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02:32 PM on 12/30/2012
I cannot help but think what Jack Layton would do as Prime Minister in this situation.

Do I really need to say? Okay, he would have met with Chief Spence to hear her concerns before this hunger strike started. There, I had to say it for the record.
02:44 PM on 12/30/2012
Forget Jack Layton, what would any human being who has basic morals and the will to look past their own self-interest do in this situation? They would at least engage in open dialogue with their citizens, as opposed to painting them as "extortionists" for requesting a conversation in the wake of a regional tragedy.
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05:33 PM on 12/30/2012
Perhaps, but in Jack's case it is assured.
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02:45 PM on 12/30/2012
He is dead, what speculation
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02:27 PM on 12/30/2012
If six events in a country this size is a "great response" they may as well pack up and go home.

"Groups are responding in a big way," said CBC's Shannon Martin. At least half a dozen events are planned for Sunday across Canada.
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02:45 PM on 12/30/2012
what another crock, the media propaganda is a live and well. It's too cold outside today.
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All Seeing Guy
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01:03 AM on 12/31/2012
Nice to see that your outrage and social agenda are fare weather ones.
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All Seeing Guy
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01:04 AM on 12/31/2012
*fair* **** autocorrect
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All Seeing Guy
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03:29 PM on 12/30/2012
All we need is a couple busy news cycles to wash this away.
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Another Pesky Canadian
Talk - action = 0
12:34 PM on 12/31/2012
Your boss hopes.
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Wendy Stewart
02:20 PM on 12/30/2012
Why are non indigenous people rallying? I would have to say mostly because they are sick of people who pay no taxes and refuse to contribute to society and choose to live off hand outs. If they want to empower themselves and future generations they need to get educated and become productive members of society like most of us are. Integration is key!!!!
02:35 PM on 12/30/2012
And you would be wrong my dear. Non indigenous people are rallying behind the First Nations because the cause is just. The wholesale destruction of the environment for the benefit (read "profit") of the few affects us all.

I don't know about you but I prefer my drinking water clean and the food I eat healthy.
02:56 PM on 12/30/2012
And your gas for your vehicle to cost $4 per litre. Not to mention food costing twice as much.
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02:55 PM on 12/30/2012
Because there are some who also, by choice, have endless free time during the day.
02:15 PM on 12/30/2012
Sure would be nice to get a specific and detailed list of her ideas/demands on how to improve the present system.

For now, though, I'm sure she's enjoying the parade of pandering politicians all to eager to display their faux-concern in a vain attempt to score cheap political points.
02:37 PM on 12/30/2012
I believe her only request is open dialogue. Something that Harper seems reticent to offer citizens in a democracy. Well, at least it used to be one...
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02:56 PM on 12/30/2012
Then she has nothing but her own celebrity. Credibility is seldom found in a idealess mist.
02:59 PM on 12/30/2012
The thing about a vague "open dialog" demand is if you don't 100% of what you want then you can claim the other side is not "open" The quagmire to meeting this demand is less of a problem than if she dies.

Why do you think the NDP is so onside - they win either way - the NDP will do Spence in.
03:30 PM on 12/30/2012
Yes it would be nice to get some actual ideas on how to fix things... instead of the "we've got to do something" squeals and Harper condemnation... as if he's been around for 150 years and caused it all.

And please... no more just throwing money at them and hoping it will go away... This has been the approach for 150 years and all this has created is the current culture of dependency and entitlement .

The tribal groups in these remote reserves would have been far better off if they had been entirely left alone to live traditional lives based on hunting and fishing.

A major cause of these problems is that too many remote reserves are not economically viable. There is no source of local employment other than the lucky few getting a fat cat job at the band office.Until a paycheque economy can be developed where pride and prosperity can be associated with meaningful employment these problems will continue.

This is not specifically a 'native' problem. You'd eventually get the same result if you dropped a bunch of white folks on a remote northern river somewhere and said good luck with the hunting and fishing thing but we'll send you a welfare cheque every month.
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novabird
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02:14 PM on 12/30/2012
It is too bad that many are constrained by wrong thinking political correctness into supporting this woman's actions. There is a horrific amount of drug and alcohol addiction and suicide among Canada's first nations, and yet the chief of Attawapiskat choses to govern by making a public threat to die?

Why oh why are people not condemning her actions?

Is this ploy for public sympathy and political brinksmanship what passes for leadership at Attawapiskat? It is very sad and shameful that the very real issues facing Canada's first nations are being hijacked by this dangerous and possibly tragic publicity stunt.

It is also more bad leadership.
02:26 PM on 12/30/2012
Great comment.
02:42 PM on 12/30/2012
Wanting to have the concerns of her people, who are officially supposed to be under the stewardship of the federal government and dependent on funding from the federal government, heard is poor leadership? I believe nothing wrong can come from dialogue. Yet, ignoring a situation and an area where tragedy recently struck, and trying to paint the situation as "poor domestic leadership" as opposed to pathetic relief efforts is the definition of cowardice and poor leadership.
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02:12 PM on 12/30/2012
The only people who want Spence to die is the protest groups , they feel this will further their cause.Apparently the people around her are watching her die, I am not even sure if assisted suicide is legal. Health care people have said she can go months on this diet, she may get a diet book deal out of this if she loses the weight. This could catch on if she can maintain the weight loss.Any dieticians out there?
02:10 PM on 12/30/2012
Harper is too busy selling us out to China to even acknowledge her existence. Though when she dies he will probably issue a statement.
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02:04 PM on 12/30/2012
"Attawapiskat chief 'willing to die' to force Harper meeting"

she has no more right to "force" a meeting than any other canadian. they have a grand chief that they elected.

she should follow that route or........................................
02:22 PM on 12/30/2012
Just in case you've forgotten, Canadians pay harper's salary. It's in his job description to meet with Canadian citizens. Also, in case you haven't been keeping up on the latest news National Chief Atleo is backing her. Your PMO talking points are a bit out of date. Please see your group leader for new ones.
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Kapjam
02:36 PM on 12/30/2012
Is she Canadian or part of another nation?
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colpy
02:37 PM on 12/30/2012
Ahhhh.....yeah, and we pay Spence's as well........to the tune of $70,000 a year, tax free, plus expenses. To lead a village of 1500 people, a job done for nothing in most Canadian jurisdictions.

If this is oppression, show me where I sign up!!!!
06:37 PM on 12/31/2012
we do not have a king like canada dose