Recent Articles and News

We publish analyses, reports, and news articles below. Some of these articles are republished in the paper edition of Socialist Action Newspaper, which arguably the best political newspaper in North America.

Robbie Mahood 1946-2021 : Un révolutionnaire en pratique comme en théorie

Robbie Mahood, 75 ans, membre fondateur et figure de proue de la Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste, est décédé à Montréal le 26 décembre 2021 ; il a perdu sa longue bataille contre le cancer le 24 décembre suite à un accident vasculaire cérébral totalement débilitant. Entouré de sa famille et de ses proches dans sa chambre d’hôpital Robbie a peut-être aussi été conscient de l’affection et de l’adoration exprimées par un grand nombre de camarades de tout le continent qui se sont joints à un rassemblement virtuel en ligne impromptu organisé à son chevet quelques heures seulement avant que sa vie s’éteigne.

Triumph of the United Front over Indigenous Genocide Denial and the Far-Right

December 18 was supposed to be a day for the Toronto far-right. Featuring demagogues Maxime Bernier and Randy Hillier, a conservative students’ club organized a “freedom” rally on the X University campus (formerly Ryerson U) to protest public health measures designed to fight Covid-19 and to deny the reality of Indigenous genocide.

Instead, that blustery Saturday afternoon in downtown Toronto belonged to a United Front comprised of revolutionary socialist organizations, local labour unions, anti-hate groups, and more. 

LEFT UNITY RISES IN THE B.C. NDP

The British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP) Convention, held online December 11-12, met against a backdrop of capitalist catastrophes that are more frequent, more severe and cause greater waves of devastation in their wake. The convention of the labour-based party, originally scheduled for November 17-19, was postponed due to the torrential, record-breaking deluge that swept southern BC.

The downpours tore up roads, railway tracks, took out bridges, caused the collapse of buildings and mountainsides, overflowed dykes, flooded the best agricultural land in Canada, destroyed homes, killed tens of thousands of farm animals, and killed countless wild animals. The agricultural destruction is causing continued food shortages in BC.

A heat wave in June set a global record in which parts of BC were hotter than Death Valley.

The Red Review — Oct. and Nov. 2021 Recapped

In this episode of The Red Review, brought to you by Socialist Action, Emily and Daniel discuss major developments across the Canadian State and provide an important update on the struggle for Palestinian liberation.

Featuring catastrophic flooding in BC, RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en (again), COP26, Climate Action Tracker, ‘Facebook’ for Palestinians, criminalization of Palestinian human rights groups, Fairy Creek blockade, and striking CUPE workers in New Brunswick.

Get the Irvings and Their Glyphosate out of New Brunswick Forestry    

One of the most important industries in the Province of New Brunswick is forestry. The importance is both economic and political. Within this vital industry, many practices are taken to maximize profitability. One of those practices is glyphosate spraying. Glyphosate and the Irving family, which control the province’s practice, need to have their control and practices challenged both for economic and environmental sustainability. The Irvings tend to push back on these claims, saying that their practices and management are environmentally stable and economically beneficial for the province. The evidence presented will suggest otherwise.

Build Housing For All! Nationalize Big Landlords!

Demand that Toronto City Council vote to expropriate vacant properties, use existing habitable spaces and create new housing.

Why?  Because the housing crisis is severe. Skyrocketing rents are driving working class families, communities of color, seniors, and students out of the GTA, into debt, into unsafe or deplorable living situations, into the shelter system or on to the streets.  Those who can’t pay inflated rents are being exploited. The housing market is dominated by real estate and development speculators. The establishment is completely unwilling to fight for the solutions we need.  The ‘inclusionary zoning’ bylaw is woefully inadequate.