TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Appeal of Dr. Hassan Diab's extradition decision (Toronto);
Annual General Meeting of the Immigrant worker's center;
Million Mask March at Ottawa Protest against C-309 Law;
Imaginons Bellechasse participative activities with urban design Students;
University of the Street Cafe Public conversation: Stressing for Straight A's;
Weekly Vigil against the Occupation oft he Palestine;
Launching album of old good music & performances by Howl! arts collective;
The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act (a play);
Cazzarola Canadian Tour with Norman Nawrocki;
Citizens in action lecture on free trade deal with Canada & European Union;
Technical Bloc to contact us;
Monday and Tuesday, Toronto:
Pack the Courtroom in Solidarity with Hassan Diab
From : People's Commission
Appeal of Dr. Hassan Diab's extradition decision
Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2013,
starting at 10:00 AM
130 Queen Street West,
Osgoode Subway Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line
Please come out to show solidarity with Dr. Hassan Diab! Join us in Toronto
at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, on November 4 and 5, for a crucial
hearing regarding Canada's unjust extradition law.
You can attend Court the whole day or come and go whenever you wish.
Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA),
and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have filed interventions
with the Court expressing their deep concerns about Hassan's case.
Take a stand against extradition based on secret intelligence and a single
handwriting analysis report that has been discredited and condemned in Court!
For those who cannot make it to Toronto, there will be a live video feed of
the appeal hearing into the Ian Scott Courtroom on the University of Ottawa
campus. The live feed will cover both days, November 4 and 5,
and will be open to the public.
For information about transportation from Ottawa to Toronto, contact:
For general information, contact: Don Pratt,
Canada's Unfair Extradition Law
Hassan's case points to glaring problems with Canada's extradition law.
In extradition cases, the Charter rights of the person sought are
severely compromised. Canadian standards of evidence do not apply.
The standard for extradition is so low that Canada hands people over to
other countries based on evidence that is not acceptable in Canadian courts.
Evidence submitted by the foreign country is presumed reliable, and the
ability of the person sought to challenge the case is severely limited.
Even though Hassan's finger prints and palm prints do not match those
of the suspect, he was prevented from introducing this evidence in court.
Canada has extradition treaties with countries that allow secret intelligence,
including intelligence that may have been the product of torture, to be used
as evidence at trial. Moreover, Canada's extradition law is unbalanced,
as Canada extradites its citizens to countries that do not extradite
their own citizens (France, in this case).
We must demand that Canadian standards of evidence apply to extradition
cases, and that Canada not extradite its citizens to countries that allow
secret intelligence — including intelligence obtained from torture
to be used as evidence.
Further Reading • Canada's Extradition Law:
"The Least Fair Act on Earth", by Gary Botting, Prism Magazine, June 17, 2011
"Human rights groups sound alarm over Diab extradition evidence",
Ottawa Citizen, July 3, 2013
"The Extradition Case of Dr. Hassan Diab",
Canadian Dimension, October 15, 2013
"Diplomacy Must not Trump Justice", Ottawa Citizen, October 30, 2013.
Forwarded on behalf of:
Hassan Diab Support Committee
annual general meeting
You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of th
Immigrant Workers Centre,
Tuesday November 5th at 6PM at the centre,
4755 Van Horne #110
Eric Shragge, Président CA
million Mask March (Ottawa)
by Anonymous Canada
Tuesday November 5 at 8 pm
Protest against C-309 Law, Against our government Harper.
Solidarity on Guy Fawkes Day.
Parliament of Canada/Parlement du Canada
imaginons Bellechasse participative activities
Between November 4 6:30pm to November 12 novembre, at 8:30 pm
We want to hear from you on ideas, issues, and concerns you have about
the Bellechasse site and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Topics include the local environment, safety and security,
housing, public space, shops and services, traffic and transportation,
McGill students in architecture, urban design, and urban planning will work
with local residents and stakeholders to explore ideas for the Bellechasse site.
The results will be presented to local officials to ensure that what gets
built on the site corresponds to the needs and desires of locals.
INFORMATION SESSION :
Tuesday, November 5
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
at La Maisonnette des parents
6651 boul. St-Laurent.
Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 12h30 pm
(with snacks and cold buffet)
at La Maisonnette des parents,
6651 boul. St-Laurent
or Tuesday, November 12 - 18h to 20h30 (with snacks)
Comité Logement de la Petite-Patrie,
6839-A rue Drolet
* Childcare (over 1 year) with registration only
stressing for Straight A's /
Vouloir être premier de classe
By University of the Streets Café /
Thursday November 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Stressing for Straight A's: Can we imagine education without grades?
From kindergarten to post-secondary, grades are a source of anxiety
for all involved. Students worry that one bad test score will ruin their GPA.
Parents fear that less than perfect grades will destroy their child's future.
