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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.

Asylum seekers and the hypocrisy of Canadian imperialism

There has been a recent increase in the number of people crossing the U.S.-Canadian border seeking asylum in Canada. Right-wing nationalists in Quebec and Conservatives in English Canada have been using this question in a disgusting manner to sow fear and division, claiming that the border is a “sieve” and that “we shouldn't have to pay” for the influx of refugees, etc. These very same people maintain the hypocritical stance of supporting corporate bailouts and cuts to public services while claiming that there is no money to help people fleeing the racist demagogue south of the border. They also conveniently ignore the dastardly role that Canadian imperialism played in destabilizing Haiti.

Underfunded services impact Toronto workers

John Tory Presents 2017 BudgetThe city of Toronto continues to face crippling erosion of its much needed social services. This has been shown by the Toronto municipal budget. The budget reveals cuts at the expense of the city’s most vulnerable. Under the mantra of “keeping taxes low”, the city council instead decided to cut public jobs and services which impact the working people of the city.

The brewing crisis in the Parti Quebecois

Jean Francois LiseeSince last May, five polls have placed the Parti Quebecois (PQ) in third place behind the Liberal Party of Quebec as well as the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). In addition, the party is now second place among francophones and is no longer first in any demographic category. Since the defeat of the 1995 referendum, the PQ has had all sorts of difficulties.

Capitalism kills: The Alberta suicide crisis and beyond

Homeless individualIt has been almost three years since Alberta was shocked by plummeting oil prices in mid-2014. A province booming with industry and employment opportunities was suddenly faced with an economic collapse, characterized by capital flight and unemployment. Despite being responsible for creating 87 per cent of the net job growth in the country in 2013, Alberta has become an industrial ghost town.