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Left Coast Election Bulletin - January 5th, 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 January 2006 08:35
Left Coast Election Bulletin - January 5th, 2006

1. Televised Environmental Election Debate this Friday - Jan 6th
2. Help Send Denise Savoie to Ottawa - Jan 7th, Victoria
3. Preston Manning: Intimate Wine and Cheese Event- Jan 7th, Victoria
4. Public Federal Election Candidates Meeting
5. A word from the Green Party - Victoria
6. United we Stand Divided we Fall -from the Canadian Action Party
7. BC Health Coalition Offerings
8. a phone message i received from carole james
9. Election 2006: 5 Ways to Make Poverty an Issue
10. 10 Good Things About Another Bad Year
11. Understanding Gitxsan Self-Government
12. The current federal election is very alarming
13. A man enters a bar and orders a drink.


* From: Green Party of BC


The Green Party of Canada was excluded from the first two televised leaders' debates -- but there are still two more -- on January 9 and 10, 2006. We are trying to get everyone who is concerned with defending democracy to go and sign the petition for inclusion in the next two debates:
www.info-greenparty.ca/petition/


* The Canadian Action Party has also been excluded, and they carry a very pro-democracy message, challenging the corporate takeover - http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/


* From: "Roy Ball"


I am contacting people to ask questions regarding pro-rep at all candidate meetings and distribute fair vote flyers. I am covering all BC ridings outside the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. Thanks and all the best
Dave Carter davcarter (at) shaw.ca 250 365 2648


* From: mpolanyi (at) kairoscanada.org


KAIROS has issued a call for faith-based action during the current election campaign. It includes a social justice vision, key electoral issues and questions for candidates. Please see http://www.kairoscanada.org/e/action/election/index.asp


* From: Derek Skinner


David Piney would like to run in Esquimalt-Juan da Fuca riding.
He needs support - agent, auditor, financial.
Please contact him at d.piney (at) victoria.tc.ca


* A record of MP votes: http://howdtheyvote.ca


* Coca Farmer Wins Bolivian Election: New President to Challenge Multinationals
by Anton Foek, Special to CorpWatch
December 28th, 2005
http://www.corpwatch.org


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1. Televised Environmental Election Debate this Friday!


Friday January 6, 2006, 4-5 p.m. (Ottawa time), on CPAC (cable TV)


A live, televised debate on environmental issues amongst Canada's five leading political parties.


WHO:
Hon. St?phane Dion, Environment Minister, Liberal Party
Bob Mills, Conservative Party Environment Critic
Bernard Bigras, Bloc Qu?b?cois Environment Critic
David Chernushenko, Green Party Deputy Leader
Gord Perks, NDP Candidate, Davenport


Issues likely to be discussed include:


? Integration of environmental, economic, and human health strategies
? Protection and restoration of Nature, i.e. biodiversity, wild spaces
? Protection of humans and the environment from toxic chemicals
? Climate change and energy


Panelists will include:


? Julie Gelfand, Chair, Green Budget Coalition, and President, Nature Canada
? Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
? Pierre Sadik, Senior Policy Advisor, David Suzuki Foundation


The debate will be broadcast on CPAC (cable TV). They also broadcast via Internet, via Windows Media Player at:


http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&section_id=22&template_id=22〈=e


From: angela bischoff


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2. Help Send Denise Savoie to Ottawa!


SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2006


Princess Mary Restaurant
358 Harbour Rd., Victoria
6:00 P.M. Cash Bar
6:30 gourmet buffet
$65 per person


Come hear Joy MacPhail - former BC NDP Leader &
Denise Savoie - Victoria NDP Candidate


? Bid on getaway weekends and other fabulous prizes
? Dance to the 18 piece Swing Band - Groovin' Hard
? Palm/Tarot readings by Paula Moore
? to benefit Together Against Poverty Society


Please bring packages of new men's and women's socks for distribution through Streetlink and other agencies. Clean blankets are also needed.


Only 275 seats available. Don't miss it!


Reserve your ticket now by sending a separate cheque made out to
Denise Savoie Campaign ("event" in the memo line)


More info? 598-6034 or jlightwater (at) shaw.ca


Send your cheque to:


Denise Savoie Campaign
Victoria Federal NDP, Box 5380, LCD #9
Victoria V8R 6S4.


