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The Black Coalition of Quebec will hold a press conference on Wednesday January 14, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at 5201 Decarie Blvd to answer to enquiries of many citizens on the program Bye Bye 2008 on Radio Canada by Veronique Cloutier and other artist Jean-François Mercier and Louis Morissette. (Full Story)
Israel should stop using white phosphorus in military operations in densely populated areas of Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 9 and 10, 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers in Israel observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over what appeared to be the Gaza City/Jabaliya area. (Full Story)
Geneva/Jerusalem/Tel Aviv (ICRC) - On the afternoon of 7 January, four Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulances and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) managed to obtain access for the first time to several houses in the Zaytun neighbourhood of Gaza City that had been affected by Israeli shelling. (Full Story)
TORONTO – Canada may be in for a rocky economic ride, but the nation’s best paid 100 CEOs are still basking in the glow of the banner year of 2007: they got a record 22% average pay hike in 2007. (Full Story)
OTTAWA – A recent report by the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces exposes the need for the Conservative government to act to ensure that Canada’s soldiers enjoy the health care services they deserve, said Liberal Veterans Affairs Critic Rob Oliphant in a statement on December 18, 2008. (Full Story)
Rajan Zed, head of the Universal Society of Hinduism, who has been advocating Roma cause in the recent past, met with European Parliament (EP) President Hans-Gert Pottering in his Brussels (Belgium) office on an historic invitation to discuss Hindu issues and promote interfaith dialogue.
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Montréal - The Crown's decision not to press criminal charges against the police officer who shot at three young men in Montreal- North on August 9, 2008, raises serious questions because it is based upon the results of the SQ investigation, which in and of itself raises major concerns. (Full Story)
According to campaign organiser, Maryam Namazie, ‘Even in civil matters, Sharia law is discriminatory, unfair and unjust, particularly against women and children. Moreover, its voluntary nature is a sham; many women will be pressured into going to these courts and abiding by their decisions. These courts are a quick and cheap route to injustice and do nothing to promote minority rights and social cohesion. Public interest, particularly with regard to women and children, requires an end to Sharia and all other faith-based courts and tribunals.' (Full Story)
Ottawa - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has joined with other labour and human rights organizations in condemning the Harper government's approval of a free-trade deal with Colombia. The union is urging MPs in Ottawa to reject the tentative deal. (Full Story)
Montreal – Two four-time winners are among the list of winners of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Awards announced on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, by the Canada Council for the Arts. The awards are given in the categories of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation, in English and in French. (Full Story)
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