For Brad Trost and Maurice Vellacott, two MPs who are disgrace to Saskatchewan, Politics’n’Poetry gives you this:
Gee, thanks, Steve. Our country is so safe with you at the helm. NOT!!!
From The G&M:
JASON KENNEY IS A FASCIST IDIOT!!!
rabble.ca reports that Jason Kenney has refused British MP, George Galloway, entry into Canada.
Alykhan Velshi, MP Kenney’s Director of Communications… explained that the decision is that of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and that Mr. Kenney’s role is only to decide to adhere to or to overturn their decision. He has chosen not to overturn it.
Kenney “has chosen” to adhere to fascism, “suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship.” Galloway is an outspoken, anti-war advocate and, in Kenney’s mind must be censored, i.e. kept away from his speaking tour throughout Canada. I guess Kenney, being the war-monger that he is, thinks it’s ok to stifle opposition to war.
Galloway, however, remains polite:
This decision, gazetted in Rupert Murdoch’s Sun, is a very sad day for the Canada we have known and loved – a bastion of the freedoms that supporters of the occupation of Afghanistan claim to be defending.
On a personal note – for a Scotsman to be barred from Canada is like being told to stay away from the family home.
This is not something I’m prepared to accept.
P’n’P urged support for Barriere Lake a while back, but the comments section there turned into a free-for-all mudsling. Here’s hoping a similar fate does not befall this post. From the inbox:
From: Barriere Lake Solidarity <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Please forward widely!]
This morning at 7:30am, 70 members of the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake and 30 non-native supporters peacefully blockaded highway 117 in Northern Quebec, while a Christian Peacemaker Team observed the action.
The Government-backed minority faction currently in power had fed information about the blockade plans to the Quebec police, who established a significant presence before the blockade was set up. They issued threats of mass arrest, dismantled the blockades, and followed protesters down the highway in a high-speed chase until the access road to the Barriere Lake reserve, where Algonquins and their supporters are maintaining a presence.
Community spokesperson Marylynn Poucachiche has been arrested for obstruction and mischief and is currently detained.
Once again, the community needs the public to make it clear right now that this treatment is unacceptable, that the Algonquins have suffered enough division at the hands of the government, and that the signed agreements need to be honoured.
On October 6th, the first peaceful blockade of Highway 117 – a tactic of last resort, after months of being ignored or dismissed by the Canadian and Quebec governments – was met with violent repression, including tear-gassing and pain compliance. In the last few weeks, forestry companies were discovered cutting new logging roads without consent from Barriere Lake’s legitimate leadership – a violation of the November 2007 ban on new forestry operations in the Trilateral territory. Despite decades of struggle and these recent developments, the community refuses to back down.
“Instead of doing the dirty work of the federal government, Quebec should implement its agreements and immediately lobby the federal government to deal fairly with our community,” said Norman Matchewan, a community spokesperson. “Charest’s brutal treatment of our community shows his government has absolutely no respect for the rights of Indigenous peoples, which should be an urgent matter of debate during the provincial election.”
The Algonquins were promising to maintain the blockade until Canada and Quebec committed in writing to honour their agreements and Canada appoints an observer to witness and respect the outcome of a new leadership selection in Barriere Lake in accordance with their Customary Governance Code.
** What you can do right now to help: **
We need people to let the government know that they support the demands Barriere Lake has been fighting for for decades.
Please take 15 minutes to phone or fax a letter, see below for a model letter, or modify and send a sample letter.
