Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Conservative MP David Wilks telling constituents that he has some concerns with the omnibus nature of the bill.
 

 
British Columbia MP David Wilks says there’s nothing a lone member can do to defeat the bill or force the Harper government to split up its 425 pages.

Wilks made the comments during a meeting Tuesday with a small group of constituents in his Kootenay-Columbia riding.

Portions of the meeting were videotaped and posted online Wednesday, prompting Wilks to quickly backtrack.

In the video, Wilks is urged by several constituents to vote against the omnibus budget bill, which features a host of non-budgetary measures including changes to the environmental assessment process, Old Age Security, immigration and Employment Insurance rules.

But Wilks says without similar defiance from at least a dozen fellow Tories, voting against the bill would be an empty gesture that would get him booted out of the Conservative caucus.

“Me doesn’t change the budget,” he tells the constituents. “If I stand up and say ‘no,’ it still passes.”

Shortly after the video surfaced, Wilks was back-pedalling.

“I wish to clarify my position with regard to Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act,” Wilks said in a statement posted on his website.

“I support this bill and the jobs and growth measures that it will bring for Canadians in Kootenay-Columbia and right across the country.”

He explains that he has no choice but to support C-38 because party discipline is rigidly applied to budget bills.

That’s wrong! Wake up Canada!
 
 

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Striking Quebecers are getting creative. Protesters — dubbed ‘casseroles’ — took to the streets with pots and pans in Montreal and other Quebec cities this week. But loud noise wasn’t the only thing they’ve created. Take a look at this beautiful black-and-white video going viral at the moment.

Manifestation à Montréal contre la hausse des frais de scolarité et la loi 78. Les gens se retrouvent à des coins de rues pour faire le plus de bruit possible à l’aide de casseroles.
Un grand merci à Avec pas d’casque et Grosse Boîte pour la musique!
Protest in Montreal against the rise of tuition fees in Quebec and the new law 78.

Every evening at 8pm people meet in the street with their pots and pans and make all the noise they can. A big thank you to the band Avec pas d’casque and their record label Grosse Boîte.
 
 


 
In the news:

Montreal Gazette: Pots and pans bang in protest throughout Quebec
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Pots+pans+bang+protest+throughout+Quebec/6677778/story.html

Going viral: Pots and pans protest in Montreal
http://www.globalmontreal.com/going+viral/6442649142/story.html

‘Pots and Pans’ Protest in Montreal Grows Louder as Showdown Nears
http://www.thenation.com/blog/168067/pots-and-pans-protest-montreal-grows-louder-showdown-nears

 
 
 


 
Quebec student bill ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act: law professor
MONTREAL – There were warnings Friday from Quebec’s legal community that the government’s strict legislation aimed at ending the student crisis has gone too far.
One law professor even compared the controversial Bill 78 to the now-defunct War Measures Act. Read more …
 
Legislation to crack down on student protests passed by National Assembly, called worst attack on civil rights since the War Measures Act. Source: Quebec’s emergency law blasted by critics
 
Key measures of Quebec’s Bill 78 Anti-Protest Law
 
May 18, 2012- As many as 10,000 people attended a march against Quebec’s emergency law bill 78 in the tuition crisis. Critics say the new rules infringe on civil rights
Source: Montreal protest simmers after tuition crisis law passes
 
How to Film a Revolution – A Tutorial – Look out for Agent Provocateurs
 

 
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association report, “Breach of the Peace,” notes concerns that POLICE INFORMANTS may have supported the VANDALISM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/02/27/g20-report.html
 
Film Police Officers with no name badges. This is why
 

 
The Black Bloc Tactic
 

 
FYI: Black bloc is not an organization, it is a tactic, and yes, the police have historically used it to shut down peaceful protests, once one act of vandalism happens it can now be legally termed an “unlawful assembly” now MASS ARRESTS will occur (such as Toronto G20), they can and will resort to force, kettling, tear gas, pepper spray and other violent means to disperse everyone at the otherwise peaceful assembly. That’s why its important to film events as they happen for video evidence of possible provocateur tactics.
 
Quebec police admit going undercover at Montebello protests
 

 
Story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2007/08/23/police-montebello.html
 
Undercover officers knew of plans for downtown mayhem during G20
 
EXPOSED! – G20 Police in Black Bloc clothing
 

 
G20 activists say they feel “betrayed” by “Orwellian secret police”
 
Quebec’s Anti Protest Law tramples basic rights: legal expert

“This bill, if adopted, is a breach to the fundamental, constitutional rights of the citizens,” the bar association president, bâtonnier Louis Masson, said in a statement.

“The scale of its restraints on fundamental freedoms isn’t justified by the objectives aimed by the government.”

He was referring to the bill’s most controversial elements:

* Section 16, which says that police has to be informed eights hours ahead of the time, duration and route of any demonstration by 10 or more people or more. (Friday morning the government appeared ready to increase that number to 25.)

* Section 17, which says that organizers, or even a student association taking part in the march without being its organizer, must make sure that the event complies with the parameters handed to police.

“The government is making it harder for people to organize spontaneous demonstrations. It is a limit on freedom of speech,” Mr. Masson said.

Legal scholars also gave Bill 78 a bad review.

“Read it. Stunned. Can’t believe that a democratic government can adopt such a law,” tweeted law professor Louis-Philippe Lampron, a Laval University expert in human rights.

Another Laval law professor, Fannie Lafontaine, had concerns about sections of the legislation which aim to prevent protesters from barring other students from attending school.

* Section 13 and 14 say that no one can “directly or indirectly contribute” to delaying classes or denying access to them.

* Section 15 says student associations must employ “appropriate means” to induce their members to not directly or indirectly disrupt classes.

* Section 25 threatens fines of up to $125,000 to groups that contravene the bill.

Source: Anti-protest legislation passes in Quebec
 
 

Twelve-year-old Victoria Grant of Cambridge, Ontario, has become an overnight Internet sensation after a video of her giving a scathing criticism of Canada’s banking industry went viral.

Grant has been giving a rehearsed speech to audiences at conferences about how “the banks and the government have colluded to financially enslave the people of Canada.”

Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. For more information see publicbankinginstitute.org or moveourmoney.net
 


 
Her father has been posting the videos to YouTube. One such video, of an appearance by the youthful Grant at a Public Banking Institute conference in Philadelphia, got picked up by various blogs over the past few days.
 

 
OH, Canada! Documentary
 
THE CRIME OF THE CANADIAN BANKING SYSTEM – Bill Abram
 

 
The Case Against The Bank Of Canada
 

 
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