Ontario Media Kit online
for Ontario MPPs
Contact info for Senators
Letter/Petition to Mr. Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop
supporting Israeli violence
you will add your names to this Open
Letter/Petition to Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop
supporting Israeli violence. We would like to get as many signatures
as possible. Please feel free to forward to all individuals that may
be willing to support our cause and invite them to sign as well. Read
May 5, 2006
the Latest Prevalence Rates in USA - Now 1 in 175
is the latest bombshell in the USA about the prevalence rates for autism.
Clearly, this is getting media attention in the USA. We need to capitalize
on this and send this information to all MPs
especially Tony Clement, the
Minister of Health, and ask them for the corresponding study results
in Canada and what are they doing about it?
this would support our case that the government needs to mandate
the Public Health Agency with monitoring what the heck is going on and
using this data to feed into policy development.
am asking all parents, family and friends of children with autism to
send this to their MPs, and the Health Minister, with the request that
the government recognize the problem and monitor the situation in Canada.
info for The Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Health:
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 944-7740
Fax: (613) 992-5092
Finds 0.55% of Kids Autistic
Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2006, Byline:
Cases of Autism Reported; About 1 in every 175 U.S. schoolchildren
has the disorder, a national survey finds
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2006,
Thomas H. Maugh II, Section: Main News; National Desk, Page: A-14
Children in U.S. Found to Have Autism
May 5, 2006,
Shankar Vedantam, Section: A Section, Page: A09
Briefing Health And Science: Study On Autism
New York Times
May 5, 2006,
National Desk; Page 19.
More & Take ACTION
April 16, 2006
a Petition to End the Clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement
Welfare Wall -- Hiding the Truth about Poverty
Challenge of the National Child Benefit
Challenge to the NCBS Clawback from Families on Social Assistance
in Canada & the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) Claw Back
+ 10 Review: A Feminist Strategy for 2004-05, A Working Paper for NGOS
on How to Move Forward
This paper emerged from the Center for Women's Global Leadership's (CWGL)
various activities and meetings to contribute to efforts towards making
women's participation more decisive in the UN review of the Beijing
Platform for Action BPFA and the Millennium Declaration and Development
February 1, 2004
For Action: Maternity & Parental Leave Threatened
The following Appeal
was drafted by a small group of feminist activists -- Bev Bain, Maryann
Bird, Barbara Cameron, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Shelagh Day, Martha Friendly,
Martha Jackman, Kerry McCuaig and Leah Vosko -- who see an urgent need
for a collective response to protect maternity and parental leave benefits
offered through Employment Insurance. We ask you to read our Appeal,
act on it and circulate it through your networks. Read
The Liberal government's first
Throne Speech ignored the Liberal Party's campaign promise
to increase welfare benefits by the cost of living for the first time
in eight years. Social
Services Minister Sandra Pupatello
said the government can't afford to increase benefits now because of
the $5.6 billion deficit left by the former Tory government. 'Our
goal will be to do exactly that ... timing is going to be the issue...
because we have some huge fiscal challenges,' she said.
It is absolutely
essential that MPPs across the province hear from their constituents
that this is an outrageous violation of promises made during the election,
and a callous disregard for the lives of the people who have been suffering
for years without enough income to survive in the richest province in
one of the richest countries in the world. Call
your MPP today, and demand that they take immediate steps to raise
the rates. Ontario
MPP contact information available at http://olaap.ontla.on.ca/mpp/contact.jsp
International Canada ACTION Alert - Uncovering the truth: Why was Maher
Arar deported to Syria
citizen Maher Arar was subjected to torture, repeated interrogation
and horrific conditions while being held without charge for over a year
in Syria. His fundamental rights were violated after being detained
in the in the US in September 2002 and accused of links to "terrorism".
International is calling for a public inquiry into what role, if
any, Canadian law enforcement and security agencies played in his deportation
to Syria. Without the answers, there is no guarantee it won't happen
again. Read More || TAKE
the online petition
Alert - Liberals Fast track New Adams Mine Bid
Nov. 18, 2003 - Public Concern Temiskaming: Barely
30 days into office, the new Liberal government has made the shocking
decision to issue a draft permit to drain the Adams Mine.
The draft permit sets the stage for Adams Mine Rail Haul to begin pumping
26 million litres of groundwater out of the pit, everyday for to up
two years. Once drained, the pit will then be filled with garbage. The
move flies in the face of an election promise by Premier Dalton McGuinty
to halt all development at Adams Mine pending a full review of the controversial
project. Read More =>
Campaign in Support of Bilquis & Imran
woman & her teenaged son to be deported -
Reason(s) given: "Cost" to Canadians - Contact Members
of Parliament Today!