You can do that here:.http://barrierelakesolidarity.blogspot.com/2007/10/blog-post.html
* Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada ( fax: 613-941-6900 )
* Lawrence Cannon, Transportation Minister and MP for Pontiac ( 613 992-2940 Fax: 613 944-9376 )
* Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs ( 819 997-0002 Fax: 819 953-4941 )
Use some of the following points (along with your own):
* Release Marylynn Poucachiche and drop all charges
* The government should immediately cease the use of police repression in lieu of negotiators
* The Federal and Provincial government should honor the agreements they’ve signed with Barriere Lake
* Express support for the Barriere Lake community’s struggle for the right to choose its own leadership
* The federal government should immediately stop interfering in Barriere Lake’s internal affairs
** More information: **
Demands, and a list of groups that have endorsed them:
Video of the October 6th blockade: http://blip.tv/file/1391794
A quick visual introduction to the community:
More information on how to support the Barriere Lake Algonquins:
Sample Letter (to sign and fax)
Re: Algonquins of Barriere Lake
I am writing to you regarding the situation of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.
First of all, I strongly condemn the use of a police riot squad on October 6, 2008, during a peaceful protest of Algonquin families on Highway 117.
I have seen the disturbing video footage of Algonquin families, including children and elders, being tear-gassed and physically assaulted by the Quebec police for merely asking that duly signed agreements entered into with their First Nation by both the federal and Quebec governments be honoured and that they be permitted to resolve their leadership issues internally without federal interference.
This is clearly a political matter and should be resolved through the use of good faith negotiations not with a police riot squad tear-gassing and physically assaulting peacefully protesting Algonquin families.
I understand the anger and frustration of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake at the unacceptable delays in implementing the duly signed agreements with the federal and Quebec governments.
This will confirm that I fully support the following demands made by the Algonquins of Barriere Lake:
1. That the Government of Canada agree to respect the outcome of a new leadership re-selection process, with outside observers, recognize the resulting Customary Chief and Council, and cease all interference in the internal governance of Barriere Lake.
2. That the Government of Canada agree to the immediate incorporation of an Algonquin language and culture program into the primary school curriculum.
3. That the Government of Canada honour signed agreements with Barriere Lake, including the Trilateral, the Memorandum of Mutual Intent, and the Special Provisions, all of which it has illegally terminated.
4. That the Government of Canada revoke Third Party Management, which was imposed unjustly on Barriere Lake.
5. That the Province of Quebec honour signed agreements with Barriere Lake, including the 1991 Trilateral and 1998 Bilateral agreements, and adopt for implementation the Lincoln-Ciaccia joint recommendations, including $1.5 million in resource-revenue sharing.
6. That the Government of Canada and the Province of Quebec initiate a judicial inquiry into the Quebec Regional Office of the Department of Indian Affairs’ treatment of Barriere Lake and other First Nations who may request to be included.
7. The Government of Quebec, in consultation with First Nations, conduct a review of the recommendations of the Ontario Ipperwash Commission for guidance towards improving Quebec-First Nation relations and improving the policing procedures of the SQ when policing First Nation communities.
I strongly encourage both of your governments to honour the signed agreements made with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and name negotiators to quickly identify and resolve the differences between the First Nation and your governments.
In closing, you can be sure I will be closely watching the Barriere Lake situation and will not accept police violence and repression as a negotiating tactic by your respective governments.
It is with deep sadness that Politics’n’Poetry reports on the passing of Maisie Shiell, one of Saskatchewan’s longest-serving no-nukes activists. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Maisie, I have read a lot of her work, some of it posted at ICUCEC. A family member announced her passing to our local no-nukes listserv. It read, in part:
Maisie has fought her last fight and left us to carry on the Message. She wrote a press release to The Citizens of Saskatchewan. She walked to her bed at 9 p.m. May 20th and drew her last breath at 2 a.m. May 21st.
She has challenged me and changed me. Constantly seeking the “Truth.” She never gave in to others expectations.
How the government has handled the mining of the high grade uranium in our province upset her to the end of her life.
And, today, this tribute from Dr. Gordon Edwards:
Maisie was so fierce, so determined, so forceful,
so totally engaged, so rooted in honesty and integrity
that she made industry apologists go white in the
face and reel from the onslaught of her irrefutable facts
and her unwavering focus on what is right and what is wrong.
