U of T: Evening with Bob Lovelace – saying NO to uranium mining, August 13th

August 12, 2008

You are invited to attend:

An evening with Bob Lovelace

Wed. Aug. 13, 2008 – 7:00 p.m.
Hart House, Debates Room, 2nd floor
7 Hart House Circle , University of Toronto
(direction by subway: go to St. George station, walk south, left on Harbord)

Meet Bob Lovelace, former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief and Queen’s University lecturer, who was sentenced to six months in jail for saying ‘no’ to uranium mining on indigenous lands. Lovelace made this stand in defense of the Earth and Creation, which indigenous peoples regard as sacred.
Popular support for this cause contributed to the decision by 22 Ontario municipalities to vote against uranium mining and a promise by the Ontario government to revise antiquated legislation which currently gives mining companies ‘free entry’ to contested indigenous lands and private property. At stake is indigenous sovereignty, protection of the boreal forests from contamination by toxic mine tailings, and the right of indigenous communities to say no development which affects them.

Mr. Lovelace will share his reflections on the events of the last year, the meaning that the land has for indigenous peoples, and the challenges that attend to the current age of mass industrial development and destruction of the land.

Sponsored and promoted by GSU Social Justice Committee (U of T), Toronto MiningSupport Group/Students Against Climate Change, Sam Gindin Chair ( Ryerson University ), University of Toronto Students Union .

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Two Important Upcoming Events, April 9 & 12…

April 7, 2008

There are two important upcoming events in Toronto this week:

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1. Event at Ryerson: Land Rights Not Mining Rights
2. CAIA Fundraiser in Support of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
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LAND RIGHTS NOT MINING RIGHTS
FREE ROBERT LOVELACE AND THE KI 6
DATE: Wednesday April 9th, 6 pm
PLACE: Ryerson Student’s Union, 55 Gould St (between Victoria and Church)
INFO: www.ryerson.ca/socialjustice
Featuring: Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and members of the KI and Ardoch First Nations.

In a travesty of justice and a grave assault on Aboriginal rights, seven
Aboriginal leaders are in jail today for upholding indigenous and Canadian
law. In March, Robert Lovelace from Ardoch and Chief Donny Morris of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) community, four councillors and one community member were jailed for six months for contempt of court. In two separate cases, they refused mining exploration on their traditional lands without their permission. Additionally, Robert Lovelace and his community have been hit with huge fines.

These Aboriginal leaders were not only protecting indigenous laws, they
were also protecting the Canadian constitution as interpreted by the
Supreme Court of Canada, which says that governments must consult with Aboriginal Nations before licensing mining exploration on their lands.

The KI Six arguments that the Ontario government has a constitutional
responsibility to consult with them before issuing a mining permit in
their traditional territories were rejected by the court. The judge in the Ardoch case threw out Robert Lovelace’s testimony that he was defending Algonquin Law and responsibilities with respect to human activity in their territory.

“I’m prepared to go to jail for my belief in the land,” said KI Chief Donny Morris. “This is a land issue based on our sovereignty and I’m prepared to give myself up if the court decides I’ve disrespected the November ruling to allow Platinex on our land…”

They should not have to go to jail! Premier Dalton McGuinty should withdraw the licenses issued to these mining companies and free Robert Lovelace and the KI 6. The jailing of these leaders is causing terrible suffering and fear in their communities. KI is a remote northern community that has just lost the majority of its leadership and the Ardoch community is facing fines of $50,000. These leaders are also in jail because their communities are poor and cannot afford fines.

“The message delivered through this court decision is one of domination
and oppression,” said Chief Paula Sherman of the Ardoch decision.

Support the right of a community to say NO to mineral exploration and
mining projects that threaten the health of people and ecosystems. Replace the antiquated ‘free entry’ system of mining and exploration with a process that grants exploration permits only after consultation with affected First Nations communities, and consideration of competing land uses and values.

Join us to show support for the Ardoch and KI communities, to protest these harsh court decisions, and to demand action from Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Co-sponsors include:

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation
Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Ryerson Students’ Union
Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win North-South Partnership for Children

Ryerson Aboriginal Students Services
Christian Peacemaker Teams Canda
CPAWS Wildlands League
Indigenous Environmental Network
Mining Watch Canada
OCAP
Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment
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TURTLE ISLAND TO PALESTINE – FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!!
CAIA FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF THE ARDOCH ALGONQUIN FIRST NATION
JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF LIVE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, GREAT FOOD,
DANCING AND FUN!

