Members of Greater Toronto for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions picketed a public appearance by Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland at a Toronto mid-town hotel on September 9 to protest her government's complicity with Israeli Apartheid. Inside the plush Yorkville establishment, Freeland spoke to a $1,600 a plate Liberal Party fundraising dinner. Outside, protesters chanted "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and distributed GT4BDS flyers to passersby urging an end to trade and investment in businesses that profit from the illegal occupation of the West Bank and the brutal siege of Gaza. Many thanks to Nety M. for the photos posted below. Please post and share this message.
On September 6, over one hundred people rallied to mark Labour Day in Toronto at Christie Pits Park. Chair of the event, Elizabeth Byce, welcomed them with these words: "The real Workers’ Day, International Workers’ Day is on May First, but we intend to seize this occasion to advance a Workers’ Agenda. Labour makes the country run. Labour should run the country. In the midst of the current federal election campaign, we urge a critical vote for the only mass labour party in North America, the New Democratic Party. At the same time we strive for a Workers’ Government to expropriate Capital and establish a cooperative commonwealth, in harmony with nature."
On Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. EST, our live webcast series resumes! Join us on YouTube for "Economics After COVID: The Need for National Reconstruction Planning", with Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work in Vancouver, B.C., and Sydney, Australia.
On September 20 voters will go to the polls in one of the shortest federal election campaigns in Canadian history. As the gap narrows between the Liberals and Tories, mainstream media speculate that Justin Trudeau has lost his gamble with fate. The result of the August 17 Nova Scotia provincial election shows voters don’t always reward incumbent governments during a deadly pandemic. Instead of ‘sunny ways’, we are witness to Justin’s grim petulance on the hustings.
Members of Greater Toronto for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (GT4BDS) rallied on August 28 outside the head office of the Canada Pension Plan to demand an end to CPP investment in Israeli Apartheid.
The CPP Investment Board manages over $328.2 billion in investment assets for CPP on behalf of 20 million Canadians. That includes millions of dollars in at least ten companies named by the 2021 United Nations Human Rights Report as complicit in Israel's war crimes against Palestinians. While most of those companies named were Israeli Banks, which finance Israel's illegal settlements as well as Israeli weapons and surveillance industries, complicit American companies include:
- Motorola, which provides the Israeli military with surveillance, biometric identification and checkpoint infrastructure used against Palestinian civilians;
- Expedia, Booking Holdings, and
- Air BNB, whose businesses use and serve the illegal settlement infrastructure.