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Petition To Rawlco Radio Network To Remove John Gormley From The Air In Saskatchewan

Click Here For Change.Org Petition To Remove John Gormley From The Air In Saskatchewan.


Early on Nov 15, Conservative radio talk show host John Gormley, whose show ‘John Gormley Live’ is carried on news stations across Saskatchewan, posted on twitter “Next guy in a western democracy who chants ‘Allah Ackhbar’, we shoot.”.

The radio host, who has also drawn hostility from Indigenous activists and other marginalized groups in recent years, usually plays the normal ‘not all Muslims, just the extremists’ tune while openly promoting Islamaphobia in a general sense, especially in relation to immigrants.

Allah Ackhbar, meaning ‘God is great’ is a common saying for Muslims, the Muslim equivelent to ‘Amen’, so the comment was directed at Muslims in general.

This sentiment openly expressed by a well known, relatively mainstream public figure, is very concerning, but especially because this comes at a time when the issue of Syrian refugees is being debated in Saskatchewan, with Premier Brad Wall recently writing an open letter to Justin Trudeau asking for him to cancel his pledge to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees across Canada.

Wall’s suggestion has been rejected and the plan is going ahead, but with people like John Gormley on the air legitimizing violence against Muslims in general, those new refugees, and even long time Canadians with Arabic origins could be in danger when they do arrive.

STOP THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP Stop TPP Rally 3 pm Nov. 14, 2015, Victoria Park

Stop TPP Event, Victoria Park, 3 PM, Nov. 14, 2015

The Trans Pacific Partnership has finally been released to the public after secret negotiations.

You can read it yourself here: https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/tpp-full-text

It is worse than we had imagined. Economist Jeffrey Sachs has given a very thorough explanation fort why this agreement must be rejected.

Excerpts from Prof. Jeffrey Sachs on the TPP and TAFTA (also known as TTIP) :

TRANSPARENCY : The fact that the public is not engaged means that we should worry because we do know that when things are managed in secret, as these negotiations have been, it’s the organized and powerful interests that by far dominate the proceedings. These are largely industry- and lobby-driven activities. They are not yet in any way proved to be in the interest of American people, and this is a matter of significant concern. I don’t understand how something of such vast significance for billions of people could even presume to be treated in this manner. One could imagine that negotiations over very specific tariff rates or very specific numerical clauses in some of these chapters could be held privately. But the idea that the main text around issues as broad as investor protection, dispute settlement, taxation, financial flows, intellectual property, would be done secretly, is shocking actually to me. But we’re talking about the basic rules of the international economy for the three major regions of the world. There is no reason in the world I can see for this text not to be public, not to be publically vetted, and not to be updated over time.

WRONG TRADE AGREEMENT MODEL : [W]hen President Obama talks about TPP and TTIP being 21st century trade agreements, the starting point should be that the phenomena of globalization more generally, the extent of financial crises, the growing environmental catastrophe worldwide of climate change and loss of biodiversity, the crises of international disease (such as we now have with Ebola in West Africa) need to be not only considered as footnotes. And they’re not even that in any way. They need to be in the forefront of our international economic relations…And in that sense I can’t support either of these negotiations with what I see now. I think that they would distract us from the more important global issues. I don’t think they rise close to the standard of being 21st century trade and investment agreements, not even close. They are very much 20th century agreements which were already out of date by the time they were negotiated. This is a NAFTA treaty writ large, or this is the same negotiation that we’ve had in many other cases.

TPP AND TTIP AS INVESTEMT PROTECTION AGREEMENTS, NOT TRADE PACTS : [T]these proposed agreements are mostly investor protection agreements, rather than trade agreements. There are trade elements in them, but this is mostly about investor protection : investor protection of property rights of investors, of prerogatives of investors, of IP of investors, of the regulatory environment of investors, and so forth. Recognizing that, we have some reasons to support some of these issues, but a lot of reasons for worry, because it’s not true that everything that is in the investor’s interest is in the worker’s interest. Its’ not true that everything that’s in the investor’s interest is in the broad interest of the American people or the people in host countries where the American investment may be going, or in the same way, investment that could be coming into this country. So we’re talking about mainly investment rules. And trade, which is already quite liberalized in the straightforward trade manner, doesn’t change all that much from what we know of these treaties. These are basically not trade agreements. They are investment agreements.

INVESTOR-STATE : [T]he whole issue of investor-state dispute settlement : to my mind, it is quite alarming that the administration seems until this day to be pushing something which more and more observers, participants, legal scholars view as out of control…And the problem with this is that it creates an extra-legal venue for arbitration that has proven in many investment treaties in recent years to be highly deleterious for basic government regulatory processes and especially around issues of health, safety, environment, and other issues. The mechanism proposed here which is already part of many bilateral treaties and some multilateral investment treaties — is giving more and more power to investors to challenge general government regulatory actions. Not breach of specific investment contracts, but general regulatory and legislative actions on the claim that those general regulatory or legislative actions are against the interests of the investors and somehow therefore violate the implicit standards or guarantees that these investors have vis-à-vis the host countries. In other words, standards of general applicability against smoking or for environmental protection, or for taxation of natural resources and so forth are now coming under challenge in these investor-state dispute arbitration panels and forcing governments — the host governments — to back down or rescind or, in the face of a lost arbitration, to cancel laws of general applicability, and therefore to lose the sovereign right to pursue national interest at the face of investor interest. …As far as I know the United States government continues to press this clause today. I regard that alone as reason to oppose both of these treaties. If this remains in place, it is absolutely in the wrong direction. And, these clauses have proven to be increasingly dangerous and I’ve seen publicly no response to this at all.

