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The Occupations are done – what now? (Or How Badly the Bottom of the 99% have it)

Most of the occupiers have been removed – many by force while remaining non-resistant and peaceful (and unarmed).  The remaining occupiers in Canada have orders for them to move or they’re just waiting on a judge’s signature.  In the cities that have been “cleaned” the discussion around the occupation has slipped from the media’s radar.  The talks are still going on but few are following it – they’ve moved on to other things.

BUT – Our role now becomes to fight for our place in society since we have asked to claim it.  We must continue to ask the government of Canada about wasteful spending on helicopter rides and crime bills (while crime rates are actually falling across most of the country).  We must ask how that can go on while 1 in 6 reservations are living in the conditions we have seen this week from Attawapiskat.

I don’t claim to know how this can happen – $90 million over the last 5 years from the federal government  seems like a decent amount of money but I don’t know everything that it has to cover.  (Last year there was an additional $4 from the Ontario gov’t and $3 million from Casino Rama.)  I know the Minister of Northern Affairs says his team have been up there 11 times this year but they didn’t notice the problems (how do you not notice that there are no toilets and there’s no water in the taps???)

My understanding is that private ownership of homes is not allowed on a reservation and thus a home cannot be used as collateral against a bank loan for repairs.  The average income on a reservation is under $20,000 a year and because many are remote everything costs more.  This particular reservation has 314 requests for housing but the band can’t afford it, particularly with the condition of perma-frost melting and the land shifting. I’ve seen some Northern reservations while traveling on the Trans-Canada.  Some were quite rough and much different than the reservations I’m used in Southern Ontario.  Many of the remote locations do not have clean and running water – OUTRAGEOUS in the country with the most fresh water in the world!

So what is the answer?  I don’t know.  I know it needs to change and I know that advocates are needed.  I don’t claim to know what’s best for another culture in another climate but I know that the people who are living it know if we just listen.


Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Occupation Movement


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Why Feminism Isn’t Dead…

Because 64% of the illiterate people in the world are female
Because only half of all women in North America can expect a company pension and at half of what most men collect
Because in some countries a woman’s testimony only counts half as much as a man’s
Because 99% of the world’s wealth is held by men
Because many women do not have access to birth control or safe abortion
Because genital mutilation still occurs within many cultures
Because 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape
Because rape within marriage isn’t counted as rape in many areas (and by many people)
Because women make up 80% of the 800,000 people trafficked annually, with 79% trafficked for sexual exploitation
Because 60 million girls worldwide are married before they turn 18, often in arranged marriages
Because only 20 countries out of 196 currently have a female head of state

Because murder occurs in the name of honour within our borders
Because women should be treated as equals – no more and certainly, no less.


Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Feminism


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