From: "Erik Kaye"


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3. Preston Manning: Intimate Wine and Cheese Event


Date: Saturday, January 7, 2006
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Where: Harbour Towers Hotel
345 Quebec Street
Cost: $40


Please send cheques to (you may also pay cash to any Victoria Chapter executive member, or buy a ticket at the December 15 Chapter meeting):
Bruce Hallsor
c/o Crease Harman & Company
800-1070 Douglas Street
PO Box 997,
Victoria, BC V8W 2S8


As many of you know, Preston Manning supported both electoral reform and BC-STV during the 2005 election campaign. Now, Preston has agreed to participate in this badly needed fundraiser.


Proceeds will be split evenly between Fair Voting BC and the Victoria Chapter of Fair Vote Canada. Both organizations will have very important roles to play in the referendum on electoral reform in November 2008, and it will take funds to accomplish these goals. We can't start fundraising too soon!


So please help support this urgent and worthy cause, and take advantage of the opportunity to come mingle with Preston on January 7.


This will also make a perfect Christmas gift for a number of people. Please forward this notice far and wide, and consider buying yourself, your spouse, and/or others on your shopping list this great opportunity to mingle with a Canadian political icon. There are a limited number of tickets, so be sure to act today!


All the best of the season!


Orion Carrier
Internal Communications
Greater Victoria Chapter, Fair Vote Canada


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This is election time. There has never been a more effective time to support electoral reform, and the need has never been greater. Fair elections will go a long, long way to holding politicians accountable to citizens for their actions!


Please, help us mount a formidible campaign this election, and LET THIS BE THE LAST UNFAIR ELECTION!! Please sign the petition, and join Fair Vote Canada for only $10 today, at fttp://www.fairvotecanada.org, and forward this message far and wide. Help us get the message out today!


From: "Orion Carrier"


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4. Public Federal Election Candidates Meeting


Topic: Health Care Issues in Election


Sponsored By:


South Island Health Coalition
Saanich Peninsula Health Association


Date: Friday January 13th, 2006


Time: 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.


Location: Mary Winspear Cultural Center
2243 Beacon Avenue just off Pat Bay Highway
Sidney, B.C.


Public Meeting for the federal election with candidates from
the four parties to outline their party platforms with respect to health
care issues and to answer questions and hear comments from the general public.


Contacts:


South Island Health Coalition
Phil Lyons 381 0033


Saanich Peninsula Health Association
Hewitt Helmsing 658 3618
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5. Regional Green Office for the Federal Election


As you know we are in the middle of an election. We have been taking it easy, trying not to contact you too much in the holiday season. I really wish this was all happening in four months from now, but it isn't. It is happening now and we only have 20 days left so it is time to take our campaign to the streets.


This is just a quick note to let you all know that we have opened a Regional Green Office for the Federal Election in Victoria. It is at 1736 Douglas Street, which is right across from the old Bay building.


Things we could use some help with:


1. If we could have some assistance in preparing some snacks for people
it would be appreciated.


2. If anyone has plants, desks, telephones, or any other office paraphernalia
that we could use for a month or so.


Please call me or our office manager Rob McDonald 888 9776 to let us know how you can help.


Things have been going very well, Ariel Lade is receiving the most media attention we have ever seen. On top of that he has really come into his own, calmly handling the questions and confidently expressing the message of what our Green Party is all about.


We have had a terrific response to our fundraising call; many of you realize the importance of giving financial support. I and the rest of the team thank you. If you haven't given yet, but are thinking about it, please do as it is a great way to help in this very noble cause of getting our government to be more accountable to the citizens and to our environment.


Already much of what the Greens have been promoting has been adopted by the other parties. This would not have happened if it was not for those of you who have pushed the Greens to where we are now. And besides, you get 75%
of you donation back in the form of a tax rebate! A real win-win situation.


Actions


The Platform has been released. You can read it at www.GreenParty.ca then follow the links; it is a document I am proud to be supporting.


Come down to our office - it would be great to see you. Bring in a friend and get a lawn sign, or sign in to volunteer.


Democracy is not a spectator sport! Our office is at 1736 Douglas St. right across from the old Bay Building.


