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Justice News
Friday, 26 November 2004 01:16
1. Should we just indict him?
2. More from lawyers
3. Just one report of election fraud
4. Rejecting the Bush Agenda
5. Some west coast reactions - including rallies
6. Reactions from Ottawa - with rally information
7. Straight Goods Bulletin contributions, considerations, concerns:

* The December/January issue of Victoria Street Newz will be available on Tuesday. Archives are online at http://streetnewz.communitypipe.org. Also, the November 26th fundraiser has been postponed. Have a groovy weekend!

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Ingmar and Krista's alternate plan for Cathedral Grove is published at http://cathedralgrove.com and http://cathedralgrove.se

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Hopefully, this will cheer you up a bit about the US election results.

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It appears the Ohio recount will go ahead. Cobb has collected almost
enough money ($121k at present).

Here's a good URL that includes a contribution page:

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To add insult to injury (e.g. results of the US Election), our PM has apparently officially invited George Bush to visit our country. We think it is wrong for Paul Martin to go against the wishes of a majority of people in Canada by inviting this war criminal, responsible for the deaths of over 14 thousand Iraqi men, women and children (http://iraqbodycount.net/), to our peace-loving nuclear-free nation. On November 30th, a group of concerned citizens will be sending the results of an online petition to our Prime Minister urging him to indefinitely postpone the invitation, thereby keeping with the wishes of a majority of Canadians.

If you feel so inclined, please join us:

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This actually made me feel better... good for a smile at least, and at times genuinely touching.

WAR CRIMES by Ramsey Clark and Others

A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq to the Commission of
Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal


* Mark Twain, after viewing a pre-emptive war in the Philippines a century ago:

"Oh Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; ...help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land.... We ask it, in the sprit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love."

Cited in the March 30, 2003, New York Times magazine.



Canada positioned to indict Bush when he visits
Posted by: space on https://www.pej.org Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 12:54 PM

This Toronto Star article asserts, "...Bush seems a perfect candidate for
prosecution under Canada's Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act."

Let me think about this; if I go to the U.S. I am subject to photographing
and fingerprinting at the border, when the President comes to Canada he is
subject to indictment for war crimes. Seems fair to me!

- Space & Technology Editor

Should Canada indict Bush?

When U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in Ottawa - probably later this
year - should he be welcomed? Or should he be charged with war crimes?

It's an interesting question. o-n the face of it, Bush seems a perfect
candidate for prosecution under Canada's Crimes against Humanity and War
Crimes Act.

This act was passed in 2000 to bring Canada's ineffectual laws in line with
the rules of the new International Criminal Court. While never tested, it
lays out sweeping categories under which a foreign leader like Bush could
face arrest.

In particular, it holds that anyone who commits a war crime, even outside
Canada, may be prosecuted by our courts. What is a war crime? According to
the statute, it is any conduct defined as such by "customary international
law" or by conventions that Canada has adopted.

War crimes also specifically include any breach of the 1949 Geneva
Conventions, such as torture, degradation, wilfully depriving prisoners of
war of their rights "to a fair and regular trial," launching attacks "in
the knowledge that such attacks will cause incidental loss of life or
injury to civilians" and deportation of persons from an area under occupation.

Outside of o-ne well-publicized (and quickly squelched) attempt in Belgium,
no o-ne has tried to formally indict Bush. But both Oxfam International and
the U.S. group Human Rights Watch have warned that some of the actions
undertaken by the U.S. and its allies, particularly in Iraq, may fall under
the war crime rubric.

The case for the prosecution looks quite promising. First, there is the
fact of the Iraq war itself. After 1945, Allied tribunals in Nuremberg and
Tokyo - in an astonishing precedent - ruled that states no longer had the
unfettered right to invade other countries and that leaders who started
such conflicts could be tried for waging illegal war.

Concurrently, the new United Nations outlawed all aggressive wars except
those authorized by its Security Council.

