for 24 months simply on a patent holder's allegation of infringement. This is the only regulation of its kind in Canadian patent law. It is not required under any existing international treaty and is only in effect in one other country, the United States.
At Global Policy - May.2002
- The US Hit List at the United Nations By Ian Williams
Interview with Shakir Baloch - May 2002
Firsthand Testimony from Canadian Citizen caught up in America's Post-September 11th Frenzy
Marijuana March – Grass Makes You Green – May.5.2002
- Read the Full Report with Photos
At the Observer - May.5.2002
- Watchdog would halt 'cruel' bid to create GM pets
At Alternet - May.2002
- Congress Attacks Human Rights
ACLU News - May.2002
- Witch-Hunt In Escalating South Dakota HIV Investigations
- ACLU of MA Sues Holliston School Officials for Punishing Students Over Protest Signs
- ACLU Calls for Return of Items, Unsealing of Affidavits Used for Raids on Muslim Establishments
At Maritimes Indy Media - May.2002
- Maritimes summit of the Americas protesters sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Washington DC Antiglobilization Rally - May.2002
- Realplayer Slide Show
At the National Post - May.5.2002
- Liberal sheep turn to lions as Chretien faces backbench unrest
At the Guardian - May.5.2002
- Aids fear as Bush blocks sex lessons
At the Star - May.5.2002
- Councillors upset by Lyon's suspect donations
At the Globe - May.5.2002
- Colombian fighting results in 60 dead
Ontario - Stop Eves' Corrupt Hydro Privatization ! - May..2002
- Stockwell walks out of hearings after being jeered
Here's the ongoing schedule for Stockwell's hydro hearings.
Niagara Falls - Monday, May 6, Hamilton - Monday, May 6, Windsor - Monday, May 6 , Toronto - Tuesday, May 7
Individuals and groups wishing to appear at the hearings are invited to contact 1-866-433-8889. To provide for the broadest possible range of opinions and viewpoints, all interested parties not appearing at the hearings are invited to make written submissions to the Minister. Submissions must be received no later than May 8, 2002 and may be delivered as follows:
By fax: 416-326-3947 By e-mail: EnergyDivision@est.gov.on.ca
Hydro Sell Off-find out what you can do:
At the Guardian - May.3.2002
- An army against Le Pen
- Land of the fat
At the Globe - May.3.2002
- Privacy commissioner 'deeply troubled' by anti-terror bill
At Eye - May.2.2002
- Toronto the horrible: The world's worst climate-wreckers live right her
At the BBC - May Day 2002
- May Day protesters clash with police
At the Village Voice - May.1.2002
- BLACK PANTHERS 35 YEARS LATER
- Mondo Washington: A designer of the WTC wins an award for innovation in contruction technology
New on Corporate Watch – May.1.2002
- Fabric from GE Corn: Greenfleece or Greenwash?
IN THE NEWS
* Nigeria: Protestors Take Over Chevron Rig, Leave Peacefully
* USA: Military Seeks Broad Exemptions from Environmental Laws
* USA: Feds Reject Andersen Settlement Offer
* Italy: Government Resumes Talks After Mass Union Strike
* Ecuador: Labor Abuses Rampant in Banana Plantations
* Venezuela: After the Counter-Coup
* Africa: Controversy Continues to Dog Major World Bank Projects
* UK: Report Says World Bank/IMF Policy Provoke World Wide Protest
* USA: IMF/World Bank Meetings Open as Protestors Gather
* USA: Activists Look Ahead After Vote Against Arctic Drilling
* Haitian Plantation Workers Under Wave of Repression
* Unions Forge Global Network
* Activists Expand World Bank Bonds Boycott on Eve of Summit
* Police Attempt to Block Corporate Globalization Protests
60 Unnecessary Dolphin Deaths in Norway – May.1.2002
From: Gwen McKenna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF NORWAY CONDEMNING THE SLAUGHTER OF 60 INNOCENT DOLPHINS!!!
Norwegian researchers have been given permission by their government to shoot up to 60 dolphins, in order to find out more about the diet of the Atlantic white-sided and white-beaked species. This is totally unnecessary. There are numerous ways of investigating the diet of dolphins, which do NOT require killing the dolphins.
Sincerely, Gwen McKenna
EMAIL LETTERS TO: email@example.com, Ministry of Environment (MD), Miljoverndepartementet, Pb 80130 Dep, 00030 Oslo
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting E-News: April/May 2002 - May.1.2002
SIGN UP FOR MONTHLY CYLCING NEWSLETTER FROM THE CITY OF TORONTO - May.2002
The City of Toronto has set up a monthly online newsletter to keep you informed of the City's cycling initiatives; bike lanes, special events, bike paths, cyclist training programs, bike parking and more.
Subscribers will receive information about the Toronto Bike Plan (a ten year plan to improve cycling in the City) and the Cyclometer newsletter detailing issues happening within the City and bulletins on how you can become involved in making Toronto a better place for cycling.
At The Nation Magazine – May.1.2002
- Special page of resources on the Middle East.
LE PEN'S SUCCESS
- DOUG IRELAND: The Center Folds (May 13,2002)
- DANIEL SINGER: Le Pen's Pals -- Blood and Soil (Dec. 23, 1991)
- MICHAEL MASSING: Losing The Peace?
- WILLIAM GREIDER: The Enron Nine
- JASON LEOPOLD: Bill Simon's Enron Ties
- LIZA FEATHERSTONE: Strange Marchfellows
- WILLIAM F. SCHULZ: Shouting Fire (Review)
At Straight Goods – May.2002
- War spreads to Pakistan's Tribal Area
- Non-native species threaten biodiversity
- Questions for Ernie Eves on Electricity
- CanWest censorship, bias includes the Middle East
- Americans begin to ask: What happened on 9/11
- Petition for public inquiry into media ownership
- Venezuela coup linked to Bush team- Guardian Observer
Peace Action Coalition Marches in Toronto- Sat Apr 27 2002
Digital Photos by Gary Morton
http://188.8.131.52/~citizensontheweb/tpac1.jpgThe 44 political action and citizens’ groups composing the Toronto Peace Action Coalition staged an action for global peace today. Themes of the rally and march were Canadian Troops Out of Afghanistan; End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine; No U.S. Nuclear Blackmail; No to U.S. intervention in Columbia; No New War on Iraq; End the Sanctions; Defend Civil Liberties; Stop the Racist Backlash, Another World is Possible!
