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Support land defenders on Vancouver Island – Denounce RCMP assaults

Four articles and two videos from Renewal Update, August 28, 2021

Denounce RCMP Assaults on Land Defenders

• Evidence of Canada’s Democracy

• What You Need to Know About the Stand-off at Fairy Creek, BC – Mountain Life – (Excerpts)

Nlaka’pamux Nation Event and Fundraiser: All Out to Support Nlaka’pamux (Lytton) Youth Programs

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All Eyes on Mi’kma’ki — Week of Actions October 19-24

Stand with Mi’kmaq People in Defence of Their Hereditary and Treaty Fishing Rights

Halifax rally, October 18, 2020 in support of hereditary and treaty rights of Mi’kmaq people.

Idle No More has called a National Week of Action in support of the Mi’kmaq peoples’ right to fish on their unceded territories. Their callout points out that “The inaction of the federal and provincial government and the RCMP to protect Mi’kmaq people is a violation of Indigenous inherent rights, Treaty rights, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. This is not reconciliation.” Continue reading

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50th anniversary of War Measures Act (IV) – Honour to those unjustly imprisoned during the 1970 ‘October Crisis’

Fourth in a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.

Rally of 1,500 in Vancouver, October 19, 1970, one of many actions across the country supporting the Quebec people’s struggle and opposing imposition of the War Measures Act.

Youth fill Paul Sauvé Arena in Montreal in support of Quebec national liberation on the eve of the declaration of the War Measures Act in October 1970. A number of the youth in attendance are among those arrested in the raids which follow the Act being invoked.

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50th anniversary of War Measures Act (II) – Police power above the civil power: The true nature of Canadian democracy

Second of a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.

Demonstration outside Tanguay prison in Montreal, January 1971, calls for the release of political prisoners detained under the War Measures Act.

Media disinformation about the invocation of the War Measures Act in 1970 tends to focus only on some events which were taking place in October 1970 and discussion on whether or not Pierre Elliot Trudeau over-reacted or if there truly was a state of apprehended insurrection at the time. Information brought to light in 2010 about the RCMP’s secret plans, first devised in 1950, for indefinite detention and internment of thousands of Canadians, code-named PROFUNC (PROminent FUNCtionaries of the Communist Party), was used, amongst other things, to suggest that the phenomenon of the police being above the civil power was a thing of the past. Continue reading

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50th anniversary of War Measures Act (I) – The significance of the proclamation of War Measures

Demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 1970 opposing the invoking of the War Measures Act.

First of a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.

The Significance of the Proclamation of War Measures

By Pauline Easton

Army deployed on the streets of Montreal October 15, 1970, the day before the War Measures Act is invoked.

October 16, 2020 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of the War Measures Act by the Liberal government headed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Trudeau declared a state of “apprehended insurrection” in order to use the powers of the War Measures Act, which had been used in World War I and World War II to indefinitely detain people without charges or trial.

The police carried out more than 1,000 raids between October 7 and 10, 1970. Using the provisions of the National Defence Act, the army appeared on the streets of Ottawa on October 12 and on the streets of Montreal on October 15. After the War Measures Act was invoked, the police carried out another 3,068 raids and searches without warrants. During these raids police arrested 465 people and held them without charges. The vast majority of the people arrested were released after 21 days without charges while others were held for longer periods. Continue reading

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A dog’s breakfast: Recent revelations in Norman case highlight DND’s pattern of defiance and secrecy

Norman case and the manipulation of information by the Department of National Defence – characteristic of the secrecy of a government which decrees the number of armed forces members infected by COVID-19 to be a matter of national security. 

By SCOTT TAYLOR

14 Words Inspired by Dogs | Merriam-WebsterOTTAWA—There were a series of stories last week by Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese which clearly illustrate the culture of defiance and invincibility that exists within National Defence Headquarters’ upper echelons.

The genesis of this current saga has its roots dating back to some extraordinary testimony at a December 2018 pre-trial hearing in the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case. Continue reading

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This Day. The Clare grain riots in Ireland

A historical account of a massacre in which the para-military Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) – on which the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was modelled – opened fire on a crowd of starving people in Ennis as local food produce was being exported by landlords | DEAN RUXTON, for the Irish Times

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That a band of RIC policemen fired at a crowd of civilians in Ennis* was not disputed. Less clear-cut in the aftermath was who, if anyone, gave the order. Continue reading

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Special edition: Standing with the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Hereditary chiefs evict Coastal GasLink from their territory, January 4, 2020.

