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Don’t be deterred by the length of this article. The author is offering a detailed interpretation of the implications of the new anti-terrorist bill.

Troubled Times Ahead With New Anti-Terror Legislation
Matthew Behrens
rabble.ca
February 16, 2015

Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as “soft on terror” anyone who questions the bill’s necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.

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Occupy Your Rights: From Government Rhetoric to Action
A Teach In with Joan Russow

Sponsored by Occupy Public Engagement Group

Thursday March 22
7:00 pm
First Met United Church
Balmoral at Quadra

In this teach in, Joan Russow will discuss how the 99% can work from the ground up to make our rogue government comply with its international obligations and commitments.  In addition, there will be references to a number of international conventions that protect the rights of the land and peoples that would be violated by the Enbridge pipeline.

Everyone welcome. Free admission.

OWS (Occupy Wall Street) and the other Occupies have been characterized as lawless, but from an international point of view, our governments, not the Occupy movement, are the outlaws.

The Occupy movement has also been characterized as having no demands. However, a distinction can be made between demanding change as a wish and demanding the rights to which we are entitled. Canada, along with the majority of the world’s nations has signed and ratified significant agreements on human rights, the environment, social and economic justice, on the peaceful resolution of disputes. (more…)

Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt
With Yves Engler

Wednesday March 28
7:30 pm
University of Victoria
Rm 105, Harry Hickman Bldg
Also, on Wednesday:
3:00 pm
Camosun College, Lansdowne
Rm 310, Young Bldg

Author Yves Engler returns to Victoria to present his latest book on Canadian foreign policy, LESTER PEARSON’S PEACEKEEPING: THE TRUTH MAY HURT.

Engler’s new book raises serious social justice issues and challenges us to be clear-headed and open-eyed in appraising our political leaders. Hear about Yves’ top 10 reasons to rethink both Canada’s history and its contemporary world role.

Free Admission

Sponsored by Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies, Council of Canadians, Victoria Chapter, Independent Jewish Voices

For more information or media contact: 250-655-6691.

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About Yves Engler

Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” (rabble.ca) and a “leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, William Blum,  Rick Salutin and many others.

Occupy Victoria October 15

Not since the protest on February 15, 2003, when close to 7000 Victorians joined with millions worldwide to dare the US to attack Iraq, have I felt such collective humanity.

But unlike our resistance to war, this time we were focusing on the rotten heart of our corrupt political and financial systems-GREED.

And although we have gathered, walked, sat down and stopped traffic, sang, made music, wore costumes and carried insightful and profound messages, many times in the past, the thrill of Occupy Together was the feeling that this is just the beginning of a huge culture shift.

Here we are at the corner of Douglas and Fort where we occupied the intersection, facing the Royal Bank on one corner and Coast Capital on the other. Almost 1000 walked to the legislature and back to Centennial Square where a People’s Assembly was held. The occupation continues at Centennial Square. Join in the meetings on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Every day there is a lounge from noon to 2 pm, so if you work downtown, just drop by. Food and other provisions gratefully accepted.

We sat at the intersection of Fort and Douglas and stopped the traffic


Dear Peace Coalitioners

Occupy Wall St has become a solidarity movement around the world. Across Canada on October 15, there will be groups of people occupying public space and echoing the dissatisfaction of the 99% with 1% rule for the 1%.

Join the 99% calling for change. We don’t know what this change looks like yet, but it’s in our hearts and determination. Join the People’s Assembly of Victoria. Find out about it.

Saturday October 15
at Noon
Centennial Square

Bring signs. For ideas, google Occupy Wall St.

 

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