By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 14, 2013:
Elizabeth May. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Chances are very few Canadians have heard of the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Elizabeth May, wants us to pay attention. That’s because FATCA is likely “unconstitutional and in violation of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms“, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of “national or ethnic origin”.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013:
Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister
Canadian refugee lawyers, advocacy groups, doctors and patients are banding together to file a lawsuit against the Harper government’s recent draconian cuts to health care for refugees. The group from the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), and three individual patients, says the cuts violate the fundamental rights of refugees as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The group is asking the Federal Court of Canada to declare the cuts unconstitutional and illegal.
by Obert Madondo, @Obiemad | The Canadian Progressive, June 6, 2012:
After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final push for a response from Harper in the last two weeks, and my meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin (with me in the pic), on Parliament Hill this afternoon.
I just got back from the doctor’s office and was told that I’ll be back on my feet within two weeks. My health is my immediate priority. I’ll focus on recovering the 34kg (74.8lbs) I lost during the protest, and on bumping up my Vitamin D levels from the current critical-low of 20 to the normal of 76+.
The hunger protest was one hell of a life-changing journey through the soul of my beloved adopted country! There are no words to express how grateful I’m for your support, solidarity, advice and criticism. I couldn’t have done it without you.