As you may already know, Voltage Pictures, the company responsible for the movie The Hurt Locker, (as well as a million movies you’ve never heard of) is currently in court, attempting to get an Ontario-based internet service provider to release the names associated with over 1000 IP addresses that they claim belong to people who illegally downloaded their copyrighted material.
These IP addresses were gathered by an extraordinarily douchey company called Canipre, the only antipiracy enforcement firm currently offering services in Canada.
Canipre, as a company, offers to track down people who are illegally downloading copyrighted material from record companies and film studios. According to their website, they have issued more than 3,500,000 takedown notices, and their work has led to multimillion dollar damages awards, injunctions, seizure of assets, and even incarceration.
In the days following the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons—the teenage girl from Halifax who committed suicide after being gang raped, photographed, and harassed—the hacktivist group Anonymous is playing a game of chicken with the authorities in Nova Scotia. Anonymous says they have the names of four suspects, and are threatening to release that information if justice is not delivered.
Those names have in fact been circulating in small online circles, but the information has been withheld from publication on Anonymous’s largest social media channels. All of this has caused a storm of negative feedback from those who view Anonymous’s actions as destructive “vigilantism” while Anonymous maintains they are only involved because “several crimes have been committed in Nova Scotia. A 17-year-old girl killed herself because the police failed to do their jobs.”
I spoke with a member of Anonymous who is directly involved with the operation to bring Rehtaeh’s rapists to justice, in order to get a better handle on their motivations.
Instead of meeting with Aboriginal youth who had traveled 1,600 kilometres by foot in -50°C frigid winter temperatures to Parliament Hill,Prime Minister Harper went to an airport photo-op with two pandas.
Inspired by the Idle No More movement, 17-year-old David Kawapit Jr. and six friends left their traditional territory to travel for two months through brush, snow and frigid winter temperatures - walking from northern Quebec to Ottawa to call attention to local issues facing youth, including suicide, and fight for the future of Aboriginal people in Canada.
And instead of meeting with the walkers, Prime Minister Harper chose to leave town for an expensive photo-op with two pandas.
Canada’s Aboriginal youth face many hurdles — and this panda PR shows you the problem with this government’s priorities.
It’s outrageous that Aboriginal children and youth in Canada receive $2-3,000 less education funding each year than non-native children and youth — and need to walk 1,600km just to be heard by our government.
Two indigenous elders and survivors of Christian internment camps, Stee-mas and Wahtsek, describe why the Queen and the Pope must be arrested for Crimes against Humanity. Their appeal to other countries is to help them ban the Vatican, the Crown and the government and churches of Canada from their territories. Both elders are advisors to the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State.
On Wednesday night, news broke that a 20-year-old “supporter of the student movement,” Jennifer Pawluck was arrested in Montreal for posting a picture to Instagram that she took of a graffiti wheat-paste illustration that showed Montreal’s police commander Ian Lafrenière with a bloody bullet hole in his forehead.
According to the CBC, the image was thrown up on a brick wall in the city’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood. And Jennifer Pawluck—not that this even matters—didn’t even draw the anticop graphic in the first place.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt: EPL presented Chris Hedges to launch Freedom to Read Week 2013 in Edmonton. Chris spoke about injustice and corporate greed in America…and argued Canada is travelling the same path.