Lawal: continuing appeals process to prevent execution by stoning
TAKE ACTION: Please sign the Amnesty International Petition
ISM activist, Tarek Loubani, arrested and beaten by Israeli police
A London Ontario
activist named Tarek Loubani was arrested by the Israeli police
while working with International Solidarity Movement (ISM) peace activists
some time ago. Though the arrest was outrageous enough (they were
merely observers to monitor and prevent human rights abuses in the occupied
territories of Palestine), the treatment they have received
in prison is nothing short of shocking. Read the 8 updates on the issue,
including a note that Tarek slipped to attornies
during preliminary trials. In this note Tarek describes beatings and
solitary confinement conditions that he has been subjected to while
in prison. We
urge everyone reading this to contact your MP
and Bill Graham, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to express their outrage at this situation. This is especially relevant
to the government given the recent beating death of Zahra Kazemi,
the Canadian photo journalist, in Iran. Read
July 9, 2003
the Rent Lobby Blitz Take
Action to raise the shelter allowance portion of Ontario Works and Ontario
Disability Support Program to average rent levels. Phone,
fax or email your MPPs on July 17 and August 7 to deliver the
message that social assistance rates must be raised
so that everyone can pay the rent, feed themselves and if they have
children, feed the kids. Take
July 8, 2003
Coca Cola Campaign - Boycott
22nd July 2003 - International Day of Action
& Nestlé both stand accused of serious human rights violations
in Colombia. While Nestlé sack union members, Coca Cola kill
them. Paramilitary Death Squads, acting under orders from Coca Cola
management, have assassinated 8 trade union leaders in their workplaces.
The union, SINTRAMINERCOL, has responded by calling for an international
boycott of Coca Cola & all of their products, starting 22 July
July 2, 2003
Trade Fair - Cotton Pickin' Madness
cotton subsidies mean big bucks for big business in the US, but they
spell ruin for millions of African cotton farmers. It doesnt sound
very fair does it? It isnt - but nows your chance to do
something about it. Take Action
NO to Hong Kongs Proposed Article 23 Legislation
July 9, 2003 the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
(SAR) is attempting to implement the globally opposed Article 23 legislation
due to pressure from China. Article 23 poses a great
threat to the civil liberties and basic freedoms to the people
of Hong Kong and those who set foot on Hong Kong soil... Article 23
gives the police total power. Police wont need a court order or
evidence to search homes or to arrest law abiding citizens.
Read More & Take Action =>
Maryam Rajavi - leader
of Iranian Resistance movement
human rights violations in Iran
in Nepal Legal but Women Still Imprisoned
ACTION to support the
release of Women in Prison in Nepal. Despite the legalization of abortion
in Nepal last September, 50 women remain imprisoned on abortion and
Read More =>
... or Bread? Take Action
Email members of the IOC to reject the
Vancouver-Whistler Olympic Bid in June - Say NO
to GAMES at the expense of BC People with disAbilities!
members of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) to tell them about the human rights scandal that will unfold in
British Columbia if the BC Government wins the Vancouver Olympic Bid
and follows through on the $350 million provincial Olympic commitment
... while it continues to cut BC's Ministry of
Human Resources budget by $254 million and undertakes re-definitiions
and reassessments of people with medical disabilities in order to balance
its budget. (And it has legislatively required itself to
balance its budget).
Read More =>
Sentenced Women Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike
Women inside Springhill Institution Protest Unjust
women imprisoned in a segregation unit at Springhill Institution, a
men’s prison in Nova Scotia, started a hunger strike last night at midnight.
The women began their non-violent action to protest the prison administration’s
refusal to address their long-standing grievances. Read
More & Take Action =>
the UN Today
Email UN Members to express support for efforts
in the Security Council to assure that int'l inspections are given sufficient
time & resources to achieve the containment & disarmament of
Iraq without resorting to war. Read
14 National Day of Action - Campaign for Equal Marriage
Day, the national LGBT equality rights organisation Egale
Canada is inviting same-sex couples across the country, together
with their families, supporters and friends, to present themselves at
their local marriage registry office and ask for a marriage licence.
In what has
been dubbed a campaign of "civil obedience", this day
of action will draw country-wide attention to the fact that same-sex
couples cannot yet get legally married. In many cases, the city/town
would like to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, but the federal
government prohibits this.
