Monthly Archives: May 2013

U.S. Justice Dept. spied on Associated Press

spy(AP) – The U.S. Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls. In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters. Continue reading

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St. John’s Telegram on MacKay’s double-dealing

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Editorial entitled ‘A rebuttal’ published on May 10, 2013

THE editorial in this space last Friday (“To the rescue,” May 3) questioned whether any meaningful changes to search and rescue services can be expected from Defence Minister Peter MacKay. The reason? MacKay has a tendency to say one thing and do another.

The minister’s communications director, Jay Paxton, responded with a letter in which he described said editorial as “partisan drivel.” It is not unusual for a person charged with partisan duties to see all contrary argument as partisan in itself. It matters not which foot the shoe is on. Continue reading

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50,000 reasons to love Montreal

Published in opposition to the despicable and chauvinist articles of Sun Media Corporation, itself owned by Quebecor, “10 things we hate about Montreal,” allegedly published in response to an unlinkable Richard Martineau piece on 10 reasons to hate Ottawa.

National Mass Action in Montreal demands repeal of anti-social changes to Employment Insurance

Protesters pledge to block cowardly attack against workers and their regions

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ON APRIL 27, more than 50,000 people from across Quebec, joined by a contingent from Hamilton, Ontario, converged in Montreal for a militant demonstration against the Harper government’s anti-social changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program. A demonstration on this same issue was also held in Edmunston, New Brunswick that day. Continue reading

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Event: Edward Cornwallis: Hero or Horror?

Commemorative statue shamelessly honouring the Genocidaire Cornwallis is covered by anti-war activists at protest against the Halifax International Security Forum, November, 20010. The rally renamed “Cornwallis Park” Peace & Freedom Park as a tribute to the heroic struggle of the First Nations against imperialist war and conquest, including the present-day stand of the Innu against NATO training flights in Labrador.

Commemorative statue shamelessly honouring the Genocidaire Cornwallis is covered by anti-war activists at protest against the Halifax International Security Forum, November, 2010. The rally renamed “Cornwallis Park” Peace & Freedom Park as a tribute to the heroic struggle of the First Nations against imperialist war and conquest, including the present-day stand of the Innu against NATO training flights in Labrador.

EDWARD CORNWALLIS was a military leader tasked with founding Halifax in 1749 as part of Britain’s strategy to capture all of North America and push France off the continent.

Edward Cornwallis was a genocidal war criminal whose attempted extermination of the Mi’kmaq people ranks as one of the province’s darkest chapters.

For 300 years, the debate over his legacy has raged. But until now, one person has been strangely absent: Cornwallis himself. No biography told his story and provided deep context for the events of 1749-1752. Jon Tattrie’s new book, Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax, uses Cornwallis’s own writing, and the writing of those who knew him best, to unearth the man buried by the controversy. Continue reading

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Cree fiddler James Cheechoo visits Scotland

Treena, Daisy and James Cheechoo

Treena, Daisy and James Cheechoo

We have received the following media release from James Cheecho and family, which we are reproducing for the information of our readers.

JAMES CHEECHOO will be visiting Aberdeen from 13-20 May 2013 on an exciting one-off visit to meet musicians and give performances and a workshop on the James Bay fiddle tradition and its historical connections with Scotland. This will be part of a two-week Scottish tour which will incorporate performances on the Isle of Skye and at the Orkney Folk Festival in conjunction with the 200-year anniversary of the explorer John Rae’s birth. James will be accompanied by his wife, Daisy, and his daughter Treena, on wooden spoons and drum. Continue reading

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Halifax May Day 2013

Halifax May Day 2013

AS ACROSS Canada and around the world, MAY DAY 2013, the international day of working class unity and struggle, was celebrated in Halifax with the 7th annual rally and march, beginning at 5:00 pm at Grand Parade. In a province where a social democratic government upholds monopoly right and abdicates its social responsibility to uphold public right, workers’ slogans and demands held the federal and provincial governments and monopolies to account. Continue reading

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Cape Breton’s musical tribute to Rita

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By PARKER BARSS DONHAM*

FROM the opening strains of a slow air by Ashley MacIsaac to the final chords of Rita MacNeil’s musical paean to love of Cape Breton, ”Home I’ll Be” (pictured above), last night’s tribute concert organized by Joella Foulds and Max MacDonald was magnificent. Continue reading

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