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What is Harper Afraid Of?

by Franke James

http://www.frankejames.com/debate/?p=11818

Thank you Franke James..your presentation is brilliant.

Bloggers note:  please take the time to read this and to pass onto others.  As a Free Nation Canadians can no longer afford to allow our environment, waters and animals to be exploited, poisoned and destroyed.

Those that speak out against such atrocities have been labelled by MP Joe Oliver, Minister of the Environment, as terrorists……WE ARE NOT……we believe in our country and all that it stands for….we want to PROTECT our country for future generations….we VALUE our country and honor those who have died to PROTECT our Rights and Freedoms to freely express our concerns, our displeasure and the Sell Out of this Great Land.

This amazing video says it all.

You’ve felt it your entire life

http://youtu.be/NpPJtPwdk8k

The Greatest Speech Ever Made

http://youtu.be/zeZ8sHsKkkQ

Opinion: Canada’s mass firing of ocean scientists brings ‘silent summer’

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/opinion-mass-firing-of-canada2019s-ocean-scientists

Seal Hunt Has Started Again

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/harper-offers-penis-to-china/?cid=FB_TAF

Stop Poisoning the Boreal Forest
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/907/489/540/

Bloggers Note:  Ironic that ads have been running on National Television inviting Canadians to “Join the Discussion” on our ‘Charter of Rights and Freedoms’…….

one might now  ask …

What rights and freedoms?  Do we have any left?

REPOSTED: from AVAAZ.ORG

URGENT !!   Canada –  Our rights, under attack! / URGENT! Canada – Nos droits, sous attaque!

 Bill 78 will affect many non-radical animal activists, who hold “PEACEFUL” demonstrations against all forms of animal cruelty.   Please read the article below, sign, circulate and post to your sites. Thanks!  

Projet de loi 78 affectera beaucoup des activistes d’animaux non-radicaux, qui détiennent des manifestations « Pacifique » contre toutes les formes de cruauté envers les animaux.   Veuillez lire l’article ci-dessous, signer, faire circuler et publier sur vos sites. Merci !

Dear friends across Canada,

Québec Premier Jean Charest just enacted a draconian emergency law restricting the most basic rights of free assembly — all to quash students protesting tuition hikes. Sign the petition now to stand up for the basic Canadian values of free speech and assembly and call for an end to this law:

Québec Premier Jean Charest just enacted a draconian emergency law restricting the most basic rights of free assembly. The law could turn Canada into an international embarrassment — making us look more like the Middle Eastern police states the Arab Spring just overthrew — unless we show the world that Canadians reject this type of outdated suppression.

The emergency law, known as Bill 78, imposes massive fines of up to $125,000 for organizing peaceful protests — the most basic right of free democracies. And anyone hoping to gather just 50 people must give police 8 hours notice! Legal scholars are uniform in declaring the law unconstitutional, but while we wait for the courts to strike it down, free speech is in jeopardy. Let’s join together and show leaders everywhere Canadians reject this attack on basic rights and that all suppression will bring is a stronger opposition.

Our country’s constitutional rights and international reputation are at risk. Join the call and forward to everyone — if we reach 50,000 signers, Avaaz will erect giant protesters in front of Montreal representatives’ offices to bring our national call home to politicians:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/quebec_protests/?vl

The freedom to peacefully assemble is a fundamental right enshrined in the Canadian constitution. It’s a basic right respected throughout the democratic world and now the Québec government is trampling all over it. When governments try to change the rules of the game like this to suppress their opponents, one of two things happen: freedom begins to wither or the backlash leads to a brighter and freer day. Right now, police are already cracking down: over 300 people were arrested at once on Sunday night. But if we stand together, we can ensure that our voices lead to a better tomorrow.

The student demonstrations over tuition hikes that provoked this over-the-top response have been largely peaceful. A small group of radicals and overzealous police shouldn’t be allowed to destroy Montreal or our basic rights and values. But instead of directing police to respect protesters, Premier Charest decided to fan the flames by passing this backwards bill. This is not the way democracies deal with legitimate debate and it’s time we show Charest and the rest of our country’s Premiers that citizens everywhere will not stand for being silenced or intimidated.