In the pre-dawn hours, shortly before 5:00 am (PST) on Thursday, February 6, 13 RCMP units descended on the 39km Trading/Supply Post on Wet’suwet’en territory, breaking down a defence wall constructed by the land defenders and arresting everyone who was in the camp, except for media who were detained and taken out of the area in police vehicles. There were reports of guns being drawn and communications were lost with that checkpoint after RCMP reportedly smashed the window of the radio vehicle. The RCMP have now made a total of six arrests today on Gidimt’en territories. A police exclusion zone has been implemented and Indigenous people are being forcefully removed from their territories by the colonial state.

A statement issued by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Wednesday morning, February 5, noting that the enforcement of the Coastal Gaslink injunction zone was imminent, says:

“We are peaceful people and we have every right to protect the land that defines and sustains us. We continue to honour our ancient laws, shaped over millennia to ensure a sustainable relationship with the land; while BC and Canada fail to honour their recent commitments to reconciliation and to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

“The world is watching RCMP and CGL’s militarized invasion of our territories. Massih (thank you) to all our allies who continue to use your voices and actions to stand with us. We are protecting our right to exist as Indigenous people, while protecting the land and water for everyone’s future generations.”,

The massive resistance being waged by the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders and Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples alike across Canada and internationally in defence of a just cause deserves everyone’s active support and participation.

Due to the disinformation and hysteria on “rule of law” and “shortages” by the Canadian government and the mass media to attack their cause, we are posting a special edition for the information of our readers, composed of nine articles published by TML Weekly on February 15, 2020 that looks beyond the headlines. Plus an extensive photo review of solidarity actions across the country and internationally, including the United States, England and New Zealand.

Since then over 8,000 people demonstrated in Toronto on February17, an action was held at the Rainbow Bridge/U.S. border in Niagara Falls, and a call has been issued for international solidarity actions to demand that the RCMP and Coastal Gaslink get out of Wet’suwet’en unceded territory. Events are planned for Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Australia and the United States. See here or here for updated information on events. #Wetsuweten and #WetsuwetenStong, 

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Invasion: A film on the Wet’suwet’en nation

In this era of “reconciliation,” Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. Invasion is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.

The film was produced by the Unist’ot’en Camp. The film, including versions with subtitles in French, Spanish or Portuguese, along with information on using it for community screenings or  fundraising to support the Camp, can be found here.

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Stand With the Wet’suwet’en! Condemn the violence of the colonial Canadian state!

 

Vancouver, February 6, 2020

The sovereign Wet’suwet’en nation and their laws are equal in status politically to Canada and its laws, and this must be acknowledged and respected as the basis of reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples. #Wetsuweten – Four articles. Continue reading

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls upon the RCMP to clarify inaccurate reports

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The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has issued an open letter dealing with the misconduct of the RCMP and attempts to absolve its responsibility regarding its forcible intervention against the Wet’suwet’en people in British Columbia on January 7 and its ongoing involvement at the site. It is printed below. Continue reading

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RCMP accused of illegally occupying Gitdumt’en territory

On January 15, the Gitdumt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en people reported that the RCMP “are working to establish a police detatchment on Gitdumt’en territory without the consent of our people,” in violation of their January 9 agreement with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The Gitdumt’en point out that the agreement “dictates that all police exclusion zones will be lifted immediately and that our members will have free access to our territories.” Continue reading

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Tentative agreement reached to ensure safety of Wet’suwet’en members on their territory

A tentative agreement was reached on January 9 between hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en and the RCMP as a measure to ensure the safety of Wet’suwet’en members on their unceded territory. Coastal GasLink, which seeks to build a pipeline on their territory, was invited by the chiefs to sit in on the discussion to ensure the company is on the same page. Continue reading

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Actions across Canada say No! to state attack on Unist’ot’en land defenders

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What does the RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory mean?

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Written by KAI NAGATA

January 8, 2018 — Thousands of people across Canada and around the world are watching and sharing updates online as RCMP officers dismantle a pipeline blockade on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern BC. Continue reading

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Say No! to state attack on Unist’ot’en land defenders

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The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the governments of both Canada and BC for treating the need to respect the hereditary rights of the original peoples of this country as a law and order matter. The precedent set by these governments at Gustafsen Lake in 1994 is a crime yet to be redressed and now another is to be committed. Continue reading

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This day in 1885: Anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel

Métis leader Louis Riel (centre) surrounded by councillors of the Métis Legislative Assembly of Assinaboia.

