Text of speech by DAVID PARKER, CKDU radio journalist and member of the Pan Canadian Bil’in Solidarity Network, to Public Rally against ‘visit’ of War Criminal Netanyahu to Canada, May 30, 2010. The text has been updated to deal with the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy on May 31st. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: May 2010
Press Release issued by the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Palestine, Monday May 31, 2010 Continue reading
Issued May 30, 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Continue reading
Modification – Ministers Cannon and Baird to Greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Continue reading
Guess who’s coming to Canada…
Benjamin Netanyahu, war criminal!
- Collective Punishment
- Denial of Right of Return
- Brutal Siege of Gaza
- Expansion of Settlements
- Extra-Judicial Assassination
- Crimes Against the Peace
Come out to give him the welcome he deserves! Continue reading
ON APRIL 26, the Nova Scotia NDP government passed its second budget since coming to power. The budget raises the province’s harmonized sales tax (HST) to 15 per cent – the highest in the country.
Nova Scotians will see the HST climb from 13 per cent to 15 per cent starting in July and all retired civil servants will have a cap put on cost of living adjustments to their pensions.
AROUND 200 retired government employees demonstrated in front of the Nova Scotia Legislature May 3. The retired workers are upset at the unilateral decision of the NDP Party in power in Nova Scotia to freeze their annual cost of living increase at 1.25 per cent for five years. Following the five year freeze, the decree states all indexing will be stopped if the provincial public sector pension fund is not 100 per cent solvent according to current accounting rules. Continue reading
THE Nova Scotia NDP government’s attack on the actual and potential pensions of provincial employees could be considered criminal elder abuse. The thinking and outlook of the NDP Party in power in Nova Scotia has become criminal in that it views workers as a cost to the owners of capital. Instead of honouring current and retired workers as the source of social product and providers of services, the capital-centred outlook turns reality upside down and places as the priority the claims of owners of capital on the wealth workers produce when they transform the bounty of Mother Nature into social product. The obsolete outlook of the NDP Party in power puts it in contempt of active and retired workers and their right to first claim on the social product produced by the Nova Scotia working class. Continue reading
A COMMENT on the CBC website states that the Nova Scotia government has removed money from the government workers’ pension fund. The example is given of $200 million removed in 1998. Other comments state that the investment fund lost millions during the current economic crisis. This raises several issues: Why are government and private pensions funded from savings plans? Savings plans or funds inevitably end up in the hands of the international financial oligarchy unless strict rules are enforced stating that savings funds must be used for social programs, public services or public enterprise. Such a progressive policy would lead to the necessity of funding pensions from annual government claims on social product similar to workers’ claims for wages from the social product they produce. Pensions for all based on a percentage of a worker’s average income with a guaranteed minimum is a modern right. Pensions are a right! Continue reading
ON MAY 18, 1803, the main leaders of the people in rebellion against the French army of Saint-Domingue – present-day Haiti – were called together to the headquarters in Archahaie by their commander, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The time was critical to create a sign of solidarity that would signify the people’s definitive detachment from France and at the same time, their rejection of anything that could remind them of their enslavement. In the presence of all his commanders, Jean-Jacques Dessalines asked that they bring him a French flag. Abruptly he removed the white colour. A woman by the name of Suzanne Flon, stitched from end to end the remaining blue and red colours which, in the minds of all the audience, symbolized the union of Blacks and Mulattos. The blue and red Haitian flag was born.
In this way, the Haitian flag and Flag Day represent the more than 200-year struggle of Haitians to affirm their sovereignty once and for all. In 2010, the flag and what it represents take on particular poignancy given the work by Haitians to recover from the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 at a time the U.S., Canada, France and other countries are seeking to capitalize on this tragedy for self-serving aims.
ON MAY 7, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon completed a three-day visit to Haiti, which was punctuated with announcements of various projects to be funded by the Canadian government. Given that health care and rebuilding of housing remain the most urgent need of the Haitian people, it is notable that aid being provided to Haiti by the Government of Canada is focused on law and order measures such as prisons, policing and the judicial system. Continue reading
By the Canadian Network on Cuba
ON MAY 5, 2010 a moving ceremony was held in Havana, Cuba to mark the continuing success of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC)’s Cuba for Haiti Campaign. The campaign, launched in January 2010 in response to the earthquake disaster has thus far raised nearly $100,000 to support the Cuban Henry Reeve Medical Brigade in Haiti. Continue reading
By a show of hands, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Halifax 2010 May Day Forum held at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre on May First
Declaration of the participants in the 2010 Halifax May Day
Whereas on April 25, 2010 the HRM police, under the direction of the Prime Minister’s Office, blocked the demonstration against the G-8 rich and powerful countries from proceeding down Spring Garden Road, traditional venue for political protest, to the summit venue over one mile away; Continue reading