Filibustering death-dealing ableism
Despite dedicated organizing by the disability justice community, Bill C-7, which expanded “medical assistance in dying” to people whose death is not “reasonably foreseeable,” became law on March 17, 2021. CD spoke with Catherine Frazee and Gabrielle Peters about the meaning of C-7, the implicit ableism of pro-MAiD narratives, and the involvement by the left in disability justice.
Canada votes against health care for Palestinians at the World Health Assembly
In its recent ‘no’ vote at the World Health Assembly on the dire health conditions in occupied Palestine, Canada simultaneously justified violence against health workers while voting against the principle of universal care, siding with an administration that is now globally recognized as an apartheid state that “employs a regime of Jewish supremacy between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.”
To address the incarceration of Indigenous women, dismantle the system
While only one in 20 women in Canada are Indigenous, Indigenous women make up half the female population in our federal prisons. Indigenous men are similarly hyper-incarcerated at 31.9 percent. To address this horrific reality, we need to defund and dismantle the penal system, as abolitionists have long made clear. Reforms alone simply won’t cut it, writes Abby Stadnyk.
The ‘terrorist’ smear: a settler-colonial ploy
This is all about a brutal regime attempting to nullify any attempt by its subject population to resist its military occupation and push back against the country’s institutionalized discrimination. Besides the day-to-day humiliations and violent suppression of resistance, one of the most effective weapons in Israel’s arsenal is the application of the label “terrorist” to as many forms of resistance as possible.
This election, let’s reimagine public transport for people and the climate
Elections are often dominated by flashy announcements about new subway lines, but the immediate future of public transit depends on something else: keeping buses running. Yet ridership on many Ontario transit systems continues to lag. Without major investments in transit improvements, like more frequent service to win back previous riders and encourage new ones, we risk a car-led recovery.
Ontario’s political parties aren’t treating the housing crisis with the urgency it deserves
The housing policies being pursued by Ford’s government signal the continuation of his war on tenants. While the Liberal and NDP platforms share some features in common with Ford, they also differ in important ways. Of the major parties, the NDP stands alone in its commitments to affordable and non-market housing, but it is fair to question how much of an impact they could make in resolving an out of control crisis.
Election primer: Ontario’s health care crisis
As the writ was dropped for the June 2 provincial election, the Ontario Health Coalition warned against unprecedented health care privatization and called for it to be a key election issue. We cannot go back to the same patterns inadequate care that existed before the pandemic. We must safeguard our principles and rebuild a health care system in the public interest to serve Ontarians for the next generation.
The Israeli execution of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh
The 55-year-long fight for Palestinian freedom is no less just, no less worthy of our support. But Palestinians are occupied by our Israeli ally. They are not white. Most are not Christian, although Abu Akleh was Christian. The Palestinians doggedly refuse to give up. This makes them as heroic, maybe more heroic, than Ukrainian fighters. We are on the wrong side of history in Israel. Abu Akleh’s blood is on our hands.
Federal agency rules ‘Product of Israel’ labels violate Canadian law
In 2017, Dr. David Kattenburg filed a complaint against two wines made in the Israeli, West Bank settlements of Psagot and Shiloh. Dr. Kattenburg argued that, because those settlements are situated on Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the wines produced in those settlements were falsely labelled as “Product of Israel.”
Israel’s killing of Al Jazeera journalist demands international investigation
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) calls for an independent and international investigation into the killing of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot in the head today by Israeli snipers while covering an Israeli raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Canada must respond to violence against journalists by suspending all military trade with Israel.
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