CBC premieres documentary 'Stupidity', Sept. 5th
This program seems rather appropriate to concerns about the nuclear threat.... Worthwhile to check it out.
CBC NEWS: THE LENS
(Tuesday September 5 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
Stupidity is Albert Nerenberg's hard-hitting and often hilarious look at stupidity as a driving force in society. The documentary is a controversial investigation into what may be a characteristic unique to our species-a chronic resistance to intelligence. Stupidity sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. From Adam Sandler *to George W. Bush*, from the IQ test to TV programming and the origins of the word 'moron', Nerenberg examines the "dumbing down" of contemporary culture.
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Haiti after the coup - Canadian backed coup has led to thousands of murders and rapes
The British Medical Journal, “The Lancet” just published a study documenting the large number of murders (>4000); and rapes (>35000) that have been committed in Haiti since the Canadian/U.S./French Coup two and a half years ago. While many killings and rapes have been non-political actions by common criminals, the study confirms that many of the killings have been carried out by the re-constituted (and Canadian trained) Haitian police force; by the United Nations Peacekeepers; and by anti-Lavalas gangs.
There is an interview of the paper’s authors on the August 31 Democracy Now Broadcast www.democracynow.org
Below is the press release from Haiti Action Montreal.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lancet study finds nearly 4,000 killed in political violence in Haiti
Haiti Action MONTREAL denounces "Canadian complicity" in killings
MONTREAL, August 31, 2006 - A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet today revealed a pattern of widespread human rights abuses by political actors since the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. Haiti Action Montreal denounced the Canadian government's complicity in the political bloodshed and called for a reorientation of Canada's foreign policy towards Haiti.
"Canada's intervention did not protect anyone in Haiti except the brutal, unelected government of Gerard Latortue," said Nikolas Barry-Shaw of Haiti Action Montreal.
Of the estimated 8,000 people murdered in the greater Port-au-Prince area, nearly half (47.7%) were killed by governmental or anti-Lavalas forces. 21.7% of the killings were attributed to members of the Haitian National Police (HNP), 13.0% to the demobilized army and 13.0% to anti-Lavalas gangs such as Lame Timachet. The study also found a "shocking" level of sexual violence committed since the coup, with much of it committed by anti-Lavalas political actors. The study, conducted over a period of 22-months, noted that "systematic human rights abuses are occurring."
"This study confirms what Canadian politicians such as Denis Coderre, Paul Martin and Peter Mackay have persistently denied: The interim government and their paramilitary allies waged a massive campaign of repression against Haiti's poor," said Bianca Mugyenyi of Haiti Action Montreal.
"Canada helped overthrow the elected government, provided significant aid to the installed regime and lead the UN police contingent," noted Nikolas Barry-Shaw of the Haiti Action Montreal, "yet refuses to take any responsibility for the vast human rights abuses in Haiti over the past two years."
"This study is yet another nail in the coffin of the 'responsibility to protect' doctrine," said Bianca Mugyenyi of Haiti Action Montreal, "and exposes the utter hypocrisy of its proponents."
In January 2003, the Canadian government organized the "Ottawa Initiative", where U.S., Canadian and French government officials decided that President Aristide should be removed and a Kosovo-style trusteeship of the country established.
"The first priority for the Conservative government should be compensating the victims of the disastrous Canadian policy pursued in Haiti over the last two years," said Bianca Mugyenyi of Haiti Action Montreal.
For further information or to get in touch with the authors of the study, please contact:
Haiti Action Montreal
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Jack Layton calls for troop withdrawal
Wrong mission for Canada: Layton calls for troop withdrawal
Thu 31 Aug 2006
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton today called for withdrawal of Canadian troops from the counter-insurgency mission in southern Afghanistan. Troop withdrawal should begin as soon as possible and be complete by February 2007.
“This is not the right mission for Canada. It is not clearly defined, there is no exit strategy and it is unbalanced in that it focuses on counter-insurgency and not peace keeping,” said Layton.