Today, a strong case could be made that Bush violated the Nuremberg
principles by invading Iraq. Indeed, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has
already labelled that war illegal in terms of the U.N. Charter.

Second, there is the manner in which the U.S. conducted this war.

The mistreatment of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison is a clear
contravention of the Geneva Accord. The U.S. is also deporting selected
prisoners to camps outside of Iraq (another contravention). U.S. press
reports also talk of shadowy prisons in Jordan run by the CIA, where
suspects are routinely tortured. And the estimated civilian death toll of
100,000 may well contravene the Geneva Accords prohibition against the use
of excessive force.

Canada's war crimes law specifically permits prosecution not o-nly of those
who carry out such crimes but of the military and political superiors who
allow them to happen.

What has emerged since Abu Ghraib shows that officials at the highest
levels of the Bush administration permitted and even encouraged the use of

Given that Bush, as he likes to remind everyone, is the U.S. military's
commander-in-chief, it is hard to argue he bears no responsibility.

Then there is Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. says detainees there do not fall
under the Geneva accords. That's an old argument.

In 1946, Japanese defendants explained their mistreatment of prisoners of
war by noting that their country had never signed any of the Geneva
Conventions. The Japanese were convicted anyway.

Oddly enough, Canada may be o-ne of the few places where someone like Bush
could be brought to justice. Impeachment in the U.S. is most unlikely. And,
at Bush's insistence, the new international criminal court has no
jurisdiction over any American.

But a Canadian war crimes charge, too, would face many hurdles. Bush was
furious last year when Belgians launched a war crimes suit in their country
against him - so furious that Belgium not o-nly backed down under U.S.
threats but changed its law to prevent further recurrences.

As well, according to a foreign affairs spokesperson, visiting heads of
state are immune from prosecution when in Canada o-n official business. If
Ottawa wanted to act, it would have to wait until Bush was out of office -
or hope to catch him when he comes up here to fish.

And, of course, Canada's government would have to want to act. War crimes
prosecutions are political decisions that must be authorized by the federal

Still, Prime Minister Paul Martin has staked out his strong opposition to
war crimes. This was his focus in a September address to the U.N. General

There, Martin was talking specifically about war crimes committed by
militiamen in far-off Sudan. But as my friends o-n the Star's editorial
board noted in o-ne of their strong defences of concerted international
action against war crimes, the rule must be, "One law for all."

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LAW - Letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada

By Michael Mandel and Gail Davidson on behalf of Lawyers against the War (LAW) a Canada-based committee of jurists and others with members in thirteen countries.

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Right Honourable Paul Martin Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
Langevin Block
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A2
Tel: 613 6868 Fax: 613-941-6900
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Dear Prime Minister Martin:

It was with absolute dismay that we learned of the planned visit of President Bush to Canada on November 30th 2004.

Surely you are aware of the many grave crimes against humanity and war crimes for which President Bush stands properly accused by the world, starting with the Nuremberg Tribunal's 'supreme international crime' of waging an aggressive war against Iraq in defiance of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, and including systematic and massive violations of the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As recently as November 16, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour called for an investigation into crimes against the Geneva Conventions in the assault by US forces on the densely populated city of Fallujah.[1] The terrible toll in life and limb of these crimes was documented in a study carried out by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore and published in the October 29, 2004 issue of the British Medical Journal The Lancet which conservatively estimated that the war had taken 100,000 Iraqi lives, mostly women and children.[2] This was well within the range predicted before the war, for example by a British affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War who, in November 2002, assessed the probable death toll at a minimum of 48,000 deaths, mostly civilians, and predicted that post-war conditions would cost an additional 200,000 lives.[3]

The President's responsibility for these offences derives not only from his 'command responsibility' as Commander in Chief of US forces, for crimes that he knew were being committed, or ignored through willful blindness, but did nothing to prevent; it also comes from his direct involvement in the formulation of policy. This includes his personal involvement not only in the devising and waging of an aggressive, illegal war, but also of the unlawful refusal to grant prisoner of war status to prisoners of war, contrary to specific provisions of the Geneva Conventions, an act repudiated in the US Courts.[4] It also includes the approval of techniques of interrogation by his direct subordinate, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, that legally and morally constitute torture and that led directly to the disgraceful violence against Iraqi prisoners, for example at the prison at Abu Ghraib.

