Events

Here you will find our recent activities, protests and actions.

Grannies are a welcoming committee for healthcare summit.

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Actions | Comments Off on Grannies are a welcoming committee for healthcare summit.

When we heard about an emergency summit to stop privatization of healthcare, we decided to be at the door to welcome those attending.  Public healthcare is under serious threat and we have several songs on this topic written over the years but still relevant today.  We handed out the songs and invited people to sing along and many did so.  When the meeting started, we took our seats and heard excellent presentations on the urgency of the situation, followed by a call to action.  Get the full writeup by Koozma who also took the great picture of the Grannies.

Raging Grannies are Mad about Muzzling Event

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Actions | Comments Off on Raging Grannies are Mad about Muzzling Event

Raging Grannies are Mad about Muzzling Event

We raged in front of the Library and Archives building, Thursday, April 18

We watched in horror while Stephen Harper placed gags on scientists, librarians and backbench MPs.  But the Grannies couldn’t be muzzled (Harper tried).  Instead, they sang about this outrage before chasing Stephen Harper away.  Check out the words to Song 1, Song 2See photos by the Ottawa Citizen here.

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The Press Release following the event

Raging Grannies held a rally for muzzled scientists, librarians, and MPs.


OTTAWA :  4 pm, 18 April, 2013, Library and Archives Canada

 

Twenty Raging Grannies from Ottawa and Montreal gathered at Library and Archives Canada.  After they watched “Harper” place gags on a scientist, librarian and MP, the Raging Grannies scolded him in song before chasing him away, brandishing their umbrellas.  Their message is “Stop Muzzling.”

There are many well-documented examples of scientists being muzzled.  Andreas Muenchow, an American scientist involved in a proposed collaboration in the Arctic between America’s University of Delaware and the Canadian department of fisheries and oceans refused to sign a contract that required him to get permission to divulge his findings.  A complaint under investigation by the Canada’s Information Commissioner states: “the federal government is preventing the media and the Canadian public from speaking to government scientists for news stories – especially when the scientists’ research or point of view runs counter to current Government policies on matters such as environmental protection, oil sands development, and climate change.”

 

Federal librarians and archivists are facing a new code of conduct in which they need to clear what they will say in high risk activity such as speaking in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time.  According to the code, they owe loyalty to the government and should report anyone heard violating it.

 

When MP Mark Warawa was struck from the list of backbenchers who were scheduled to deliver a member’s statement in the House because the topic had not been approved, he complained that his freedom of speech was being violated.  Back benchers are beginning to speak out about being muzzled.

 

All this muzzling was too much for the Raging Grannies.  Today those from Ottawa and Montreal came together because they are mad about muzzling.  In a short action, a Stephen Harper look-alike gagged a scientist, librarian, and MP, causing the Grannies to break into song.  (Shown below).  According to Granny Jo Wood  “Muzzling is being used to shutting down dissent.  The press is uninformed; citizens are uninformed.  We have to rise up against it.”

 

Today’s action focuses on the muzzling of public servants and MPs.  This is only one of many ways the Harper government works to stop us from hearing about science or initiatives that disagree with their plans.  An attempt is made to silence anyone who speaks truth to power.  These words from the song of the Raging Grannies says it plainly:

 

We’re demanding free expression.
This is unbearable oppression.
Harper, you need to learn your lesson
Just let them speak out loud!

Follow us on Twitter @RagingGrannies                       

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Grannies at International Women’s Day FEMICON event

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Actions | Comments Off on Grannies at International Women’s Day FEMICON event

Grannies at International Women’s Day FEMICON event

When asked to perform at FEMICON, we indicated that we are an activist group, not a choir.  But we wanted to support International Women’s Day, so we offered to talk about song writing instead.  The organizers agreed.  So, in front of a packed auditorium, we explained who the Raging Grannies are, how we decide on issues, and how we write our songs.  For example, we mentioned how we want to use satire and bring current events into our songs.   To keep things lively, we donned our Granny outfits on stage and unfurled some of our recent banners while talking.  We then sang a song, It’s a Long Way to Women’s Freedom, specifically written for the event.  Lots of cheers and calls for an encore, but we left while we were ahead!

Words to the song

Video

Photos

Rally for Health Care

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Actions | Comments Off on Rally for Health Care

Rally for Health Care

Following the drastic cuts to health care both in acute care and long-term care hospitals, the Ottawa Health Coalition organized a rally in front of the Civic Campus on March 4.   Five grannies, Bessa, Cathleen, Gale, Jo and Pat showed up with two songs directly to the issue.  The organizers let us open the show and were appreciative of our efforts.  Check out The Medicare Song and Get Sick, You’ll Make Somebody Richer.

Save the Wild Salmon

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Actions | Comments Off on Save the Wild Salmon

Save the Wild Salmon

A small group, Cathleen, Gale, Linda, and Jo went to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to say “Save the Wild Salmon” who are getting diseases and dying because of the fish farming on the coast of BC.  Most of it is done by 3 large corporations from Norway who have come here because of our lax laws.  They couldn’t do it there!

