IDEA Burlington – local event: human rights day event

November 27, 2008


Guest Speaker



Bob Lovelace is making Canadian history. Being co-chief of the Ardoch Nation and an Algonquin, he together with other members of his Nation blocked the uranium mining company Frontenac Ventures from prospecting and exploiting his Nation’s land (under dispute by a land claim) without permission. For his actions, he was sent to jail. He will speak about his experience and the struggle facing indigenous land rights in Canada today.


Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2008, 7.30pm – FREE!

Location: McMaster University

Health Sciences Centre, 1A4

(at rear of hospital, near Health Science library)


Co-sponsors: CUPE 3906, Indigenous Peace Education, OPIRG, The Centre for Peace Studies and Development & Peace.

For more information, contact


Ottawa Peace Festival 2008 — Sept. 21-Oct. 4th

September 21, 2008

September 21 – October 04, 2008

The Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), together with the United Nations Association of Canada – NCR Branch and other Ottawa  peace and justice organizations, invites you to take part in a 14-day Festival of Peace.  The Festival with a theme of Peace, Unity and Harmony will mark two important UN International Days of Peace and Nonviolence, September 21 and October 02.

All events are open to the public


* Sept 07- Sept 30: Under the Mushroom Cloud: A Nuclear Disarmament Exhibit at Main Public Library, Metcalfe and Laurier (Murray Thomson, )

* Sept 21- Oct 02: “No War-Paix Conceptual Art” Outdoor Exhibit, 250 Range Road in Sandy Hill (Terry Stavnyck,

*Sunday, Sept. 21: 10.45 am: PACIFEST – Peace groups in Ottawa and Hull-Gatineau mark UN International Day of Peace combined with Peace Walks. In Ottawa, meet at Women’s Monument, Minto Park, at Elgin and Gilmour.   In Gatineau (Hull), meet at Parc Jacques-Cartier Park (Hull) at Alexandra & Laurier near Maurice Richard statue. The two peace walks will converge at the Peace Tower and end at Victoria Island.  (Peter Stockdale (Ottawa),, 613-863-4527 and Daniel Mauro (Gatineau), , 418- 934-2661)

*Monday, Sept 22: 7-9 pm: Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR) and YOUCAN: Empowering Youth to Promote Peace in the Middle East.  Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University.  223 Main Street (Brian Strom,, 613-235-5800)

*Tuesday, Sept 23: 7-9 pm: CDPI Forum : Towards a Nonkilling World: Militarization of Canada and How to Prevent it – Keynote  by Murray Thomson, Member, Order of Canada. Quakers/Friends House, 91 A Fourth Avenue in the Glebe  (Bill Bhaneja,, 613-244-1979);  7–7.45 pm: Meditation for Peace, Ottawa Shambala Centre, 984 Wellington St. West.  The Centre’s regular Tuesday sitting will include introduction to meditation as the basis for peace. (Mark Frutkin,, ,  613-725-9321)

*Wednesday, Sept 24: 7pm : No War- Paix Forum: Human Rights and Foreign Policy, Candidates Debate – Hear Where the Parties Stand.  National Archives and Library, 395 Wellington Street.   (Larry Rousseau, rouslar@gmail.com

*Thursday , Sept 25: 7–9 pm: Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada presents: Afghanistan: A People-centred Approach to Peace, Experiences from the Field – Keynote by Eileen Olexiuk, former Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy, Kabul. 237 Argyle Street, 2nd Floor (Contact Monica Bachmann, , 613-232-1100)

*Friday, Sept 26: 6.30-9.30 pm: Concert for Peace, Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street. (Daniel Mauro,, 418- 934-2661)

*Saturday, Sept 27: 1.30-4 pm: Spirit Painting for Peace, A Group Painting while focussed on Peace. Acrylic on canvas. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Artist Jen will guide the meditation before the painting. 228 Main Street (Call 613-266-8063 to register with Jen, and;  1-5 pm: Exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings, 1390 Clyde Ave. (by Merivale Rd), Room 206  (Shiban Raina, , 613- 224-9179);  6-9 pm: A seminar on “This Precious Life – Our Conscious Creation”.  The importance of the knowledge of the principles of the creative process and their conscious application, a tool that will support us in creation of the peace within ourselves, with others and on the planet. Public Library, Emerald Plaza, 1547 Merivale Road (Vesna Scott, , 613-224-5480)

*Sunday Sept 28: 10 am-2 pm: Spirit Painting for Peace Exhibition – The group spirit painting that was completed the previous day will be offered for silent auction for a donation to Department of Peace Initiative. Participants are invited to exhibit their work.  228 Main Street.  (Call 613-266-8063 to register with Jen, and;  1-5 pm: Exhibition of Tan-Trika paintings; 1390 Clyde Ave. (by Merivale Rd), Room 206 (Shiban Raina , , 613 224-9179) ;  5-6 pm: Peace Meditation, Sivananda Yoga Centre, Centre Professionnel d’Aylmer, Ste 205, 745 Chemin d’Aylmer, Corner of Castelbeau and Aylmer – (Daniel Mauro, , 418- 934-2661)

