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Block the Empire Montreal, Oaxaca Solidarity Ottawa, and members of Ottawa's Anti-Capitalist Community Action invite everyone to: CONFRONT CONDI RICE AND THE 'SECURITY' PARTNERS! 9:30am Friday, February 23rd, 2007 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Department of Foreign Affairs (Lester B. Pearson Building) Take Bus #3 (leaving Rideau Centre at 9:05, 9:15, 9:25) Bring Placards, Banners and Noise-makers! Next Friday, 23 February, the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico will be meeting in Ottawa. These are the leaders who have done so much for the "security and prosperity" of indigenous people of the Americas; have greatly added to the tip-top happy security of Muslim, Arab and migrant communities through the introduction of such measures as "Safe Third Country", special registration, "anti-terror" laws, and the use of the security certificate; are busy securing Afghanistan for the prosperity of others; are furthering plans for the construction of a border wall between Mexico and the USA while continuing to enforce policies which result in death and injury to thousands of migrants each year ; they have done such a fantastic job in raising the security and prosperity of Iraqis (655,000 securely dead since the beginning of the invasion, as of last Lancet study) ... and they are here to plan for much more ! Among expected participants are US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice and Michael Chertoff, secretary of Homeland Security. These two are responsible for the continued imperialist drive in Iraq - including the worst year of violence since the occupation began almost 4 years ago - and the continued war at home, increased arrests, continued policies of torture and indefinite detention. Mexican Secretary of the Interior Francisco Javier Ramirez Acuña will also be present to defend the policies of their government, which has enforced brutal measures against the people of Oaxaca, who have been beaten, killed, injured and forced into hiding. The people of Oaxaca have been consistently resisting this repression, and defending their right to self-determination. Also expected are Peter Mackay, whose ideas of security and prosperity seem to have been borrowed from his close ally, the apartheid state of Israel, and Stockwell Day, whose ignorance and arrogance in his horrific policies are typified in the way he has dealt with the almost 80-day hunger strike of Mohammed Mahjoub, Hassan Almrei, Mahmoud Jaballah - playing with their lives because they have dared to ask for a tiny bit of dignity, using them as pawns in the "war on terror", that increasingly threadbare excuse for a particularly vicious and brutal expansion of North American economic and political interests in all corners of the world. The 23 February meeting is a preparatory meeting to a meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, probably taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta sometime between June 26-29. For more information on this mobilization contact: In Montreal - Block the Empire, 514-848-7583, firstname.lastname@example.org
RICE AND CHERTOFF VISIT CANADA FIND OUT WHAT THEY WON'T BE TELLING YOU ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INTEGRATION! On Friday February 23, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff will be in Ottawa to discuss North American integration with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts. This is part of a series of meetings aimed at bringing Canadian and Mexican policies in line with U.S. demands through an agreement called the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). The SPP is a corporate-led plan that is bad for public interest and bad for the environment. So far, only the CEOs of North America’s biggest corporations have been invited to the table. There has been no parliamentary debate and the public has been left out completely. The Council of Canadians will be setting up an information station outside the meeting to share information with the media and the public. Join us on the 23rd to find out more and to let our leaders know that we will not let them pull the wool over eyes any longer! Details on time and location to follow. Visit www.canadians.org for a citizens’ perspective on the SPP.
Monday 19 February, 7 pm 123 Simard Hall, Ottawa U. Tentative Agenda Approval of minutes of previous meeting Info Picket -- Don't nuke Iran at Israeli Embassy
End Indefinite and Arbitrary Detention End Deportation to Torture RALLY Saturday, 17 February 2007, 1pm Berri Square (parc Émilie-Gamelin, in front of Berri Metro)
Octopus Feminist Reading Group Book/Discussion Group for Feminist Women of Ottawa* We are excited to launch a monthly gathering for women in the central Ottawa area who are interested in discussing Canadian and international literature on a broad range of topics – fiction, social commentary, historical/political works, women’s health, mothering – from diverse feminist perspectives. We will collectively choose our books and informal discussions will occur in the evenings at members’ homes.
"An intimate look at the individual journeys and lessons learned by people deeply involved in San Francisco's BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado-Masochism) community. Features members of the community revealing the eye-opening uncensored truth about their fascinating yet misunderstood lifestyle." 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas, Ottawa Free admission, $5 suggested donation. flyer: http://www.thetastates.com/dmn
On February 7, Ottawa City Council tabled the 2007 Draft Budget. On February 10-19, there will be consultations led by city councillors. For a list of meetings, see: http://www.ottawa.ca/city_hall/budget/budget_2007
An Evening to Support the Irish Peace Process Wednesday February 7th 7:00pm Room 251 Morissett Hall (65 University, University of Ottawa) Topic: Police/Paramilitary Collusion in the North of Ireland
The University of Ottawa Greens will be showing the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" followed with a talk by Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Date: Monday February 5th
On Thursday February 1st, Sounds Unlikely opens it's doors to fans of eclectic music and hard to find film. A new independent record store located at 5 Arlington Ave. on the corner of Bank St., Sounds Unlikely will have a wide range of new and used CDs, LPs, and DVDs to choose from.
