The History of Gun Control in Canada

From North Saskatchewan Resistance (nsresist.net), a new counter-info project operating in so-called Canada. Tell your friends.

The first gun control law passed in Canada was given royal assent in 1886. It applied only to the Territories, inclusive of what is today Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The scope of this legislation would make even Trudeau blush.

Section 101 of the North-West Territories Act made it illegal for anyone to own, use, transport, buy, or sell any firearms or ammunition for any purpose without the express written permission of the government. The law remained in place until 1905 when Saskatchewan and Alberta became provinces. The reasoning behind this bill, passed into law by the conservative Macdonald government, was to stamp out all remaining dissent against the Canadian state, especially by the Native and Métis inhabitants of the Territories, who in those days comprised the majority. Even with the leaders of the North-West Rebellion all brutally executed or exiled, the heavily-militarized North-West Mounted Police roaming the countryside, and the majority of the First Nations population corralled onto tiny reserves, the federal government felt the need to fully disarm the wild West. From that year on, the history of gun control in Canada has been a long history of the state disarming the people at the first flash of discontent. Read More …

A Criminal’s Guide to Bill C-75: Understanding the Liberals’ Crime Bill (Part 2 of 2)

Submitted anonymously to North Shore Counter-Info This is the second part of a two part series. Start at the beginning here. In part 1 of this series, we saw briefly what the Liberals’ crime bill C-75 intends to accomplish and looked at one of the big tasks it set for itself: creating a legislative response to some recent Supreme Court decisions. Although those are perhaps the most important aspects of Read More …

A Criminal’s Guide to Bill C-75: Understanding the Liberals’ crime bill (Part 1 of 2)

Submitted anonymously to North Shore Counter-Info. This is the first in a two-part series. The second part is available here. It’s the Colton Boushie bill and the #MeToo bill. It’s the bill that wants to speed trials up and change how people are impacted by bail while waiting. It’s a bill that frees the state’s hand to treat minor crimes more seriously or to use serious crimes more lightly. It’s Read More …

A Canada-Wide Callout to Track Down the Alt-Right Nazi Scumbags Next Door

From Montreal Counter-info The Montreal Storm leaks constitute the largest single reveal of activities of the neo-Nazi wing of the alt-right in Canada. What’s more, it looks like Montreal’s (pathetically small and inept) Daily Stormer “book club” may be the largest in Canada. That said, we know that it’s not the only one. Prior to the Daily Stormer closing its book club forum down, it was clear that there were Read More …

Call to Action: Open the Borders

From Solidarity Across Borders In the past year, tens of thousands of people have entered Canada from the US on foot, seeking a safe haven. Every day more people are arriving. This phenomenon is often referred to Trump, but it must be understood in the global context: worldwide, more than 21 million people have been forced to leave their homes because of wars, political oppression, military violence, extractivism, climate change, Read More …

New Zine: What’s a Justin Trudeau? On Social Peace and Canadian Nationalism

This text was written in Spring 2017 as an attempt at using the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as a case study to understand the project that is Canada and how the so-called “Canadian identity” has been structured over the last sixty years. Trudeau II’s aura has faded somewhat since then. Although he is still able to position himself as a champion of a “proudly progressive Canadian-ness”, his cancelling of the Read More …