As you know, not only are these acts criminal under international law, but many of them are also criminal under Canadian law, under laws enacted in pursuance of our international obligations, most importantly the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, put in place just four years ago under a Liberal government. They also violate the provisions on torture in the Canadian Criminal Code.

By these laws, Canadians and non-Canadians alike are liable to prosecution in Canada, no matter where in the world they have committed their crimes. Furthermore, as the Attorney General can advise, the fact that these crimes have been committed by Mr. Bush while President of the United States is absolutely irrelevant to his personal liability to prosecution in Canada, according to principles established at Nuremberg and universally recognized since then, including by the British House of Lords in the Pinochet case in 1999. And if President Bush were to visit Canada after leaving office, we would be seeking the Attorney General's permission under section 9 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act and section 7 of the Criminal Code to commence proceedings against him.

However, as you also know, should President Bush come to Canada now, while still President, he would be clothed with both diplomatic and head of state immunity from our laws and we would be powerless to bring him to justice.

Your invitation in these circumstances, therefore, shows contempt for both Canadian and international law and is a grievous insult to the literally hundreds of thousands of victims of President Bush's international crimes. It is also our belief that the invitation endangers Canadians' security at home and abroad, because it is a departure from our steadfast refusal to this point to participate in this criminal war of the Bush administration. In fact, it is our belief that this invitation can only act as an encouragement to President Bush in his continuing criminal activity, providing him with an important platform in this, his first post re-election foreign visit, to defend illegal US actions in Iraq and to improve his international standing despite them, all this against the wishes of the majority of Canadians.

Indeed, we feel bound to point out that your invitation to President Bush may thus constitute an abetting of the crimes he and his administration and military continue to commit. As such you and your colleagues could be personally liable to prosecution under the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act by virtue of section 21 of the Canadian Criminal Code, for crimes so serious that they are punishable in Canada by up to life imprisonment. Abetting a crime, as the Attorney General will advise, is regarded as equally criminal to actually committing it and is complete when one intentionally, knowingly, or with willful blindness encourages the commission of a crime by another.

Nor would President Bush's immunity be capable of shielding you and your colleagues from prosecution, because, as the Attorney General will advise, the immunity applies only to foreign officials visiting Canada and not to members of the Canadian government itself. Nor does the inability to prosecute a criminal affect the criminal liability of an abettor.

It is for all these reasons we urgently request a meeting with you, the Foreign Minister, the Attorney General or your representatives in Ottawa, so that we might have the opportunity to elaborate on these matters and to persuade you to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada, or at least to rescind this invitation, and thus to avoid implicating yourselves and Canada in the most serious of international crimes.


Michael Mandel and Gail Davidson on behalf of Lawyers against the War (LAW) a Canada-based committee of jurists and others with members in thirteen countries.

Contacts: Michael Mandel, Professor,
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.
Tel: 416 736-5039
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Gail Davidson, Tel: 604 738 0338; Fax: 604 736 1175, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

[1] Reuters, "U.N. Rights Boss Urges Fallujah 'Abuses' Probe" http://yahoo.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6828157. [2] Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, Gilbert Burnham, Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, published online 29 October
2004.http://image.thelanct.com/extras04art10342web.pdf [3] Collateral Damage: the Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq, 12 November 2002. http://www.ippnw.org/CollateralDamage.pdf [4] For example Hamdan v. Rumsfeld et al, (United States District Court for the District of Columbia, November 7, 2004).

cc: The Honourable Bill Graham P.C. Q.C. M.P.
Minister of National Defence
General George Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive - 13th Floor
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0K2 Tel: 613 992 5234 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it &c

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
312 West Block House of Commons
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'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida
By Thom Hartmann

Thursday 18 November 2004

There was something odd about the poll tapes.

