Posts Tagged ‘canada’

How police unions present barriers to change in Canada..

June 30, 2020

Police unions, like any union, work to protect the interests of their members. Those interests, however, are exactly what situates police unions outside of the labour movement in Canada.

Police wield a great deal of authoritative social power, and have the actual firepower to back it up. Often, police use this power at the direct expense of labour movements, surveilling strikers and even arresting picketers.

white nationalist Stefan Molyneux banned from Youtube..

June 29, 2020
Stefan Basil Molyneux (/stəˈfæn ˈmɒlɪnjuː/; born September 24, 1966) is a Canadian far-right, white nationalist[2] podcaster and former YouTuber who is known for his promotion of scientific racism and white supremacist views.
Tom Clements in The Independent described Molyneux as having “a perverse fixation on race and IQ”.
The Freedomain internet community which Molyneux leads has been described as a cult, and Molyneux has been described as a cult leader, using cult indoctrination techniques on his followers.

How Canada tries to hide its racism by pointing a finger at the U.S…

June 28, 2020

The United States is more like a thick fog that we use to hide reality and create the fantasy that we are better: our racism is kinder, our inequality is milder, our problems aren’t as bad and therefore, life here is great.

Canada’s loss a victory for International Law, and the UN..

June 26, 2020

Functioning at the UN as Israel’s defense lawyer for its serial violations of international law has once again cost Canada the coveted Security Council seat. And rightly so. The UN charter unambiguously declares its objective as “respect for international law.”

Canada’s loss a victory for International Law, and the UN

Trudeau under high-profile pressure to end Huawei exec’s extradition, even if it rankles Trump..

June 26, 2020

Nineteen prominent Canadians sent a letter to the prime minister this week calling on him to instruct his justice minister to free Meng Wanzhou.

Have business and political leaders decided to co-exist with COVID-19 instead of seeking its curtailment?

June 24, 2020

Politicians and corporations in the United States and Canada have started to open up their economies and relax strict safeguards against the spread of COVID-19. This is happening even though the coronavirus remains prevalent in both countries.

In the U.S., the pandemic still proliferates in several states, where the rates of infection and fatalities continue to escalate. In Canada, the extent of such irresponsible negligence is much less, but remains worrisome.

There are a couple of reasons for this dereliction. The most obvious is the urgency of political and business leaders to revive the stalled economy. With profits collapsing and many small and medium-sized companies already going bankrupt, the future of capitalism itself is at stake.

Canada’s embarrassment at U.N. shows there’s a price for bowing to Israel lobby

June 22, 2020

Canada’s defeat in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council is a major victory for Palestinian solidarity. It also puts Canada’s Israel lobby on the defensive.

Canada’s embarrassment at U.N. shows there’s a price for bowing to Israel lobby

Canada must learn from its UN Security Council defeat..

June 19, 2020

The vote was a resounding rebuke to the Trudeau government’s public relations campaign for one of the coveted seats. Despite its membership in the G7 and G20, and its many alliances in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Canada (population 37 million) was beaten out by Norway (population 5.3 million) and Ireland (population 4.9 million).

It was yet another sign that despite the mythologies that Canada’s political elite may spin, Canada has declined on the world stage. Canadians like to think of themselves as a benevolent, peace-loving presence in the world, but the reality is that for many countries, Canada’s agenda of recent years seems little different from that of the U.S.

Former Ontario premier Mike Harris is raking in profits from the long-term care system he helped create..

June 19, 2020

Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative party ousted Rae’s NDP government in Ontario, starting the so-called “common sense revolution.”

Pledging to tackle Ontario’s deficit, the Harris government pushed tax reductions and slashed public spending on health care, education and social services. The government closed hospitals and eliminated the jobs of thousands of nurses, infamously comparing them to obsolete hula hoop makers.

How Ontario cared for seniors did not escape the cuts. Harris’ government reduced the public role in long-term care, relaxing regulations and lessening public oversight. This wasn’t the start of privatization, but it certainly opened the doors much wider.

To pay for recovery, boost corporate taxes and end tax havens, say progressive economists..

June 16, 2020

“For many years to come, Canada’s economy will rely on public service, public investment and public entrepreneurship as the main drivers of growth. They will lead us in recovering from the immediate downturn, preparing for future health and environmental crises and addressing the desperate conditions in our communities. The chronic weakness of private business capital spending in recent years was already indicating a growing need for public investment to lead the way. After COVID-19, it is impossible to imagine that private capital spending could somehow lead the reconstruction of a shattered national economy.”

Now, an international team of progressive economists has weighed in on the social justice side, focusing, in particular, on the issue of taxation.