We have come upon a brilliant example, here in Canada, of what Anthony Hall calls “imperial globalization” and “the terror economy” (Earth Into Property, McGill-Queen’s, 2011.) Those are terms which describe the move to ‘world government’ by increasingly unregulated (and increasingly criminal) global Capitalism backed by U.S. imperial military might.
The example is The Bank of Canada. The alleged stripping of essential sovereign powers from it on behalf of “international” organizations and private banks has led to a (now four year long) case being conducted in the Federal Court of Canada. Spice is added to the mix by the reported behaviour of prime minister Justin Trudeau in the context, and by the apparently shifting position of Federal Court judge, the honourable Justice James Russell. ....
Of Justice Russell’s latest decision Rocco Galati, lawyer for COMER in the case, expresses surprise – saying the judge has “inexplicably reversed himself from the earlier decision” and that “he blatantly erred…”, and more. (All Quotes from Rocco Galati are from Page 1, COMER, Jan/Feb 2016). [Readers who refer to the Wikipedia entry for the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform will read that “COMER’s claims have been struck four times by the courts” and that in his February 8, 2016 ruling Justice James Russell concluded of the COMER plaintiffs that “they have no scintilla of a cause of action that this Court can or should hear”. Plainly Rocco Galati is of a different mind – making the case one of especial interest.
Legendary pop star Prince has reportedly died at his studio in Minnesota, days after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing due to the singer’s ill health. Minnesota police sparked speculation about the Purple Rain artist’s passing, tweeting that it was investigating a death at his Paisley Park estate.
Public schools are increasingly filled with black and Hispanic students, but the children identified as “gifted” in those schools are overwhelmingly white and Asian.
The numbers are startling. Black third graders are half as likely as whites to be included in programs for the gifted, and the deficit is nearly as large for Hispanics, according to work by two Vanderbilt researchers, Jason Grissom and Christopher Redding.
New evidence indicates that schools have contributed to these disparities by underestimating the potential of black and Hispanic children. But that can change: When one large school district in Florida altered how it screened children, the number of black and Hispanic children identified as gifted doubled.
That district is Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale and has one of the largest and most diverse student populations in the country. More than half of its students are black or Hispanic, and a similar proportion are from low-income families. Yet, as of 10 years ago, just 28 percent of the third graders who were identified as gifted were black or Hispanic.
Not quite Spanish cuisine, but neighbours from the Iberian peninsula, Nando's Peri Peri Chicken restaurant in Oshawa will be like all the other Nando's outlets across Canada and serve up flame grilled spicy chicken dishes that are Portuguese African in origin.
Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world's rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing using offshore company structures.
The "Panama Papers" have cast light on the financial arrangements of high profile politicians and public figures and the companies and financial institutions they use for such activities. Among those named in the documents are friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of the leaders of China, Britain, Iceland and Pakistan, and the president of Ukraine.
Leading figures and financial institutions responded to the massive leak of more than 11.5 million documents with denials of any wrongdoing as prosecutors and regulators began a review of the reports from the investigation by the U.S.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other media organizations.
On January 29, 2016, thanks to a Monsanto shareholder that kindly provided me with proxy (authority to stand in their place), I was able to participate in Monsanto’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held in St. Louis, Missouri. By my side were Anne Temple of Moms Across America (standing in for Zen Honeycutt, Founder) and Dr. Beth Savitt of the SHAKA Movement Maui.
Our purpose for attending the meeting was to inform the shareholders of the dangers of GMOs and glyphosate (RoundUp), to present the board with a binder full of studies outlining the harmful effects of glyphosate, and to insist that they stop using this harmful chemical. Read more about their presentations here and here.
From the beginning, it felt like entering the “lion’s den.” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant didn’t acknowledge me as a proxy holder at the meeting, instead he lied to the shareholders by treating me as a Guest, and then when he profusely greeted the obviously planned Guests attending the meeting, he completely ignored my name. I may be young, but my eyes and my heart always know when adults are lying, and I’m certainly old enough to notice when a Corporation is destroying our planet.
The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom's toxin—called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)—selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, creating gaping holes that allow molecules crucial for cell function to leak out.
Last night, while volunteer lifeguards were locked in a jail cell after their arrest, 3 young children died in the Aegean sea last night during crossing. This is the video shot last night, and it is a difficult watch, friends. But this is the reality that both refugees and volunteer rescuers are facing every day. To arrest these heroic volunteers and hinder life saving rescue operations like these is just wrong.
Dear Members of the Haberdashery Theatre Company,
My name is Marilo Nuñez. I am an actor, producer, playwright and director from Ontario. I am writing to tell you why I think casting non-Latino/a actors in the roles of the three Latino/a characters in your production of Motherfucker With The Hat is doing more harm than good, to our theatre(s) and to our community. More harm than you may realize.
Firstly, you deny trained, professional Latino/a actors from performing in plays that feature Latino/a characters in the leading roles. Plays in this country usually do not feature “people like us” in main roles, and therefore opportunities to play leading characters are few and far between.
Secondly, what kind of example are you setting for younger generations of Latino/a artists who may be thinking about entering the theatre/film industry? That it is okay for non-Latino/a actors to portray Latino/a characters? You are inadvertently saying that Latino actors aren’t good enough, talented enough, or big enough names to be able to portray these characters.
We are living in a time in history where you can no longer ignore that there is a huge inequity in the theatre and film industry in this country. Canada’s colonial past can no longer be ignored and the number of people from other parts of the world is rapidly becoming the majority. We are still invisible, no longer the minority, but invisible nonetheless. Your actions definitely underline this invisibility. Just so you are aware, we, as actors of “colour” are never given the equal opportunities to be on Canadian stages as white actors and we are constantly relegated to playing secondary and mostly stereotypical characters. This practice does not make for an impressive example for young artists who want a chance to become actors in this country.
On the streets of Toronto, there’s a story that’s gone on for way too long – the dirty dealings behind the cab business. But things are changing. Let’s have a look.
In September 2012, one of Toronto’s taxi licenses sold for $360,000. As it turned out, this was a peak that presaged a major slide. By 2013, the average selling price of a cab plate had fallen to $153,867. In 2014, it was $118,235. The reason behind this plunge is Uber, the online service that lets you order a ride through your smartphone. By the looks of it, Uber may drive a stake through the heart of the cab business. It’s about time.
Monsanto was accused of 'crimes against humanity and the environment' at COP21 in Paris this week, writes Pavlos Georgiadis. And now the evidence against it is being gathered for presentation at a 'Monsanto Tribunal' taking place next October in The Hague.
"The answer lies in scaling up regenerative agriculture, not extractive systems based on greed and ecological injustice. The most efficient way for taking carbon out of the atmosphere is to put it in the soil by building healthy farming systems."
Civil society groups are putting Monsanto on trial for alleged crimes against nature and humanity in The Hague next October, on World Food Day.
The announcement of the 'Monsanto Tribunal' was made in a press conference in Paris this week on the fringes of COP21, by an alliance of organic, food sovereignty and environmental groups.
The Bank of China has been busy selling U.S. dollars and instead buying yuan, in a supposed effort to prevent its own currency from dropping below its target rate. Russia, Brazil, and China aren't the only ones looking to unload U.S. debt either. Others looking to join the effort include Taiwan and Norway. Aside from China still holding the leading position in owning the most amount of U.S. debt, Japan is a close second with at least $1.231 trillion of their own.