Lake Ontario and Ottawa River Flooding

June  29, 2019

Photo Compliments of the Ottawa Citizen

This meeting was yesterday June  28, 2019

 

13 WHAM ABC

They did not answer the Question
Who benefits from the high water?

Sodus Point residents express their frustration with the I.J.C. Go Here For the Story


The Ottawa River did not flood as it has in 2017 and 2019 Until Plan 2014 was implemented. They had less snow in 2017 and 2019 then they had in 2008. If the Ottawa River was gong to flood it would have flooded in 2008. Less snow fall more flooding.  This would apply to most of the Ottawa River right up to the Northern regions. Go Here

On News reports it was said because of so much snow, there was a flood.  Then they add rain. Well when one lie is told ,another lie just might follow.

What is needed is a complete and honest statistics, all the way down the line. Weather wise for at least 25 years, like the statistics above. Not averages, real numbers. Averages mean nothing. Averages are just a way to manipulate the numbers. 100 people make $100 a week, averages out to the average person make $100 a week.  Change that to 98 people make $100 a week and two make $10,000 a week. Boy does that change the average pay for a week. So averages mean nothing. Real numbers do.

Add to that, guess what, the snow melts every winter, It comes it goes. It snows a bit more and some melts. Every winter it does that. That is not a new thing.

When you have a full bath tub and keep adding more water it will flow over if you don’t pull the plug. They keep Lake Ontario levels to  high. They don’t pull the plug in time to stop the over flow, under Plan 2014.  Had they lowered the levels in the Lake maybe all the flooding along the Ottawa River might not have happened. I guess they could not pull the plug Due to Plan 2014. Can’t let go both at the same time. Those along the Ottawa River want a Public Inquiry. They want answers. There is a connection between Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River. The only change over the years is Plan 2014.

Add to that a lot of Dams are operated by a computer from Head Quarters in the Toronto area. So people in the Toronto area, run the dams ,from  hundreds of miles away. This came to light in 2002 after two people were killed. Nothing like that ever happened,,when the locals ran the dam.

How many dams are run using a computer from hundreds of miles away?

 

A few Videos of the Ottawa River Flooding

May 2019 Westmeath

April 2019 Ottawa

 

April 2019 Constance Bay

Mean while Up stream From all of that. There is about 80Km of extremely low water levels.  About 6 feet low. The picture below was taken in May 2019. It had been low for some time.

There is a dam below the low level and one above.

 

Above that low water is a small Place called Mattawa

Everything there was fine until the dam operators decided to dump two feet of water from behind the dam a bit up river from them. They were not given much notice. So due to that they flooded. Considering down river was low the water could have been let out slower.

This is all Climate Change you understand. This is what some news agencies kept saying.

There is a video in the link below,  It also talks about the 2 feet of water dumped on them.

Flooding in Mattawa reaches ‘record levels’Go Here

That is just a bit of insight of things that happened.

No wonder there are a lot of Questions.

Now back to Lake Ontario

They are breaking the terms of the 1909 Treaty. Everyone can read that for themselves.

Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 Go Here

Part One From June 28, 2019

Victims of Lake Ontario Flooding

 

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Misconduct charges are expected against 45 Toronto police officers involved in the G20 summit two years ago

By Zach Dubinsky and Dave Seglins,

May 18, 2012

Misconduct charges are expected against 45 Toronto police officers involved in the G20 summit two years ago, including five senior officers, one of them the commander who gave the notorious order to “kettle” protesters.

A copy of an investigative report carrying the logo of the provincial watchdog agency, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, was provided to CBC News late Thursday night by one of the 37 people who filed complaints about their treatment during the kettling incident. CBC News was unable to confirm its authenticity with the OIPRD.

The report says some of the responsibility for detaining several hundred people for four hours in the rain goes all the way to the top, to Toronto police Chief Bill Blair and Deputy Chief Tony Warr, though it falls short of mandating charges against them.

But the report says operational responsibility lies with Supt. Mark Fenton, one of two Toronto officers who served as “incident commanders” during the G20 and had control of officers in streets. He is expected to face two charges.

Fenton’s order to keep the group of protesters, bystanders and even some journalists boxed in at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue “in a severe rain storm that included thunder and lightning was unreasonable, unnecessary and unlawful,” according to the document. It violated the detainees’ constitutional right against arbitrary detention and was negligent, the 276-page report says.

The commander’s explanation to investigators for his decision was that he feared police riot squads weren’t mobile enough to react to “ongoing attacks” by what he saw as “terrorists” committing acts of vandalism in Toronto’s streets. “Therefore, the tactic of isolating, containing the movement of the terrorists/protesters was required to stop the ongoing attacks and prevent new attacks,” the report quotes Fenton saying.

The report indicates the OIPRD is directing Blair to charge Fenton with two counts of misconduct under the Police Services Act: unlawful exercise of authority and discreditable conduct.

The charges under the Police Services Act are not criminal and amount to internal discipline, which can result in docking of pay to outright dismissal. None of the out-of-town police officers brought in to help Toronto police was charged.

The watchdog agency investigated nine other officers’ conduct in relation to the June 27, 2010, kettling incident, but charges were not substantiated against any of them.

The OIPRD tabled a separate public report on the G20 released Wednesday that concluded a “turning point’ during the summit weekend came late Saturday, June 26, when Warr implored Fenton to “take back the streets.”

OIPRD director Gerry McNeilly says that following those instructions the Major Incident Command Centre (MICC) structure broke down, as the night incident commander (Fenton) launched an “autocratic” and “dysfunctional” crackdown ordering mass arrests of protesters.

Some front-line officers, according to McNeilly, ultimately disregarded Fenton’s orders at the kettling and let some people out of the ring of riot squad officers, including those with medical emergencies. He noted records of one officer stating of Fenton, “He’s maniacal this MICC, he’s maniacal.”

Fenton could not be reached for comment and did not respond to emails from CBC News on Thursday night. He has not had an opportunity to respond to the report or the expected disciplinary charges against him.

45 police expected to face charges

Three or four of Fenton’s fellow senior officers, and about 40 other Toronto police, are also expected to face charges by the time the oversight body wraps up its investigation of G20 policing.

CBC News has learned that to date the OIPRD has ordered Blair to charge 28 of those officers, but the agency is expected to direct him to lay more counts against another 17, including Fenton, bringing the total number of officers facing discipline hearings to 45.

The Toronto Star reported early Friday that two of those senior officers found to have committed misconduct are the pair who were in command of the mass detention centre on Eastern Avenue, where hundreds of arrested people were held during the G20 weekend.

Some details of the OIPRD proceedings surfaced this week at Ontario’s Divisional Court when Toronto’s police union attempted to have the cases dismissed due to delays. A panel of three judges rejected the application brought by the union on behalf of eight officers — two accused of using unnecessary force on prisoners and six accused of conducting illegal arrests. They are now expected to appear before tribunals on June 19 and July 24.

The news of the disciplinary charges comes on the heels of the release on Wednesday of the OIPRD’s scathing systemic review of overall policing of the G20 summit, during which the agency says some officers used “excessive force” to crack down on demonstrations as more than 1,100 people were rounded up in the streets.

When he released his review, McNeilly told reporters that his team of investigators was also probing allegations against specific officers. He said 350 individuals filed complaints relating to G20 policing, and his office substantiated 107 of them, determining 97 were “serious.”

An OIPRD spokesman later explained that some of the complaints involved the same incidents and the same officers.

Criminal charges

The OIPRD proceedings against individual officers add to numerous disciplinary charges already laid by Blair on his own initiative against officers caught removing their name tags during G20 demonstrations.

In addition, criminal charges were laid against two Toronto constables by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes serious injuries or deaths involving police.

The SIU charged Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani with assault with a weapon in connection with an incident at Queen’s Park in which protester Adam Nobody suffered a broken cheekbone in a violent takedown captured on video. He faces a second count of assault with a weapon stemming from another incident at the same protest in which a woman was hit with a baton.

And Const. Glenn Weddell stands accused of assault causing bodily harm after 30-year-old Dorian Barton’s arm was broken while he was photographing police during a protest. Source

Kettling incident was caught on video:

G20 charges coming against Toronto police commanders

By Dave Seglins,

May 17, 2012

A handful of senior Toronto police commanders are expected to be charged in coming weeks for a variety of misconduct offences over their leadership at the G20 summit in June 2010, CBC News has learned.

The charges are in addition to 28 frontline officers slated to have disciplinary hearings for a range of misconduct offences, including unlawful arrests and use of excessive or unnecessary force against prisoners.

The details of charges come on the heels of a report released yesterday by Ontario’s top civilian complaints watchdog Gerry McNeilly, head of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

He concluded in a “systemic review” of the G20 in Toronto that police leaders were poorly prepared and launched a crackdown that led to illegal mass arrests, arbitrary searches and unlawful detentions of more than 1,000 largely peaceful protesters and bystanders.

“Mr. McNeilly is recommending charges to be laid against about a half dozen senior officers,” confirmed Toronto Police Services board chair Alok Mukherjee in an interview with CBC News on Thursday.

Mukherjee said those who face misconduct hearings include “people who were in decision-making roles … that go pretty high in the organization. He has identified some people who are at very senior ranks.”

Toronto’s police union this week was in an Ontario court attempting to have all G20 disciplinary charges against officers thrown out due to lengthy delays.

But a panel of Ontario Divisional Court judges ruled against the union, clearing the way for disciplinary hearings to proceed in the coming months against 28 officers that could result in exonerations or punishments ranging from docking of officers’ pay to outright dismissal.

Until now, no details of specific charges against the officers have been released, however court documents reveal specific allegations against eight officers who have already been served with “notices of hearing.”

Those officers have not had a chance to defend themselves, but the charges against them are as follows:

  • Const. Vincent Wong Unlawful arrest of “J.W.” (Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. at Yonge Street and Gerrard Avenue).
  • Const. Blair Begbie Unlawful arrest of “J.W.” (June 27, 10 a.m. at Yonge Street and Gerrard Avenue).
  • Const. Alan Li Unlawful arrest of “A.S.” (June 27, 4 p.m., Bloor Street West and Huron Street).
  • Const. Donald Stratton Unlawful arrest of “A.S.” (June 27, Bloor Street West and Huron Street).
  • Const. Michael Kirpoff Unnecessary force on prisoner “J.M.” (June 27, Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue).
  • Const. Ryan Simpson Unlawful arrest of cyclist “N.W.” (June 27, Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue).
  • Const. Jason Crawford Unlawful arrest of “N.W.” (June 27).
  • Const. Michael Martinez Unnecessary force on prisoner “J.R.” (Saturday, June 26, Novotel Hotel).

As a result of the disciplinary hearing, the officers could face penalties ranging from docked pay to dismissal. The officers could also be exonerated.

Toronto police spokesman Kevin Masterman told CBC News all of the officers facing misconduct charges remain on the job and are not suspended.

Constables Begbie and Wong will appear before a hearing on July 24. The rest of the officers have a hearing scheduled for July 19. Source

Into The Fire – Press For Truth – G20 Toronto Full Movie

This is a must watch film if you are to understand what happened at the G20.

Caught In The Act – Ombudsman Report on the G20 Summit

News Conference. December 7, 2010

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“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Two

“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue

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“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Two

The other page was getting to long. I did try to keep it all there, but there is just too much information.

So I decided to make a part two and at the rate things are going I my need a part three or” four”.

So if you haven’t read Part  1 You should go through it first.

Part 1 also has the information on how to lodge a complaint.

“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part 1

This is a very long story. It is turning into a book and seems maybe even a set of  Encyclopedia’s.

To my Readers, Canada is headed down the same path as the US, UK etc They are being stripped of their, rights and freedoms. Canada is quickly being turned into a police state. So if you have friends who are Canadian please forward this information to them. The working class have little time to watch the news or get all the details. As is it seems the Government has strives to hoodwink them, full well knowing few may have noticed. Help keep them informed.

Many Canadians cannot afford to be on-line many can’t even afford Cable or satellite, they to need to be informed. To all Canadians let those people know, their rights are being removed and their is a  problem with their new Government.

The beacon of light Canada once was, is slowly falling into a dark place.

March 7 2012

The Coservatives Asked Elections Canada for the list of Voters.

This has never been done before. So why would they do that?

What did they do with the list?

I also have to say I am impressed with the Canadian Press.

It is a rare thing for the Press in the US to do anything of this magnitude. They just go after the guy the Rich corporations or Lobby’s, want to have discredited.  One can on fantasize, of having press like this in the US.

Now for the new information they have found.

Voter identification ‘massive job,’ central Conservative campaign gives voter lists to local candidates

March 7 2012

A couple of Quotes from the story.

Mr. Vellacott, however, said the Conservative Party, with its massive computer data banks in Ottawa, centrally creates election-period voter lists for every election, including telephone numbers, for each of the individual candidate campaigns

The party lists, also used for the election last year, are based on updated Elections Canada voter lists that are released to all candidates and registered political parties after the election campaign period begins. The final revised list is sent out three days before an election.