Join the call to repeal Bill 78’s attack on our rights — click here to sign:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/quebec_protests/?vl

Throughout the world, peaceful demonstrations have overcome repressive backlashes. At a moment when even the Middle East is overthrowing emergency laws intended to suppress, Canada shouldn’t be going backwards. Let’s join the spirit of the day and show that we too are capable of overcoming ignorance, fear and abuse of power.

With hope,

Emma, Ari, Ricken, Mélanie, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team
Montreal protesters defy demo law and clash with police (CBC)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/21/montreal-protests-students-police-teargas.html

Lawyers compare Quebec’s controversial protest bill to War Measures Act (National Post)
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/18/lawyers-compare-quebecs-controversial-protest-bill-to-war-measures-act/

Montreal student groups to challenge Bill 78 in court (Ottawa Citizen)
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Student+groups+challenge+Bill+court/6650263/story.html

After Bill 78, two nights of violence in Montreal streets (Montreal Gazette)
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/arrested+despite+laws/6651270/story.html

Montreal police pepper spraying bar patrons during protest melee (video) (Ottawa Citizen)
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Video%20shows%20Montreal%20police%20pepper%20spraying%20bar%20patrons%20during%20protest%20melee/6653140/story.html

Bill 78 — An Act to enable students to receive instruction from the postsecondary institutions they attend (Assemblée nationale du Québec)
http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=5&file=2012C12A.PDF

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May 2, 2012 – a Date to remember.In a message received by a dear friend, some good news for a change.

Message from IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare

Senator Mac Harb’s bill to end the commercial seal hunt, which would help sealers out of the industry while protecting the rights of Inuit and First Nations people, was sent for second reading.
This means that the commercial seal hunt will be debated in the Canadian Senate for the first time in history. It is encouraging that politics in Canada may have finally evolved to a place where the facts on commercial sealing can be discussed.

At a time when vital services in Canada are being cut and all levels of government are talking about fiscal responsibility, it makes no sense to pour more money into propping up the dying seal hunt industry. It’s time for a rational and open debate about this wasteful and cruel industry.

The facts are clear: commercial sealing is inhumane and unnecessary, and it’s time for it to end.”

Bloggers Note:

IFAW promises to continue the fight and end this barbaric industry.

Please support Mac Harb’s bill.  Thank you.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/take-a-look-steven-harper-there-is-blood-on-your-hands-a-message-from-cfawr/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/why-are-taxpayers-subsidizing-the-dying-seal-slaughter-industry/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfawr-challenges-p-m-harper-and-the-honourable-kathy-dunderdale-do-the-right-thing-end-the-seal-hunt/

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Two Montreal Cats Die after eating  recalled pet food

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Montreal+cats+after+eating+recalled+food/6632841/story.html#ixzz1vQoheqWU

More on Pet Food Recalls: http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/the-plot-thickens-clues-to-big-issues.html

ALERT : PET FOOD RECALLS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/alert-pet-food-recalls-and-important-information/

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REPOSTS

Honour Alberta’s heritage by treating horses well

Posted on May 21, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/honour-albertas-heritage-by-treating-horses-well/

“Re: “Story to bring history of horse to life,” May 16.

“I find some irony in the Calgary Stampede horse tribute, “Tails.” Honouring everything the horse has done for Albertans is well deserved. Yet I have to ask why horses face undignified death at the Fort Macleod slaughterhouse. The horses are tossed aside for many reasons – doesn’t run fast enough, doesn’t jump high enough, kids lost interest, getting a divorce, costs too much, too many foals from the breeder’s crop, not enough buyers, and the horse just got too old.”

 


Read ‘em and weep

Posted on May 21, 2012

From  our  friends  at  EWA


38% increase  over the same period last year.

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/read-em-and-weep-2/

WHEN WILL THIS END?????  WITH THE OUTRAGE, THE NUMBER OF EVER INCREASING VOICES SHOUTING FOR THIS TO STOP……WHY IS IT CONTINUING???

