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Canada before and after Coronavirus
La version française de ce texte est disponible sur La Riposte socialiste. In order to understand what is to come it is necessary to understand what came before. In January and February 2020 the Fightback editorial board drafted the following perspectives document. This piece outlined the general processes in Canadian politics and economy in order […]
Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en: Revolution, not reconciliation!
What a difference a year can make. Last year, after the RCMP raids on Wet’suwet’en lands the solidarity response was relatively muted. There were solidarity statements, some protests, and slogans of Indigenous struggle were taken up around the country. In the end though, the response paled in comparison to what we have seen after the […]
Ontario Federation of Labour bureaucracy quashes general strike at 2019 convention
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) held its 2019 convention from Nov. 25–29. This gathering occurred under the shadow of the Doug Ford provincial government’s recent implementation of a 1 percent wage cap on all public sector workers, setting off what has the potential to become a fierce struggle with Ontario teachers. The central issue […]
General strike to bring down Ford!
As Ontario’s unions mobilize for Labour Day, they face a challenge not witnessed in a generation. The Doug Ford Conservative government has seen its support fall off a cliff. And yet despite this the anti-worker Ontario regime still stands. Ford can remain in power, cutting and slashing all the way, unless he is given a […]
Hamilton mayor attacks right to protest under false flag of stopping hate groups
A proposed bylaw in Hamilton will put in force a repressive ban on virtually all forms of political protest and political organizing. This bylaw is so broad it even bans the distribution of food or beverages. In addition, the absurd list of banned items includes the use of any tents, banners, sound amplifying equipment, and […]
Ford attacks low-income students: only a student strike can stop him
In mid-January, the Ford government leaked news that it would be reducing tuition fees by 10 per cent across Ontario. The decision was immediately met with suspicion by students. Their suspicion, it turns out, was justified. A few days later, the bait-and-switch was finally revealed. Low-income students will face significant reductions to the grant that […]
Quebec: Big struggles coming against new CAQ government
The victory of the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec, or Coalition for the Future of Quebec) in the Oct. 1 elections in Quebec marked the end of an epoch in the province. The Liberal Party and the Parti Québécois (PQ) who had held power interchangeably for nearly half a century were pummeled at the polls, receiving […]
The Struggle Against Trans Oppression
In recent years, transgender rights and issues have gained widespread public attention with some advances being made as the result of the diligent organizing efforts of trans activists and community organizations. Most provinces in Canada now allow for a change of gender on identification without requiring gender reassignment surgery and have included gender identity and […]
Culture & Philosophy
An appeal against sectarianism: Whisper campaign weakens York University left
The campaign against Doug Ford’s anti-protest law has been a huge success. There have been well-attended and enthusiastic forums at McMaster U., University of Waterloo, and UofT. The protest at Ryerson University attracted more than 100 people and received wide press coverage. The campaign even provoked an attack from the National Post. Subsequently, the pressure […]
Waterloo holds discussion against Ford’s anti-protest law
On Oct. 19, Socialist Fightback Students (SFS) Waterloo hosted a public discussion on Premier Doug Ford’s anti-protest law. This event was part of a series of province-wide actions against Ford’s so-called “free speech” mandate for universities and colleges set to be implemented January 2019. Ford’s mandate is in reality an anti-protest law which aims to […]
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