On September 24, 2021 over a thousand environmental activists took to the streets of Toronto as part of a worldwide climate strike. The event, organized by Fridays for Future, shouted "Save Our Planet" loud and clear. The protesters, including students, workers, women and children, walked together to end violence against the nature, the planet and humanity. Students carried signs and banners: "We Need a Revolution", "Stop the Lies, Stop Funding Crisis, No Planet B". A large black banner "Code Red" led the march. Environmentalists are furious due to inaction by capitalist politicians. Burning of fossil fuel is the primary cause of global warming today. While most climate deniers changed their position from denial to acceptance, the problem remains unsolved. Most Canadian provinces are in the process of banning straws and polythene bags -- too late to make a tangible difference.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, a small crowd rallied in Toronto at the Yonge and Dundas intersection calling for an end to discriminatory funding to ODSP and OW programs. POOF Protecting ODSP OW Funding is a community group striving to end Homelessness and Poverty for people on ODSP, Ontario Disability Support Program and OW, Ontario Works benefits. The event organizer, Isabella Gamk, said that people on ODSP and OW benefits are abandoned by all 3 levels of Canadian Government and left to fend for themselves with less than a livable income support. Sadly, the City of Toronto has no tangible plans to help marginalized people living on a poverty income.
In this August 2021 edition of The Red Review, brought to you by Socialist Action, we bring a radical approach to election coverage. In anticipation of the snap election taking place on Sep 20th, we talk about the fourth wave of Covid-19, catastrophic climate change, and Canadian imperialism in Afghanistan and Palestine.
Over two hundred people rallied at Toronto City Hall on July 26 to protest police violence and the arrest of more than two dozen people a week earlier. The brutal cop assault on defenders of an encampment of homeless folks involved the wanton use of truncheons, pepper spray, charges on horseback, punches and choke holds. Among the arrested at 14 Division police station was Corey David, the Socialist Action candidate in the city by-election in Scarborough-Agincourt in January.