Maisie was so sweet, so kind, so smart, so enthusiastic,
so admirable, so unshakably ethical, that even the target
of her pointed finger couldn’t help but recognize
that here was a superb human being.
Talk about emotional integrity.
Maisie taught us all a lesson in what it
means to be fully committed to a just cause.
She also earned our undying love and respect.
Sleep well, Maisie.
Indeed, sleep well, Maisie.
See short update, below.
Thanks for passing this nugget along, Larry! Not only is it a non-democratic document created in secrecy but it is now confirmed to be created and implemented for business, which we all knew, anyway. But still, it’s nice to have that validation, innit?
April 23, 2008
All cosmetic gloss of democracy vanished at the New Orleans Summit when the president of Mexico most candidly summarized his day by saying: “This morning, the Business Leaders gave us a specific agenda to follow . . . We are here to support them through.” [emphasis mine]
If anyone out there still had doubts about the true nature of the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP), this honest confession sets the record straight. The Prime Minister of Canada, the President of the United States and the President of Mexico take their orders from big business. The results: the well-being of working families in our three countries and Canadian control of Canada’s petroleum resources, are on the chopping block. Harper, Bush and Calderón are business’ agents.
UPDATE: Those who need to learn a bit more about the SPP ought to take a look at Creekside, where Alison, the Goddess of Opposition to the SPP, has posted repeatedly about its failings.
So, the Liberals stood up Canadian women for a pink party at Stornoway. The NDP has a turncoat who needs to be removed from the party. And the anti-choice crowd is partying like they have not partied since before the Morgentaler decision of 1988. Me, I don’t feel too festive.
I am angry. I am angry with Parliament, for all the stupidity they’ve engaged in over the past 2+ years, but exceedingly so for this latest attack on women. It could send a woman into a tailspin. Fortunately, I’m stronger than that and have bounced back quickly and with more gusto than before. I am angry with myself, too, for not taking seriously this attack by the anti-choicers, for not catching the pattern of Harper’s attacks. Never underestimate Steve Harper is the lesson I have learned here. He is as mean and scary as they come.
So, peeps, what’s next? How do we take back what is being taken from us? How do we take back our democracy?
This is for Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, and Peter Stoffer, the three obvious enemies of women’s right to reproductive freedom, as indicated by their vote — or the lack thereof — on Bill C-484 in Parliament today.
Who was it who said, Polite women seldom make history?
Updated to add Stoffer, an NDP MP, to the list. Here’s hoping he’s disciplined…
It becomes clearer, with each bit of information, that Parliament was seriously hoodwinked on the Chalk River issue by Harper. From the Inbox:
—- Original Message —–From: Gordon EdwardsSent: Friday, January 18, 2008 1:47 PMSubject: Isotope suppliers could have met 250% of world market needsClarification on isotopes:It is important to realize that technetium-99m is not usedfor therapeutic purposes but for diagnostic purposes, soit is completely untrue that “lives” were at risk during theso-called Chalk River isotope crisis. In fact it was a majorinconvenience and upset hospital schedules considerably,but it put no lives at risk. And in fact the inconveniencewas avoidable.Frank von Hippel is a very careful and credible researcher.In a 2006 article he said that 250% of world demand forshort-lived radioisotopes like molybdenum-99 (the sourcematerial needed for making technetium-99m available) couldbe met by the world’s isotope suppliers and that evenwithout Canada, 100% of demand could be met.Thus all the talk about a “crisis” was actually foreseeableand preventable. If AECL and Nordion had plainly informedtheir customers that the MAPLE isotope-production reactorswere seven years behind schedule (because those reactorswere seriously flawed in both design and construction) andthat Canadian supply depended on a 50-year old geriatric NRUreactor that was not up to modern safety standards, then thecustomers could have arranged for other suppliers to be prepa-red to take up the slack. Result: no crisis.The 2006 article by Kahn and von Hippel is at: