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IdleNoMore and Liberal Suppression tactics

by Lazarus on Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:53 AM
A simple opinion piece on the IdleNoMore movement, published in the Midnight Sun News and written by Dean Skoreyko has caused quite a stir in the Yukon. The column which points out how the IdleNoMore movement has turned from its original purpose of highlighting problems on First Nation reserves to an incoherent muddle of causes has apparently angered Yukon Liberal Party President Cherish Clarke. As well as being the Yukon Liberal Party President, Clarke ran as a candidate in the riding of Takhini-Kopper King in the 2011 election ending up in last place on the ballot polling 22% of the vote. She has since turned her attentions to being a perpetually angry protester and supporter of the IdleNoMore movement. As such, when the Op-Ed by Skoreyko appeared in the the Midnight Sun News, a Yukon publication with a pro-business, decidedly conservative bent, dependent on advertising from the local business community, Clarke went ballistic. But rather...
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A Real Day of Action is Needed

by Lazarus on Monday, January 28, 2013 10:43 AM
I was happy to see that the IdleNoMore movement was going to take part in a Day of Action. This was good news as their tactics of inaction, sitting around and complaining about housing problems and the like was getting little done toward solving the problem. Then I read the events scheduled for the Day of Action and realized that they were having a day of inaction with more endless talking, drumming and flag waving. I thought to myself since the big unions of the country are supplying funding, why not have as a day of action, a day where the unions pony up money for roofing material, insulation, some bleach for mold killing, and other material, and all the IdleNoMore folks could head to the closest reserves and spend a day working with reserve members refurbishing and renovating the rundown housing that they have been complaining about. This would do two things. First, show that they are committed to assisting the First Nations in resolving real problems on the reserve,...
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The Useful Idiots of IdleNoMore

by Lazarus on Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:42 AM
The IdleNoMore movement which started out as a First Nations protest against certain portions of the government's omnibus budget bill has slowly morphed into an incoherent mass of contradictory messages. Over the months, it has turned from its original grassroots beginning into a Astroturf movement packed with rent-a-mob types from the Occupy movement and other professional protesters backed by big union money.

It has also become a venue for disgruntled Chiefs who lost the democratic election for the AFN leadership won by Shawn Atleo. Pam Palmater, a Micmaq who teaches law at Ryerson and was a 341-141 vote loser against Atleo, has found a venue from which to vent her bizarre claims that the government of Steven Harper is on a crusade to exterminate the First Nation peoples.

 

Many of those who support the IdleNoMore movement can't even explain why they support the movement, nor do they have knowledge of the various Bills that the...
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