*Tuesday, Sept 30: 7-9 pm: Spiritual Cinema: Movies with Heart, Movies with Soul.  Saint Paul University, Amphitheatre,  223 Main Street  (Koozma Tarasoff,, 613-737-5778, and Daniel Mauro,, 418- 934-2661) ; 7:30 pm Candle-Light Vigil, Lansdowne Park, main entrance on Bank St, to oppose Arms Bazaar being held in the Salons. Bring candle. Family-friendly event co-sponsored by Coalition to Oppose Arms Trade (COAT), Nowar/Paix and the Ottawa Raging Grannies.  (S.L. Mannion , (613) 594-9128)

*Wednesday, Oct 01: 6-7.30 pm: Rideau Institute Forum:  “Life After Bush” – Keynote by Steven Staples. The forum examines the implications of the American election on Canada . Colonel By room, Ottawa City Hall (Robin MacLachlan, , 613-565-9449);  10:00am- 9:00pm, Lansdown Park, various actions by diverse groups including a Peace Garden by the Raging Grannies and non-violent protests against the Arms Bazaar. (S.L. Mannion , (613) 594-9128)

*Thursday, Oct 02: 6-9 pm:  “Women Building Peace Dinner” – Honouring Canadian Women Peace Champions.  St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave.  A Canadian Voice of Women (VOW) exhibit,  “Building Peace, Making History” will be on site. A Fundraising event, advance tickets required (Theresa Dunn, CDPI, 613-834-5055, )

*Saturday, Oct 04: 10 am-4 pm: 6th Annual Peace Prayer Day, City Hall, Ottawa. Great entertainment, inter-faith action, activist speeches, silent auction, food, and showcase of concerned groups.  ( Ian Prattis: 613 726 0881, .

*October 02-04: The Universal Peace Federation this year is holding a Canada Peace Festival with three main components: Canadian Leadership Conference on “Educating for Peace”, an Award Ceremony, and Faith-In-Action Food Drive for the Food Bank. (Daniel Stringer,

For further information call: Bill Bhaneja (613-244-1979), Theresa Dunn (613-834-5055), and Peter Stockdale (613-863-4527) – and

Sign Up for Fall 2008 Caravan to End Canadian Involvement in Torture, Southern Ontario, October 17-22, 2008

September 18, 2008

Join the Fall 2008 Caravan to End Canadian Involvement in Torture, Southern Ontario, October 17-22, 2008

Join a nonviolent community on wheels for part or all of our journey as we travel through dozens of communities in a large triangular area — Toronto to Kitchener-Waterloo to London (via Punkeydoodle’s Corners), then through Tillsonburg, Simcoe and Welland, up through Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Hamilton and Mississauga — October 17-22.

There will be lots of street theatre, dialogue, public education, and more as we expose and challenge the many ways in which the Canadian government is increasingly involved, both directly and indirectly, in policies and practices that result in the torture of human beings.

Among the many participants will be three Canadians tortured overseas with Canadian government complicity: Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, and Muayyed Nureddin. They will be continuing to press for full disclosure of the role Canadian officials played in their detention, interrogation, and torture. An inquiry tasked with looking into their cases has barred them, their lawyers, the press, and the public from entry, and has been held in complete secrecy.

Unable to attend the Caravan will be Syrian refugee Hassan Almrei, who during the caravan will be marking seven years of detention without charge (almost all of it in solitary confinement) because of secret “allegations” neither he nor his lawyers are allowed to challenge under the so-called security certificate regime. He, like the others held under the certificates — Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat, and Adil Charkaoui — is fighting deportation to torture.

They represent but a handful of the many human rights violations the Canadian government continues to engage in.

To find out more background information, view a three-minute youtube piece from the spring caravan, and learn how to get involved, please go to this site:

If you plan on taking part in part or all of the caravan, please let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange transportation, billeting, and more:, (416) 651-5800

If you cannot take part but would like to contribute to our costs, cheques can be made out to Homes not Bombs and mailed to PO Box 73620, 509 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0 (put caravan in memo portion of cheque)


Stop Canadian Involvement in Torture
A fully-realized subsidiary of the Homes not Bombs direct action network

Toronto: Paul Croutch Memorial – Sept 15

September 6, 2008


12:00 Noon, Monday, September 15

MOSS PARK (North of Queen, between Jarvis & Sherbourne)


Paul Croutch, a homeless 59 year old psychiatric survivor, was beaten to death by military reservists next to Moss Park Armoury on August 31, 2005. The reservists also assaulted an under-housed woman who attempted to intervene to defend Paul.

Paul’s death is remembered as a symbol of ongoing human rights violations against homeless people, who continue to die at a horrifying rate in Toronto and across the Canada.

At noon on September 15, at Moss Park, we will remember Paul and others who have died as we continue to struggle for justice for all.

Those who know Paul and would like to speak are welcome.



