Author: John Clarke

John Clarke is a writer and retired organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). Follow his tweets at @JohnOCAP and blog at johnclarkeblog.com.

  • Indigenous Resistance Shakes the Canadian State

    Indigenous groups resisting a destructive gas pipeline have blockaded one of Canada’s busiest rail lines bringing business as usual to a grinding halt, reports John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • Disabled People Under Attack

    In December, Ontario’s Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk, issued a report that offers the province’s right wing Tory government an opportunity to attack disabled people living in poverty. Her report paints a picture of an Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that is handing out money hand over fist to the questionably disabled, without any realistic checks and … Keep reading »

  • If Housing is a Right We Should Take It

    In Toronto and across Canada, homelessness has reached proportions that no rational and just society would tolerate and it constitutes an emergency situation. The Trump Administration, seeing levels of destitution in California that are producing social dislocation, is preparing for a brutal crackdown on the homeless. We would do well to understand how close we … Keep reading »

  • Holding Pens for the Homeless

    Homelessness is spinning out of control in many places, not least right here in Toronto. However, in California, the situation is now generating an acute political crisis. So great is the problem of mass destitution in that state that whole urban areas are facing a threat to public health and a level of social dislocation … Keep reading »

  • A Nightmare of Homelessness: A Knapsack Full of Dreams

    Cathy Crowe’s book A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse comes out of decades of witnessing and challenging a growing blight of destitution and poverty in Toronto that has developed with the advance of the neoliberal agenda. In writing this review, I should make clear that I have known Cathy for a … Keep reading »

  • Canada Joins Campaign to Stifle Criticism of Israel

    Canada becomes the next major player in the international drive to weaponize false allegations of antisemitism to protect Israel, writes John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or ‘Left Secularism’

    Western governments and the xenophobic far right are engaged in a veritable war on Muslims. One way in which this attack unfolds is an ongoing effort to force Muslims to embrace dominant ‘values’ and change their forms of dress or abandon religious observances. Keep reading »

  • Conservative ‘Blue Wave’ Sweeps Across Canada

    The provincial level of government is now dominated by the Conservatives and other hard right political parties. The only viable resistance to Canada’s creeping blue wave will come from a united working class, writes John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • ‘Progressive’ Trudeau Government Attacks Venezuela

    With neoliberalism’s sights set on Venezuela, John Clarke examines the imperialism of a superficially progressive Canada. Keep reading »

  • A Tale of Two Austerities

    The UK’s brutal austerity regime is acting as a template for similar programmes across the Atlantic in Canada, reports John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • The Homelessness Crisis Deepens Across North America

    As an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto, I am only too aware of how much worse the homeless crisis has become in this city over the last three years. As a result of community pressure, City Hall issues a daily shelter census. In a whole series of ways, the official … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford’s War on Ontario’s Poor

    Analysis by @JohnOCAP of the new war on the poor by the Ford government in Ontario. Keep reading »