Read More =>
Action on ODSP Reform
Access to ODSP Campaign - Ontario Disability Support Program
Elliott, Minister MCFCS urging her to Adopt the Recommendations
of the ODSP Action Coalition & Make the ODSP Accessible to People
for Support re: Human Rights for People with Transsexualism in Australia
* Read the submission
from the Australian W-O-M-A-N Network
Transsexualism and the Case for
Correction of Birth Records In Victoria, Australia (Word doc. size:
* Read a
copy of DAWN Ontario's letter of support sent
to the Hon. Rob Hulls, MP and copy to Louise Glanville
* Read a copy of the letter from the Australian W-O-M-A-N
December 28, 2002
Take Action on
Crucial decisions that will affect our future will be made in the
upcoming First Ministers meeting on health care planned for early
2003. Prime Minister Chrétien and the Premiers must hear strong
and loud the voice of Canadians who are eager to strengthen Medicare.
We urge you to sign the online petition that we have created demanding
full implementation of the Romanow Report recommendations. It only takes
a minute! Please access the petition at: www.petitiononline.com/romanow/
Rogers Inquest Action Alert Dec.
Writing Campaign - Ban the Welfare Bans
Oppose “Article 23” Dec.
On Sept. 24,
2002, the Hong Kong government published proposals to implement Article
23 of the Basic Law. The deadline for the consultation period
is Dec.r 24, 2002.Read
an Online Petition
by the Global Coalition Against Article 23 at http://www.againstarticle23.org/en/emailform.php.
the Online Signature Campaign Form Against Article
23 at http://www.againstarticle23.org/join/index.php?action=add
Buy Me GAP For X-mas
Dec. 15, 2002
Action! Tell Everyone You Know: "Don't
Buy Gap This Holiday Season!" http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/antigap
after factoryin Bangladesh, El Salvador, Indonesia, Cambodia,
Mexico, and southern Africaworkers making Gap clothes have reported
beatings from supervisors, desperately low wages, unsafe working conditions,
and harsh repression when they stand up for their rights.
holiday season, join hundreds of thousands of concerned people across
the country in helping Gap workers fight back. Tell
the Gap that you are taking Gap products off your holiday list this
year. And most important, share this message with everyone you know.
this international campaign, we can make the Gap improve the lives of
thousands of workers around the world. Read
of Falun Gong Rescue Committee - Postcard Campaign
asking the Hon.
Jean Cretién, Prime Minister of Canada, to hear the voice of
the growing list of Canadians requesting that he clearly and publicly
condemn the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China when he
meets with Jiang Zemin, the President of China, during the APEC Summit
in October 2002.
an Open letter to Hong Kong Officials and Citizens
re: the trial currently underway in Hong Kong
BILL 58 TAKE ACTION
- Selling any part of Hydro One would be bad for Ontario
- June 24,
Alert - Bill 118
- June 13, 2002
of Media Sources
Voice your disappointment that the Conservative gov't
voted against NDP MPP Tony Martin's Bill 118 to raise ODSP
Read More =>
to Save Medicare
face of new threats to Medicare from the Mazankowski Report,
Kirby Commission, and statements from Ernie Eves and
other Tory leadership hopefuls, local meetings are being organized
around Ontario to plan an urgent and unprecedented campaign to save
Medicare. Get Involved!
the Kids AND Pay the Rent Campaign
DAWN Ontario, along
with growing provincial and community support, is challenging the provincial
government to raise shelter allowance rates so they adequately reflect
the actual cost of living. It asks the question: "shouldn't social
assistance cover the average cost of rent, as well as the other necessaries
of day-to-day living?"
We are also working
to raise awareness of the impact of the inadequate shelter allowance
rates that are leading to increased hunger and homelessness. Many in
the community are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating,
and for those with children, the ultimate choice is often between paying
the rent or feeding the kids. We believe that unless there is a change
in the welfare benefit levels this situation will only get worse.
Action - Petition
Alert dd April
to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada
Download or print
the Petition as a Word
Download or print the Petition in
Rich Text Format
Alert dd March 31, 2002
Repression & Police Tactics Emerge in Hong Kong
Take Action - Send Letters to Chinese
Action Alert for Changchun, China - Email
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
ACTION ALERT - PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Fear for Safety/Fear of Torture or iIl-treatment
Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun City
Alert dd March 30, 2002
April 2, 2002
| ... throughout Ontario
to Join the OPSEU Solidarity Pickets on April
members of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) have been out on strike since March
13, 2002. They
need our support now more than ever. After
7 years of harmful, sometimes deadly policies by the Tory government,
it's time to rebuild our public services.
Remember Walkerton, Dudley George, Ontario public services devastated,
the poor abandoned, health care chaos, schools starved of cash ... the
list goes on.
Enough is Enough! Labour
councils throughout Ontario are working with OPSEU to determine time
and location of solidarity pickets for Tuesday, April 2.
Plan to join the line! Details
of picket locations will be listed on OFL web site at www.ofl-fto.on.ca.
the line, the shorter the strike!