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Date: Saturday April 12
Time: 7 pm – Door opens at 6:30

Place: Cervejaria – 842 College St. (W of Ossington), Toronto

Suggested donation: $10
Featuring: LAL, DJ NO CAPITALISTA and others. Silent auction and 50/50 draw
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To coincide with Palestine Political Prisoners Day, the Coalition Against
Israeli Apartheid ( CAIA), is organising a fundraiser in support of the struggle of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN )against uranium mining on their land. All proceeds will go to the AAFN On February 15 2008, in a travesty of justice, AAFN Spokesperson Robert Lovelace was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston to 6 months incarceration and fines amounting to $25,000 for refusing to comply with an injunction that would prevent him from protesting against uranium mining on land that is part of a 25-year-old Algonquin land claim.. In addition, the community was fined $10,000 and Chief Paula Sherman $15,000. The AAFN and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation started their blockade of the uranium exploration in the area in June 2007.

The highly politicized nature of these sentences further underscores the
on-going criminalization of indigenous people’s basic rights to self-determination and the free use of their lands and resources. Just as
Israel refuses to fulfill its obligations under international law with respect to the basic rights of the Palestinian people (including the incarceration of over 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners), the Canadian government has decisively rejected its obligations under the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and continues to incarcerate indigenous leaders who defend the basic rights of their peoples to self-determination. Such a right includes the right of indigenous peoples to: “freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development” (Article 3, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) is a grassroots Palestine-solidarity organization which understands Israeli apartheid as one element of a system of global apartheid and therefore stands in solidarity with all oppressed groups around the world, in particular, the indigenous peoples of North America.

For more information on this fundraiser or to find out more about CAIA
please email endapartheid@riseup.net or go to www.caiaweb.org


Speaking Tour: “The Israel Lobby” with Professor John J. Mearsheimer, Sunday, February 24

February 16, 2008
Speaking Tour: “The Israel Lobby” with Professor John J. Mearsheimer, Sunday, February 24
 
   

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY

CJPME 2008 Speaker Series:
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“The Israel Lobby” with Professor
John J. Mearsheimer
Ottawa Feb-22 ~ Montreal
Feb-23 ~ Toronto Feb-24
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to present Prof. Mearsheimer in the first speaking tour in Canada for one of the most controversial books of the new millennium – “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign PolicyProf. Mearsheimer (co-author with Stephen Walt) is on a three-city speaking tour of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. He will speak about America’s unwavering support of Israel’s policies towards Palestine and how it has been disastrous for its own foreign policy interests. The talk to be followed by Q&A.

Prof. Mearsheimer is the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. He has written several books about security issues and international politics as well as many articles that have appeared in academic journals like International Security, and popular magazines like The London Review of Books. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times dealing with Bosnia, nuclear proliferation, the failure of Arab-Israeli peace efforts, and the invasion of Iraq.

This is the first event in the CJPME 2008 Speaker Series.

Ottawa – Friday, February 22, 7:00 pm


at Marion Hall, University of Ottawa
(140 Louis-Pasteur)
Order tickets online or by calling 1-888-222-6608.
Montreal – Saturday, February 23, 7:00 pm

at Auditorium Jean Lesage, Salle B-2285 (3200 Jean Brillant, Université de Montréal)

Order tickets online or by calling 1-888-222-6608.
Toronto – Sunday, February 24, 7:00 pm

at OISE Auditorium – University of Toronto (at St. George subway)
Order tickets online or by calling 1-888-222-6608; also available at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore: 73 Harbord St. (416-922-8744).
For more info on these exciting events, please see www.cjpme.ca or email cjpme@sympatico.ca.

Hamilton event: Rachel Corrie film and discussion – Tuesday, Dec. 4th

December 1, 2007
 

The Life of Rachel Corrie

Tuesday, Dec. 4

McMaster University

7:30 P.M.

 

A glimpse of life inside Palestine, and

 

solidarity between progressives in the

 

West and Palestinians.

 

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Rachel Corrie was an American college graduate who joined the International Solidarity Movement. She engaged in non-violent resistance training and peace demonstrations in the Gaza strip in 2003, and participated in Palestinian solidarity activism.

On March 16, 2003, Rachel was involved in an action to prevent Israeli bulldozers from carrying out house demolitions. She was killed in this action.

 

 

This film, “Rachel: An American Conscience” by Yahya Barakat chronicles the events of that day, and Rachel’s activism leading up to it. It contains footage of the tragic events of March 16, as well as rare interviews with Rachel and her parents – about what drove her activism.

