Twenty-four hours after taking over Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station, we’re still here, construction is stopped for a second day, and we’re confident we can hold the space for a while still. We’re confident that energy will continue to build through the weekend, and we invite anyone interested in helping us stop construction to drop by the site.
Hamilton, ON - June 20th, 2013
As this statement is released, we are digging in and occupying Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp. We have done this to stop construction in preparation for the reversal of their Line 9 Pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands through our communities and watersheds, likely for export.
The first volume of Mortar, Common Cause's brand new theoretical journal, is now available on our newly redesigned website. Inside you will find an editorial introduction, along with five collectively written articles covering subjects such as building community power, disability and dual
A provincial investigation found the former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoner was handcuffed, shackled and stomped by jail guards in 2010. Ontario ombudsman André Marin made the assault central to the report he released Tuesday criticizing the Ottawa jail and the province’s corrections system as a whole.
By Dylan Lubao - 8 June 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford...continues to be dogged by a drug scandal and politically shaken by defections from his administration...The city’s big business elite, which promoted Ford as their hatchet man in slashing public services and attacking city workers, has signaled that they now view him as a political liability, whose hotheadedness and multiple scandals have become an impediment to prosecuting their class war agenda.
By Heather Morgan - May 28, 2013
...[T]he Fords are not the working-class everyman. Brother Doug is more akin to Dick Cheney getting the man he shot in the face to issue a public apology...They are the wealthy bullies who put their fist in your face then blamed you for it and demanded that you apologize to them. Then they went a step further and claimed to be poor victims of baseless smears.
By Dylan Lubao - WSWS
Toronto’s big business elite has turned on Rob Ford — the city’s right-wing populist mayor and their designated hatchet man in imposing social spending cuts and concessionary contracts on city workers — and now appears intent on forcing him from office.
May 27, 2013 - CBC News
A man whose shoulder was broken during a G20 protest in Toronto almost three years ago says he was hit from behind by what felt like a riot shield while he was taking a picture of police horses...Dorian Barton is testifying at the trial of Const. Glenn Weddell, the first Toronto police officer to go to trial on criminal charges stemming from the G20 weekend in June 2010. Weddell is charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
A Toronto drug dealer is asking for C$200,000 (£130,000) for the full tape and the US website Gawker is currently approaching $100,000 in its online attempt to raise the money to get its hands on it, which I think we can all agree is the kind of thing democracy and online fund-raising sites were invented for.
The Continued Struggle for Educational Access by the Afrikan Community: In Solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme
The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) stands firmly in solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) and the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance (TYPPA). The University of Toronto has been imposing conditions on the TYP that are not beneficial to the success of the program or the well-being of the students the program serves. We call on people of good conscience to support the TYP in resisting a restructuring plan that would dilute or destroy the culture and practice of equity and excellence in education that the TYP has carefully built over the last 43 years!
By Michael Laxer - May 18, 2013
...Ford has to be seen as having come to symbolize the basic unfairness of our society. If there has ever been a more obvious personification in the Canadian context of the reality that rich white men can get away with actions and behaviour that absolutely no one else would be able to, I am not aware of it. And, not just get away with the behaviour, but get elected to office and defended by otherwise self-described "law-and-order" right wing types despite it!
By Greg Macdougall - May 7, 2013
Mental health awareness is gradually gaining ground, and so are radical alternatives to mainstream approaches. Community-based initiatives by and for the so-called crazies amongst us tend to be kept under the radar in Canada, challenging discrimination, providing peer support and advocating for a diversity of perspectives on mental health, its treatment and justice.
By Alex Hundert - March 15, 2013
While I have been imprisoned at the CNCC, every attempt that I have made to act against the deteriorating conditions in the prison, though mostly in accordance with authorized structural mechanisms, has not only been negated or dismissed but also at times criminalized. This very much parallels some of my pre-imprisonment organizing experiences as well, where sometimes those efforts most in accordance with so-called “proper channels” were often those most targeted by authorities for criminalization.
Premier Wynne, it is our position that action speaks louder than words when it comes to addressing issues of social oppression. If it is your intention to tackle systemic forms of oppression such as White supremacy (racism), patriarchy and/or class exploitation, it will have to be by way of relevant legislation and the accompanying transformative policies and programs.
In June 2008, Allan Rock became university president. He's a former Canadian politician and UN ambassador. He's a pro-Israeli flack. He supports its worst crimes. His administration is unprincipled. It's marked by secrecy, political censorship, abuse of power, and repudiation of fundamental university values.