Action Alert dd March 29, 2002
Please Write the
Honourable William Graham,
Minister of Foreign Affairs
re: Yue-li Yang, of Beijing China, a 62 year, old Falun Gong
and retired scientist who worked in the Aerospace industry (mother
of Charles Yang, living/working in Toronto).
Yue-li Yang was sentenced on Dec 2001 without trial to 18 months
to "re-education through Labour" (currently she is
at the Xin-An Labour Camp) because she refused to renounce her
faith. She has not been permitted ANY visitors or allowed to receive
calls (even murders and rapists are permitted
visitors in Chinese prisons, but Yue-li Yang is not)
or even the delivery of clean clothes or personal hygiene items in more
than 4 months ago!
PLEASE follow this Link for Sample Letter
and Background information
Alert dd March 28, 2002
Re: Misuse of
Power & Abuse/Victimization of Aborginal Women by self-proclaimed
"Chief" Dennis Pashe of the Dakota Tipi First Nation
There is an Aboriginal
Reserve community not far from Winnipeg called
Dakota Tipi First Nation. Over the years, there have been stories
of power by the self proclaimed Chief, Dennis Pashe, but more
several of the women have spoken out. Their stories speak of intimidation,
no access to basic services, and concern about the band and council
expenditures. An election held off reserve, but to which all Band members
were invited, elected Marge Prince as interim Chief.
women's groups are deeply concerned that the Interim Chief
and her supporters are at risk on Dakota Tipi First Nation reserve.
are asking that an election be held, which can be done under section
the Indian Act.
letter could be sent to the Minister
of Indian Affairs, and
could make all the difference in the Minister taking action. He has
deadline of March 31st as to when a decision will be made about the
of this community.
The address is:
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
or e-mail: email@example.com
Be sure to send a copies of your letter to:
Dear Minister Nault,
It has come to our
attention that some serious human rights abuses are taking place on
the Dakota Tipi First Nation, south of Portage la Prairie. Dennis Pashe,
self-proclaimed chief, has fired all Band members who have opposed him,
has been with-holding social assistance payments, has prevented access
to essential services, has verbally and physically intimidated Band
members, cutting off phone lines and otherwise creating an emergency
situation on the reserve.
of this have been the formation of a group of women who must travel
to the city to pick up food from Manitoba Harvest in order to feed their
families. With on-reserve jobs being no longer accessible to ostracized
band members now making up approximately half of the reserve population
and the withholding of social security payments, merely scraping together
enough gas money to make the trips into Winnipeg is a challenge.
Recent additional intimidation tactics have been the implementation
of a degrading and unfair workfare program, the termination of Hydro
payments, and the imposition of rent payments on housing that the Band
is responsible for providing which is essentially an attempt to legally
evict families from their homes. Children of ostracized families are
not being picked up by the school bus and are therefore not attending
school. Those who are unwelcome on reserve vote with their feet by moving
off reserve. Dennis Pashe does not allow band members residing off reserve
any say in band leadership selection. Dennis Pashe claims band custom
supports his position.
Dennis Pashe has
vilified the women who have spoken out against him in the press and
in the courts. He has called them "healthy people who do not want to
work" and has attempted to tarnish their character by painting them
as a violent threat to his well-being and that of other band council
members. Our experience meeting with these women has proved the exact
opposite. They are mothers speaking out against injustice and supporting
They should be entitled to social assistance payments after being wrongly
dismissed from their jobs. Elderly people are not receiving pension
payments they are entitled to. Post-secondary education funding is being
denied. Under these conditions, people on the reserve, mainly women,
children, youth and the elderly are being denied access to food, education,
health services and resources that would aid in finding employment.
These are human rights abuses as well as abuses under the charter of
rights for political discrimination.
The Department of
Indian Affairs has been approached by the women from the Dakota Tipi
First Nation, and other concerned citizens. The human rights of these
people are being violated under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Federal Department of Indian Affairs is responsible for the well-being
of these people yet has done nothing to remedy the situation. A meeting
held by the community March 14 specifically asks for INAC to supervise
an election under Section 74 of the Indian Act.
accountability of the department is under question when they are fully
aware that tax money allocated to the band members is not being properly
handled and is in fact being used to intimidate and repress half of
the band population. How would the department account for these monies?
Where is PSE money going? Where are pension payments going? Where is
housing money going?
