Category: Public Goods

  • Investigate Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Us From COVID-19

    Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state – such as Brazil – should have to admit that it did nothing when these … Keep reading »

  • The Class Struggle Against the Pandemic

    Kevin Courtney, joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), summed it up when he said, the best response to the Tory pandemic disaster is to join a union and join the Zero Covid campaign. Talking at a 400-strong online conference, he paid tribute to NEU and Unison members who had followed union advice … Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 Crisis Situation In Ontario: Deadliest Day of the Pandemic

    January 7th is the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period. By every measure the situation is critical, warns the Ontario Health Coalition. Keep reading »

  • Lower Fares, More Service!: Public Transit Struggles In and After the Pandemic

    A second wave of the pandemic is raging across the country, and Toronto and other cities are again in lockdown. Austerity for social provisioning including public transit is high on the agenda for city governments across North America. Watch video »

  • Transit Policy and COVID-19

    Public transit is an essential service. In the midst of a pandemic it is also a particularly dangerous one for transit workers and transit users. The City of Ottawa has tried to strike the right balance, but more needs to be done. Free Transit Ottawa calls on the Mayor and City Council to immediately take … Keep reading »

  • A Green New Deal for Public Transport

    As the US confronts the twin crises of climate and the coronavirus, each disproportionately harming Black and brown Americans, it’s time for a reckoning over our failed federal transportation policies. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the necessary time frame outlined by scientists, we must make public transit a viable option for the majority of … Keep reading »

  • Vaccine Rollout

    In this episode we discuss what is currently known about Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, the privatization and closure of Canada’s own vaccine producer Connaught Labs, the potential for electoral blowback from a delayed vaccination schedule, and our general displeasure with the NDP. Listen to audio »

  • Vaccine Nationalism? An Incurable Disease Called Hope

    The total level of global indebtedness now sits at an astronomical $277-trillion, an increase of $15-trillion since 2019. This amount is equivalent to 365% of the global gross domestic product. The debt burden is highest in the poorest countries, where coronavirus defaults have begun; Zambia’s default is the most recent. The various programmes to suspend … Keep reading »

  • The Not So Negative Dialectics of Post-Secondary Education

    “Well, we busted out of class, had to get away from those fools. We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.” — Bruce Springsteen “Who built Thebes of the seven gates? In the books you will find the names of kings. … Every page a victory. Who cooked the … Keep reading »

  • COVID Vaccines: Calling the Shots

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses. It was just not profitable. Of the 18 largest US pharmaceutical companies, 15 had totally abandoned the field. Heart medicines, addictive tranquilizers, and treatments for male impotence were profit leaders, not defences against hospital … Keep reading »

  • Sick and Tired of Virus Banalities

    Everyone has seen those cheesy T-shirts which say, “My grandmother went to Tahiti and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” One of our friends went to Venice and brought us back an attractive mask, one of those with a protruding beak. It hangs on a wall in our hallway. I pass by it many … Keep reading »

  • Privatized Medicine in India Is Accelerating COVID-19 Death Toll

    Spiraling healthcare expenses in India have been pushing more than 55 million Indians into a state of abject poverty every year. COVID-19 has only worsened the trend for even more families – like Aghan Singh’s. To ensure that his sick mother received the best treatment, Singh, a self-employed motor mechanic in the small town of … Keep reading »