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One explanation for why the Ottawa ‘Freedom Convoy’ is treated with kid gloves

“At every step of the way, all three levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal — have been noticeably outmanoeuvred. Thus, the occupation continues as do the border blockades. The other thing that has become very noticeable is that the convoy, occupation and blockades bear the stamp of military-style organization. It has been revealed that some of the main organizers have a knowledge of military tactics and police procedures” | PETER EWART

Group of armed forces veterans on Parliament Hill, February 11, 2022, to show support for the “Freedom convoy”

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‘Freedom Convoy’: Ontario to declare state of emergency

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency in the province at a news conference the morning of Friday, February 11, saying it is necessary to respond to protests and blockades in Ottawa, Windsor and Toronto. He said the protests against public health measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 have caused major disruptions in multiple areas of the province in recent weeks.

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Blockade of Alberta-Montana border

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spoke out about the blockade set up at the US.-Canada border crossing at Coutts, Alberta. This border crossing was shut down on January 29 by a convoy demanding an end to all vaccine mandates. Chief Adam pointed out that if the protesters were Indigenous, the RCMP would have already arrested them. “If peaceful protests of critical infrastructure at Coutts is allowed, then we expect the same to be true in the future should Indigenous people engage in similar forms of protest,” he said.

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Supply chain problems: Pay first-rate attention to working conditions of transportation workers!

By NORMAN CHOUINARD

Today there is a lot of talk about problems with supply chains, the dearth of truckers because of the pandemic, blaming truckers for spreading COVID-19 and the like. A narrative of false causes and consequences presents the problems in the supply chains as the cause of price inflation and, before you know it, truckers are the cause of price inflation.

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Justice for Haitian refugees: Montreal action condemns US administration

Mistreatment of Haitian refugees in Del Rio, Texas

Solidarité Québec-Haiti and Debout pour la dignité organized a protest in Montreal on Saturday, September 25 to vehemently denounce U.S. racism against Haitians, as well as the deportations that are in violation of international law. The MLPC joined the demonstration and called on all Quebeckers and Canadians to join the denunciation and demand justice for Haitian refugees.

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Nurses working both sides of the border speak for themselves

In this situation nurses are giving expression to the notion that we are one humanity fighting for the rights of all, in this case the right to health care. #Windsor

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR

There has been a lot of talk between the leaders of Canada and the United States over the movement of goods and people in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump has withheld medical supplies and Trudeau and other elected leaders in Canada have openly or indirectly threatened to limit the travel of Canadian health care workers currently working in U.S. border towns. Continue reading

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United States. People’s resistance defends the rights of all and opposes politics of division and arbitrary police powers


Migrant solidarity action in Los Angeles, November 2018. (ANSWER)
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CPCM-L) calls for abolition of ‘Ministry of Border Security and Organized Crime’ and to get Canada out of US Homeland Security

Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All 
Montreal
Rally to Demand Abolition of Ministry of “Border Security and Organized Crime” and an End to All Deportations of Migrants
Saturday, August 4 — 10:00 am-12:00 noon • Immigration Canada Offices, 1010 St-Antoine (Bonaventure metro)

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‘Interoperability’ – Euphemism for integration and annexation of Canadian Forces in the service of empire-building

By TONY SEED

The “new” defence policy of the Trudeau Liberals espouses the goal of greater “interoperability” with U.S. and NATO military operations. This word is repeated no less than 23 times in the policy document.

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Trudeau confirms direction set under Harper on the border and security

New Canada-U.S. border and security arrangements announced in the context of Prime Minister Trudeau’s trip to Washington and the image of a Trudeau-Obama partnership. Where does the security of Canadians lie? Continue reading

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Maritime strategy of the Quebec Liberals: Serving the interests of the United States of North American monopolies

For your information: two articles on the Maritime Strategy of Quebec – the latest plan of the ruling circles to build infrastructure and establish Gateways and Trade Corridors across Canada to facilitate the transportation of energy resources and manufactured goods to North America, Europe and Asia | LOUIS LANG

The Couillard government promotes its Maritime Strategy.

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New security arrangements: Measures strengthen US profiling of Canadians

By PAULINE EASTON and ENVER VILLAMIZAR

061028Toronto14-550Cr3Since the New Year, a number of news reports have raised the problem of Canadian children, some just toddlers, being on no-fly lists without any explanation as to why this is the case.[1] The federal government has responded by reiterating instructions that airlines are not to subject passengers under 18 whose names appear on a no-fly list to additional security screening. Continue reading

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‘Baby steps’: Presence of US security agents on Canadian soil made permanent

In hearings into the Shiprider program which has U.S. border agents enforcing Canadian law on Canadian seaways, RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties’ director general for border integrity, stated: “We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians. We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that such an approach might work.” These “baby steps” are taken on a regular basis to keep Canadians unaware of the extent to which the Harper government has placed Canada under U.S. command. “US forces make ‘baby steps’ into Canada,” November 14, 2013 Continue reading

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A reflection on Farley Mowat

May 12, 1921 – May 6, 2014

Defender of peace, democracy and the natural environment

Farley Mowat has passed away at the age of 92. He lived out his life mainly in Cape Breton, where he spent his summers in retreat from his Port Hope, Ontario home, and which for him was indeed God’s Country. Seventeen million copies of his works were published and his books were translated into 50 languages.