A "poll tape" is the phrase used to describe a printout from an optical scan voting machine made the evening of an election, after the machine has read all the ballots and crunched the numbers on its internal computer. It shows the total results of the election in that location. The printout is signed by the polling officials present in that precinct/location, and then submitted to the county elections office as the official record of how the people in that particular precinct had voted. (Usually each location has only one single optical scanner/reader, and thus produces only one poll tape.)

Bev Harris of www.blackboxvoting.org, the erstwhile investigator of electronic voting machines, along with people from Florida Fair Elections, showed up at Florida's Volusia County Elections Office on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 16, 2004, and asked to see, under a public records request, each of the poll tapes for the 100+ optical scanners in the precincts in that county. The elections workers - having been notified in advance of her request - handed her a set of printouts, oddly dated November 15 and lacking signatures.

Bev pointed out that the printouts given her were not the original poll tapes and had no signatures, and thus were not what she'd requested. Obligingly, they told her that the originals were held in another location, the Elections Office's Warehouse, and that since it was the end of the day they should meet Bev the following morning to show them to her.

Bev showed up bright and early the morning of Wednesday the 17th - well before the scheduled meeting - and discovered three of the elections officials in the Elections Warehouse standing over a table covered with what looked like poll tapes. When they saw Bev and her friends, Bev told me in a telephone interview less than an hour later, "They immediately shoved us out and slammed the door."

In a way, that was a blessing, because it led to the stinking evidence.

"On the porch was a garbage bag," Bev said, "and so I looked in it and, and lo and behold, there were public record tapes."

Thrown away. Discarded. Waiting to be hauled off.

"It was technically stinking, in fact," Bev added, "because what they had done was to have thrown some of their polling tapes, which are the official records of the election, into the garbage. These were the ones signed by the poll workers. These are something we had done an official public records request for."

When the elections officials inside realized that the people outside were going through the trash, they called the police and one came out to challenge Bev.

Kathleen Wynne, a www.blackboxvoting.org investigator, was there.

"We caught the whole thing on videotape," she said. "I don't think you'll ever see anything like this - Bev Harris having a tug of war with an election worker over a bag of garbage, and he held onto it and she pulled on it, and it split right open, spilling out those poll tapes. They were throwing away our democracy, and Bev wasn't going to let them do it."

As I was interviewing Bev just moments after the tussle, she had to get off the phone, because, "Two police cars just showed up."

She told me later in the day, in an on-air interview, that when the police arrived, "We all had a vigorous debate on the merits of my public records request."

The outcome of that debate was that they all went from the Elections Warehouse back to the Elections Office, to compare the original, November 2 dated and signed poll tapes with the November 15 printouts the Elections Office had submitted to the Secretary of State. A camera crew from www.votergate.tv met them there, as well.

And then things got even odder.

"We were sitting there comparing the real [signed, original] tapes with the [later printout] ones that were given us," Bev said, "and finding things missing and finding things not matching, when one of the elections employees took a bin full of things that looked like garbage - that looked like polling tapes, actually - and passed by and disappeared out the back of the building."

This provoked investigator Ellen Brodsky to walk outside and check the garbage of the Elections Office itself. Sure enough - more original, signed poll tapes, freshly trashed.

"And I must tell you," Bev said, "that whatever they had taken out [the back door] just came right back in the front door and we said, 'What are these polling place tapes doing in your dumpster?'"