The list Elections Canada distributes to parties and candidates on computer discs contain only names and addresses of voters, not phone numbers.

Elections Canada confirmed to The Hill Times on Tuesday that for the first time in a federal election a representative of one of the recognized parties, the Conservative Party, had before the election requested that the initial voter list given to the parties at the beginning of the campaign include the location of polling sites. In response, Elections Canada provided the information to the Conservative Party and the other recognized parties. Source

Note:

The Conservatives last week denied a request by Elections Canada for the power to demand receipts for political parties’ election spending, raising questions about why?

March 7 2012

A couple of Quotes from the story.

An NDP motion that calls on the government to make campaign call centres register with Elections Canada is expected to pass, with the Conservatives planning to vote in favour.

The motion is non-binding but gives opposition MPs the chance to speak at length about the need for such legislation, dredge up the so-called in-and-out scandal and tie it to the current controversy over fraudulent and harassing phone calls during the last federal election.

The NDP motion, to be debated Thursday, calls for the government to make three changes to the Elections Canada Act in the next six months:

  • Give Elections Canada stronger investigative powers, including the ability to force political parties to provide supporting documents for their expenses.
  • Require all telecommunication companies that provide voter contact services during a general election to register with Elections Canada.
  • Make telecommunication companies identify and verify the identity of election clients.

Be sure to watch the Video Source

MP Dean Del Mastro Said the conservative made about 6 million calls. Now that Costs a fortune. Now MP Dean Del Mastro has a hard time telling the truth, He hasn’t really told the truth, as of yet. I have watched many Videos and he just keeps fouling up,.That is being kind on my part. So his word means very little.

The Conservatives may have made more calls then the 6 million as MP Dean Del Mastro claims  Time will tell.

As the reporter said even at $1 a call, that is a lot of money. Well lets hope their receipts reluctant that number. $6 million just on phone calls.

The Liberals and NDP both will turn over all records, but the Conservatives have not committed to doing so.

Harper could have given more power already. So this is a rather pathetic move on his part. Non Binding is even more useless.

At another News site

Tories said should instead rest in the hands of private-sector compliance auditors hired by the parties.
So would Revenue Canada let the rest of it’s citizens hire a private Auditor to Audit their own Income taxes. I don’t think so. That is just a really foolish statement. Why then should Elections Canada Allow something like that.

Voting irregularities marred Toronto-area vote: CBC

A couple of Quotes from the story.

CBC says there was a late influx of unregistered voters, who got to vote without providing an address in the riding as required by Elections Canada rules. CBC says it discovered at least 2,700 applications for late registration to vote that failed to provide addresses, or gave false or non-residential addresses.

Volpe’s lawyer Tony Pascale told CBC he wants Elections Canada to revisit the riding. “There were an inordinately high number of voters registering who were not on the voters list in order to cast ballots,” he said.

Meanwhile, another former Liberal MP is mulling a legal challenge of the results of one of the closest races of the 2011 election, the Globe and Mail is reporting.

Incumbent Liberal MP Anthony Rota lost in the northern Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming by 18 votes to Conservative Jay Aspin.

The newspaper reports that Elections Canada is interviewing people who say they received automated phone calls directing them to the wrong polling station, as well as live phone calls from persons purporting to be from the Liberal party, but apparently trying to alienate voters. Source

 Opposition delays passage of controversial crime bill

Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act

The NDP employed procedural delays following question period that left no more time for further debate and the final vote.

But before moving on to a series of votes on private members bills, the Conservatives did manage to pass a time allocation motion to limit debate on the bill to one more day. Source

Canadians do not want this bill however.

Critics argue the cost of Bill C-10 will be enormous, that it favours incarceration over rehabilitation and reintegration and that it will lead to prison overcrowding.

End destructive war on pot, panel urges Harper

Video: Student protests turn ugly in Montreal

Watch Video

Mar. 07, 2012
Riot police clashed with students protesting planned tuition-fee hikes Wednesday. University student Frank Levesque-Nicole says he was roughed up by police. Looks very much like the kids were not being violent.  Canada and the US are backwards. Many Countries across the ocean, have free Education in College and University for their children. Those countries are quite prosperous.

Such a shame to see Canada and the US lagging behind. They always have enough money for war however.

The student group CLASSE says Francis Grenier, a student at CEGEP St. Jerome was hit in the face with a stun grenade and may lose vision in his right eye. March 7, 2012

March 8 2010

The link below tells about yesterday and today protests.

One arrested in peaceful student demonstrations

More voters-list issues found in Toronto riding Video included

March 12 2012

Harper’s Libya victory ceremony cost soared to over $800,000

The price tag for a ceremony on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada’s military mission in Libya was more than double the original agreed cost, prompting questions among some in uniform about whether approval was obtained for the increased spending, according to Defence Department documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen. Source

Harper and his Celebrating Mass Murder is just sick.

Still no word on the cost, to bomb Libya back to the stone age.

What an absolute waste of money on both counts.

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled a Canadian speaking appearance due to security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall, the event promoter said Monday.

Good on you Canadians. Protesting keeps out the war criminals. Good job.

Some actual good news. Cheney should be in prison.

3 Canadians accuse U.S. border guards of ‘molestation’

March 16 2012

There have been 700 calls to date that Elections Canada have investigate that are problematic. I imagine there will be more to come.

More than 700 ‘specific’ robocall election complaints

The story below has more on the 700 calls.

Misleading calls followed ID as non-Tories, voters.

Pattern of calls points to party’s voter identification database Video included Source

At least 100 arrests in violent Montreal protest Video Included. People were protesting against Police Violence.

To date they have found:

Registration forms with just a name on them.

Registration forms with fake addresses.

Robo calls From Elections Canada that are fraudulent, as Elections Canada does not call people.

These calls were made across Canada. Not just in Guelph.

They certainly have a lot of things to check out.

Seems the Harper Government is still not willing to turn over their records.

We have the In and Out Scam again.

Harper Gov. Contracted CGI to do work for Elections Canada.

The Governor General is from CGI as noted on Part 1.

“Pierre Poutine”  apparently has been found but to date his/her name has not been released.

Part 1 of all this just in case you haven’t been there yet.
Time for new Page Again.

Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Three

Mining in Other Countries:

Canada is a mining behemoth. Canadian companies in the sector account for almost half the mining activities in the world, in 100 countries, according to the government.

A range of Canadian mining companies are associated with accusations of murder, rape, corruption, forced displacement, and environmental destruction, worldwide. This abuse continues precisely because Canada lacks corporate social responsibility standards Sorce

There are a number of Stories on Canada and other Countries.

Alberta Oil Sands a Pollution Nightmare

The International Hearings into the Events of September 11 2001

September 18, 2011

The hearing was over 4 days, the 8, 9, 10 and 11 of September 2011.

There were 16 Witnesses who were there to give evidence.

There were Four distinguished panelists to hear the evidence at the hearing held in  Toronto, Canada.

The panelists will help in creating the final report that will include their conclusions.

The final report will also consist of all expert witness testimonies presented at the Hearings. The report will be edited by Attorney James Gourley, the Director of the International Center for 9/11 Studies.

When that report is finished and published I will be posting it.

The hearing had a great deal of information. Some of which many may not be aware of.

They talk about the Commission Report. WTC7 was not mention in that report.  How did they manage to neglect an entire building one has to wonder?

They talk about the fireproofing in the Buildings. There were upgrades to the Fireproofing done within 2 years previous to September 11 2001.

There was some construction work done within the building previously to September 11 2001.

They talked about thermite and nano-thermite.

I learned that nano-thermite  or thermite could have been painted or sprayed on. Pretty simple really.

One has to wonder  if it was painted on, would those doing the painting know what it was they were painting with? Would you?

You know innocent people could have been used to do this, without even realizing they were contributing to this horrendous disaster.

Lets face it if you were painting or spraying on fireproofing most employees would never ask if there was thermite or nano-thermite in the stuff you were spraying on, now would you?

I suppose it could have been placed there during those renovations and fireproofing upgrades.

Just guessing of course. This type of thermite or nano-thermite is for Military use only. So if it were used it had to have come from a Military source. Which of course leads to a few questions now doesn’t it?

They talked a great Deal about NIST. The test they did were not physical tests but computer generated tests only. So a computer program did the work for them. Not very scientific in my opinion.

They talked about the Pentagon. Lots of videos, about 85 cameras were on the Pentagon on September 11 2001. Lots to choose from, but very few were made public.  One of the pictures from the one of the cameras had the wrong date on it. The time stamp was September 12th not the 11th. Interesting isn’t it?

They talked about evidence that was removed from ground zero before investigators had time to collect evidence.  That is not new.

They talked about imposter’s posing as Saudi Arabian terrorists.

One had a German passport and apparently they are very hard to get unless of course you are Israei Mossad was my first thought on that.

They have forged or used passports for fake people on many occasions as noted HERE And HERE But hey what do I know?

Many of the so called Saudi Arabian hijackers also turned out to be alive and well.

Below is the links you need to get more information on Witnesses, Panelists and Videos of the Hearings.

The International Hearings into the Events of September 11 2001.

Got to Usstream  it has all the videos of the 4 day event.

The link will take you to the second page in which the first videos are placed. Page 1 is the later videos.

Be sure to take a look and well to watch all the Hearing will take some time, but it is definitely worth taking the time to watch it all..

There are many things a lot of people don’t know about September 11 2001.

Three building came down on  9/11, apparently many people don’t know about it.

Face to Face with Dr. Niels Harrit who was one of the Witnesses at the Toronto Hearings.

Aired at the end of February 2011 This a very informative nterview of how he came to be aware of the events that took place on September 1 2001 and what he decided to do about it.

This interview traces Dr. Harrit’s personal and professional journey into and through the events of 9/11 and beyond.

David Ray Griffin – 911 Commission Report: Ommissions and Distortions – A Witness at the Toronto Hearing

This Video from 5 years ago.

Three Photos from the Steven Jones Paper



Two men install a conventional cutter charge to steel column, preparing for a demolition.

Compare this to the two below and well think about it!

A Photo of the WTC at Ground Zero

A Photo of the WTC at Ground Zero

The Steven Jones Paper Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe

Jonathan Cole Videos  A witness during the Toronto Hearing

9/11 Experiments: Eliminate the Impossible

9/11 Experiments: The Great Thermate Debate

North Tower Exploding – David Chandler A witness at the Toronto Hearing

Building What? How SCADs Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight: The 9/11 “Official Story” and the Collapse of WTC Building Seven

Please pass this on. Education is the key to truth.

You probably won’t find anything about this on the American news.

So bloggers will have to pass this information around.

This Story is from 2009

Is Osama bin Laden still alive, Seems the answer is no

Thjis also from 2009 It has information about the The FBI has no evidence to connect him to 9/11.

Has Usama Bin Ladin been dead for seven years – and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?

About the PENTAGON

There is some incredible information in the 7/7 Historical Analysis. There is a lot of history of inside jobs perpetrated by Governments especially UK and the US.There is a lot of information on how they did things to start wars in other countries. If you don’t know you should.  9/11 and 7/7 is rather typical of what they do.

7/7: An Historical Analysis – Tom Secker on GRTV

 

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May Day protests draw millions worldwide

May Day Protests around the World
May 1 2010
Trade union members march in May Day celebrations in downtown Kiev  on Saturday. About 4,000 people rallied in Ukraine's capital.Trade union members march in May Day celebrations in downtown Kiev on Saturday. About 4,000 people rallied in Ukraine’s capital. (Sergei Chuzavkov/Associated Press)

Demonstrators poured into the streets from Hong Kong to Moscow to Santiago, Chile, waving flags, beating drums and dancing to music.

About 140,000 jubilant workers gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago.

The Istanbul demonstrations marked a special victory for Turkish unions, which had been denied access to Taksim Square since 1977, when 34 people died after a shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found and workers on Saturday demanded an inquiry into the demonstrators’ deaths.

'I reject the five per cent increase,' says a La Paz  demonstrator's sign denouncing the size of Bolivia's proposed  minimum-wage increase.

‘I reject the five per cent increase,’ says a La Paz demonstrator’s sign denouncing the size of Bolivia’s proposed minimum-wage increase. (Juan Karita/Associated Press)

Thousands joined peaceful May Day marches in Stockholm, where opposition leader Mona Sahlin blamed the centre-right government for failing to stem rising unemployment and eroding the nation’s cherished welfare system. Sahlin is hoping to become Sweden’s first female prime minister after national elections in September.

In Manila, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced she had ordered the labour secretary to speed up negotiations between unions and employers on a $1.70 increase in the daily minimum wage.

In Toronto, a few thousand demonstrators pressed for reforms to make it easier for refugees to seek haven in Canada and for immigrants to come to the country.

In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, thousands of workers marched on the presidential palace, shouting: “Workers unite! No more layoffs!” Rally organizer Bayu Ajie said a free-trade agreement with China had cost jobs, decreased wages and encouraged corruption. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised to create safer working conditions and improve job prospects if the workers maintained political and economic stability.

