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Vancouver Refuses to Acknowledge Victoria Homeless Ruling 
by PIVOT
Victoria lawyers and homeless activists won a major victory Tuesday when the BC Supreme Court ruled that homeless people have a constitutional right to erect a shelter on public property when no other shelter is available. However, the City of Vancouver is refusing to acknowledge the validity of the decision and its implications for Vancouver bylaws.

"We'd like to congratulate Ms. Boise Parker and her courageous clients for setting a very important Charter precedent," said Laura Track of Pivot Legal Society. "We can't understand why Vancouver is refusing to acknowledge this legal development of a right to basic shelter."
 
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Outing Canadian Militarism: Myths for Profit

Myth for Profit: Canada's Role in Industries of War and Peace 
by Amy Miller
The documentary ‘Myths for Profit' explores 'Canada’s role in the Industries of War and Peace’ providing a dramatic, critical expose, looking at three central beliefs held by the majority of Canadians in order to question what motives hide behind them and who stands to gain?
 
 

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Afghanistan: Gates Decries NATO Member's "National Caveats"

Coalition Forces on the Wrong Track in Afghanistan
by TRNN
Anand Gopal : Afghanistan does not need more guns, it needs reconstruction and reconciliation.

 
 
 

Speaking in Washington DC this week US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates spoke about the need for NATO members to contribute more troops in Afghanistan. His remarks came amid fears that an upsurge in violence and corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the viability of an already weak central government. Inter Press Services journalist Anand Gopal based in Kabul, believes that what is needed are not more boots on the ground, but a change in policy. A shift towards reconciliation and reconstruction.
 
 
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Palin's Cavity Between the Ears

Drill Baby Drill
by Chris Genovali
Victoria’s Times-Colonist writer Iain Hunter’s recent column on John McCain’s vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin (“Our election needs Palin’s feistiness,” September 8, 2008) exemplifies the type of feckless punditry plaguing so much of the United States election coverage. As for Hunter’s wish that the “feisty” Palin was “running for high political office in Canada,” let’s just say that one man’s feistiness is another man’s fanaticism.
 
Alaska governor Sarah Palin is really more frightening than fiesty

It is exactly the cynical circus sideshow surrounding the manufactured Palin phenomenon that we should do everything in our power to avoid with regard to Canada’s electoral process.
 
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The Sun Within Our Reach

The Sun's in Our Grasp
by Diane Walsh
Solar energy is viable—not only as an accepted energy option for heating homes but also as an energy source for charging car batteries.

Louis Palmer, Swiss owner of the first solar-supported car ever to drive around the globe, is rallying for change on the environmental front.  Lucky for us—he (with the endorsement of the Swiss embassy) took the time to speak in an interview when in DC, so Victoria could learn more [about] this initiative.
 
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The Abandoned Canadian: The Case of Omar Kadr

The U.S. vs Omar Khadr
by CBC News
The murder trial of Canadian Omar Khadr before a U.S. Military Commission in Guantanamo is expected in the fall of 2008. Accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, most of the evidence against him is based on a series of confessions Omar allegedly made at the age of 15 while in U.S. custody at the military base in Bagram and later in Guantanamo. Omar's defense team claims that these are false confessions extracted under torture.
 
 
Premiering On: Thursday October 16, 2008 at 9 pm on CBC-TV

Repeating On: Saturday October 18, 2008 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
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The Second Harper Minority "Mandate"

Canada Reelects Stephen Harper
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Murray Dobbin: Harper will continue to dismantle social democracy.
 
 
 
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper was reelected this week, as his Conservative Party won its second minority government. Harper called an early election last month after accusing the Canadian Parliament of being dysfunctional. Observers called it a calculated political move, meant to take advantage of his lead in the polls, with the aim, to secure a majority for his party.
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'Tent City' Ruling Takes Victoria City by Surprise

Tent City a Big Surprise to Victoria's Officials
by Janine Bandcroft
Congratulations City Hall for being so well prepared to respond to the legal decision we've all been waiting for since June on a court case that's been years in the making !!!

Presumably you've visited Portland's Dignity Village site, and talked with their city officials about the logistics involved with establishing this world class construct. Perhaps you've contacted one of the four churches in Olympia, Washington who are helping co-ordinate their tent city.
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Targeting Unions in Colombia

The Killings Go On: Targeting Unions in Colombia
by Conn Hallinan
There are lots of places in the world where you need to watch your step. You don’t want to be a Sunni in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad (or vice versa). It’s probably not smart to speak Tamal in southern Sri Lanka. You might want to keep being a Muslim under wraps in parts of Mindanao. But most of all you don’t want to be a trade unionist in the U.S.’s one remaining ally in South America, Colombia.

  • “Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist,” says Jeremy Dear, chair of the British trade union organization, Justice For Colombia (JFC), “In fact, more trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia during [Alvaro] Uribe’s presidency than in the rest of the world over the same period.”

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All the Money in the World: The Real Monster in the Meltdown

Not Enough Money in the World: The Real Monster in the Meltdown Closet
by Chris Floyd
The myth has quickly taken hold that the global financial crash was caused by bad mortgages.
 
 
This has allowed rightwing hatemongers to blame the meltdown on the "liberal" programs that encouraged home ownership among a small percentage of lower-income people (a poisonous canard that parts of the mainstream media have actually done a fairly good job of knocking down), while "progressives" of various stripes have denounced banks and other financial institutions for pushing over-easy credit on people who couldn't really afford it.

Unsustainable mortgages are a key factor in the global crash, of course. And many people (most of them white, by the way) did take out mortgages they would not be able to afford if the housing bubble ever burst, which it has, most spectacularly. And yes, it is undeniable that the financial services industry has been tempting people with easy credit like schoolyard pushers flashing reefers.

All of this was bound to end badly, and did. But this alone would not have been enough to threaten the destruction of the entire global financial system, nor cause the blind, screaming panic that has strangulated the financial markets, seized up the vital flow of money between banks, and caused the "free" market-worshipping governments of the Western world to carry out nationalizations and interventions that, in sheer numbers, dwarf anything ever seen following a Communist revolution. (As John Lancaster notes in the London Review of Books, the Bush Administration's takeover of Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac alone was "was, by cash value, the biggest nationalisation in the history of the world." And that was just the beginning.)
 
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Pakistan: Laying the Pistol at the Shepherd's Feet

Pakistani Lashkars Join Fight Against Taliban
by TRNN
Tariq Amin-Khan : Pakistani government is playing with fire by arming more tribes with modern weapons.

 
 
 

The violence in North Western pakistan continues to grow. Responding to the upsurge, the Pakistani government approved the deployment of local tribesman or lashkars in its offensive against the Taliban and al qaeda. Professor Tariq Amin-Khan believes the Pakistani government "is playing with fire."
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