Monthly Archives: June 2011

Michelin File: Why is the Michelin man stopping over in South Carolina?

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Canadian Press is reporting: “Premier Darrell Dexter is travelling in the United States until Wednesday to promote the province’s life sciences and energy industries.

“One of his stops will be in Washington. D.C., where he will attend the world’s largest biotechnology conference. Continue reading

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US bridgehead: Are the Canary Islands becoming the Miami of Africa?

A look at the world map shows the great significance of islands – from Newfoundland to Malaysia, from Cuba and Haiti to the Azores – in the geopolitics of empire as bastions over strategic straits, bridgeheads and “stepping stones” from one continent to another and one from one sea to another, as repositories of labour and centres for plundering the world ocean, and play-grounds for the idle rich of the metropole. Now, in the context of the aggression against Libya in North Africa and the feverish expansion of its new African Command (Africom), Washington has its sights set on making the Canary Islands a U.S. commerce, tourist and military outpost, from which to exploit Africa.
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American-modified premier bringing genetic modification?

Nova Scotia should steer clear of genetic modification, groups warn as bio-premier returns from global biotech industry conference in U.S. capital Continue reading

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Harper’s mayday mayhem: Newfoundlanders demonstrate against Harper government’s wrecking agenda

By TONY SEED

(June 28, 2011, revised June 29) – BETWEEN 2,500 and 3,000 Newfoundlanders participated in a vigorous rally Saturday, June 25th, on the St. John’s waterfront against the decision of the Harper government to close the Marine Rescue Centre. Continue reading

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Workers’ rights take a big hit under Harper’s majority government

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says the Harper government has sent a message to all workers with its unjust and punitive bill legislating postal workers back to work. Continue reading

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Condemn the back-to-work legislation against the postal workers!

Vancouver, BC, June 22, 2011

Workers across Canada are continuing to organize mass protests in support of the postal workers, including a rally on Monday, June 27th, 2:00 p.m. at the Almon Street post office in Halifax.

Among other organizations denouncing the back-to-work legislation, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) issued the following statement on Sunday, June 26th: Continue reading

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Mr Keddy,

Seen you on TV Saturday evening voting to shaft postal workers. You looked pleased to vote to take away the workers’ sick leave, and screw new workers by reducing their starting rate of pay and defined pension benefits. As well, ensuring that thousands of Letter Carriers will be injured by the new unsafe work rules. Oh, I almost forgot reducing their yearly income and pension benefits by reducing the wage rate to 1.75%.

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The Harper-Dunderdale transcript

Admiral Harper at the Mayday rally on the St. John’s waterfront, June 25, 2011. Photo | Tim O’Brien, The Muse

ST JOHN’s, NL (June 25, 2011) – Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale had little success when speaking directly with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday, June 23rd, and said she is in “serious disagreement” with him and “extremely frustrated” over his refusal to reverse a decision to close the Maritime Rescue Centre in St. John’s. Even after Dunderdale offered to cost-share the continued operation of the unit, the Prime Minister declined, saying that reversing the decision would put him in difficult position regarding other cuts the federal government is making to social programs. In a related announcement, ACOA Minister Keith Ashfield said the rescue centre was just another call centre. Dunderdale said despite their conversation the fight to save the centre on the southside of St. John’s harbour will continue. Dunderdale said all members of her caucus will be at a rally planned for Saturday in St. John’s on Harbour Drive at 11:30 a.m., but she will be away for a christening.

Through a FOI, we have obtained a verbatim transcript of the telephone conversation between Premier Dunderdale and Prime Minister Harper: Continue reading

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Port Medway action against salmon smuggling today

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Friday Action #2: Hold Harper and his war government to account!

Hold the Harper and his war government to account. June 17, 2011. Haligonians began weekly actions for the second successive year to mobilize support for the No Harbour for War programme and the Defence of the Rights of All.

Reject Canada’s expanding military engagement in Libya

Defend the rights of all

“We Haligonians reject the method of inciting hysteria which is being used to demonize and target Gadhafi, as was done with Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Milosevic in Yugoslavia: accuse your enemy of horrible crimes in order to justify what cannot be justified, as well as cover up who precisely is committing the crimes and why. Is it not fortuitous that this method is also being used against the postal workers and the Air Canada workers while the public is declared ‘collateral damage’? The efforts of the war parliament and media to incite and disinform Canadians to support military and state intervention against other peoples and the workers of our own land are unacceptable.” Continue reading

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Militant support for postal workers and rejection of back-to-work legislation

(June 23, 2011) – VIGOROUS actions in support of locked-out postal workers and to oppose back-to-work legislation continue from coast to coast. The just struggle of the postal workers in defence of their right to working conditions commensurate with the services the provide, their refusal to be split on the basis of old versus new hires and their resolute defence of this important public service has won broad support amongst other workers and the general public. Cross Canada photo report from TML Daily, including photos from Sydney and Fredericton.

