Trudeau Government breaks strike of Montreal Dock Workers

During the night of April 29, the House of Commons passed legislation to force the 1,160 dockers at the Port of Montreal back to work. For two and a half years since their collective agreement expired in December 2018, the dock workers have been trying to negotiate their working conditions with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA). They finally launched a full strike on Monday April 26 to block the MEA’s imposition of the unacceptable working conditions it has refused to negotiate.

Socialist Action Teams up With ACORN to Demand More Affordable Housing

Sunshine broke through snow fall and high winds in downtown Toronto on April 22 as protesters demanded more affordable housing.  At the site of yet another luxury condo project, members of Socialist Action and ACORN derided the up-side-down priorities of corporate capitalism in Canada's biggest city.  A federal budget that promises over $100 billion in new spending earmarks only $2.5 billion (and re-cycles $1.3 billion in existing funding) to build, repair and support 35,000 existing housing units -- at a time when there is an urgent need for at least 1 million new homes per year if there is to be any hope of putting an end to homelessness and chronic under-housing.  Venezuela could do it.  What about Canada? In the Trudeau/Freeland government, clearly it is warships and fighter jets that take priority over affordable housing.

Furey’s Dangerous Folly in Newfoundland and Labrador

What does it mean to lead a province? To Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party leader Andrew Furey, it means risking the lives of his constituents to push for power in the middle of a pandemic.  It means jumping headlong into what will most likely be one of the biggest controversies of his time. An election call during a pandemic is ill advised, no matter the reason. Andrew Furey went a step farther, setting a March 25 election, at the dead center of an outbreak of a COVID-19 variant strain in the eastern-most province of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador. He put the lives of voters in greater danger than at the height of the previous wave of non-variant COVID-19. If the health of ordinary people meant anything to Andrew Furey, he would have called off the election in its early stages. So, why didn't he?

Missing Persons Report – No Solution for Toronto’s LGBTQI community

"Review Lays Bare Police Failings" topped page 1 in the Toronto Star of April 14, 2021. The Independent Civilian Review of Missing Persons Investigations report, led by retired Justice Gloria Epstein, falls considerably short of the press headline. While clearly condemning the indifference, bungling and "systemic" errors of police, the Review presents no credible analysis of what happened.  Worse, the solution it proposes is no solution at all. It actually urges an increase in police funding to facilitate implementation of the Review's recommendations. (No wonder the Police Services Board welcomed the report and its recommendations!)