“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 [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
Action alert from Climate Change Network:
The federal government is coming out with new greenhouse gas regulations for coal plants that would go into effect in 2015, and Maxim Power is trying to rush construction of a new coal plant in Alberta in order to have it completed before then so it can be exempt [...]
Mark Calzavara (right) takes part in 5-day march opposing the quarry project.
An enormous open pit mine has been proposed in Melancthon township on Highway 124 just north of Shelburne. The Highland Companies (owned by a Boston hedge fund) has filed an application for a 2,300-acre aggregate mine – it would [...]
Inter Pares – June 2011 – A Human Rights Perspective on Shale Gas/St Lawrence.
When Quebec residents living in the St. Lawrence River lowlands noticed industrial activity and even drilling in their backyards, they were outraged. They had not been consulted or informed that the government of Quebec had given industry the green light to [...]
Petition – No F1 in brutal Bahrain.
The Bahraini government has booted out the world’s media — even torturing a female journalist working for a French TV channel. Under cover of this blackout it is claiming that all is calm and orderly. That’s a blatant lie. Early one morning last week teargas bombs were shot [...]
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION May 14. On May 14th, 2011 at 2:00PM National Day of Action “Only 40 percent of Canadians supported our government in the May 2 election, and yet we wound up with a Conservative majority. The fact that Stephen Harper now controls Parliament after gaining only 1.8 percent more of the popular [...]
Get Involved | One School System Network.
Here is the new website for ONE SCHOOL SYSTEM, and information on how individuals, groups, and humanist organizations can get involved. They also advocate contacting Public School Trustees, and groups affected by public school closings and cut-backs and job-losses.
To the Editor, Those who support an opening Christian prayer at municipal council meetings are missing an important point.
Simply put, religious prayers are out of place in a non-religious setting. This may have been acceptable 100 years ago, but is not so today, as our society becomes more and more diverse.
To suggest that [...]
Election 2011, election resources and candidates meetings. The Council of Canadians lists all upcoming Candidates meetings on their blog, as well as suggested questions for Candidates, how to organize an all-candidates meeting, and FAQs about voting.
Rabble.ca: Here are the 8 points about ‘Restoring Democracy’, presented by Voices-Voix, a non-partisan coalition defending democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada.
Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada (English branch). said: “Though previous governments have sometimes failed to respect our rights in these regards, the government that just fell went to lengths [...]
[Note: OHS is a supporter of the Voices-Voix Coalition. Here is info on actions and events in Oakville, Ottawa and Toronto on April 6]
On Wednesday, April 6th 2011, in a number of cities across Canada, organizations have come together as part of the Voices-Voix Coalition to organize a variety of events under the banner [...]
Humanism—Beyond the God Question [An editorial by Roy Speckhardt, Pres. of the AHA] A number of people ask whether or not humanists are just atheists by another name. Are they? According to our last membership survey, a majority of humanists would also identify as atheists, but that doesn’t make the words synonyms. Humanists share a [...]
Christian Intruders: New Law Will Force Women to Listen to Religious Lectures Before Getting an Abortion – AlterNet.
[Several members have been keeping a weather eye on new family planning & anti-choice legislation moving through state legislatures in the US. This article is by writer Amanda Marcotte, author of It’s a Jungle Out There: The [...]
Petition: Tell Ontario’s Ministry of Education: Taxpayers Should Not Be Funding Homophobic Schools . (brought to our attention by HAT)
The gay news source Xtra! reports that all 29 Catholic School Boards in Ontario effectively ban the forming of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). Some may claim this is just religious freedom, but in Ontario, Catholic schools [...]
[This letter was endorsed by the Ethical Action Committee of OHS. You can see the OHS logo added to the letter at this LINK]
An appeal to end special tax breaks to oil, coal and gas companies
As organizations concerned about the worsening impacts of climate change at home and around the world, as well [...]
The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day Eve Ensler’s poem ‘The Refuser’
[emailed from a board member of IHEU in NYC to OHS today, who says "I can't imagine a more important poem than this, on IWD" Here are a few lines, read it all, above...]
REFUSER, Eve Ensler
From the Lebanese mountains [...]
UN SECURITY COUNCIL: Libya: No-Fly Zone.
As Qaddafi’s jets drop bombs on the Libyan people, the UN Security Council will decide in 48 hours whether to impose a no-fly zone to keep the government’s warplanes on the ground.
We’ve already flooded the Security Council with messages, “overwhelming” the President’s office and helping to win serious [...]