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Ryerson students vote for student strike against Ford

Ryerson studentsOn April 23, students present at the annual general meeting of the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) unanimously voted to adopt a strike resolution (full text below) tabled by Socialist Fightback at Ryerson. After the last few months of unprecedented mobilizations by students, the overwhelming support for the strike resolution is further proof that there is an enormous movement brewing against the Ford government and its austerity agenda.

The Vancouver housing crisis: expropriate the parasites!

homelessnessDue to rampant property speculation, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in North America in which to live. Meanwhile, as stupendous profits are being made by parasitic landlord-speculators, workers are being forced deeper into debt, poverty, and financial turmoil. This illustrates a deep flaw within the capitalist system, and its inability to provide the bare necessities, such as housing.

Why Kenney won and how to fight him

Jason Kenney profile shotOn April 16, Alberta voters once again made history, by making the NDP the first single-term government in the province. The four improbable NDP years finally came to an end with the April 2019 election result.

In the last election, the NDP pulled off a miracle that sent a shockwave not only across the Prairies but also from coast to coast, rallying from fourth place to finish first in the span of just 28 days, ending a 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty.

Bill 21 in Quebec: For a mass movement of civil disobedience!

Francois LegaultThe long-awaited bill on secularism was finally tabled in the national assembly in Quebec. It contains, as planned, a ban on the wearing of religious symbols for many state employees, particularly for teachers. The MNA responsible, Simon Jolin-Barrette, says that Bill 21 is the "logical continuation of the Quiet Revolution and the de-confessionalization of the Quebec school system." This statement is false from beginning to end.

The rise and fall of the Alberta NDP: Lessons for workers

rachel notley1April 16 is set to mark one of the most interesting and important elections in Alberta’s history. The strategy of the NDP in the election campaign so far is a personality-based campaign around the figure of Premier Rachel Notley, defending the status quo against the bigoted scandal ridden United Conservative Party (UCP). In spite of this, it looks the UCP are slated to win.

OSAP cuts and the fight against the Ford government

Marco talks about OSAP cutsIn January 2019, the Ford government announced sweeping cuts to post-secondary education, primarily impacting low-income students. Also announced were changes to student fees, which would have the effect of undermining student unions. In the following video, Fightback editor Marco La Grotta examines Ford’s attacks on post-secondary education, and offers his thoughts on what the student movement must now do to fight back.

Public education under attack: Strike to fight back!

Class SizePublic education in Ontario is under attack by the Doug Ford Conservatives. On Friday, March 15th Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced increases to intermediate and high school class sizes.

Alberta Election - NDP cannot defeat Conservatives on personality alone

190320 as ab election collageAlberta Premier Rachel Notley has called provincial elections for April 16. In her announcement, rather than putting forward a platform that will unite working class Albertans against the United Conservative Party and the oil bosses, Notley spent the majority of her time attacking UCP leader Jason Kenney.

SNC-Lavalin update: The whole damn system is even more guilty!

Gerald Butts, left, and former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, right,. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press, Chris Wattie/Reuters)For weeks, Canada has been gripped by the political drama surrounding SNC-Lavalin, a scandal which has implicated Canada’s political and business elite in a web of corruption, deceit, and abuse of power. By now, the allegations are widely known: that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put inappropriate pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to interfere in an ongoing corruption case against SNC—a construction giant with close links to the Liberal Party—and removed her as attorney general after she refused to do so. In the intervening weeks, Canadians have borne witness to new revelations, high-profile resignations, and almost daily reassurances from the prime minister that everything is just fine.

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