Posts by Jo

Ottawa Grans at National Day of Protest against Bill C-51

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Actions

Ottawa Grans at National Day of Protest against Bill C-51

A large, energetic crowd of around 1000 came out to protest Bill C-51, the so-called “anti-terrorism” bill that will virtually bring the secret police and wide suppression of peaceful protest to Canada.  The Raging Grannies were there to sing about the bill and were asked to sing it again.  Check out the video and check out the words.

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Cathleen’s letter to the editor on so-called anti-terror bill C-51

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog

February 17, 2015 The Globe and Mail Letters to the Editor Liberties, taken In his eloquent article on the “anti-terror” bill, Campbell Clark writes, “CSIS is not allowed to target lawful dissent” (Flawed Anti-Terror Bill Deserves Serious Scrutiny – Feb. 16). I would not be too sure of that. After all, the Canada Revenue Agency has done a terrific job of targeting public interest advocacy groups and charities that dare express an opinion on climate change or the environment. There is no cause for complacency in this case: This bill, if passed, would take us well on the way to a...

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A Plea for Toilets in the LRT Stations.

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Actions

A Plea for Toilets in the LRT Stations.

The Ottawa Raging Grannies came out in numbers to a meeting of the City Environment Committee where the budget was being discussed.  Our purpose was  to sing in favour of public toilets in the new LRT stations. We are concerned with the cost of retrofitting the LRT stations with toilets, since it is much cheaper to do it right the first time. Our main purpose was to address the environmental cost of a lack of public toilets. As Granny Ria Heynen, stated: “I frequently use the bus transit station at Lincoln Fields. The smell in both the elevators is overwhelming. With no public toilet,...

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Gotta Go! A Plea for Toilets in the LRT.

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Environment, Songs

Gotta Go! A Plea for Toilets in the LRT.

(Tune:  Be Prepared, The Boy Scouts’ Marching Song) Gotta Go!  No use telling me to wait When I know that it soon will be too late Gotta find the nearest possible dépot Can’t just tell my personal river not to flow.   Gotta go!  Whether pee or dreaded poo Where to go?  When the world is watching you It isn’t just the tourists who must find a better way Though Ottawa’s the capital, we live here every day If you build it we will come, and there’s the woe –  Gotta go!   Need to pee!  When we take the LRT It’s the key in the Park...

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Ottawa Grans infiltrate Canadian Club lunch where President of Energy East Pipeline was speaking.

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Actions

Ottawa Grans infiltrate Canadian Club lunch where President of Energy East Pipeline was speaking.

Armed with two banners and four tickets at $40 each (senior rate), members of the Ottawa Raging Grannies infiltrated a Canadian Club lunch where the corporate group gathered to hear the President of Energy East, Francois Poirer, praise the pipeline.  The grannies wanted to bring a different message to the crowd and to the press.  During his speech, Grannies Bessa, Gale, Jo and Ria stood, unfurled banners smuggled inside their purses, and walked silently to stand in front of the speaker.  The banners said “You can’t drink oil” and “Stop Energy East”.  ...

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