It is not acceptable
that any person be treated this way in a country that prides itself
on being number one in the world to live in. It is even more unacceptable
that these people are being turned away, not taken seriously and treated
as second-class citizens by the government.
is an important step in rectifying the situation of aboriginal peoples
whose power and agency has been eroded away by the Canadian Government
since its formation. However, it is imperative that the Federal Government
not dodge its obligations when it is responsible for setting up the
system that allows such abuses to take place. Meeting these women has
proved to us that native self-government is feasible, for they are determined,
knowledgeable, responsible and concerned for the well-being of their
Unless and until
Minister Nault declares that this band conduct elections under S74 of
the Indian Act (and thereby allows a supervised secret ballot vote of
all band members on and off reserve in accordance with independent rules
enforced with integrity) there will not be democracy and accountable
leadership. There is no other viable option.
We urge that
the Department of Indian Affairs work actively with these women to better
their situation. We understand there will be a decision on March
31 regarding the governance of Dakota Tipi. Please advise us as to what
measures will be taken to ensure the safety of these women and their
Alert dd Feb 21 2002
With the annual
United Nation Human Rights Commission approaching (Geneva, Switzerland,
Mar 18, 2002) we would like to ask for your support by signing this
open letter encouraging the Canadian government to put forward
a resolution censuring China for the violation of basic human rights
of it's own citizens.
Letter to the Prime Minister
February 21, 2002
The Right Honourable
Prime Minister of Canada
309-S, Center Block
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Dear Prime Minister,
We, the undersigned
organizations from across Canada, are writing to express our concern
over human rights abuses in China and to urge the Canadian government
to put forward a resolution at the upcoming United Nations Commission
for Human Rights in Geneva this March, which condemns these abuses.
We are concerned
with continued reports that many religious and spiritual groups, and
their members, are being persecuted for their beliefs; Christians, Roman
Catholics, Tibetans, Falun Gong to name but a few. The systematic persecution
of Falun Gong is a well-documented example of the severity that this
repression of fundamental freedoms can reach under the current regime
Watch mentioned in a recent report that, “The Chinese government
has used increasingly violent tactics as Falun Gong followers have mounted
peaceful demonstrations against the crackdown. It has also used administrative
detention procedures to hold followers in re-education camps and psychiatric
facilities. The Chinese judiciary has reinterpreted existing law to
facilitate arrests of Falun Gong supporters.”
stated that, in regards to the Falun Gong, and religious groups in China
“The human rights violations appear in many forms: arbitrary arrests
and confinements, torture, unlawful processes, long term confinements
without conviction or hearing, administrative penalties without a process
of law, and frequently applied death penalty [… ] the number of Falun
Gong practitioners that have died in prison has risen exponentially
from 124 in the beginning of 2001 to more than 350 now. Most of the
adherents have collapsed from injuries inflicted by severe torture.”
of a Hong Kong businessman for smuggling Bibles to the mainland has
sparked deep worry among Christian groups in the territory with close
links to their brethren across the border.
other third-party organizations have documented the unlawful detention,
torture, psychiatric mistreatment, and even murder of innocent and peaceful
people who only wish to uphold their respective beliefs or faiths, and
have the right to practice them.
We believe that
the Canadian government is indeed well-informed regarding the extent
of theses abuses which violate international treaties China has signed,
as well as her own laws and constitution. It is now time for our government
to take a clear and public action regarding these violations of fundamental
human rights by the Chinese government against its citizens and world
The United States
puts forward a motion censuring China every year at the UNCHR. This
year, they will not be participating in the meeting. We hope that Canada
- with its commitment to human rights -will take the lead on this matter,
demonstrating greater international leadership in this area, and not
let these tragedies against humanity go unaddressed.
They have certainly
not gone unnoticed.
We hereby ask that
Canada initiate a resolution at the UNCHR in March 2002, censuring China
for the gross violation of basic human rights.
Let this years
UNCHR meeting in Geneva herald in a new chapter for basic freedoms in
Let Canada play
her role as a great leader for a peaceful, tolerant, and harmonious
world, and let other countries follow her lead in taking a great step
forward to ensure such a world, one we can be proud of passing on to
future generations - of all peoples.
[ Please enter your
name or the name of Your Organization ]
email copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: China's Human Rights
THE JIANG Zemin
regime in China seldom misses a chance to poison people's minds.
Witness the vague but alarmist announcement last Thursday that a "suspicious
substance" had been found in a letter mailed to an American company.
The spokesman claimed
the substance was placed in a booklet from Falun Gong, the meditation
practice once lauded by the government but now enduring the most far-ranging
and brutal persecution campaign since the Cultural Revolution.
With the world watching
Shanghai, where Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other leaders were
gathered for the international APEC meeting, and with the heightened
state of alert over anthrax in North America, the real terrorists in
China seized the moment, and directed attention away from their actions.
One of the terrorist
instruments there is the regime's secretive "610 Office,"
completely above the law and charged with eradicating Falun Gong - tens
of millions of peaceful people striving to live by the principles of
truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.