Sign the Petition to get Jim Harris on the National Leaders Debate http://www.info-greenparty.ca/petition


It is a disgrace that five individuals representing Big Media have the power to prevent the Green Party from being heard.


Refresh you knowledge of what we stand for, as we have become a formidable Party with real opportunities to get seats in the Parliament. You will hear stories that are spread by our opponents that are untrue, be prepared to enlighten theses gossips with the truth.


E-mail us with your thoughts and concerns. We are trying our hardest for you and for our common future and we could do more if we got your two cents.


P.S. Please give two compliments for every critique, so that we don't lose our steam.


Steve Filipovic
216 5903
www.ArielLade.ca
Office # 472 8683


From: "Steve"


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6. United we Stand Divided we Fall -its up to you


Dear Concerned Canadians


There is a great deal on the line this election. A great deal that is
not being addressed by any of the four prominent political parties. Most
of the information is not being reported by the media. Many of you are
strong supporters of Council of Canadians and Democracy Watch, some of
you are members of both, as well as Canadian Action Party members. You
may have read the recent letters I have addressed to both leaders of
these patriotic organizations. I have received no response.


Canadian Action Party endorses both of these organizations because the
problems and threats to Canada, which they expose, are the very issues
we are willing to correct! We are offering the only vehicle to implement
the changes as they have been exposed by these organizations. Our
Leader, Connie Fogal, spearheaded through the Defence of Canadian
Liberties, a lawsuit to address some of these concerns. We are not on
opposite sides. We are united in our mission. The only difference is
that we are political.


We are offering ourselves to the people of Canada, now before it is too
late! I repeat my message to you today. Why are Canadians standing by
watching our house burn to the ground? The simple answer is because most
believe they have called the fire-department(Council of Canadians and
Democracy Watch) and believe they will fix it. The call is good. But the
fire-department must dispatch the fire-trucks(CAP) and if they do not
but instead call the police([search]), or paramedics, we shall be thoroughly
buried in ashes. Those are the hard facts. We need you to support us.
Canadians need CAP to get the message out and to force debate of these
critical issues. No other party will do it. We keep hearing the media
say, 'but none of the major parties are discussing NAFTA, or our loss of
civil liberties, or the very real loss of our nation, our water, our
environment' and on and on. It is true, none of them will discuss it,
because it was all done behind closed doors!


Most of you must realize that CAP candidates are for the most part
footing the entire bill for this election. We receive no government
funding. We are passionate Canadians like you. We need help to save this
country. Think about what we are offering to you. Members in Parliament
with no undue influence. Members in Parliament that listen to the people
of Canada. Members in Parliament prepared to return this country to a
full democratic nation. None of CAP's candidates are career politicians.
We came up through the ranks of 'common sense Canadians', many came from
the organizations I mentioned. CoC through Ms.Barlow, put out a great
book revealing all the issues, 'The Canada We Want' and CAP is ready to
deliver. So the question is do you want it, or do you only want to say
you want it? We are prepared to abrogate NAFTA, rescind all the liberty
stripping legislation enacted since 911 and return the nation to a full
democracy for the people by the people. Do you want it?


We have 23 days until voters cast their votes. If the leadership of CoC
or Dwatch is prevented or unwilling to expose the only vehicle available
to make the changes in this country, then it is incumbent on you the
people driving these organizations to help spread the word. When history
is recorded years from now, all those who know what has been happening
and either allowed it to happen or assisted in the process, will be held
responsible. All those sitting in government in the last 20 years either
participated in the dismantling of this nation, or did nothing to stop
it. The liberty stripping legislation, never discussed in public, was
passed with all party consent. No debate. Do Canadians even know what
that means? When Mr.Harper declares that for our security he will place
100 troops in cities across Canada, do Canadians understand that
decision? 100 troops in cities, would not be sufficient to protect our
sovereignty, if it was they would be outside the cities, on our borders.
100 troops is a small number, but certainly sufficient to prevent
insurrection. When Mr. Martin works the other side of the fence, and
insists that banning all the legally registered handguns in Canada is to
protect us, what is he saying? Legally registered property is not what
is killing our children. Illegal guns, drugs, poverty, lack of proper
education and healthcare is killing this nation. Once again, all of the
threats CoC and Dwatch are exposing can be fixed! CAP is the only party
willing to do it. Certainly we don't have a candidate in every riding,
but if you could spread the message, we could elect several across
Canada and that would be enough to stop this erosion from continuing.