Info: Paul 416-406-8645/978-8741
firstname.lastname@example.org (Toronto Peace Action Coalition)
Montreal - Apr.28.2002
- Police defend arrests of demonstrators
- Advocacy groups denounce police tactics
- CSIS warns of G-8 violence
At Eye - April.2002
- Toronto's cat crisis
- Police picnic (Protesters who gathered for Tory convention say police violence reached new heights)
At the Guardian - April 25, 2002
- Children become the new martyrs of Gaza ( Boys,14, shot dead on way to suicide mission)
At the Star- April 25, 2002
- Rotting bodies removed from Bethlehem church
- Government pulls anti-terrorist bill
Toronto - Thousands March for Palestinian Rights - April.21.2002
- Photos and Reports)
At the Village Voice - April 24.2002
- Police in Brooklyn are using high-tech surveillance cameras to monitor housing projects. Is it a violation of tenants' civil liberties? By Stephen Witt.
- What's behind an entertainment reporter's $10 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company and the Post? By Cynthia Cotts.
- Mondo Washington: The education of Bush interpreter Karen Hughes. By James Ridgeway.
Latest Ontario Hydro Privatization information - Apr 2002
For the latest Hydro Privatization information you can visit:
- Ontario Electricity Coalition
- Ontario and Toronto Tenants (click on the Your Utility Costs Page)
- Howie Hampton's NDP Public Power page
At the Nation - April.24.2002
The size of weekend demonstrations -- 75,000 in Washington, 15,000 in San Francisco and thousands more in other cities -- represented a major step forward for the peace movement in the US.
- LIZA FEATHERSTONE: Breaking The "Consensus"
- JOHN NICHOLS: Tens of Thousands Protest Bush Administration Policies
- MIDDLE EAST RESOURCES
Global Internet Liberty Campaign Newsletter.
Read the GILC Alert Volume 6, Issue 3 April 22, 2002
Complete newsletter is posted here
 Vietnam jails 3 over web articles
 US Supreme Court strikes down virtual images ban
 European Parliament rejects Net blocking
 Cuba reportedly bans computer sales
 Spanish LSSI bill provokes Net speech worries
 New report warns against Australian Net censor proposal
 Controversial crippleware bill finally unveiled
 Bahrain gov't censors opposition webpages
 New Chinese rules against "sensational" Net reporting
 ICANN faces more criticism, lawsuit
 Google Scientology weblinks controversy
 BT weblinks lawsuit runs into trouble
 Swedish newspaper site fined for chatboard comments
 Indian gov't plans ID-based web restrictions
 Study: most of world's population still offline
 US gov't holds off regulation of Verichip implant trackers
 New Japanese Net tapping case renews privacy fears
 New Zealand plan would mandate spyware installations
 D.I.R.T. spyware endangers Net privacy
 US gov't keylogging case ends without disclosure
 New Windows Media Player spies on users
 Big Brother Awards ceremonies held in UK, US
 EFF picks 3 new Pioneer Awards winners
 New GILC member: TEA (Hungary)
Animal Cruelty Case - Apr.19.2002
- Photos of Court House Demo by Jane Murphy - Caged Hamilton
At the Globe - Apr.19.2002
- Cat killers sentenced
April 20th - Thousands March in Washington Opposing War and Globalization
- Photos Page
- BBC Thousands rally at Washington summit
At Fair.org - Apr.2002
- U.S. Papers Hail Venezuelan Coup as Pro-Democracy Move
Ontario bi-election May 2nd
There's by-election May 2nd. Josh Matlow is running against Ernie Eves.
At the Star - April...20.2002
- Province may not sell Hydro One, judge rules
At the Guardian - April...20.2002
- Bush says Israeli invasion of Jenin must be investigated
- Tears of a clone ... is this the end of the road for a cloning?
- Four Canadians killed in 'friendly fire' in Afghanistan
NPD Conflict over Middle East Crisis
- Bob Rae Parts Company with his Senses By Gary Morton – April.18.2002
Poster Rally - Tue, 16 Apr 2002
From: Grant Orchard <email@example.com>
Just came from a postering rally in front of City Hall. Couple of hundred people there. Several speakers (good short speeches) including Billy Bragg who is in town and came by, Ken Ramsden from Peterborough sang a great song by Don Freed, 'Poster Squad', Gian Ghomeshi (from former Moxy Fruvous), Avi Lewis and others.
Quite a few media there; ethnic, CBC, Radio Canada, Much Music, Tor Star, and so on. It's plus 28 or something like that and sunny so a good day for it.
Hopefully the CBC will show something tonight on their News!
The bylaw comes before Council this thursday at 4 pm so everybody is being asked to pack the Council chambers for that debate.
Council Watch 1.7 - Tue, 16 Apr 2002
This issue contains listings for the April council meeting, updates on the effort to ban pesticides, a mid-term report card on TTC Commissioners, info on the Island airport and more.
Electronic Frontier Foundation- Latest bulletin
* ALERT: Thank Gateway for Standing Up to Music Industry Bullies [global]
* Blizzard Freezes Bnetd Gaming Platform, Sues Own Customers
* Hollywood Backs Down After Copyright Office Threatens Internet Radio Privacy
* EFF at Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference
Straight Goods- 15 Apr 2002
- First-hand account of Venezuela counter-coup
Conservative media pushed Venezuela coup but outraged people defeated it
HungerCount 2001: Food Bank Lines in Insecure Times Canada's Annual Survey of Emergency Food Programs
Report Available in English and French at: www.icomm.ca/cafb/hunger_count
Food Bank Facts 2001
* 718,334 people in Canada received emergency groceries from a food bank during the month of March 2001 - a 90% increase in food bank use since March 1989
* 632 food banks with 2,123 affiliated agencies operate in Canada
* while Ontario and Quebec assisted the greatest number of people, Newfoundland continued to show the highest rate of per capita food bank use at 5.4%
* 41% of food bank recipients were children and estimates suggest that almost 60% of households accessing food banks were families with children
* almost 65% of food bank recipients received social assistance, 12% were working poor and about 7% received disability support
* most food banks provide a 3 to 4.5 day supply of groceries on a monthly basis
* over 1.2 million hours of labour, including more than 800,000 volunteer hours, contributed to the operation of food banks in Canada during March 2001
* since this study was conducted, economic conditions have worsened and food bank use has increased substantially with further intensification following September 11
* through United Nations' international agreements, the Canadian Government has committed to ensure the right to food for all people of Canada – yet they have left the responsibility for fulfilling this human right to the volunteer sector
ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION - Save Public Medicare! Apr.16.2002
Saving Public Medicare is sparking one of the largest community based campaigns ever seen! This historic campaign has hit a cord across Ontario with 38 communities eager to participate and the list growing. Communities still have time to join the campaign so call to be included.