“New Democrats support our Canadian Forces,” said Layton. “We grieve with each family that loses a loved one in this and all conflicts, or sees a loved one injured in the line of duty. It is precisely because of this deep respect for our soldiers that we have consistently asked tough questions of the Harper government—a government which is keeping Canadians in harms’ way without clearly-articulated objectives, timelines, or criteria for success.”
“New Democrats understand the need to send troops into combat and the risks involved. We support and have supported appropriate missions. Our duty is to ensure that Canada participates in missions where the objectives and mandate are clear and where there are clear criteria for success. This is not such a mission,” said Layton.
Layton said, “New Democrats have a clear, comprehensive vision that moves Canada in the right direction - where our role in Afghanistan is through humanitarian aid, reconstruction, and a comprehensive peace process - not a George Bush style counter-insurgency war.”
“We must continue to work multilaterally to get tough on terrorism,” said Layton. “But, we also understand that making the world a safer place requires us to go much further. Issues like combating global poverty, international development assistance, reforming international institutions, peace building and securing human rights are all part of the solution.”Statement by NDP Leader Jack LaytonSupport our troops, sign the petition
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Jack Layton's Statement on Canada's Afghan Mission
Statement by NDP Leader Jack Layton on Canada's Mission in Afghanistan
Thu 31 Aug 2006
Four years ago, Canadians embarked on a mission to help reconstruction efforts in war-ravaged Afghanistan, and to bring some measure of stability and security to that country’s fledgling government in Kabul.
Last fall, under the former Liberal government, Canada’s mission in Afghanistan changed dramatically, from reconstruction to fighting in the US led counter insurgency war in Kandahar and surrounding regions.
This spring, Stephen Harper announced plans to extend the Liberal-initiated aggressive combat mission in southern Afghanistan through to 2009.
Challenging the Harper government’s plans, New Democrats called for and secured a debate and vote in the House of Commons.
Read Jack Layton's full statement here.Support our troops, sign the petition!
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Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues
October 6-8, 2006 - Toronto
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> Jamal Jum'a - Coordinator, Stop the Wall Campaign (Palestine)
> Willie Madisha - Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
> Salim Vally - Palestine Solidarity Committee(South Africa)
The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) invites you to join us from October 6-8, 2006 for "Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues" a broad-based conference dedicated to promoting the growing anti-apartheid movement in Palestine and abroad through a comprehensive boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israeli apartheid.
The conference will include participants from Palestine, South Africa and Turtle Island; bringing together all those working on BDS as a means of dismantling Zionist racism and opening up new spaces for creative action.
The conference aims to develop understandings, strategies and networks that can give impetus to a national BDS campaign.
The weekend will also serve as a showcase of the Palestinian arts, featuring cultural programming and a marketplace of alternative 'Apartheid Free' products from Palestine. Furthermore, BDS campaigners from across Canada, representing different community, faith, labour, and student organizations will be on hand to share in this important strategizing,networking and learning experience.
For more information on the conference visit us at http://www.caiaweb.org
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OCAP WOMEN OF ETOBICOKE DEMONSTRATION WEDNESDAY
REMINDER THIS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30
Please join the OCAP women of Etobicoke:
If the government can spend 17+ million on a new police station why don't they spend money on the youth?
The City gives more money to police than they do to our kids' recreation centre and programs. The kids are just sitting around with nothing to do, meanwhile they get harassed by the cops.
The basket ball court at Mount Olive housing complex has been out of order since the summer of 2005. If the city won't fix it up, we will. Join us as we demonstrate against the police and city on August 30th.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM DOWNTOWN: MEET AT 9:45 AM AT KIPLING SUBWAY STATION,UPSTAIRS.
If you wish to go directly meet at Mount Olive basketball court (Mount Olive housing project is just north of Finch, West off Kipling)
10 AM: Demonstration
3pm:BBQ and court make over.
For more information please contact the OCAP Women of Etobicoke 416.749.7770
The OCAP Women of Etobicoke organizes to fight poor people's daily struggles to survive, and against the governments responsible for that poverty. Based in North Etobicoke, one of the city's poorest and largely immigrant suburbs the organization is run by Somali mothers living in the area.