It is up to you what you do with this information. Circulate it or
delete it. Canada really is on the verge of colonialism under corporate
rule. All of the messages CoC and Dwatch are expressing are happening,
but it serves no purpose to keep screaming fire while refusing to use
the water made available to you, to put out the fire! Many Americans are
hoping we will be successful. Canada has shown real leadership in the
past, we can do it again if we work together!


Yours truly
Catherine Whelan Costen
Canadian Action Party President
http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/


From: "Catherine Whelan Costen"


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7. BC Health Coalition Offerings


The following are available free of charge from the BC Health Coalition:

1. "Stop for Profit Health Care" Buttons
2. "Vote for Public Health Care" Buttons, window signs, stickers, and wrist bands
3. "Protect Medicare -Don't Privatize it" window signs
4. "Don't Get Screwed by Privatization" theme condoms with St. Paul's P3 information on the back

I have also attached our Federal Election - Questions for Candidates. We will have these in a pocket sized format by the end of December, so let me know if your group would like some, otherwise, feel free to photocopy the attached document.

CBC will be doing leaders debates on Dec. 15th (French), December 16 (English), Jan. 9 (English), and Jan. 10 (French). Questions for candidates can be emailed into the CBC at: question (at) electiondebate.ca. It would be great if people can email in health care related questions.

If you would like to order any materials, please contact the BCHC at 604-681-7945 or email coordinator (at) bchealthcoalition.ca

Thanks!


From: BC Health Coalition

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8. a phone message i received from carole james


november 28th 05


hello janine it's carole james calling, mla for vic/beacon hill as you know. i just wanted to phone and first say my regrets for not getting back to people sooner than this, it's been busy as i'm sure you can imagine, but i wanted to call and offer my personal apologies for the dcecision that was made around bill 17 and the decision taken by myself and by our mlas. it was clearly the wrong decision and i knew that the minute i woke up on friday morning, so it's a good reminder about trusting your gut - about remembering the community out there and not getting caught up in the speed of the legislature - but i did want to phone and say thank you for raising your voice, thank you for speaking out and the impact of this decison will be remembered by myself and by our caucus. we won't be making these kinds of decisions in isolation from everything else, it was clearly a wrong decision and no excuses, we made a mistake. so thank you, janine, for calling the office, thank you for all the work that you do, and thank you for your patience. we will get focussed, we will get back on to our values and the things that matter to all of us, and we'll make sure we're fighting for those things that are important in our province so again my regrets and thank you for your call. bye.


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9. Election 2006: 5 Ways to Make Poverty an Issue


Take action to make poverty an issue. Ensure your candidates take the Make Poverty History pledge:


?Have you endorsed the Make Poverty History campaign and do you pledge to work towards its goals if elected??


Contact your candidates: We?ve asked them, now it?s your turn. We?ve sent e-mail letters to candidates. Now you ask them if they?ve taken the Make Poverty History pledge (You can find the pledge on our web site at http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/elections/index.html Go to http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/home.php to send an email to your candidates. Check out our roster in January to see which candidates have made the pledge.
Ask at the door, at the mall, on the streets, at community events: When candidates knock on your door, ask them if they?ve taken the Make Poverty History pledge. When they knock, pop the Make Poverty History question. Whenever and wherever you see candidates or their canvassers, ask them if they?ve pledged to Make Poverty History.
Visit campaign offices: Stop by campaign offices and ask candidates if they?ve endorsed Make Poverty History and if they?ll work towards our goals if elected. Bring friends, invite your local media along. Get our election kit here: http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/elections/kit/
Participate in all candidates? meetings: Ask if your candidates pledge to Make Poverty History. Ask other questions on our four goals for More and Better Aid; Trade Justice; Debt Cancellation and an End to Child Poverty in Canada. See sample questions here. Bring white banners, sashes, posters or wrist bands.
Organize on Poverty Day January 12: Do any or all of the above to make poverty an issue during elections on Poverty Day. Any day will do but try for January 12.


