On Wednesday, April 6th 2011, in a number of cities across Canada, organizations have come together as part of the Voices-Voix Coalition to organize a variety of events under the banner A Day for Democracy. These events have the common purpose of encouraging Canadians to discuss democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada, and how we can defend these values and traditions, both in the short and long-term... and hold our elected representatives to account.
TORONTO: The Sandford Fleming Building, Room 1101 (10 King's College Road) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join Duff Conacher, Coordinator of DemocracyWatch, Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, and other speakers and organizations for a discussion on how we as citizens and civil society can defend democracy, free speech, and transparency in Canada – both in the short and in the long-term. Representatives of federal political parties are welcome to attend and explain how their party will act to defend democracy and human rights. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAKVILLE, Ontario: Operating Engineers’ Banquet Hall, 2245 Speers Road (between 3rd Line and Bronte Road), 7:00 p.m
Reclaim Our Democratic Canada is holding a rally and has invited speakers from all of the political parties to comment on the state of democracy in Canada. Other local groups will be joining us to help send the message that we want an open, transparent, accountable government.
OTTAWA: The Human Rights Monument, heading to the Prime Minister's Office
When: 12:30 pm - 1:30pm
Pack a lunch and join us for a march starting from the Human Rights Monument at 12:30, and heading a few blocks down to the Prime Minister’s Office for 1:00. Speakers from Amnesty International Canada, the CCIC, the CWP Advocacy Network and other organizations will address: (a) the undermining of democracy and human rights by the government in recent years; (b) what the Voices-Voix Coalition has recommended needs to be done to address these issues. Representatives from the five main federal parties have been invited to respond to these issues, and to have representatives at the rally to speak about their party's intentions should they form or help form the next government. Participants are asked to RSVP with Ashton at email@example.com.
Humanists for Social Justice and Environmental Action supports Human Rights, Social and Economic Justice, Environmental Activism and Planetary Ethics in North America & Globally, with particular reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights UN treaties and conventions listed above.