For those living in North Etobicoke police abuse is nothing new, but in recent months in the name of so called anti-gang measures, the largest police operations in Toronto's history have been carried out in these communities. Actions on August 30th are a part of the OCAP Women of Etobicoke's everyday resistance against Toronto police racism and violence.
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One year after Katrina devastated the U.S. Gulf states New Orleans has still not recovered, as a few blunt statistics posted on Think Progress
point out. Another hurricane season is here and tropical storm Ernesto is already causing some concerns.
Standing in Jackson Square on Sept. 15/05, President Bush stated, “This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina” and promised to “get the work done quickly.” But on the eve of Katrina’s one year anniversary, here’s a look at the current state of New Orleans:
– Less than half of the city’s pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned, putting the population at roughly what it was in 1880.
– Nearly a third of the trash has yet to be picked up.
– Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
– Seventeen percent of the buses are operational.
– Half of the physicians have left, and there is a shortage of 1,000 nurses.
– Six of the nine hospitals remain closed.
– Sixty-six percent of public schools have reopened.
– A 40 percent hike in rental rates, disproportionately affecting black and low-income families.
– A 300 percent increase in the suicide rate.
Eighty-four percent of New Orleans residents rate the government’s recovery efforts negatively, while 66 percent believe the recovery money has been “mostly wasted.”
This is independent journalist Dahr Jamail's second installment of his interview with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. In this installment, McGovern discusses US policy regarding Iran, a US/Israel "mutual defense treaty" and the security ramifications for Israel.
Interview With Ray McGovern, Part 2
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 28 August 2006
During the Veterans for Peace National Convention in Seattle, I conducted an interview with Ray McGovern. McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
In the second installment of this interview series for Truthout, McGovern discusses US policy regarding Iran, a US/Israel "mutual defense treaty" and the security ramifications for Israel.
*Dahr Jamail: What is your perspective on the possibility that the US could take the present day situation in Lebanon and use it as a pretext to wage war against Iran?*
*Ray McGovern:* If you are talking about pretexts, there doesn't have to be much reality behind the pretexts. We saw that in Central America. We were told that the Soviets were going to use the Nicaraguans as pawns to come up into Texas, remember? Did Ronald Reagan really believe this?
They don't really have to plant anything - they've got the Iranian missiles there [southern Lebanon]- there are stories about Iranian soldiers in there advising them, stories which to my knowledge are not true. But if they want to use this as a pretext to take off after Iran, they are free to do so.
Who would do it? As with the case with respect to Iraq, Iran poses no danger to the US. I repeat, no danger to the US. Iran has not started any wars in that part of the world. They hate us for other reasons. They hate us because they had a democratically elected government in 1953 and we overthrew it because we wanted their oil, pure and simple. They know that, and they are used to it, and they don't want it anymore.
*DJ: How does this lead into Iran, if you are the policy-makers in Israel/US?*
*RM:* What we have here is that Israel does feel threatened. Why? Because the Israelis have a nuclear monopoly now in the Middle East, and most people believe they have about 300 nuclear weapons which they can fire from missiles and submarines and whatever else. And Iran and their other neighbors have none.
Now, if Iran were to develop a nuclear weapon, would that be a threat to Israel's security? I don't think so. They'd have to be suicidal to mount an attack on Israel because they would be obliterated. What would it give Iran? It would give Iran a certain modicum of what we used to call deterrence. It's a word that's dropped out of the vocabulary of Washington but it worked for 40 years after WWII. It would give them a measure of deterrence. So if the Iranians, say 10 years from now, saw the Israelis about to pounce on Syria and do what they are doing to Lebanon, in this case to Syria, perhaps the Ayatollahs would say, "Now wait a minute, we know of your plans. Don't think that you can do this with impunity."
And this would give the Israelis pause. Up until now, they have had free reign, they have been unencumbered in doing whatever the hell they please in the West Bank, in Gaza, and now in Lebanon, with the support of the US government and military, and they don't want to lose that kind of freedom of action. So they are hell bent on preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. In that sense they see a threat.
