Elizabeth May Presentation in Mississauga, April 26th!

March 16, 2007


Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Mississagua on April 26th as guest speaker at the Sierra Club’s Earth Week Special Event. For details please read the info below from Peter Orphanos of the Sierra Club of Canada – Peel Region, and the linked pdf file for the event flyer.

Dear Peel Group Members of the Sierra Club of Canada,

We are fortunate to have been able to get Elizabeth May to be our guest speaker at our Earth Week Special Event. It will take place on Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. at the H.J.A. Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario Street, Mississauga. The flyer with all information is attached. The cost is $20. Mail your cheque along with your name(s) and email address(es) to Peter Orphanos, 5372 Drenkelly Court, Mississauga, ON, L5M2H4. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt which you can present at the door. If you do not have email, include your phone number where we can contact you. Your name will be on a list of those who have paid which will be at the entrance reception area. You will then receive your ticket. Please try to support this major fundraiser which is sure to create much excitement. It will be the major gathering of environmentalists in 2007 for Peel and beyond – a great opportunity for networking and learning.

cheques for payment of tickets are to be made out to Sierra Club of Canada – Peel Region.

Peter Orphanos – Chair

Sierra Club of Canada

Peel Region Group


OHC slams private clinic proposal and John Tory’s comments

March 16, 2007


Ontario Health Coalition

15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8

tel: 416-441-2502 fax: 416-441-4073 email ohc@sympatico.ca www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

March 15, 2006 Attn: Assignment Editor


For Immediate Release



Health Coalition Slams Private Clinic Proposal &

John Tory’s Support for Privatization



Toronto:  TheOntario Health Coalition reacted with outrage to Conservative Leader John Tory’s statement in favour of for-profit hospital services today.



The coalition called for stronger measures to stop the for-profit privatization of Ontarios hospital services, noting that the for-profit surgical clinic proposal reported in todays Globe and Mail is part of an aggressive campaign by the for-profit industry to gain access to new profit-making opportunities at the expense of the public health system.

John Tory has just put himself on the record supporting more radical health privatization than even Mike Harris attempted, charged Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition. Todays events show that McGuinty must enact stronger measures to protect the public non-profit nature of the health system.



John Tory cannot both campaign on tax cuts and for-profit health care since private health care costs demonstrably more than non-profit care. John Tory should know that Britains introduction of for-profit hospital clinics – identical to the proposed clinics in Ontario – has forced the Blair government to impose tax increases to fund the creation of the parallel private system. Blair is also paying for his private health experiment by closing more than 50 rural hospitals. If John Tory and the Conservatives want this fight in rural Ontario leading into the election, we will take them up on it.



Dr. P.J. Devereaux, at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, a noted expert, also expressed grave concern. It would be very unwise for Ontario to head in the direction of for-profit surgical clinics and hospitals. Research consistently shows higher risk-adjusted death rates and higher costs for care in for-profit versus not-for-profit facilities. The last thing we should do is make the situation worse by introducing private clinics.



The proposal by the Don Mills Surgical Centre shows the hallmarks of the favoured business model of the for-profit health industry moving into Canada. These clinics maximize profit by obtaining government contracts to provide a steady stream of tax revenue and supplement this with extra user fees for any procedures for which they can charge, noted Ross Sutherland, RN, and Ontario Health Coalition board member. Such clinics are a significant threat to the public health system and will cost patients more.



While we are pleased that the McGuinty government is taking a clear stand against for-profit surgical clinics, they are engaging in a model of health restructuring that carries a serious threat of for-profit privatization. We are calling for stronger barriers in the way of the dismantling of the public non-profit system and charging fees to patients, said Mehra.



Quick Facts:

 The British Medical Journal reported in 2004, that the public health system was charged 47% more for hip replacements performed in private surgical clinics than for the same procedures provided in public hospitals

 Health policy expert and author Colleen Fuller reported in December that the costs for hip replacement surgeries in Alberta were $10,000 in a non-profit hospital and up to $21,780 in the provinces for-profit clinics.

 Patients in BCs for-profit clinics have been charged between $700 and $17,000 each in so-called facility fees which were deemed a contravention of the Canada Health Act.

 The Don Mills Surgical Centre is part of the Alegro Health Group which is traded on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange (TSX-V).

 The Centre, which has been in existence for 40 years, was bought by Alegro Health Group in 2005. They offer high intensity ultrasound treatments for prostate cancer and which is an experimental procedure, not approved and therefore not covered by OHIP. They also offer other non-insured (non-OHIP) health services for a fee.

 Alegro is a for-profit health corporation focusing on private-payer services. It was incorporated in 2001 and appears to have operating revenues of $12 million per year.