Download more resources and our Election Kit here.


Canadians want this. Let?s show our candidates. So our leaders have no choice but to act to Make Poverty History.


Thanks for making your voice heard during these elections, and beyond,


Stephen Lewis and Mary Walsh


Note: if you do not wish to receive further mailings, please send an email to unsubscribe (at) makepovertyhistory.ca with your email address in the message body.


From: "Stephen Lewis and Mary Walsh"


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10. 10 Good Things About Another Bad Year


By Medea Benjamin
t r u t h o u t | Perspective


Friday 29 December 2005


As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq([search]) war, attacks on our civil rights, and Mother Nature's fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons to feel bruised and beaten. But to start the New Year with a healthy determination to keep on fighting, we need to reflect on the good things that happened. And there are plenty.


One continent alone - South America - could provide more than ten examples of wonderful progressive victories, but I'll just list some of the highlights.


1. Hugo Chavez has shown how an oil-rich nation can use the country's wealth to provide education, healthcare and small business opportunities for its people - and we here in the US have discovered an oil company we can feel good about buying gas from: Venezuela's CITGO.


2. Bolivians have, for the first time in their history, elected an indigenous president, Evo Morales. The former llama farmer and coca grower has fought against "free trade" and the privatization of his nation's resources, and has brought new hope to indigenous people throughout the continent.


3. Anti-war activists - who once represented a much-maligned minority - now represent the majority of Americans who agree that the war in Iraq was a mistake and the troops should come home as soon as possible. And with Cindy Sheehan and Cong. Jack Murtha, we finally had spokespeople the mainstream media listened to!


4. In an historic blow to the Bush([search]) administration's five-year attempt to destroy the Kyoto Protocol, the climate summit in Montreal ended with even stronger measures to combat global warming. At home, nearly 200 cities are taking their own Kyoto-type actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


5. The Senate ended the year with a spurt of defiance, refusing to permanently extend the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, blocking the Republican maneuver to attach Arctic oil drilling to a defense spending bill, and passing John McCain's anti-torture amendment.


6. Despite a concerted offensive to lift the president's sagging public support, George Bush's approval ratings are still below 50 percent, his economic agenda (from the privatization of social security to the repeal of the estate tax) has unraveled, key cronies from Lewis Libby to Tom DeLay have fallen from grace, and 2006 might just put impeachment back into the congressional lexicon.


7. Labor, community activists and women's groups have mounted a spirited campaign against the behemoth of behemoths, Wal-Mart. And a California jury awarded $172 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., who were denied such basic rights as lunch breaks, with 40 similar lawsuits pending in other states.


8. With the wild swings in gas prices, SUV sales have plummeted (Ford Explorer down 52%, Chevrolet Suburban down 46%), the sale of hybrids has doubled, and the US House of Representatives actually held a forum on the "peak oil theory."


9. In a great win for farm workers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers forced the fast food giant Taco Bell to raise the price for picking tomatoes (nearly doubling many workers' salaries), and now they're ready to take on an even bigger bully: McDonald's.


10. The global movement for peace and justice proved it was alive and kicking: witness Argentina during the Free Trade Agreement meetings, Hong Kong around the World Trade Organization ministerial, and the ongoing rallies against the war. The steady growth of the fair-trade movement also shows that we are not just protesting, but we're also building a more sustainable economy.


Let's make 2006 the year we broke the right-wing tide, refused to give pro-war, free-trade Democrats a free ride, and built a "people's movement" with some muscle to it.


We might just get some lessons from our southern neighbours. If Mexico City's progressive mayor Manuel Lopez Obrador becomes Mexico's next president, Latin America's revolutionary fervor will be smack up against the Texas border.


Que viva el poder popular en 2006!
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Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace.


From: Rita


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11. Understanding Gitxsan Self-Government


Dear Sirs and Mesdames,


Take Notice, Gitxsan Indigenous people enjoy self-governance predicated on the fact of continuing, unextinguished inherent powers, for ease of reference collectively called, ?sovereignty.? It is because we have this that we are able to enter into treaty with Her Majesty. Treaty is the highest form of international law and they are the highest law of the land as between Her Majesty and us. In our treaty we affirm our constitution, who we are, and our right to be, solely within our own control. This cannot be lawfully or constitutionally infringed or interfered with by any level of Her Majesty?s governments, including Her domestic courts.