Here is the pamphlet we handed out:

PROTECT WILD SALMON!

The future of wild salmon continues to be fatally compromised by industrial practices that dump toxic waste in wild salmon habitat.

The salmon farming industry has planted itself in the migratory paths of wild salmon around the world, taking no responsibility for the deadly outbreaks of parasites and disease that pass through the open-nets of the salmon farms to wild salmon as they swim by.

In spite of every claim by the salmon farming industry that “best husbandry practices” are used, the problems that come with salmon farming have not gotten better. Sea lice have become resistant to treatments and disease outbreaks continue to be a problem. European viruses that are directly related to salmon farms have been found in wild salmon stocks.

Numerous wild species are dependant on the return of wild salmon each year; Indigenous communities consider wild salmon to be the life blood of their people; and BC’s ecosystem would die without wild salmon. This industry is a death blow to all of that.

Take Action: http://www.wildsalmonfirst.org/

Salmon farms in B.C. are 92% owned by the Norwegian companies Marine Harvest, Cermaq, and Grieg. People from around the world are uniting to protect wild salmon, marine species, the environment and all its inhabitants, with a firm message to Norway and the government: there is no acceptable place for the Norwegian owned salmon farming industry to make its profit while wild salmon, the ecosystem, and communities suffer the negative impacts.

Let the governments and industries know that we will not stand idly by while wild salmon are being compromised to death!

Don’t buy farmed salmon!

White Poppy Ceremony, 2012

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Actions | Comments Off on White Poppy Ceremony, 2012

White Poppy Ceremony, 2012

The fifth annual White Poppy Ceremony took place today at 12:45 pm without a hitch. Whereas there were more people from the 11:00 am ceremony milling about the Cenotaph than former years, there was no police presence at the north side so tension was reduced and people were quiet and respectful.

Pat and Bessa spoke after the laying of the wreath, in addition to Brenda Carr Vellino, Heather Menzies and several others, all evoking peace and co-operation as an alternative to combat.

Heather read John McCrae’s iconic poem, In Flanders Fields, interpreting it as a lament and not the bellicose call to war which most of us learned in public school.

Several people spoke extemporaneously and one made the point, gesturing at the monument of men and horses pulling a large-wheeled canon, “Those men didn’t give their lives, their lives were taken from them. They went to war and had little choice.”

This year’s White Poppy Ceremony lasted longer than other years since more people spoke and as such, passersby had opportunity to stop, listen and discover an alternative to the jingoistic bombast of the earlier ceremony.

Grandmothers Rally for Bill C 398

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Actions | Comments Off on Grandmothers Rally for Bill C 398

Grandmothers Rally for Bill C 398

On November 1, 2012, Canadian Grandmothers supporting African Grandmothers rallied in support of Bill C 398 intended to make inexpensive medicines available in poorer countries.  On a rainy day in Ottawa, they gathered on the hill for a touching rally.  The Ottawa Raging Grannies joined them and took to the stage at the end to sing three appropriate songs:  The African Grandma, Get Sick, Give them Access.  This was greatly appreciated.

Powershift Toxic Trick-or-treat Tour

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Actions | Comments Off on Powershift Toxic Trick-or-treat Tour

Powershift Toxic Trick-or-treat Tour

The young people organized Powershift 2012.  More than 1000 came to hear inspirational speeches, panels and workshops.  On the final day, Oct. 29, the grand finale was an amazing march of young and old alike.  There were great banners and puppets and skits.  Check out some of the photos.  The demand of the march was to end the 1.4 billion in subsidies to the oil industries here in Canada.  The Grannies were in full support, wearing our witches hats and carrying a very appropriate banner.

Harper presented with Richard Nixon Award

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Actions | Comments Off on Harper presented with Richard Nixon Award

Harper presented with Richard Nixon Award

On September 27, 2012, Stephen Harper was in New York City to receive the “World Statesman of the Year Award” from The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a U.S. faith group.  The Grannies along with Author Yves Engler presented an alternative award on the same day, using the empty chair approach pioneered by Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention.

Yves read the reasons for presenting this prize to Harper.  Primarily, it is because he “stands on guard for the 1%”.  Read the full citation here.

The Grannies then sang a song specially written for the occasion.  See the words to the song or watch the video.

Bugging Baird

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Actions | Comments Off on Bugging Baird

Bugging Baird

When the Grannies got the word that John Baird was speaking at a Canadian Club luncheon on Sept. 19, Gale, Jo, Rosalie and Shannon wasted no time getting down to the Chateau with our signs and banner to show what we think of his decision to cut diplomatic relations with Iran at this sensitive time.  After about an hour of leafleting and talking with people outside the Chateau, we headed for the side door, hoping to get near enough to the ballroom to shout out “No war with Iran.”  Unfortunately, the hotel manager who had been politely checking us out on numerous occasions came running with two burly types and thwarted those plans.   Another time!