Save Public Medicare! Community Contacts:
Belleville - call Virginia at 613-962-8442
Bowmanville - call Cathy at 905-985-9963
Brampton - call Eugene at 905-792-2894
Brockville - call Bobbi at 613-342-5086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington - call Ed at 905-681-0242
Chatham - call Aaron at 519-351-9148 or email email@example.com
Cobourg - call Bill at 905-377-8375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornwall - call Madeline at 613-933-2390or email email@example.com
Fort Erie - call Julius at 905-371-3071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Frances - call CUPE 795 at 807-274-3181
Guelph - call Carole at 519-823-2923 or email email@example.com
Hamilton - call Fran at 905-516-5690
Kenora - call Donna at 807-468-7203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston - call Ross at 613-374-5258 or email Charlie at email@example.com
Kitchener-Waterloo - call Orville at 519-893-3974
Lindsay - call James at 705-324-7841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
London - call Peter at 519-433-4403 or email email@example.com
Midland/Penetanguishene - call Vern at 416-443-7662
Niagara Falls- call Julius at 905-371-3071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Bay - call Dawson at 705-497-9434 or email email@example.com
Orangeville - call Connie at 519-848-6762
Oshawa - call Jim at 905- 434-5922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa - call Abe at 613-244-2817 or email Leslie at email@example.com
Owen Sound - call Len at 519-389-4490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterborough - call Bev at 705-292-9277
Port Colbourne - call Rose at 905-834-1145
Renfrew - call Sue at 613-432-7208 or email email@example.com
Sarnia - call Arlene at 519-869-6826 or email Arlin2@hotmail.com
Sioux Lookout - call Donna at 807-468-7203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sault Ste. Marie - call Elsa at 705-949-6235 or email email@example.com
St. Catharines - call Kim at 905-227-2881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sudbury - call Brian at 705-674-3455 or email email@example.com
Thunder Bay - call Evelina at 807-344-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Timmins - call Ben at 705-235-8121 x 7599 or email email@example.com
Toronto - call the office at 416-929-1545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welland - call Robert at 905-735-4223
Windsor - call Mike at 519-256-8082 or email email@example.com
Woodstock - call Violette at 519-539-6626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org April 12,2002
Your Community Not On The List? Call Us
Ontario Health Coalition 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305 Don Mills Ontatio M3C 1Y8 Phone 416 441-2502 Fax 416 441-4073 Webpage: www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
At the Star - April...15.2002
- Shelter bylaw raises strong reaction
- City's homeless are abandoned
- Taxpayers pay Baird's doughnuts and dinner
- Unions launch challenge to hydro privatization
At the Globe- April.15.2002
- Canada's Kyoto waffling draws European ire
- Greenpeace targets Alberta premier's house
At the Post - April.13.2002
- Canada accused of corporate sellout as environment ministers meet in Banff
Puppy Mills and PJ’s Pets Protested - Sat. April 6, 2002
People from around Ontario gathered under the Freedom for Animals banner today to support animal rights and
protest puppy mills and animal neglect.
- Read the full report with photos
At Straight Goods – April.2002
- Disastrous electric power privatization
- Rate spread on credit cards highest ever
- A proposal to lower credit card rates
- Eighteen tales of media censorship in new book - Michelle Goldberg, AlterNet.
- FCC ordered to rewrite US media ownership rule - Law.com. New mergers to come?
- To Bush: Curb violence by taking action to reduce TV watching - Commercial Alert.
- Solar solutions to the water problem - San Diego Union-Tribute. Solar devices could bring clean water to all the world.
- Facing the Facts: A Guide to the GATS Debate
CORPWATCH: Biotech's Third Generation - Apr.2002
From golden rice to anti-viral tomatoes, is the biotech industry's third generation good medicine or good marketing? Author Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero asks, "what are the environmental and public health consequences?" His questions are more important than ever as the government leaders, citizens groups and industry are set to meet on the UN Convention on Biodiversity in the Hague next week.
- Can't Change the Science? ExxonMobil Tries to Change the Scientists!
Despite ten years of effort, Esso/ExxonMobil hasn't been able to stop the world's climate scientists saying that global warming is here and is caused by burning oil, coal and gas. So what does the oil giant do next? It tries to change the scientists. First on the hit list is Dr Robert Watson, a well-respected, former NASA climate scientist who has led the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for nearly six years.
In the NEWS
*USA: DeLay, Enron and the Marianas
*USA: Andersen Operations Split
*Colombia: World Bank, IMF Threw Economy Into Tailspin
*Chile: McDonald's Faces $1.25 Million Food Poisoning Lawsuit
The Nation – Apr.2002
It was announced yesterday that Wal-Mart, the discounter that has become the dominant force in American retailing, has taken over the top spot on the annual Fortune 500 list.
"Wal-Mart and the Waltons got to the top the old-fashioned way: by roughing people up. Their low, low prices are the product of two ruthless commandments: Extract the last penny possible from human toil and squeeze the last dime from its thousands of suppliers, who are left with no profit margin unless they adopt the Wal-Mart model of using nonunion labor and shipping production to low-wage hellholes abroad."
Fight for our right to Poster in this City – April.7.2002
The City of Toronto’s proposed postering (ban) bylaw is going before City Council on April 16 - 18.
Phone, write and fax the Mayor and City Councillors to express your outrage and opposition at this attempt by the City to thwart our freedom of expression under the Charter and our legal right to poster!
The agenda for the Council meetings will go to the Councillors on April 11.
GreenPeace – April.2002
- Tell Jean Chretien to ratify the Kyoto Procotol on Climate Change today!
