Our Times 3

Canadian Politics

  • Canada’s housing strategy needs a reset—human rights and public ownership, not markets

    For as long as Winnipeg and other Canadian cities passively choose not to house people, they actively affirm and secure the right of developers and landlords to profit from inequality. Housing is a human right, not a commodity, and the consumer model of tenancy isn’t working. The only way to truly guarantee that people have high-quality, affordable housing is through public ownership.

  • CLC breaks solidarity with labour movement by endorsing Bill Morneau for OECD’s top job

    On October 30, the Canadian Labour Congress issued a joint statement with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in support of Bill Morneau’s candidacy for the position of OECD Secretary-General. This is an unprecedented gesture, one that risks discrediting the CLC in a period of a mounting neoliberal offensive in which the trade union movement is struggling to make gains.

  • The red poppy is not a commitment to peace—it is a celebration of militarism

    By focusing exclusively on ‘our’ side, Remembrance Day poppies reinforce a sense that Canada’s cause is righteous. At worst, they create an ideological climate that supports never-ending militarism and future wars. To remember all victims of war, there should be nothing wrong with wearing the white poppy of peace, or no poppy at all, as a rebuke to fervent nationalism and the implicit support of militarism at home and abroad.

  • ‘Don’t come unless you have a death wish’: Nurses describe pandemic’s toll on Winnipeg hospital

    The failure to contain multiple preventable COVID-19 outbreaks at Winnipeg’s Saint Boniface Hospital (which is currently experiencing the worst of three hospital outbreaks in the city) is attributable not only to mismanagement by the hospital’s executive staff, but also to years of austerity under Premier Brian Pallister’s Conservative government. The effects are—and will continue to be—devastating. 

  • From Atlantic fisheries to Alberta classrooms, we must confront the denial of settler violence

    Our willingness to leave settler violence unnamed permits it. It allows arsonists to be cast as conservationists, and for systemic problems to be framed as regional disputes. From Atlantic fisheries to Alberta classrooms, there is no part of settler society violence does not touch. After all, it is a whole society that must realize the need to face the consequences of a traumatic history.

  • Doug Ford’s adoption of IHRA definition of anti-Semitism weakens our collective fight against racism

    The Ford government’s adoption of the IHRA definition is troubling, because it gives license to those who would like to paper over the institutionalized discrimination faced by nearly two million Palestinian citizens of Israel. It also harms other anti-racist initiatives by setting a troubling standard for freedom of expression while also threatening academic freedom.

  • 72 hours and 18 deaths later, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister finally faces the province on COVID-19 surge

    As of Monday, November 2, there are over 3,400 active cases in Manitoba, which has an astounding test positivity rate of nine percent. Instead of doing the job we elected him to do—that is, supporting teachers, nurses, small businesses, and minimum-wage workers who are directly impacted by the move to code red—Premier Brian Pallister has chosen to shirk responsibility and download it onto the people.

  • Canadian military support for nukes must be met with popular resistance

    To counteract pressure from the military, substantial grassroots mobilization is required to force the government to fulfill its expressed support for nuclear disarmament and the “rules-based international order.” For Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we need to both rekindle the anti-nuclear movement that has garnered mainstream success and revitalize anti-war and anti-imperialist activism.

  • Why we need to resurrect the ‘syndicalism’ of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

    Capitalism has changed very little over hundreds of years, and general strikes, now as in 1919, remain the most powerful form of anti-capitalist action. Amid ever-worsening inequality, progressives of all stripes must shift away from electoral politics and focus on organizing general strikes, as workers did more than a century ago in the streets of Winnipeg.

  • Dispatch from Winnipeg, Canada’s newest COVID hotspot

    Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and his cabinet have shown little interest in implementing the widespread, long-term restrictions necessary to stem community transmission. As cases continue to spiral out of control in the province, it is once again clear that the PC government is allowing private interests to run rampant over the needs of the people.

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