Kasparov leads rally

France saw rallies that drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of Paris, Marseille, Lille and other cities, but the turnout nevertheless disappointed labour unions that had been hoping for crowds in the millions to provide a show of force against a planned pension overhaul.

A rare opposition march took place in Moscow, where former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, now an opposition politician, led activists calling for the ouster of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whom they accuse of stifling democracy.

In La Paz, the Bolivian capital, marchers carried signs denouncing the government’s proposed five per cent hike in the minimum wage as too paltry.

About 1,000 protesters — among them bus drivers and janitors — took to the streets in Hong Kong to demand that the government enact a minimum wage of the equivalent of $4.35 an hour. Though the Chinese territory has some of the richest residents in the world, its wealth is too unevenly distributed, advocates say.

People participate in a May Day protest in San Salvador, El  Salvador.

People participate in a May Day protest in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Edgar Romero/Associated Press)

Most of the annual May Day marches were peaceful, but in Santiago, clashes broke out with police, who launched tear gas and deployed a water cannon against demonstrators.

Athens also witnessed riots, with police using tear gas to disperse demonstrators who threw firebombs and stones in a large rally against austerity measures imposed to secure loans for near-bankrupt Greece.

In Switzerland, Zurich police used water cannons in an attempt to disperse dozens of stone-throwing protesters as unions and politicians protested against “excessive” Swiss banking bonuses.

German police detained 250 neo-Nazis who attempted to attack them in downtown Berlin.

The turnout in Cuba was massive, as expected, and authorities asserted the march by hundreds of thousands of Cubans amounted to approval of the island’s Communist system amid mounting international criticism over human rights. A smiling President Raul Castro watched the rally go past from a high podium.  Source

May Day turns violent in Berlin

May 2 2010

Riot police made targeted arrests during clashes on May Day demonstrations in Berlin.

May Day demonstrations have turned violent after police battle rioters in two German cities, using water cannons to drive back crowds of protestors.

In the capital Berlin, police tried to disperse hundreds of left-wing protesters in the west of the German capital late Saturday, as they set cars on fire and demolished police vehicles.

The eastern side of the city also saw clashes between anti-Nazi demonstrators and right-wingers.

In the port city of Hamburg, some 1,500 leftist radicals held a parade that continued into the early hours of Sunday. Police said the protestors vandalized banks, overturned parked cars and set them on fire.

It has become a ritual for leftists and rightists to engage in violent clashes with police and storm banks and shops on the May Day for more than a decade in Berlin and Hamburg.

Some 7,000 riot police were deployed to keep the two groups apart. Nearly 20 people were injured in those clashes. Police said they have made more than 250 arrests.

Last year’s May Day in Berlin was the most violent in a decade with hundreds of arrests and dozens of police officers injured. More than 400 cars were set ablaze in Berlin and Hamburg.

May Days have traditionally been an opportunity for workers and the left in general, to let off steam.

In many countries, it is synonymous with International Workers’ Day or Labor Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organized by unions and other groups. Source


May Day marked with global protests

Turks mark first May Day in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in 33 years  [AFP]

Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities from Hong Kong to Istanbul to mark International Worker’s Day, demanding more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.

In Turkey, about 140,000 workers gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the first celebrations at the site since 34 people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago.

The demonstration was a special victory for Turkish labour unions, which had been denied access to the site since 1977, after a shooting triggered a stampede.

Aydin Demir, a 44-year-old kiosk owner, said labourers had won a 33-year-long struggle for their right to rally at the square.

“We paid a heavy price to be here today. Thousands of comrades have been arrested, but now we get the result of our struggle,” he said.

‘Rights crushed’

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught, reporting from Taksim Square, said that in the past, trade unions who tried to hold rallies there in defiance of the ban met with a heavy police crackdown which left dozens injured and hundreds in detention.

“Then human rights and especially workers rights were crushed for years in Turkey,” McNaught said.

“Over a series of years, particularly the last three, the unions have steadily pushed and pushed to be reallowed access to back to this square.

“They have said there is no good reason not to allow them back and this year, the government agreed.”

More than 22,000 police officers were deployed for the rally and demonstrators went through security checks before entering the square.

Zafer Yoruk, a professor of political science at Izmir University, said the number of workers organised in Turkish unions has fallen dramatically since the 1970s.

“Regarding unionisation and economic rights, I think we’re far behind the 1970s,” he told Al Jazeera.

“The right to strike, for rights, or solidarity strikes, are totally gone.”

Rowdy protesters

Most of the annual May Day marches were peaceful, but in the Chinese territory of Macau police used water cannon and pepper spray against rowdy protesters, injuring at least eight people, including a photographer.

Clashes broke out in a number of countries as workers staged rallies [AFP]

Hundreds of thousands of people joined rallies in Europe, many protesting against government austerity policies in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Athens, the Greek capital, witnessed riots, with police using tear gas to disperse demonstrators who threw firebombs and stones in a large May Day rally against austerity measures needed to secure loans for near-bankrupt Greece.

In Switzerland, Zurich police used water cannon in an attempt to disperse dozens of stone-throwing protesters as unions and politicians protested against “excessive” Swiss banking bonuses.

In Germany, police said 17 officers had been injured when they clashed with 150 demonstrators who threw paving stones and set garbage cans ablaze in the northern port city of Hamburg.

At least nine demonstrators were detained after the confrontations with police on the eve of Saturday’s May Day holiday, the German news agency DDP reported.

Several hundred officers were deployed in the capital, Berlin, ahead of a planned neo-Nazi march and other demonstrations.

‘Workers unite’

The turnout in Cuba was massive, as expected, and authorities claimed the march by hundreds of thousands of Cubans amounted to approval of the island’s communist system amid mounting international criticism over human rights.

In Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, thousands of workers marched on the presidential palace, shouting: “Workers unite! No more layoffs!”

Workers took to the streets to protest labour conditions and demand better pay [Reuters]

Bayu Ajie, a rally organiser, said a free-trade agreement with China had cost jobs, decreased wages and encouraged corruption.

In Russia almost two million people turned out to mark international worker’s day.

Demonstrators carrying red balloons, red Soviet flags and portraits of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, called for the Russian government’s resignation over rising prices and unemployment in Moscow.

Thousands of Cambodian workers marked May Day by marching through the capital to demand better work conditions and the establishment of a labour court.

Thousands of workers in the Philippines also took to the streets to reiterate their call to the government to protect jobs and to safeguard the interests of workers.

In the South Korean capital, Seoul, about 20,000 people gathered to demand better working conditions for labourers and farmers.

In Tokyo and Taiwan, thousands marched for better working conditions and permanent jobs.

In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, several hundred workers protested a proposed four per cent goods and services tax. While, in Hong Kong, about 1,000 protesters, including janitors, construction workers and bus drivers, demanded the government introduce a minimum wage of $4.30.

“A lunch box at a fast-food restaurant costs about $4. It’s an insult if you can’t afford a lunch box after working for an hour,” Leung Yiu-chung, a pro-democracy legislator, said on the sidelines of Saturday’s protests. Source

Workers demand better jobs, pay on May Day

Indonesian workers shout slogans  during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday (AP photo by  Dita Alangkara)Indonesian workers shout slogans during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday (AP photo by Dita Alangkara)

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STANBUL (AP) – Tens of thousands of workers marched in cities from Hong Kong to Istanbul Saturday to mark international worker’s day, demanding more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.

About 140,000 jubilant workers gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago.

The demonstrations in Istanbul, which sits on both European and Asian continents, marked a special victory for the Turkish unions, which had been denied access to the Taksim Square since 1977, when 34 people died after shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found and workers demanded Saturday an inquiry into the deaths of the demonstrators.

Most of the annual May Day marches were peaceful, but in the Chinese territory of Macau police used water cannons and pepper spray against rowdy protesters who tried to break away from the approved route. Hong Kong radio RTHK reported at least eight people injured, including a photographer.

Athens also witnessed riots, with police using tear gas to disperse demonstrators who threw firebombs and stones in a large May Day rally against austerity measures needed to secure loans for near-bankrupt Greece. In Switzerland, Zurich police used water cannons in an attempt to disperse dozens of stone-throwing protesters as unions and politicians protested against “excessive” Swiss banking bonuses.

German police detained 250 neo-Nazis who attempted to attack them in downtown Berlin, while they braced for further clashes after sundown.

Nadine Pusch, a spokeswoman for Berlin police, said 7,000 officers were scattered throughout the city in an effort to ensure peaceful demonstrations.

Overnight in Hamburg, 17 officers were injured in clashes on the eve of May 1 and at least nine demonstrators were detained, the German news agency ddp reported Saturday.

The turnout in Cuba was massive, as expected, and authorities claimed the march by hundreds of thousands of Cubans amounted to approval of the island’s communist system amid mounting international criticism over human rights.

Thousands joined peaceful May Day marches in Stockholm, where opposition leader Mona Sahlin blamed the centre-right government for failing to stem rising unemployment and eroding the nation’s cherished welfare system. Sahlin is hoping to become Sweden’s first female prime minister after national elections in September.

Several thousand demonstrators in Paris also took to the streets amid concerns about conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to overhaul the pension system.

In Manila, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced she had ordered the labour secretary to speed up negotiations between unions and employers on a 75-peso ($1.67) increase in daily minimum wage.

In Indonesia’s capital, thousands of workers marched on the presidential palace, shouting: “Workers unite! No more layoffs!”. Rally organiser Bayu Ajie said a free trade agreement with China had cost jobs, decreased wages and encouraged corruption. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised to create safer working conditions and improve job prospects if the workers maintained political and economic stability.

Thousands of Communist demonstrators, carrying red balloons, red Soviet flags and portraits of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, called for the Russian government’s resignation over rising prices and unemployment in Moscow. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov led hundreds of opposition activists in a separate rally. They also called for the ouster of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whom they accuse of stamping out democracy. A few thousands also rallied in Ukraine’s capital.

In Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo and Taiwan, thousands marched for better working conditions and permanent jobs. Jeong Ho-hee, spokesman of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union, vowed to fight against long working hours and high death rate related to industrial accidents.

In the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, several hundred workers protested a proposed 4 per cent goods and services tax while about 1,000 protesters, including janitors, construction workers and bus drivers, demanded the government in Hong Kong to introduce a minimum wage of 33 Hong Kong dollars ($4.30).

This freewheeling capitalist Chinese enclave is one of the world’s wealthiest cities, but critics say its wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few.

“A lunch box at a fast-food restaurant costs about HK$30 ($4). It’s an insult if you can’t afford a lunch box after working for an hour,” pro-democracy legislator Leung Yiu-chung said on the sidelines of Saturday’s protests.  Source

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A Book: “The Shepherd’s Granddaughter” to remain in Toronto schools

Author defends The Shepherd’s Granddaughter

Children’s novel under review by Toronto’s school board after a parent and Jewish groups complain.

Anne Laurel Carter’s book The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, about a Palestinian farm girl named Amani, is under review by Toronto’s public school board after complaints it is “anti-Israel.” Carter spoke to the Star’s education reporter Kristin Rushowy about the controversy. What follows is an edited transcript.

Can you tell me about your experiences in Israel?

The first time I went there I was 17 — it was right after high school, and I lived on a kibbutz for the summer and loved it. I had a number of Jewish friends and had read Holocaust literature. My parents were Anglican, and it was my holy land.

I went back in 1973 and lived there for a year and a half; I studied Hebrew and was there through the Yom Kippur War. I went back in 2005 — I’d been invited to teach creative writing in Ramallah.

What was your inspiration for the novel?

In 2005, I had arranged to visit a family outside Hebron, a farmer named Atta Jaber. When I met them, I just felt I had

witnessed something. It’s their family story, definitely fictionalized, but inspired by what they went through. I’ve been four times since 2005.

Before, I didn’t know anything of other side. All of my sympathy was for Israel. Then I saw the other side, and I have sympathy for both sides. What also prompted me, nudged my curiosity when I was a teacher-librarian at a school here in Toronto, (was that) I had students who said, “Have you got any books about us?” And I didn’t.

How do you write on such a sensitive topic?

I do feel very sensitive to (the Jewish) audience and I wrote with that audience in mind, knowing how hard it is to hear these stories. But having seen the occupation and how very hard it is for Palestinians, and being so shocked by what I saw there, I tried to tell it in a way that maybe they could hear it.

What did you expect the reaction to be?

I expected and hoped, probably naively, that people could enter the life of a girl, Amani, and understand what it’s like to live under the occupation. She does not choose violence. She listens to other voices, which I included in the family discussion (about suicide bombing), which was a very hard scene to write. There is no justification for terrorism for me, period. I’m just saying that perhaps in a family scene, somebody might say, “Let’s fight back.” I am not advocating that at all — as a matter of fact, Amani and her father very clearly choose non-violent resistance.

One of the main criticisms has been that it’s vehemently anti-Israel and one-sided. What is your response?

I don’t feel it’s biased; it’s written through Amani’s viewpoint. It’s about a Palestinian girl and it’s very strongly in her voice. All I can say is I welcome reading stories about Israeli kids and young adults and what it’s like for them, and I encourage readers to read those stories — to understand a conflict, you have to hear everybody’s point of view.

