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Canada Continues Denying 2004 Coup Involvement

Canada continues to deny involvement in the 2004 Coup against then-president Jean Bertrand Artistide in Haiti. According to many, including, Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph, Canada, France, and the US orchestrated the Coup and the situation in Haiti has been horrible ever since. Among the problems are cholera brought by UN peacekeepers, impunity for Jean-Claude Duvalier, and murder of those opposing the current Martelly government. Secrecy shrouds Canada’s role in Aristide’s ouster from Haiti Sue Montgomery, The Montreal Gazette February 28, 2014 MONTREAL — Ten years after Haiti’s first democratically elected president was removed from his country in the middle of the night and dumped in Africa, Canada’s role — and that of Montreal’s current mayor — has been shrouded in secrecy. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former priest from Haiti’s slums who is reviled by the elite minority and revered by […]

Haiti: Up from the rubble after quake

Sue Montgomery, The Gazette January 14, 2013 They were lured with scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth cake balls made with Barbancourt rum and Rebo coffee from their beloved Haiti. It was an evening — called Je Love Haiti — to celebrate all that is good about the country, which on Saturday marks the third anniversary of a devastating earthquake that brought it to its knees and drew an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy from around the world. Young, fashionable and ambitious members of the diaspora gathered Wednesday in the hip Factory bar on the Main to sip prosecco with kir and nibble on salmon tartare, as images flashed on screens of a Haiti that most observers might guess were taken in a long-ago era when the country was considered the Pearl of the Antilles — or even shot in another country altogether. Pristine beaches, turquoise […]

Frustration follows (Baby Doc) Duvalier ruling

Two Montrealers vow to continue their campaign to bring to justice the gunman who killed their dad during dictator’s regime By Sue Montgomery, Gazette Justice MONTREAL – This week’s news that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier would not be tried for grave human-rights abuses committed under his watch may have been a serious blow to the victims but was met with a disturbing silence in most camps. Human rights groups, such as Amnesty International and the United Nations, predictably reacted with outrage. But the United States, France and Haiti’s neighbours in the Caribbean stayed mum. Only Canada, which pledged $1 billion to the nation between 2006 and 2012, came out with a statement, albeit one that could hardly be defined as stinging. For Montrealers Nadine and Jan Dominique, who have been working tirelessly to have the former dictator […]

Floods Kill 13 as Heavy Rains Pound Haiti (The Gazette)

By. Joseph Guyler Delva, Agence France-Presse, The Gazette June 7, 2011- PORT-AU-PRINCE – Torrential rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 13 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year — at the start of the hurricane season — paralyzed the capital, where most of the deaths took place, Yolaine Surena of Haiti’s civil protection agency told AFP. Thunderstorms were pounding several north Caribbean islands early Tuesday, but there was little chance of the large low pressure area developing into a hurricane, according to the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center (NHC). Several days of rain had already swelled rivers, however, and the NHC warned that the rains “could cause flash floods and mudslides over portions of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba.” […]

Farming hailed as key to rebuilding Haiti — from the soil up

Photograph by: Natasha Fillion, The gazette The key to Haiti’s salvation, says the man who would be president of the nation that has languished in terminal poverty for generations, is a “no-brainer.” “There are three million farming families in Haiti,” says Charles Henri Baker, a leading candidate in Haiti’s coming elections. “The textile sector, to which I belong . . . could create 100,000, maybe 200,000 jobs. Agriculture can create three million jobs, bring down the cost of living and decentralize the four million people living in and around Port-au-Prince. . . . They could go back to their villages and lead positive lives, rather than stay in Port-au-Prince and just barely make a living.” If $1 billion of the $11 billion pledged by international donors was put toward agriculture, the world could “watch Haiti not only feed itself, but […]

Haiti must hold vote soon: Cannon

By Rene Bruemmer, The Montreal GazetteSpeaking at the international reconstruction conference le Groupe de reflexion et d’action pour une Haiti nouvelle (GRAHN) held at the Universite de Montreal, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon mentioned Nov. 28 as a possible election date, which has been deemed an acceptable timeline under Haiti’s constitution. Photograph by: Blair Gable, Reuters MONTREAL – Haiti’s hopes for a better future hinge on the country holding general elections within the year, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Friday. But members of Haiti’s political elite warned that the country’s fractious political scene and bankrupt party coffers could throw a wrench into the plan. “Our position is that we hope there will be elections held by the end of the year,” Cannon said. “When we have a political stability it aids reconstruction, aids the economy, it aids development.” […]

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