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Canada’s housing bubble at bursting point

Through the spring and summer of 2015, Canadian housing prices – driven almost entirely by Toronto and Vancouver markets - saw feverish growth. Such rapid inflation in prices - which drives people out of the cities, places the homeless and vulnerable on the streets, and prevents young people from starting out on their own - results from the irrationality of capitalism, where housing is viewed as an investment for the rich rather than an actual home.

Sexual Abuse of Aboriginal Women by Police: We Demand Justice!

Aboriginal women from Val-d’Or, Quebec, have come forward with deeply disturbing accusations of physical and sexual violence by officers of the Sureté du Québec (the Quebec Provincial police force). The allegations were uncovered by Enquête, a CBC Radio-Canada investigative program, and made public on October 22nd. Enquête had been investigating complaints that the SQ had not taken the disappearance of Sindy Ruperthouse, an Algonquin woman who went missing from Val-d’Or in April 2014, seriously - in the process unearthing a pattern of rampant and sickening abuse by local police spanning as far back as two decades.

The Liberal Plan: Austerity with Better Hair

justinTrudeau and the federal Liberals have successfully duped the Canadian electorate into thinking they are a left-wing party. The tragedy is that the “balanced budget” policy of Tom Mulcair’s NDP allowed them to pull off this trick.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: A trade deal only the 1% could love

TPPThe march to globalized capitalist rule will not end with the TPP. So long as capitalism exists, the trend towards monopoly and the ever-increasing power of ever-larger multinational corporations will only continue, with workers in different countries left to compete for scraps from the bosses’ table.

Supply-Management: A Crisis in Canadian Dairy and the Marxist Solution

Canada cowThe signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has brought attention to one of the most overlooked facets of the Canadian economy – that is, the system of supply-management in dairy. Now more than ever Canadians must be wondering what this system is, how it affects them, and why it has drawn the ire of foreign governments. What exactly is happening in the Canadian dairy industry? And what do Marxists propose to do about it?

As Election Looms, Canada falls into Recession

recessionThe Bank of Canada (BoC) has now acknowledged that the Canadian economy likely contracted by 0.6% from January to March, and by 0.5% from April to June. With this, Canada, for the first time since the 2008-2009 financial collapse, has entered into a recession.

Conservative policies starve northern indigenous communities

Child holding sign that says, "I need milk" in Northern indigenous language and EnglishThroughout their nine years in power, the Conservative government has developed a tradition of brushing off the concerns and challenges faced by Canada's aboriginal peoples. The latest example to get national attention is the failure of the Nutrition North Canada Program (NNCP), which was meant to ensure the affordability of healthy foods shipped to isolated Northern communities, where food insecurity is up to six times the national average. Since it was implemented in 2011, prices of food and other basic necessities have skyrocketed, leaving some with no option but to scavenge in garbage dumps to feed their families.

Sixty years after the Richard Riot: Hockey and the class struggle in Quebec

Maurice RichardSixty years ago this month, Montreal was the scene of one of the most significant riots in its history. Following the suspension of Montreal Canadiens star player Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, thousands of Montrealers took to the streets, keeping the city police occupied throughout the night. Many consider this as a harbinger of the Quiet Revolution that would shake the province in the early 1960s.

Target store closures part of mass retail layoffs across Canada

Facade of Target store

Tens of thousands of Canadian workers are set to swell the ranks of what Karl Marx called the “reserve army of labour” following a wave of layoffs in the service industry. The elimination of 17,600 jobs at Target stores – one of the largest mass layoffs in recent history – is only the most egregious example in a series of announcements that also included the elimination of 350 positions at Tim Horton’s and up to 1,000 job losses at Future Shop.