It’s been accused of being a brutal portrayal of Israelis; others have said that not all of those things have happened to one family.

Almost all of those things happened, either to him or in the area. His wells have not been poisoned, and his animals were not poisoned. But it has happened in the area and has been documented. But in fact, he’s had worse things happen; I did not include those things.

Is there a real Amani?

Actually Amani is a little bit of Atta. His way of resisting is that he will never leave; he does not choose violence. He is 10 years younger than me but he looks much older.

What do you say to your critics?

Of all the many reviews and letters I’ve had from people, and how the book is talked about in school library journals, and it received an award for peace — nobody saw those things in this book. Nobody ever said that they became anti-Israel or it raised anti-Semitism.  Source

A Bit of History on the subject.

April 7 2010

A parent Brian Henry sent a letter to the board, as well as the provincial education ministry, which prompted the informal review of the book by McKell and a team of experts.

B’Nai Brith Canada had complained The Shepherd’s Granddaughter is “vehemently anti-Israel” and had asked that the book — currently part of a province-wide reading program for Grades 7 and 8 students — be removed and was disappointed with the Toronto District School Board’s decision to keep it in the schools. Source

Knowing Canada, they would never have put it in the schools, if it were hate literature. Canada is very careful about such things.

It was named book of the year by the Canadian Library Association.

From April 11, 2009

Every student who has read The Shepherd’s Granddaughter has come back to tell me that they are suddenly viewing the Israeli-Palestinian situation differently. As one student said, “It made me stop and see there might be more sides than just one.” Maybe there are three sides – one for each side and then one for the truth that no one can see.  For the rest of the article go HERE

That was the real problem. It made people think.

Seems the obvious reason for a attempting to have it banned is to assure no one gets information on what is happening to Palestinians. That is the real reason for wanting the book removed from the schools.

The complaint was based on false foundations.

Heaven forbid anyone ever finds out the truth.

The Shepherd’s Granddaughter to remain on library shelves in TDSB

Anne Laurel Carter’s The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, published by Groundwood Books, has generated some controversy in recent weeks. Nominated for the 2010 Red Maple Award, one of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading programs, the book focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. After a complaint from a parent, pro-Israeli groups and a school board trustee with the Toronto District School Board called for the book to be banned in Toronto schools. After a review by TDSB staff, it has been decided that the book will remain on library shelves. For more information, visit Quill & Quire .

Review of The Shepherd’s Granddaughter in Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 4).

Amani comes from a long line of shepherds and has always dreamt of becoming a shepherd like her grandfather. For generations, the family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of their homestead near Hebron, but now the land is being threatened by Jewish settlements and the construction of a new highway.

Then Amani meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father who is one of the settlers, and away from the biases and pressures of their families, they discover that despite their differences, they have one important thing in common – a desire for peace.

This new novel from author Anne Laurel Carter offers a different perspective on the land disputes in Palestine, told through the eyes of 15-year-old Amani. Strong-willed, intelligent, and completely devoted to her sheep, Amani is a wonderful character that readers will empathize with and enjoy.

The story is well-developed, realistic and believable, without ever becoming heavy handed or showing bias. The characters are completely human and not exaggerated, and by allowing Amani and Jonathan to meet alone in the yet-undisturbed secret meadow, Carter lets readers see two teenagers who could be friends, and not enemies from opposite sides sworn to hate each other.

Overall, this novel is a swift and thought-provoking read, and one which will hopefully transform the readers’ view of this very difficult topic and open up discussion with middle grade students. Source

A win for Canadians Freedom of Speech.

If you get the chance do read The Shepherd’s Granddaughter.

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Canadians need to pay attention.

In Israel however it is OK to publish a book like this to be used in schools.

West Bank Rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel including Children and even Babies

November 9 2009

Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel. This includes children even babies.

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Save Local TV Stations in Canada

I rather like them myself.

People in Europe watch them even. Seems many enjoy the A Channel and CTV. So I am thinking anyone who watches and enjoys these stations could sign the petition or send a message in their defense.

Both CTV and A Channel are valuable assets to all Canadians and others around the world. They both provide excellent news coverage as well. I have used both as a source of information many times. Their reporting is very well done and reliable.  They are both terrific stations.

Many people who cannot afford satellite or cable watch them as well as a few other stations that one can get with rabbit ears or antenna.

Those who cannot afford either cable or satellite need them to stay informed, otherwise would have nothing to watch at all.

So I think they need to be saved.

They have been part of the community for years and have served it well.

So please take the time to help them out. This could happen to many local stations not just ‘A’  Channel now owned by CTV. By saving one you may be saving many local stations and also saving jobs as well.

A Channel has helped out charities like food banks, walks and runs for Cancer, plus numerous other charities as well.  We owe them a few minutes of our time to help them after all they have done for the community.

Please take time to drop a line to the politicians or sign the petition or both.
They support a very large community in many endeavors, we need to support them.  They are always there  to lend a helping hand, now they need you to help them.
Be sure to share. Sharing is a good thing you know.  Remember if you save one,  you may save many local stations across Canada.

Save Canadian TV.

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I Love Local TV

They need our help.

Local TV is in crisis due to an unfair broadcast policy.

Cable and satellite companies are charging you to view ‘A’ Ottawa and they receive nothing.

Without a fairer system, one that sees broadcasters reasonably compensated for their programming without consumers having to pay an additional price, local television will be lost forever.

If you love local, it’s time for your voice to be heard. Email our political leaders or sign the petition below.

SIGN THE PETITION at http://www.petitiononline.com/saveltv/petition.html

For more information go to: savelocal.ctv.ca

For more than 50 years, CTV and ‘A’ have been proud to serve your community. They are leaders not only in the quality of our local news and programming, but also in their commitment to the community.

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Jan 7: Canadian Jewish women protesting against Gaza War, Arrested after occupying the Israeli Consulate


Protest ends at Israeli consulate

January 07, 2009

TORONTO
Eight women protesting Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip were arrested after occupying the Israeli Consulate in Toronto Wednesday, police said.

“Eight women were arrested for breach of the peace and released,” said Const. Tony Vella. “They were removed from the building and released with no charges.”

Vella said the women occupied the consulate for several hours Wednesday, but were not violent.

“The call came across as several unwanted guests,” he said.

He said a number of police officers monitored the situation at the consulate on the seventh floor of a commercial building at 180 Bloor St. West in Toronto.

In a news release, the group said the action was “in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on the people of Gaza. The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard.”

Violence broke out in Gaza almost two weeks ago and has killed more than 600 people.

The news release said the group is demanding Israel end “its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid into the territory.”

A spokesman at the Israeli Consulate in Toronto said he could not provide any further information about the occupation.

The protesters said they want to “send a clear statement that many Jewish-Canadians, do not support Israel’s violence and apartheid policies.”

Source

Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto

January 7, 2009

Toronto,
A diverse group of Jewish Canadian women are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto.  This action is in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.

The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard.  They are demanding that Israel end its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid into the territory.

Israel has been carrying out a full-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip since December 27, 2008.  At least 660 people have been killed and 3000 injured in the air strikes and in the ground invasion that began on January 3, 2009.  Israel has ignored international calls for a ceasefire and is refusing to allow food, adequate medical supplies and other necessities of life into the Gaza Strip.

Protesters are outraged at Israel’s latest assault on the Palestinian people and by the Canadian government’s refusal to condemn these massacres.  They are deeply concerned that Canadians are hearing the views of pro-Israel groups who are being represented as the only voice of Jewish Canadians.  The protesters have occupied the consulate to send a clear statement that many Jewish-Canadians do not support Israel’s violence and apartheid policies.  They are joining with people of conscience all across the world who are demanding an end to Israeli aggression and justice for the Palestinian people.

The group includes: Judy Rebick, professor; Judith Deutsch, psychoanalyst and president of Science for Peace; B.H. Yael, filmmaker; Smadar Carmon, a Canadian Israeli peace activist and others.

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Saturday Jan 3 Reports:Canadian Protesters march in support of Palestinians

New Reports  for Sundays protests at the bottom of page.

January 4 2009

In Toronto

COLIN MCCONNELL/TORONTO STAR
Protesters march up Yonge St. to voice their displeasure with Israel’s incursion into Gaza. (Jan, 3, 2009)

As Israeli troops entered the Gaza strip, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators stopped traffic along Yonge St. between Dundas and Bloor Sts. for a march condemning the Israeli action this afternoon.

Police on horseback and bicycles worked to control the crowd as it marched northwards, but as of 3 p.m., the protest has been peaceful.

“No one is as angry as I am. I have lost my entire family to the Israeli apartheid,” Rafeef Ziadah, spokesperson for Palestine House, told the crowd. “Stop the attack on Gaza.”

Chanting “free, free Palestine” and “from Iraq to Palestine, occupation is a crime”, protestors marched from Dundas Square to the Israeli consulate at Yonge and Bloor Sts.

About 200 counter-protestors were also in attendance to show their support for Israel’s incursions into the Gaza strip.

“We support the Israeli government’s efforts to stop Hamas, stop terrorism and stop terrorist infrastructure,” said Meir Weinstein, national director of the Jewish Defence League in Canada.

“Only this will bring stability to the region.”

Source

In Ottawa


Protestors Denounce Israeli Offensive

With no end in sight to the back-and-forth attacks between Israel and the Hamas in the Gaza Strip, voices are being raised around the world against the attacks that have already claimed hundreds of lives.

On Saturday, around a thousand demonstrators gathered in Ottawa, demanding an immediate ceasefire. They say Israel has launched an unprecedented wave of attacks. By raising their voices now, they hope to save the lives of countless Palestinian women, children and men caught in the bloody crossfire.

The protestors carried stretchers to the Israeli embassy on O’Connor Street and laid the symbolic causalities at Israel’s doorstep. Carrying Palestinian flags, they called on the Canadian government to denounce the attacks and press for an immediate ceasefire.

The demonstration came just as military officials in Jerusalem confirmed that Israeli ground forces, amassed for days on the Gaza border, had started moving into the region. The ground incursion had been widely expected after a heavy barrage of artillery strikes from Israeli gunboats and warships.

The United Nations says at least 433 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli offensive started eight days ago. More than 2,000 have been injured and the U.N. says at least a quarter of them are civilians. Four Israelis have been killed by Hamas rocket attacks.

Source

Protesters in several Canadian cities waved placards and Palestinian flags Saturday as they angrily denounced the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza, just as word emerged that Israel’s troops and tanks had moved into enemy territory.

Following on the heels of angry protests taking place in cities across Europe, the Canadian show of solidarity began in the nation’s capital with more than 500 demonstrators braving chill winds on the steps of Parliament Hill.

The group made its way to the Israeli and U.S. embassies in Ottawa, as did a gathering of several thousand people in Toronto who at one point faced off against a smaller group of pro-Israel demonstrators in a downtown public square.

The noisy but peaceful gathering on Parliament Hill erupted with cries of “shame” when a speaker delivered the news Israel had begun its ground assault.

“Regardless what they say in this building (House of Commons), regardless what they say in Washington or the Hague, these are war crimes,” shouted Robert Assaly, an Anglican priest from Montreal who was a speaker at the rally.

At the height of the protest, military officials in Jerusalem confirmed that Israeli ground forces, amassed for days on the Gaza border, had started moving into the region.

The ground incursion had been widely expected in the wake of a heavy barrage of artillery strikes from Israeli gunboats and warships that was hammering the region Saturday.

Organizers at the invective-charged Toronto rally opted not to announce the news for fear it would stoke additional anger.

“This will have huge implications,” said Ali Mallah of the Canadian-Arab Federation.

“It will widen the wedge toward more war, more violence and more people to be killed. It’s a shame that we just entered a new year … to start with war and killing in the Middle East.”

In addition to the Ottawa and Toronto protests, events were scheduled for Montreal and Vancouver.

Braving -19 C wind-chill temperatures, the Ottawa rally denounced what they called Israeli atrocities against the 1.5 million residents of Gaza.

It included many self-identified Palestinian-Canadians, as well as a smattering of Jewish-Canadians opposed to Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank, union activists and civil rights advocates.

Israel has said it is acting in self-defence in response to continuous firing of rockets from Gaza into Jewish towns.

But the demonstrators dismissed that defence, calling the rockets a minor provocation that don’t excuse the killing of over 400 Palestinians.

Toronto police – including several on horseback – formed a barrier between the impassioned masses of Palestine supporters and the scores waving Israeli flags as the protest forced the closure of a typically busy portion of Yonge Street.

“(The violence) devastated me and my family,” said Suraya Aburaneh, 21. “We can’t do much, but we’re here in Canada and the best we can do is spread awareness.”

Interrupting her was her nine-year-old cousin Dina, who shouted: “We can’t let people die like this!”

“We just need peace in this world, no killing. Both sides,” said Sumbul Raza, 34, as she marched and led chants of, “Shame, shame Israel.”

Across police lines, a group organized by the Jewish Defense League held a counter-demonstration.