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Canadian Civil Liberties Association on government’s goon enforcer role

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Cry a blue tear, Cherry

Interesting excerpt from remarks to The Globe and Mail by Johnny Bower, the last goalie of a Stanley-Cup-winning Maple Leafs squad (thanks Gary): Continue reading

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Lock out at post office: All out to defend the rights of postal workers!

Hundreds participate in support rally for locked out postal workers in opposition to back-to-work legislation, outside Canada Post legal offices in downtown Toronto, June 22, 2011. Rallies are taking place across Canada. Two rallies took place today in Antigonish and Truro, NS.

By LOUIS LANG*

(June 22, 2011) – YESTERDAY, the Harper government tabled a motion of closure to rush the passing of its back-to-work legislation against the postal workers who are fighting for their rights. Its aim is to pass the bill before Parliament recesses for the summer at the end of the day Thursday, June 23. Since today is an Opposition Day, the Harper government’s plan is to force the passing of both the motion of closure on the debate and the bill in one day. Asked by the press why her government was forcing closure of the debate on the bill, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said that this is not abnormal procedure for Parliament in the case of back-to-work legislation. “I see no reason why we wouldn’t be doing the same thing again,” she said.

The Labour Minister and Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to keep alive the charade that they were intervening as a neutral third party versus the two parties (Canada Post and the union) that have failed to reach a negotiated agreement and threaten the economy. Continue reading

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New Brunswick workers occupy MP’s offices

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The employer is hiding – CUPW

(June 22, 2011) – THE Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) points out in a press release that it has been trying to get Canada Post Corporation (CPC) to negotiate a contract but Canada Post is simply not responding. Obviously it is waiting for the back-to-work legislation to be passed. Continue reading

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Government’s ‘goon enforcer role’

(June 22, 2011) – TML Daily is quite right to call the role that the Government of Canada has taken up a “goon enforcer role.” With this new role of goon enforcer that the Harper government has given itself, it baldfacedly favours monopoly right, not public right. It speaks in the language of force and violence to justify the criminalization of rights and those who defend them. In the words of the most recent editorial in the Halifax Chronicle Herald: “When you have a hammer, many problems look like a nail. With the hammer of its new parliamentary majority in hand, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government decided the mail is a nail…” (“Back-to-work bills are bang on ,” June 18)

Canada Post is not even questioned for targeting postal workers. The government’s aim is to pass laws that turn Canadian workers into a slave labour force.

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Harper, military monopolies sell arms & Innu land in Paris; Newfoundlanders organize Mayday rally against cratering search and rescue sub-centre

Merchants of Death – Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

HALIFAX (June 22, revised June 25, 2011) – WHILE CANADA keeps bombing Libya and killing civilians in the name of “humanitarianism” and the Harper Government has announced a $56 million budget cut to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, eliminating the Marine Rescue Centre in St. John’s and putting the lives of civilians at sea in peril, it is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to send arms manufacturers to the International Paris Air Show. Continue reading

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Understand the bigger picture of Syria: history with an agenda

“Many of you can see through the eyes of the media you chose to follow about the crisis in Syria. Many of you believe the over-rated propaganda that hundreds of channels or papers place out there meant to sway public opinion. But to understand the truth of a situation, you must first study the history of the situation. There lays the truth and lies in what is known as a media war. Understanding how Syria rose, and what she is going through right now is the most vital tool to fight with fact, not fiction.” | Three articles by GHASSAN KADI*

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No to back-to-work legislation and the Conservative Government’s hooligan ‘enforcer’ role

Montreal, June 20, 2011: “No to back-to-work legislation; support the postal workers.”

(June 21, 2011) – THE CONSERVATIVE government tabled legislation on Monday, June 20 to send locked out Canada Post employees back to work with an unacceptable contract. The government is playing an unprecedented goon enforcer role – take this or come to terms with Canada Post prior to a vote. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt introduced the bill in the House of Commons after Question Period at 3 pm. “We’re here to put people back to work because it affects the national economy and their process isn’t working,” she said after tabling the bill. Continue reading

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Public right yes! Monopoly right no! Oppose anti-worker legislation! Support the postal workers’ just demands!

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(JUNE 20, 2011)  TODAY anti-worker legislation will be tabled in the Parliament to force postal workers back to work. The intention, according to the logic of the Minister of Labour, is to force negotiators for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post to come to an agreement or have outstanding issues sent to arbitration. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt colourfully describes the goon enforcer role the Conservative government played in the case of the Air Canada workers. She applauded herself and her government for successfully “forcing” the parties to reach a negotiated agreement. In the Air Canada case, it permitted the fundamental issue of depriving new hires of a defined benefit pension plan to be sent to an arbitrator. Continue reading

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Nova Scotia: Mass rallies of workers and residents support postal workers

Demonstration in Halifax supporting locked-out postal workers on June 18th. A large banner of the Public Service Alliance of Canada says it all: “Attacks on the public sector – NO!; Public Service – YES!; All for One and One for All; Canadians Stand As One!”

