March 10, 2009 Slideshows

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U.S. Military Deserters in Canada 

From the story, "No Canada: U.S. military deserters once again flock to Canada to avoid war. Looks like this time they picked the wrong country." By Megan Feldman. Photos by Ian Willms.
By Ian Willms
Kim Rivera, the first female Iraq war deserter to seek refuge in Canada, shows her newfound anti-war stance through buttons on her purse.

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By Ian Willms
Rivera and her children, Christian, 6, and Rebecca, 4, are waiting for Canada’s high courts to review the government’s denial of their asylum application.

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By Ian Willms
Lee Zaslofsky, a Brooklyn-born Vietnam deserter who runs the Toronto-based War Resisters Support Campaign, protests the deportation of American deserters.

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By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, a deserter from California formerly stationed at Fort Irwin, hopes to get asylum in Canada.

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By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, a resister from California, rallies at a War Resisters Support Campaign demonstration at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
A handful of American Iraq War deserters hold signs at a Toronto demonstration, asking that Canada grant them shelter from what they say is an illegal and immoral war.

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By Ian Willms
The documentary short Deserter, about Ryan Johnson’s decision to leave his post at Fort Irwin, California and flee to Canada, plays at the War Resisters Support Campaign office in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, who left his post at Fort Irwin, California and fled with his wife to Canada, speaks to a group of supporters at the screening of the documentary, Deserter, at the War Resisters Support Campaign offices in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
Air Force deserter Dale Landry (left) and Army deserter Ryan Johnson ride the streetcar in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
War resister Dale Landry (left), friend and supporter Helyn Fisher and war resister Ryan Johnson talk on their porch in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
Ryan Johnson, who deserted from Fort Irwin, California and is seeking refuge in Canada, says much of his family has disowned him because of his decision.

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By Ian Willms
At their apartment in Toronto, Kim and Mario Rivera discuss their food budget for the week.

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By Ian Willms
Kim Rivera -- waiting news on her stay of deportation -- rests while her husband Mario tends to their baby, Katie, at their Toronto apartment.

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By Ian Willms
Mario Rivera checks his e-mail while waiting for news on the stay of deportation that would allow him and his wife, Kim, to stay in Canada until a federal court reviews their case.

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By Ian Willms
By Ian Willms
Kim Rivera grocery shops for her family in Toronto shortly after learning that her deportation had been at least temporarily halted by the federal court.

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By Ian Willms
Deserter Ryan Johnson (right) readies himself for the cold after a weekly meeting at the War Resisters Support Campaign headquarters in Toronto.

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By Ian Willms
Kim Rivera, the first female Iraq war deserter to seek refuge in Canada, shows her newfound anti-war stance through buttons on her purse.

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