“The Black Mark Budget Action”
“Against the Criminalization of Dissent”
Anita Nickerson says:
If you are undecided about coming out to one of the BlackMark Budget Actions Saturday at noon, please read this post and share it. Thanks to Jennifer Ross for compiling this ever-growing list.
Bill C-38 has something in it for everyone.
Concerned about the Environment? This bill:
- repeals The Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act;
- dismantles The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act;
- excludes concerned citizens from assessments of major projects like the Enbridge pipeline;
- downloads responsibility for most environmental assessments to provinces;
- gives final say over pipeline projects to Conservative cabinet ministers—regardless of environmental impacts.
- lays off the entire Canadian scientific community looking at ocean contaminants. Did you know we have a lot of coastline? Meaning there’s a lot of ocean not being examined, which will impact the worldwide science in this area.
- eliminates habitat protection from The Fisheries Act;
- limits the waterways protected by The Species at Risk Act and The Fisheries Act;
- dismantles the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, leaving natural areas vulnerable
Perhaps you are concerned about Health. This bill:
- shortchanges cash-strapped provinces of expected health transfers by $31 billion;
- weakens food and drug regulations at the discretion of the Minister of Health;
- ends vital Auditor General oversight of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency;
- paves the way for private contractors to perform food safety inspections.
Is it Employment that interests you? This bill:
- forces Canadians to work two years longer, to age 67, to qualify for Old Age Security;
- cuts workers off Employment Insurance if they don’t take any job the Minister of Human Resources deems “suitable”;
- repeals The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act;
- removes federal contractors from the protection of The Employment Equity Act.
- brings in foreign workers and allows them to be paid 15% less than our minimum wage.
Is it Democracy that interests you? This bill:
- reduces the Auditor General’s powers to hold government accountable to Canadians;
- removes independent oversight from 12 key government agencies—including the – Northern Pipeline Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canada Revenue Agency;
- eliminates organizations that produce independent policy research—including Rights & Democracy, the National Council of Welfare, and the First Nations Statistical Institute;
- dissolves the Public Appointments Commission designed to ensure key positions are assigned based on merit instead of insider connections;
- allows the FBI to come into Canada and arrest Canadians on Canadian soil.
You only need to be concerned over one of these to come out and express your displeasure at the way ALL of these are being rammed down our throats without the slightest bit of examination, discussion, or negotiation. And almost none of it was in the election platform of a year ago.
In Waterloo Region:
Join us Saturday June 2 at noon at Conservative MP Peter Braid’s office
22 King Street South, Waterloo
Stephen Woodworth’s at noon
Suite 12, 300 Victoria Street North, Kitchener
to protest the omnibus budget bill.
Bring signs with messages specifically against the bill.
Bring Canadian flags.
and dress appropriately for the weather!
Facebook Event page
For information about the other 68 Black Mark Protests scheduled across Canada visit leadnow.ca
Against the Criminalization of Dissent
Opposing Bill C 78 and the Federal Bill C 309
Kitchener City Hall ~ June 2nd ~ at 7:00pm Saturday Evening
Demonstration in Solidarity with the struggle in Quebec.
From the Facebook Event page
Bring your Masks, Bring your Pots and Pans, Claim our Freedom to Dissent, Protesting is not a Crime!
We will wear masks and hear speeches about the struggle in Quebec, the international assault on the poor, and the Federal Bill C 309.
Then we will disobey. We will march in our masks.
Bring your pots and pans. As demos in Quebec have been incorporating the clanging of pots and pans – we will do the same!
Some masks will be available as supplies last. Feel free to wear any type of mask that you’d like.
Get creative; we can have fun, mocking these laws!
As of May 26, students in Quebec are on their 104th day of strike and protest against proposed tuition increases.
A violent clamp down has taken place and police brutality is rampant. Serious injuries have resulted.
On May 18, 2012 Bill C 78 was passed into law. The law restricts the ability to demonstrate and organize opposition to the system.
The legislation provides for fines of $3,000 for wearing a mask.
Penalties climb to between $7,000 and $35,000 for a student leader and to between $25,000 and $125,000 for unions or
student federations who organize protests outside of the fascist framework of the bill.
The struggle is only growing and intensifying in response!!!!
There is also legislation in the works that threatens to further criminalize dissent, across the Nation
Blake Richards, MP Wild Rose AB, put forward ‘An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity)’, in a private members bill. Bill C-309 proposes penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 for protesters who wear a mask or disguise. This will allow for the arrest of anyone wearing a mask at a protest, even if they are not said to have done anything else illegal.
Bill C 309, titled ‘Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act’, was presented in a Committee Report on Feb 15, 2012. Having passed that, the Bill will now be read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee.
More on Bill C-309 the anti-Mask law: Of Masks and Freedom