Teachers and professors struggle to provide accurate and meaningful feedback,
while being confronted by pressure from students and administrators alike
In a time of grade inflation and credentialism, are these numbers and letters
really worth the stress they cause?
Are they conducive to learning?
Do they provide an accurate reflection of a student's progress?
In spite of these questions, educational institutions the world over continue
to use this method to motivate and monitor learning.
What is behind our unrelenting reliance on grades?
By depending so heavily on this particular form of evaluation,
what are we teaching our young people?
Despite their flaws, are grades still a useful tool?
What other options exist?
This public conversation invites both grade givers and grade receiver
to think critically about grading and to collectively imagine alternatives.
Alex Enkerli has been teaching ethnographic disciplines at a variety
of academic institutions in the United States and Canada.
Teaching at Concordia's Department of Sociology and Anthropology
since 2006, he started working as a freelance researcher in 2009,
integrating his academic life with hands-on action.
Raised by a constructivist and an occupational therapists, he often
perceives grades as an obstacle to learning.
Charles Gedeon is a highly involved member in the Concordia
undergraduate community but despite his love for campus life
he can't seem to get his head around the grading system whatsoever.
Often playing up B-'s and shooting down A+'s, Charles is desperately
trying to find a way to transform the system, and loves discussing
any ideas around doing so.
As Concordia's Community Relations Coordinator, Eryn Fitzgerald, has
successfully managed to stay in school without ever having to worry about
She loves learning but like many people, becomes a grade-hungry
monster when enrolled in a course.
Eryn wants to hear from you about how to escape this tragic fate
as she moderates what is sure to be an enlightening
La Petite Cuillère
3603 rue St-Denis,
Montréal H2X 3L6.
Weekly Vigil Noon to 1 PM
End the occcupation !
Join PAJU and support the heroic resistance of the Palestinian People.
Become part of the longest-running protest vigil in Canadian history,
every Friday in front of in front of Indigo Books
on the north-west corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Friday November ,15, 22 & 29, 2013.
Silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Invite your freinds. We hope to see you there.
The Vigil Committe.
launching album by howl! live album release
at La Sala Rossa
Public by Howl Arts Collective
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8 pm
$5 - $10
La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent Montreal, Quebec
join Howl! arts collective for the launch of an album of live recordings
that document performances from past Howl! concerts in Montreal.
Howl! will launch a limited edition, hand crafted CD release, feat.
recordingsby cellist Norsola Johnson, harp player Sarah Pagé,
an ensemble drive by Nick Kuepfer guitar work,
a performance by Les Momies de Palerme
a duet by Brahja Waldman and Stefan Christoff and a solo trumpet,
poetry piece by Jason “Blackbird” Selman.
Howl! live was recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Schofield who hosts
Underground Sounds on CKUT radio, the album design is done
by Kevin Lo.
Sarah Pagé + Robin Best
Sarah Pagé is an experimental harpist best known for her collaborations
with The Barr Brothers, Lhasa de Sela, Patrick Watson and Esmerine.
Robin Best is a graduate of McGill and Indiana University
The two have been performing together in orchestras since 2003.
The "Raga" was written by OSM harpist Caroline Lizotte in 2006.
1/4 tonne bottleneck — Nick Kuepfer and Eric Craven
Nick Kuepfer is a guitar player weaving nylon string and electric guitar pieces
together with live sampled tape loops and drones from various audio sources,
ranging from static repetition and subtlety, to frantic and abrasive with a tendency
for experimentation. Kuepfer has lived in Montreal since 2003 and has performed
solo for the past 4 years, occasionally with invited guests, includin
Eric Craven (Hangedup) and Kristina Koropecki (Elfin Saddle/Mark Berube)
pre-ceded by playing in full bands, including Elfin Saddle, Hrsta
No Nature, L'Embuscade, Aidswolf, and Lungbutter.
In November of 2010 Kuepfer released a full-length solo record in
the first edition of Montreal record label Constellation records Musique Fragile
series along side Toronto's Khora and Montreal's Les Momies de Palerme.
Presently he is editing audio materials gathered during a recent residency
Brahja Waldman + Stefan Christoff
Brahja Waldman is a jazz-inspired Montreal saxophonist who leads his own
quintet and also performs in Land of Kush and YouYourself&i
His latest recording, Sir Real Live at Resonance, will be out in the spring.
Stefan Christoff is a Montreal based community activist and artist,
you can listen to Stefan's music at:
Jason “Blackbird” Selman
Jason “Blackbird” Selman is a Montreal born poet and trumpet player.
He is the author The Freedom I Stole and co-editor of the poetry anthology
Talking Book which chronicles the writings of Kalm Unity Vibe Collective
(of which he is a founding member). He is the producer of the Intimate
Sky performance series.
He has had the privilege of working with Black Theatre Workshops Youth
Works program for many years as their Poetry/Spoken Word animator.
