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Bullet #1374: The Canadian Left and the Quebec Question: The Dilemma That Won’t Go Away

by Pierre Beaudet | February 25, 2017

In September 2015, a fine document emerged from Canadian progressives around the Leap Manifesto. It expresses a broad will to transform the land around a wide platform of social, democratic and environmental transformation, away from the neoliberal ‘model’ that we endure and fight. The Manifesto started by identifying violence against the Indigenous Peoples and the non-response from the Canadian State facing climate change as a crime.



What's New: Remembering Bob White

by Herman Rosenfeld | February 24, 2017

With great sadness, I learned of the death of Bob White. In 1978, he became the leader of the Canadian section of the UAW about a year and half after I started working on the line at GM. Little did I know what an amazing leader and pioneer in working class history he would turn out to be. White, a youthful immigrant from Northern Ireland, came from the shop floor to become the plant chairperson.



What's New: Workers strike against poverty wages at York University

by Justin Podur | February 24, 2017

In the basement of McLaughlin College at York University, a strike vote was being held for 250 food service workers. Volunteers sat at ballot boxes in a corner of the big cafeteria, while workers stopped to vote and to chat. The multiethnic workforce, unionized by UNITE HERE Local 75, looked a lot like the composition of York's student body; York students work jobs like these, and have family members and friends with jobs like these.



What's New: Beware of the New U.S. Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax

by Martin Khor | February 24, 2017

A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, would have the effect of taxing imports of goods and services that enter the United States, while also providing a subsidy for US exports which would be exempted from the tax.



Bullet #1373: Bob White, Union Organizer, Union Leader

by Sam Gindin | February 23, 2017

When I last visited Bob at his nursing home in Kincardine, a nurse politely pulled me aside to tell me that he no longer talked much but remained quite sociable. The deterioration in his condition was sad to hear, but I remarked that his retention of social skills was no surprise. ‘As a union organizer he had a natural sociability’. She lit up and excitedly whispered to a nearby nurse: ‘That explains it!’. ‘Explains what?’ I asked. ‘Well, the one thing he keeps telling us is: 'You know, all of you work really hard but don't get paid enough; you should get a union'.’



Bullet #1372: Time to Fix Hydro 'Mistake'

by Paul Kahnert | February 22, 2017

Hydro in Ontario is a mess and rates are skyrocketing. The high number of people who have trouble paying or can't pay their Hydro bills is growing by the day. Businesses are leaving the province and/or refusing to locate here because of high Hydro rates. A group that is especially being ignored is small and medium business including farmers. On 19 November 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she made a 'mistake on Hydro' and took 'responsibility for it.' But it wasn't just an accident that Hydro rates skyrocketed.



What's New: The 2012 student movement in Quebec: fair shares, commodification and saucepans

by Clara Lea Dallaire-Fortier | February 21, 2017

In 2012, a policy to increase university tuition fees, and a large student mobilization against it, led to a broad debate on education, accessibility and public institutions in Quebec. Tuition fees in Quebec are below the Canadian average and its institutions are relatively underfunded. In other provinces, the debate on the public education system had no repercussions and the basis of the student struggle was perceived as foreign to their societal priorities. In Quebec’s debate on public education, citizens influenced by the rise of neoliberalism were at odds with the values of others who thought the increases undermined notions of collectivity.



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7:30pm, Monday February 27, 2017
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Carrot Common Neighbourhood Conversation Circles Theme: dissent, advocacy and a citizen’s responsibility

Topic: Iceland, A Different Kind of Election Result: Lessons Learned from Pirate Party’s Direct Democracy
a wide-ranging conversation with Ryerson University professors and authors Dr. John Shields and Dr. Bryan Evans.

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Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Ln, Ottawa.



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Forum: Beyond Capitalism

Beyond Capitalism
A free public forum featuring: Hassan Husseini and other guests on the need for a new kind of political organization in Ottawa.

Solidarity Ottawa is a new membership-based organization in Ottawa, aiming to raise big political questions, highlight key struggles, and build successful local organizing against capitalism and its negative impacts on the lives of people and communities.

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