Gitxsan Indigenous people have a constitution, which predates European contact. This is not a constitution rooted in another country, such as the constitution of Canada rooted in English sovereignty. We have the original constitution that governs us as the original inhabitants of our land. Our constitution is rooted in and of our lands and continues in existence today. It predates the Canadian constitution by millennia.


Our constitution is described in law as being ?autochthonous? and it is also religious and spiritual and the Creator is supreme. ?Autochthonous? is defined in the Concise Oxford Dictionary as being ?native to the soil, indigenous,? of the ?original, earliest known inhabitants, aborigines.? Ours has not been a written constitution such as the United States created after their revolution. It remains nonetheless our valid constitutional and supreme law. There are many Gitxsan Indigenous people who still adhere to our constitution. That is the source of our self-government and it is strong.


Some now known as ?Aboriginal Canadians? or Canadians of aboriginal descent no longer adhere to our constitution, choosing instead to abandon our constitution and assimilate into and beneath a lower law, the Constitution of Canada. For those who choose to ?find their place within the Constitution of Canada,? the source of and the legal nature of their ?self-government? is entirely different and inferior. It is sourced only through Canadian legislation and it is weak.


Adherence to our autochthonous constitution is perceived by some to threaten the Canadian system of property rights, though it does not. This is because through our sovereign right, we enter into treaty and provide Her Majesty our permission to use our land for certain purposes. In turn, Her Majesty may thereafter permit Her people further lesser interests in Her estate, which She obtains from us by treaty. We also then agree to a permanent relationship with Her Majesty and those who claim through Her.


But because of fear or desire for greater power, in addition to insisting on land claim settlement agreements that comply with the federal comprehensive land claims policy, the federal government also insists upon construction and adoption of a new constitution. Our people are also being offered various federal policy self-government options. They are said to uniquely reflect our various local differences. All require the act of adopting a new constitution.


The adopting of a new constitution cuts the links with our existing-since-time-immemorial autochthonous constitution. With a new constitution, there is breach to our original, autochthonous constitution that melds land, animal, medicine, resource, body, mind and spirit, from the four directions or doors, through the Creator.


The Creator gave us our place and the Creator gives us all that is around us for life. All is a gift from the Creator and with receipt of those gifts come responsibilities, to share, take care and live in concert with that around us, all our relations, to preserve for the next generations. Our constitution asserts and proves that we have simply always been here, that we have the right to be here and that we have the right to stay.


We have the right to our land and to benefit from our resources of our land, and this is given to us by the Creator and is essential to our survival. Our sacred covenant protects us.


We also have many local laws and ways we must live, and there are and can be differences in our local laws. These can evolve and adapt to changing local circumstances. But we all share in our constitution.


It is important not to confuse our local community self-governance laws with our constitution. Our local community self-governance laws operate within our constitution ? they are not separate and apart from our constitution and they are not a substitute for our constitution. Our constitution respects our local differences and enables us to live together.


Canadian policies would like to buy us out, to tear up our constitution, to sever our belief in the Creator-our Breath-Circle of Life.


It is like tearing out our heart.


An Honourable Crown would not attempt to coerce and/or trick us into signing deals that prejudice our right to treaty and our constitution, our belief in the Creator and His sacred creation. An Honourable Crown would not offer means to ?self-government? such that the Indigenous Gitxsan people are left with the future ability to only assert that their treaty are local, domestic agreements rather than the international treaties that are in fact, as has been recognized by the international community.


There has been great effort to craft processes within the various federal policy initiatives and pilot projects to appear to be supportive of our expressed desires: that while willing to live side-by-side, to share and work together for the benefit of all, we are not prepared to be assimilated and thereby relinquish who we are by the Grace of the Creator and what we rightfully have in our own right, as has been given by the Creator and not merely by charity from another. But they strive to eliminate our constitution, our sovereignty, our belief in the Creator, our Breath of Life and replace this with mere shadows, with local domestic agreements solely within the Constitution of Canada and as delegated by Canadian legislation. They strive to eliminate any connection for us to original treaty, which have international status and recognition. They strive to break our connection to our land, to all our relations. They strive to break us apart into remnants of what once was.