I had the honour to meet him briefly once on the island. It was humbling to hear him express his immediate support for our work (Shunpiking Magazine); this Man of the North knew more of our work than I of his. I had not read any of his works and we had very different views on a number of questions such as the Sea Conservation Society – I regarded Paul Watson as a misanthrope and provocateur.

So what did we talk about? Literature? Natural history? Independent publishing? No, we cursed American imperialism. What united us as Canadians was that both of us had been secretly banned from entering the United States due to our political views, and this was 15 years or more before 9/11. In 1980 I suddenly found out I was barred when I was prevented from transiting from Kennedy to LaGuardia airports in New York enroute from London to Toronto. In 1985, as part of a book tour, Farley was to make a visit to California, but was barred from entering the U.S. by customs officials. It later came to light that he was on a watch list based on files passed to U.S. authorities by the RCMP. [1]

Deemed “prejudicial to the public interest,” according to the McCarran-Walter Act. How does the U.S. make such a determination? The US directly interferes in the internal affairs of Canada and operates with impunity from the Canadian state. One covert mission of its intelligence agencies within Canada is to compile dossiers on Canadian citizens; no one is exempt, not even a justly acclaimed and peace-loving writer then in his seventies. Such is the separation of politics and arts and literature and “human rights” American style.

My sincere condolences to the family of Farley Mowat, to his many many friends, and to all those in Canada and around the world, who profoundly mourn his loss.

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1.News reports about the Canadian government spying on its citizens came to light in 2001. It was reported that the RCMP set up a Public Order Program in the spring of 2001 to exchange secrets on protestors in the lead up to the G8 Summit in Kanaskis, Alberta the next year. The reports stated that the Raging Grannies, former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, Amnesty International and the United Church of Canada were targets of surveillance or infiltration.

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Canada’s further integration into U.S. Homeland Security

ON DECEMBER 19 the Executive Committee of the Beyond the Border Action Plan made up of officials from the executives of the U.S. and Canada released its second report on how it is implementing the Beyond the Border Action Plan signed in 2011. This year’s report outlines pilot projects which place Canada’s security apparatus under U.S. command and control, in particular at key ports. Also highlighted are ongoing steps to hand over vast amounts of information to U.S. officials on who is travelling to and from Canada. Already there are reports that more Canadians are being harassed at entry to the United States on the basis of private information about their mental health taken “legally” from Canadian databases. There is also an increase in the number of unmanned drones flying in Canadian civilian airspace through the implementation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Continue reading

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US Homeland Security and the hated flute menace

Another reason for Canadians not to transit through U.S. airports

boujemaaArts Journal (Dec. 31) – BOUJEMAA RAZGUI, a Canadian flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport (JFK) asked to see his instruments. Bourjemaa carries a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance. He is a regular guest with the diverse and enterprising Boston Camerata. At JFK, the officials removed and smashed each and every one of his instruments. No reason was given. Continue reading

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‘Baby steps’: The operation of US military and security agents in Canada

FOLLOWING the September 11, 2001 attacks, successive Canadian governments have been systematically placing Canadian forces and security agencies under U.S. command in various ways. Continue reading

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US forces make ‘baby steps’ into Canada

It used to be quite rare and even noteworthy when foreign military training and operations took place on Canadian soil, which is now included in the U.S. “homeland.” Continue reading

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Border stories: Drones, surveillance towers, malls of the spy state and the national security police on the Northern border

Living in a constitution-free zone | TODD MILLER*

“Now, the entire U.S. perimeter has become part of a Fortress USA mentality and a lockdown reality.” | Ryan Bayne

(February 7, 2013) – Before September 11, 2001, more than half the border crossings between the United States and Canada were left unguarded at night, with only rubber cones separating the two countries. Since then, that 4,000 mile “point of pride,” as Toronto’s Globe and Mail once dubbed it, has increasingly been replaced by a U.S. homeland security lockdown, although it’s possible that, like Egyptian-American Abdallah Matthews, you haven’t noticed.  Continue reading

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The grim reality unfolding right in front of our eyes

An overview of war preparations in Halifax and Canadian ports | TONY SEED*

Second of a series on Canada’s involvement in the Iraq war

(HALIFAX, 13 February 2003) – HOW CAN WE shut our eyes to the grim reality unfolding in front of us?

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Canadian soldiers must not let it pass

By TONY SEED*

HALIFAX (January 17, 2003) – A VERY SERIOUS problem faces the personnel of the Canadian Forces as with all Canadians: the new agreement of the government to allow US troops to enter Canada and Canadian troops to enter the United States. Continue reading

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No Harbour for War: Exercise Royal Guard in Halifax harbour

Harbour will again be invaded – by US agents, some reportedly CIA-trained, posing as “customs officers” and assigned to interfere with cargo-handling in the port under the pretext of protecting the world from the danger of “nukes in a box.” | GARY ZATZMAN Continue reading

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