Ten years on from the ‘Maple Spring,’ New Brunswick government cancels student benefit program
A drive for social good characterized by demand and solidarity is always hovering just below our collective class consciousness. Crises like that which New Brunswick students now face can act as stimulants—calls to action for activists to organize and re-ignite the demand for more affordable access to higher education. From crisis emerges opportunity. The question is whether it will be taken.
Despite its flaws, the Forde Report vindicates Jeremy Corbyn
Last week, the release of the long-awaited Forde Report totally vindicated Jeremy Corbyn regarding the tirade of bigotry accusations he endured as leader—cold comfort, of course, given that his opponents in the political and media class long ago neutralized any chance that Corbynism would bring even minimal social, political, or economic progress to the United Kingdom.
The left, inflation and monetary policy
The return of high inflation poses a major political and analytical challenge for labour and the left. On top of cuts to real wages resulting from the wide gap between inflation and pay, inflation has led central banks to hike interest rates sharply. This is raising the debt servicing costs of households, businesses and governments and making new borrowing more expensive.
What Canada’s media gets wrong about the fossil fuel industry
Last week, the Liberal government took the first steps toward actualizing the emissions cap they promised during the last election for the oil and gas sector. In response, the Globe and Mail published a flurry of articles culminating in an editorial in which the paper’s board argued that climate policy aiming to cut total oil and gas production in Canada “is not an option.”
A contingency plan for the death of American democracy
Can democracy live on here if dictatorship fully wins the day south of the border? The biggest obstacle is what’s in our heads. It is ingrained among Canadians that the United States is our greatest friend and will always champion democracy. That can no longer be taken for granted. Can we pivot to seeing the US as our biggest potential threat?
Documents reveal RCMP targeted health care activists in 1960s Saskatchewan
In early July, former MP Dennis Gruending acquired a series of documents pertaining to the campaign for universal health care in 1960s Saskatchewan. The documents reveal that the RCMP considered supporters of the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act to be communist subversives and kept files on leading advocates of the bill, including former Premier Tommy Douglas.
Pacific Peace Network challenges RIMPAC
RIMPAC 2022 comes at a sensitive moment when the US and its allies have stepped up provocative actions in East Asia, aimed mainly at China, a rising power that seemingly challenges US hegemony in the Pacific. However, for many people including Indigenous Pacific Islanders, US militarism remains front and centre in their fight for sovereignty and peace.
The dawn of the apocalypse
The greatest existential crisis of our time is to at once be willing to accept the bleakness before us and resist. The global ruling class has forfeited its legitimacy and credibility. It must be replaced. This will require sustained mass civil disobedience, such as those mounted by Extinction Rebellion, to drive the global rulers from power.
Why progressives need to abandon means-testing and embrace universality
Reducing barriers to dental care and other medical services not covered by Canada’s meagre and underfunded health care system is an improvement over the status quo. But if the NDP or any other party wishes to take up the cause of the left in Canada, its demands must be shaped by a commitment to universality and the expansion of publicly controlled and administered social services.
Filipinos across Canada to gather to reject fascist Marcos regime
Local BAYAN and allied organizations such as Malaya Canada remain vigilant in the face of what is to come under the new Marcos regime. Progressive groups are rallying for genuine democracy and real change in the Philippines, protesting against historical revisionism and state corruption, and working together to resist another era of darkness.
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