A broad coalition of groups, representing hundreds of thousands of people across Canada, hosted a press conference in Toronto yesterday to announce plans for the “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The march will call for a justice-based transition to a clean-energy economy in Canada, and is expected to attract thousands of people in Toronto on July 5, on the eve of the Climate Summit of the Americas and Pan American Economic Summit.
On May 14th Montreal had a chance to host a sneak preview of the documentary by a Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw called “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine” (2015), which focuses on the consequences of Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution in modern Ukraine and its occupied regions. The film preview and discussion were co-presented byCinema Politica, the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation & in Documentary. They were followed by the discussion with a Ukraine human rights activist Anna Dovgopol who is knowledgable about the current perception of LGBT community in Ukraine. She is also a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives.
Hassan Diab, a former professor at the University of Ottawa, is currently imprisoned in Fleury-Merogis prison in France facing terrorism charges. Extradited to France in November of 2014, the case against Diab is built on shoddy evidence that would almost definitely not result in his conviction in the Canadian judicial system, the judge who oversaw his case has asserted. Based on this evidence, Diab was denied bail in March, but he, his loved ones, and activists continue to raise awareness of his wrongful incarceration and fight to procure his freedom. To learn more, we spoke to Donald Pratt, a member of the Hassan Diab support committee.
The Harper government has recently announced they want to use articles of the Criminal Code pertaining to hate propaganda in order to criminalize the boycott campaign against the state of Israel. Last year the government added national origin to the criteria for hate crimes.
Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney, declared in front of the UN that the Boycott Divestment Sanction campaign is a form of underlying antisemitism and that there will be no tolerance for the critics of the state of Israel.
CAPA has a long history of initiating such demonstrations, including annual international ECT focused on women and the elderly. This particular protest is specifically targeting the American Psychiatric Association, which is believed to have constantly lied about shock therapy, claiming that there is no harm to the patient.
In fact, research has shown that shock always causes brain damage (Zarubenko et al., 2005), memory loss and cognitive impairment (Sackeim et al., 2007). There is also a consent issue involved, as patients are rarely (if ever) asked if they want to be treated with electroshock.
Who Are We Talking To?
The interactive interview is with Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor, who has been an antipsychiatry activist for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. The discussion touches upon the importance of the demonstration in Toronto and psychiatric “treatment” in general.
In so-called British Columbia, Indigenous groups continue to resist the re-opening of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine. A breach in a toxic tailings pond at Mount Polley last August caused one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. On April 29th, an national day of action was held to prevent Imperial Metals from resuming work in the area. We’ll hear from Indigenous warrior Kanahus Manuel about the situation.
Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba“, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. At the time, an estimated 750 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their homes and villages.
Antoine Cadaux of CKUT spoke with Bruce Katz, the president of PAJU, Palestinian and Jewish Unity, that organise the event to bring us more.
At the same time, Bruce Katz gave his thoughts about the shift, pushed by the Conservative government, in the Canadian Criminal Code for the hatred propaganda that criminalize the criticism of the Israeli state. They talked about the consequences of that change in BDS actions and Mr Katz’s analysis of the governement tactics.