Category: Canada

  • Meng, Huawei and Canadian Law: Soap, Rinse and Dry-Laundered

    Prologue One of the graver risks for big-time criminals is that investigators will be able to identify them and their deeds by ‘following the money’. The criminals have to hide the proceeds of their crimes. This is done by depositing their monies into legitimate finance houses and businesses. It often requires some fancy book-keeping tricks … Keep reading »

  • All Out: Policing, Racism and Our Collective Response

    The recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is the latest in a series of criminal acts by police departments against black people in the US, and it echoes the similar recent crime against the medical technician Breonna Tayler in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the racist hate crime against the unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery, … Keep reading »

  • The Bank of Canada: In Crisis and Beyond

    Viewing the COVID-19 pandemic as a purely exogenous shock, Canadian economists and policymakers have tended to predict a quick return to economic growth once health restrictions are lifted. As an account of current events, this turns a blind eye to the uneven forms of adjustment produced by years of neoliberal cutbacks and how these both … Keep reading »

  • Cold Turkey Kenney: Oil-Addiction, Withdrawal and Alternatives in Alberta

    Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s messages were often inconsistent, and would certainly fail fact-checking, but they were very persuasive. Until recently. Uncertainties create demand for reassurance, and the reasons for uncertainty are plenty. Financial markets and oil prices are on a roller coaster, putting jobs, pensions, mortgage and student-debt payments at risk. A flood roaring through … Keep reading »

  • The Myth of State Neutrality

    Police Violence, Labour, and the Unifor/Co-op Struggle We are taught at a very early age and socialized throughout our lives to respect and obey the rule of law. British Columbia Premier John Horgan recently invoked, rather infamously, the rule of law in justifying RCMP assaults on Wet’suwet’en defending their territory against imposition of the Coastal GasLink … Keep reading »

  • Canada, Israel and the UN Security Council

    Hanna Kawas Canadian activists have compiled a study of Canada’s 2019 voting record at the United Nations on resolutions [see list below] that document and censure Israeli violations of international law. There was much fanfare made about Canada’s orphan “yes” vote at the UN General Assembly this year on “The right of the Palestinian people to … Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Congress: A Few Skirmishes, But Shift Right?

    Congress focuses on completing fusion with Option nationale In the fusion agreement with Option nationale (ON) adopted at its previous congress, in December 2017, Québec solidaire committed to aligning its program with that of ON. This was the major objective of the unified party’s congress that met in the Montréal suburb of Longueuil on November 15-17. … Keep reading »

  • From Canada’s Election to Public Action

    Beyond the Alberta Tar-Sands For months, during and after Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign, corporate media provided daily frontpage news space for Alberta’s non-stop demands for more tar-sands-export infrastructure through British Columbia, as well as space for discrediting stories on the Trudeau government for his attempt at questionable legal protection of a Quebec big business and … Keep reading »

  • Stop Backing a Corrupt, Repressive and Illegitimate Haitian President

    Open letter calling on the Canadian government to stop backing a corrupt, repressive and illegitimate Haitian president In recent months, Haitians have demonstrated their overwhelming opposition to President Jovenel Moïse. There have been massive protests and multiple general strikes demanding Moïse leave. We consider their demands legitimate. A recent corruption investigation by Haiti’s Superior Court of … Keep reading »

  • After the Federal Election: the Dangers and Challenges that Lie Ahead

    It is still early to interpret fully the results of Canada’s October 21 federal election. But behind the immediate results some trends are clear. Canada’s Federal Election, 2019 2019 2015 Party Seats Votes % of vote Seats Votes % of vote Liberal 157 5,915,950 33.1 184 6,930,136 39.5 Conservative 121 6,155,662 34.4 99 5,600,496 31.9 … Keep reading »

  • Ten Reasons to say No: A Primer on Sidewalk Labs’ Plan for Toronto

    Review of Sidewalk Labs’ plans for Toronto’s waterfront and some of the reasons to say no to corporate control and to insist instead, on a democratic and citizen driven process. Keep reading »

  • The Saga of SNC-Lavalin: Quebec Inc. and the Canadian State

    For several months now the SNC-Lavalin saga has continued to unfold, although it has been displaced somewhat in the current election campaign. You will recall the small storm that arose when star cabinet ministers in the Trudeau government, Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould in particular, resigned over the refusal to prosecute some shady “cases.” Trudeau, … Keep reading »