This weekend, protests were held in communities across Canada to protest Bill C-51, a bill that would increase powers for CSIS.
Journalist and author Chris Hedges has spent much of his career working as a foreign correspondent in war zones across the globe, and has written extensively on the surveillance state and world conflict. The journalist and writer was scheduled to speak at the Toronto protest on Saturday. His plane was forced to land in Windsor due to heavy fog and so he was unable to attend the Toronto protest.
On Saturday March 14, 2015, people gathered together in communities across Canada for an emergency Day of Action to stop the government's "secret police" law Bill C-51.
From Antigonish, Bancroft and Barrie, to Winnipeg, West Kootenays and Yellowknife, Days of Action were organized in over 50 communities across the country.
In Toronto, over 2,000 people gathered on a cold drizzly day. They gathered at Nathan Philips Square, and then marched to the U.S. Embassy and the Toronto CSIS headquarters. For those of you who couldn't be there, here is a recap of the speeches, music and poetry.
Ottawa, March 15: a cold, damp, freezing-rain day. Intrepid, element-braving souls showing the flag. A great speech by PSAC official Larry Rousseau, who presently holds my former job, and can not only do a barn-burner in both official languages, but can sing as well. If I were running against that guy now, I thought, I'd lose. He can keep that job for as long as he wants.
And another good one from former PSAC National President Nycole Turmel, now Chief Opposition Whip for the NDP, and more from a range of other speakers.
ST. ALBERT, Alberta
Miracles do happen, or something close to them, Marie Renaud said Saturday at a remarkably well-attended Alberta New Democratic Party meeting in St. Albert's community recreation centre.
Renaud -- who was acclaimed as the NDP candidate for the St. Albert riding -- was referring to the inspiring stories of some of the disabled adults she's worked with in her 14 years as executive director of St. Albert’s non-profit LoSeCa Foundation, a community-based organization that employs 150 people, many of them with developmental disabilities.