by dewc.ca
Sunday March 15th
from 1-3 pm
Vancouver Police Station
Main Street (between Hastings and Cordova)


All (including men) welcome! Significant street sweeps have been occurring in the DTES from increased
and aggressive ticketing for things like jaywalking to "illegal" vending. As verified by the VPD itself, a year-end performance report shows that officers issued 467 tickets for violations of the Safe Streets Act in 2008, compared to 202 tickets in 2007.
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Canadian Sovereignty? Canada's Passport Instructions

Canadian Sovereignty? Canada's Passport Instructions
by C. L. Cook
Making inquiries into current Canada-UK cross-passport rules recently, I discovered things have changed. It now appears, Canada is happy allowing the newly created 'North America Passport Production Centre' located in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. handle the case.
Check it out, write them yourself, and as they say; "Thank you for your email."
Passport and Visa Enquiries: From November 2008 all new passport applications made by British nationals in North America - including Canada - will be processed at the North America Passport Production Centre in Washington DC.

Please go to the following link at http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/passports , for all of the information that you need. You will be able to download and print UK passport application forms from this website.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pratap Chatterjee, Richard Boyce, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 2, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, Pratap Chatterjee of CorpWatch.org on his new book, 'Halliburton's Army: How a Well Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War'; Richard Boyce of Island Lens on the plunder of Vancouver Island's ecosystem by greed head private equity firm, Island Timberlands, now logging into the Nanaimo region watershed; and, Janine Bandcroft keeps us current on Victoria's ongoing shelter crisis.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com.
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Libya: Scores Join Gaza Caravan, Egypt Promises Passage

EGYPT WILL ALLOW CONVOY INTO GAZA: Convoy Update 11.30 (GMT) Sunday 1st March 2009
by VivaPalestina.org
They are in their thousands in the Green Public square of Tripoli attending a big rally to welcome the Viva Palestina humanitarian Gaza convoy. This is the first of many planned in Libya.

Ambassadors, dignitaries, representatives from the Gadaffi Foundation as well as the children of Palestine have spoken of the horrors and the tragedy of Gaza. Gift bags containing caps, T-Shirts, books have been given to members of the convoy as a gesture of thanks and admiration for their efforts to get the aid to the destitute people of Gaza.

This morning, it was announced at the rally that Egypt has agreed to let the convoy through to Gaza to the cheers of all the people and to the relief of our convoy members. It will be one less matter to worry about and to only concentrate on the noble goal they set out to achieve when their vehicle rolled from the UK on the 14th February.
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Answering the Coming Crisis: "Food Not Lawns!"

Pawns with Lawns
by Mickey Z.
The single most irrigated crop in the United States is…(drum roll please) lawn. Yep, 40 million acres of lawn exist across the Land of Denial and Americans collectively spend about $40 billion on seed, sod, and chemicals each year.
And then there’s all that water.
If you include golf courses, lawns in America cover an area roughly the size of New York State and require 238 gallons of (usually drinking-quality) water per person, per day. According to the EPA, nearly a third of all residential water use in the US goes toward what is euphemistically known as “landscaping.”

We have become a nation of pawns with lawns. Food comes from the drive-thru, entertainment is televised, the concept of play exists on hand-held computers, democracy is a reality show every four years, and that tiny parcel of land we allegedly share with some bailed out bank is inevitably set aside to be a lawn.
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Olmert Fires Egyptian Envoy over "Insane" Remark

Officials Claim Unelected Former General “Running The Country”
by Jonathan Cook (in Nazareth)
It is not entirely surprising that Amos Gilad, an Israeli general who once sued his own government for “irreversible mental damage” caused by his role in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, has publicly courted controversy again.
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert

On Monday, Ehud Olmert, Israel’s outgoing prime minister, suspended Mr Gilad as his envoy to Egypt, responsible for negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas, after Mr Gilad called the prime minister’s truce conditions “insane.”
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Langford Lout Lord Mayor Stew Young Blasts Democratic Process

Neighbours in Support of Maureen Johnston
by Zoe Blunt
After politely expressing her objections to the South Skirt Mountain Development Plan at the Public Meeting at Langford City Hall February 24, 2009, Maureen Johnston was publicly humiliated and subjected to verbal abuse from Mayor Stew Young.
Langford Lout Stew Young

She spoke to the Environment.

A retired educator, she had presented her well-documented comments in a very orderly and dignified fashion. Aside from bellowing at her, loudly and rudely, ordering her to “SIT DOWN”, Mayor Young launched into a tirade implying hypocrisy because she lives on Florence Lake – in a sensitive riparian zone.
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Hamas and History in Palestine

Engaging Hamas: Will History Repeat Itself?
by Ramzy Baroud
The political outcomes of the Gaza war are yet to be entirely decided with any degree of certainty. However, the obvious political repositioning which was reported as soon as Israel declared its unilateral ceasefire promised that Israel’s deadly bombs would shape a new political reality in the region.

In the aftermath, Hamas can confidently claim that its once indisputably ‘radical’ political position is no longer viewed as too extreme.
“Hamas” is no longer as menacing a word, even amongst Western public, and tireless Israeli attempts to correlate Hamas and Islamic Jihadists’s agendas no longer suffice.
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Tar Sands Sinking

Dirty Oil: Alberta's Tar Sands Explained
by Andrew Nikiforuk
Renowned environmental journalist Andrew Nikiforuk breaks down the tar sands operations in northern Alberta, Canada in this video.
Based on his new book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, this concise presentation explains how this "unconventional oil" - the majority of which is exported to America - is ruining forests, wiping out woodland habitat and draining our water systems, not to mention wreaking havoc on economic systems and energy policy.
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Beyond Redemption: Terminating the Company

THE CIA: BEYOND REDEMPTION (And Should Be Terminated)
by Sherwood Ross
The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents sixty years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Over the years “the Agency” as it is known, has given U.S. presidents so much wrong information on so many critical issues, broken so many laws, subverted so many elections, overthrown so many governments, funded so many dictators, and killed and tortured so many innocent human beings that the pages of its official history could be written in blood, not ink.
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Vets for Peace in Vancouver

Speaking Truth to Power: Vets for Peace in Vancouver
by Veterans for Peace
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To Their Credit: Credit Unions Survive as Casino-Banks Crash

Casino Capitalism: How Credit Unions Survived the Crash
by Ralph Nader
While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation's credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism.

Eighty five million Americans belong to credit unions which are not-for-profit cooperatives owned by their members who are depositors and borrowers. Your neighborhood or workplace credit union did not invest in these notorious speculative derivatives nor did they offer people "teaser rates" to sign on for a home mortgage they could not afford.

Ninety one percent of the 8,000 credit unions are reporting greater overall growth in mortgage lending than any other kinds of consumer loans they are extending. They are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for up to $250,000 per account, such as the FDIC does for depositors in commercial banks.

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