Created on Sunday, 19 October 2008 04:10
Written by Press Release
Important Things To Know About The Supreme Court Tent Ruling
by David Arthur Johnston
he city has taken a few liberties in their interpretation of the new
Supreme Court ruling that now allows tents to be set up in Victoria
Firstly, the idea that the ruling
only goes into effect when there are not enough shelter beds is
completely wrong. Our lawyers had always said that the Charter
Challenge would have been made harder, if not impossible, if there were
enough shelter beds. That being said, now that the Challenge has been
'successful' the only stipulation it proposes is that only homeless
people are allowed to set up temporary shelters and legally it would
not matter if there were 2000 empty shelter beds.
Secondly, yes, it was generally accepted that once the anti-tent bylaws
were struck that the city could still make new bylaws to better work
with the judge's ruling.
Read more: About The Supreme Court Tent Ruling
Created on Sunday, 19 October 2008 03:49
Written by The Real News
Russia Draws Closer to Venezuela
Forrest Hylton: Venezuela moves to decrease dependence on the USA , not to threaten it.
Venezuelan military commander General Jesus Gonzalez announced his
country's plans to purchase Russian battle tanks and armed
reconnaissance vehicles amidst increasing relations between Russia and
Venezuela. The announcement comes as three Russian warships and support
vessels are on their way to take part in joint naval exercises with
Read more: Russia Joins Venezuela in Battle Excercises
Created on Sunday, 19 October 2008 03:41
Road to Perdition: Yet Another Atrocity in Afghanistan, More to Come
by Chris Floyd
n Wednesday night, the BBC reported
that a British soldier had been killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan. On Thursday night, the BBC reported that an airstrike by as-yet unidentified "foreign forces" has killed at least 18 civilians -- in Helmand province.
Read more: Promises of Perdition: Yet Another Afghanistan Atrocity
From the BBC:
"A BBC reporter in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah saw the bodies - three women and the rest children - ranging in age from six months to 15. The families brought the bodies from their village in the Nad Ali district, where they say the air strike occurred. A further nine bodies are said to be trapped under destroyed buildings. Nato-led forces say they are investigating the incident in an area where the British military are known to operate."
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 14:16
Written by Janine Bandcroft
about the strike
by Janine Bandcroft
I arrived a bit early for CFUV's general meeting tonight and,
outside the door of the room we would be occupying, saw various
documentation photocopied and available for pick up. I was thinking
that I should read my emails more carefully, I didn't remember reading
that our meeting was an AGM, and then I began to wonder why would CFUV
be reviewing the UVSS budget?
Read more: UVSS Strike: Meanwhile Behind the Lines
It turned out that the UVSS, the
student society at UVic, was having their AGM. They'd been having it
since 3 that afternoon and we were booked into the room at 6:30. It
was approaching 7. I perused the agenda - there was no mention of the
strike that's now in its 7th week. Workers inside the student union
building, which is managed by the UVSS and their staff, are asking for
the first pay raise in many years.
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 12:43
Written by Jason Leopold
GOP Attacked ACORN Before 2004 Election
by Jason Leopold
a replay of a tactic used to help secure President George W. Bushâ€™s
second term, Republicans â€“ aided by investigative agencies of the
federal government â€“ are making a campaign issue out of
voter-registration forms with fake names like â€œMickey Mouse.â€
grassroots group that has registered hundreds of thousands of new
voters, is again the target of these Republican attacks despite federal
guidelines discouraging voter-fraud investigations right before
Trying to salvage his campaign, John McCain has
jumped into the ACORN case, too, citing it at the third presidential
debate. He declared ACORN â€œis now on the verge of maybe perpetrating
one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe
destroying the fabric of democracy."
Read more: Smear: From Acorns GOP Lies Grow
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 12:25
Written by Press Release
Vancouver Refuses to Acknowledge Victoria Homeless Ruling
ictoria lawyers and homeless activists won a major victory
Tuesday when the BC Supreme Court ruled that homeless people have a
constitutional right to erect a shelter on public property when no
other shelter is available. However, the City of Vancouver is refusing
to acknowledge the validity of the decision and its implications for
"We'd like to congratulate Ms. Boise
Parker and her courageous clients for setting a very important Charter
precedent," said Laura Track of Pivot Legal Society. "We can't
understand why Vancouver is refusing to acknowledge this legal
development of a right to basic shelter."
Read more: Homeless Ruling Reverb: Whose Breaking Whose Law?
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 04:55
Myth for Profit: Canada's Role in Industries of War and Peace
by Amy Miller
The documentary â€˜Myths for Profit' explores 'Canadaâ€™s role in the Industries of War and Peaceâ€™ providing a dramatic, critical expose, looking at three central beliefs held by the majority of Canadians in order to question what motives hide behind them and who stands to gain?
Read more: Outing Canadian Militarism: Myths for Profit
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 04:39
Written by The Real News
Coalition Forces on the Wrong Track in Afghanistan
Anand Gopal : Afghanistan does not need more guns, it needs reconstruction and reconciliation.
Speaking in Washington DC this week US Secretary of Defence Robert
Gates spoke about the need for NATO members to contribute more troops
in Afghanistan. His remarks came amid fears that an upsurge in violence
and corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the viability of an
already weak central government. Inter Press Services journalist Anand
Gopal based in Kabul, believes that what is needed are not more boots
on the ground, but a change in policy. A shift towards reconciliation
Read more: Afghanistan: Gates Decries NATO Member's "National Caveats"
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 03:29
Written by Chris Genovali
Drill Baby Drill
by Chris Genovali
ictoriaâ€™s Times-Colonist writer Iain Hunterâ€™s recent column on John
McCainâ€™s vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin (â€œOur election needs
Palinâ€™s feistiness,â€ September 8, 2008) exemplifies the type of
feckless punditry plaguing so much of the United States election
coverage. As for Hunterâ€™s wish that the â€œfeistyâ€ Palin was â€œrunning for
high political office in Canada,â€ letâ€™s just say that one manâ€™s
feistiness is another manâ€™s fanaticism.
Alaska governor Sarah Palin is really more frightening than fiesty
It is exactly the cynical circus sideshow surrounding the manufactured
Palin phenomenon that we should do everything in our power to avoid
with regard to Canadaâ€™s electoral process.
Read more: Palin's Cavity Between the Ears
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 03:14
Written by Diane Walsh
The Sun's in Our Grasp
by Diane Walsh
Solar energy is
viableâ€”not only as an accepted energy option for heating homes but also
as an energy source for charging car batteries.
Swiss owner of the first solar-supported car ever to drive around the
globe, is rallying for change on the environmental front. Lucky for
usâ€”he (with the endorsement of the Swiss embassy) took the time to
speak in an interview when in DC, so Victoria could learn more [about]
Read more: The Sun Within Our Reach