- Stop Japanese Whaling. Despite a ban on commercial whaling by the International Whaling Commission, Japanese whaling ships recently set sail with plans to kill 160 whales in the North Pacific. Please take a moment to email the Japanese embassy in your country and tell them to stop:
NewScientist.com – Apr.2002
Woman "eight weeks pregnant with clone"
Controversial fertility specialist Severino Antinori tells a conference his human cloning programme is at “a very advanced stage”
QUESTIONING BUSINESS- quotes & links - April.5.2002
from People and Plaent Friendly
A sequence of quotes and links to provoke thought and discussion on the relationships between people,
business, and the planet.
* CORPORATE WATCH & PR WATCH
"Toxic sludge is good for you!" http://www.prwatch.org
* ETHICS & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
* THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM
* GREEN BUSINESS & Environmental Economics
Transgenic Animals – new articles – April.2002
With designer rodents coming, how long will it be before monster rats kill us all?
- Gene-tinkered chicken lays 'designer' eggs
- Australia produces cloned, GM dairy calves
- Quick and Easy, Transgenic Rodents Designed to Order
Palestinians Protest in Toronto– Sat.March.30.2002
(On Easter Sunday World moves toward WWIII)
- Full report and photo by Gary Morton
At the BBC - March.31.2002
- Clashes at Australian refugee camp
At the Village Voice - March.2002
- Nat Hentoff: Why Rumsfeld needs to read the Constitution
Toronto families got poorer over last Decade – Apr.2002
Lean times came to Toronto in the 90s says a study prepared for the United Way by the Canadian Council on Social Development.
Toronto families went from being better off at the start of the decade, when compared to all Canadians, to worse off at the decade's end.
Despite the economic recovery in the last half of the 90s, poverty rates in Toronto got worse. The boom was a bust for many Torontonians, especially the poor. At the decade's end, the distress among Toronto's most vulnerable was evident everywhere -- in the growing number of people living on the streets, in rising evictions and use of emergency shelters, and in the increase of hopelessly long waiting lists for assisted housing.
The number of Torontonians considered poor was 23.3 per cent of the population in 1999. For one-parent families, the poverty rate rose to 42.0 per cent in 1999.
The median income of one-parent families living below the poverty line in
1999 was just $10,100 a year, which means that their entire monthly income was $82 less than the average rental cost of a two-bedroom apartment.
Amnesty International Releases – Mar.2002
- Equatorial Guinea: Detainees held incommunicado risk being tortured to death
- USA: Amnesty International calls for investigation on alleged beating of inmate in Kentucky jail
- Brazil: Less than human -- Life in Belo Horizonte police stations
- USA - Military commissions: Second-class justice
- Guatemala: Twenty years crying for justice
At Cable Pulse - Mar.2002
- Activists Aghast over cat torturer
* includes web poll on animal cruelty laws.
At Democracy Watch - Mar.2002
- Democracy Watch calls on Harper and Eves to Disclose who they Owe.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - Mar.2002
FEAR & FAVOR 2001
- 2nd annual report on how power shapes the news
- Think Tanks in Time of Crisis: 2001 survey of the media's institutional experts
GET on the bus to D.C.!
No more war! US out of Colombia! Defend our civil liberties. Fight the IMF and World Bank! Stop the racist attacks! Free Palestine!
On April 20-22 a series of protests in Washington DC will focus the energies of the anti-war/ anti-racism movements, coinciding with the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Saturday, April 20th begins with an anti-war/pro civil
liberties protest combining the forces of the US's largest anti-war and anti-globalization coalitions.
Other actions against the School of the Americas, Plan Colombia and US support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine will also take place.
The Parkdale Action Coalition will be sending a bus down for the April 20th demonstrations. The bus will leave Friday arrive Saturday morning and return again that evening.
Ticket are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are priced on a sliding scale of $80-$100 per person.
If you are intrested in going please contact Jordy at email@example.com. Sponsor sheets are available for those who can not afford to go on their own.
PARKADLE ACTION COALITION
A better world is coming
Jonathon Hodge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Sinning genes make "designer" animals easy - Mar 2002
A bit of fly DNA might be about to turn the trickle of genetically modified animals into a flood.
- Jumping genes make "designer" animals easy
e.NDP: News from Canada's New Democratic Party- March, 2002
TOBIN TAX NOT ON CANADA'S AGENDA AT MONTERREY
OTTAWA - New Democrat finance critic Lorne Nystrom has condemned Finance Minister Paul Martin's decision not to advocate an international tax on financial speculation at the international conference of financing development in Monterrey, Mexico, this week.
"Billions of the world's people are living in poverty while a handful of money traders gamble with the futures of national economies," Mr. Nystrom said Thursday, noting that in March 1999 the Finance Minister and 130 Liberals voted in favor of a motion put forward by Mr. Nystrom calling on the federal government to pursue the concept of the Tobin Tax, an international tax on financial speculation.
The tax on foreign currency transactions would be designed to deter currency speculation and the economic devastation it causes to national economies. It would be small enough that there would be no impact on legitimate long-term investment. The tens of billions raised from the tax would be used to fund international development assistance.
Last week Mr. Nystrom paid tribute to James Tobin, the influential economists who first proposed the tax and who died March 12 at the age of 84.
"James Tobin won the Nobel Prize in economics and belongs to that rare breed of economists who believed that economic policy must serve the common good,"
Mr. Nystrom told the Commons. "Tobin will be remembered for his vision of a tax on international currency transactions, the Tobin Tax, which would have helped alleviate the devastating effects of financial speculation. Thanks to James Tobin, the world will eventually be a better place for all of us to live in."
YVON GODIN PROTESTS PERSECUTION OF JOBLESS
OTTAWA - New Democrat MP Yvon Godin brought before the Commons last week the case of a constituent forced to repay more than $17,000 in employment insurance benefits after being accused of working under the table for her former employer.
The accusation was based on the fact the unemployed worker, while in a coffee shop where she had previously worked, accepted a delivery on behalf of the owner. A Tax Court judge who ruled on the case recommended it be reviewed by Human Resources Canada.
"Unemployed Canadians who have to rely on EI are being persecuted by the federal government," Mr. Godin told the Commons. "These are people who have contributed to EI for years, but the minute they need to draw on it, the government treats them with suspicion and contempt."