Now, our government ... On inauguration day 2005 Dick Cheney found it necessary to say that Iran was a terrible threat, the top of the list of threats to us. That it should not get a nuclear weapon. And that the Israelis just might go ahead and take that capability out and let the rest of us pick up the pieces.
He said that in such a way as to indicate that that would be fine with him, it's a possibility, and why not? Since then, the president in the US has time after time talked about "our ally Israel." That "our ally Israel" deserves our support, and if "our ally Israel" is attacked, we will automatically spring to its aid under our defense treaty.
Now, Americans who might be reading this, listen up, as we used to say in the Army. There is no treaty of mutual defense between the US and Israel. That's a lie. It's a misrepresentation; juridically speaking Israel is not our ally.
I've often been interested in that. When I started out as an analyst I wondered, why is there no treaty? And I concluded, very understandably, that this was a mark of US prudence. Why would we want to tick off the Arabs even more than we already have? Why would we want to be juridically obliged to engage in hostilities in the Middle East?
But guess what? That wasn't the case at all. In 1967 after the first Arab/Israeli War, we offered Israel a mutual defense treaty with the rationale that perhaps this would give the Arabs pause from attacking Israel again, and give us a certain leverage over the Israelis. And guess what? The Israelis said, "Thanks, but no thanks."
I was surprised to hear that. I asked the people who were involved in this, who happen to be involved in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, including one person who was actually in the process of making this overture to Israel. I said, "Why did they turn it down?" He said, "Ray, mutual defense treaties require clearly defined international boundaries. And the Israelis, after they took the occupied
territories in '67 and '73, didn't want any part of clearly defined international boundaries. And also, the Israelis really like to be able to do what they want to do. If they want to attack Iraq and take out the Osirak nuclear reactor as they did in 1981, they don't want to have to ask Washington, they just want to do it. So they didn't want to be inhibited by any of the normally accepted norms of behavior. If you have a mutual defense treaty, you usually tell the other partner what you're going to do, if you are going to invade or bomb another country."
So what's the upshot of all of this? There is no mutual defense treaty between Israel and the US. But why does the president say there is? Well, I don't know why he says there is. General Scowcroft, his father's National Security Advisor, told us, "Sharon just has him wrapped around his little finger." He had our president mesmerized,"
according to Scowcroft.
In any case, he has made it out that there is a defense treaty with Israel. So, the Israelis are smiling all the way to the bank and saying, "Hey, we have no treaty obligations on the one hand, and yet we've got just as good as a treaty because the president either really believes there is one or he's going to act as if there is one. So we've got the best of both worlds. We can have our cake and eat it too."
That, to me, bespeaks a violation of the admonition of our very first president, who happened to be a general and knew about this kind of stuff. George Washington warned us, very vividly, against entangling alliances. The kind of alliances where the perceived needs of another country become inextricably woven around what we perceive to be the needs of our country. When, in fact, those needs do not coincide.
*DJ: What are some of the intermediate steps US/Israeli policy makers might take before beginning a war with Iran?*
*RM:* So this is a very important factor here, and I mention that because if this president is going to proceed on the assumption that Israel is a mutual defense treaty partner of ours, and Israel takes off after Iran and takes the first shot (and they do have the capability, not of doing the whole job, but of doing half or 3/4 of it, with our weaponry of course, our smart bombs and everything else) then, as Cheney
pretty much explicitly said, we will be in the position of picking up the pieces. Because Israel is our ally, and we'll be involved in what will be the most dangerous situation that our country has faced since Pearl Harbor.
We'll be involved in a major war in the Persian Gulf with a country that has done us no wrong, has posed no threat to us - but has in Israeli eyes caused a possible longer-term threat - a country that has incredible oil resources which the Chinese desperately need, which the Indians desperately need. And we'll have a major world conflagration there, because I'm sure the Iranians will - I'm sure - do the kinds of
things that will put the world economy back several steps, drive up the price of gasoline to over $10 a gallon, and cause all manner of trouble to our troops in Iraq.