For more information: Ontario Health Coalition 416-441-2502

Toronto: OPIRG U of T upcoming events

March 16, 2007

1)Troops Out NOW DEMO: March 17th

2)Stop the Brutality Evening of music and Spoken word: March 17th

3)Queering the Fight for Status Rights: March 18th

4)WORLD WATER DAY Screenings with the NFB: March 20th

Also, for MORE events happening around the city updates for Action Group meetings visit our website: www.opirguoft.org


1) Troops Out Now! Rally

Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm

United States Consulate

360 University Avenue

(TTC: Osgoode or St. Patrick)

Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan! Bring them home now!

Rally – march – giant peace sign

On the four-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, join the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and people all over the world to demand: “Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan: bring them home now!”

We don’t want to wait for the Canadian equivalent of the Iraq Study Group to tell us what we already know now: that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a total disaster and it’s long overdue that we bring the troops home.

Join us for a rally featuring special guest speakers and performers, a march through the streets of downtown Toronto and – at the end of the march – the formation of a giant peace sign made up of thousands of people. More

details to follow!

Organized by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War.

Issued by the Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec la guerre For updates, please visit www.acp-cpa.ca and www.echecalaguerre.org.

Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

TCSW is Toronto’s city-wide anti-war coalition,

comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.

www.nowar.ca stopthewar@sympatico.ca  416-795-5863



The Cat’s Eye

Saturday, March 17


Cat’s Eye 150 Charles Street

(TTC: Exit Museum Station, walk a few meters East on Charles St. and it’s on the left side of the street)




*Logikal Ethix and Unknown Misery

*Mr. Bones

…. and many more

Everyday across the city, immigrants, poor people, indigenous people and people of colour are confronted by the violence of the Toronto Police.

In our schools, near our workplaces and in our neighbourhoods, on our streets, we are met with racial profiling, random identification checks, beat downs and shake downs. People without status face the worst of it:

racist targeting and deportation!

Despite the horror of these intimidation tactics, we refuse to remain quiet. We continue to organise for justice, dignity and respect.

Join us as we celebrate our power and our resistance with a night of hip-hop, singing and spoken word.

Organised by: No One Is Illegal-Toronto, OPIRG-Toronto, No One Is Illegal-Brampton

For more info contact: nooneisillegal@riseup.net


3) No One Is Illegal ? Toronto and CUPE 3903 and Trans Feminist Action Caucus present:

Queering the Fight for Status Rights: Trans and Queer Immigrants Speak Out!

Sunday, March 18th

2:30 at 5pm

The 519 Community Centre

519 Church St.


Rocio Velasquez, No One Is Illegal ? Toronto

El-Farouk Khaki, Salaam

Alvaro Orozco, currently fighting for refugee status

Yasmeen Persad, Trans Access Project @ the 519

Suhail AbualSameed, Supporting Our Youth

Immigrant and refugee activists from local organizations speak on key issues facing trans and queer immigrants and refugees fighting for status in Canada. Multiple barriers face trans and queer people living without legal immigration status as they seek access to services in the Toronto area, such as housing, health care, legal representation, employment, and others. In their fight for status rights, immigrants and refugees encounter the transphobia, heterosexism and racism of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Rocio will speak on the broad issues facing queer and trans immigrants in Canada. El-Farouk will provide a more in-depth criticism of the Canadian immigration system.

Alvaro will explain his encounters with the Immigrant and Refugee Board, who judged him ‘not gay enough’ for refugee status. We’ll hear Yasmeen discuss the need for access to services for newcomer and non-status immigrants living in Toronto. Suhail will address the need for broad community involvement and community development initiatives

to challenge barriers facing queer immigrant/refugee youth in Toronto.

And we will all strategize about how to mobilize for change.

Free childcare available on-site. Wheelchair accessible.

This event is part of a series leading to the May 5th “Status for All!

Stop the Deportations” demonstration called by No One Is Illegal



Canada, the Council of Canadians, KAIROS – Canadian Ecumenical Justice

Initiatives and OPIRG Toronto



Tuesday March 20, 7:00pm

60 Minutes of new documentary material with panel discussion on the

Right To Water from various perspectives


Tim Morris, Sierra Club of Canada: “Ecological Approaches to the Current and Pending Water Crisis” Eduardo Sousa, Council of Canadians: “Civil Society and the International Right to Water Movement”

Sara Stratton, KAIROS – Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives:

“Bottling the Right to Water”

Moderator: Stephen Scharper, Author and Professor – University of Toronto

Location: Innis Town Hall – Innis College, University of Toronto

(1 block south of Bloor St. West; TTC: St. George Subway Station)


For more information contact:

Denise Hastings, CITIZENShift/NFB (citizen.nfb.ca), 416.952.5092 or


Eduardo Sousa, the Council of Canadians (www.canadians.org),

416.979.5554 or esousa@canadians.org;

Sara Stratton (www.kairoscanada.org), 416.463.5312 x 241 or


Haiti: the Damage Done

March 16, 2007

Part I of an Interview with Brian Concannon

It became clear to me that there was no point in painstakingly constructing a justice system if powerful nations in the international community – like the US, France and Canada – could just throw it all out the window, which is what they did in February 2004.

