Toronto: Stonewall is reborn

TORONTO—At least 1000 people gathered in Queen’s Park June 26 to participate in the first Stonewall march to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, which were a jump-off point for the gay liberation movement. This date had been opportunistically vacated by Pride Toronto, which moved Pride Day to…

NDP ranks reject turn to right

What began as a tightly orchestrated tribute to Leader Jack Layton and his electoral machine turned into a battleground over socialist policies and principles. In the end, officials of the labour-based New Democratic Party failed to convince a majority of the 1572 delegates to the June 17-19 NDP Federal Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia to…

Northern Lights

Canada: Defeat Harper Tories in the Parliament of the Streets! Good or bad? May 2 catapulted the NDP into second place, Official Opposition, bearing historic gains. Good. But the total seat tally enabled the Conservatives to eke out a parliamentary majority. That’s bad.             So what’s the conclusion? Are we in a four-year holding pattern,…

Northern Lights

Thousands rally for locked-out Steelworkers in Hamilton by Tyler Mackinnon HAMILTON, Ont.—On Jan. 29, up to 10,000 union members and supporters from across Ontario and Quebec gathered in front of Hamilton’s City Hall in solidarity with the workers of U.S. Steel. The company locked out the already greatly reduced workforce of 900 on Nov. 7,…

Toronto sets April 9 antiwar protest

by Julius Arscott   The call for mass anti-war actions on April 9, issued by the U.S.-based United National Anti-war Committee (UNAC), has been heard and answered in Canada. A Jan. 14 membership meeting of the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War responded with a Yes. It is proceeding to organize an outdoor rally, and…

The Story of Mouseland

Mouseland is a famous speech by a Tommy Douglas about Canada’s labor party – the New Democratic Party. We think it contains a great message about working class political independence that is very applicable to the United States! Don’t support Democrats or Republicans! Vote your class – vote Socialist!

“A World in Revolt” Conference Set for May 22-25 in Toronto

by Barry Weisleder You won’t want to miss this. Four days of stimulating, enriching political education, discussions, and debates on the biggest issues facing humanity. Get set for an exciting tri-national revolutionary socialist conference titled, “A World in Revolt: Prospects for Socialism in the 21st Century”, to be held in Toronto, May 22-25. Co-sponsored by…

Stephane Dion, the Chamaeleon With a Past

The come-from-behind win of Stephane Dion at the federal Liberal leadership convention in early December rattled the party’s establishment and boosted Liberals in opinion polls. To capture the crown Dion, the 51 year old former Universite de Montreal political science professor turned-politician, wrapped himself in the green flag. He tried to sound like an innovator…

Quebec NDP Convention Hears a ‘Leftist’ Jack Layton

MONTREAL—When Jack Layton addressed the Convention of the Federal NDP-Quebec section on Nov. 12 his remarks on Afghanistan were better than I expected. He called for the withdrawal of Canadian troops, not differentiating between Kandahar and the rest of the country, nor between combat and other roles. He spoke of the suffering of the Afghan…

Canadian Peace Alliance Sets March 17 Actions

OTTAWA—Forty-three delegates and about 50 observers at the Canadian Peace Alliance’s Nov. 10-12 congress in this city set March 17, 2007, as the date of a pan-Canadian action against the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Delegates also adopted a far-reaching resolution on Palestine calling for Israel’s prosecution for war crimes against civilians, dismantlement of Israel’s…

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…