He said his constituent's case was just one example of the inhumane treatment Human Resources metes out to its clients.
"The federal Liberals waste valuable public resources chasing honest Canadians with groundless accusations of fraud," Mr. Godin said. "Instead of further victimizing those who have already suffered the loss of their jobs, the government should take a good look in the mirror and ask what kind of fraud it is to collect close to $7 billion a year from working people for EI premiums it never intends to pay out in benefits."
At Indy Media - March.2002
- Dead Microbiologist Of The Day
Just one day after the latest scientist-killing, yet another occurs. Another Top Microbiologist Dies - 12 In The Last
Background info here: http://www.copvcia.com/free/ww3/02_14_02_microbio.html
Anti-GM campaigners take their protest to prison - March.2002
- SHERIFF HAS MADE OUR DAD A MARTYR, SAY CHILDREN OF JAILED GM PROTESTER
At Straight Goods – Mar.2002
- Many advantages to small towns getting smaller - Mick Lowe.
- Bush neck-deep in FuneralGate The Skeleton in Bush's closet is back from the dead
- Romanian villagers oppose Canadian gold mine at Rosia Montana
- Campbell's welfare policies will be a disaster for people of B.C. - Reuel S. Amdur.
- Don't subsidize business by rolling back labour rights - David Fairey. KPMG finds Canada and BC already have competitive advantage from low labour costs.
Ontario Common Front Opposes the Tory Convention(Toronto, March 22nd & 23rd 2002)
Page of Complete Reports Includes
A number of health care fact flyers
you can distribute now reveal that the solutions governments are proposing
for Medicare are non answers.
- User Fees: Penny wise and pound foolish. No money is saved and the rich still see their doctors while the poor and low income must cut back.
- Public Private Partnerships: Hospitals owned by the private sector thru these deals are far more costly and deliver lower quality service. They are a problem not a solution.
- Medical Savings Accounts: User fees for the sick. Each person gets an allowance to spend on health care. When the allowance runs out you must pay fees. This system victimizes the sick, rewards the healthy with rebates and it is costly as it requires an expensive administration to run it.
Notes on the Canada for Argentina Solidarity March – Feb.2.2002
The Canadian government has been a long time supporter of the International Monetary Fund, and Argentina is the latest of a long list of countries destroyed by its policies. Again we have evidence of our government acting in the worst interests internationally, while the citizens of the nation wish to act for the well being of peoples in other nations.
Contact Canada for Argentina
By Gary Morton
US, NY, WEF, Activists Beaten Unconscious and Pepper Sprayed - Feb.3.2002
Afghanistan: Urgent action needed on prison conditions - Feb.2002
- The lives of thousands of prisoners in Afghanistan are at risk because of the conditions in which they are detained.
Indymedia offers alternatives to the WEF and corporate globalization - Feb.2002
"WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE AGAINST, BUT WHAT ARE YOU FOR??"
Governments should act on Corporate Responsibility and Democracy Report – Feb.2002
OTTAWA - Democracy Watch called on governments across Canada to pass measures recommended in the report released today by the Canadian Democracy and Corporate Accountability Commission to help ensure corporations act responsibly and governments are citizen-driven.
"Corporations across Canada will only act responsibly when laws require them to act responsibly," said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch and Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Coalitions, "If Canadian governments do not respond to the broad call for stronger corporate responsibility and democratic reform laws, they will prove that they are corporate-driven and don't care about ensuring Canadians have key rights and powers to hold governments and corporations accountable."
The Commission endorsed almost all of the proposals of Democracy Watch's Corporate Responsibility Coalition
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch Tel: (613) 241-5179 Email: email@example.com
CorpWatch - February 1st, 2002
- WEF Protests: A Challenge for Anti-Globalization Movements
IN THE NEWS
- Brazil: Porto Alegre Day One
- Argentina: Nation Pays Debt--To Democracy
- USA: Enron Gave List of Favored Names to White House
Hunting the Hunters: Women Hunt Saboteurs - Jan 2002
From: "A. Gibson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Heidi Prescott is national director of The Fund for Animals. She has been arrested for violating hunter harassment laws numerous times including spending two weeks in a Maryland jail for rustling leaves and speaking to hunters. Heidi was the sole protester bearing witness to President Clinton's infamous duck hunt.
Toronto Council Watch: Special Budget Edition - Jan 2002
The Toronto Environmental's Alliance's next edition of Council Watch is out.
Click on the web address below to find out what environmental programs are in danger of being cut this year - its a long list that includes smog programs, pesticide reduction, the City's new waste diversion targets and transit.
There is still time to reverse the cuts. Find out what opportunities you still have to participate in the City Budget 2002.
Transcript of Science for Peace Forum and Teach-In - Jan.2002
- How Should Canada Respond to Terrorism and War
Greenpeace - January 2002
- Extinction is forever...
Getting your MP to act takes one minute
Parliament resumed sitting this week and endangered species need your help.
After three tries, the government is bringing Bill C-5, the Species at Risk Act, to a vote. Your MP needs to know you value a strong law that protects Canada's species and the proposed bill isn't strong enough.
MPs need to know the bill needs to be changed to truly protect endangered species by protecting their habitat, usually forests. The current version only protects habitat in 5% of Canada, and our endangered species need 100% protection.
They've waited long enough.
Please take a minute and use our website to send a free fax to your MP letting them know that you support strengthening Cill C- 5. The Greenpeace Canada Take Action page is at:
At Straight Goods - Jan 2002
- Public not told about Advisory Council links to private health
- Barrie Zwicker wants to know: What really happened on Sept. 11th?
- Tuition deregulation plan forced on protesting students
- Ontario disability benefits process punishes applicants
- Show us the campaign money - Aaron Freeman. Canada's election law makes
disclosure of political donations essentially optional.
- Planned BC welfare cuts make a mockery of Liberal election promises
THE NATION ON THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM - Jan.2002
The Nation and the Nation website will be featuring special reports from the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil; from the expected protests in the streets of New York City; and from the suites of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, where the World Economic Forum will be meeting. Watch this space for further info.
Montreal series of activist audio - Jan 2002
Some interviews and recorded talks given by activists in Montreal over the last few months are available to listen to on radio4all.net. Below are the web addresses to access each interview. The audio files are accessible
through realplayer which is free at www.real.com.