 

 

“Rachel was not an Israeli, nor she was a Palestinian, but she was a member of the International Solidarity Movement and a member of the international civil society…She opposed non-violently the violence that occupation does to the Palestinians.”

 

 

Yahya Barakat | Director, “Rachel: An American Conscience”

 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

McMaster University

Ewart Angus Centre [Health Science Centre]

HS1A4

 

 

Free Admission – Donations Accepted

Parking for Health Sciences Centre:

Surface parking on campus $5

Underground parking $12

 

 

Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War – http://www.hamiltoncoalitiontostopthewar.com/


Toronto event: Relief and Resistance, Nov. 22

November 18, 2007

RELIEF AND RESISTANCE

A poor peoples history of East downtown Toronto

Presented by: Gaetan Heroux

Photos by: John Bonnar

Thursday November 22

7:00pm

at the Brunswick Theatre-

296 Brunswick Avenue, 2nd Floor

$5 or pay what you can

In the 19th century East Downtown Toronto was home to several poor houses and by the turn of the century the slums of Cabbagetown housed thousands of factory workers who were employed by rich industrialists.

East Downtown Toronto in the 1950’s was home to Canada’s largest skid row and during the 1990’s the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne became the site of some of most militant anti-poverty demonstrations in Canada. Now Toronto’s oldest working class neighbourhood is disappearing. How did this happen? How can we fight back?

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6

416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca

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Hear Nobel Prize winner, everyone welcome on Nov. 15 in Georgetown, Ont.

November 15, 2007

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                           IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2007

 

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER TO SPEAK AT P.O.W.E.R. AGM – NOV 15TH

 

The timing couldn’t be better.  Just when people around the world are becoming more aware of Climate Change and wanting more information, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) has lined up one of the foremost experts on the subject.  P.O.W.E.R.  is pleased to announce that Dr. Gordon McBean, part of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will speak at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Georgetown. Last month the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore. 

 

“P.O.W.E.R. is thrilled to offer the community a free speaker of such high calibre on such an important topic,” said President Leslie Adams. 

 

Dr. McBean was a lead author of the IPCC assessments in 1990, which report lead to the UN framework on Climate Change, and again in 1995.  That report was used in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol.  In 2007 he was a review editor for the IPCC’s assessment which will establish a framework for Kyoto 2. (The current Kyoto agreement expires in 2012.)  The fourth report, due before the end of November, will focus on solutions, which should be very welcome information.

 

Dr. McBean is currently a professor in the Department of Geography and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario and co-director of the University’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.  He has served on many national and international scientific committees and he plays a leading role in the IPCC.

 

The meeting will take place at Christ the King High School auditorium, 161 Guelph Street, Georgetown. Doors open at 6:30 pm, when the Silent Auction will start. The business portion of the AGM will begin promptly at 7 pm and there will be a short break before Dr. McBean speaks at 8 pm, followed by an opportunity to ask him questions. The community is welcome to attend both the AGM and to hear the guest speaker.

 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, P.O.W.E.R. looks back on their many successes such as, leading the effort to stop the Acton Quarry from becoming a dump site, changing Niagara Escarpment legislation, bringing  independent information to our elected officials on issues such as incineration, and delivering successful environmental school programs involving over 13,000 students from both the public and separate boards.

 

Adams summarized, “P.O.W.E.R. has more opportunities to make a difference.  We are developing an advisory group or “think tank” of citizens.   People are needed for committees ranging from Energy and Climate Change to Fundraising.  We plan to have a new waste reduction committee.  So whether citizens have a little time or a lot, your help is needed.  You can write letters or post flyers, and know you have done something. ”

 

Contact: Leslie Adams, President of P.O.W.E.R. 905-877-4766  or

               Doris Treleaven, Director 519-853-9743

           

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Toronto: Commemoration of UN Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 15, 2007

 

 

 

Israel and Palestine:

 

 

Roots of Conflict

 

 

Prospects for Peace

 

Dr. Norman Finkelstein

 

November 29, 2007

 

The Canadian-Palestinian Educational Exchange (CEPAL) invites you to attend its eleventh annual commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Keynote speaker, Dr. Norman Finkelstein will discuss roots of conflict and prospects for peace in Israel and Palestine.

 

For more information, please visit www.cepal.ca

November 29, 2007

6:30 PM (doors open 5:30)

OISE Auditorium, G162

252 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario

Tickets (at the door):

Students: $5

General: $10