Category: Public Goods

  • Free Transit and Movement Building

    The demonstrations surrounding the G20 summit in Toronto unfolded more or less as scripted. The state spent obscene amounts of public money to install security cameras in Toronto’s streets, build an enormous fence, and augment the capacities of the local, provincial, and national police forces, both logistically and legally. Demonstrators marched peacefully along a designated … Keep reading »

  • Rally to Stop the Closure of 120 Beds

    Toronto — 26 November 2010. Providence Healthcare is a leading Toronto healthcare facility, specializing in rehabilitation for patients who have experienced strokes, orthopedic surgery, or lower limb amputation, or who require specialized geriatric rehabilitation, assessment and treatment. Providence also provides complex continuing care, long-term care and community outreach with a particular focus on addressing the … Watch video »

  • Drivers and Riders Unite!

    Fare hikes, layoffs, and service cuts decimate public transit In 2008, when gas prices spiked, so did transit ridership, reaching 10.7 billion trips in the United States. Hard times make this service even more essential to millions of people. So the U.S. government is expanding public transportation, right? Wrong. Across the U.S., 80 per cent of … Keep reading »

  • NO Fare IS Fair

    Toronto — 2 October 2010. Start of the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA. A project of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly. Also, view the “The Workers’ Assembly Theme Song” improvised by Rambunctious. Free Transit wiki “Free Transit” music video by Charnie Guettel. Scottish Socialist Party: Free Public Transport video Free … Watch video »

  • Free and Accessible TTC!

    Toronto, July 16, 2010. Part 1: Deb Cowen – University of Toronto Department of Geography. Karen Sun – former Executive Director of Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter and current candidate for City Counsellor in Ward 19. View part 2 on YouTube website Part 2: Franz Hartmann – Toronto Environmental Alliance. Kamilla Pietrzyk – Greater … Watch video »

  • Starving Healthcare

    Toronto, June 19, 2010. Part 1: Colin Leys is honorary professor of politics at Goldsmiths College London and editor of the 2010 Socialist Register. View part 2 on Youtube website Part 2: Natalie Mehra is director of Ontario Health Coalition.

  • The Dictatorship of the Market

    Colin Leys is an honorary professor of politics at Goldsmiths College London, and former Professor of Politics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He is co-editor of the current Socialist Register, Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism (2010). Another of Colin’s recent books is Market-Driven Politics, a close examination of neoliberalism and state policy. Edward Lewis, … Keep reading »

  • The Case For Keeping Our Hydro Utilities Public

    Most people don’t pay much attention to electricity, except when the lights are out or when they get their bill. But, they soon will. The most valuable asset in virtually every Ontario municipality is its hydro utility. For 90 plus years, local municipal hydro utilities ran at cost and returned ‘profits’ to residents in the … Keep reading »

  • Launch of Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms, Health Under Capitalism

    Part 1: A panel discussion with contributing authors: Colin Leys (Health, health care and capitalism), Pat Armstrong (Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health care), Roddy Loepky (Certain wealth: Accumulation in the health industry). Part 2: Commentators: Dr Andy Coates (Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Chair, Single Payer New York) and Natalie (Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition). Watch video »

  • Morbid Symptoms: Current Healthcare Struggles

    Leo Panitch and Colin Leys have just brought out the 2010 annual volume of the Socialist Register, Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism, published by Merlin Press in London, Monthly Review Press in the U.S. and Fernwood Books in Canada. The book provides a path-breaking assessment of health under capitalism, providing a systematic account of the … Keep reading »

  • What’s Wrong with Ontario’s Health Ministry and How to Fix It

    Health Minister David Caplan’s resignation is the right thing in the wake of scathing Provincial Auditor’s reports and repeated exorbitant salary revelations at the Ministry of Health (MOH). Undoubtedly in upcoming days the McGuinty government will scramble to contain the damage. This time, it is vital that the Premier and new Health Minister understand that … Keep reading »

  • Demanding the Impossible: Struggles for the Future of Post-Secondary Education

    There is growing acknowledgement emerging from student and faculty associations across Canada that there is a crisis in post-secondary education and a need for real change in the structure of university funding. This has manifested as a proliferation of student and worker unrest across the country and, indeed, the world; in 2008 and early 2009, … Keep reading »