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Together we can stop Ford’s plan to destroy public healthcare

Over 270 people joined an online Emergency Town Hall meeting for Toronto on November 29, one of a series of online town halls organized by the Ontario Health Coalition across the province.   These meetings are being held to carry out an action plan to fight the privatization of public hospitals in Ontario, a project the Ford government is pursuing…

Alberta’s UCP: smash and grab government

Alberta’s UCP Premier Danielle Smith is ideologically dedicated to smashing public services, especially education and healthcare. She has never made a secret of it. And she is in a hurry to implement that agenda before she has to face an election in May, 2023.   She is dressing her far-right “anti-government” agenda in the costume of Alberta…

2022 Socialist Worker Fighting Fund

Dear friend,   We are writing to you to ask if you would consider making a donation to the 2022 Socialist Worker Fighting Fund. You can do so here.   Socialist Worker and socialist.ca don’t have rich backers. They are funded through sales, subscriptionsand donations from supporters. Each year, we rely on a fund drive to help sustain an independent…

MARX IN SOHO performed by John Bell

MARX IN SOHO performed by John Bell   Sunday December 11 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern time   Marx in Soho, written by  socialist historian and activist Howard Zinn, is a witty and insightful one-person “play on history” in which Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to return and clear his name. Through a bureaucratic…

After COP27: Climate catastrophe & the need for revolution

After COP27: Climate catastrophe & the need for revolution   Sunday, December 4 9 am eastern - 6 am pacific   The UN’s climate conference COP27 was a sham with little or no prospect for creating the kind of change required to meet the climate crisis. The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, took place under the dictatorship of the Egyptian police state…

Support Education Workers – Resources

Ontario education workers are set to strike on November 21. The action comes after decades of meagre wage increases and cuts to the public education system by both the Tories and the Liberals. It is a crucial mass action against the Ford government and we need to show our support and solidarity. We have compiled information, articles and resources…

Migrant Students in Canada: An organizing force to be reckoned with

In the past few weeks, the education sector in Ontario has been witnessing a gamut of capitalist reactions to the organizing power of workers in the province. Simultaneously, then, it has also witnessed the solidarity of different workers coming together to preserve the right to protest and organize for affordable and dignified living. As an international…

State and Revolution

Monday, November 21 | 6:30pm EST | 3:30pm PST On Zoom and at the Resistance bookroom - 427 Bloor St West (Inside Trinity St Pauls Centre)The Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin wrote the short pamphlet State and Revolution in the midst of the extreme violence of the First World War, and the revolutionary upheaval taking place in Russia in 1917. It…

Review: Forever Young: A Ghetto Story

A world premiere by Darrah Teitel  Directed by Sarah Kitz At the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa   The Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 was a high point of Jewish resistance against the Nazis, but also a moment when revolutionary politics took hold of a young generation who clearly saw they had literally nothing to lose but maybe a lot to win…

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…


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