Showing posts from April 26, 2014

Now Playing in Progressive Film: The Secret Trial 5

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[A Cheney-esque, totalitarian streak runs deep through many of Harper's policies. *RON*]
By Amira Elghawaby,, April 25, 2014

"Our strength is in our humanity, in our justice system and in who we are as a people, and if you let fear dictate how you live your life, then you lose everything." - Ahmad Jaballah, son of Mahmoud Jaballah

After four years of production and grassroots fundraising, the story of Canada's secret trials is finally hitting the big screen.

The Secret Trial 5 will be premiering at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto April 26, 28 and 30. A cross-country tour will follow.

The documentary tells the stories of four Muslim men (the fifth declined to participate). All of them were held without ever being able to see or challenge the evidence of their alleged terrorist activity. Told that all they needed to do was leave the country to gain their freedom, the government could not itself …

5 Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Went Against Harper

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[Checks and balances disturb to Mr. Harper, a lot. The Supreme Court, the Constitution, the Senate -- forget about it. *RON*]

CP / Huffington Post, 04/25/2014

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada dealt the Harper government another blow Friday, this time on the subject of Senate reform. Here's a look at five recent cases in which the high court rejected the government's arguments.

1. April 25, 2014
The court rules that the Harper government cannot use Parliament alone to impose Senate term limits, allow consultative elections for senatorial candidates or abolish the upper chamber. The justices hold that the first two changes would need the consent of seven provinces representing half the provinces. Abolition would require provincial unanimity.
2. April 11, 2014 The government's Truth in Sentencing Act sought to stop judges from routinely giving inmates extra credit for time spent in jail before custody. The court ruled judges have the d…