- Ontario Coalition Against Poverty: Montreal Recap
- World Economic Forum: NYC Mobilization
- Solution Solidarity? Canada’s New Anti-Terrorism Bills
- Canadian Anti-Terrorist Bills & Civil Liberties
Have your say in the Toronto City Budget – ONLINE - Jan.2002
From: Lauren Carter <email@example.com>
Don't you think we should have a say in how our city is created? They do it in other places, like Porto Alegre, Brazil, where thousands of people - average citizens from suburbs and shantytowns - are involved in deciding city spending.
Humanize Toronto is doing our 2nd annual Experiment in Real Democracy to get citizen input into the budget process and show City Hall that it is indeed possible.
We need a BRIEF MOMENT of your time in order to do this. Please FILL OUT OUR SURVEY at http://www.web.net/hto/home.html and pass it on. Call Lauren at 416-203-3573 for more info or to help some more.
At Fair.org - Jan.20.2002
- NYC Newspapers Smear Activists Ahead of WEF Protests
Occupation at the University of Guelph - Mon, 28 Jan 2002
Students occupy President's Office to demand education be accessible for ALL people!
Guelph - Early this morning a group of eight students began an occupation of the administration offices at the University of Guelph. This is the latest step in the students' struggle for accessible post-secondary education.
Since 1985, the Federal Government has consistently and deliberately underfunded all forms of public education in Canada. Here in Ontario, the Harris Government has taken this idea and run with it. They have slashed funding for colleges and universities in the name of "common sense". As a result, tuition fees have become unaffordable for many potential students - increasing 126% since 1991, students are graduating with enormous debts - averaging $25 000, and universities have turned to private funding. Year after year, the Administration at the University of Guelph has sited insufficient government funding as the primary reason for tuition increases.
Yet, as the group of occupiers points out in their demands, the Administration has not devoted any of it's budget toward attaining long-term, sustainable funding, but instead relies on corporate and alumni donations to balance the budget.
On numerous occasions students at the University of Guelph have tried to explain to the Administration, the impacts of rising tuition fees and overwhelming debts. Their voices have not been heard. "We are tired of being ignored by the administration," says Cory Legassic, a third year student . "We've been going to committee meetings, rallies and public forums and it seems like our voices are falling on deaf ears."
At approximately 8 am, today, a group of students entered the Administrative Offices armed with notes for the office staff, hauling gear to secure the office, and a large supply of food and water. They are now
locked down inside the offices and have issues six demands. They read as follows:
1. A public, official U of G declaration in support of accessible education; including a commitment to lowering tuition fees and a denouncement of de-regulation and privatization.
2. U of G devote 50% of all new funding, from any source, to reducing tuition fees for ALL students.
3. U of G spend more money lobbying the governments for increased funding than soliciting private, alumni, corporate and other donations.
4. U of G stop accepting any funding or donations that have any conditions attached, as they inherently limit OUR academic freedom.
5. U of G pressure the Provincial government to alter legislation in order to create a representative, democratic UofG Board of Governors with a majority of student-elected seats.
6. Complete legal and academic amnesty for all occupiers and their supporters.
In support of the eight occupiers, many students are putting up posters, handing out leaflets, performing guerrilla theatre, and informing students about the occupation. Two such students are Aundraya Rivera, a third year international student, and Bandana Sharma, a third year Arts student. Aundraya says that tuition fees for international students are significantly higher than for the rest of the student population. "The struggle to overcome expensive tuition fees is only one of the barriers I've had to face during my time at the U of G. I have been penalized by professors for writing papers from a non-corporate perspective. If students think that corporate donations do not infringe on academic freedom, they need to think again."
"The occupation is being done in solidarity with the Queens and Trent actions in opposition to deregulation and high tuition." says student activist Bandana Sharma.
Future actions for University of Guelph Students include an Ontario-wide rally taking place in Toronto on February 6 organized by the Canadian Federation of Students.
World Economic Forum Resources at the Nation
At the BBC- Jan.29.2002
- Militants kidnap US journalist
At the Star - Jan.29.2002
- World's mountain ranges endangered, UN warns
At the CBC- Jan.29.2002
- B.C. teachers prepare for strike Monday
Premiers, Feds and the Media Unite to Dismantle Medicare
By Gary Morton, Jan.27.2002
In our aging society nothing is more important to Canadians than the public health care system. At this point in history public health care and expanded services and coverage are the priority of the people.
In spite of this the establishment in Canada has a different vision … one without ethics. Their priorities continue to be tax cuts and the handing over of invaluable public systems to large corporations.
Canada's Ten Premiers want to continue to buy votes with tax cuts and do favors for corporate backers. The money for giveaways isn't there in the current economy so they want to dismantle our health care system in order to get that cash. This week they created their own special interest power group called the Premiers' Council on Canadian Health Awareness. Its agenda is to weaken the Canada Health Act through a new disputes resolution mechanism, scale-down the health system, hand delivery of services to private sector corporations and frighten Canadians into believing dramatic changes are needed for Medicare to survive. The scaling down will involve delisting drugs, treatments and services. There will be user fees, co-payments and so on.
The corporate television, radio and
print media and the federal government are also involved in this game to
dismantle health care. The Feds lack dollars for tax cuts and have brought
in Anne McLellan to look at ways of chopping Medicare. The media is owned
by corporate interests that would like to see more privatization and generally
works with the other political forces to help create a scare that will
justify this fresh attack on health care. If their goals are achieved Medicare
will be badly damaged with the only winners being corporations pulling
in vast profits. We’ll have a huge number of Canadians that won’t be able
to afford drugs and health care and the resulting downward spiral that
comes with a crippled population.
In stories this week the media works hard in its attempt to create a state of public panic. They have Premier Gordon Campbell saying that the system of universal health care that Canadians have identified as their number one priority is in jeopardy. Then they have Mike Harris saying, "Our health-care system is on life support and it is fading fast. We don't have enough tax revenue to fully fund health care, so there either has to be more federal funding, or we're going to have to find another mechanism."
They present us with scare tactics, yet they don’t present sensible voices on the issue and they don't note that Campbell and Harris are ideologues that have been overseeing a criminal dismantling of public services … characters that would tell any lie to justify their pro corporate political agendas.