We come together in mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance under the protection of our constitution. A solid and certain foundation is not built through application of conquering philosophies either by Canadian governments or by our own organizations. The time of justifying and believing such things to be beneficial has long since past.


This effort to have us agree to abandon our belief in the Creator, who we are and our self-government to become ?Aboriginal Canadians? is to have us join the ranks of many other ethnic minorities in ?multicultural? Canada. There are Canadians of Italian descent, of Greek descent and of Scottish descent. There are African-Americans. But Europeans immigrating to Canada do not acquire any land-based rights in Canada. Black people in the United States were forcefully removed from their African homelands, but did not gain land-based rights on arrival in the United States. ?Aboriginal Canadians? are similarly removed from their lands and then are allowed to stay in some parts for the time being by the Canadian and provincial governments. But they have lost forever their Creator-given connection to the land and they have lost their constitution ? their true right of self-government.


Aboriginal Canadians are legally a minority group possessing minority rights in Canada. They are individuals who share characteristics but are not nations of peoples under an autochthonous constitution. Minority ?rights? are very different from the rights we have as the Indigenous/Aboriginal/Original/First peoples. Minority ?rights? are not land-based rights. Minority rights focus on ensuring non-discrimination and fair treatment of individuals sharing the minority features by the majority of individuals who do not.


The world has changed many times and has seen many times. And still we are here, as we are to be by the Grace of the Creator. This, our constitution guarantees. This is our power.


Many like to say that the federal government has power over us because of section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. This is sloppy, loose language. This is what it says:


?91. It shall be lawful for the Queen, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate and House of Commons, to make Laws for the Peace, Order, and good Government of Canada, in relation to all Matters not coming within the Classes of Subjects by this Act assigned exclusively to the Legislatures of the Provinces; ?


24. Indians, and Lands reserved for the Indians.?


The federal government has the power to make laws for peace, order, and good government of Canada, in relation to us. This does not mean power over us, or to make laws for us, or to make us into legal creatures of federal laws, or to delegate federal powers to us.


It means that the federal government is to ensure that our relationship established by treaty, is preserved in the interest of peace, order and good government. This is essential constitutionally, for if Her Majesty?s government breaks the treaties, then Her Majesty?s constitutional foundation is disturbed. The breaking of treaties thus threatens the peace. The federal government must see to it that this does not happen. It must act to preserve the peace, order and good government that exists because we provide permission necessary for Her Majesty to be present in our lands.


This is what we are reminding Her Majesty?s advisors, Her Privy Council.


This is what those who are engaged in government-sponsored efforts are reminded.


The local community work is pretty much the same effort. The difference between survival and death lies in where this self-government work is placed: within our constitution, or within the Constitution of Canada. This is the choice for those who have not yet decided.


We are encouraged to take our rightful place. Our rightful place is within our domain, our control, and our constitution, within our lands, with all our relations, within the Grace of the Creator.


Canada?s rightful place is contingent on respecting Her constitutional limitations, in treaty; on Her governments respecting our relations, respecting Her Majesty?s faith, on not threatening the peace, order and good government that treaties allow for, on not threatening the Creator and His sacred Creation, His sacred Breath-Circle of Life. All our relations.


By the Grace of the Creator.


Robert Jackson
(Gitxsan Indigenous Nation)


From: "Radical Press"


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12. The current federal election is very alarming.


I'm worried that both the Conservatives and the Liberals are pushing Canada to build an offensive American-style military and an aggressive foreign policy:


Stephen Harper wants to ressurect the disgraced Canadian Airborne Regiment. (Warning, this video contains offensive material).


Liberal "star candidate" Michael Ignatieff supports the use of some forms of torture.


Stephen Harper said he is prepared to re-open missile defence talks with the United States, spend billions of dollars on long-range aircraft, warships and more commandos, and resurrect the disgraced Canadian Airborne Regiment (how can we forget the torture and murder of that teenaged boy by Canadian Airborne members in Somalia, and then the cover-up by our military leadership?)