Métis leader Louis Riel (centre) surrounded by councillors of the Métis Legislative Assembly of Assinaboia.

ON NOVEMBER 16, 1885, the British colonial power executed the great Métis leader Louis Riel. Riel had been charged and found guilty of high treason after the Métis were defeated at the Battle of Batoche in May of that year. The execution of Louis Riel was intended as an assault on the consciousness of the Métis nation, but was unsuccessful in putting an end to their fight for their rights and dignity as a nation. The struggle of the Métis to affirm their right to be and exercise control over their political affairs continues to this day. Continue reading

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G7 Summit: No to the neo-liberal, anti-social offensive, retrogression and war!

Demonstration in Quebec City, April 5, 2018, against upcoming G7 summit in La Malbaie. Banner reads: “The G7 Does Not Represent Us.”

The 44th G7 Summit is hosted by Canada. It will take place June 8 and 9 in the luxury hotel Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. It is preceded by ministerial meetings.

La Malbaie is a small town of 8,000 people about 150 kilometres north-east of Quebec City. The Summit area has been secured behind a $3.8 million, three-metre high, 3.7-kilometre long fence anchored in cement posts sunk half a metre into the ground. A temporary prison will be set up near the arena in Clermont, a neighbouring municipality, at a cost of $1 million, according to local radio station CIHO. The budget for the G7 events will be more than $600 million with $259 million to be allocated to the RCMP alone for security, over $35 million to National Defence, $99 million to Public Safety Canada, $2 million to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and $1 million to the Canada Border Services Agency. Continue reading

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Patrick Brown: Am I missing something?

By TONY SEED

International Women’s Day March, Toronto, March 2017

(Revised and expanded from a Facebook post on January 25) – CBC TV’s The National hosted by Michael Serapio devoted the first 21 minutes of its 3-4 p.m. newscast on 25 January to the case of Patrick Brown, who has resigned/sacked as leader of the Conservative Party in Ontario although not his seat as an MPP after two women accused him of sexual misconduct. The case is dominating the news cycle. Premier Wynne, head of a government known for corruption and selling out the interests of the working class as in the case of U.S. Steel, was “shocked.” For its part, the Ontario PC Party declared it “unequivocally upholds the principle that a safe and secure society is what we expect and desire” and has “a message of change.” Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called the Brown allegations ‘heinous.” Tory MP Lisa Raitt says she has an “open door” for anyone experiencing harassment. All apparently stand for women’s empowerment. Continue reading

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Canada’s Iraq war mission extended

Since September 11, 2001, Canada has consistently been expanding its foreign military and police presence in Central and West Asia under U.S. and NATO command. While openly participating in the invasion of Afghanistan, the Chrétien Liberal government would not openly join the “Coalition of the Willing” and provide more than a handful of troops for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, despite having provided troops, warships and jets during the previous U.S. invasion of Iraq – the Persian Gulf War. The Trudeau government has now taken up the challenge to provide an air of legitimacy for Canada’s ongoing military actions in Iraq and their expansion. On June 29, the Trudeau government announced that its mission in Iraq would be extended for two more years and that the mission would be “adjusted.” This is a far cry from its election claim that it would end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq, giving the impression that it was against foreign military escalation. Shortly after being elected, the Trudeau government launched a new mission in the Middle East, focusing on Iraq and neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. Continue reading

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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 is repeated no less than 23 times.

This exposes the brazen deception behind Chrystia Freeland’s June 6 speech whereby Canada is declared to be “forging a new, sovereign path in light of a turbulent international political climate” and against “isolationism” to justify unprecedented military expansion in the name of “hard power.” “To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” she said. “Such a dependence would not be in Canada’s interest.”

Interoperability is one of the main concepts and methods through which this so-called “new” “hard power” is to be exercised. Continue reading

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Trudeau government launches new program to meddle in the affairs of other countries

120501-MayDayWindsor-21crop3On August 26 the Trudeau government announced the establishment of the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP). A news release from Global Affairs Canada describes the program as a “comprehensive approach to support Canadian interests and UN peace efforts.” The announcement comes shortly after Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan led a Canadian delegation to five African countries to seek out “facts on the ground” to help decide on a new military adventure appropriate for Canada within the U.S. imperialist push for new “peace operations” worldwide. Continue reading

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The program to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada (2): Defend the rights of all