A November 18 call to the Volusia County Elections Office found that Elections Supervisor Deanie Lowe was unavailable and nobody was willing to speak on the record with an out-of-state reporter. However, The Daytona Beach News (in Volusia County), in a November 17th article by staff writer Christine Girardin, noted, "Harris went to the Department of Elections' warehouse on State Road 44 in DeLand on Tuesday to inspect original Nov. 2 polling place tapes, after being given a set of reprints dated Nov. 15. While there, Harris saw Nov. 2 polling place tapes in a garbage bag, heightening her concern about the integrity of voting records."

The Daytona Beach News further noted that, "[Elections Supervisor] Lowe confirmed Wednesday some backup copies of tapes from the Nov. 2 election were destined for the shredder," but pointed out that, according to Lowe, that was simply because there were two sets of tapes produced on election night, each signed. "One tape is delivered in one car along with the ballots and a memory card," the News reported. "The backup tape is delivered to the elections office in a second car."

Suggesting that duplicates don't need to be kept, Lowe claims that Harris didn't want to hear an explanation of why some signed poll tapes would be in the garbage. "She's not wanting to listen to an explanation," Lowe told the News of Harris. "She has her own ideas."

But the Ollie North action in two locations on two days was only half of the surprise that awaited Bev and her associates. When they compared the discarded, signed, original tapes with the recent printouts submitted to the state and used to tabulate the Florida election winners, Harris says a disturbing pattern emerged.

"The difference was hundreds of votes in each of the different places we examined," said Bev, "and most of those were in minority areas."

When I asked Bev if the errors they were finding in precinct after precinct were random, as one would expect from technical, clerical, or computer errors, she became uncomfortable.

"You have to understand that we are non-partisan," she said. "We're not trying to change the outcome of an election, just to find out if there was any voting fraud."

That said, Bev added: "The pattern was very clear. The anomalies favored George W. Bush. Every single time."

Of course finding possible voting "anomalies" in one Florida county doesn't mean they'll show up in all counties. It's even conceivable there are innocent explanations for both the mismatched counts and trashed original records; this story undoubtedly will continue to play out. And, unless further investigation demonstrates a pervasive and statewide trend toward "anomalous" election results in many of Florida's counties, odds are none of this will change the outcome of the election (which exit polls showed John Kerry winning in Florida).

Nonetheless, Bev and her merry band are off to hit another county.

As she told me on her cell phone while driving toward their next destination, "We just put Volusia County and their lawyers on notice that they need to continue to keep a number of documents under seal, including all of the memory cards to the ballot boxes, and all of the signed poll tapes."


"Simple," she said. "Because we found anomalies indicative of fraud."

Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning and best-selling author and host of a nationally-syndicated daily progressive talk show. His website is thomhartmann.com and his most recent books include "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People: A Call to Take Back America" and "What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return to Democracy."


Here are some sites of interest:

www.truthout.org (real news)
www.strategicthoughts.com (David Schreck- election countdown)
www.policyalternatives.ca (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
www.victoriacarshare.ca (car share co-op)
https://www.pej.org/html/index.php (Peace Earth Justice Victoria)

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editor's note: Greg Palast knows a lot about election fraud: http://www.gregpalast.com



The Canadian Peace Alliance Announces Cross Canada Days of Action During the Bush State Visit

The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) is calling on the Martin Liberals to reject the Bush agenda and is asking its member groups to mobilize for cross-Canada days of action to coincide with the US President's state visit to Ottawa, Nov. 30 - Dec 1. Events will be organized from coast to coast to coast by people in Canada who oppose the militarism that George W. Bush and his administration represent.

Paul Martin is being asked to sign on to the US Missile Defense (MD) plan and to increase our involvement in Bush's wars abroad. These policies are making the world a much more dangerous place. People in Canada are overwhelmingly opposed to the war on Iraq and are committed to stopping any involvement in the MD scheme.


1.Write the PM and other ministers, if we haven't already, to protest the idea of Canada signing to be on board with US NMD plans.

2.Write to Jack Layton to urge that the NDP join with the PQ to bring down the minority Liberal government with a vote of no confidence should the Liberals and Conservatives conspire to pass NMD.