Our troops in Iraq are incredibly vulnerable. The Iranians can send three Revolutionary Guard Divisions right across that border into Iraq within a week or two. And our guys are busy with the resistance on the part of most of the Iraqi population. We're not deployed to contain an invasion from Iran. Indeed, the Iranians wouldn't even have to do it themselves. All they have to do is encourage their Shia allies to cut our lines of communication and cut our supply line between Kuwait and
Baghdad, an easy thing to do, and our guys would be in deep kimshei. Because what happens then? The only option the US would have would be to use these clever mini-nukes. That really scares me because the people advising this president are convinced that these mini-nukes are just a little more powerful than high explosive weaponry and our air force is so precision targeted that we can cope with this kind of thing. Not only if the Iranians pour across the Iraqi border, but if the North Koreans start to fool around ... and this is idiocy. Anyone who knows about either of these situations, the Middle East or Korea, knows that these are not options, and if they are options everyone will suffer monstrous losses.
*DJ: Next week, the final segment of this interview with Ray McGovern.*
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Silenced Voices: Free event in Toronto, August 29!
Awakening to Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka and beyond
Tuesday August 29th 2006
JJR Macleod Auditorium
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
University of Toronto
(Nearest subway: Queen's Park Station, walk NW)
A FREE event - All are welcome
Dinner will be served. Registration required.
Name and contact info to, firstname.lastname@example.org
(See attached flyer)
We invite you to join us for an evening of awareness and discussion to shed more light on the Human Rights abuses in Sri Lanka, the impact on the community here in Canada and abroad, and to learn what concerned Canadians can do to help.
[Note for readers: The next Tomdispatch post will be on September 5th.]
For the last year or more, the news trickling in from Afghanistan, the first country "liberated" by the Bush administration, has been ever more dismal -- a Taliban insurgency expanding and becoming more sophisticated in its tactics; poppy-growing and drug production on a steep upward climb; the government in Kabul faltering; and, for the U.S., the usual crop of Afghan civilians killed in operations guaranteed to stoke the flames of opposition.
Ann Jones, an award-winning journalist and women's rights activist, begins her remarkable new book, Kabul in Winter, Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, this way: "I went to Afghanistan after the bombing stopped. Somehow I felt obliged to help pick up the pieces. I was a New Yorker who had always lived downtown, and for a long time after the towers fell I experienced moments when I couldn't get my bearings... Four thousand collateral civilian deaths in Kabul brought no consolation for the death of thousands from around the world in the fallen towers of the city that had so long been my home. I thought America had lost its bearing too. So I left."
As it turned out, though, the bombing of that already fractured land never really stopped. In fact, in recent months, as fighting in Afghanistan only spread and intensified, while British, French, and Canadian soldiers of the NATO force just emplaced in the southern part of the country as well as American soldiers began to die in greater numbers, U.S. bombing missions have been on the rise and those old Vietnam heavy bombers, the B-52s, have even been called in. Jones herself spent the better part of four years working with small, humanitarian NGOs in Kabul, investigating the conditions of women in Afghan prisons (abysmal), teaching English to Afghan schoolteachers ("Once, after I explained what blind date meant, a woman said, ‘Like my wedding.'"), and discovering much about the American way of "reconstruction."
She left Afghanistan in March 2006. Only months later, there may be yet more jumbled pieces, far less well picked up than might have seemed humanly possible back in 2002 when the Bush administration was touting Afghanistan as its first great success in remaking the known world. Jones came home to write a vivid, moving, and saddening book about just what happened to those "pieces" she witnessed (with plenty of historical background for those who know little about modern Afghanistan, that strange crucible of Great Power dreams and conflicts) -- especially about the state of Afghan women. I recommend her book most strongly.
