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Lenin on imperialism and war

Lenin on imperialism and war   an International Socialists study group Wednesday April 6, 6pm     The war in the Ukraine has thrown up many debates. Russia brutally attacked the Ukraine, but, it was immediately clear that it was about more than just the Ukraine and that NATO's attempt to increase its influence in Ukraine set the stage for the conflict…

International Anti-Imperialism: then and now

International Anti-Imperialism: then and now 7PM PDT, Monday March 28, via zoomWhile we take a stand against the imperialist conflict in Ukraine today, we can learn from past anti-war movements. Socialists have always opposed brutal imperialism and helped build anti-war movements. At the beginning of the 20th century, Marxists understood that imperialism…

NDP Liberal agreement means more climate chaos, corporate profiteering and militarization

The federal NDP has decided that they are not interested in contesting an election for at least 3 years and is signing a ‘supply and confidence’ agreement to keep the Liberals in power until 2025.    At a moment when we need radical action to stop the climate crisis, oppose Canadian military spending increases and challenge the corporate control…

Workers rally for an end to Bill 124

Close to 100 workers came out to a picket on March 17 at Dave Smith's constituency office (the Tory MPP for Peterborough & the Kawarthas), organised by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU-CUPE) to protest the Ontario Tories public sector wage restraint legislation, Bill 124. This piece of legislation limits wages and compensation that can be…

Why we are marching against racism

March 21 is the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination and there are planned demonstrations around the worldon the day and on the previous weekend.    In Toronto, there is a rally and march on Sunday March 20 at 1:30 pm at the courthouse at University and Armoury, organized by Community Solidarity Torontowhich will then join…

Kenney’s all-out war on public health

Having declared the pandemic over and canceling all public health measures, Alberta premier Jason Kenney has returned to his first preoccupation: destroying public health.   When municipalities like Calgary and Edmonton announced they would maintain masking rules anyway, Kenney’s UCP government tabled Bill 4, a new law making it illegal for local…

Where’s the Climate Plan, Justin?

According to Canada's financial watchdog, the federal government is “very unlikely” to recoup its $4.5-billion investment after the crown Trans Mountain Corporation (TMC) announced on February 18th that the project’s costs have exploded from $7.4 billion to $21.4 billion, an increase of 189% over the original budget for the project.   The government…

International Women’s Day in Toronto – a working class history

International Women's Day in Toronto - a working class history   Saturday March 12th 7 pm (Zoom link below)   Join the Toronto East IS branch for an on-line fundraiser with Carolyn Egan, long-time socialist, trade union activist and member of the organizing committee for Toronto's annual International Women's Day rally and march, which has been held…

Starbuck union wave – What are the workers asking for?

History was made in December 2021 when workers in a Starbucks coffee shop in Buffalo, New York voted to unionize after the first ever successful organizing drive at a Starbucks location. Since this groundbreaking event, workers in more than 100 Starbucks stores across the United States have started their own drives in a huge wave of solidarity. Since…

No war in Ukraine! How do we oppose the war from Canada?

No war in Ukraine! How do we oppose the war from Canada?   Monday, March 7, 6:30 pm On zoom   The Russian invasion of Ukraine is part of a much larger inter-imperial conflict between Russia and NATO that has been going on for decades. The Ukrainian people are once again paying the price for being in between two major powers - neither of which have…

Ukraine and Imperialism reading list

Ukraine and Imperialism reading list.    Current Ukraine war   International Socialists Canada | February 2022   Clare Lemlich | Marx21 US | February 2022   SWP | March 2022   Historical context   Isabel Ringrose and Yuri Prasad | SWP | February 2022   Rob Ferguson | October 2014   Leon Trotsky | April 1939   V. I. Lenin | December 1919  …

Before Black Lives Matter: Black Action Defence Committee

In Ontario, if you were at all involved in politics in the 1980s you immediately encountered three catalytic organizations.    There was the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics (OCAC) formed in 1982 from the ongoing struggles of women to access safe, legal abortion services.   There was Pride Toronto, formed in 1981 in response to LGTBQ+ oppression…

Attacks against elected reps smell like far-right violence

In the last few months, federal, provincial, and local elected representatives have seen their offices and homes targeted with violence. These are not random attacks. They come in the lead up to, during, and in the wake of the far-right-led convoy movement. These tactics are consistent with the street violence of fascist and white supremacist organizations…

No War in Ukraine! Canada out of Eastern Europe

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a dangerous escalation that could devolve into a much larger war and must be opposed. Russia needs to pull its troops back and cease any further attacks.   Ukraine is once again paying the price as a state stuck in between two major imperialist rivals - Russia and the US-led NATO alliance. Neither of these sides is…

War? Why?

