Austerity meets Anglo-chauvinism: Ford cuts French-language services in Ontario

Protest of Francophones in Ottawa (Photo Credit: Gilles Taillon/Radio-Canada)On Nov. 15, Finance Minister Vic Fideli delivered Ontario’s fall economic statement. Premier Doug Ford likely expected a certain degree of backlash, considering the statement included tax breaks for the rich and ending rent controls on new properties. Indeed, riding out backlash has become routine for the still-fresh Progressive Conservative government. However, there is one front where Ford seems to have been taken off guard by the scale and intensity of the resistance he is facing: cuts affecting Franco-Ontarians.

Socialist Fightback Students successfully mobilize against Ford’s anti-protest law

In late September, Fightback launched a campaign against Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s anti-protest law, which aims to provide a safe space for the far-right racists and bigots on campus by banning protests against them in the name of “free speech” (read our in-depth analysis here). This mandate, which threatens to penalize universities and colleges, student unions, clubs, and individual students who do not comply, is in reality an attack on the freedom of expression and assembly of students and faculty.

An appeal against sectarianism: Whisper campaign weakens York University left

CUPE3903The campaign against Doug Ford’s anti-protest law has been a huge success. There have been well-attended and enthusiastic forums at McMaster U., University of Waterloo, and UofTThe protest at Ryerson University attracted more than 100 people and received wide press coverage. The campaign even provoked an attack from the National Post. Subsequently, the pressure of mobilization has forced Ryerson Senate into retreat and confusion, while the UofT Student union has adopted a bold resolution that refuses to participate in its implementation, as have the Toronto and York Region Labour Council and various union locals.

Ford guts minimum wage: How to fight him (and how not to)

Doug Ford unveils $106,000 Open for Business sign (Source: months of threats, Premier Doug Ford’s Tory government has at last tabled its central, planned attack on the working class with Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act. If passed, it will reverse nearly every legal reform won by the labour movement in the past decade, and it must be fought tooth and nail. 

A Tale of Two Cities: The Toronto and Vancouver municipal elections

Kennedy Stewart winner of the Vancouver Election. (Photo Credit: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… In Vancouver, the right wing NPA was defeated in the mayoralty by a former NDP MP, combined with a strong showing for the left wing Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE). But in Toronto, former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory won a landslide 63%, while white nationalist Faith Goldy came in third with over 3% of the votes. What can the Toronto left learn from Vancouver so this miserable result is not repeated?

Doug Ford rips up labour rights and the minimum wage

Doug FordOntario Premier Doug Ford’s assault on workers’ rights continued on Tuesday, Oct. 2 as he announced his intention to scrap new labour protections implemented by the previous government. Bill 148, “The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act”, provided workers with new protections against precarious scheduling, and contained provisions which included an increase in the minimum wage to $15/hour, equal pay for part-time and casual workers, guaranteed vacation days, protections for workers who required days off due to sexual assault and domestic violence, protection for temp agency workers, and provisions which removed some barriers to forming a union.

Students denounce anti-protest law at Ryerson Senate meeting

stop ford anti protest billOn Oct. 2, the Ryerson University Senate held a preliminary discussion on the implementation of a "free speech" statement as mandated by the Ford government. This statement included language that would limit student protest, which as we have explained elsewhere, is the true aim of Ford's directive. In response, activists with Socialist Fightback Students (SFS) organized an emergency protest outside the meeting room, addressing the Senate shortly thereafter.

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