After the 7th MSA convention on Monday, Nov. 21, the MSA announced our shadow council on Wednesday, Nov. 23. A group of MSA candidates and supporters visited city hall for the beginning of a new term of Toronto city council. We intended to hold a press conference outside of Mayor John Tory's office to announce the formation of the MSA shadow council and to observe the first session of city council.
Socialist Digest: School Support Staff Rock the Casbah in Ontario
On the domestic landscape, the biggest development in November 2022 was the two-day walkout by CUPE-Ontario education support workers. They defied a law that pre-emptively banned strike action. CUPE and allies, including OPSEU, forced the Thug Ford Conservative government to rescind Bill 28 and its use of the notwithstanding clause to violate the federal Charter of Rights. CUPE school workers still do not have a deal to enable them to rise above poverty wages. But everyone knows that Ontario was, as Socialist Action labour leader Julius Arscott put it, 30 minutes away from a general strike. The struggle continues!
Verified Twitter Fakes and Contradictions of Capital
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30 Minutes to a General Strike with OPSEU SEFPO Executive Board Member Julius Arscott
We were 30 minutes away from a call for a general strike. 30 minutes. RankandFile leaked it, and militants with exec positions in large unions confirmed — at 10 a.m. on Monday, November the 7th, multiple large unions with the backing of the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress were going to announce a general strike. This is the story of how we got to that point. Hosts Emily and Daniel recount that events that led this labour movement to precipice of historic mass job action — the OSBCU strike, Bill 28, and OPSEU solidarity wildcat actions. They are joined by Julius Arscott, a three-term OPSEU SEFPO Executive Board Member and 2021 candidate for President of the Canadian Labour Congress, who shares what happened behind the scenes and why a general strike is closer than in a very long time.
Socialist Action Joins Cross-Country Demonstrations in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Self-Determination.
On Saturday, November 5th, numerous Indigenous activists and land defenders, along with settler allies, took part in a nation wide demonstration in solidarity support for the people of Wet’suwet’en.
Socialist Action Rallies with Thousands at Queen’s Park in Solidarity Support of CUPE Ontario
Opposition to the bully tactics of the Ontario Conservative government is growing. Premier Ford's Bill 28, which not only bans a strike by 55,000 school support worker but imposes a wage settlement without arbitration or any further negotiation, is an outrage to millions, including most of the labour movement inside and outside Ontario. On November 4, well over 10,000 people rallied at Queen's Park, and marched repeatedly around the provincial legislature in defiance of the Draconian law. A wide range of unions and other working class organizations came to the defense of CUPE-Ontario and the right to strike. This included LiUNA, which had endorsed Ford and the Tories in the June 2, 2022 provincial election, UNIFOR, the largest private sector union which is outside the CLC, and a host of other labour bodies.
Socialist Action Calls For an Ontario General Strike to Dump Thug Ford
The democratic right to strike is at stake as confrontation escalates between 55,000 Ontario school support workers and the Conservative government of Doug Ford. Rallies, protests, and walk-outs are the order of the day as provincial Tories use bully tactics to perpetuate poverty wages. Socialist Action Canada and the Workers’ Action Movement urge everyone to gather at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature on Friday, November 4, at 11 a.m. to defend the right to strike.
RBC CEO Dave McKay given Climate Villain of the Year Award at Recent Toronto Demonstration
Knock knock, who's there? Climate villain of the year. On Thursday, climate activists from the University of Toronto, Banking on a Better Future, Climate Justice TO, and Stand.Earth participated in a demonstration to disrupt the Ivey Business School's presentation to RBC CEO Dave McKay with the 'Business Leader of the Year Award' Demonstrators presented McKay with an award of their own, the highly disdained 'Climate Villain of the Year Award,' which the RBC executive won in near won hands down. The Royal Bank of Canada has profited from climate chaos to the tune of more than $263 billion dollars in fossil fuel investment, including the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that is currently being constructed on the unseeded sacred Indigenous territory of the Wet'suwet'en people.
Municipal Socialist Alliance Candidates Earn More Than 14,000 Votes Combined Across Ontario in 2022 Elections
The fledgling Municipal Socialist Alliance exceeded most expectations by garnering 14,870 votes across Ontario, despite getting almost zero coverage in the commercial mass media, amid a very low voter turnout to boot (about 29 percent in Toronto). Official Municipal Socialist Alliance candidates ran for city council, school board, and, in one city, for the office of mayor.