3.Organize with other Victoria groups for an anti-Bush/NMD demo on the Sunday preceding Bush's arrival in Ottawa Tue., Nov.30.

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Callout for ACTION

Terror Alert! George Bush coming to Canada!

Protest George Bush's Visit to Ottawa

5pm Tuesday, November 30th
Centennial Square (by City Hall at Pandora/Douglas)

called by STUDENTS AGAINST WAR in the name of peace, freedom, democracy,

Join with protests in Ottawa and across the country that day to say No To

All organizations and individuals opposed to Bush encouraged to spread the
word, send speakers, bring placards, banners and noisemakers. Make your own
posters and leaflets or contact us to get some to put up. Email everyone
you know. Run naked and screaming down the street. Just get the word out.
Please reply to this email to let us know what you are doing, if you have a
speaker to propose, if your group can endorse the action or for any other
reason related to this protest.

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Paul Martin has invited George Bush to come for his first official visit to
Canada. Bush will be arriving in Ottawa to speak to the House of Commons on
Tuesday, November 30th. Let's give the world's #1 terrorist the welcome he
deserves!! Let's send a message to Ottawa that ordinary Canadians are
massively opposed to everything that George Bush stands for. They tried to
catch us unprepared by giving us only two weeks notice. Let's show them
that this movement is up to the challenge!

The stakes are high. Martin wants to cozy up to the Bush administration by
joining on to the star wars missile defense program, by turning away war
resisters who refuse to serve in Iraq, by forming closer ties over security
and pushing forward attacks on civil liberties that have seen thousands of
muslims in the US and Canada jailed without knowing the charges against them
or deported to third countries to be tortured as accused terrorists. All of
this with the aim of forming closer economic integration with the US to
deepen an alliance that competes with the rest of the world (China, India, EU) for
resources and arms itself to the teeth to do so. Let's send the message to
Bush that the anti-war movement and all those opposed to his lies and his
doctrine of unilateralism and preemptive military strikes will be their to
greet him wherever he goes in this country and wherever he goes in the

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Dear Friends,

Elizabeth May has suggested that during Bush's visit we present ourselves as
a nation in mourning.

This would allow everyone across the country to express their views -
whether in Ottawa or not. Please read on for more details...

Warmest regards,

Please circulate to people who may be looking for a strong response to
Bush's visit.


When Bush is in Canada, we are a country in deep mourning -- in mourning
for Margaret Hassan, for the innocent dead of Iraq, for the poor, for the
environment he plans to butcher...for the rule of international law,
democracy, human rights and a respect for the dignity of each human being
and life form on this sacred planet.

Bush represents Death. We call on Canadians to greet him by tying black
crepe or cloth ribbons to everything in sight -- our front porches, our
trees, our lampposts, car antennas ...Christmas decorations. Wear black arm
bands....hold vigils. Pray.

Please circulate as widely as you can.

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I would like to suggest organizing a demo against Bush's visit to Canada
on Tuesday, November 30...I would call it "MORON GO HOME" day. [or some
other name suitable to the character]

We can probably prepare a leaflet and distribute it in front of the Coho
Ferry Terminal, the sidewalk is wider in that area and is centrally

I'm sending this proposal to other people and organizations in Victoria
to see if this suggestion makes sense.

I believe that there will be similar demos across Canada

Carlos F.

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StopWar.ca, along with many other groups in Vancouver and across
Canada, will be organizing rallies to coincide with George Bush's visit
to Ottawa.

There will be two rallies on November 30th:

12 noon Canada Place,
March to U.S. Consulate (Pender & Thurlow) for 12.30 rally.

5 p.m. rally at Vancouver Art Gallery,
Georgia & Howe Street.

2000 posters and 4000 leaflets are being printed and will be available
as of tomorrow. There will be copies available for
pick-up at People's Coop Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr. If you would
like the pdf to make your own copies please let me know.

