• Ford’s victory and the limits of the NDP

    Episode 2: We talk to labour activist Sam Gindin about why it is now Ontario’s turn to face off against the hard-right, and what can be done to challenge Ford’s government. Listen to audio »

  • Ontario Fights Back: Recalling the Harris years

    Canada, and its industrial heartland and largest province of Ontario, is far from immune from the right-wing populist forces gaining electoral ground and organizational force around the world. The June 7th election of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PC), led by the politician, businessman and blowhard Doug Ford, to a majority government is an … Watch video »

  • Hassan Diab: Nothing Less Than a Public Inquiry Will Do

    He has been compared to Alfred Dreyfus, the iconic 19th-century French victim of false accusation and racism. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. His return to Canada from France in January 2018 was breaking news. An Ottawa sociology professor, Dr. Diab is the Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Ontario Election 2018: Right-Wing Populism Prevails Over Moderate Social Democracy

    In the June 7 provincial election, Ontario politics took a sharp turn to the right as the Progressive Conservatives, under the leadership of the populist businessman and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, steamrolled to a majority government. Keep reading »

  • Ontario Looks Right

    While U.S. socialists have always challenged the myth of American exceptionalism – that the U.S. is immune to class struggle and a politics linked to it – they tend to have the opposite view of Canadian politics: that the latter is somehow exceptional, rooted in a classic social-democratic and even socialist political culture that makes … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Solidarity with Palestine

    A Call for the NDP to Withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group The undersigned are appalled by the recent deaths in Gaza. At least 110 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by sniper fire and noxious gas used by the Israeli military. The recent violence takes place alongside ongoing land theft, destruction of olive groves, … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford – Ontario’s Donald Trump?

    Todd Gordon is interviewed by Ashley Smith about what led to Doug Ford’s election in Ontario and what this means for Canadian politics. Keep reading »

  • We All Live in a Mediocracy

    A review of Alain Deneault’s book “Mediocracy: The Politics of the Extreme Centre.” Keep reading »

  • What’s at Stake in the Ontario Election

    With just days to go until Ontario voters go to the polls it is worth remembering what is at stake in this election. The Ontario Liberals have been in power since 2003. It is clear their government is well past its due date. Years of scandals, Bay Street policies and austerity have left a sour … Keep reading »

  • Punitive Austerity: Ford, the Tories and the Coming Cuts

    Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford [Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if the … Keep reading »

  • The Ontario Election isn’t about Deficits, and that’s a good thing

    How big is your deficit? This Ontario election, no one seems to care – and that’s a decisive positive to emerge from a campaign that’s too often been submerged in the politics of personality. There is more and more light sneaking through the widening cracks in Canada’s austerity consensus. Hopefully, it will shine not only … Keep reading »

  • Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

    The ‘urban question’, as it came to be called in the 1970s, is now a central focus of academic study, state planning and political struggle alike. Keep reading »