“I want them to have their own country, I want them to have democracy,” said Ravid Dahan, 28, who moved to Canada from Israel two years ago.

“I want my children to go to school with their children. But they don’t believe I exist.”

Jill Aharon, 51, from Thornhill, added peace could come easily: “If they lay down their rockets, there will be no more death,” she said.

Tens of thousands of people also demonstrated across Europe on Saturday, including protesters who hurled shoes at the tall iron gates outside the British prime minister’s residence in London.

Protests in Paris, Rome, Berlin and many other European cities also drew thousands.

Israel says it is responding to rockets fired from Gaza by the Hamas militant group. Four Israelis also have been killed in the week of violence.

The Israeli air strikes have badly damaged Gaza’s infrastructure, knocking out power and water in many areas and raising fears of humanitarian disaster.

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Flames rise from the rubble of senior Hamas militant Nizal Rayan's house after an Israeli airstrike hit a nearby mosque in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Hatem Moussa)

Flames rise from the rubble of senior Hamas militant Nizar Rayan’s house after an Israeli airstrike hit a nearby mosque in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Hatem Moussa)

Israeli army armoured vehicles are seen at a staging area outside the Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli army armoured vehicles are seen at a staging area outside the Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Sebastian Scheiner)

Smoke trails from rockets fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip towards an Israeli target are seen Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Bernat Armangue)

Smoke trails from rockets fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip towards an Israeli target are seen Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Bernat Armangue)

Palestinian Hamas supporters chant slogans during a protest against Israel's military operation in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Palestinian Hamas supporters chant slogans during a protest against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. (AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Israel continues assault, despite worldwide protests
January 2 2009

A series of worldwide protests and continued calls from international leaders for a ceasefire were not enough to stop the ongoing conflict in Gaza, as Israel continued its week-long assault on Hamas targets throughout Friday.

One of the buildings destroyed in the latest airstrikes was a mosque that Israel claimed was being used to store weapons.

Some 20 houses were also targeted in Gaza on Friday, though Israel says it phoned ahead to warn those inside. The homes of more than a dozen Hamas leaders were reportedly destroyed in the raids.

Israeli planes also dropped leaflets for people to call in the locations of rocket squads, though it appeared that few people took up the initiative.

Nizar Kaddah, a Palestinian-Canadian who moved with his family to Gaza for a job, told CTV Newsnet that the bombings have made life “very difficult and miserable” for the people on the ground.

“I can hear from my home bombs everywhere, you know, especially at night,” he said in a phone interview from his Gaza City home.

“They usually start bombing after, like, midnight until the early hours in the morning. It is very difficult and miserable in here.”

Kaddah also said it has been hard for his family to get access to food and basic supplies.

Humanitarian issues

The United Nations said that a humanitarian crisis is developing as the conflict continues.

UN humanitarian coordinator Maxwell Gaylard said 2,000 people have been wounded so far and that there is “a critical emergency right now in the Gaza Strip.”

Israel has said it is doing what it can to limit civilian casualties and that it has increased shipments of supplies to Gaza.

On Friday, Israel also allowed about 300 Palestinians with foreign passports to leave Gaza.

One Hamas leader said the Israeli-led attacks would not go unpunished.

“The Palestinian resistance will not forget and will not forgive,” said Hamas legislator Mushir Masri. “The resistance’s response will be very painful.”

Thirty rockets, many heavier than those used in previous days, were launched from inside Gaza at Israeli targets on Friday.

Hamas also said it would retaliate against the death of Nizar Rayan — a senior Hamas leader who was killed by a one-ton bomb that also killed 18 others, including 13 members of Rayan’s family on Thursday.

There were also indications Friday that Israel could soon expand its military operation with a ground incursion into Gaza.

An estimated 400 people have been killed in Gaza during the week-long conflict. Three Israeli civilians and one soldier have also been reported dead.

Tens of thousands stage worldwide demonstrations

Tens of thousands of people held anti-conflict protests across the globe on Friday, calling for their local governments to bring sanctions against Israel and for the fighting to come to an end.

In London, several celebrities — including former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox and Bianca Jagger — voiced their opposition to the conflict and called for Israel to halt its assault on Gaza.

A large protest in Bern, Switzerland, saw hundreds of marchers calling for both a ceasefire and sanctions to be brought against Israel.

Thirty-seven people were detained in Moscow after protesting the conflict outside the city’s Israeli Embassy.

About 6,000 people chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” in Tehran, Iran.

Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchhehr Mottaki, said that if Israel launches a ground raid on Gaza it will be “the biggest mistake of the Zionist regime.”

Egyptian officials sent hundreds of riot police to a Cairo mosque to keep protesters away and police arrested 40 members of the Muslim Brotherhood opposition group. Another 3,000 pro-Gaza supporters marched in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish.

Some 30,000 Jordanians made their support for Gaza known at a stadium in Amman, and 10,000-plus Muslims marched through Jakarta, Indonesia aiming fake missiles at the city’s U.S. Embassy that were labeled “Target: Tel Aviv, Israel.”

Similar anti-Israel protests took place in the capital cities of Afghanistan and the Philippines, as well as in several Turkish cities and in Damascus, Syria.

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly spoke with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday and asked for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution to force Israel to immediate stop its military actions in Gaza.

In Nairobi, Kenya, hundreds of Muslims held a rally at a central mosque. Many chanted for their government to cut off its ties with Israel.

In Sudan, thousands of protesters marched through Khartoum making anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. statements.

Continued calls for a ceasefire

On Friday, Israeli leaders also remained cool to calls for a ceasefire.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to push for a cessation of fighting when he visits the region next week. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she has no plans to make a similar trip.

“Hamas has held the people of Gaza hostage ever since their illegal coup against the forces of President Mahmoud Abbas,” she said.

She said the United States wants to see a “durable and sustainable” ceasefire.

Democratically-elected Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas’ Fatah forces in 2007. Abbas then set up a rival government in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, Liberal foreign affairs critic Bryon Wilfert called on all sides of the dispute to halt the violence so that desperately needed aid can reach the residents of Gaza.

“Canada wants to have a situation where both sides end the hostilities. A permanent ceasefire needs to be put in place,” Wilfert told CTV Newsnet on Friday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon has previously urged for the two sides to work towards a ceasefire and for “Israeli and Palestinian leaders to remain committed to finding a comprehensive peace settlement.”

Christopher Gunness, a United Nations Relief Works Agency spokesperson, said some aid has made it through in the last day. But he added that with each bomb that Israel drops, the situation worsens for children and families.

“Today, we got 63 trucks into Gaza … as each bomb drops in Gaza so does the humanitarian crisis increase,” Gunness said.

“We are struggling. We are working amidst the most awful, volatile security situation.”

He said that so far aid organizations have only been able to get some fuel and food into bombed territory. He also noted that the medical situation is so desperate in Gaza that people with limbs blown off are being turned away because of a lack of supplies.

“If your foot is shot off — and it’s not life-threatening — you’ll be sent home,” he said.

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From Montreal

Unnerved by Israel’s latest deadly assault on Gaza, a handful of Jewish and Palestinian Montrealers rallied downtown Friday to denounce the week-long attacks that so far have left more than 400 people dead.

Members of the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid and another group calling for Palestinian and Jewish unity gathered in bitter cold for a brief protest vigil at noon at the corner of St. Catherine St. and McGill College.

Waving placards that read “Save Gaza”, and carrying banners calling for “An End to Israeli Apartheid,” the two dozen or so demonstrators were almost outnumbered by reporters and television crews dispatched to cover the rally on a slow news day.

With Israeli troops and tanks massing along the border with Gaza in preparation for what appears to be a massive ground invasion, organizers say bigger demonstrations are planned for Montreal in the weeks ahead to show solidarity with innocent civilians in Gaza who are ”suffering under bombardment.”

Laith Marouf, national chapter co-ordinator for Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, said the demonstrators are also upset with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “callous attitude in support of the Israeli action.”

Bruce Katz, a spokesperson for Palestinian and Jewish Unity said although this afternoon’s demonstration was small, it represents “the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of public opinion,” for a humanitarian solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

“The liberation of Palestine, of people who have been kicked around for 60 years, and the liberation of Jews from Zionism go hand in hand,” Katz said. “You can’t have one without the other.

“No one should ever be a slave to any state, including the State of Israel,” he said.

Another protest demonstration against Israel planned for Sunday will begin at 1 p.m. at Cabot Square, outside the AMC Forum. And another similar rally is planned for Jan. 10.

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There is also an event scheduled  in Vancouver in the near Future as well.

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From the American Media

As Diplomacy Fails To Halt Israeli Offensive, Protestors Lash Out Against Both Attacks On Hamas, Palestinian Rockets

(CBS/AP) Protests against Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza continued around the world, as calls for a ceasefire were raised – along with cries for revenge.

Meanwhile, thousands of Jews and Christians are expected at demonstrations to be held this weekend in New York, London, Toronto, Miami, Washington, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv to protest Hamas’ rocket attacks from Gaza.

Some activists are billing the demonstrations as counter-rallies against what they call “assemblies of hatred for Jews and Israel.”

Sunday’s protest in Miami, to be held at the Holocaust Memorial, is billed as the Rally For Israel to Destroy Hamas.

The protests are ramping up as Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip enters its second week, with warplanes and gunboats blasting more than two dozen Hamas positions Saturday.

“We will do all that is necessary to provide a different reality for southern Israel, which has been under constant attacks for the past eight years,” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Channel 2 TV.

The complexity of protesting military strikes in Gaza was recognized as far away from the Middle East as Sioux Falls, S.D., where about 50 people gathered in 16-degree weather Friday near the Islamic Center to denounce U.S. aid to Israel, saying Israel’s actions have killed civilians.

Protester Mohamed Sharif of Sioux Falls said they want an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian aid to the people living in Gaza.

“People are being deprived of their necessities, water and medicine and food and clothes. Now they’re being killed. This is what we’re opposing, the killing of civilians,” Sharif said.

South Dakota Peace and Justice Center director Deb McIntyre attended the rally and said the U.S. shouldn’t pay for Israel’s militarism.

The issue is more complex, others said.

“Certainly, the protesters in Sioux Falls have a legitimate complaint about the Israeli attacks,” said Kurt Hackemer, a University of South Dakota history professor. “But the flip side is the Israelis have been taking rocket fire from Hamas for months now. There have been Israeli deaths and casualties.”

The bitter divide was evident across the globe.

In Lebanon Saturday, hundreds gathered outside the United Nations compound in Beirut, carrying flags and banners supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.

Palestinians in Lebanon have been protesting for the past eight days to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza.

A number of Hezbollah lawmakers and supporters also took part in Saturday’s protest.

(Hundreds of shoes lie in the street after protesters attempted to throw shoes into Downing Street in London, Jan. 3, 2009. Thousands voiced their anger at the bombing of Gaza in a series of rallies across the U.K, Saturday.)

The Head of Hezbollah’s political bureau, Mahmoud Qomati vowed that Hamas’ response to the Israeli military offensive will be similar to that of Hezbollah during Israel’s war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

“The resistance in Gaza is preparing surprises for the Israeli enemy,” said Qomati, who promised Israelis “will be surprised in Gaza with a fierce, brave, and heroic confrontation which will lead to their defeat, God willing.”

Police in Berlin said about 2,000 protestors marched with banners and Palestinian flags from Adenauer Platz to Wittenbergplatz. Protestors chanted “Stop the child murder at Palestine” and “Stop the blockade at Palestine.”

Protestor Achmed Otur said Israel’s policy with the Palestinians “just creates distrust between East and West, between Muslims and Christians and Jews. It only divides and all trust is destroyed in this kind of world.”

While international pressure for a ceasefire has been growing, protestor Malik Hamudsaid said, “We only see conferences talking about fighting terrorism one day. Is this how one fights terror, by slaughtering people and by saying you are not allowed to do something? Terror is when you spread fear and terror among the civilians, and what Israel is doing is pure terror.”

In The Netherlands, thousands of people marched through Amsterdam, criticizing both the Israeli attacks and the Dutch government’s failure to condemn them. One banner declared: “Anne Frank is turning in her grave.”

Barbed Wire And Skulls

In Bogota, Colombia, demonstrators walking through the streets set fire to self-styled Israeli and U.S. flags, complete with drawings of barbed wire and skulls.

Ali Nofal, a protester of Palestinian origin participating at the rally in the Colombian capital, said that an end to the Gaza conflict is in the hands of the Israeli government, “because we, the Palestinian people, have nothing to say to this policy of aggression. The entire world and the U.N. Council have the way to end this, the Western world has the way to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In Cyprus, 2,000 demonstrators, including Palestinians and Greek and Turkish Cypriots, converged Saturday in the center of the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. It was the largest protest on the Mediterranean island so far on the issue of Gaza.

The peaceful rally turned violent when some protesters tried to pull away barbed wire and break through a line of riot police blocking a road leading to the Israeli embassy.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators pelted Cypriot riot police with rocks, sticks, shoes and oranges.

The demonstrators eventually stopped and dispersed after protest leaders pleaded with them to stop.