The federal liberals are in the same pirate boat. We have a bunch of conservative liberal candidates running to replace Jean Chretien, and every one of them needs a couple million in corporate donations to run a leadership campaign. These people have been bought before they ever got out of the gate … and even those that haven’t been bought have abandoned their previous vision of a better Canadian society that is publicly owned and controlled. They can't act on behalf of the people when it comes to health care issues.
In one of his last essays Tommy Douglas said “… even at my age I'll trek this country from the Atlantic to the Pacific to stop Medicare from being destroyed.”
Yet we’ll likely have to do more
than that. Building the strength of the defenders of Medicare is the only
way to oppose the anti Health Care Establishment.
Here is a list of meetings people can get involved
in to help save Medicare
Province-wide Campaign to Defend Medicare
The following is a list of important kick-off local organizing meetings for the Ontario Health Coalition's campaign to save Medicare. The meetings will start the planning process for an unprecedented community organizing campaign.
Algoma - Save Medicare Campaign Plenary Wednesday, February 13, Days Inn, Sault Ste. Marie. 7 - 9 pm. Register by contacting Elsa at 705-949-6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington - Save Medicare Campaign Plenary Tuesday, January 29, Burlington Baptist Church, 2225 New Street, Burlington. 5:30 pm registration, 6 - 9 pm meeting. Register by contacting Ed at 905-681-0242.
Chatham - Save Medicare Campaign Plenary Saturday, February 9, UAW Hall, 88 Elm Street, Wallaceburg. 10 am - 2 pm. Register by contacting Bela at 519-627-8112 or email@example.com
Hamilton - Defenders of Medicare Convergence Saturday, February 16, Hamilton Central Library, Hamilton Room. 10 am - 2 pm. Register by contacting the Hamilton-Wentworth Health Coalition at 905-516-5690.
Kingston - Save Medicare Convergence Wednesday, January 30, Kingston Public Library, Johnson & Bagot Sts., Kingston. 6 - 9 pm. Register by contacting the Kingston Health Coalition at 613-374-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
London - Defenders of Medicare Convergence
Saturday, February 16, 2nd floor, London Community Resource Centre, Dundas
& Colbourne Sts., London. 10 am - 2 pm.
Register by contacting the London Health Coalition at 519-453-1837 or email@example.com
Timmins - Save Medicare Campaign Plenary Thursday, February 21, CAW local 599 office, corner of 2nd and Balsam Streets. 7 - 9 pm. Register by contacting Ben at 705-235-8121 x 7599 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto - Medicare IS Canadian Action Meeting Sunday, February 3, Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, 10 am - 2 pm. Register by contacting the Toronto Health Coalition at 416-929-1545 or email@example.com
Windsor - Save Medicare Convergence Saturday, February 9, CAW Hall, 1855 Turner Road, 10 am - 2 pm. Register by calling the Windsor Health Coalition at 519-256-8082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact Natalie at the Ontario Health Coalition 416-441-2502 or by email at email@example.com.
Canadian Health Coalition - http://www.healthcoalition.ca
Ontario Health Coalition - http://www.web.net/ohc
- The Future of Medicare By Tommy Douglas
- Hasty Diagnosis; Influential Senators are Quietly Making a Case Against Medicare as we know it, by Thomas Walkom Toronto Star January 4, 2002
- Senator Kirby's conflict of interest, by Michael McBane Hill Times December 10, 2001
ACLU News - Jan.26.2002
- Oppose Attempts to Allow Unchecked Domestic Spying!
At the Star - Jan.26.2002
- Afghans claim U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed the wrong people
At Corporate Watch - Jan.2002
- Greenwash 10 The UN's Global Compact, Corporate Accountability and the Johannesburg Earth Summit
This new report documents corporate influence on the United Nations and calls on the UN to implement measures for accountability.
At Mainline News - Jan.24.2002
- The Bushes, the CIA and the Bin Ladens
At Counterpunch - Jan.24.2002
- Former Beirut Hostage Speaks Out on the Guantanamo Prisoners
At Fair.org - Jan.24.2002
- ABC Omits U.S. From Human Rights Report
55 Arrested at US Mission to the UN Urging Changes in U.S. Foreign Policy – Jan.22.2002
Fifty-five people were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations this morning as they called for a change in US foreign policy that would continue the legacy of peacemaking begun by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the spirit of King's anti-war stance, the men and women occupied the steps of the mission demanding an end to the war in Afghanistan and renouncing any expansion of the war.
Tuesday's act of nonviolent civil disobedience was the culmination of a four-day series of presentations and training reflecting on the life of Dr. King.
"Dr. King's dream of a just society has yet to be realized. As King said, 'The greatest purveyor of violence is my own country,' said Ceylon Mooney of Memphis, TN, one of those arrested today. "As I and many others have seen, this is still true, and our collective conscience calls us to confront not only the violence committed on behalf of Americans, but also the institutions committing those acts."
Joining the group on Tuesday morning were Amber and Ryan Amundson, widow and brother of Craig Scott Amundson, who was killed on September 11 in the attack on the Pentagon.
"Bush has said that the 'war on terrorism' requires sacrifice from the American people. The nonviolent protest in front of the US Mission to the UN is really a frontline battle of the war on terrorism, and the people who were arrested are showing the sacrifices needed to lead to a true victory against all forms of terror," said Amundson.
The protest was sponsored by War Resisters League (www.warresisters.org), Voices in the Wilderness (www.nonviolence.org/vitw/) and Kairos Community/ALC.
At the CBC - Jan.23.2002
- Relatives of Sept. 11 victims want U.S. to compensate Afghans
The Right to Hunt Tories (Opposing Tory Right to Hunt Legislation – Jan.2002 )
* PJ the Cat’s funny but true story of his visit to the Tory leadership gathering and debate in Toronto on Jan.17.2002.
- Read the full report.
Global Internet Liberty Campaign News Digest
Read the GILC Alert Volume 6, Issue 1 January 17, 2002
- Complete newsletter is posted here
Electronic Frontier Foundation- Latest bulletin
* Hollywood Forces Publishers Worldwide to California Court
- Read the full issue of EFFector
At the Star - Jan.21/23.2002
- Clement aide's $300K salary draws jeers
- Flaherty `native' remark sparks storm
- McLellan's `open mind' and medicare by Thomas Walkom
- Explain prison camp photos, Britain tells U.S
Guide: World Economic Forum, Jan 31, NYC
- Indymedia's Guide to the World Economic Forum
- fact sheet
At STRAIGHT GOODS – Jan.20.2002
Afghanistan etc. - The biggest bomshell of the war...- ... could be what former former US diplomatic staffer Michael Springman is saying about CIA links with the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Buses to NYC for the World Economic Forum!
