Harper Watch – December 25 to 31, 2012


Time Colonist – Ex-PM Joe Clark warns Canada, First Nations headed in ‘dangerous direction’
Former prime minister Joe Clark says he’s concerned Canada and its First Nations are “headed in a dangerous direction.”

Clark issued a statement after meeting Saturday with Chief Theresa Spence, who has been fasting for more than two weeks in an effort to persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with her and other First Nations leaders over treaty issues.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch – Arrange meeting requested by Chief Spence
The manner in which Bill C-45 was presented and passed fails to measure up to Canadian or international standards. Canadians are disturbed by this unprecedented retreat from democratic due process. Your refusal to meet as requested by Chief Spence reinforces deep concern about your government’s conspicuous departure from our Canadian belief that peaceful and participatory methods of exchanging information, formulating policy and resolving disagreements are the foundation of democracy.

Amnesty International – Idle No More: A crucial call for justice
International human rights standards, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, require that decisions affecting the rights of Indigenous peoples be made only with their full and effective participation. And when the decisions concern the lands and resources of Indigenous peoples, the appropriate standard is generally, if not always, free, prior and informed consent.

The rushed adoption of new laws affecting the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples not only violates these international human rights standards, it falls far short of the legal requirements established in Canadian law.

Greenpeace expresses its support to the Idle No More movement
Today, as demonstrations take place across the country, Greenpeace Canada is expressing its support for the growing Idle No More movement that calls on all people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to take action and engage in our democracy and government policy.

Academics in solidarity with Chief Spence and Idle No More – Over 1300 have signed on!!

PSAC Video – a short history of why aboriginal people can’t “Just Get Over It”.

OSSTF – Letter urging Stephen Harper to meet with Chief Spence

Marc Garneau – Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper re Chief Spence


Naomi Klein – Awake, Hungry and Idle No More
During this season of light and magic, something truly magical is spreading. There are round dances by the dollar stores. There are drums drowning out muzak in shopping malls. There are eagle feathers upstaging the fake Santas. The people whose land our founders stole and whose culture they tried to stamp out are rising up, hungry for justice. Canada’s roots are showing. And these roots will make us all stand stronger.

Aaron Paquette Blog – The Revolution Will Not be Televised (But it Will be Tweeted)
This is much greater than angry protesting natives, this is about becoming aware of the world in which you live.

First they gutted the sciences, long term studies that would help us understand our ecosystem better so we could develop more responsibly, and no one said a word.

Then they cut funding for our shared history and those who work to preserve it, while at the same time dumping tens of millions of dollars into celebrating a British colony war that happened before we were even a country, and still no one said anything.

And now, because of the apathy they see, this government has taken galling steps to sell out our wilderness, our resources and sovereignty. And not even to the highest bidder. It’s a yard sale with no regard for responsibility or care for anyone who might be negatively affected (in other words, all of us).

From millions of protected waterways a couple weeks ago, we now have hundreds. Yes, you read that right.


Winnipeg Free Press – Harper’s cabinet mulls massive Chinese resource project in Arctic   (This is truly insanely frightening)
Another massive Chinese-owned resource project is before Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

Some time in the new year, four federal ministers are to decide how to conduct an environmental review for the Izok Corridor proposal. It could bring many billions of dollars into the Arctic but would also see development of open-pit mines, roads, ports and other facilities in the centre of calving grounds for the fragile Bathurst caribou herd….

MMG also wants a processing plant that could handle 6,000 tonnes of ore a day, tank farms for 35 million litres of diesel, two permanent camps totalling 1,000 beds, airstrips and a 350-kilometre all-weather road with 70 bridges that would stretch from Izok Lake to Grays Bay on the central Arctic coast

Vancouver Observer – Unions file contempt application over Chinese miners case in BC
BC’s Building Trades unions announced today that they will be forced to file a contempt of court application against federal Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Minister Diane Finley after Chinese coal company HD Mining refused to produce court-ordered documents….

Documents previously obtained through a court hearing clearly showed HD Mining’s application to import Temporary Foreign Workers for its Murray River Mine near Tumbler Ridge has checked off under “Section 60 – Language Requirements” under the Oral portion “Other” and states:

“The Chinese workers will speak Chinese in a team environment and will receive English language training as per the attached TFW transition Plan.”

Vancouver Observer – North Coast MLA worried sale of Ridley Terminals Inc. could mean more Canadian resources in foreign hands
The sale of Prince Rupert’s Ridley Terminals Inc. could put more of Canada’s resources in foreign hands, said British Columbia MLA for the North Coast Gary Coons. “I’m a bit suspicious with the Harper government, that they’re selling it at a time just because they’re short of money federally, and they seem to be hell bent on selling out Canadian resources at low prices.” Coons said he’s surprised the government would sell a crown asset that was making good money, adding that Ridley brought in $34 million last year.

Toronto Star (Tim Harper) – Pierre Poilievre wants to bring right-to-work legislation to Canada
The Stephen Harper government might dismiss suggestions that right-to-work legislation is on their agenda and Labour Minister Lisa Raitt may say there is a different culture in Canada, but there is nothing stealthy about Poilievre’s intentions as he spells them out over a pre-Christmas cappuccino.

He calls it “workers freedom,’’ legislation that would give federal workers the option of paying union dues and joining their colleagues in a work stoppage.


Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Canada’s Treaty Guides
These Treaty Guides provide a brief, easy to understand summary of each treaty along with available additional resources, including historical interpretations, transcripts, printer-friendly maps and photographs of the people who participated in the development or signing of these historical treaties. In addition, text from treaties as far back as the mid 1700’s to the early 1900’s is formatted and clearly typed for easy reading and printing.


About TheAlektera

I am a Canadian who, like many is upset at the state of our country under the Harper Regime. I do not wish to see Canada change into Harperland under the Harper Government. This blog will help document the actions of the Harper government which are eroding Canada's democratic process.
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2 Responses to Harper Watch – December 25 to 31, 2012

  1. Brenda Gold says:

    Glad to have found your site and your work. My husband has taken a look too.

    • TheAlektera says:

      Thanks Brenda. Please circulate the link via e-mail to people you know, especially older people who are not on facebook. or twitter I have a feeling they are missing lots of important information.

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