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According to Gail Davidson, "In Calgary, there's people amassing there to indicate their opposition to the fact that the Canadian government has allowed Mr. Bush into Canada, incredibly to talk about his years in the Oval Office and the important things that he did and so on.

And they have-they're doing a number of things. I understand there's a shoe collection, for instance, and I understand that by amassing shoes, they're wanting to send a double message: send a message to the Canadian government that they think it's time that the law stepped in and also to send a message to everybody that they would like to give Mr. Bush the boot, I guess, from Canada."

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Nonetheless, nothing seems to be being actually undertaken by Canadian officials to the groundswell. Gail Davidson emphasizes this disappointing Canadian government silence. "Absolutely nothing [is being done]. We [the lawyers in Canada] have received no response whatsoever. However, from the RCMP or the government officials, that doesn't surprise me. I'm confident we will receive a response, that we'll receive a response after Mr. Bush has come and gone. And although we haven't succeeded in educating our political leaders about what Canadian law is and what Canada's responsibility to international humanitarian law is, we are confident that eventually we will succeed. Now, although we haven't received a response from the Canadian government or the RCMP, we've received responses from all over the world, many, many, many, many responses from the United States, from Canada and from other countries saying yes, basically echoing the words of Martin Scheinin, the UN special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism, who said recently, 'Now that the witch hunt for alleged terrorists is over, it's time for the law to step in.'" Nonetheless, Davidson is hopeful that eventually some government on the planet will respond differently to "W. Bush and Co." Click here.

Now, a Calgary newspaper reports of the protests being organized there. "According to Toby Pollet, a former peacekeeper who served in Croatia and Yugoslavia, 'Bush should be facing war crimes charges under the Canadian Criminal Code'." Click here and here.

For example, a lot of the protestors in Canada plan to throw shoes rather than do a bed-in. Click here.

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Incidentally, the Canadian Prime Minister has already announce that Canada will pull-out of Afghanistan-another War from George W. Bush-by 2012 or earlier. Meanwhile, the International Red Cross has produced a recent report that links the Bush administration to torture around the globe. Click here.

Finally, this same March marks the sixth anniversary of the Israeli bull-dozing murder of Rachel Corry, who died reporting on and protecting Palestinians under attack unfairly by Israeli authorities is certainly an example of someone who paid the ultimate price for bringing hope, respect and calls of reform to society. ACTIVE PROTEST NEEDED NOW.

With Corry's example of great personal sacrifice on hand, we readers and consumers of news need to get out and connect the poverty of the persecuted around the globe with the situation we in wealthy nations from Germany to the United Sates.

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After his most recent visit to Israel and Palestine, Rachel's father, Craig Corry has made it clear; "You know, the people here [in Palestine today] are just folks. And you've got to understand people as people. And that's the sort of first thing. And this one person here says, 'We're certainly not animals to be kept in a zoo, and somebody throws food over the wall to us every time.' But trying to bring the humanity of the issue to people, I think, is an important message."

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