Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Canada is major news. Modi is being greeted like he is a musical star like Bob Marley or Bruce Springsteen. India has a long history of leaning left and not being a servant of Western interest. It is no surprise that this Asian nation is a foundation member of BRICS. The new kid on the economic block is BRICS an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The contradictions of imperialism are clear in the West’s war against ISIS. Working people are bombarded with messages of the worldwide threat of ISIS, with the aim of convincing us to sacrifice our civil liberties and democratic freedoms and to support more military interventions in the Middle East. But are Barack Obama, David Cameron, Tony Abbot, and other Western leaders truly interested in countering the threat of ISIS?
The liberation of Berlin by Soviet troops in May 1945, marks the victory of the peoples in World War II and the defeat of Nazi-fascism – the most violent form of class domination generated by capitalism and the direct cause of the war and of the death of tens of millions of human beings.
May First, the international workers’ day, was marked with protests, demonstrations and celebrations in dozens of countries around the world.
A major Quebec trade union has come fully on board with the international Palestine solidarity campaign known as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions or BDS. The decision took place in April at a delegate meeting of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) which represents some 325,000 workers in all sectors across Quebec.
In the sanitized world of right-wing politicians trained in perfect sound bites, we rarely see the full extent of racism, misogyny and other forms of bigotry which permeate the ruling class. But occasionally a glimpse of their reactionary ideology becomes visible.
Despite the depressing vote in Parliament to adopt Bill C-51, it would be dramatically premature to declare that Canada is now a fascist state.
The battle to defend and expand civil and labour rights, and other democratic freedoms, is long and complicated.
On May 4th and 5th, 35,000 elementary students – almost 90% – were kept out of school in Brampton and Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood to protest the new sex education curriculum being introduced in health and phys ed classes in September by the provincial government.
As far as protest organizers are concerned, no sex education is the best education for their kids – and yours too.
Finance ministers are up to their fiscal trickery in Ontario: cooking the numbers to balance their books while our Toronto schools crumble.
After slashing provincial education and health transfer payments back in the mid-80s, the feds further reduced revenues in their April 2015 budget by delivering $5 billion in tax cuts (mostly benefiting the country’s wealthiest 15%). They also snipped $36 billion from healthcare over the coming ten years.
Despite journalistic cartoons of pigs flying and hell freezing over, the May 5 election of a new majority NDP government in Alberta is after all a political and not a magical event. As in Ontario under Bob Rae and BC under Dave Barrett, the NDP has been elected by voters more than thoroughly disenchanted with the economic devastation that comes from right wing governments’ incapacity to respond to economic downturns.
Released on April 21, the latest federal budget from the Harper Conservatives has been slammed by the labour movement and progressive economists.
According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), the budget will do little to revitalize Canada’s sluggish job market at a time when economic growth is slowing due to collapsing corporate investment in the tar sands.
Two recent serious environmental incidents in Vancouver, within the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, are a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of transporting huge quantities of volatile raw materials through heavily populated urban areas. On March 4, a fire at the port released clouds of toxic acid into the air over a large part of the city, followed on April 8 by a spill of bunker fuel in English Bay.