Paul Martin's so-called star candidate, Michael Ignatieff, supported Canada joining Bush's invasion of Iraq and the missile defence scheme - he sounds like such an apologist for the Bush administration, he's even justified some forms of torture! If he and the Liberals are elected, will Michael Ignatieff become our next Foreign Affairs Minister?


And Jack Layton, who led the way in opposing Canadian involvement in Iraq and "Star Wars," seems hesitant to say anything concerning defence issues during this election.


The major political parties need to know that a majority of Canadians oppose wars like the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Canadians will not tolerate the breaking of international law by supporting torture. We believe missile defence is a threat to our basic security.


That's why we need to "Put it to the Politicians" - ask them where they stand on peace issues. Do they care about Canada's traditional role as a peacemaker? Or are they in favour of supporting illegal invasions, torture, and expensive military schemes like Bush's missile defence system?


You can Put it to the Politicians right now by going to Ceasefire.ca and sending your own election questions to the parties.


Or, if you prefer, you can simply use the questionnaire that we have provided for you.


By sending these questions to the parties you will be letting them know that these issues matter to you, as they do to thousands of other Canadians. And make sure they hear, loud and clear, that you expect them to respond and to tell you where they stand on these issues.


But before you send your questions to the parties, let me share some good news.


It's because of committed supporters just like you that I'm able to share this great news. So many people responded to our request in November for support that we met our special election fundraising goal of $10,000. As a result, we have launched our Election Rapid Response Team and here's what we have accomplished in just a few weeks?


1.
Since the election started, we have appeared in more than thirty newspaper articles. Our offices are contacted almost daily by the media requesting our comments on defence issues and party leaders' statements.
2.
We called on the government to release more information on how three Canadian secret commandos were injured in Afghanistan .
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We commented on the Conservatives' aggressive defence platform and issued a news release to the media.
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And now, we're launching our "Put it to the Politicians" campaign to allow Canadians to ask the political parties where they stand on peace issues.


It's vital that you take action right now and Put it to the Politicians. If you don't, the political parties and the media will continue to push the line that Canadians support an offensive U.S.-style military and an aggressive foreign policy.


That's why I hope you will join me, right now, by sending the questionnaire to the political parties. Or send your own questions.


And don't forget to download and print off a copy of the questionnaire so you have it handy the next time a candidate seeking your vote comes to your door.


I'll be keeping you updated on these issues as we near the election on January 23.


Thank you so much for taking just a few minutes to help defend Canada.
Best wishes for 2006,


Steven Staples
Polaris Institute
and founder of Ceasefire.ca


P.S. Remember, you can also get more detailed information and commentary by subscribing to our newest newsletter, the Ceasefire.ca Insider - a weekly update of news and commentary (1-2 messages per week). Just click here to subscribe Ceasefire.ca Insider.


Donations by mail and inquiries may be directed to:
Polaris Institute
Attn. Karen Craine, Program Assistant
kcraine (at) polarisinstitute.org
180 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa ON K2P 1P5 Canada
Tel. 613 237-1717 Fax 613 237-3359


www.ceasefire.ca/ www.polarisinstitute.org


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From: "Ceasefire.ca Action and News Club"


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13. A man enters a bar and orders a drink.


A man enters a bar and orders a drink. The bar has a robot bartender.

The robot serves him a perfectly prepared cocktail, and then asks him, "What's your IQ?"

The man replies "150" and the robot proceeds to make conversation about global warming factors, quantum physics and spirituality, biomimicry, environmental interconnectedness, string theory, nano-technology, and sexual proclivities.

The customer is very impressed and thinks, "This is really cool." He decides to test the robot. He walks out of the bar, turns around, and comes back in for another drink.

Again, the robot serves him the perfectly prepared drink and asks him, "What's your IQ?" The man responds, "about a 100." Immediately the robot starts talking, but this time, about football, NASCAR, baseball, supermodels, favourite fast foods, guns, and women's breasts.

Really impressed, the man leaves the bar and decides to give the robot one more test.

He heads out and returns, the robot serves him and asks, "What's your IQ?" The man replies, "Er, 50, I think." And the robot says... real slowly... "So............... ya gonna.... vote... for... the..... Liberals again?


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concentration of power is not a feminist principle.
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I ask nobody to follow me. Everyone should follow his [or her] own inner voice.


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869-1948


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