Contact: Mob4Glob Logistics <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The World Economic Forum has been called the 'Capitalist International'. It is a gathering of major corporate heads and policy makers from the principal rich governments. They meet regularly to plan coordinated strategies to further destroy the environment, wreck labour standards, privatize public assets and services, and militarize the planet for the sake of profits. They must be opposed!
The WEF is meeting in New York City this year, and an international mobilization has been called to oppose their meeting, and their agenda. Be a part of it!
Toronto Mobilization is organizing buses to go to NYC for the demonstatrions and a counter-conference organized by studentsforglobaljustice.org.
Book now - tickets are going fast! First come first Served... Price: $80 - $100 sliding scale
Buses leave dinner time, Friday Feb 1st and will be back in Toronto by Sunday night.
Office hours: Monday - Thursday 3 - 7, Toronto Health Coalition office, 427 Bloor West, Email: email@example.com Phone: 416 208 0785
At the Globe and Mail - Jan.22.2002
- Guantanamo Bay Prison camp faces rights challenge
At the Nation Magazine – Jan.21.2002
- Beyond Jihad Vs. McWorld by BENJAMIN R. BARBER - The only war worth winning is the struggle for democracy.
- Letter From Uzbekistan by RAFFI KHATCHADOURIAN - Desperate to be rid of a repressive regime, many turn to militant Islam.
- Unfriendly Skies by BRUCE SHAPIRO - A routine day of air travel turns into an ethnic-profiling nightmare.
- Up Against Ashcroft by DAVID CORN - Democratic criticism of the Attorney General has been extraordinarily muted
At Counterpunch – Jan.2002
- Argentina: Confusing Tales From Progressive Economists By Lawrence McGuire
New on Corporate Watch - January 18, 2002
- Star Wars: Protecting Globalization from Above
- Tell Shell to Stop Polluting Curacao
IN THE NEWS
* USA: VP Tried to Aid Enron in India
* India: Dam Being Built on Backs of Poor, Critics Say
* USA: Bush Bans Unions at Justice Department
* USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor
* Argentina: Food Emergency as Gov't Looks into Capital Flight
* USA: Washington Pressures EU to Drop GMO Labeling
* Coalition Fights NAFTA
* Union Wants WTO to Hold Guatemala Liable for Maquila Abuses
At STRAIGHT GOODS – Jan.20.2002
- Northern Alliance warlords charged with extorting, settling scores calling in US air strikes - Chris Johnson.
- Occupation at Queen's! - Students have occupied the principal office at Queen's University to protest deregulation.
- We don't want no ivy league - Adam Davidson Harden. The tuition de-regulation protest song.
- Canada bottom of the barrel on green issues - Janice Harvey. When it comes to the environment, Canada's effort is dismal.
- Saskatchewan organic farmers make history - Don Kossick. Farmers file class action lawsuit against Monsanto, Aventis.
Headlines - Jan.20.2002
Globe and Mail -- B.C. labour groups plan massive protest
(Workers to protest after BC Liberals announce 11,700 job cuts to raise money to pay for a corporate tax cut.)
BBC - Archbishop attacks war on terror
CBC - Half a million flee Congo volcano
Guardian - UK terror detentions 'barbaric'
Reports and photos from the Toronto Walk for the Disappeared - Jan.16.2002
In a society growing war-like through government and media propaganda, three dozen walkers brave cold and wind to make a statement against War, Racism and Repression.
- full report and photos
At the BBC - Jan.15.2002
- concerns for captives being ill-treated en route and on Guantanamo Bay
At the Globe & Mail - Jan.15.2002
- U.S. bombs Afghan hideouts; more captives go to Cuba
- U.S. special forces begin southern Philippines role
Photos - Bloor West for Peace Protests Canada Sending Combat Troops to Afghanistan - Jan.12,2002
During the holiday week at least two homeless deaths occurred in a three day period. These deaths could have been prevented as the TDRC and other groups have lobbied the Mayor's office for years with recommendations for more shelter beds, warming centres, health measures and harm reduction shelters.
Tuberculosis is spreading at the crowded shelters as the city fails to heed health warnings. Though space is available at the empty Princess Margaret Hospital and the Armory the city is again playing a game of rationing shelter, acting on a questionable emergency basis and rules that leave people on the streets in freezing temperatures or in disease-ridden shelters.
After a talk on the deaths at the Coroner’s building, angry protesters marched across downtown to the Princess Margaret Hospital to demand that it be opened for shelter space … and later found that it wasn’t completely empty as a gang of police officers emerged through the doors. Horseback police and a number of cruisers were also present to hinder the protest.
We have a city that doesn’t want to pay for more shelter space yet has plenty of cash for unessential policing and heating an empty building … which seems to be part of a general trend toward a misguided form of security. Billions are being spent to prevent terrorism in a federal security budget, though there haven’t been any terrorist attacks in Canada … and likely won’t be.
Believers in security should perhaps consider that genuine security arises from a person first having a home. Homelessness is really a form of economic terrorism where those that fall through the cracks of the rat race are left to the mercy of the streets, to be victimized by harsh conditions and ignorant social forces that thrive on using or bashing the poor.
Housing really has to be part of social policy and programs. People are homeless and dying now when the economy is fairly strong, and the lack of affordable housing grows each year in so-called prosperous times.
For many people insecurity is growing, and elected officials need to change their outlook. Working people lack stable housing solutions and the unemployed quickly hit the streets. The roots of our fears and suffering aren’t foreign terrorists. Stupid or stupefied city, provincial and national governments are the source.
Contact the TDRC
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee General Membership Meeting
All Saints Church
Thursday Jan. 3rd, 2002 (6:30pm)
(Corner of Sherbourne & Dundas, use back door)
Homeless Memorial Vigil
Tuesday Jan. 8th, 2002
(behind Eaton Centre)
Located at the south side of Church of the Holy Trinity
* This write-up and photos by Gary Morton
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