TPP Occucard

TPP Occucard

DIY Election Monitoring

DIY Election monitoring

In the 2011 federal election, there were reports of people outside polling stations asking to see people’s id and voter registration cards, telling them voter registration cards were necessary, or even that they were at the wrong polling station if they didn’t have it, or telling them their id was invalid somehow.
Be vigilant, if you see people doing these things report it to the people inside, and disrupt them and prevent them from turning away people if you have time to stick around until they’re gone.
These tactics were effective last time, particularily with people in lower income neighborhoods because most low income people have had experiences that have left them afraid to argue with anyone who seems official in any way.

There are a variety of other tactics used to reduce voter turnout in certain ridings, usually targeting lower income areas. Many of them are addressed in a recent article in The National Post. 



Stop Harper Banner Action At Stephen Harper Campaign Stop, July 24, 2015

When the media advisory was posted on the Prime Ministers website on the evening of July 23 saying that Stephen Harper would be appearing with Premier Brad Wall at the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina on Friday, July 24th at 2 PM, giving one days notice in typical Harper fashion, activists began planning fast.

With short notice, work schedules keeping many from attending, a small crowd gathered with the 25X25 STOP HARPER banner, generating some coverage and letting it be known that opposition to Harper’s policies has not gone away.

Stop Harper banner action during Stephen Harper's visit at the Saskatchewan legislture, July 24, 2015

Stop Harper banner action during Stephen Harper’s visit at the Saskatchewan legislture, July 24, 2015



United Nations World Environment Day 2015 Regina Event

The UN World Environment Day 2015 event for Regina, June 5 at the Plaza in Victoria Park (site of the original OR camp)  went well despite rain delays and competing with Mosaic, pretty good day all around, thanks to everyone who came out.


The event went well despite rain delays and competing with Mosaic, pretty good day all around, thanks to everyone who came out. ‪#‎UNEP‬ ‪#‎WorldEnvironmentDay2015‬

The event went well despite rain delays and competing with Mosaic, pretty good day all around, thanks to everyone who came out. ‪#‎UNEP‬ ‪#‎WorldEnvironmentDay2015‬

‪#‎UNEP ‬‪#‎WorldEnvironmentDay2015‬

Regina Sunday Cleanup, Spring/Summer 2015 Ongoing.

An on and off project over the years, the cleanup campaign for this year will be weekly, every Sunday starting at 1 pm in different locations.

Sunday cleanup campaign for 2015 began on April 5, in the parking lot at Albert and 3rd Ave., filling 5 large bags in less than 2 blocks in about 2 hours.

To find the next location visit the Regina Clean Up Walkers group page on Facebook:



Swarm For The Bees, August 16, 2014

On Saturday August 16th, people in cities around the world will gather in the Global Swarm To Save The Bees.

The Global Swarm is meant to bring awareness to the importance of the Bee, the dangers pesticides pose, and the continuing threat of Colony Collapse Disorder.

Despite weather issues, Swarm events in Canada were successful overall.

Here’s the list of Swarms for Canada. Don’t see your city listed?

Go to https://www.facebook.com/  events/273985702772399/ and message to add your city to the list.

British Columbia
https://www.facebook.com/  events/1424820967788062/

London https://www.facebook.com/events/1530040110549609/
Toronto https://www.facebook.com/  events/1622700364622708/

Regina https://www.facebook.com/  events/581811375271303/

Regina Anti-Pipeline Activists Seeking Outside Support

350.org, Council Of Canadians Helping Prepare For Energy East Fight

by Daniel Johnson

May 10th Climate Rally Regina
May 10th Climate Rally Regina
June 4th Wave Of Action Event In Regina
June 4th Wave Of Action Event In Regina
Tarsands Information Stand in front of Service Canada in Regina
Tarsands Information Stand in front of Service Canada in Regina

On Saturday January 18, 2014 an accident at the Rowat pumping station led to a discharge of over 125 barrels of oil in about 30 seconds just south of Regina within view of the city.

It was a wake up call for activists whose main concerns had been centered on other parts of the country, petitioning and demonstrating against problems away from home. The initial meeting at a downtown restaraunt drew a small group of regular activists from different local groups including Mother Earth Justice Advocates, Idle No More, the local Council Of Canadians chapter and Occupy Regina as well as non-activists who had just learned how close their home town came to a potential disaster.

Discussions started about the plan to convert the existing pipeline and pumping station into part of TransCanada’s Entergy East Project, and how much more of a danger this presented.

The project involves converting 3,000 km of an aging natural gas pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to eastern Ontario and joining it with a section of new pipeline which would run from eastern Ontario more than 1,400 km across southern Quebec to Saint John, New Brunswick.

A massive project with major environmental and social impact, and risk of much worse impact, to make it easier to sell the oil from the tar sands which have already had a terrible impact on our Country’s ecological health.

A loose knit coalition was formed near the end of January, tentatively named ‘Regina Oil Watch’ and began working to draw attention to the issue through small random street demonstrations, protest, occasional banner drops and recently a mock marriage in front of Regina City Hall, between Energy East and The City Of Regina, with First Nations activist Susanna Deranger officiating.

On July 3, some Oilwatch supporters organized a meeting featuring 350.org campaigner Cameron Fenton  on how to begin organizing and mobilizing Regina citizens against the proposed pipeline conversion project, which would carry over 1 million barrels per day of tar sands crude to the Atlantic coast. As the organizers said, ‘Fighting Energy East is crucial in stopping renegade tar sands expansion that is violating Indigenous rights, threatening frontline communities along the pipeline route and driving dangerous climate change.’.

Fenton explained the plan for a movement that would use all methods available at key points across the country all along the pipeline route, with Regina being an urban center close the pipeline, it’s a good strategic point for anti-pipeline campaigners, and since it is also a city with many people at risk in the event of a major leak or spill.