International Socialists study group7PM PST, Monday February 28, via Zoom Join the Vancouver Branch of the International Socialists for a study group on imperialism and war. As the conflict between NATO and Russia intensifies it's important to look at how competition between capitalist nations leads to war. Canada is an enthusiastic participant in the…

Are “foreign influences” to blame for the bigots’ convoy?

I'm seeing a lot of social media posts blaming the far-right convoy on the US and "Trumpism".   Even Jagmeet Singhhas fallen into the trap of Canadian exceptionalism.    This is often accompanied by moans and groans about how our glorious flag has been co-opted by bigots and yahoos. Oh, how will we ever redeem it!   You can never rinse the stains…

Stop Ontario Tory plan to privatize healthcare

Ontario Health Minister, Christine Elliot announced that the Tories are going to introduce private hospitals in Ontario. She said that more health services will be delivered by ‘independent’ health facilities to overcome a backlog in cases resulting from the pandemic. Those independent facilities are mainly for-profit.    Specifically, she said…

University faculty striking back!

Faculty at Acadia University, Ontario Tech University, and the University of Lethbridge are currently on strike. These strikes follow successful strikes at the University of Manitoba in December and Concordia University of Edmonton in January which was the first ever Alberta faculty strike that forced stonewalling employers back to the table. And, more…

Strong Strike Mandate for Graduate Student-Workers (PSAC 901) at Queen’s University

Graduate student-workers at Queen’s University, unionized as PSAC DCL 901, have been in bargaining since Spring 2021. As negotiations came to a standstill at the end of the year, the union held a strike mandate vote on Feb 14th, which saw hundreds of members participate. The vote resulted in an overwhelmingly strong mandate for the union.   In an…

Blockades – not Trudeau’s emergencies act – is the way to deal with far-right

After weeks of far-right led convoy protests which have taken over cities and border crossings, working people have had enough and are taking matters into their own hands.    In Ottawa, the epicentre of the bigot occupation, people mobilized in neighbourhoods around the city to block the convoys. At Bank St and Riverside Ave, the largest blockade…

What is class?

What is class? An International Socialists study group Thursday, February 10 7:00 pm (on zoom)   Introduced by Rohit Revi: PHD student at Queen's, anti-racist activist and member the International Socialists.   Zoom info: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 890 2811 2704 Passcode: 585299   Suggested readings:   Joseph Choonara, Socialist Worker  In this…

Progressive politician faces violence in wake of convoy

St. Catharines city councillor Karrie Porter was awakened at 3:00 AM, January 30, when a cowardly vandal hurled a large rock through her living room window. The attack was doubtless deliberately timed to coincide with the right-wing “Truckers for Freedom” protests in Ottawa. It is the second time in just over a month that her home has been attacked…

Sleazy Ontario Tories rake in cash from COVID

It’s a twofer for Doug Ford: use COVID as a pretext to privatize health services and at the same time rake in piles of corporate donations for his bulging re-election funds.   Early in January the Ontario Conservative government furthered its privatization agenda by contracting out running COVID vaccine clinics to FH Health corporation. The company…

Trucker convoy a farce – but no joke

The “Truckers For Freedom convoy” itself is a farce. It is a handful of pickup trucks and SUVs being driven across the country to protest vaccine mandates for cross-border haulers.The target of their spite tells you all you need to know. Their aim is to whip up resentment at the federal government, and Justin Trudeau in particular, and funnel that…

Canada fuelling tension in Ukraine

Canada’s role in Ukraine is intensifying the possibility of war. The Liberal government is sending more military equipment to the region, training fascists in the Ukrainian military and trying to exploit the situation, at least partly, so Canadian fossil fuel corporations can replace Russia as a supplier of oil and natural gas to Western Europe. …


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