Category: Canada

  • Ignoring is Denying: The Ontario 2020 Budget and the Climate Emergency

    Briefing note prepared by David Robertson for Seniors for Climate Action Now! SCAN! is a new, Ontario based seniors’ climate action group whose goals are to support youth climate activists and to pressure governments to act decisively to address the climate emergency. For more information on SCAN! visit the FB page Seniors for Climate Action … Keep reading »

  • The Ontario Budget: Hard Times Ahead

    To ease future cuts, the government established a budgeting system this year which would see much of the COVID-related funding budgeted under special funds distinct from the normal ministries. So much of the increased funding for the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care (LTC) is not reflected in their line items but instead … Keep reading »

  • Ontario 2020 Budget

    “We are here at a critical time; not just for Ontario but for the whole country. And during this difficult time, my government’s top priority is the health and well-being of all Ontarians. Moments of urgency require us to put aside our differences, have each other’s backs, stick together as a country, and reassure the … Keep reading »

  • Quebec, Canada, and the Indigenous Peoples: Toward Plurinational Alliances around a Decolonial Outlook?

    The latest issue of the Quebec journal Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme (NCS), published in September, revisits the Quebec national question in light of the mounting struggle against climate catastrophe, the growth of Indigenous resistance, and the crisis of Quebec’s national movement. A number of articles probe the potential for creation of the strategic class alliances … Keep reading »

  • Quebec’s October Crisis, 1970

    What Today’s Left Learned From Ottawa’s Turn to Repression Fifty years ago this month, the federal government, invoking the War Measures Act – its first use in peacetime – occupied Quebec with 12,000 troops, arrested almost 500 citizens without a warrant, and carried out 36,000 police searches of homes, organizations and publications. Of the 497 trade … Keep reading »

  • The Events of October 1970: From Yesterday to Today

    In 1970, the national question and the social question were merged (especially in Montreal). The big “bosses” were English. The overwhelmingly francophone working class was exploited as well as oppressed and vice versa. Language on signs and in the workplace, and the names of companies, were predominantly in English. A petty-bourgeois “Quiet Revolution” (1960-1966) was … Keep reading »

  • Eco-Socialist Futures /w Dimitri Lascaris

    We speak with Dimitri Lascaris about his experience running for leader of the Green Party of Canada as an eco-socialist. We also delve into eco-socialism’s intersections with internationalist foreign policy, the COVID-19 health crisis, and the future of the Canadian left. Listen to audio »

  • Attawapiskat First Nation versus De Beers Diamond Mine

    Massive Garbage Dump in Fragile Wetlands Habitat? In May 2019, production at De Beer’s Victor diamond mine on the traditional territories of Attawapiskat First Nation came to an end. In all, more than 8 million carats of diamonds were taken from the giant open pit mine that generating billions in revenues for the mine’s owners. But … Keep reading »

  • Book Launch: Canada in the World /w Tyler Shipley

    Launch of Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination (Fernwood Books, 2020), with author Tyler Shipley, as well as Cassandra Kislenko, Sara Jaffri, and Veldon Coburn. Watch video »

  • Scarlet Standard Episode 2: Canada in the World w/ Tyler A. Shipley

    We speak with Tyler A. Shipley about his new book Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination. We dive into the juxtaposition between Canada’s performance as a well-intentioned peacekeeping force on the international stage, with its original sin of colonial genocide and its continuing behaviour as a settler colonial power. Listen to audio »

  • Canada in the World

    “When the European settlers arrived, they needed land to live on. The First Nations peoples agreed to move to different areas to make room for the new settlements.” – Complete Canadian Curriculum (Grade 3), 2017. In 2017, the Complete Canadian Curriculum guide for third graders claimed that “the First Nations peoples moved to areas called … Keep reading »

  • Limits of Ontario’s Mineral Strategy: The Magino Mine Approval

    On June 11, 2020, 21 lakes, streams and wetlands in northern Ontario were re-characterized as a mine tailings impoundment for the proposed Magino gold mine. This magical transformation took place through Schedule 2 of the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulation (MDMER) under the federal Fisheries Act. Although the Act says it is illegal to … Keep reading »