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Montreal Police Violated Protesters’ Rights During Student Protests, Says Report

Montreal Police arrest a demonstrator during the 2012 student demonstration against tuition fee hikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  The Montreal Police violated the rights of protesters during the 2012 student protests, says a new 47-page report  based on 384 witness accounts. The report, called ”Testimonies of the Student Strike: Repression And Discrimination,” was compiled by ASSÉ, Quebec’s largest student federation, in association with the Quebec Human Rights League and the Association of… Read More

BC NDP candidate resigns over racist comments against First Nations

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Dayleen Van Ryswyk, the BC NDP candidate for Kelowna-Mission, has resigned after the racist comments she made online against Canada’s First Nations surfaced earlier today. She also denigrated French Canadians. Called them bigots. This sad episode will not slow down the New Democrats‘ march to a majority in the next provincial… Read More

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are distant cousins

Justin Trudeau

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Oh, crap! The looming NDP-Liberal battle to replace Stephen Harper and the Conservatives in 2015 is only a family feud. Soon-to-be Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democrats, are distant cousins, according to Ancestry.ca. Their connection goes back 400 years to Mathieu Amiot and Marie Miville, their shared… Read More

Exxon’s tar sands oil spill shows risks of Enbridge’s Line 9 project for Ontario and Quebec

Ruptured Enbridge Pipeline from Kalamazoo Spill Credit NTSB

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Last Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be evacuated. Environmental Defence, a non-partisan… Read More

Senator Patrick Brazeau Must Go!

Sen. Patrick Brazeau

If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted plan to reform… Read More

Excessive corporate rights in Canada-EU CETA trade deal unacceptable to Canadians and Europeans

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Transatlantic Statement Opposing Excessive Corporate Rights (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) By Trade Justice Network | Feb. 5, 2013: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and OTTAWA, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations from Europe, Canada and Quebec representing more than 65 million… Read More

Quebec students support Idle No More, the ‘Native Spring’ of 2013

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by L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) | Jan 11, 2013 L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), the Quebec student movement which prosecuted the hugely successful 2012 Quebec student protests against tuition hikes, has issued the following statement of solidarity with #IdleNoMore: Last year the streets of Quebec vibrated to the rhythm of hundreds of thousands of marching feet,… Read More