Canada

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

In May, the Ontario government, to the surprise of many, announced its plan to introduce a $15 an hour minimum wage, beginning with $14 in January 2017 and reaching the full $15 the following year. Given that the existing minimum is $11.75 and that the implementation time to a full 15 is one of the […]

Posted in: Canada, Ontario, Work
Capitalism’s housing crisis

Capitalism’s housing crisis

Big business is increasingly taking over the housing sector – social rented as well as private ownership. The results have been devastating as tenants face sky-high rents, fewer rights, worsening conditions, and government policies of aggressive deregulation. This article reviews two books linking the current housing crisis with globalisation and the financial markets. The Financialisation […]

Posted in: Canada, Economy, Housing
Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

After a week of the strike, the Québec Liberals legislated the workers back to work. Engineers employed by the province also had been on strike for three weeks. An open-ended general strike all across Québec began in the construction industry on Wednesday. The main issues in the dispute are about work schedules and overtime. Workers […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec, Work
Trudeau: Environmental Hypocrite Melts the Arctic

Trudeau: Environmental Hypocrite Melts the Arctic

In the 117 months that Harper was Prime Minister, not a single major tars sands pipeline was approved. In just 13 months, Trudeau approved two major pipelines, Kinder Morgan’s line to Vancouver and Enbridge’s line to Lake Superior. These two pipelines will add more than double BC’s current annual total release of CO2 to the […]

Over 150 Years of Indigenous Colonization

Over 150 Years of Indigenous Colonization

To mark 150 years of the Canadian state, we are publishing some of the articles from our magazine that covered different parts of Canada’s history. Stephen Harper’s claim in 2009, that Canada has “no history of colonialism” shows either he is ignorant or a liar. Canada, founded in 1867, is and was a colonial and […]

Posted in: Aboriginal, Canada
150 Years of Canadian State: Immigration: Exploitation and Exclusion

150 Years of Canadian State: Immigration: Exploitation and Exclusion

To mark 150 years of the Canadian state, we are publishing some of the articles from our magazine that covered different parts of Canada’s history. Almost all Canadians are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. The history of Canada, since the start of European colonization, is of waves of immigrants. Most were fleeing hunger, poverty, dispossession […]

Posted in: Canada, Racism
150 Years of Canadian State: Workers Built Canada

150 Years of Canadian State: Workers Built Canada

 To mark 150 years of the Canadian state, we are publishing some of the articles from our magazine that covered different parts of Canada’s history. Working people built Canada – physically and politically. For most of Canada’s history, life for workers was hard and wages were low. The government regularly crushed strikes and killed workers. […]

BC’s Cliff-hanger Election

BC’s Cliff-hanger Election

After the British Columbia (BC) provincial election, no one yet knows who won or who will form the next government. At present, the out-going Liberals have 43 seats, one short of a majority, while the opposition New Democrats (NDP) have 41 and the Greens have three seats. In one seat, the NDP has a majority […]

Posted in: British Columbia, Canada, NDP
Socialist Alternative #6 – Published

Socialist Alternative #6 – Published

Issue #6 of Socialist Alternative has been published. There is extensive coverage of 150 years of the Canadian State. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

Canada was founded and formed by colonialism, capitalism and corruption countered by resistance. Unlike school history, this genuine history recognizes the central role of struggles of living people that shaped the Canada of today. From the beginnings of what became Canada, the lands and waters were exploited for resources: whale oil, fish from the Grand […]

Posted in: Canada, History