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Regina #BillionPeopleMarch Event

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December 19, 4:00 PM

City Square Plaza, (NE Corner Of Victoria Park) 2100 12th Ave, Regina Saskatchewan

Hey all you wild cats, dreamers and redeemers out there,

It’s been awhile since Occupy Wall Street came and went. Now the revolutionary spirit is stirring again. We’re building a global people’s power bloc – and it all begins with the #BILLIONPEOPLEMARCH.

On December 19, I’ll be one in a billion! We’ll take to the streets in a global big-bang moment that will, for one beautiful day, make business as usual impossible. In every major city of the world, we will come together in our rage, sorrow, compassion, defiance and determination. A revolutionary carnival against the whole dysfunctional system that keeps us on the brink of climate catastrophe, financial meltdown and World War Three.

But #BILLIONPEOPLEMARCH is more than a moment — it’s a movement. Linked on the Internet, we’ll zero in on the biggest, most systemic world-changing metamemes that have the power to shift the global narrative towards a sane sustainable future . . . and then we’ll take to the streets again (and again) to push our ideas through.

The Rise And Decline Of John Gormley

A very well known Saskatchewan right wing radio host, climate denier and former Conservative Member Of Parliament has recently lost a lot of the influence he once had.
John Gormley’s rise to prominance in Saskatchewan began while he was a student at the U of S Law School and a part time radio host on CKOM in Saskatoon, when became a candidate for the Meadow Lake riding the federal Conservative Party under Mulroney in 1984 and won his seat. He served as a loyal MP under Mulroney until losing his seat to NDP candidate Len Taylor in 1988.
After that, he returned to law school at the U of S, with some extra financial help from the Saskatchewan Government thanks to Conservative leader Grant Devine.
He was paid $1000.00 a month by the Saskatchewan Liquor Board during the first year of his three years at law school, according to a contract obtained by the Canadian Press in 1992.
The contract was signed in September 1989 under the administration of Devine. But that wasn’t the only high paying public service contract he had under Devine.
Less than two months after losing his seat in the election in 1988 Gormley signed a contract that paid him $5000.00 a month for unspecified services for the long defunct ‘department of Public Participation.’
In that short period, he made around $48,000.00, all while a full time student, graduating in June 1992, and then returning to work as a broadcaster.
In a Leader Post article by Chris Wattie, Canadian Press, June 27,1992,  Liquor board spokesman Holly Alexander said there is no record of what Gormley did during the period covered by the contract.
“There’s nothing on file to indicate exactly what Mr. Gormley did for the liquor board,” she said. ”At this point, we just don’t know.”
Gormley served his Conservative benefactors as best he could, after they lost Saskatchewan in a landslide to the NDP John Gormley nit-picked the NDP at every turn, defending the Devine Conservatives even as they were exposed in scandal after scandal and many high profile Conservative politicians were on trial.
His show was syndicated to stations across the province, and he was given a regular column in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
He continued to attack UN climate scientists environmentalists, remaining a staunch climate denier despite overwhelming evidence from the world’s leading scientists.
But the stress on Occupiers, and the internal conflicts within the Occupy movement, prevented any realistic plan of retaliation against such a well known major media personality.
With the rise of the Idle No More movement John Gormley swung into action, defending the Conservatives at every turn and disregarding the arguments of the indigenous protesters with his usual snide, condescending rhetoric even as they won court case after court case.
Indigenous protesters responded in 2014 during Gormley’s book launch event, walking up on stage and disrupting his speech with drums.
After the right wing faced a stunning defeat to the NDP in Alberta, Gormley continued defending Harper throughout the 2015 federal election, even as the cause was obviously doomed.
With Harper’s landslide loss to the Liberals, Saskatchewan is now the last Conservative stronghold left in Saskatchewan. With the imminent arrival of Syrian refugees in Canada, Gormley joined with those supporting Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in his request to slow the process down and hold back the refugees longer. 
Then, he took a step too far, one that even offended many conservative supporters.
On Nov. 13, while the attacks were happening in Paris, he tweeted ‘Next person in a western democracy who starts chanting ‘Allah Ackbar’ we shoot’.
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.
Occupy Regina organizers started a petition on Change.Org calling for Gormley to be removed from the air, generating major media attention and initiating a dialogue on refugees.
The campaign to have right wing radio talk show host John Gormley removed from the air reached another milestone on December 6, as John Gormley’s alma mater, the University Of Saskatchewan School Of Law, issued a statement distancing itself from Gormley. 
While John Gormley remains on the air, for now, the campaign has been a tremendous success in that it as largely isolated and marginalized Gormley in the public mind as an extreme figure, no longer the acceptable center right, but the fringe far right that isn’t taken seriously on important topics.
This is encouraging, and hopefully will continue downhill for Gormley and the movement he has dedicated his life to.
Organizers of the campaign encourage people spreading the petition, or stories related to John Gormley, using the #SpreadNoHate hashtag in solidarity with the United Nations #SpreadNoHate campaign against hate speech recently launched at the UN Symposium on hate speech.

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.

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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. 

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/elections-canada-warns-staff-to-watch-out-for-dirty-tricks-preventing-voters-from-casting-a-ballot

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

http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=664871

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/07/23/public-event-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.

http://www.unep.org/wed/activities/activity.asp?activityID=315428

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:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Regina-Clean-up-Walkers/843792282330232

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