091023-MontrealJasonKenneyProtest-01As of February 28 more than 25,000 Syrian refugees have come to Canada. A little over half came as government-assisted refugees with the rest having private or semi-private sponsorship. A recent issue of TML Weekly features a call from the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) for working people to be vigilant and make sure their rights are defended in the context of defending the rights of all. We are posting the full text below. Continue reading

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Anniversary of introduction of Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act 2015

Liberals’ defence of secret police powers, privilege and impunity does not bode well. Renewal Update

Just over one year ago on January 30, 2015 the Harper government introduced Bill C-51, legislation which sanctions black ops and state terror against Canadians as well as other peoples abroad. The bill was acknowledged by broad sections of Canadian society, from workers, Indigenous peoples, intellectuals and experts as being in contempt of the rule of law. It generated broad discussion among all sections of the people as to its meaning and what could be done. Continue reading

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Call for long overdue public inquiry into Canada’s largest paramilitary operation at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake)

Urgent need for Canada to establish just relations with Indigenous Peoples. WOLVERINE

Photo from Ts’Peten, 1995, with Wolverine (centre).

On December 30, Wolverine from the Secwepemc nation wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterating the call for a public inquiry into the brutal assault of the RCMP and Canadian armed forces in 1985 on the sacred Sundance lands at Ts’Peten in southern British Columbia. Continue reading

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The demonization of Arabs, Muslims: The Harper government spreads hate in Canada while it supports terror overseas

From Ottawa and Washington to Paris, governments and the media sympathetic to those in power take advantage of attacks to drum up support for military adventures abroad. In this context, it is important to take a look back and see how Canadian troops got wrangled into Washington’s ever-expanding “war on terror” in Iraq and Syria. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA

How Harper leveraged the Parliament attack to mislead Canada into Iraq

120613-CourtenayAntiC38-01(March 18) – Speaking on January 22, 2015 about the multinational insurgents that he deployed the Canadian military to fight in the Middle East, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper confidently declared to reporters in St. Catharines, Ontario, that, “If those guys [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants] fire at us, we’re going to fire back and we’re going to kill them.” Continue reading

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State-sanctioned black ops and cover-ups

Arson attack  on BC headquarters of CPC(M-L), August 12, 1983.

Arson attack on BC headquarters of CPC(M-L), August 12, 1983.

By PULINE EASTON and ANNA DI CARLO

Aftermath of a police raid on a CPC(M-L) research institute in 1973

Aftermath of a police raid on a CPC(M-L) research institute in 1973

According to official and media accounts of crimes committed against Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous peoples by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), some crimes never took place and others were unacceptable aberrations. They say that, in any event, the door for such things to be repeated was closed in 1984, when the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Service (CSIS) was created to collect intelligence but not pass to action. In this context, concern is expressed about Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 extending powers to CSIS to allow it to conduct activities that resemble those of the RCMP prior to 1984. Of course, it is not true that after 1984 the security services stopped violating the rights of the people. Continue reading

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Venezuela: More evidence of Canada’s dirty work

Rally in Ottawa, February 20, 2014 opposes Canadian and U.S. interference in Venezuela.

Rally in Ottawa, February 20, 2014 opposes Canadian and U.S. interference in Venezuela.

Venezuelea-TeleSur-IconOn February 13, when reporting on television about the thwarted coup against the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello referred to a Canadian link. President Nicolás Maduro has alleged that the failed coup was organized and financed by the United States government. Continue reading

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Venezuela: More on coup attempt

As in past coup attempts, the silence of the Canadian government is very telling. While the Harper government claims it opposes terrorism, this is totally unprincipled, as it has not said a word about the recent events in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Youth Day celebrated, February 12, 2015. (Click to enlarge)

Venezuelan Youth Day celebrated, February 12, 2015. (Click to enlarge)

Venezuelea-TeleSur-IconThe Venezuelan government recently brought to light another failed coup attempt by opposition forces. This attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela is part of the U.S. imperialists’ plan to impose themselves on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. The plot is said to involve members of the U.S. and UK diplomatic corps in Venezuela, while Canada has also been implicated in the plot through the alleged involvement of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Continue reading

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Government tracking of protests

spyNewly released documents show that the federal government has tracked some 800 demonstrations across Canada and around the world since 2006, including “uneventful protests” and public university lectures.

These surveillance reports, in some cases provided by CSIS or the RCMP, were collected centrally by the Government Operations Centre, an agency ostensibly assigned to prepare the federal government’s response to emergencies. Some reports on international protests were collected by Foreign Affairs, but the majority focused on domestic events, especially First Nations protests and environmental activism, the Toronto Star reports. Continue reading

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