In Athens, however, a protest march turned violent, as protesters threw stones and fire bombs at riot police, who retaliated with tear gas and stun grenades.

An estimated 5,000 protesters marched from the city center to the Israeli embassy on Saturday. Police cordoned off the embassy.

Most of the protesters were Palestinians but leftist organizations and union members also joined in. Outside the embassy, anarchist youths joined the fray, targeting Greek police rather than the embassy. An Israeli flag was burned by demonstrators.

Some protesters also threw stones at the U.S. embassy without causing damage.

In Jakarta, hundreds of Indonesians from various Muslim groups staged a protest in front of the U.S. embassy on Saturday to voice their concern over Israel’s military offensive on Gaza.

The protesters demanded the U.S stop their support of Israel and called for solidarity among Muslim brothers within Indonesia.

Jeje Zainuddin, a Muslim youth group leader, said, “I think all the nations agree that what Israel has done is inhuman, but the problem is, will the international community dare to condemn Israel’s actions?”

“We still hope that the United Nations and America will get involved in the process, because this is not just about Muslims, it’s about universal human rights,” Zainuddin said.

At a protest yesterday outside Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Calgary constituency office, demonstrators compared Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Adolph Hitler.

Muslim Council of Calgary chairman Nagah Hage denounced Olmert as a Nazi for what he called the “barbaric” bombing of Gaza, and said Harper’s support for Israel makes him complicit in the Gaza bloodbath.

A lone counter-demonstrator defending Israel’s right to stop Hamas rocket attacks was cursed by the crowd.

More Throwing Of Shoes

In London, several thousand people, many carrying Palestinian flags, marched past Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Downing Street residence to a rally in Trafalgar Square. Outside Downing Street, hundreds of protesters stopped and threw shoes at the tall iron gates blocking entry to the narrow road.

Shoe-throwing has become a popular gesture of protest and contempt since an Iraqi journalist pelted U.S. President George W. Bush with a pair of brogues in Baghdad last month.

Among the London marchers were activist Bianca Jagger, ex-Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox and comedian Alexei Sayle.

“As a Jew, it’s very moving to see so many people who are so outraged at Israel’s actions,” Sayle said. “Israel is a democratic country that is behaving like a terrorist organization.”

Rallies were being held in other British cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Outside the Israeli Embassy tempers flared, as protestors threw a barrier at police.

The clashes began after a small group of protesters stormed a barrier that had been penning them in. Riot police were brought in to control the crowds and demonstrators were seen being handcuffed and taken away by officers as they tried to clear the street.

Several protesters left the scene with bloodied faces, according to a reporter from the Press Association.

Brown’s office said Saturday the British leader had phoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and called for an immediate ceasefire.

“Rocket attacks from Hamas must stop, and we have called for a halt to Israeli military action in Gaza,” a spokesman said, on condition of anonymity in line with government policy. “Too many have died and we need space to get humanitarian supplies to those who need them.”

President George W. Bush has declined to criticize Israel, branding Hamas rocket fire an “act of terror.” But he has joined other world leaders in calling for an internationally monitored truce.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon also has backed a cease-fire, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy is due to visit the region next week as part of a diplomatic push to stop the violence.

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World Reports on: Demonstrations Against Israels attacks on Gaza, January 3, 2009

The History Behind Gaza Conflict

CBS Evening News: Renewed Fighting Between Israel And Hamas Has Long Back Story

CBS) In many ways, the conflict between Israel and Hamas was inevitable — ever since Hamas took control of Gaza from moderate Palestinian forces 18 months ago. CBS News Correspondent Sheila MacVicar reports.


Tens of thousands in the Muslim world protested Israel’s continuing bombardment in Gaza and chanted, “Down with Israel.”

In Cairo, where the Egyptian government had been key in brokering the now-collapsed ceasefire, people called for an end to cooperation with Israel.

If history has shown us anything, getting any cooperation over Gaza has been nearly impossible, reports CBS News correspondent Sheila MacVicar.

Thirty miles long, at most ten miles wide, and twice the size of Washington D.C., Gaza is one of the world’s most densely populated places.

It was ruled by Egypt until captured in the 1967 War. Gaza was occupied by Israeli soldiers until three years ago.

When Israel unilaterally withdrew, it left behind a vacuum filled by Hamas, the Islamist group which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Hamas is now the elected leadership of Gaza.

“The Israelis, as far as they’re concerned, what they face with Palestinian resistance and in particular from Hamas, is in their book no different than what the United States faces from al Qaeda,” said Rosemary Hollis, a Middle East expert at City University London.

Since 2005, Hamas militants and their allies have launched more than 6,000 rockets at Israeli targets. Ten people have been killed.

As candidate Barack Obama discovered when he toured the frequently hit Israeli town of Sderot last summer, however crudely ineffective the attacks, people did live in fear.

“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Obama said on July 23.

But the violence was not one-sided. Israel carried out targeted killings. And more importantly for the people of Gaza, it imposed and tightened an economic blockade that cut off supplies of food, medicine, and even electricity.

The theory was that would encourage Palestinians to reject Hamas. It didn’t work.

Unwilling to talk to Hamas, with Israeli elections coming soon and no serious prospects for peace, Israel did what it has done before and vows to continue.

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Well that is a very short sighted  History if you ask me. There is so much more that people should be told of what is happening in Gaza. One must go back to 1946 and  before and for sure after. What happened after 1946 is what most do not seem to know anything about.

It seems most of  what happened is not known by most who think Israel is right in murdering innocent people in Gaza.

So one has to wonder who is the thief that stole their country? Who helped them? If you don’t know then find out before you allow Israel condemn those in Gaza.

This is now Called for the most part Israel but it was once Palestine.

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Israel’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty

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Saturday Jan 3 Reports:US protests against Israels attacks on Gaza

Saturday Reports:Reports on: Demonstrations Against Israels attacks on Gaza, January 3, 2009 London Paris etc

Friday Jan 2 Reports:Muslims around the world protest Gaza assault

Added January 5 2009

Sunday Jan 4 Report: Protests in Canada against Attack in Gaza

Sunday Jan 4 Reports: US protests against Attack in Gaza

Sunday Jan 4 Reports: Protests around the World Against Gaza assault

December Reports

December 29 Reports:Global protests against Israel

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Toronto: January 3, demonstrating against Israeli assault In Gaza

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Reports on protests

Sunday Jan 4 Reports: Protests in Canada against Attack in Gaza

Sunday Jan 4 Reports: US protests against Attack in Gaza

Sunday Jan 4  Reports: Protests around the World Against Gaza assault

Reports on Canadian protests below. Approximately  3000 came out to protest in Toronto.

Added Jan 4th 2009

Saturday Jan 3 Reports:Canadian Protesters march in support of Palestinians

Saturday Reports on: Demonstrations Against Israels attacks on Gaza, January 3, 2009 London Paris etc

Saturday Jan 3 Reports:US protests against Israels attacks on Gaza

Friday Jan 2 Reports:Muslims around the world protest Gaza assault

December Reports

December 29 Reports:Global protests against Israel

Posted Jan 2 2008

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE ISRAELI ASSAULT ON GAZA!

WHEN: 2pm on Saturday January 3rd, 2009

WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square (buses leave Palestine House 1:15pm sharp)
Meet under the OCAP banner.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON  M5A 1R6
416-925-6939  ocap@tao.ca http://www.ocap.ca

Join in demonstrating against the latest Israeli assault on the people of
Gaza.
At least 400 Palestinians have been killed and at least 1600 have been
injured in the on-going assault on the Gaza Strip that began on Saturday.

This is the single largest massacre in Gaza since Israel illegally
occupied the area in 1967. The numbers of dead are mounting, especially as the already limited medical supplies are running out due to the brutal siege of Gaza since 2005.

While the Western media reports that the raids targeted Hamas ‘operatives,’ the dead include women, children and men in all areas of life in Gaza. “Operation  Cast Lead” has echoes of previous Israeli raids into Gaza that have been characterized by indiscriminate attacks on civilian population centers, mass detentions, violent house demolitions and other forms of collective punishment.

Such actions need to be strongly and unconditionally condemned.

This attack comes just days after the so-called ‘ceasefire’ between Hamas
and Israel expired. During this alleged ceasefire, Israel continued to
impose its brutal siege on Gaza, restricting the flow of aid, medical
supplies, fuel and other necessities of life into the territory. For the
past two years Gaza has been undergoing the daily violence of a
wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced
access to energy, food, and medicines. In effect, Gaza is the world’s
largest open air prison. The UN and others in the international community condemned the humanitarian disaster created by Israel’s siege during the time of this ‘ceasefire’. Israel now claims that this operation is in response to Hamas refusing to renew this sham of a ceasefire. Once again, Israel is imposing collective punishment on the people of Gaza for electing a Hamas government.

Organizers are particularly angered by the Canadian government’s on-going support for the Israeli apartheid regime – including the intensification of bilateral military, political and economic links between Canada and Israel.
These latest war crimes occur in the context of official Canadian complicity with and support for Israel’s illegal siege and starvation of the civilian population in Gaza.

At this moment, we can only reaffirm our commitment in the strongest
possible terms to continue mobilizing to respond to the call by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a comprehensive campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to end Israeli Apartheid. As H.E. Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, President of the United Nations General Assembly state in a recent speech: “More than twenty years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we agreed that sanctions were required to provide a nonviolent means of pressuring South Africa to end its violations. Today, perhaps we in the United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations.”

CONTACT:
Palestine House
info@palestinehouse.com

Demonstration Organized By:

Palestine House
Canadian Arab Federation
Women in Solidarity with Palestine (WSP)
Not In Our Name (NION): Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
Muslim Association of Hamilton
International Jewish anti-Zionist Network – Toronto
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Muslim Unity
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
Canadian Druze Society
Canadian Syrian Social Club
Al Huda
Islamic Relief
Steel Workers Union
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario)
Educators for Peace and Justice

Please send further organizational endorsements to: info@palestinehouse.com

Actions we can take to help Palestinians in Gaza

Pro-Gaza protest, march set for Saturday Jan 3, in St. Petersburg

Sat, Jan 3rd, NYC GAZA ACTIONS CONTINUE – MARCH & RALLY

Other Protests across the US

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Fallen Canadian and British Soldiers Come Home

December 18 2008
By Matthew Hickley

UK

The  trees were strung with festive lights and the streets thronged with shoppers.

But Christmas was put on hold in Wootton Bassett today as five young men came home from war.

One thousand people stood silently on the streets to honour the soldiers killed in Afghanistan as their coffins, draped in Union Flags, were driven through the town after arriving at nearby RAF Lyneham.

Funeral

Thousands stood silently in honour of the five dead marines’ funeral took place in Wootton Bassett

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As those in the crowd clutched parcels and shopping bags, their thoughts were with the men’s families who will endure this Christmas in a haze of grief.

And for ever more, the season of goodwill will be just another reminder of the loved ones lost.

Today’s  tribute honoured five commandos killed in Helmand province in the past week.

Repatriation

The body of Lt Aaron Lewis of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery being repatriated at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire


Repatriation

The body of Lt Marine Damian Davies of Commando Logistics Regiment, Chivenor, North Devon, being repatriated

Royal Marines Damian Davies, 27, Sgt John Manuel, 38, and Corporal Marc Birch, 26, were killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack by a 13-year-old Afghan boy last Friday, close to the town of Sangin.

An hour earlier Marine Lance Corporal Steven Fellows, 28, was killed in a roadside bomb attack a few miles away.

And on Monday, Lt Aaron Lewis, 26, a soldier from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, died near the town of Gereshk when the gun battery he was commanding came under enemy fire.

Repatriation

Coffin

A coffin draped with regimental tie and scarf

Earlier, the men’s families watched as the coffins were unloaded at RAF Lyneham, with full military honours. They were driven through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire en route to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The town came to a standstill, with shops closing and members of the public, including many veterans, standing in solemn silence.

Crowds paying respects

Crowds gather to pay their respects as the funeral cortege pass through Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire

Many were in tears as the procession moved through, pausing for a minute’s silence at the town’s war memorial.

Jo Carpenter, 63, a retired civil servant, said: ‘My heart goes out to the families of those young men, especially at this time of year.’

Onlookers

Many onlookers were overcome with emotion

Onlookers

The town centre came to a standstill

A British soldier was killed in Afghanistan after being hit by enemy gunfire. His is the fifth death in three days

This comes as a British officer has warned that it will be ‘business as usual’ over the Christmas period for troops in Afghanistan, where 13 UK personnel have been killed in Helmand Province since the beginning of October .

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Richmond, commander officer of the 1st Battalion The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, currently operating around the town of Garmsir in southern Helmand, said: ‘We are all prepared for there to be no let up.

‘It doesn’t take that many people to mount the asymmetric threat, such as suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices.

‘We are all prepared for this continuing and it will be business as usual for us over the Christmas period.’

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UK casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq Names and Pictures

As of today 133 casualties  in Afghanistan

Three fallen soldiers return to a hero’s welcome

December 16 2008

Canada

Military pallbearers carry the casket of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont.

