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Omar Khadr settlement: right-wing hysteria and hypocrisy

There has been a proverbial media storm surrounding the recent settlement of the lawsuit launched by Omar Khadr. Khadr was a Canadian citizen who was captured by American forces during the invasion of Afghanistan. He was a minor at the time and was held as a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for ten years prior to being released and allowed to return to Canada. He then sued the Canadian government for breaching his charter rights by engaging in his interrogation, in collaboration with American officials, at the detention camp.

Sears Canada: workers denied severance while bosses get millions

Sears CanadaOn June 22, Sears Canada announced it would be closing 59 stores as part of a restructuring plan under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The CCAA offers troubled companies an opportunity to restructure their affairs under court protection. These restructuring agreements prioritize the interests of shareholders and creditors over the needs of employees.

45 years since the 1972 Quebec general strike

Front communForty-five years ago, the largest and most important strike movement in the history of Quebec took place. During this historic episode, the workers of the province stormed onto the political arena to fight against the bourgeoisie. At its peak, workers occupied the factories and mines, and the general strike movement brought the economy of the province to a halt. 

New defence policy: Canadian imperialism flexes its muscles

Lessons in LeadershipCanadianforcesWhen Justin Trudeau stated that, “Canada is back,” it could have been interpreted as just another one of those hollow phrases which he is so good at. With the unveiling of Canada’s new defence policy on June 7th, we now understand better what he meant. As part of this new policy, the Trudeau government has announced massive increases in the defence budget, particularly the purchase of fighter jets and battleships.

Keep the Police Out of Pride!

BLMprideWhen Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto Pride Parade last year, they had a fairly short list of demands. These demands called for an end to Pride Toronto’s marginalization and exclusion of LGBTQ people of colour, prioritization of the hiring of members from particularly vulnerable sectors of the LGBTQ community (e.g. black trans women), the reinstatement of the South Asian stage, and the removal of police floats from all Pride marches and parades. Indigenous activists joined them by praying, smudging, drumming and chanting, and Latin allies participated in the drumming as well. 

Fightback Oshawa takes action at Durham Pride

prideOn Sunday, June 4, Fightback Oshawa joined various groups in Durham Region, including “Queers Crash the Beat - Durham” and members of several trade unions, to take the streets back at Durham Region's Pride March. 

Toronto: A Tale of Two Cities

6263959180 26be92d267 bAccording to a recent survey by real estate consultant Knight Frank, there are 1,216 “super-rich” people in Toronto. This is the second highest of any city in North America, behind only New York City.

Scandal Reveals Rottenness of Canadian Banks

TD BANKCanada’s “Big Five” banks are under fire for pushing unrealistic sales targets on their employees. To meet these targets, front-line workers are forced to mislead their customers into purchasing financial products without full knowledge.

Home Capital Group Crisis Provokes Concerns Among Bourgeoisie

Home Capital GroupCanada’s largest non-bank mortgage lender is collapsing. Home Capital Group recently experienced a massive 78 per cent plummet in share prices. This was due to its April 26 press release which stated that, to continue operating, it required an expensive, high interest loan (effectively a 22.5 per cent interest loan) from Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.