What's New: The 2012 student movement in Quebec: fair shares, commodification and saucepans
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.
What's New: State of Power 2017
This sixth annual State of Power report examines the cultural processes that are used by corporations, military and privileged elites to make their power seem 'natural' and 'irreversible'. It also explores how social movements can harness creativity, art and cultural forces to resist and to build lasting social and ecological transformation.
In The News Today
The lessons of our counterprotests
Jen Roesch, one of the organizers of a February 11 counterprotest against anti-abortion forces in New York City, looks at the political questions raised by this success.
socialistworker.org | 21 Feb 2017, 5:00pm
It's Not Over
The Machinists' loss in Wednesday's union vote at Boeing was devastating. Out of 3,000 workers eligible to cast ballots at the Charleston, South Carolina, plant, 2,097 voted against unionization, and only 731 in favor.
www.jacobinmag.com | 21 Feb 2017, 4:00pm
Stunning results about Canadian opinions on Israel and Palestine
Results of a national survey of Canadians by EKOS, which Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) co-sponsored, show that Canadians are at sharp odds with the Canadian government's and Jewish establishment's pro-Israel bias.
madmimi.com | 21 Feb 2017, 3:00pm
Will science go rogue against Donald Trump?
Scientists' anger and outrage at Donald Trump's climate-change denial and more is bubbling up in many forms, ranging from guerilla tweets to the call for a March for Science on Earth Day.
socialistworker.org | 21 Feb 2017, 2:00pm
BMO declares Toronto housing bubble amid 'dangerously' hot prices
Housing prices in Toronto and the surrounding area have become 'dangerously detached' from economic fundamentals and are rising simply on the belief that prices will continue to soar higher, according to Porter. 'Prices in Greater Toronto are now up a fiery 22.6 per cent from a year ago.'
www.bnn.ca | 21 Feb 2017, 1:00pm
Teachers cite abuse, crushing workload, ask Liberals to halt Bill 75
Sharon Baker says she is routinely attacked and abused by her students while on the job as a school teacher. 'I've come home with bruises, scratch marks and bite marks on a weekly basis,' she told the legislature's Law Amendments Committee on Wednesday night.
www.cbc.ca | 21 Feb 2017, 11:00am
Deciphering America's 2008 crisis as a crisis of globalization
Instead, what we witnessed in 2007-8 were what appeared to be a series of national real estate booms that went bad. This was the basis for the financialization story, the story of how financial engineering was hooked to real estate to generate the engine of disaster that was shadow banking. This can be told, and often is, as an American story.
www.adamtooze.com | 21 Feb 2017, 4:00am