Archive for June, 2019

Canada adopts Israel lobby’s contested definition of anti-Semitism..

June 30, 2019

Canada has announced that it will formally adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that could characterize Palestinian rights campaigning as anti-Jewish bigotry.

Despite government reset, Ford’s main problem remains..

June 30, 2019

It should come as no surprise that Ford is so inept as premier. His one term as a Toronto city councilor was a disaster. His subsequent run for mayor a failure. He barely won the Conservative leadership.

In Montreal, 70,000 Households Move On the Same Day..

June 29, 2019

Moving Day is a 269-year tradition in Quebec with no end in sight. It’s a most hectic experience in the province’s biggest city.

Anti-fascist except when they support Israel..

June 26, 2019

Canadian extreme right hate groups have figured out a way to gain mainstream acceptance: Support Israel.

While most of the world voted to label Zionism a form of racism in 1975, many self-declared antiracists in Canada today refuse to challenge far right extremists if they act in service of that European colonial and Jewish supremacist movement.

Anti-fascist except when they support Israel

Canada enables corrupt Haitian president to remain in power..

June 26, 2019

At the front of a protest against Haiti’s president last week a demonstrator carried a large wooden cross bearing the flags of Canada, France and the US. The Haiti Information Project tweeted that protesters “see these three nations as propping up the regime of President Jovenel Moïse. It is also recognition of their role in the 2004 coup.”

Almost entirely ignored by the Canadian media, Haitian protesters regularly criticize Canada. On dozens of occasions since Jean Bertrand Aristide’s government was overthrown in 2004 marchers have held signs criticizing Canadian policy or rallied in front of the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince. For their part, Haiti Progrès and Haiti Liberté newspapers have described Canada as an “occupying force”, “coup supporter” or “imperialist” at least a hundred times.

Canada enables corrupt Haitian president to remain in power

Trudeau lines Canada up behind Trump’s war drive against Iran..

June 26, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have declared their unabashed solidarity with US imperialism in its campaign of aggression and war preparations against Iran. During a visit to the White House on Thursday, the same day US warplanes came within minutes of launching a devastating strike on the country of more than 80 million people, Trudeau painted Iran as the “aggressor.”

Eight in 10 Toronto voters say climate change is a serious problem for the city, poll finds..

June 26, 2019

The vast majority of Toronto voters say climate change spells big trouble for the city and will affect their choice of candidates in upcoming elections, according to a new public opinion survey.

New generation of Quebecers resists Legault’s discriminatory law..

June 26, 2019

Although the CAQ’s discriminatory measures are now officially the law, the battle is not over.

There are court challenges. The use of the notwithstanding clause might not be legally and constitutionally watertight.

And many political and educational entities charged with enforcing the new law might offer significant resistance.

Will you stand against the right?

June 20, 2019

Dear rabble readers:

rabble is fighting back against the rising right that’s consolidating power across Canada — Doug Ford in Ontario, Jason Kenney in Alberta, and François Legault in Quebec. We can’t afford to stand back and watch the Blue Tsunami wash over our country, as it has in the U.S. and much of Europe.

We’ve known for decades that progressive news coverage and analysis are lost, under-reported or ignored in the corporate-driven social media. We know that most Canadians are not right wing and want to hear from independent, progressive voices.

This is why I’m happy to have my column, Broadsides, on where it can reach and be shared by people whose values and perspectives are, like mine, not reflected by the mainstream media.

Instead of squabbling over scarce jobs and incomes, we should jointly strive for a fair economic system..

June 20, 2019

There’s an African proverb that is becoming uncomfortably apt to apply to many workers and citizens: “As the waterhole becomes smaller, the animals get meaner.”

In other words, as basic needs dwindle, so does the willingness to share what’s left. The merits of community and co-operation are superseded by a selfish survival-of-the-fittest mentality.

A big difference, however, exists between what happens at a shrinking waterhole in Africa and what happens in Canada when good-paying jobs are reduced, incomes fall or stagnate, and government services are cut back. The African waterhole gets smaller because of a drought. It’s a natural and unavoidable phenomenon. In Canadian society, however, the necessities of life for the most vulnerable among us are being deliberately restricted.

Our welfare “waterhole” is being siphoned away, its contents inequitably transferred from the pockets of the poor into the bulging bank accounts and stock portfolios of the rich and powerful.