Below she considers the nature of American "reconstruction" in Afghanistan. On this day, with tropical storm Ernesto threatening to turn into a category 1 hurricane in the Caribbean and potentially menacing a wide stretch of the U.S. Gulf Coast, including Katrina-ravaged, still largely unreconstructed New Orleans, and with the Army Corps of Engineers just informing that city's residents that their partially rebuilt levees may not, in fact, be able to withstand a strong storm, her analysis of Bush administration-style reconstruction seems germane for more than just Afghanistan. Tom
'It's not Utopia,' cautions Frank Stronach's point man in Louisiana, but the bold social experiment is paying off for some who live under the maple leaf.
If you drive almost three hours northwest of New Orleans, you will come upon the trailer-home development dubbed 'Canadaville'. It is Canadian autoparts magnate and racehorse owner Frank Stronach's $10 million (US) social experiment, and his latest gamble.
It was a gamble fraught with risk. One violent crime or serious incident in nearby Simmersport could have badly tarnished Stronach's substantial reputation.
But this radical plan for housing inner-city New Orleans residents displaced by Katrina seems to be working.
Canadaville residents live rent-free in three-bedroom units. In return, they must find jobs, be actively seeking work, or performing community service.
Stronach's Magna Corp. also provided televisions, computers, clothing, two police cars and more than 18,000 books, donated by Ontario volunteers to various community groups in Louisina's Avoyelles Parish.
Residents will learn to provide for themselves under Stronach's five-year plan, farming organic vegetables, stocking catfish ponds and planting pecan orchards.
A recreation centre, partly finaced by the Canadian Red Cross and RBC, is being built to double as an evacuation centre that can house 300 and feed 2,500, taking pressure off the nearby town of Simmesport. A satellite police station is also established on the site.
Residents must abide by a regimented work schedule and code of conduct, and when drug problems surface, people have to go into rehab or leave. About 40 people have left because of this.
Canadaville compares favourably with other areas of the Katrina diaspora. Houston is one such area, where 150,000 Louisianans remain, with six in 10 of them jobless and in subsidized housing. Seventy-four of the 381 murders in Houston since last Sept. 1 involve these displaced Louisianans as perpetrators, victims or both and increasingly more locals want them to leave.
Read: "Surivors: Canadaville, U.S.A.
", by Tim Harper in The Toronto Star, Sunday August 27.
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, Hurricane Katrina
Elizabeth May Green Party of Canada new leader
Elizabeth May, newly elected leader of the Green Party of Canada
[CP Photo/Fred Chartrand]
Elizabeth May, long-time activist, one time senior policy advisor to Brian Mulroney's government, and former Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director, was elected leader of the Green Party of Canada with 65% of the more than 3,200 ballots cast across Canada on Saturday.
During her acceptance speech, Elizabeth spoke out against Canada's present role in Afghanistan, against the Harper government's complicity with Bush from Afghanistan to Kyoto and against U.S. policy on nuclear weapons among other things.
She spoke with exhilaration and political savvy about issues that she and the Green Party will want to address, which included: renegotiating NAFTA, the present cancer epidemic in Canada, the unsustainability of unlimited econonomic growth, the imperative of meeting Kyoto commitments, US nuclear weapons proliferation, the US budget deficit which is destablizing the world economy.
Climate change is the single greatest threat to Canada's future according to May.
"We're a strong voice for action on the climate crisis and for shifting Canada back to its traditional role as peacekeeper," said May.
She also says that Canada's growing number of poor and homeless must be addressed. Elizabeth maintains that Canada's foreign policy is becoming too similar to that of the U.S.
Congratulations to Elizabeth May, who brings to her new role a credible and experienced public policy record, both inside and outside government; a strong track record in grassroots organizing; a comprehensive understanding of global political and economic issues and threats facing Canada, global society and the planet; and the insight, intellect, media savvy, effective rhetoric and proven leadership skills to shift perspectives, influence political opinion, shape ideas and work collectively to make a positive impact.Read indepth articles about Elizabeth May:
 'May wins vote to lead Greens' (Sunday Toronto Star)http://tinyurl.com/l8yev
 'Renegotiate NAFTA, new Green party leader says'http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/08/26/greens.html
 'We will win seats' says Green Party winner CTV News http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060825/green_par
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