Tens of thousands
are suffering in prisons, labour camps, and mental hospitals due to
the 610 Office. Government insiders say more than 1,000 have died from
physical and psychological torture.
The true terrorist
threat in China now is its rulers. They systematically use violence,
propaganda and fear to dominate everyone inside China, and export their
terror to other nations, including ours.
Our government and
business leaders should see this clearly as they negotiate coalitions
and deals. They should press for change - it's in all our best interests.
Friends of the Falun Gong
January 21, 2002
Join the Campaign to Save Medicare
In the face of new
threats to Medicare from the Mazankowski Report, the Kirby Commission
and statements by Ernie Eves and other Tory leadership hopefuls, local
meetings are being organized around the province to plan an urgent and
unprecedented campaign to save Medicare. Get Involved! Follow
this link to find out more about the Campaign and meetings in
your area. Follow this link
For essential background documents.
Ontario Health Coalition (OHC)
December 21, 2001
Massacres in Colombia
for Action to Halt the Impending Massacre
Pacific Coast Region of Colombia
Paramilitaries of the AUC threaten to
celebrate Christmas by carrying out massacres on the Naya,
Cajambre, Yurumangui and Raposo rivers on the Colombian Pacific.
of Letter to John Manley
Letter as WORD doc
download Letter as RTF doc
Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gong) S.O.S.
STOP the killing in
date, 323 Falun Gong practitioners have died as
a result of police torture.
you can Help!
Rights - Appeal to Action
Stop Bill C-36!
Bill C-36 will End our Right to Democratic Citizenship
Participation in Canada!
The National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women
(NOIVMW) has written has written a brief on the Antiterrorism Bill,
that was presented in the House of Commons, outlining some of the problems
with Bill C-36. Anu Bose, executive Director of NOIVMW, intervened in
the Senate and talked to the disparate impact of the Bill, the riks
of racial profiling and the possible "blacklisting" of community organizations,
and the impact of the Bill on immigrant women.
If you want a copy
of the Bill write to: email@example.com
Or call Anu Bose at: Toll free 1 866 296 8366, or 613 232 0689
4, 2001 (revised Dec-11-2001)
Appeal to Action
act in solidarity by signing the International Solidarity Declaration
in support of 17 women in Portugal on trial for practicing abortions.
(Please email your support before Dec. 15th.
It should be emailed
before December 15th to the European Parliament member,
Ilda Figueiredo, at firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTEXT From http://news.independent.co.uk/world/europe/story.jsp?story=100439
abortion law under attack as women put on trial - By
Elizabeth Nash in Madrid - 20
Portuguese women have gone on trial and face jail sentences of up to
three years for illegal abortions.
The trial, the biggest
of its kind for many years, which opened near Porto this week, has been
condemned by women's groups, family planning organisations and left-wing
MPs. They claim it brutally exposes Portugal's abortion law as "astonishing
and immoral" because it encourages back-street clinics.
The chorus of calls
for urgent reform of one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws
could put the survival of Antonio Guterres's Socialist government at
risk. His parliamentary majority is so thin that a defection by just
one left-wing MP could bring it down.
Abortion is one
of the most divisive issues in Portuguese society. It not only crosses
party lines but also lays bare the country's deep gulf between the comparatively
wealthy and modern south and the north, which contains some of Europe's
deepest pockets of rural poverty and backwardness, and where Catholic
bishops still exert huge influence.
of the Right to Choose platform gathered yesterday before an improvised
courtroom in a sports hall in the town of Maia, near Porto in northern
Portugal where the trial is being held, carrying placards that read:
"Abortion: the law is a crime".
Abortion is legal
in Portugal but only in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and in cases
of malformation of the foetus, rape or serious risk to the physical
and psychological health of the woman. Abortions can be done only in
Most of the accused
say they terminated their pregnancy for economic, psychological or personal
reasons. One, aged 20, has four children, is ill and unemployed, and
was abandoned by her husband. Another, aged 16, lives in a caravan with
her handicapped brother. Some were in such desperate straits that they
paid for their operation by handing over jewellery.
The chief accused
is Maria do Ceu Ribeiro, a nurse charged with organising an illegal
abortion ring of chemists, doctors, nurses and taxi-drivers from her
house. She is accused of stealing instruments, tranquillisers, antibiotics
and relaxants from the hospital where she worked.
Mrs Ceu Ribeiro
denies the charges. "I never carried out abortions. I am completely
against abortion," she told the court. Her clients were "full of fears"
having been mistreated and humiliated in hospitals. Most of them had
led "a promiscuous life". She added: "We carried out caring work, which
went no further than looking after them and helping them abandon unhealthy
Altogether 43 are
on trial. One is a social worker, who cites a priest as defence witness.
