Take Action – Write Today | Oxfam.ca.
Keep aid focused on poverty and rights
Big changes are underway in Canada’s aid program. As part of budget Bill C-60, the federal government plans to merge the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
Let’s make sure that ending [...]
Fracking is not a right: Tell Lone Pine to drop its NAFTA lawsuit against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking!.
From the COC: “When the people of Quebec spoke out against fracking, the provincial government listened. Quebec put a moratorium on the controversial and dangerous method for extracting hard-to-reach natural gas until the environmental impacts could be [...]
Avaaz – Crushed to make our clothes.
We’ve all seen the horrific images of hundreds of innocent women burned or crushed to death in factories while making our clothes. In the next few days we can get companies to stop it happening again.
Big fashion brands source from hundreds of factories in Bangladesh. Two brands, [...]
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and whistleblowers | rabble.ca.
A new report out on Censorship, Intellectual Freedom,:
” Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has just issued a report for the year 2012-13 that should challenge our complacency. The CJFE report details how the Conservative government and its bureaucracy are muzzling scientists, putting roadblocks in [...]
Avaaz – Days to free the CBC!. (forwarded by Gail, also noted on our OHS Facebook group) please forward at will…
The new Harper budget bill is going to do something crazy — take hold of our public media and turn the CBC into a place where Harper’s cronies could control the newsroom.
This is [...]
“People-powered politics” site Avaaz.org invites interested readers to sign a petition to as the CRTC to deny Sun News — popularly referred to as “Fox News North” — special status having mandatory carriage on Canadian cable:
In days, the CRTC could decide whether Canadians should be forced to pay for Sun News or ‘Fox News [...]
In 2011, OHS issued a policy statement on Public School Funding, which can be read in full here: http://ontariohumanists.ca/ethical-action/position-papers
It begins: “When the establishment of Separate (Roman Catholic) and Public (Protestant) school boards was first mandated, we lived in a different society, and at a different time. This act may have secured equal funding to [...]
Support the Darwin Day Resolution: Contact Your Representative Now!
(if you have US Friends, or if you want to consider sponsoring a Darwin Day designation in Canada)
In honor of this year’s Darwin Day, the American Humanist Association proudly worked with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) to introduce a resolution today in the U.S. House of Representatives [...]
Municipal trade-off in “end game” of Canada-EU negotiations is unacceptable, says letter from trade justice activists. [See Action opportunity at the end of this article]
The Trade Justice Network, Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees have sent a letter to municipal leaders across Canada warning that “urgent action is necessary” to make [...]
From Amnesty International:
[NOTE: This petition has been endorsed by the Ethical Action Committee of OHS]
Prime Minister Harper will meet with First Nations leaders in Ottawa on Friday to discuss a range of pressing concerns, including issues related to economic development and Treaty implementation.
The meeting comes after more than a month of unprecedented [...]
Avaaz – Harper: Rights for First Nations now!.
Avaaz has a petition up for the meeting with Harper on Friday
Harper just passed a monster law gutting protection for nearly all lakes and rivers but Chief Theresa Spence stepped up to stop him — starting a brave hunger strike and galvanizing hundreds of thousands of people across [...]
Open Letter Urging a Meeting with Chief Theresa Spence | Amnesty International Canada.
28 December 2012
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Open Letter Urging a Meeting with Chief Theresa Spence
Dear Prime Minister: Amnesty International is increasingly concerned over [...]
Prime Minister Harper: FIPA Isn’t Good for Canadian Businesses. | SumOfUs. Forwarded (and signed) by our board members:
Action: (especially for small business owners or concerns)
Last Friday at 5pm, Prime Minister Harper quietly approved the controversial takeover of Canadian oil giant Nexen by China’s state-owned National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC — hoping to draw [...]
ACTION ALERT – Harper is Gambling with Municipalities: Cities, towns included in CETA despite widespread resistance.
COC says: “We need a strong national debate on CETA before the provinces and federal governments can take the deal any further. Our municipalities, and the rights they would lose under CETA, are fundamental to that debate. ..It’s all [...]
World Bank backs land grabs in poor nations » StraightGoods.ca.
Globally, an area more than double the size of British Columbia has been sold off in the rush for land. That’s land that could feed nearly 900 million people — the number of people who go to bed hungry every night.
Oxfam’s research [...]
Dec 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action.
On this day in 1989 fourteen women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Read: Breaking the silence and taking action on violence against women In Quebec, the campaign 12 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is held from November 25 [...]
Stop the Nexen takeover | SumOfUs.
SumofUS is another public platform you may wish to support… FIPA — the secretive and extreme investor deal with China — is just one part of the problem. The other part is the bid that China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), one of China’s largest oil companies, has put [...]
LETTER: Brady opposes Canada-China FIPA.
Action in Peterboro! By Brent Patterson, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 More Sharing ServicesShare Print
Council of Canadians Board member and Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady wrote the following letter of opposition to the Canada-China FIPA in the Peterborough Examiner:
“MP Dean Del Mastro has repeated the federal government arguments for [...]
Write for Rights – Sign an e-petition.
Gao Zhisheng’s Story
Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most respected human rights lawyers.
In December 2006, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended by five years, for ‘inciting subversion’. He was allowed to return home but was kept under illegal house arrest together with his wife [...]
[27-Nov-12] Stop the War on Science: Save the Experimental Lakes Area.
Winnipeg – Scientists, activists, and concerned citizens alike are uniting to send a clear message to the Harper Government: it is time to stop the war on science. One of the most devastating losses to Canada’s science capacity is the defunding of the Experimental [...]