Category Current events / In the news

Shutting down pipeline and oilsands opposition: National Energy Board, CSIS and RCMP surveillance

Harper government’s extensive spying on anti-oilsands groups revealed in FOIs Matthew Millar, November 17, 2013 in Vancouver Observer http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/harper-governments-extensive-spying-anti-oilsands-groups-revealed-fois CSIS, RCMP monitored activist groups before Northern Gateway hearings Shawn McCarthy, November 24, 2013 in The Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/csis-rcmp-monitored-activists-for-risk-before-enbridge-hearings/article15555935/ Canadian spies met with energy firms, documents reveal Martin Lukacs and Tim Groves, October 2013 in […]

Elsipogtog: Showing us something about the social, political & economic relations of the Canadian state

In the early morning of Thursday October 17, over 100 RCMP officers moved in on land protectors camped out at Elsipogtog, there to prevent fracking by SWN Resources. This included  camouflaged tactical officers armed with assault rifles, and with dogs. 40 people were arrested. For a firsthand account of events on October 17, see this […]

Possible jail time for activist who blogged about his G20 experiences

Activist Julian Ichim was in court on charges for violation of a publication ban stemming from blog postings in 2011 in which he identified the undercover officer who had befriended him and infiltrated activist groups leading up to the 2010 Toronto G20 meetings.  The charges carry a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail. See: […]

CSIS, Aboriginal Affairs kept close watch on First Nations protest movement [Montreal Gazette]

See: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/CSIS+Aboriginal+Affairs+kept+close+watch+First+Nations/8775522/story.html

Kanehsatà:ke (Oka), 23 years later…

On the 23rd anniversary of the “Oka Crisis”, a rally was held at Oka Park to remember the events of 1990, but also to protest the incursion of Enbridge representatives  to inspect a pipeline — which included drilling into the ground — running through the territory, as part of plans to reverse the flow of […]

Thoughts on the 2013 Egypt Revolution

In Egypt, there was a coup d’etat by the army against their President Muhammad Morsi, starting a revolution. This invoked a second change in government in the last 2 years for Egypt. The military informed the public that Morsi could not fill his commitments of being the country’s first freely elected president, thus they had […]

Sovereignty Summer

In March 2013, the Idle No More movement and Defenders of the Land jointly issued a call for an intensification of action for a “Sovereignty Summer” for Indigenous rights and environmental protection. On recent events, see: Woods, Michael. 2013. Aboriginal activists to ‘increase tension’ over rights during summer of action. canada.com. Jun 20. http://o.canada.com/2013/06/20/aboriginal-activists-to-increase-tension-over-rights-during-summer-of-action/ Howe, Miles. 2013. […]

Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime. [CBC News]

See: Fitzpatrick, Meagan. 2013. Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime. CBC News. Jun 19. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/06/19/pol-mask-bill-royal-assent.html