She stands accused of directing two women to the clinic.
Duarte Vilar, head
of Portugal's Family Planning Association, condemned the trial as "absolutely
astonishing" and said it "lays bare the utter hypocrisy that surrounds
the abortion issue in Portugal". The law "permits clandestine abortion
rings and sends to prison women who have them".
There are thousands
of clandestine abortions every year in unauthorised, unhygienic conditions.
Many Portuguese travel to Spain for terminations.
The obstacles for
those seeking a legal abortion are demonstrated by Portugal's official
statistics, which say only 491 took place in 1999. Health workers put
the true number nearer 40,000, and say botched abortions are the main
cause of maternal mortality in Portugal.
The law has tended
to be interpreted leniently. In 1998 and 1999 there were 12 anti-abortion
trials, and eight women were convicted.
An attempt at liberalisation
in 1998 came to nothing when Mr Guterres, a devout Catholic, declined
to implement a draft law allowing abortion on demand up to 10 weeks.
He opted for a referendum and urged people to vote as their conscience
dictated, adding that he personally would vote "no". The measure was
defeated by 51.9 per cent, with an abstention rate of 68 per cent.
The Socialist MP
Helena Roseta condemned the trial as "completely immoral" and promised
to propose a liberalisation law.
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Declaration of International Solidarity with the Seventeen Women Being
Tried in Portugal for Participation in Underground Abortions
Deeply shocked by
the news that in Portugal 17 women are being tried for participating
in underground abortions;
feelings that such a situation represents an intolerable hardship for
the 17 Portuguese women accused in this case, an offense against the
dignity and rights of women at the beginning of the third millennium,
and an assault against the values of civilization which we acknowledge
Recalling that Portugal
has one of Europe's most restrictive and punitive laws concerning voluntary
termination of pregnancy: with some limited exceptions, its Criminal
Code defines abortion as a crime punishable by up to three years in
Wishing with all
their heart that the Portuguese judicial authorities, in an independent
and sovereign exercise of their powers, will render natural justice
by acquitting the defendants,
Express their active
and heartfelt solidarity with the 17 women on trial
for underground abortions in Portugal;
Call on the sovereign
bodies, democratic institutions, and political and social powers of
Portugal, in the name of the protection of the dignity and health of
Portugese women, to advance initiatives for conscious and responsible
motherhood and to put an end to the criminalization of abortion and
harsh penalties for it currently sanctioned by Portugese law.
Appeal to Action
write to Mel Lastman, Mayor of Toronto in an urgent appeal for help
for the mother of Bo Li, Xiuzhen Lu currently being held in the Masanjia
Labour Camp, Shen Yang City, China.
On October 17, 2001, Ms Xiuzhen Lu, a Flong practitioner for the last
7 years, was illegally arrested again for telling people the truth of
Falun Gong. This time, she was sentenced to 3 years in the Masanjia
Labour Camp without any trial.
While all Labour Camps in China are living hells, Masanjia Labour Camp
is one of the worst. The policemen in this Labour Camp stripped 18 women
practitioners and put them in a male criminal prisoners' cell in October
write to Mayor Lastman to ask him for his support. Kindly send a copy
notation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Mel Lastman,
Mayor, City of Toronto
Toronto City Hall, 2nd floor
100 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
November 25, 2001
Call to Action
Re: Bill 130
- The Conservatives' hostile takeover of
the Community Care Access Centres - will be in second reading
for three days this week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). After that the
Conservatives can push it through before Christmas. Please act now.
A full listing of
MPPs with contact information is available on the Government of Ontario
website at www.ontla.on.ca/Members/mailing_addresses/index.htm
Call to Action
Letter writing campaign
in response to the callous disregard shown by the University of Toronto
towards its most prestigious senior women academics who are living on
unfair and inadequate pensions.
The University should
recognize and reward the extraordinary scholarly, ambassadorial, and
life-long mentoring roles played by their outstanding pioneer women
faculty, including Professors Emeritae Phyllis Grosskurth (English)
and Ursula Franklin (Metallurgy).
No one in touch
with the statistics can deny that academic women in Canada have suffered,
and continue to suffer, from a gender-based wage gap, clearly much wider
in the past than now, but still standing at 94.5%, or roughly $5,000
on average per woman per year.
The wage gap translates
into the pension gap. The University of Toronto
Administration should be ashamed of abandoning these distinguished women
The Hon. H. N. R. Jackman OC
University of Toronto
10th floor, 165 University Ave
Call to Action
Please take two
minutes to join the European Women's Lobby (EWL) Campaign on
Women Asylum Seekers, to pressure the EU to develop a gender-sensitive
'European Policy on Asylum'.
