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I like Derrick, he’s a good guy. I’ve worked with him in the past on the Robocall Rallies, and must say that he’s a great public speaker. That said, in this case, he forgot Abbie Hoffman’s first rule for being a successful activist- don’t get caught! (His second rule is to always eat breakfast, let’s hope they fed Derrick in the pokey!)

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This is quite possibly the most important story I’ve ever written…

Here’s an interesting video from 1969- just before the NDP convention, with a group of politicos self-identified as The Waffle. Notice the participants include (associate of Judy Rebick) Ed Broadbent, and a union leader! One can sense here the ‘usual suspects’ behind the Canadian Occupy movement…

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UPDATE: You will see in the comments below that Dana Larsen has alerted me to a potential inaccuracy in this article regarding nonprofit vs charitable organizations. I have confirmed that LeadNow & the Council of Canadians are nonprofits and therefore not restricted by these laws. But, OpenMedia most certainly are…

I wrote back in March about a section in the federal budget titled “Enhancing Transparency & Accountability for Charities”. This provides $8 million earmarked for the CSA to better audit the political activities of charities and improve the transparency of their foreign sources…

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I just had the most bizarre interaction with Jon Allen on Facebook a few minutes ago. First, he came to me with a response to what I wrote about the rallies yesterday- this isn’t the unusual part, but it is rather telling. Here’s what he had to say:

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I didn’t think much about it when Jon Allan mentioned he had a friend from the Palestinian community who would be helping us plan and marshal our parade route. Jon said he was an expert at setting-up rallies, and it was good to know we’d have someone experienced to help make the first rally possible.

When he came to our second planning meeting this man was, indeed, a wealth of knowledge. He was able to help us with the details- things like we shouldn’t plan a parade route that makes a left-turn, as that would block traffic and the city would be unlikely to give approval. We were on the right track, and things were looking good…

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I’ve been doing some research on the International Socialists lately, as it seems they have quite a strong impact on the Occupy Movement. I’ve known this for a while, but they escalated in importance to my investigation the moment I learned that Kevin Annett was a member of the IS. It seems this may be a missing link…

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There were a couple of things that truly shocked me at the initial Robocall Rally in Toronto. First, was the inclusion of Sherif Azir, a man who was supposedly an organizer of the “Arab Spring” in Egypt (but who doesn’t appear to be very Egyptian to me).

The second shock was when Mathew Carroll of Leadnow.ca introduced Azir, first saying: “It kind of feels like spring, don’t you think? Maybe a little bit of a Canadian Spring?”

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