Students for a Free Tibet is alive and well in Canada! Check back here daily to keep informed about our efforts and to connect with members around the country!

The SFT Canada blog is currently run on Blogger, which is owned by Google. We are working on moving this blog to a new platform and hope to have it up and running ASAP...

Friday, February 10, 2006

update from HQ

Check out SFT's new video (45 secs) which is posted on the site:

As of today, over 2,000 people have committed to boycott Google on Valentine's Day, over 45,000 emails have been sent to Google's executives, and over 4,300 emails have been sent to executives at Yahoo, Microsoft, and Cisco.

We just created a new video (45 secs) which is posted on the site: and moved our blog from Blogger (owned by Google) to Wordpress - you can see the new one here:

Our campaign has been covered by a number of media outlets including the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. I also did an interview for American Public Media's Future Tense which you can hear at:


Friday Frukus: SFT Ruckus!!!!

[Montreal]- This Friday, Pierre Beaudoin was confronted by Montreal SFTers who let him know that he should be ASHAMED!!! As the Bombardier Aerospace CEO and son of Laurent Beaudoin (the head honcho), Pierre needs to know that Bombardier is WRONG for aiding and abetting the Chinese government's occupation of Tibet. Lets keep reminding Bombardier that until they are out of Tibet, We will follow them, follow them wherever they may go! There isn't an ocean too deep; a mountain too high that can keep, keep us away!! I have no luv for Bombardier... and no luv 4 Google.

Friday, February 03, 2006

SFT Canada disrupts talk by Chinese Ambassador

Bombardier and the Chinese government embarrassed again!

Today at approximately 12:30pm EST, Jessica Spanton (SFT Concordia and member of SFT Canada's Board of Directors) disrupted a luncheon featuring China's Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shumin. The luncheon, sponsored by Bombardier, focused on fostering Canada-China trade relations. We were to make sure Bombardier and the Chinese government were once again confronted with vocal opposition to the China-Tibet railway and to tell Canadian companies to stay out of Tibet until Tibetans are free to determine their own future.

Jessica waited while the head table was introduced (including 2 Bombardier representatives and the Ambassador) and as the approximately 350 guests turned to start eating their appetizer salads, Jess stood up, held up a Tibetan flag and yelled: "Shame on Bombardier! Shame on China! Canadians have no business in Tibet until Tibetans have their freedom and human rights! Bombardier has no business in Tibet! You may have profits but Tibetans have truth on their side! Shame on Bombardier! Shame on China! The room was dead silent. At this point she was approached by hotel security and escorted out of the room. Our point had been made.

Cost for the Chinese ambassador: Public embarrassment and lose of face.
Cost for Bombardier: Publicly confronted once again for its involvement in the China-Tibet railway - all this negative publicity sure must look bad to the shareholders.


Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Break up with Google!!!!

Let Google know: It's over! I've done it; feels great. Free at Last, just like Tibet will be.

Click here to be a Google dumper.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Evil Engines Belong to More than Just Trains

Canadians think Google's 'Evil' too!!!
Following the incredible protest at the Google Headquarters in
California, we decided to throw a little "Don't be Evil" party at the
Google Canada head office in Toronto. A small but dedicated group of
SFT Toronto and CTC Toronto members arrived at the office on Thursday at
5pm to have some face time with the good folks at Google. After talking
their way through security (the office is on the 27th floor, so it
required some maneuvering), two members presented a letter expressing
the outrage of Tibetans and supports across the country to a very
surprised looking receptionist. I'm sure the surprise will wear off
quickly though as Google executives get bombarded with emails from all
over the world. Let's make sure they hear us loud and clear from
across all borders!

Click HERE to take action

Friday, January 27, 2006

TDR Vigil -- Never a dull moment with SFT

Here are some images from last night's vigil.

The woman who collapsed in the middle of Granville St. rush hour is reported to be o.k. Seems like she was having a pre-stroke!

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain. It was well worth it.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SFT Canada Board Party!!!

As you all know we had a Students for a Free Tibet Board of Directors meeting from the 20th to the 22nd of January. The meeting was a lot of work and we got a ton done in the short time we all had together but the board felt that, “all work and no play makes SFT Canada’s BOD a dull BOD”.

So on the Saturday of the weekend, after about 10 hours or so of SFT Canada business that we had all attended to, we got to work at putting together the best darn SFT Canada mini-fundraising party ever! And did we you ask? Well I’ll fill you in on some of the details and I’ll let you be the judge.

Well the night started off with some lovely momo’s which were lovingly and painstakingly made for us by Dawa, Tenzin, Karma, Gelek and Tashi. They tasted soooo good. Mmmm. While the momo’s were being made the board got the place looking less like a meeting place and more like a place for partying. We quickly got to prepping the place for some action, please note: no repelling was involved. We cleared the living room of any evidence that a meeting had taken place. Then we not so subtly placed a bar where main entrance was supposed to be. Add some mood lighting, SFT literature, music and a DVD showing some of successes SFT had enjoyed in the past and we were ready to begin. Pema began an impassioned speech, which ended with Akayo going around with a donation basket that was promptly filled. But that was by no means the end; I noticed that as people started to finish eating they also started to drink more. And in some crazy inverse relationship the increase in alcohol consumption led to a decrease in conversations on Tibet and a sharp increase in tactless humour. Somewhere between the pseudo dance contest, the arm wrestling and the “shot’s for Tibet” contest (it was Jack Daniel’s btw…ugh.) the night became a blur for me. But the bar did unusually well so I don’t think the board cared.

In all seriousness we were all so happy and amazed at the generosity of all our members and guests, as we raised somewhere in the area of $800.00, an excellent start. We have a long ways to go but the fun we had while opening our hearts and wallets made all the work we look forward to doing that much more worthwhile. I would like to thank on behalf of the board everyone who came out that night the music and the drinking and most definitely the fun lasted all of the evening and into the morning…at which point we cleaned up and the got ready for the next day’s work. Cause let’s be honest fun is fun but we were there to work for Tibet.

So if you were in the
Vancouver area and you missed us? Well then too bad sucka cause you missed out…don’t let it happen again. If you weren’t able to be there but you want to come out and support next time, then keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground for the next SFT event in your local area.

The SFT Board would also like to give a special thanks to:

Hiroko Turnbull for all the delicious sushi and chicken that left us feeling pleasantly full but thirsty. Nice work.

Chris for donating the keg of beer we all enjoyed so very, very….very much. You’re a man among men and you can bring a keg to my party any time.

And once again to the Tibetans mentioned earlier, without whom we would have no momo’s for our SFT party. And as every Tibet Supporter knows that would be just wrong.

posted by Kephun, SFT Canada's Board Chair

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

a great big thank you!

to one and all for a wonderful retreat! never knew that strategizing can be this much fun. in some ways it sure beats knitting...but then there is always knitting and strategizing...hum....something to think about...right Jess??