By TONY SEED, Photos by SCOTT BARBER

ON SATURDAY JUNE 18, more than 300 workers representing various unions in Halifax, along with residents from the community and a large number of youth rallied in support of the strike of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in front of the Almon Street factory where some 800 postal workers have been locked out, along with postal workers across Canada. Another mass rally was held in Sydney, Cape Breton and many others across Canada.

A total of 48,000 workers were locked out on Tuesday. Rather than negotiating with the workers, Canada Post has broken off negotiations to rely on the Harper government’s threat of back-to-work legislation and the hysteria of the media that the locked-out postal workers are responsible for disrupting services to “the public” and “threatening economic recovery and security” and even tourism.  Continue reading

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Demonization – two parallels

By TONY SEED

On June 16, we condemned the method of the Harper government, the war parties and the monopoly media to disinform Canadians to justify extending the military mission against Libya for another three-and-a-half months: Continue reading

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NATO incorporates Libyan experience for global war template

By RICK ROZOFF, Stop NATO

(June 18, 2011) – AS THE WEST’S WAR AGAINST LIBYA has entered its fourth month and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has flown more than 11,000 missions, including 4,300 strike sorties, over the small nation, the world’s only military bloc is already integrating lessons learned from the conflict into its international model of military intervention based on earlier wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading

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Fishermen, coastal residents denounce N.S. government’s backing of industrial-scale salmon farms

Mass protest at N.S. legislature in Halifax on June 17, 2011

THIS WEEK Halifax is averaging a mass action a day, sometimes two, as the society becomes increasingly polarized between those standing for their rights and the handful defending the status quo and vested interest of the few. The fight against industrial farmed salmon has been going on along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for over a decade. Continue reading

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Open letter to the Chronically Horrid: Belliveau promotes salmon farms

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Postal workers fight for rights

Oppose Back-to-Work Legislation Against Postal Workers! Demand that Governments Uphold Public Right, Not Monopoly Right!

Public rally this Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 pm, Across from the Almon St. Post Office in Halifax, NS

CapeBreton.4.Postal Workers Rally, June 18, at 1:30 pm. Aliant Parking lot @ George & Pitt St., Sydney

Editorial, TML Daily, June 16, 2011

ON JUNE 15, the Harper government served notice of back-to-work legislation to criminalize the struggle of the postal workers in defence of their rights. Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt served notice of her plans to table strike-ending legislation this coming Monday, along with back-to-work legislation against Air Canada workers. According to media reports, back-to-work legislation against the postal workers and Air Canada workers will now be adopted next week before Parliament adjourns. Continue reading

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Libya and Palestine: Hold Harper and his war government to account!

Reject Canada’s expanding military engagement in Libya

Anti-War Protestors at Halifax's Spring Garden Library during federal election, March 26, 2011

THE DEMAND to Canada’s participation in the military aggression against Libya, considered illegal under the United Nations Charter, and its dirty role in the Middle East, must be stepped up.

On June 14, MPs in Parliament from all “major” war parties by a vote of 294-1 rubber stamped the deal the Harper government had already made on June 1 with NATO and the U.S. to extend the mission by three-and-a-half months months. This included the four Halifax MPS.

The war parties in Parliament like to say that the mission is legitimate because it was approved by the United Nations Security Council. Canadians must force Harper and these MPs to answer three fundamental questions: Continue reading

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Nova Scotia trade mission to Gaza

Miles Howe, founder of Peaceful Waters Trading Company, announces his trade mission to Gaza at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax today. Photo | Moira Peters

Small business community sends local goods aboard the Canadian Boat to Gaza

By HILLARY LINDSAY and MOIRA PETERS, Halifax Media Co-op

HALIFAX (June 15, 2011) – MILES HOWE is not your usual businessman, and he is about to embark on a very unusual trade mission.

Howe, founder of Peaceful Waters Trading Company and a journalist with the Halifax Media Co-op, spoke outside the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) in downtown Halifax today after attending the Doing Business in Israel Workshop. The workshop was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and is in preparation for a Government of Nova Scotia trade mission to Israel that is slated to take place in October of this year. Continue reading

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Lobster fishermen and coastal communities to confront government

By JORDAN NIKOLOYUK

ON FRIDAY JUNE 17th at 11 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Province House on Granville St. in Halifax, members of coastal community organizations and lobster fishermen will join the Ecology Action Centre to protest the Provincial Government’s support for the rapid expansion of industrial-scale salmon farms despite widespread community opposition. Continue reading

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