(please let us know ahead of time if possible)

Download the poster & see info on other upcoming events:

For more info, or for accessibility needs, contact TDRC:

416-599-8372 |

T. Don Hutto facility – Public Forum in Georgetown, TX, Sept. 24th

August 4, 2008

The following information was posted on my site as a comment earlier today. Due to its importance and pertinence to posts I’d put up here last year about the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Texas and the Yourdkhani family, I am putting it up here as a separate post:

Immigration Reform Effort
Judge Order CCA Files Open

Immigration Reform Effort (IRE) notes, with interest, the July, 2008, ruling by a Tennessee Chancery Court requiring CCA to “follow the state’s public records laws and open their files for public viewing.”

IRE favors public disclosure of information relating to the public interest, including the administration and operation of private, for-profit prisons and detention centers on the behalf of our government.

It is in the interest of such public disclosure that IRE is sponsoring a public forum on the T Don Hutto facility, September 24, in Georgetown, Texas. Invited panelists include:

Barbara Hines, clinical professor of law and director of the Immigration Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law; co-counsel in the lawsuits challenging conditions at T. Don Hutto.

Wayne Krause, Legal Director, Austin office for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Bob Libal, Texas Coordinator, Grassroots Leadership: Grassroots Leadership works to abolish for-profit private prisons.

Jose Orta, President, LULAC Council 4721, and longtime Taylor resident and critic of T D Hutto.

John Carter, United States Congress, 31st District of Texas, in which T Don Hutto is located.

Dan A Gattis, County Judge, Williamson County Commissioners Court, Texas; serves as chief administrator for T Don Hutto pass-through contract with CCA.

Julie Meyers, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

John Ferguson, Chairman and CEO of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) which owns, and has contract with ICE to operate, T Don Hutto.

Doug Smith, Georgetown community leader and former Mayor Pro-Tem, will serve as moderator.

To date, all the invited panelists who have expressed concern about various issues relating to the T Don Hutto facility (Hines, Krause, Libal, and Orta) have confirmed their participation. Those invitees who have been supporters and promoters of the facility (Carter, Gattis, Meyers, Ferguson) have not responded to the invitation, at this time.

IRE member, Dr. Terri Hall, appeared before the WCCC on Tuesday, 7/29, extending a personal invitation to the entire commissioners court to attend, reminding Judge Gattis of his invitation to participate.

IRE believes that this issue is one that, in a free society, must be publicly examined in an objective and dignified manner; it is for that reason that we have undertaken this project. Those who have approved, supported, and profited from T Don Hutto have a special responsibility to participate, and an opportunity to justify the public trust for their role.
For more information, please contact MaryEllen Kersch, 512-863-7174,

Omar Khadr Gitmo Interrogation Video

July 18, 2008
Guantanamo Interrogation Video Released for First Time
Colin Freeze and Omar El Akkad, of The Globe and Mail: “Before the rage, the resignation and the tears, came the trust. Teenaged prisoner Omar Khadr seemed sure that his countrymen from Canada had come to Cuba to help him and spoke freely when they asked questions. The teenager realized the obvious. The Canadian agents weren’t there to help. They were there to mine him for information. So he wept.”

Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada: rally and march in Toronto

July 18, 2008

Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!

Rally and march
Saturday, July 26
2:00pm to 4:00pm
U.S. Consulate
360 University Avenue*
(north of Queen West, east side of University)
TTC: Osgoode or St. Patrick

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is the only Western national left in Guantanamo Bay, and the first child-soldier to be prosecuted in more than a hundred years. Khadr was only 15 years-old when he was captured by US forces in Afghanistan and later transported to the infamous US prison where he has now spent more than a quarter of his life. Khadr faces trial by US military tribunal in October 2008.

Recently released video footage reveals the kind of mistreatment that Khadr has experienced in Guantanamo Bay, where the US has been accused of practicing torture on detainees. Other reports show that Khadr was subjected to extreme forms of sleep deprivation, a form of torture, including a practice called the “frequent flyer program” in which he was woken every three hours and moved to a different cell for 24 hours a day over a three-week period.

Worse still, court documents reveal that the Canadian government was aware of the abuse suffered by Khadr at the hands of US authorities yet continued to assure the Canadian public that he was being well treated.

The fact that Omar Khadr is still being held in Guantanamo Bay is a national disgrace, and an international embarrassment for all Canadians. Despite the growing evidence of Khadr’s mistreatment, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shamefully refused to bring Khadr back to Canada. Instead, Harper has said he supports a US military trial for Khadr, and will not seek his release from Guantanamo Bay.

Join us on July 26 to tell Stephen Harper: “Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!” Demonstrate your opposition to our government’s decision to abandon a Canadian citizen in Guantanamo Bay, and show your support for civil liberties and international law.

* After the opening rally at the U.S. Consulate, the demonstration will march past CSIS headquarters on Front Street West, and will conclude at Simcoe Park, on the east side of the CBC Broadcast Centre.

To endorse, please e-mail

Organized by:

Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
Canadian Arab Federation
Muslim Unity Group

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is Toronto’s city-wide anti-war coalition, comprised of more than 70 labour, faith and community organizations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance. 416-795-5863

Please donate! Send a cheque or money order payable to TCSW Canada to:
TCSW, 427 Bloor St W, Box 13, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7