Host: Ottawa Fair Trade Network & OXFAM Canada's Ottawa Fair Trade CommitteeLocation: YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle, Ottawa, ONWhen: Saturday, February 3, 9:30amPhone: 613 565-1793 / 613 220-8529To facilitate the education and training of both those currently participating in the Fair Trade movement and those interested in becoming involved, by providing a forum and an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable persons in the field. This event is a chance to consolidate the local Ottawa Fair Trade movement, to build connections and to define where we would like to see Fair Trade in the future.A vegetarian lunch will be catered by the Depanneur Sylvestre, a community-based social enterprise in Hull. Please indicate if you are vegan or have any food allergies and we will try our best to accommodate you.Immediately following the conference there will be a Social gathering at the TransFair Canada office, 328 Somerset Street, to allow us an opportunity to get to know one another better. Light food fare, drinks and music will be on the menu.In order to cover some of the costs of this conference a registration fee will be collected from attendees.Waged: $25 Students and semi-waged: $15Please confirm attendance by January 26, 2007.Advance payment by cheque is preferred as it will help us co-ordinate the conference costs; however, payment in cash will also be accepted at the door. Please make cheques payable to the Ottawa Fair Trade Network and send with the competed registration form (below) to the attention of:Caitlin PeelingLa Siembra Co-op4 Florence St, Suite 210Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7
POPULAR ASSEMBLY PEOPLE'S COMMISSION ON IMMIGRATION SECURITY MEASURES Launch of Report and Follow-up Campaigns :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Thursday, 1 February, 2007, at 6:30pm
Pass it on! Join the Action This Thursday at 1:55pm At 1:55 am on Thursday, February 1st turn off your lights, computers and other electrical items for 5 minutes and join people all over the world who are
With reports of global warming and climate change is widening the 417 really what Ottawa needs? Contact Your MPP To view the Study Design Report and proposed changes (including a map) visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/417ea/design.htm#StudyArea.
All over the world, people will demonstrate on Jan. 27 in solidarity with the US Peace Movement to call on the US government to stop the Bush administration from sending more troops to Iraq. The newly elected Democratic Congress, now in power because of the unpopularity of the war in Iraq, is reluctant to refuse funds for Bush's escalation. THE WORLD MUST LET THEM KNOW THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT!
Join the Ottawa Day of Action January 25th , 2007On January 11th , 2007 , it will be five years since the first detainees were transferred to the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay , Cuba . More than 400 remain there today in legal limbo.This January, Amnesty International and human rights activists around the world will demand that the U.S. government respect human rights - and close Guantánamo.Join us!
Terminator/Genocide seeds: Report from Curitiba, Brazil, where the International Community managed to call a temporary halt to their progress & dissemination last year. This was in opposition to the policy of USA ,Canada, Australia & New Zealand & of course Monsanto where it was planned to sell pesticides and fertilizers to accompany them. This did not reach our Press.
Ottawa Library Public Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, Ontario Please join us for a talk and signing by Dr. Jim Harding, author of "Canada's Deadly Secret: Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System."
The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG-Carleton) Presents...Food Fight: Anarchist Moviesby Jonathan CulpSatan MacNuggit Popular ArtsJonathan will be available for Q&A after the films.
The Second in a Series of Presentations on Civil Liberties in a Climate of Increasing Security ConcernsDr. Aisha SheraziBiologist, WriterFormer Principal, Abraar Islamic School
"Using poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance, Tongues Untied
Hilarious! Provocative! Useful!From one of Canada's funniest sex advocates,Norman Nawrockiperforms at Carleton UniversityThursday, January 11, 20078 pmThe Commons Grill (Res Commons)
LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN HOW TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN IN 2007.How best can we apply effective pressure to bring the troops home, to counter the propoganda from Harper's government, imbedded journalists, and media supporters of the war? Let's assemble together to strategize and see how we can work together to create a sum that is greater than its parts!
1PM, SATURDAY, January 5, 2007 At the Chapters at Rideau and SussexAs the Israeli Occupation passes its 40th year with continuing brutality and theunflinching support of the Canadian government, it's integral for all Canadians whobelieve in justice and peace in the Middle East to take a stand. The boycottcampaign against Chapters has picked up steam across Canada and has become a regularevent in many cities. NION (Not in Our Name - Jews Opposed to Israel's Wars) hopesto make this a regular event in Ottawa as well – holding a two-hour boycott everyother Saturday outside the Chapters/Indigo on Rideau.
END THE SECURITY CERTIFICATE! END SECRET TRIALS! In order to further organize and develop the Campaign Justice for Mohamed Harkat, The Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee will meet: