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Toronto Mayoral election: 2014

Toronto Mayoral election: 2014

“After an historical election, Toronto has chosen its first wealthy, white male mayor in nearly half a decade.”  Thus ran the headline in The Beaverton, the online satirical publication. As with all good satire, the humour is understated. For those not familiar with Toronto politics, half a decade go, Toronto elected Rob Ford, a white, […]

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Attack in Ottawa

Attack in Ottawa

Tory government whips-up terrorist fears to boost Canada’s imperialist role. The media in Canada, and internationally, has been filled with reports of, and commentary on,the attack on the Canadian Parliament, in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. On October 22 a lone gunman shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a soldier on honour guard at the National War […]

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014

Naomi Klein’s book is a welcome and much needed addition to the debates on how to tackle global warming. Klein not only outlines its enormous threat to humanity, but shows the need for a fundamental change of strategy to avoid disaster and instead seize the opportunity to “dramatically improve lives, close the gap between rich […]

Harper: Carbon Pimp to the World

Harper: Carbon Pimp to the World

Global Warming is Real Across the world, people and environments are feeling the impacts of Global Warming – with increased flooding, storms and droughts. In 3 years (2011 & 2014), Manitoba has been hit by 2 floods, each described as once in 300 year events. The Arctic ice cover is shrinking. The Central Valley of […]

Canada Today: A Fragile Stability

Canada Today: A Fragile Stability

Compared with much of the world, Canada seems an island of stability. The economy has not been as ravaged by austerity, cuts and unemployment as most European countries or the US. There are no wars raging in Canada. However, Canada’s stability is very thin ice. Most of the economic recovery since 2008 is based on […]

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Socialist Councillor Kshama Sawant in Vancouver

Socialist Councillor Kshama Sawant in Vancouver

Socialist Alternative’s Seattle Councillor Kshama Sawant will be in Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28. Sawant will be speaking at a meeting organized by Socialist Alternative and Left Alternative Building the Socialist Movement 2 pm, Sunday, September 28 Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street Vancouver)   COPE (Coalition of […]

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Socialist Alternative is at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, August 21 – 24

Socialist Alternative is at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, August 21 – 24

We are involved in hosting 2 workshops: Friday, 10:45am, VNR 5070: Workers fighting back in the age of neo-liberalism and austerity. (Presented by REWT [Ontario Teachers’ Rank & File] & Offensive Syndical) Friday, 2:45pm, LMS 242 The lessons from 15 Now in the US (presented by Socialist Alternative and Alternative Socialiste) speaker from the US […]

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BC Teachers’ Strike – Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions!

BC Teachers’ Strike – Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions!

On June 10, BC Teachers (BCTF) voted 86% in favour of a full strike. Will the Liberal government of British Columbia continue its long attack on public education and teachers or finally start to hold real negotiations? Up to now, the government has refused to address the real needs of children and has tried to provoke […]

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Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

For the last 11 years, Liberal governments have ruled Ontario. While Ontario has not been hit as hard as Europe and the US by the recession of 2008, it has had a major impact on jobs and living standards. Even prior to the recession, Ontario’s private manufacturing sector had started to decline and since the […]

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The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

Since winning a majority in the May 2011 federal election, the Conservative Party has continued its neo-liberal attacks. There is widespread opposition to these attacks. The New Democratic Party (NDP), the official opposition for the first time, has an historic opportunity to build a movement, based on campaigning around an alternative vision for society. If […]

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