Category: Canada

  • Remembering Larry Nozaki: ‘Enemy Alien’, Unionist, Socialist

    Sadly, Larry Nozaki (1940-2020) died in Surrey BC on December 5, 2020. Larry was a casualty of the anti-Japanese internment camps during the war, long-time union activist in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and a member of the League for Socialist Action (LSA) Vancouver Branch. Below is a photo of Larry, and remembrances … Keep reading »

  • Living Socialism Today: Remembering Leo Panitch

    Standing outside a conference with a group of devotees, a famous political scientist brags that there’s only two people in the world he’s afraid of: his mother and Leo Panitch. To anyone who knows Leo, this revelation elicits knowing smiles and an affirmative nodding of heads. But it also poses a question. Those with an … Keep reading »

  • In Memory of Ernie Tate (1934-2021): A Life of Revolutionary Activism

    The socialist movement lost an outstanding educator and organizer with the passing of Ernest (Ernie) Tate in Toronto on 5 February. An outstanding partisan of global anti-imperialist solidarity, Ernie also contributed, with his partner Jess MacKenzie, to building revolutionary Marxist groups and to promoting socialist unity in Canada and Britain. Raised in an impoverished working-class … Keep reading »

  • Stock Market Pipedreams

    We chat about Biden’s cancelling of the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a socialist perspective on the GameStop stock surge and financial market ‘democratization’. Listen to audio »

  • Socialist Activist, Ecologist: The Wayne Roberts We Knew

    The tributes that have been made to Wayne Roberts (born 30 September 1944) for his work as a food-policy leader and activist are well known and continue to be made after his untimely death on January 20th, 2021. There is no question that “this kid from Scarberia,” as he described himself, played a highly respected … Keep reading »

  • Trudeau: End Hassan Diab’s Ordeal Now!

    Forty and some years have elapsed, yet the French authorities have failed to find the real culprit for the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on rue Copernic, Paris. Not only have they failed to carry out their original mission, they have failed to admit, let alone face, their obvious defeat. Recent events prove ever more … Keep reading »

  • 2020: Beard in Review

    In this episode we explore Politico’s obsession with how Trudeau the Politics Dad grew a quarantine beard. Touching on news topics throughout the year like the Wet’suwet’en protests, CERB rollout, and the BLM uprising, this episode serves as our review of the dumpster fire that has been 2020. Listen to audio »

  • 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 »