Mumbai Attacks: We Will Not be Divided

Hi,

I just signed an urgent message calling for unity following the attacks in Mumbai. Read the email below – Thanks

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Dear friends across India and the world,

We’re all feeling the shock of the awful attacks in Mumbai. All our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

The attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. As radical extremists, their only hope of disrupting society as a whole is by turning the rest of us against each other.

Let’s deny them that victory. We’re launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders, one that will soon be published in newspapers across India and Pakistan. The message is that these tactics aren’t working, that we’re more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, and determined to work together to stop violent extremism. If millions of people sign it, our message will be unmistakable, click below to sign it and please forward this email widely:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_undivided_global/?cl=152856018&v=2477

It’s time to speak out, let’s do it together.

Thanks

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The Canadian Radio-television
Communications Commission (CRTC) is expected to soon issue a landmark
decision on whether Bell and other big telecoms can continue their
traffic-shaping practices that have been throttling consumers’ equal
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Canadians need to make it clear to the CRTC that it must act in the public interest and ensure Net Neutrality.
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Communications giants Bell and Rogers are engaging in traffic-shaping
practises that effectively control Canadians’ access to the web.

Our only hope lies with the CRTC enforcing rules against
anti-competitive policies. The CRTC is currently examining corporate
control of the Internet through traffic-shaping practices.

Canadians can express their concerns in a message to CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein.

For more information:

Read Internet law expert Michael Geist’s
blog entry about the case before the CRTC, the outcome of which "will
provide a clear answer on whether Canadian law currently protects net
neutrality or if legislative reform is needed."

Subject:

Dear Chairman:

(Edit Letter Below)

I
submit that the CRTC should order Bell to stop its Internet
traffic-shaping practices. We rely on the CRTC, as the federal
communications regulator, to act in the public interest, which in this
case means ensuring we have an open and neutral Internet.
Corporations like Bell and Rogers must not be allowed to control our
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Please protect Canada’s level playing field for free speech and
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Why Remember?
We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.

Heather Robertson, A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War. Toronto, Lorimer, 1977.

Canadians departing for active service in Europe during the Second World War, 1940.
(National Archives of Canada C-38723)

In remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom they fought to preserve. These men and women had faith in the future and by their acts gave us the will to preserve peace for all time. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and gallantry of those who served their country.


Funeral service for Canadians at Bramshott during the First World War.
(National Archives of Canada PA 4850)

During times of war, individual acts of heroism occurred frequently; only a few were recorded and received official recognition. In remembering all who served, we recognize the many of willingly endured the hardships and the fear so that we could live in peace.

For the Fallen

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond Englands foam.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)


A Canadian soldier kneels at grave of fallen comrade in the United Nations Cemetery, Korea, April 1951.
(National Archives of Canada PA 128813)

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