His work is grounded in the themes of ethno-musicology, surrealist expression,
love and the intersection of masculinity and emotional vulnerability.
La Sala Rossa
4848 boul. Saint-Laurent,
Montréal H2T 1R5.
a play by
Courtney Eileen Kirkby
7 Person Chair Pyramid High-Wire Act (a Play)
The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act (a play)
presented by 10 ave des Pins Ouest, Studio 414
Doors open: 7:30pm
Show starts: 8pm sharp
Der Vorführeffekt Theatre
"The romance of vaudeville, the adrenaline of punk, and the playfulness
of the Children's Television Workshop...packing the house with theatre
buffs as well as with those who tend to fidget in velvet seats.
--St. Louis Magazine.
In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti
(if she exists) enters a radio station's dance contest, hoping to win
an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn't exist yet.
Darwin's research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio
station's electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily?
Meanwhile, Siberia's caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers -
but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to
be lost forever.
Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas' famous
high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin's laboratory,
unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference
between miracles and non-miracles.
Written by Donna Oblongat
(member of The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City,
and producer/director of the 2012 production Less Miserable).
Designed and performed by Donna Oblongata and Patrick Costello,
(visual artist extraordinaire and also a star of Less Miserable);
Directed by Sarah Lowry (member of The Missoula Oblongata);
For the last seven years, The Missoula Oblongata has toure
North America extensively, to critical and audience acclaim.
The Santa Fe Reporter said of the company's work:
"A night at the theater has never looked so delightfully weird...
Bizarrely frolicsome, cogently playful, sweetly surreal...Such is the genius
of The Missoula Oblongata--quirky, but also exquisitely made and
The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act is Donna Oblongata's first original
play independent of The Missoula Oblongata—made in collaboration wit
long-time collaborator Sarah Lowry, and the visual artist and performe
Donna's theatrical work has been cited by Rolling Stone as one of the
reasons Baltimore had the "Best Scene in the Country” and by the
Baltimore City Paper when it named DIY Theater as the city's Best Trend:
"Best exemplified by overlapping theater factions of Wham City
and Missoula Oblongata... the productions are big, bold,
and unendingly impressive."
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation
and totally made possible by a residency at the Beehive Collective.
For more information, photos, and tour dates, visit
tour of Cazzarola with Norman Nawrocki
Casa Del Popolo Friday,
November 15 at 8:30 pm
“Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy by Norman Nawrocki, might just b
one of my favourite books of all time. I have never read a more delicate portrayal
of a Romani woman in my life…I highly recommend to Roma and non-Roma
With the rise of neo-Nazi and neofascist groups throughout Europe,
this book is definitely timely and a must read. It's a history lesson
and a lesson about racism, love, and fighting for what you believe
in at all cost."
– Qristina Zavacková Cummings,
CAZZAROLA! CANADIAN TOUR 2013
Acclaimed author/musician/actor Norman Nawrocki is now traveling
across Canada to 21 cities launching his first-ever novel &
brand-new soundtrack, both titled, CAZZAROLA, Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy
Learn about the 130 years-spanning resistance of an Italian family as they
engage in heroic resistance to Fascism in Italy and be swept away
by the shocking forbidden love story of the Italian boy, Antonio, who falls
for a refugee Roma girl, Cinka, as Norman dramatizes excerpts from
CAZZAROLA!, playing several characters from the book, and performing
selections from the album on his violin. Where possible, the events also
include local representatives from Roma and immigrant, refugee,
and migrant worker communities speaking about current issues.
For the MONTREAL show, Norman will be joined
on stage by two bands:
Panachrome, and Crocodile.
Both appear on the CAZZAROLA! soundtrack.
Not to be missed!
Casa del Popolo
4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent,
lecture with author & professor Claude Vaillancourt
Citizens in Action An Alternative Globalization Organization
"Another World is Possible"
Together we can make a difference;
Citizens in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of
concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice, presents:
a Free Public Conference on
Will the new free-trade deal between Canada & the European Union benefit citizens?
by guest speaker author Claude Vaillancourt;
Professor Vaillancourt is the author of several books
on Tax Havens and Free Trade Deals.
He is the president of ATTAC Québec and is a well-known speaker
and media personality in Montreal.
Come and hear what his explanation of what this deal is all about?
Find out how the corporations were privy to the secret negotiations
of this deal, all along, why citizens and their elected officials
were banned from these proceedings.
Find out who will be the winners and who will be the losers
and what is at stake?
Bring your friends too.
To be followed by a discussion period.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
School of Community & Public Affairs,
2149 Mckay Street
(between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.)
Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp.
We usually meet once a month, to tackle a different political issue,
at Concordia University, same time, same place.
For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group,
Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644,
(sponsored by the Concordia Student Association, & by SCPASA).
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