Wild Horse Controversy in Kansas

http://www.ksn.com/news/local/story/Wild-Horse-Controversy-in-Kansas/ydsgfXR2kk-VlX0YrjjrpA.cspx

Comment on story and video: 

From S. West Founder Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform: “

In a message dated 5/17/2012 8:26:44 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time, CFAWR@Telus.net writes:

The horses who have blood on their heads have had their eyes gouged at so that can’t see too well and wont kick  !!!!This is the obscene brutal and disgusting  realty of all of this I would soon die than allow horse slaughter to continue and i will do all I can via CFAWR to create the awareness to  prevent it forever ! I grew up with 11 horses ( on our UK 400 acre farm) Almost all were rescued They are beautiful sensitive intelligent magnificent and precious creatures and this slaughter cracks my heart into tiny pieces”

Front Range Equine Rescue

http://www.ifr-ors.com/ors_2_live/clients/FRER/HTMLEmail/2012/2012-04PetitionFiled/2012-04PetitionFiled.html

ALASKA:  REPOST

Horse Killed and Legally Used To Bait and Kill Wolves

http://our-compass.org/2012/05/20/horse-killed-and-legally-used-to-bait-and-kill-wolves/

May 20, 2012

Friends of Animals

BACKGROUND | SOURCE MARC BEKOFF

Healy, Alaska trapper Coke Wallace “apparently walked a horse out to an area off the Stampede Trail near the boundary of Denali National Park – an area made famous by the 1996 book ‘Into the Wild’ – shot the horse, and set snares all around the area hoping to catch wolves attracted to the carcass.”

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One of the amazing things living in the North is the awe one finds in the color of the skies, the crimson brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the ethereal grandeur created with the startling hues of azure blue of a night sky that refuses to surrender to the night. 

December Sunrise

  LOKI has been spending more time at my home, in the privacy of my back yard, sometimes for his meals, but also lately just to spend time together, to enjoy each other’s company.

The last few nights he arrived mid evening, and we would lounge relaxed and safe from prying eyes, surrounded by song birds, clean crisp fresh air, Spring plant sprouts and branches filled with tiny buds now forming. Often times serenaded by the Red Winged Blackbirds and tiny finches that perched safely in my trees.

Spending time together May 19, 2012

Ever alert and inquisitive, everything catches his attention….things far too small for me to see or hear.

Last night was very different….he arrived at midnight, that beautiful bushy tail held high and waving ..visible through my window..he arrived in silence.

Meeting him out back, he greeted me with an enthusiastic “ooof” and a warm whimper.  As I sat cross legged (seems to be my favorite position) he came to me and just gazed into my eyes.

Safe and relaxed

Settling down in front of me on our blanket, he rested his head on crossed paws, his eyes never leaving mine.  I reached my hand to him and he ever so gently took the pieces Rollover I offered, his touch like a feather, his position unchanging.

Raising his head to view the night  sky, he allowed me to also witness the wonderful and amazing shades of blue, hints of pink and brilliant purple mingled with sapphire. Oh, my, it was another Aah Hah moment…a moment that could not get better than this.

I hand fed LOKI each morsel of Rollover as I laid now stretched out on the blanket beside him, each cookie (his dessert) he took gently from my hand, those beautiful warm eyes telling me of his trust in me, reassuring me that I was part of his life.

I do not know exactly how long we remained like that, time stopped, and there was nothing but the two of us in this very special place and very special time. Crazy as it sounds, we were in a world far away, alone and together, speaking silently on a level that can never be heard. A wild world, clothed in the beauty of the night sky, wrapped in the robe of tranquility that only nature can provide.

I did not take pictures last evening, perhaps I should have, perhaps in doing so I may have betrayed this very special moment.

Summer 2011

Magical?  Yes.  Beautiful?  Yes.  A rare and precious gift?  Yes.

Together we touched the soul of each other and in that moment we became one.

Kindred spirits, united under amazing Northern Skies.

Thank you my friend, your gifts to me are many and for without you, I would never have found my way back home.

October 2011, my back yard, I pray we have many more moments such as this.