In 2000, we thought we had succeeded with the Raboteau Massacre Trial, where we convicted all the top military and paramilitary leadership. They were all given life sentences. … Then the US, France and Canada overthrew the government and all these people got out.

Many lawyers said during the Latortue regime that it was the worst time for the Haitian justice system since well before the Duvaliers, because not even the Duvaliers would go so far as to fire half the Supreme Court.

One of the things Haiti is missing is a tradition of regular legal transfers of power. During the democratic interlude from 1994 to 2004, Haiti began developing that tradition.

This was all thrown out the window in 2004, returning the country to the old precedent of “might makes right.”

And then Latortue’s violent attacks on Artistide’s party, Lavalas.

That was the worst of it, the police killing people. There were hundreds of political prisoners which you never had with Aristide. … Then there’s the thousands mowed down by police and their paramilitary allies.

Canadians should be worried about wasting their money. I believe it was in 1996 when the Canadian government started building really nice courthouses all over the country. It made a difference. It allowed the justice system to function much better than it previously had. All those courthouses were burned down in 2004 with the coup. Canada and the US invest a lot of money into the administration of justice, into filing cabinets and training, which are all good and necessary. But it’s an absolute waste of money if you’re going to defy the constitution and replace the government when you don’t like it.


Saturday March 17 – GTA & Hamilton actions

March 16, 2007


Protest the insanity of endless war!

Resist elitist domination!

Be part of a united voice FOR PEACE!

Stand up for humanity!




10 am to 12 pm

Hurontario & Dundas

(followed by buses to the Toronto rally)



1:00 pm : Rally at United States Consulate, 360 University Avenue; followed by a march through downtown Toronto.

3:00 pm : Rally at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West; followed by the formation of a giant, “live” peace symbol.



1:00 pm City Hall


Canadian Peace Alliance website: http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/M172007.htm

More information about Afghanistan: http://canadawatch.org/afghanistan/

International Day of Action

Saturday March 17, 2007

Hamilton, Mississauga, Toronto

See home page at www.brianhopkins.ca

Video footage catches Israeli army using human shields

March 16, 2007

Human Shields For The Israeli Army

The BBC is reporting that the Israeli Army used two Palestinian children and one young man as human shields during a raid on Nablus, located in the northern part of the West Bank. Using human shields is considered illegal under both Israeli and international law.

This claim of unethical behavior comes from the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem. They have written testimonies from both children, ‘Amid ‘Amirah, 15, and Jihan Dadush, 11, along with one from the adult who was also used as a human shield, Samah ‘Amirah, 24. All three claim to have been taken from their homes early in the morning and forced at gunpoint to enter rooms in front of the Israeli soldiers. This is expressly forbidden by Israeli military law, although Palestinians have used it from time to time.

This is the fourth time in under a year where B’Tselem has documented evidence of the Israeli army using civilians as human shields. Although the Attorney General spoke of eagerness to bring about justice in this case, the Israeli judicial system is traditionally very lethargic in getting closure in these types of cases.


Also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6432133.stm

International Day of Action

Saturday March 17, 2007

Hamilton, Mississauga, Toronto

See home page at www.brianhopkins.ca

BCPJ/MCPJ Anti-war rally tomorrow in Mississauga!

March 16, 2007

This is in today’s Brampton Guardian (Friday, March 16, 2007):

Anti-war rally is tomorrow

The Brampton Coalition for Peace and Justice (BCPJ) is co-organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in Mississauga.The rally, organized by the BCPJ and the Mississauga Coalition for Peace and Justice, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Hurontario and Dundas streets in the small square on the northeast corner (Revolution Square). Other groups such as the Barrie Peace Coalition and CUPE will join them. Community activists will speak at the rally, which will be followed by a short march. Slogans for the rally include: Troops Out of Iraq and Afghanistan, War Resisters Welcome Here, No Canada-U.S. Military Partnership, No to Islamophobia and Racism and Free Palestine

Saturday is the fourth anniversary of the US/UK invasion of Iraq, and anti-war activists will mark the day across Canada, led by the Canadian Peace Alliance.

Following the morning rally, bus transportation to Toronto will be provided to join a protest at the US consulate in Toronto, which starts at 1 p.m.

Read it online: The Brampton Guardian