by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 21, 2013:
Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 21 2012
Norway’s experience with Big Oil offers lessons for Idle No More and other progressive movements determined to stop Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives from turning Canada into a petro-state.
Earlier, I blogged about a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which compares the Canada and Alberta experiences to that of Norway, another major petroleum producing and exporting country. The Harper Conservatives are progressively giving foreign and domestic Big Oil interests the driver’s seat. Canada’s lucrative tar sands are now 71% foreign-owned. Big Oil appropriates a disproportionate share of our petro-wealth.
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan 11, 2013 7.00 PM EST
#IdleNoMore’s show of people-power forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stay for entire five hours of meeting with First Nations leaders.
#IdleNoMore Parliament Hill Protest Jan 11 2013 Pic 1
More than five thousand #IdleNoMore protesters gathered in Ottawa today as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders held a closed-door meeting in the capital. The protesters first gathered outside the Langevin Block, the official home of the prime minister’s office and venue of the controversial meeting. They chanted songs, drummed and waved banners, before moving to the central block of Parliament Hill for speeches.
Map shows places around the world where Idle No More blockages, rallies, flash mobs, teach-ins, hunger strikes and other acts of civil disobedience against Prime Minister Stephen Harper have occurred in the last few days. Says the creator of the map, Toronto-based investigative researcher and journalist, Tim Groves:
Although far from a complete list, this map highlights some of the teach-ins, rallies, blockades, flash mob round dances and hunger strikes that have taken place or are being planned, as well as international solidarity actions taking place on four continents. So far over 150 events in over 120 places have been added.
View #IdleNoMore Events in a larger map