Military pallbearers carry the casket of Private John Michael Roy Curwin at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont.

Military pallbearers carry the casket of Private Justin Peter Jones at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont.

Supporters stand on a bridge in Whitby, Ont., as the hearses carrying fallen soldiers pass along the Highway of Heroes

The bodies of three more Canadian soldiers slain in Afghanistan have been returned to Canadian soil.

A military aircraft carrying Cpl. Thomas Hamilton, Pte. John Curwin and Pte. Justin Jones touched down at CFB Trenton at about noon on Tuesday. All three served with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, RCR based in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

A motorcade transported their caskets along the Highway of Heroes into Toronto for a standard post-mortem event.

They arrived on the eastern outreaches of Scarborough around 3 p.m. ET. People greeted the motorcade with Canadian flags and yellow ribbons. Some stood silently, and other applauded as the motorcade passed.

The OPP put out a news release Tuesday morning urging people not to pull over to the side of the 401 when they see the motorcade pass.

“Cars parked on the shoulder and people standing on the side of the road are a hazard to traffic on the road and to those who have stopped,” it said.

Instead, they want motorists to pull right off the highway.

Having Canadians gather on the overpasses to show respect for returning fallen soldiers is a growing tradition — one last exercised about a week ago when three other soldiers died.

Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren, Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson and Pte. Demetrios Diplaros, were from the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based out of Petawawa, Ont. They died on Dec. 5. Their deaths brought Canada’s military death toll in Afghanistan to 100 since 2002. The toll is now 103.

In both incidents, the soldiers died as a result of roadside bombs.

On Tuesday morning in Afghanistan, Lt.-Gen. Michel Gauthier told reporters that two insurgents had been killed while trying to plant roadside bombs on the same stretch of highway that claimed the six Canadian lives.

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To Date Canada has 103 Casualties names and Pictures of Fallen

Memorial to fallen Canadians an ‘oasis of peace’

A series of political rallies were held in cities across Canada

Demonstrators hold signs at a rally in support of the Bloc Quebecois supported Liberal-NDP coalition to replace the Conservative minority government, in Montreal on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Demonstrators hold signs at a rally in support of the Bloc Quebecois supported Liberal-NDP coalition to replace the Conservative minority government, in Montreal on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Demonstrators hold signs at a rally in support of the coalition to replace the Conservative minority government in Montreal on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Demonstrators hold signs at a rally in support of the coalition to replace the Conservative minority government in Montreal on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Nancy Szkurhan, of Kanata, Ont., holds a sign as she takes part in an anti-coalition rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)

Nancy Szkurhan, of Kanata, Ont., holds a sign as she takes part in an anti-coalition rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)

Coalition and Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and NDP leader Jack Layton raise their joined hands at a pro-coalition rally in Toronto on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Coalition and Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and NDP leader Jack Layton raise their joined hands at a pro-coalition rally in Toronto on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A protester holds up a drawing of Liberal Leader Stephane Dion stylized as Stalin during an anti-coalition rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday Dec. 4, 2008. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A protester holds up a drawing of Liberal Leader Stephane Dion stylized as Stalin during an anti-coalition rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday Dec. 4, 2008. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

December 6 2008

A series of political rallies were held in cities across Canada on Saturday, some in support and others in protest of the opposition coalition that threatened to topple the Conservative government earlier this week.

In some cases, both pro- and anti-coalition rallies took place in the same city.

In Toronto, Canada’s federal Liberal and NDP leaders addressed several thousand supporters in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion told a pro-coalition crowd at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square that Canada urgently needs a plan to help the country’s economy.

“We want to help our country to fight the economic crisis that is coming, and for that we need to pull together,” he said Saturday afternoon.

He also said Prime Minister Stephen Harper had “wasted time on partisan games and locked the doors of Parliament.”

NDP Leader Jack Layton followed Dion and told the crowd that the prime minister had put “a padlock on Parliament Hill” and was “desperately clinging to power.”

“By closing down Parliament, he has silenced your voice,” Layton said. “He has turned his back on the economy and on the people who are being thrown out of work.”

Layton criticized Harper for delivering “an ideological plan” in the government’s fiscal update, when Canadians needed the prime minister to look after their best interests.

About two kilometers north of the pro-coalition rally featuring Layton and Dion, a crowd of more than 500 held an anti-coalition rally at the provincial legislature buildings in Queen’s Park.

In Ottawa, an anti-coalition rally saw an estimated 3,000 people gather on Parliament Hill in the bitter cold, in order to protest the Liberal-NDP coalition that is backed up by the Bloc Quebecois.

CTV’s John Hua said crowd members had told him “the people here are for Stephen Harper, but for the most part they are here for democracy.”

“They have come because they have chosen a government, they have chosen the specific people to lead this country, and that it’s…not up to backroom deals for people to come together and pull that majority away from Stephen Harper,” he told CTV’s Newsnet in a phone interview from Ottawa.

Another rally in Calgary saw about 2,000 people gather in support of the existing Conservative government, and just over 200 people showed up to a similar rally in Halifax.

Another 200 people showed up at anti-coalition rally held in front of the New Brunswick legislature in Fredericton.

In Halifax, protesters held placards urging federal politicians to respect their votes, using slogans like “My Vote Counts,” “No Secret Deals” and “Respect Our Votes” to convey their message.

Conservative MP Gerry Keddy, who was present at the Halifax rally, called on the coalition to give “its head a shake.”

In Montreal, just under 1,000 people showed up to a pro-coalition rally that was organized by three major Quebec unions.

That rally was attended by Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, as well as NDP and Liberal party representatives.

Duceppe told the crowd that Harper is “trying to make Canada a banana republic” by proroguing Parliament.

Also in Montreal, a crowd of about 30 people held a demonstration outside Dion’s Montreal offices, in support of the Conservative government.

All of the protests began at noon ET on Saturday, including about 20 organized by Canadians for Democracy, which opposes the proposed Liberal-NDP-Bloc Quebecois coalition.

On its website, rallyforcanada.ca, the group accuses the NDP and Liberals of getting into bed with separatists and warns that the threat of a coalition taking power will resume once Parliament returns on Jan. 26.

“Let’s rally to show the proposed coalition that this isn’t a good option,” reads a message on the website.

The Canadian Labour Congress, which supports the coalition, held rallies in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, as well as in Montreal and Sudbury, Ont.

A radio ad that also appears on the CLC’s website encourages supporters to attend Saturday’s rallies by slamming Harper’s inability to work with the opposition parties to devise solutions for a sluggish economy.

“During the election, Stephen Harper told us he would make a minority Parliament work and put our economy first. He has failed.”

The rallies come at the end of a whirlwind week in Ottawa, as the three opposition parties threatened to overthrow Harper’s Conservative minority and take power after a confidence vote that had been scheduled for Monday.

The move was largely a response to last week’s economic update, delivered by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, which withdrew public funding for the federal parties and failed to include details of an economic stimulus package.

Harper responded by asking Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to prorogue Parliament. That gives him until Jan. 26 to prepare a budget that will contain a plan for stimulating the economy. Jean agreed and Harper will now present a budget on Jan. 27.

He has said he would like input from the opposition parties as he prepares his economic plan.

Saturday’s rallies follow a series of pro-coalition protests Thursday, including one on Parliament Hill that drew about 2,000 supporters.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces that Governor General Michaelle Jean approved his recommendation to prorogue Parliament at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Thursday, Dec. 4 , 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Tom Hanson)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares his speech to the nation from his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec.3, 2008. (Tom Hanson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares his speech to the nation from his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec.3, 2008. (Tom Hanson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion reads his speech in reaction to the prime minister's televised speech to the nation from his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion reads his speech in reaction to the prime minister’s televised speech to the nation from his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Harper wrong on democracy claims: experts

December 4 2008

By Jim Brown

OTTAWA — If there’s one point on which Stephen Harper has been adamant, it’s his claim that the opposition politicians trying to strip him of power are undermining democracy.

“The Canadian government has always been chosen by the people,” the prime minister declared in his mid-week televised address to the country.

But now, he told viewers, a coalition of opposition parties is trying to oust him through a backroom deal “without your say, without your consent and without your vote.”

Just how valid is Harper’s claim that changing governments without a new election would be undemocratic?

“It’s politics, it’s pure rhetoric,” said Ned Franks, a retired Queen’s University expert on parliamentary affairs. “Everything that’s been happening is both legal and constitutional.”

Other scholars are virtually unanimous in their agreement. They say Harper’s populist theory of democracy is more suited to a U.S.-style presidential system, in which voters cast ballots directly for a national leader, than it is to Canadian parliamentary democracy.

“He’s appealing to people who learned their civics from American television,” said Henry Jacek, a political scientist at McMaster University.

Harper signed similar document in 2004

In Canada, there’s no national vote for prime minister. People elect MPs in 308 ridings, and a government holds power only as long as it has the support of a majority of those MPs.

“We have a rule that the licence to govern is having the confidence of the House of Commons,” said Peter Russell, a former University of Toronto professor and adviser to past governors general.

“I’m sorry, that’s the rule. If they want to change it to having a public opinion poll, we’d have to reform and rewrite our Constitution.”

Harper himself signed a letter to then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in 2004, claiming the right to form a government if Paul Martin’s minority Liberals could be defeated in a confidence vote in the Commons.

His ostensible partners would have been NDP Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe — now derided by Harper as the “socialist” and the “separatist” in Liberal Leader Stephane Dion’s coalition.

“I was just as much a sovereigntist then as I am now,” Duceppe sniffed Thursday in a reference to Harper’s new-found aversion to any deals with the Bloc.

Such facts are conveniently forgottenby some members of Harper’s cabinet who have been even more vocal than their boss in the current crisis.

Revenue Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn has characterized the opposition effort to bring down the Tories as a “coup d’etat.”

Transport Minister John Baird spoke Thursday of the need for the Conservatives to go “over the heads” of both Parliament and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to take their case straight to the people.

There’s no doubt the central Harper claim — that he can’t legitimately be dumped from office without a new election — is dead wrong, said Jonathan Rose, a Queen’s University political scientist.

But as a communications strategy it has the virtue of being simple, direct and powerful.

“He’s using this bludgeon of an argument (but) most people just see the word democracy and have some intuitive connection to it,” said Rose.

By contrast, the theory and practice of parliamentary confidence and responsible cabinet government take some explaining.

But Harper may have undermined his own effort Thursday with his visit to the Governor General to get permission to shut down Parliament for seven weeks.

It was the only way he could dodge a confidence vote that would have toppled his government next Monday. But it also presented the Liberals, NDP and Bloc with a ready-made response to the prime minister’s claim of democratic superiority.

“You need something visceral and simple,” said Rose. “The opposition metaphor of locking the doors to Parliament does it. I think people understand that.”

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Harper ‘lies’ about coalition details

Toronto working poor need pay hike: Study

November 18, 2008 

TORONTO – In Canada’s most expensive urban area, Ontario’s minimum wage falls far short of what families need for a decent standard of living, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The study, A Living Wage for Toronto, estimates two working parents raising two young children would need to earn $16.60 an hour each, with both parents working full-time and year-round, to be able to live adequately within the Greater Toronto Area.

“There’s a big difference between having enough to survive – and Ontario’s minimum wage doesn’t even do that – and having enough to participate in the life of the community” says study co-author Hugh Mackenzie, CCPA research associate. “The living wage is the income threshold a family has to cross to avoid being marginalized.”

The study takes into account the major costs facing families raising children in the GTA, and estimates how high their wage should be in order to have a decent standard of life.

“We held focus groups with families in the GTA to confirm our estimates reflected the reality of everyday living,” says co-author Jim Stanford, CCPA research associate. “We discovered that while it covers the basics, our living wage number is still quite modest.

“So many GTA families struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table. They’re working hard, making a major contribution to our economy. It’s only fair that the work they do lifts them out of poverty, and allows them to lead a healthy, full life.”

The study is released in advance of this weekend’s Good Jobs Summit, being organized by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council to improve the quality of jobs in Toronto.

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Poverty in Canada is Very Real and Rising

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Poverty in Canada is Very Real and Rising

November 18 2008

Poverty in Canada

In 2006, the value of goods and services produced in Canada was over a trillion dollars – amounting to an estimated $35,600 in wealth generated for every man, woman and child in the country, or $142,400 for a family of four.  Despite this vast wealth, there is an ever-widening gap between high-income and low-income individuals and households in Canada. This “growing gap” is contributing to a widening social divide in Canada: a comparative few have unlimited opportunity to fulfill their dreams and potential; many more citizens strain to meet their basic needs. (For excellent detailed information on the growing gap, maintained by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, check here .)

At least 3.4 million people – or about one in ten Canadians – lived in poverty in Canada in 2006. They included an estimated 760,000 children and youth. Demographic groups most susceptible to poverty include Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, single parents (primarily women) and their children, recent immigrants to Canada, and those toiling in low-paying jobs.

