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NGOs and Trade Unions are Mass Child Abusers

by Lazarus on Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:31 AM
NGOs and Trade Unions are Mass Child Abusers  

Some day, the various White-dominated trade unions and environmental NGOs will have to account for their actions when faced with the reality that they participate in fostering Systemic Generational Child Abuse. Systemic, as in ensuring that native communities remain locked into the failing system of government handouts, by using them as pawns to further their own goals. Generational, because remaining locked into system guarantees that the problems will continue to the next generation and further unless cycle is broken. Child Abuse, because the it is the children and future children that are the primary victims of continuous cycle of poverty. By their actions in fomenting and backing the protests against resource development near First Nation reserves, they are stopping the opportunity for FN communities to participate in gaining jobs and training for their members, and thus continuing the poverty cycle of so many reserves. This forces...
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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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Two Law Professors advocate for Rule by the Minority over Rule of Law

by Lazarus on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:22 AM
 

In a recent National Post article, Professors Kent Roach and David Schneiderman assert that Justice Brown made legal errors in issuing injunctions ordering police to remove blockades erected by the IdleNoMore movement on CN rail lines. Their argument is that the Ontario Court of Appeal in earlier court cases had said that courts should defer to police judgement in deciding how to enforce injunctions against aboriginal protests. Those cases dealt with Aboriginal cases where the Aboriginal bands were occupying land involved in land claims disputes. In the recent cases dealt with by Justice Brown, the professors claim that “rights over the land, including related environmental concerns, seem to be a part of Idle No More grievances” and thus the Appeal court rulings should be in play. The problem with that argument is that it relies on a very nebulous linking of land claims as part of the varied grievances of the current IdleNoMore protests, which they admit are only a small part of the multitude of grievances that the current protests are based on. In the cases that the Court of Appeal dealt with, the land occupied by the natives were disputed lands. In the current cases, the land being blockaded was not disputed land, but the private property of CN Rail and the environmental concerns and treaty disputes that concerned the blockaders was not with CN but with the Federal Government. The blockading of CN property was not because of a dispute with CN but because of the economic impact that such a blockade would bring to the economy.

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