Public health care is under attack—it’s time to take a stand
Canadians cherish public health care. It’s part of our national identity; a social contract that ensures we’ll be cared for when we’re vulnerable, regardless of the size of our bank account. It’s an affirmation of our collective commitment to equality and justice. But our health care system is in crisis. NDP MP and health critic Don Davies explains why.
Prescription drug insurance: Private profits or public health
The confidence and supply agreement between the Liberals and the NDP commits the former to taking steps to implementing a pharmacare plan by June 2025. The question is whether that will be a Québec model that preserves the profits of the drug companies and the insurance industry or a public model that puts the health of Canadians first. The choice should be obvious.
John Tory and Doug Ford’s vision of ‘safety’ is anti-Black
In light of the abundant evidence revealing the tremendous harm that police have inflicted on so many communities, it is nothing short of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, transphobic, homophobic, and ableist for media outlets and the general public to spread a narrative of public safety for “everyone” that involves policing.
State files confirm targeted RCMP violence in the aftermath of 1969 Sir George protest
At a time when institutions are attempting to repair the harms they caused to Black communities and organizations involved in the 1969 Sir George occupation, when will the Canadian state acknowledge its role in manufacturing anti-Black violence during the occupation, and the continuum of harm and racial terror committed by the RCMP Security Service that followed?
Four ways the Ford government is privatizing health care
Ford endlessly claims that all services will be paid for through OHIP, but research conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition clearly shows that for years private clinics took public funding and extra-billed patients. The Ford government has done nothing to stop this—although it is contrary to the Canada Health Act and limits access to care, particularly for lower income families and elders.
The foreign home buyer as scapegoat
By targeting the mythical threat of the foreign home buyer, the Liberals seek to divert our attention from the real factors driving our intensifying housing crisis. In doing this, they are ready to fan the flames of the ugliest xenophobic sentiments in a way that makes a mockery of their progressive credentials. We should treat this measure with contempt and focus on the struggle to make housing a human right.
Locals pay the price of super gentrification in Mexico City
The accelerated gentrification of two of Mexico City’s neighbourhoods, La Condesa and La Roma Norte, has caused tensions and a near-impossible living situation for local Mexicans. The already trendy neighbourhoods, accustomed to the presence of foreigners and their money, have undergone a process of “super gentrification” since the beginning of the pandemic.
Racialized are prime targets of pro-Israel attacks—and it’s deliberate
What do Faisal Bhaba, Desmond Cole, Linda Sarsour, Idris Elbakri and Fadi Ennab and countless others have in common? They are racialized people who have been special targets of pro-Israel lobby organizations in Canada because they spoke out on Palestinian rights. And these examples suggest how the defend-Israel-at-all-costs industry has a racism and Islamophobia problem.
Police dogs pose a serious risk to schoolchildren
The public entrusts school administrators to safeguard their children. Ideally, the practice of allowing anyone—let alone susceptible children—to socialize with police K-9s in classrooms should end. Nevertheless, an investigation could lead to the development of necessary policies and safety precautions to ensure that no child in a classroom is ever bitten by a police dog.
The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: a viable way forward for anti-racist action
Knowing as we do that the IHRA working definition is being used to silence critics of Israel, it is imperative that progressives have the tools necessary to resist attacks on freedom of speech, thought and conscience, as well as to provide a better alternative. As it happens, there is a better definition of antisemitism, the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA).
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