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Gordon MacDermid

Sept. 13, 2008: Gordon MacDermid at a demonstration in support of war resisters in Winnipeg’s Vimy Ridge Park. Photo: Paul Graham
With the passing of Rev. Dr. Gordon MacDermid on Tuesday, March 3, the peace movement has lost a stalwart, Peace Alliance Winnipeg has lost one of its founders, and we have lost a good [...]

A warm Calgary welcome planned for George W. Bush

Former U.S. President George W. Bush is coming to Calgary to speak to the Rotary Club on March 17th on sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Peace and human rights activists are preparing to give him a welcome appropriate for a war criminal whose actions led to the deaths of over one million Iraqis, [...]

Doomsday Clock May Finally Stop Ticking

by Haider Rizvi, IPS, Feb. 23, 2009
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23 (IPS) – The Barack Obama administration’s apparent resolve to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction is creating ripples of hope for an enhanced U.N. agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.
Observers and diplomats who are due to take part in a major meeting to [...]

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada calls for Omar Khadr’s release

According to a statement by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, issued Feb. 12, 2009, “Canada and the U.S. are duty bound to act immediately to ensure that Omar Khadr is released and repatriated, his rights are protected and violations of his rights are investigated and remedied, where appropriate, by criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.”
The statement continues: [...]

Welcome Obama Dot Ca

WelcomeObama.ca is a project of the Rideau Institute, an independent research, advocacy and consulting group based in Ottawa. This site is all about President Obama’s visit to Canada on February 19th.
According to the RI’s Steven Staples, “Canadians are excited about the possibility and opportunities that President Obama represents to the United States, Canada [...]

Parliamentary action on war resisters

This just came in from from the War Resisters Support Campaign.
The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration has passed a motion again today calling on the Harper government to stop deportations of US Iraq war resisters. Please call Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney and demand that they implement the standing [...]

Omar Khadr’s return in country’s best interest, say opposition MPs

Liberal MP Bob Rae, centre, Bloc MP Paul Crête, left, and NDP MP Paul Dewar banded together at a news conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to push the Harper government to deal with the case of Omar Khadr. (Adrian Wyld/Associated Press)
With Washington poised to shut down the Guantanamo Bay military prison, it’s in Canada’s [...]

Obama’s “War on Terror”

by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, February 10, 2009
The language is softened and deceptive. The strategy and tactics are not. The “war on terror” continues. Promised change is talk, not policy. Just look at Obama’s “war cabinet,” discussed in an earlier article. It assures:
– the “strongest military on the planet” by outspending all other countries combined;
– [...]

Canadian Peace Alliance Statement on the Gaza Ceasefire

January 20, 2009
On Saturday January 17, after 22 days of bombing which killed more than 1200 people, including 400 children, wounded more than 5000 and displaced more than 100,000, the Israeli government declared a unilateral ceasefire and a halt to the bombings of the people of Gaza. The Canadian Peace Alliance and the international community [...]

“Let Them Stay” Week – January 19-26

January is a critical month for U.S. war resisters living in Canada. Canadians have made it clear through polls, vigils, letters, petitions, rallies, and many other means, that they want American soldiers who refuse to participate in the Iraq war to be allowed to stay.
The House of Commons passed a motion in June 2008 calling [...]