Israeli Apartheid Targeted by Toronto Conference

by Barry Weisleder / November 2006 Over 600 people attended a landmark conference, Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues, held Oct. 6-8 in Toronto. Leading anti-apartheid activists from Palestine, South Africa, Canada, and England addressed the way forward in the global campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions. Jamal Juma’a, coordinator of the Stop the Wall…

OCAP Activists Sue Cops – And Win!

by Barry Weisleder / November 2006 In July of 2000, Stefan Pilipa, Gaetan Heroux, and John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) were arrested as alleged ‘leaders’ of a ‘riot’ one month earlier at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto. Over 1500 people had come to Queen’s Park to demand that a delegation of…

Protesting Canada’s Imperialist War

by Barry Weisleder / November 2006 Though the turnout was generally lighter than last spring, antiwar protests across Canada on Oct. 28 nonetheless represented an important step forward. It was the first time the broad movement—led by the Canadian Peace Alliance, le Collectif Échec la guerre, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Canadian Islamic Congress—focused…

Rescind the Anti-Terrorism Act! Release the Prisoners!

by Barry Weisleder / November 2006 October was a tough month for the enemies of civil liberties. Ontario courts twice struck down aspects of Canada’s sweeping so-called security and anti-terrorism laws. These judicial decisions were a limited reflection of public outrage over abusive police practices. Justice Douglas Rutherford ruled out part of the Anti-Terrorism Act,…

NDP Calls for Canadian Troops Out of Afghanistan

By SA Canada / September 2006 issue of Socialist Action Until Aug. 31 the labour-based New Democratic Party had declined to demand that Canadian troops leave Afghanistan—much less take the side of the popular resistance to the Zionist apartheid state in Palestine and the invasion of Lebanon. Then NDP federal Leader Jack Layton issued a…

Drug Profiteers & Government Doom AIDS Victims

By Barry Weisleder / September 2006 issue of Socialist Action TORONTO—The International AIDS Conference, held here in August, was the largest ever, attracting some 26,000 participants. But many must have gone home disappointed. Despite a headline-grabbing donation by Bill and Melinda Gates to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and the release of promising trial…

Canadian Military Fattens While the NDP Leaders Fiddle

by Barry Weisleder / August 2006 of Socialist Action More surprising than the federal Conservative government’s $17.1 billion spending spree on transport planes, ships, helicopters, and trucks for the military is the muted response of New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton and his caucus of MPs. On top of the $17.1 billion for equipment, the…

Canada Holds Muslims in Detention

by Judy Koch / October 2005 issue of Socialist Action newspaper A number of Muslim men in Canada have been detained on ‘security certificates’ since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. A ‘security certificate’ allows the Canadian government to hold people in jail as alleged terrorists without revealing any evidence, and to eventually…

A Militant Canadian Union & its Leader

by Judy Koch / July 2005 issue of Socialist Action newspaper A very important book recently launched at public meetings across Canada is the autobiography of Jean Claude Parrot, called “My Union. My Life.” (Fernwood Publishing, Halifax, 2005, 311 pages). It is easy to understand, clearly explains complicated topics, and is an accurate chronicle of…

‘Raise the Rates!’

by John Clarke / June 2005 issue of Socialist Action     TORONTO—On May 12, a crowd of over 400 poor people and supporters took the fight for decent income right to the doorstep of the Ontario Liberal politician most responsible for imposing hunger on our communities, Minister of Social Services Sandra Pupatello.   The…

Quebec Students Win Funding Battle

by Aaron Donny-Clark / May 2005 issue of Socialist Action     University and college students in Quebec, after more than a month of intense struggle, including demonstrations, occupation of buildings, and a lengthy boycott of classes, agreed to an offer by the provincial government.   At stake was $103 million cut from the student…

Scandal Plagues Liberals in Canada

by Robbie Mahood / May 2005 issue of Socialist Action     It might be argued that the frequent scandals that erupt during the tenure of bourgeois governments divert attention away from the real underlying class issues. But crimes and misdemeanors in high places can also be quite revealing of the fault lines in the…

Quebec Students on Strike!

by Aaron Donny-Clark /  April 2005 issue of Socialist Action   MONTREAL, March 19—Over 170,000 college and university students in Quebec are on strike. Over 111,000 of them, at the time of writing, are engaged in unlimited general strikes.   The strikes involve not only those represented by the militant students’ associations, those affiliated with…

‘Terrorism’ at Wal-Mart

by Aaron Donny-Clark  / March 2005 MONTREAL—Wal-Mart will close, on May 6, its store in Jonquiere, Quebec, about 300 miles northeast of Montreal, one of only two unionized Wal-Mart stores in North America. One hundred and ninety employees will lose their jobs.   According to Wal-Mart, the store is being closed because it is not…

Northern Lights: News & Views from SA/Canada

by Barry Weisleder/  March 2005 issue of Socialist Action   Martin: No to missiles, yes to military   On Feb. 24, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, dubbed “Mr. Dithers” by the London-based Economist magazine, finally said no to the U.S. ballistic missile defence (BMD) plan. But Martin’s Liberal federal minority government softened the blow to…

PSAC Job Action Interupted

by Barry Weisleder – February, 2005   Last month we reported on the struggle of members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, who had embarked on a brave battle last summer against harmful government cuts to public services and jobs. The militant walk outs were cut short and a huge strike mandate was betrayed…

Update on the Struggle at Toronto’s Metropolitan Hotel

by Barry Weisleder – February, 2005   In late January, hotel worker and union activist Emily Tang was fired by the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.  Emily had been suspended for three months for violating a policy that bans workers from making public statements about the hotel deemed negative by management. She was targeted as a…

Supremes bless same-sex marriage

by Barry Weisleder   After decades of street marches, bitter protests, and expensive legal battles, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Dec. 9 that a same-sex marriage law would be constitutional. The High Court Justices said that Parliament has the authority to redefine marriage to include gay or lesbian couples, but religious officials cannot…

PSAC officials abandon strike

by Barry Weisleder   “While the details of how the union leadership killed a three-day national strike are still emerging, this much is clear: The decision to put the employer’s final offer to a membership vote and end job action is being widely seen as a sell out by members”, writes Ian Shaw, president of…

Paul Martin takes his doctrine for test drive

by Barry Weisleder Given the accelerating pace and reach of U.S. military intervention around the world, it is getting more and more difficult for junior imperialists to demonstrate their usefulness to the Empire. But credit Canada’s Prime Minister Paul Martin for trying harder. Mr. Martin has a new global doctrine called “Responsibility to Protect”. He…

Report on the Ontario NDP convention

by Sean Cain More than 600 delegates converged on Hamilton, Canada’s steel town 45 minutes west of Toronto, for the Ontario New Democratic Party’s (ONDP) 22nd convention, held Nov. 19-21. North America’s only major labour-based political party was founded in 1961 as a successor to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). Although the NDP has rebounded…

Canadian Labour Congress Shifts Left

By BARRY WEISLEDER VANCOUVER, B.C.-The largest ever Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) opted for mass job action to defend medicare, reaffirmed support for the New Democratic Party and defeated a conservative challenge in elections for top officers. The June 10-14 gathering of 3263 registered delegates, representing some 2.5 million affiliated members, was held…

Youth in Action

An open letter: Is Nader an alternative? Dear fellow activists, The Green Party presidential campaign of Ralph Nader has stirred a very interesting debate among young activists about what attitude to take towards the coming elections, the Democratic Party, the Greens, and third parties in general. A definite sign of that interest can be seen…