Day: January 6, 2018

British Military Commander Scrubbed From Canadian Streets

"Canada’s attitude towards Indigenous people has never changed," says Indigenous writer Alicia Elliot. | Photo: Reuters "Canada has never accepted Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination," Indigenous writer Alicia Elliot says in the Globe and Mail. Cities, streets, and schools around North America have long borne the name of Jeffery Amherst, an 18th-century war hero responsible for establishing British supremacy in both Canada and the United States. Until now, that is. Amherst’s long list of military accomplishments fails to obscure his open discrimination against mercenary Indigenous fighters who sided with France during the Seven Years’ War: he called them an...

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2017 Year in Review. The Most Censored International, Indigenous and Canadian Stories.

Support independent news and views! Please consider a generous donation to the Global Research News Hour radio program during host radio station CKUW’s upcoming Fundrive (February 9-16, 2018) Donate on-line at Fundrive.ckuw.ca (Tax deductible receipts apply only to donors in Canada. Extra charges for shipping and handling for incentives may apply.) . . LISTEN TO THE SHOW Click to download the audio (MP3 format) As detailed in our recent program on Manufacturing Consent co-author, the late Edward Herman, when news desks are situated within for-profit institutions owned by large corporations, that depend on advertisers for revenue, and on powerful sources in government and business for their facts, an avenue for propaganda is opened up. This reality has implications for democracy. Sites like Global Research , and independent, listener supported radio programs like the Global Research News Hour make an effort to seek out these alternative perspectives which are pivotal for developing responsible grass-roots, citizen-initiated change on a troubled globe. In this spirit, Global Research News Hour has typically started each new calendar year with a review of some of the most important stories from the previous year left off the front pages, and supper hour broadcasts. Our guides through the most censored and under-reported stories of 2017 are Andy Lee Roth , John Schertow , and Patricia Elliott . Andy Lee Roth , is the Associate Director of Project...

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National chief calls for ethics review into Sen. Beyak’s residential schools posts

Senator Lynn Beyak was appointed to the Senate on Jan. 25, 2013 by Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer removed Beyak from the Conservative caucus Thursday night. OTTAWA—The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling on the Senate ethics committee to “review” Lynn Beyak’s actions, after the controversial Ontario senator was booted from the Conservative caucus Thursday night. In an interview with the Star, Perry Bellegarde said Beyak’s decision to promote “racist and stereotypical attitudes” towards Indigenous peoples — in her own comments and in letters from supporters that she posted online...

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CHONG: Thoughts on the year ahead

Screen capture on YouTube of Taliban video showing hostages Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle in December 2016. I did not expect my last column to be validated so quickly. In rapid succession, another sudden death has occurred in my own extended family, alongside those of well-known Toronto philanthropists Barry Sherman (founder of Apotex) and his wife, Honey Sherman. Their passing, like my relative’s, was unexpected, as life is capricious, often leaving us bewildered at the sudden turn of events. Barry and Honey Sherman. Recently, retired Rabbi Dow Marmur, writing in the Toronto Star , concluded his insightful article by...

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Film screenings for BC Hydro employees spotlight Indigenous rights

BC Hydro employee Vicki George is screening an Indigenous rights documentary for her colleagues to spur dialogue about truth and reconciliation in the company. (CBC News) A BC Hydro employee hopes a Canadian documentary about Indigenous activism will help her colleagues better understand Indigenous rights at a time when development projects are causing friction between the company and some B.C. First Nations. Vicki George works for Powerex, an electricity marketing company and subsidiary of BC Hydro, and she is featured in the documentary, The Road Forward.​ The film tells the story of a movement nearly 40 years ago, dubbed...