Tamara Lorincz and Socialist Action Make Headlines with Disruption of Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand
Last week, Canadian peace activist Tamara Lorincz, along with Socialist Action federal secretary Barry Weisleder, made international headlines by disrupting a Toronto Star live stream event that hosted Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand.
Socialist Action Canada | October 2022 – Socialist Digest
The world is in turmoil. If this sounds like a broken record, it cannot be helped. Protest is the order of the day in Iran, Haiti, France, and Russia. In Iran, the 40-plus-year rule of the reactionary clergy is being challenged by a relentless wave of demonstrations led by women and youths.
End Student Military Recruitment at the Ontario College Information Fair | October 19th
On Wednesday, October 19th, the Canadian Armed Forces are holding a recruitment event at the Ontario College Information Fair at the Enercare Center in downtown Toronto. Socialist Action and the Municipal Socialist Alliance are committed to civil and non-violent direct action and plan to disrupt this recruitment event by exposing the reality of war. We demand the Canadian armed forces end student recruitment, and move to disarm and demilitarize in the face of what is an impending extinction-level climate catastrophe. Click for more information.
Socialist Action Webcast | Is Canada A Peacemaker? with Tamara Lorincz and Yves Engler
The third episode of the Canadian Socialist Action webcast is here with a discussion on Canadian foreign policy and 'Is Canada a Peacemaker?' with Yves Engler of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, and Tamara Lorincz of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Please join our live webcast on Thursday, October 13th at 7 PM ET, or watch the recorded presentation anytime on the Socialist Action YouTube Channel.
Socialist Action + MSA Demands Free Public Transit at Broadview Subway Station
Socialist Action along with supporters and candidates of the Municipal Socialist Alliance distributed hundreds of pieces of literature to transit riders outside a busy subway station on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. SocialistAlliance.ca
Wali Abro – Toronto-Danforth Ward 14 | Red Review: Municipal Socialist Alliance
Join us this month for a new series, where Emily Steers and Daniel Tarade introduce listeners to the Municipal Socialist Alliance (MSA) candidates running for mayor, city councilor, and school board trustee throughout Ontario! Up next is Wali Abro, the MSA candidate for city councilor in Toronto-Danforth Ward 14.
A Celebration of the Life of Robbie Mahood
On October 1st, 2022, friends, family, and comrades gathered in Montreal, Quebec to celebrate the life of Robbie Mahood, a founding member and revolutionary voice of Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste. Federal Secretary of Socialist Action, Barry Weisleder, spoke at the memorial for comrade Robbie Mahood.
Socialist Action joined the University of Toronto student-led protest against institutionalized sexual abuse
On Friday, October 7th, Socialist Action joined the PEARS Project (Prevention, Empowerment, Advocacy, Response for Survivors) along with over one hundred students and community members who rallied at Simcoe Hall on the U of T campus to demand meaningful action from the University of Toronto in support of rape victims on campus.
Mark Freeland – Mississauga Ward 7 | Red Review: Municipal Socialist Alliance
Join us this month for a new series, where Emily Steers and Daniel Tarade introduce listeners to the Municipal Socialist Alliance (MSA) candidates running for mayor, city councilor, and school board trustee throughout Ontario! Up next is Mark Freeland, the MSA candidate for city councilor in Mississauga Ward 7.
Kiri Vadivelu – Scarborough Centre Ward 21 | Red Review: Municipal Socialist Alliance
Join us this month for a new series, where Emily and Daniel introduce listeners to the Municipal Socialist Alliance (MSA) candidates running for mayor, city councilor, and school board trustee throughout Ontario! Up first is Kiri Vadivelu, the MSA candidate for city councilor in Scarborough Centre Ward 21.
Socialist Action Webcast | Socialists in the 2022 Municipal Elections
The second episode of the Canadian Socialist Action webcast is here with a discussion on 'Socialists in the 2022 Municipal Elections' with Daniel Tarade, Andrea Pinochet-Escudero, Sean Orr, and Danny Drew. Click here to watch live on Thursday, October 6th at 7 PM ET.