Feel free to view and join  “Friends og Loki” FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

http://youtu.be/RyQK_nh5g-c

http://youtu.be/2AodowX5zvw

http://youtu.be/cDm92-pXYWw

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Once again I am publishing on the request and  behalf of Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CAFWR)

Take a look Steven Harper There is blood on your hands

Steven Harper this is what you are supporting ! Take a long hard look? Now there is CONCRETE evidence that 42% of baby seals… yes that is BABY seals ( a few weeks old) are conscious  when being skinned alive! The seal hunt is over ! 80 % of Canadians don’t want it. 80% translates to over 27 MILLION Canadians  who want this brutal cruelty stopped. So does the rest of the world .You have no markets any more.

 

At the end of the day .China will say no to you and you have nowhere else to go to sell this bloody slaughter .Stock piling seal skins is laughable  !Do you really believe that over time there will be a market for stock piled seal skins and meat ?

 

Admit defeat Mr Harper? You are only adding more fuel to the fire of the erosion of your government. All your government will EVER be remembered for is the perpetuation of Canada’s  “bloody shame”…… in arrogance and defiance of the wishes of Canada and her citizens

 

Retrain the sealers for other industries and work. BUY THEM OUT NOW?

 

 Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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LINKS OF INTEREST: PRIOR POSTS

CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfawr-challenges-p-m-harper-and-the-honourable-kathy-dunderdale-do-the-right-thing-end-the-seal-hunt/

Why are Taxpayers Subsidizing the Dying Seal Slaughter Industry?

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/why-are-taxpayers-subsidizing-the-dying-seal-slaughter-industry/

IFAW Documents Unacceptable Cruelty During 2011 Seal Hunt

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/ifaw-documents-unacceptable-cruelty-during-2011-seal-hunt/

Per:The Honourable Mac Harb on Canadian Seal Hunt

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/perthe-honourable-mac-harb-on-canadian-seal-hunt/

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Thank you to Ms. Brenda Thompson for your amazing dedication.

 

FUND RAISING NEWS    By Way of: 

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/whispering-hearts-horse-rescue-5th-annual-open-house-fundraiser/

BLOGGERS NOTE:  PLEASE SUPPORT THIS FUNDRAISER IN ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN.  THANK YOU.

WHISPERING HEARTS HORSE RESCUE

Saturday July 7, 2012

5TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER!

Brenda Thompson is the owner of Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, Ontario.  Now filled to capacity fundraisers are extremely important in order to continue the amazing work that this rescue does.  Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue does not receive funding.  We can all imagine just how expensive feed, veterinarian care and the operation of such a large undertaking actually is.

The  ” 5th Annual Open House Fundraiser on July 7, 2012”  is ” fast approaching” Ms. Thompson is now reaching out to her  supporters along with local businesses to support her cause by sponsoring the fundraiser requesting donations  “of items such as prizes for the prize table, baked goods, items for the BBQ, used garage sale items or used tack and horse supplies.”

In Ms. Thompsons own words:

” As you can imagine, it is very expensive rescuing these horses as they need specialized feed, vet care and many hours of handling.  This is what has driven me to start Whispering Hearts where we can try to obtain sponsorship, donations and volunteers, as well as educate the public on horse care.  Most importantly we also want to provide the public an option when they can no longer care for their horses other than the auction barns.

Many times it is just circumstance that brings the horses to the auctions in such rough shape. I attend many local auctions to purchase horses heading for slaughter as well as receive calls advising of horses in need for various reasons such as cruelty and neglect.  We are not here to judge, just to help and make a difference somehow.

We have many success stories and made many families happy by adopting a rescued horse into their family.  In the past 4 1/2 years we have taken in over 130 horses and adopted out over 70 to good homes.  This would not be possible without public support and the many great volunteers that have crossed our path.

If you are interested in helping Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue through a donation for our fundraiser, please contact me via email or call me at (905) 768-9951 at your earliest convenience. Thank you for taking the time to consider my request and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.”

Yours Truly, Brenda Thompson
CEO/Founder
Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue
www.whhrescue.com

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