• Jason Prince – Free Public Transport

    The Montreal book launch of Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators. With co-editor Jason Prince, Bertrand Schepper, and Amir Khadir. Watch video »

  • Off the Map: Disabilities and Just Mobility

    In rankings of the U.S.’s best urban public transportation systems, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and New York usually hover at the top. At the bottom are smaller and poorer cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Omaha, and Oklahoma City. The overall takeaway is no surprise: well-resourced cities have better public transit systems than their more economically … Keep reading »

  • A New Strategy for Higher Education

    In the British Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto, the pledges to abolish university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants were widely seen as vote winners, but that was the extent of the party’s policy commitments toward the sector. Since the election, Labour has supported staff and students in challenging the yawning gap between highly-paid vice-chancellors … Keep reading »

  • Keeping Power With the People: Puerto Rico’s Energy Future

    Puerto Rico is now at the center of the global debate about climate resiliency, the potential of renewable energy technologies, and the best way to transition away from fossil fuels. To some extent, it has compressed the struggle for the world’s energy future both geographically and temporally. The whole system was shut down by an … Keep reading »

  • No Fare Is Fair: A Campaign for Free Public Transit in Toronto

    Public transit should be a right for everyone in Toronto. Using subways, buses, and streetcars shouldn’t require paying fares, or user fees, that penalize riders with lower incomes. Keep reading »

  • Turkey’s Privatization of Sugar Factories

    On February 21, a notice was released in Turkey’s Official Gazette stating that bids will be collected for Turkey’s state-owned fourteen sugar plants. According to Directorate of Privatization Administration’s (OIB) announcement, sugar plants will be privatized. The AKP government, which has looted and made benefits of public-enterprises available to both national and international capital, seeks new privatization opportunities. Keep reading »

  • The Case for Free Public Transport

    The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a proud advocate of a world-class, fare-free public transport system for Scotland. Transport has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, both in Scotland and across the world. Some have been cyclical: in Scotland’s capital, trams were built, dismantled, and then reintroduced. In other areas, we have seen consistent trends … Keep reading »

  • After Carillion: The Struggle to Democratize Social Services

    Carillion’s failure has been compared to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, but what the Lehman case shows is that you can engage in behaviour that puts millions out of work, and destroys the hopes of a generation, and not pay any price, or significantly change your behaviour. Keep reading »

  • P3 Corporate Collapse Highlights Risks of Privatization

    The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Two hospitals are still in development. Keep reading »

  • Carillion and the Latest Privatisation Scandal

    This week 20,000 Carillion workers and many more in the supply chain have had their livelihoods put at risk. The responsibility lies with this shambolic Tory government and mismanagement by Carillion’s fat-cat bosses. The collapse of Carillion, embarrassing for a government that had championed the company and awarded it contract after contract, represents another significant … Keep reading »

  • Healthcare Funding Falls, Again

    Real provincial government healthcare funding per-person has fallen again this year in Ontario, the third year in a row. Since 2009 real funding per-person has fallen 2.6% – $63 per person. Across Canada real per person funding is in its fourth consecutive year of increase. Since 2009, real provincial funding across Canada is up $89 … Keep reading »

  • On the Rails: A Case for Renewed Leftist Infatuation with Transport

    A few weeks ago, at 3:30 in the morning, the Manitoba government froze public transit funding to Winnipeg, equivalent to a $10-million cut. It was a quiet affair. The bill that it was contained in wasn’t ever brought to committee, meaning the public weren’t able to formally comment on it. But we’ve already started to … Keep reading »