HOW? By signing
the electronic petition at: www.womenlobby.org/asylumcampaign/EN/REA/form.asp
the campaign ends on 15 December 2001
For more info visit : www.womenlobby.org/asylumcampaign
November 5, 2001
of Protest - Contacty your MP on Monday, November 5th
A new round of trade expansion will speed
up global insecurities, not eliminate them. We need to demand of our
politicians that the WTO trade talks be halted. Instead,
governments and citizens around the world need to evaluate the WTO and
its impact so far. And we need to re-think and re-define the role and
responsibilities of government itself in this age of corporate-driven
a new fair trade agenda!
Week of Protest Against the WTO!
November 9 - 13, 2001
Part of the new negotiating round will include negotiations on key agreements
like the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), TRIPs (Trade
Related Intellectual Property Rights) and the AoA (Agreement on Agriculture).
agreements allow transnational corporations control over every area
of our lives -- from healthcare to education to clean and accessible
drinking water. We have no say in the decisions our government leaders
and their corporate friends are making.
Please take action
to help stop the war in Afghanistan and promote women's human rights
- Sign up to the 12
Points now! In the coming weeks, the 12 Points will be used
in lobbying efforts and awareness raising actions around the world.
By signing up you will strengthen these efforts and join a growing movement
to persuade world governments and the UN that there are alternatives
to military action and the cycle of violence, destruction and death.
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October 22, 2001
The World Trade
Organization is quickly becoming the most powerful body on the planet.
It plays a huge role in causing global economic insecurity. The WTO
is about to launch a New Round of Negotiations amongst its 142 member
countries since the failed Round in Seattle. arliamentarians and trade
representatives will soon be traveling abroad to quietly negotiate more
WTO trade deals that threaten:
* the sell-off
of our public services to big business
* protections for workers and basic human rights
* the environment and even democracy itself!
It's time for politicians,
big business trade pushers and government negotiators to work for common
security- WTO trade deals should reflect people's needs, not corporate
a message to WTO Cheerleaders to let them know they cannot represent
you at the next WTO meetings and that you want them to work on our behalf
to develop common security through fair trade. Sign
by Nov. 8 before the International
DAY OF ACTION against the WTO on Nov. 9 and the CFWTO
will deliver your message to the Canadian Government. If
you have not already done so, please sign the appeal located at http://www.wtoaction.org/pledge/
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Call to Action!
Bill C-287 (the
GE - genetically engineered - foods bill) was defeated in the House
yesterday in a 126 - 91 vote. Read
the press release issued by the Council of Canadians, suggesting
that Cabinet's ties to the biotechnology sector are just too strong.
Recent polls show that 95 per cent of Canadians favour mandatory labelling.
Email to fax your MP today and express
Wrong With Genetic Engineering?"
download the WORD
October 15, 2001
Call To ACTION
Bulgaria: Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
inmates at Sanadinovo
Disabled women condemned to slow death
Call for ACTION!
We've added a printable letter to Prime Minister
Crétien as part of the Friends of
Lucy Lu campaign to requesthe stay the order to deport Lucy.
text is from the Postcard campaign to support Lucy initiated by Elizabeth
Fry Society of Kingston.
PLEASE print, sign and mail.
No postage required if mailed from Canada.
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you can help suffering Afghan Women
sign the Online Petition of the Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan RAWA condemning the
atrocities committed by the fundamentalists in Afghanistan and the Violations
of Human Rights, especially WOMEN'S RIGHTS in Afghanistan in
the name of Islam.
re: Taliban Gov't in Afghanistan
This is not an urban legend! From ABC
News: "The Taliban, one of the world's most isolated and controversial
regimes, is considering a proposal to make Hindus wear identity labels
to separate them from the majority Muslim population in Afghanistan."
the Online Petition
ROBERT LATIMER SHOULD SERVE THE TIME!
added to our Tracy Latimer page
The Case of Lucy Lu Supported by DAWN Ontario
Take Action page to support Lucy
Lucy Lu is a Chinese immigrant living in Canada. Lucy Lu was
wrongly convicted of a crime in Canada, served time, has been free,
living and working in Canada. Suddenly the Canadian government wants
to send her back to China where her life will be at risk.
Call to Action!
Call to Action: Friends of Tracy Latimer ... we urge you to
let your voice be heard. Write to your MP and to Cabinet Ministers
Appeal Scheduled For 27 November 1996
Some Info About Robert Latimer
2 February 2001 Responding to
18 January 2001 Supreme Court
Decides Against Robert Latimer
of Tracy Latimer Take Action page
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