**All are invited to an organizing meeting Wednesday, Nov.24, 5:30p.m.
at the Maritime Labour Centre (111
Victoria Dr.), to help plan Vancouver's welcome to George Bush.

If you cannot make the Wednesday meeting, but want to get involved in
the organizing, or want more information,
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Mark your calendar to welcome George Bush!

The U.S. president will be making an official visit to Ottawa November 30-December 1. The call has gone out across the country to organize actions.

In Vancouver, the coalition will be helping to organize two mobilizations on Tuesday November 30:

---Rally with B.C. Federation of Labour Delegates

Tuesday, Nov.30, 12:00 noon at Canada Place, 12:30p.m. at U.S. Consulate (Pender and Thurlow)

---Evening Rally: War Criminals Not Welcome Here! Say no to Bush, war and occupation.

Tuesday, Nov.30, 5:00p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe)

**All are invited to an organizing meeting Wednesday, Nov.24, 5:30p.m. at the Maritime Labour Centre (111 Victoria Dr.), to help plan Vancouver's welcome for George Bush.

Watch for more details at www.StopWar.ca

Check the Canadian Peace Alliance site for a complete listing of actions across the country and details on the big mobilization in Ottawa: http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/index.html

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The "Welcoming Committee" is underway.

In peace & Solidarity,

Toronto Coalition to Stop the War.

Bush is coming to Ottawa!

All out to stop Bush!

Paul Martin announced yesterday that George W. Bush will be in Ottawa
for a state visit from November 30 to December 1--just two weeks away! This
will be Bush's first international visit since his 're-election' as
president two weeks ago (only 28% of voting-age Americans voted for Bush while
98 million Americans didn't vote at all).

Activists from across the country will be descending on Ottawa to give
Bush the welcome he deserves. The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is
organising buses to send activists from Toronto to Ottawa to
participate in the mass actions against the Bush agenda. Details of the
demonstrations in Ottawa are listed below, in the call-out from the "No to Bush"
committee in Ottawa.

For more information or to book a seat on one of our buses, please
contact us:

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Phone: 416-795-5863

Because this will be Bush's first trip outside the U.S. since his election, it will be important for us to build the biggest possible mobilisation
to show our opposition in Canada. We want to send a message of support to
the people of Iraq and all oppressed people around the world: we stand in
solidarity with you. And to our sisters and brothers in the American
anti-war movement: the world still says no to the Bush agenda.

To that end, the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is calling an
emergency general meeting for next Monday where all those interested in going to
Ottawa can discuss how we're building our mobilisation. The details
of the meeting are as follows:

Emergency General Meeting
Monday, November 22
Metro Hall
55 John Street
Room number to be posted in lobby

Information about buses--time and date of departure and return,
pick-up and drop-off locations, ticket costs, etc.--will be ready within a day or

As soon as our bookings are confirmed, all information will be
circulated on this list and posted on our website: http://www.nowar.ca

Don't wait to book your seats! Let us know you're interested now!

> Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
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No to Bush Committee call-out:

Justice! Freedom! Equality! NO TO BUSH!



Justice! Freedom! Equality! NO TO BUSH!

From November 30 to December 1, 2004, George W. Bush, President of
the United States, will be in Ottawa for a State Visit.

Bush is wrong, and the people of Canada know it.

We, the No to Bush Committee, call for actions to occur throughout
Canada, and especially in Ottawa, for the duration of the time that George W.
Bush is here.

The No to Bush Committee is organizing mass demonstrations. We invite
all who oppose Bush and his policies to come to Ottawa for these events.

We are organizing housing, food and legal resources, and a central
information and welcome centre. Anyone demonstrating against Bush can
make use of these resources.


(Please keep checking future emails, as events will be added and
details will develop as planning continues.)

Rallying point
Confederation Park, Ottawa
(Corner of Elgin and Laurier)
Tuesday, November 30

Rallying point
With candles
Parliament Hill
Tuesday, November 30


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Working groups: Logistics, outreach, media, housing, food,
info/welcome centre, legal

French Version:

Justice! Libert?! ?galit?! NON ? BUSH!

