Robbie Mahood, 75, a founding member and a leading light in Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste, passed away in Montreal on December 26, 2021. He lost his long battle against cancer following a completely debilitating stroke on December 24. Surrounded in his hospital room by family and loved ones, Robbie may have been conscious of the affection and adoration expressed by a number of comrades from across the continent who joined a hastily convened virtual, online gathering at his bedside just hours before his life ebbed away.
Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade Promotion
The Che Guevara Brigade is a unique opportunity to get to know Cuba through people-to-people solidarity and on the ground experiences. There is no better way to get to know the Cuban people than working alongside them, sharing meals and leisure time, and there is no better way to learn about the Cuban Revolution than by seeing its accomplishments first hand! The Brigade’s vibrant program also includes participating in cultural activities, meeting community organizations, visiting health and educational institutions, visiting historical sites, attending workshops and of course visiting the beach!
WEBCAST: Choice is Under Attack! Women Resist from Texas to Toronto to New Brunswick
This upcoming Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. EDT, you are invited to watch our next live webcast entitled, "Choice is Under Attack! Women Resist from Texas to Toronto to New Brunswick," with speakers Lisa Luinenberg, Socialist Action – USA, Rubina…
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Action socialiste sur les élections fédérales du 20 septembre 2021: Votez NPD, mais luttez pour un gouvernement ouvrier
Le 20 septembre, les électeurs se rendront aux urnes dans lecadre de l'une des campagnes électorales fédérales les pluscourtes de l'histoire du Canada. Alors que l'écart se resserreentre les libéraux et les conservateurs, les médias grand publicspéculent que Justin Trudeau…
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The Red Review Episode 4 — August 2021 in Review and Election Coverage
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.
WEBCAST: Economics After COVID: The Need for National Reconstruction Planning
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.
Socialist Action on the Federal Election September 20, 2021: Vote NDP, but Fight for a Workers’ Government
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.
Newfoundland – Fighting the Furey-ous Cuts
Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. Eastern Time – “Newfoundland - Fighting the Furey-ous Cuts”, with Victor Morgan, Socialist Action Atlantic Branch Organizer, plus others. Host: Elizabeth Byce. Link: https://youtu.be/mrCNKfkcM7
Newfoundland: Resist the Furey-ous Cuts!
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not weak people, but we are tired. We have lived through countless economic downturns, depressions, hard times, and encountered many other hurdles. Through all this, we have been on the receiving end of shredded government safety nets and horrible, crippling cuts. Our healthcare has suffered greatly, leaving us with some of the worst emergency room wait times in the country, ranging from 4 to 8 hours before we get to see a doctor. Hospitals here remain cruelly understaffed, leaving many people in a situation of "why bother" when it comes to their health. Many elderly people here must be forced by family to go see the doctor, as the wait times and hurdles, such as travel and cost, are prohibitive. These are critical barriers to early treatment of what for many will eventually be life-threatening or even life-ending illness. Considering our aging population, our medical services are grossly underfunded and understaffed compared to what would be truly required for them to function properly.
Killer Heat in B.C.
Global warming has arrived here with a vengeance. From June 25 through June 29, British Columbia suffered through a heat wave unlike anything ever seen in Canada. On the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday all time B.C. records toppled, day after day. Lytton, B.C. on the Fraser River about 150 km north-east of Vancouver reached 49.5 degrees Celsius (121 degrees Fahrenheit) -- the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. On Vancouver Island, famous for its moderate Pacific climate, the average June daily high is 20 degrees Celsius. The high for the summer is about 28. But on June 28 it was 41.
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?
Dump Thug Ford with a General Strike
On a warm, sunny Saturday, April 24 at 12 noon, Socialist Action members gathered at the south end of Queen's Park in Toronto to protest the abominable Doug Ford Conservative provincial government. To be safe, participants employed physical distancing, masks, and gloves.Scores of passing drivers honked in approval. Dozens of pedestrians approached and took literature; some signed up for e-mail contact.
Workers Action Movement Conference
Watch here: https://youtu.be/djQD5ExQ4Ks Join us for the first cross country Workers Action Movement (WAM) Conference which will take place online on Sunday, February 28, starting at 10 a.m. PST (Vancouver), 11 a.m. MST (Edmonton), 12 noon CST (Winnipeg), 1 p.m.…
WEBCAST: Mental Health on Campus
Thursday, February 18 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PT Mental Health on Campus, with Emily Steers in Guelph, Daniel Tarade and Alex Badila in Toronto and others. Watch here: https://youtu.be/1RIEEFR9czc Enjoy Socialist Action Webcasts every week!You can watch and listen…
Greetings to SA USA!
The following greetings were presented by Elizabeth Byce, SA/LAS Canada to the annual convention of Socialist Action USA, which took place January 30, 31, 2021. Dear comrades of Socialist Action – USA, I bring you warmest revolutionary greetings from Socialist…
Covid-19: The Endgame?
By Daniel Tarade As the worst pandemic of the past century continues into another calendar year, I reflect on the lessons I learned. I previously highlighted how the profit motive not only fostered the conditions for new pandemic strains to…
For 300 nights we’ve come together. For 300 nights, no matter the weather. While pandemic rages around us all, “Hail front line workers” remains our call. The builders, the cleaners, the garbage collectors, The drivers, the farmers, the nursing home…
WEBCAST: COVID-19: The End Game?
Thursday, January 14, 7 p.m. COVID-19: The End Game? Featuring Daniel Tarade, an SA leader at U of Toronto, with physician Robbie Mahood in Montreal, and Roisin O'Brien, a Health Care Aide and CUPE activist in B.C. Watch here: https://youtu.be/GhLxJ4DhPkE…
Protest COVID Conditions at Tendercare
https://youtu.be/5bxOxrHM9U4 https://youtu.be/2cvZBeTSssQ Socialists demand Nationalization of Long Term Care companies Dozens gathered for a loud protest and news conference held at Tendercare Living Centre, at McNicoll and Victoria Park Avenues in Scarborough, on Saturday, January 2. Over 50 residents have…
Sinophobia sweeps Canadian politics
By Yves Engler Paranoia, disregard for evidence and over-the-top rhetoric to encourage hate. And I’m not talking about Donald Trump’s Republicans. Progressive Canadian should counter a wave of McCarthyite Sinophobia sweeping this country’s politics. The over-the-top reaction to a recent…