Thursday, December 31, 2009


[This was written in haste originally intended for the Nova Scotian CBC: For more information about the history of prorogation, Max recommended the Radio Canada website to me. Maybe he meant this?]

I am emailing on behalf of my family, regarding the Prime Minister's choice to prorogue the parliament. It is totally unreasonable to prorogue the parliament twice in one year, given the many serious problems this country is facing. He must be under extreme pressure to avoid any contrary voices regarding, for example, the appropriation of unceded land for the 2010 Olympics and the torturing of prisoners in Afghanistan. It is inexcusable that the members of parliament think that they can walk away from these and the many other serious issues - energy dilemmas, natural resource profiteering, the RCMP, unemployment, etc.

Have a Happy New Year,

Friday, December 04, 2009


Honourable Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly,

Please stop the extradition of Ibrahim Zautdinovich Mankiev, a 32-year-old Russian man of Ingush ethnicity, who is at risk of being tortured and might face an unfair trial, regarding the status of his passport, if returned to Russia.

Please ensure that the authorities of Egypt disclose his whereabouts, and give him access to lawyers of his choice, his family, and any medical attention he may require. Please enact the power of your position to ensure that he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated.

Sincerely and Respectfully,