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Is Canada Fudging the Numbers on Marine Protection?

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The Iran Protests: A Third Path to Political Change?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1543 ... January 18, 2018
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The Iran Protests: A Third Path to Political Change?

Fouad Oveisy and Behnam Amini

An Alternative to the Politics of "National Security" Emerges

Days of protests in Iran have caught statesmen, analysts and observers by surprise, even though the anti-austerity and anti-establishment sentiments behind this primarily working-class revolt have been brewing for years. All the same, surprise is not a common reaction across the media. An early analysis offered in a tweet by the popular and self-styled Marxist pundit, Ali Alizadeh, captures a sentiment which is common across an array of responses to these events from individuals and groups as disparate, in both aim and ideas, as the Iranian reformists, the Iranian postcolonial left, and middle class Iranians both inside and outside Iran. Alizadeh...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 17, 2018

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MEDIA RELEASE: 'Trump not welcome' petition reaches 10,000 signatures in four days

 



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Tim Horton's National Day of Action

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Carillion and the Latest Privatisation Scandal

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1542 ... January 17, 2018
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Carillion and the Latest Privatisation Scandal

John McDonnell

This week 20,000 Carillion workers and many more in the supply chain have had their livelihoods put at risk. The responsibility lies with this shambolic Tory government and mismanagement by Carillion’s fat-cat bosses.

The collapse of Carillion, embarrassing for a government that had championed the company and awarded it contract after contract, represents another significant blow to the "private knows best" economic dogma.

Nothing has come to symbolise the worship of free-market solutions -- often against all the evidence -- more than the persistent belief that key public services would be better provided by profit-seeking companies. As the journalist Robert Peston put it, the collapse of Carillion represents the definitive end of a 25-year love...

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Seriously, Tim Hortons?

   

Tim Hortons franchises just started cutting paid breaks and benefits to its employees after a minimum wage increase in Ontario.

It’s time to tell Tim Hortons' parent company to protect its workers from these bullying tactics.

 Sign the Petition 

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It’s disgusting: more than a dozen Tim Hortons franchises all over Ontario are cutting workers’ paid breaks and benefits because of the recent minimum wage increase. This gross display of corporate greed has been condemned verbally by Restaurant Brands International, the parent company that owns Tim Hortons -- and yet nothing has actually changed for workers.

Tim Hortons workers, just like all minimum wage workers, deserved this wage increase...

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Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1541 ... January 16, 2018
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Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

Judith Deutsch

Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an "order of final release" for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Diab, a sociology professor and Canadian citizen, was charged with bombing the Rue Copernic Synagogue in 1980. His release follows eight previous orders for his conditional release by four French judges which were all reversed on appeal. But so far this ruling appears to be final and is hopefully a very belated vindication of Dr. Diab and for truth and justice. Since 2007 when France sought his extradition from Canada, credible and verifiable evidence testifying to his innocence was concealed or...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 15, 2018

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Is Trudeau preparing to make NAFTA concessions as Trump suggests extending talks past July?
It can be difficult to discern what's happening with the North American Free Trade Agreement talks in advance of the 6th round of negotiations in Montreal this coming January 23-28, but this is what we can piece together.

The Council launches online petition to say Donald Trump isn't welcome to visit Canada
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URGENT Nestlé

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Homelessness Doesnt End in April

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1540 ... January 15, 2018
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Homelessness Doesn’t End in April:
Toronto City Council Must Start Building Shelters Now

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Homeless people in Toronto are in crisis. In the first nine months of 2017, the city has recorded an average of 8 homeless deaths every month. Most of those who died were under the age of 50. Emergency shelters, whether they serve women, men, youth, refugees, or families, are packed full every single night, winter and summer. Even the sub-standard backup winter warming centres, 24 hour drop-ins, and volunteer-run overnight programs are full, despite conditions within most of them being appalling.

City Council can’t claim ignorance. For years, homeless people, front-line workers and advocates have raised an alarm about the worsening situation. Beyond the innumerable deputations and...

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Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

Socialist Interventions Pamphlet No. 16:

Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both at the federal and provincial level, has continued to be vigorously pursued and the poverty and insecurity that this has generated has created the vulnerability and desperation needed in order to weaken workers’ bargaining power, reduce the capacity of unions to resist and to facilitate a veritable explosion of low wage precarious work. In light of this dogged pursuit of austerity based agenda over so many years, news that the Ontario government was likely to set up a...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 12, 2018

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Chapters this Week!
Here's a snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country!

What's happening with NAFTA as the 6th round of talks comes to Montreal, Jan. 23-28?
The sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place at the Hôtel Bonaventure (900 Rue de la Gauchetière O) in Montreal from Tuesday January 23 to Sunday January 28.

The Council opposes the RCMP's plan for...

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Another Europe is Needed

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1539 ... January 12, 2018
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Another Europe is Needed

Ernesto Screpanti

Since the end of World War II, tribal rivalries and xenophobic sentiment in Europe have never been as strong as they are today. And this is but one of the European Union’s ‘successes’. Not to mention the resurrected warmongering vocation that led the Union to feed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and, when the Union was still in the preparatory phase, to favor the explosion of devastating civil wars in Yugoslavia.

Another series of ‘successes’ has involved the social and economic sphere, with increases in unemployment, poverty, and inequality; the deterioration of labour conditions; reductions in workers’ rights; greater labour insecurity and precariousness; worsening welfare in the areas of education, health services, public utilities and social security; the...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 11, 2018

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ACTION ALERT: Nova Scotia's fracking ban is under threat



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How Canadas New Hydro Dams Will Power Oil Pipelines

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Breaking news: Iranian trade union leader freed from prison

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