Canadian Troops Kill Two Children at Afghan Checkpoint – TROOPS HOME NOW!

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UPDATE: Sept.8, 2008 – The latest news shows the civilian deaths are getting worse, Kabul Associated Press reports: Video evidence shows dead Afghan children after U.S. raid

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Toronto Star Claims Getting Tough on Crime Waste of Taxes

Guelph Federal Detention Centre

Guelph Federal Detention Centre

The beginning of an 8-part special series from the Toronto Star. At issue is a new law (effective May 2008 ) that toughens mandatory minimum sentences. The Star claims this is no deterrent to crime and trots out misleading and incomplete statistics in support. Their opinion is soft on crime and hard on victims.

We have news for the Star – Prison sentences are not meant to be a deterrent to crime. They are a punishment for the criminal. While in prison, the inmate is separated from society and unable to inflict further crimes on the public. Increasing time served through mandatory minimum sentences absolutely protects the public from those inmates and increases public safety for the term of their incarceration.

In future blog postings we’ll look at how the Star manipulated statistics to distort and conceal the real human impact of crime in Canada.

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Toronto Blast, blaze leave 1,000 homeless

Baby Mikayla lost her stroller during the explosion. Project417 helped find a new one.

Baby Mikayla lost her stroller during the explosion. Project417 helped find a new one.

Explosion in hydro vault makes huge building uninhabitable – The Red Cross and the Salvation Army dispatched volunteers to prepare meals in local school’s kitchen for the dazed residents. More than 200 residents of 2 Secord Ave., in the Danforth Ave.- Main St. area spent last night on cots set up in classrooms and the gymnasium of Secord Public School.

Project417 and the Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship were able to send a team of Junior High volunteers who had been visiting from Huntley, Illinois to do community service projects. The students helped in the Salvation Army kitchen set up in the small school cafeteria and served hundreds of meals to the suddenly homeless residents. –

What a divine coincidence following the explosion: With more than a thousand people homeless instantly, they were able to take shelter in the neighboring Secord Avenue Public School. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross were able to set-up quickly to provide much needed service to the former residents. The Salvation Army’s Toronto Disaster and Emergency Relief team headed by Jeff Noel, wasted no time in providing meals, water and other essential services to the evacuees. Calls went out to the Toronto Christian community for volunteer assistance at Secord Avenue. Our Executive Director of Ekklesia Inner City Ministries – Project417, Rev. Joe Elkerton, received the call as he was heading home from church and headed straight for the disaster site. Joe is also the senior pastor at Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship. BLCF has teamed with Project417 this year to help rebuild their community and help the homeless. On Monday we had scheduled a team of volunteers on a short term mission from Springbrook Community Church in Huntley, Illinois (Chicago area) to visit Bloor Lansdowne in Toronto to help with outreach and service projects: 22 junior and senior high youth and five adult team leaders. So first thing Monday, Pastor Joe was able to take a team of willing volunteers out to the disaster site shelter to help in the Salvation Army kitchen, serving hundreds of lunches and helping prep for dinner to even more. On Tuesday the Illinois team went again, this time with Joe and Project417 Outreach worker Andy Coats. Many residents expressed their appreciation for the assistance given by our volunteers. Right place – right time!

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Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday – Calls for Rich to Help Poor

Mandela Turns 90

Mandela Turns 90

Nelson Mandela, the man who ended apartheid in South Africa, marked his 90th birthday, calling for the rich to do more for the poor. “If you are poor, you are not likely to live long,” he said at his house in the Eastern Cape. He said:”There are many rich people… who can share with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty”.

I’m so thankful for Mr. Mandela. I grew up from a young child all the while Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa. When he was released from prison, became South Africa’s first black President and put an end to the racist apartheid policy, the world became a better place. It gave me hope, that one person can rise above oppression and overcome injustice if they just hold on to their dreams. Ending apartheid was not just a South African phenomenon – it changed the world by shining light on the darkness that is racism and promoting peaceful multicultural co-existence.

Nelson Mandela, showed today, even on his 90th birthday, that his fight for justice is not over. Once again, even though he spoke of conditions in South Africa, the principal is universal throughout the world: the rich must do more to help the poor. This applies not only to individuals, but also to countries – countries like Canada who have been blessed with an abundance of resources and wealth. Just as Mr. Mandela says of his own country, so Canada has riches we should “share with those not so fortunate to conquer poverty.”

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Toronto Streets to Homes Program Just U.S. Homeless Czar’s Mistake

Gentrification of Jarvis & Shuter

Gentrification of Jarvis & Shuter

From Street Nurse Activist Cathy Crowe Newsletter #48 Summer 2008 – by Beric German:

Philip Mangano, often referred to as Bush’s homelessness czar, promotes a “housing first” policy. The Bush administration, and the Harper government, are concentrating on “street homelessness” (those people visibly living on the street), instead of funding sustainable affordable housing programs.”

The program is really about hiding the homeless! Many of my volunteers on the Project417 sandwich runs already have heard me, and our friends on the streets, tell of the appalling condition of the housing offered to the street homeless through the Streets to Homes programs: Small, cramped rooms and tiny basement apartments, crumbling walls and ceilings, old lead paint, asbestos insulation, parasites like bed bugs and lice, broken plumbing, and little choice in the tenants with whom you have to share. I wish there were statistics on how many Streets to Homes rooms were located in known crack houses.

Streets to Homes has had some success, but it is only dumb luck and the perseverance of the homeless themselves in choosing acceptable accomodation. By far the majority of “homes” offered are sub-standard and actually lead to tenants turning to homelessness on the streets again in a short time. Their choice is really a lack of choice. Tell our governemnt, at all levels that homelessness is not to be solved by hiding the problem, but by providing safe, accessible, affordable hosuing where banyone would choose to live with pride and dignity.

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Remember this war hero? Untreated PTSD Drove Him to Suicide

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Toronto Public Housing repairs taking several years – if at all.

Tenant complaints about bed bugs, moldy carpets, broken elevators and leaking ceilings are routinely entangled in layers of bureaucracy and red tape that delay remedies and repairs. Most give up. Their homes are crumbling around them.

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