To live in poverty in Canada is to live with insufficient and often poor quality food. It is to sleep in poor quality housing, in homeless shelters, or on city streets. It is to be at much greater risk of poor health. It is to be unable to participate fully in one’s community and greater society. And it is to suffer great depths of anxiety and emotional pain, borne by young and old alike.

The persistence of poverty and income inequality, and their negative impacts on health, social cohesion and economic prosperity calls out for vision, leadership and unwavering determination to tackle the root causes of these problems. The National Anti-Poverty Organization is dedicated to this agenda.

Did You Know?

There is no official definition of poverty in Canada and no official “poverty lines” for the nation. However, there are several measures of “low income” which are often used as proxies for poverty lines.  These measures include the Low Income Cut-off (LICO), the Low Income Measure (LIM) and the Market Basket Measure (MBM). For a short review of these measures, check here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).   NAPO

Since 2006 the poverty rates in Canada have increased a great deal.

One in five children live in poverty or more.  Canada does not keep very good statistics in this area.

I do believe the Government wants to hide the truth form it’s citizens.

There are more full time working homeless people then ever before.

There are more Homeless then before 1995.

Ontario for the first time in history has become a have not province.

Of course Mike Harris and de-regulation and numerous other policies had a profound affect on the necessities such as heat, hydro and housing.  All drastically increased.

His legacy lives on in Ontario. Seems his policies played a great role in the problems Ontario now faces today.

Affordable housing is a thing of the past.

Cutting welfare rates by 20% had a dramatic affect on people. It also took out money from the economy and job losses did occur because of the cuts. Less people spending money means job losses.

Implementing the Work For Welfare also played a great role in lowering wages and punishing the jobless. Working for six months and then one is moved on to the next employers. The employer gets free labour. So why would they hire a person when they can get a new free worker in six months?

Employers also abuse the work incentive programs. Hire an employee and you get a percentage of the wages for the employee from the Government. Many times the employee is fired after the six month period and the Employer hires another employee and gets well you said it a portion of their wages for yet another six month period and the cycle continues.

Abusive employers are common.

His policies on the working people, also decreased wages workers received, and their safety.

Less people spending money, causes job losses.

Many of the Harris policies have been implemented in other provinces as well.

Canadians are not the wealthy strong country it once was.

Many of the policies implemented were in the Free Trade agreement.

Cutting Social programs, destroying labour, lowering wages, reducing environmental protections, de-regulation, etc.

Homelessness and hunger in Ontario

By Lee Parsons

23 October 1998

Several reports over the past weeks have drawn attention to the growth of hunger and homelessness across Canada, and in Ontario in particular.

One such study conducted by the Canadian Association of Food Banks, called “Hunger Count 1998,” reveals that the number of people forced to use food banks has increased dramatically in the past several years. More than 700,000 people used one of 2,141 food banks last year in Canada, an increase of 5.4 percent over 1996. The sharpest rise was in Nova Scotia, which saw an increase of 40 percent. Food bank use in Ontario, while climbing only 2.1 percent, has recorded an increase of over 30 percent in the last three years.

The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto is the largest of its kind in Ontario and has become a permanent necessity since its establishment nearly 20 years ago. While the food bank issues reports regularly, the approach of winter in Ontario has focused media attention on a number of its recent publications that look at the broader effects of poverty in one of the wealthiest cities in North America.

While a good deal of attention, legitimately enough, has been paid to the plight of poor children in Ontario, who account for 41.5 percent of food bank users, the poverty of their parents and other adults is often overlooked. Revealing statistics in one report from Daily Bread, “Who goes hungry?,” show that among adults polled who use food banks, the majority were childless and a disproportionate two-thirds were in their thirties or forties–prime earning years. With incomes of between 25 to 50 percent below the government low-income cutoff or poverty line, the percentage of those counted as the poorest of the poor is increasing.

Another study reveals the connection between poor health and hunger, as well as other important features of systemic poverty in Ontario and in its largest urban center in particular. Entitled “No Apples today … maybe tomorrow,” the report declares that with almost one-third of those who use food banks suffering poor health, hunger is a health issue. While it may come as no surprise that those who lack adequate nutrition are also more likely to have poor health, this report is valuable in elaborating concretely the impact of the decline in living standards in the province. However, as the study itself states: “Food banks are not a viable option for addressing the long term problem of poor health and hunger.”

On another front the Toronto disaster relief committee issued a report last week calling homelessness a national disaster that should be treated like last winter’s devastating ice storm. Ontario Premier Mike Harris responded by saying, “I don’t know whether it’s a national state of emergency at this point of time. I don’t know whether it’s any worse than last year.”

Advocacy groups have raised the issue of homelessness in anticipation of a large shortfall in available space. Current shelters are filled to capacity. Last year in Toronto 26,000 people used emergency shelters, and that number is expected to increase over the next 12 months. It is estimated that 700 new beds will have to be found to meet the demand even if it stays at last year’s level. Some 4,700 individuals are currently homeless in Toronto, with about 4,200 of them staying in emergency shelters and the rest sleeping outside. The city has set up a task force to find a long-term solution, but without adequate funding officials are pressed simply to meet immediate needs.

Responding to a task force report on homelessness commissioned by her office, Ontario Social Services Minister Janet Ecker stated that the cuts to welfare would help Ontario’s homeless people to build a life off the streets (What BS that was). According to Ecker, the government is out of the subsidized housing business, which she declares is not the only answer to the problem. The report, while outlining the extent of the crisis, offers no solutions and places the responsibility on municipalities.

Ecker applauded the report and went on to boast that there are 133,000 fewer children on welfare today than in 1995 (many ended up homeless). The reason for this change is not that poor families have fared any better over that period, but that changes to welfare eligibility and a 21.6 cut in benefits have removed welfare as a means of support for thousands of poor families. Ecker’s ministry is reportedly seeking to expand the “workfare” program which is currently in place only for public sector and nonprofit agencies.

Opposition critics called the 22-page study pitiful, pointing out that while it calls for cities to get people off the streets and into hostels, the hostels are already full. In Toronto an advisory committee on homelessness has suggested setting up tent cities and trailer parks to solve the growing crisis. The solutions offered resemble measures taken in 1946 when the city faced a housing crisis resulting from the return of soldiers from the Second World War.

Referring to the destruction of social programs by both provincial and federal governments, Councilor Jack Layton, who heads the committee, stated, “The hostels are full, affordable housing programs have been canceled, rents are being allowed to go up–we really are stuck here, and we’ve been abandoned totally by Ottawa and Queen’s Park.” Ann Golden, head of Toronto’s homelessness task force, said the report ignores issues of poverty and the housing market, and the shortage of supportive housing needed to keep the mentally ill off the streets.

NDP Member of the Provincial Parliament Rosario Marchese stated, “This is a man-made crisis that can only be corrected by the provincial government taking the lead–and that means housing.” When the NDP was in power it pioneered the workfare program and quashed plans to build 20,000 nonprofit housing units, measures that contributed to the current social crisis.

Actions taken by every level of government have helped swell the ranks of the poor. The federal Liberals have cut billions from transfer payments to the provinces that finance social programs, while posting a surplus of nearly $20 billion in employment insurance since restricting eligibility and reducing rates last year. Over the last 10 years the proportion of the unemployed who actually qualify for benefits has fallen from 83 to 42 percent.

In Ontario the provincial Conservative government has deepened its victimization of the poor since slashing welfare rates three years ago. Hospital closings and cuts to health care have thrown thousands of mentally ill people into the streets to fend for themselves. Waiting lists for subsidized housing now extend years into the future, with no new housing being built and existing shelter being privatized.

In Toronto tuition hikes and a shortage of decent paying jobs have worsened conditions for thousands of young people. In typical fashion bureaucrats at city hall last summer launched a campaign to criminalize the so-called “squeegee kids,” youth who make money by washing car windshields.

The harsh economic reality is about to get worse. While the full impact of government cuts to welfare, social programs and subsidized housing are now making themselves felt, it is clear that the anticipated economic downturn will place whole new sections of the population in jeopardy.

The expressions of concern from the various parliamentary parties are hypocritical. The Liberals, Tories and NDP have each, over the past period, contributed to the growth of poverty in response to the demands of big business to divest government of social responsibility and leave the poor at the mercy of the market.

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Jobs outsourced to other countries also played a role in job losses as well. Many were out souced after the Free Trade Agreement was signed.

Those on welfare are more prone to illness caused by malnutrition and poor living conditions.

Job losses, low wages and lack of safety for workers have a profound impact on all concerned.

The fewer jobs, the more people have to depend on welfare. It’s a vicious circle.

Canada needs a change for a better future.

Canada is not alone in this however there are other countries, who have had increased poverty.

All the talk of Free Trade helping people out of poverty is just fabricated propaganda.

Free Trade gave Corporations everything they wanted. Cheap slave labour, more profit and the ability to pollute.

What Free Trade is Really About

From the original Canada-US free trade agreement and NAFTA to the WTO agreements and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, these international treaties are about making it easier for the world’s largest corporations to lower their costs. It allows them to seek out the cheapest workers, the most lax environmental laws and to use the threat of relocation to get what they want. The notion that any country, its workers or consumers benefit from such agreements is a myth.

‘Millions’ of UK young in poverty

Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages

New USDA Statistics Highlight Growing Hunger Crisis in the U.S.

Links to Numerous Anti-Poverty Organizations around the world

Is an Obama presidency no laughing matter?

Television personality Bill Maher participates in a press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 7. (AP / Evan Agostini)

Television personality Bill Maher participates

in a press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival in

Toronto on Sept. 7. (AP / Evan Agostini)

Host Craig Ferguson is seen on the set of CBS' 'Late Late Show' in an undated photo. (CBS Broadcasting Inc.)Host Craig Ferguson is seen on the set of CBS’

‘Late Late Show’ . (CBS Broadcasting Inc.)

November 8 2008

Parminder Parmar

For the last eight years, U.S. President George Bush has given North American comedians ample fodder for their routines. His political foibles, international follies, and linguistic challenges provided comics a gold mine of material.

But now, comics across the continent are worried Tuesday’s election of Barack Obama may have been the day the laughter died. Generally speaking, they say their lives aren’t made any easier by a subject who appears to be competent, knowledgeable, and in control.

The impending comedic recession has Bill Maher so worried, he’s already calling on Obama to give comedians a bailout package.

“New Rule! Barack Obama has to give comedians something to work with,” Maher declared last month in a segment that has become the mainstay of his show “Real Time.”

“Seriously, here’s a guy who’s not fat, not cheating on his wife, not stupid, not angry and not a phony. Who needs an a–hole like that around for the next four years?”

In the end, though, Maher didn’t need much help from Obama. The “politically incorrect” comedian belted out a series of cracks about the president-elect throughout his show, including one about Obama’s middle name Hussein.

“Americans were so sick of Bush,” Maher noted, “that seven years after 9-11, they said, “You know what sounds good? A black guy with a Muslim name.”

Not quite done, he added, “You know, a year ago, if you had told me the next president would be a black liberal, I would have said, “Stop BS’ing me, Woody Harrelson, and pass that bong!”

Despite their feigned concerns about a joke-free White House, Vancouver-based comedian Simon King says most political comics won’t have any problems coming up with new punch lines. In fact, he says the Obama jokes in his act have been getting big laughs since the primaries.

“People were surprised that Obama beat Hillary (Clinton),” he told CTV.ca from Vancouver, noting he wasn’t shocked at all.

“When you have a 47-year-old black man in a race against a 61-year-old white woman, the black man is going to win.”

King’s joke, while a favourite with audiences, touches on a matter that is particularly sensitive for comedians — that of race. King says it’s all about context.

“It’s not what’s said. It’s how it’s said. (The audience knows) where I’m coming from. It comes from a good place,” he said.

King points out that when it comes to political comedy, everything is fair game, including the topic of presidential assassinations.

In one of his routines, he asks his audience rhetorically: “Who’s going to assassinate John McCain — Father Time?”

He continues with another joke that some would consider over the line. Recalling the end of what was a tough election battle, King said he couldn’t believe the enormity of the McCain defeat.

“The last time that McCain got a beating like that, the guy doing it was speaking Vietnamese,” he said.

Those in the comedy business say the only thing that should be off limits in a joke is something that doesn’t make people laugh.

“I think comedians tend to draw the line only at what they think the crowd won’t find funny. Otherwise, they will push it as far as they can,” said Matthew Wall, the manager of Yuk Yuk’s comedy club in Vancouver.

Still, even the best-known comics say they went into panic mode after Tuesday’s election results came in.

“It’s tragic. Obama doesn’t make that many mistakes. How can I do my job? I’m getting a little panicky,” CBS “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson declared this past week in a faux rant.

“A dignified African-American man — what the hell can I do with that?”

And then, like a bolt of lightening, the answer dawned on the newly-minted American citizen: “My only hope is Biden!”

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OK they have a good point. Really they do.

How could Obama possibly top Bush in the Blunders and Bloopers department?

By any stretch of the imagination is just can’t be done.

The comedians must be shaking in their booties.

BUSH BLUNDERS AND BLOOPERS