- Appel g?n?ral
- ?v?nements
- Pour se joindre
- Prochaine r?union


Justice! Libert?! ?galit?! NON ? BUSH!

Du 30 novembre au 1er d?cembre, 2004 le pr?sident am?ricain, George
W. Bush, visitera Ottawa pour effectuer une visite d'?tat.

Bush a tort, et le peuple canadien le sait.

Pour la dur?e de la visite du pr?sident, nous, le comit? Disons Non ?
Bush, faisons un appel ? l'action ? travers le Canada, et surtout ici en Ottawa.

Pr?sentement, le comit? Disons Non ? Bush organise de grandes manifestations et invite tous ceux qui s'opposent ? Bush et sa politique de venir ? Ottawa pour participer dans ces ?v?nements.

Nous sommes en train d'organiser le logement, les repas, le soutien
l?gal, un r?seau d'information central ainsi qu'un centre d'accueil. Tous
ceux qui participent dans les manifestations contre Bush auront acc?s ? ces



S'il-vous-pla?t payez attention aux courriels futurs, car les
?v?nements seront annonc?s au fur et ? mesure que la planification s'ach?ve.

Lieu de rencontre
Parc de la Conf?d?ration, Ottawa
(au coin des rues Elgin et Laurier)
Mardi, le 30 novembre, 2004

Lieu de rencontre
La Colline du Parlement
Mardi, le 30 novembre, 2004
17h 00
Avec chandelles


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Dimanche, le 21 novembre, 2004
17h 00
125 Simard Hall
L'universit? d'Ottawa

Groupes de travail : logistique, logement, repas, centre d'accueil,
information, m?dias

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George Bush to visit Ottawa
by Dana Larsen (17 Nov, 2004)
Canadian marijuana movement plans protest during US President's visit

Canadian marijuana activists are planning a Parliament Hill smoke-in to protest a visit from George W Bush. The US President recently announced that he is planning a two-day trip to Canada's capital of Ottawa on Tuesday November 30 and Wednesday December 1.

"I think Bush will arrive on the Tuesday evening for an official dinner hosted by the Prime Minister, not the Governor General," said Parliamentary CTV news reporter Mike Duffy. "And then I expect the next day they will hold a series of bilateral meetings."

The visit is intended to be somewhat low-key, with Bush skipping some of the traditional formalities associated with a visiting head of state. Bush will be meeting directly with Prime Minister Paul Martin and other senior officials, but he will not be making an official speech to MPs and Senators in a joint session of Parliament.

"The buzz here is that the Bush White House does not want to have demonstrators or any kind of an outburst in a joint session," Duffy said.

Although Bush will seek to avoid protests and demonstrations, activists across Canada from a variety of causes will likely be converging upon Ottawa to protest the US President's visit. Marijuana activists intend on getting their people out to have a protest on Parliament Hill during Bush's visit.

"We will be holding a mass smoke-in during Bush's visit," said Marc Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture and President of the BC Marijuana Party. "I want to get busloads of people from across Canada to converge upon Parliament Hill. I will be speaking from 3:30 to 4:20pm on both days, and we will smoke out the hill. We want to show that Canadians love marijuana, and that we will no longer stand for the American war against our people, our plant and our culture."

Emery urged pot-people to make plans to travel to Ottawa and join in the protest. "This is a unique opportunity for us to make our point directly to President Bush. US media will pick up our protest, and we need to show our American neighbours that Canadians are resolute in our opposition to the drug war. We are the light at the end of their dark drug war tunnel."

The Presidential visit was only announced today, two weeks before it is scheduled. "They waited until the last minute to announce this visit because they don't want us to have time to organize a substantial protest," added Emery. "So we have to get onto this quickly and get moving. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help get people to this protest should contact me by email."

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