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Toronto city budget: broken promises and austerity

In late November, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced a 2017 budget surplus of $141.8 million, shortly before city council revealed a balanced budget plan for 2018. The news lends support to Tory’s image as a stable, responsible mayor, wisely investing in public services while not spending more than the city can afford. However, a closer look reveals a different picture. The budget, which represents an increase of one per cent in spending over the previous year, actually represents a cutback in services once inflation and population growth is taken into account. Even worse, the "balanced" budget is in fact perched on the edge of an inflated and precarious housing market, making the consequences of a potential correction disastrous for workers.

National and Class Struggle in Quebec

Recent independence movements, most notably those in Scotland and Catalonia, have caused many people to draw parallels between them and Quebec. This, combined with the identitarian turn that the mainstream Québécois nationalist parties have taken recently, forces us to return to the basics and re-evaluate the Marxist approach to this question. Joel Bergman of the La Riposte socialiste editorial board sheds some light on the current state of the independence movement in Quebec, the comparison with Scotland and Catalonia, and explains what position Marxists should take.

Petty and vindictive Tim Hortons owners show the real face of capitalism

Tim Hortons workers expecting an improvement in living conditions with the rise in the minimum wage are instead facing a cut back to their overall compensation. Staff at the Tim Hortons location in Cobourg, Ontario received a letter from their bosses, who were busy at their vacation home in Florida at the time, informing them that the minimum wage increase had left them “no alternative” but to cut breaks and benefits.

Quebec City police collaborate with fascists and the extreme right

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Quebec City was once again the scene of a demonstration where fascists and the far right showed their hideous face. The groups La Meute and Storm Alliance joined forces to spit their poison, and were joined by the neo-fascists of Atalante Quebec and III%. Not only were these groups able to march freely and spread their hate, but they did so with the open complicity of the Quebec City police.

Ontario college strike: Say no to employer forced vote!

On Monday, November 6th, the College Employer Council once again walked away from the bargaining table, starting a process that would extend the college faculty strike by at least another week.

Jason Kenney wins Alberta United Conservative leadership: A warning shot against the working class

With Paul Brandt’s “Alberta Bound” playing over the convention speakers, the United Conservative Party (UCP) announced their first elected leader last Saturday. Jason Kenney, the former Progressive Conservative leader, won an overwhelming majority of 61.1 per cent of the vote, leaving his main opponent Brian Jean far behind with just 31.5 per cent. This is yet another chapter in what has been a tumultuous 16-month journey to unify Alberta’s conservatives after their crushing defeat at the hands of NDP in the last election. Kenney said to cheers that he would work hard to “ensure that this deceptive, divisive, debt-quadrupling, tax-hiking, job-killing, accidental socialist government is one-and-done.”

Ontario college faculty strike: Interviews on the picket line

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the College Employer Council walked away from the bargaining table after submitting a final offer that was aptly referred to by OPSEU as “a poisoned pill.” Failing to address the faculty’s key demands of the ratio of full-time to contract faculty, job security for partial-load faculty, and academic freedom in regards to academic decision-making, the council put forward an offer that increases contract faculty, reduces full-time faculty, encourages outsourcing, and reduces starting salaries.

Quebec bans face coverings: The veil of Liberal hypocrisy

Four years after the Parti Québecois’s (PQ)’s infamous Quebec Charter of Values, Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have just adopted their own law on the separation of church and state. This law will prohibit anyone from giving or receiving a public service with their face covered. In reality, this means that the burqa and the niqab will be banned. This law clearly demonstrates the glaring hypocrisy of the Quebec Liberals, who have proven that they are no better than the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the PQ by using Islamophobia for political ends.

Another rift in the United Conservative Party of Alberta

On Sept. 21, another conservative MLA in Alberta dropped out of the newly formed United Conservative Party. Rick Fraser, the MLA for Calgary-South East, became the third MLA to quit the party to become an independent following the likes of Derek Fildebrandt and Richard Starke. This string of resignations followsthe unity vote of the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservative Party in July as part of a abid to gain control of the government back from the Alberta NDP, who ended 44 years of Progressive Conservative (PC) rule back in 2015. From the outset, the attempt to bring together the fractured conservative forces in Alberta has created divisions amongst members of both parties, and these divisions seem to fester even after the unity vote.

The Edmonton terror attack and the way forward

edmonton terror attack police responseOn Sept. 30, at around 8:15 pm local time, a Chevrolet Malibu plowed into a police barricade just outside a football game in Edmonton. After knocking a police officer to the ground, the driver exited the car and attacked the injured officer, stabbing him multiple times. The attacker, now identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old Somali refugee, then fled on foot.

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