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Sierra Club B.C. January newsletter includes blistering denunciation of Site C decision

The B.C. NDP government continues coming under fire from erstwhile allies for choosing to complete a $10.7-billion hydroelectric power project on the Peace River. The Sierra Club B.C. January newsletter calls it "a monumentally bad decision", claiming that Premier John Horgan and his cabinet have "betrayed Treaty 8 First Nations and taken a massive step off the path to reconciliation". The environmental group also describes the decision to finish the Site C dam as "a betrayal of the farmers and residents of the Peace River Valley" and a "betrayal of BC Hydro ratepayers, who will be paying for this misbegotten, overpriced monstrosity for the next 70 years". "We hoped the people of the Peace Valley would see an end to their long nightmare with this decision," Sierra Club B.C. states. "Instead, we are appalled and saddened that Premier Horgan and the provincial cabinet have decided to destroy the valley, turning farmers and residents out of their homes. They’ve decided to saddle generations to come with an overwhelming debt burden and increased Hydro rates, to build a dam with no market for the power." The premier defended the decision on accounting grounds: to cancel it, he claimed, would result in an immediate $4-billion charge to cover sunk costs and reclamation expenses. That could result in a large increase to the public debt or to B.C. Hydro’s debt, the latter of...

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Wildside theatre fest redraws boundaries of Quebec’s English community

Bald Angry Asian Productions is presenting Pluck’d at this year’s edition of the Wildside Festival. (Sylvain Charest) Close your eyes and picture this: A member of the English-language community of Quebec. Did you conjure a person of English, Irish or Scottish descent? Me too! And I am a member of the English-language community. But why wouldn’t I imagine one of the hundreds of black, brown or various other non-white people I know and whose mother tongue is the language of Shakespeare? My Vincentian family has been in Montreal for 60 years, but I’ve just never felt included when people...

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Grandmother retires after 47 years as an interpreter, X-ray technician in Nunavut

Marie Tiktak is retiring after 47 years at the Health Centre in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She says now she’ll have time to take care of her husband and be a full-time grandma. (Submitted by Marie Tiktak) Marie Tiktak made a career out of a simple request — filling in as an interpreter for Nunavut’s Department of Health in Rankin Inlet. But after 47 years on the job, she’s decided to devote the rest of her life to her husband and being a full-time grandmother. "I never thought of retiring," said the 67-year-old Tiktak. "I was thinking to myself a...

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Mohawks to meet federal minister again in March

Pictured here, is MP Mike Bossio (first from left) Mohawk CAO David Souliere, Chief R Donald Maracle and Jane Philpott, the Minister of Indigenous Services Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – Chief R. Donald Maracle used his recent face-time with a federal minister to underscore a host of infrastructure funding shortfalls that have been impediments for improvements in housing, education, long-term care and water. “Housing, safe drinking water, long-term care, adequate money to maintain roads and bridges are all basic to every community in Canada, so First Nations have the same needs,” Chief Maracle told our newsroom following Friday’s meeting. “There...

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Trudeau names 2 new senators, including Canada‘s 1st female Indigenous dentist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named two new Independent senators to sit in the upper chamber. Mary Coyle, 63, will sit for Nova Scotia and Mary Jane McCallum, 65, will represent Manitoba. McCallum, who is of Cree descent and a survivor of the Indian residential school system, is believed to be the first female Indigenous dentist accredited in Canada. She has worked throughout Manitoba‘s north for decades — she obtained her dental nursing certificate in 1977, and later her doctorate in dental medicine in 1990 — and still runs a practice on Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas. In...

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Keeping traditions alive for Ukrainian Christmas

Regina’s Barb Dedi uses as many local ingredients as possible in her Christmas Eve meal. (CBC) Ashleigh Mattern Barb Dedi starts preparing for her Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal during the summer, growing dill and beets in her garden to freeze. About a week before Orthodox Ukrainian Christmas on Jan. 7, the work truly begins, culminating in a cooking frenzy that starts three days before the meal. The day of the Christmas Eve meal, she expects to be cooking from 4 a.m. until guests arrive at 5 p.m. At Barb Dedi’s Ukrainian Christmas meal, she serves four different kinds of...

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Indigenous community excited for Island Storm game in their honour

The Island Storm are hosting their first Indigenous Appreciation Game on Saturday. (St. John’s Edge/Twitter) The Island Storm are bringing together basketball fans and P.E.I.’s Indigenous communities on Saturday with their first Indigenous Appreciation Game. The team invited students from Mount Stewart School to sing the national anthem and when Brett Poirier, senior vice president for the Storm, found out they could perform the anthem in the Mi’kmaq language, the idea snowballed into what the event is now. Poirier says he reached out to Patricia Bourque, one of the team’s photographers, and an active member in the Island’s Indigenous...

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