By Carl Bronski - WSWS
“The NDP’s readiness to support the Liberal budget is not a matter of being ‘boxed-in’ by parliamentary arithmetic. The NDP has at most minor, tactical differences with the Liberal austerity measures. It agrees with the Liberals that the budget must be balanced by 2017-18 and that this must be done principally through spending cuts — that is at the expense of the public and social services upon which working people depend and by gutting public sector workers’ wages, pensions and other benefits.”
May Day represents many things to many people. It is internationally recognized as a day where the working class mobilizes against the rich, appropriately named the ‘real’ labour day. It is a time to remember the Haymarket martyrs who died at the hands of the state. It also represents a time of change, as plants begin to produce their first fruits. May first is also known as beltane, a pagan holiday celebrating renewed fertility and life.
By Michael Laxer - April 18, 2012
...[E]very mainstream political party in Ontario has consciously chosen to place the maintenance and continuance of...personal and corporate tax cuts ahead of the social benefits, youth programs, anti-poverty and housing programs, welfare and disability benefit increases, public sector wages and public sector services, and so many other government efforts that their reversal would fund.
By Mandy Hiscocks - April 11, 2012
OK, I've re-sent this blog post twice through the mail and have waited over three weeks for it to arrive. It still hasn't arrived. Here it is, dictated over the phone...This post is going to be a bit of a downer, so I wrote myself a reminder to start it on a happy note...[T]he best thing of all is that two full months into my sentence I'm still feeling quite positive about this whole situation. In the words of a friend who knows what it's like -- I appear to be winning at jail.
April 8, 2012 - CBC News
A public school board's decision to ban distribution of Gideon Bibles to its young students has unleashed a torrent of threatening calls and hateful emails directed at trustees...Some messages to the Bluewater District School Board express racist sentiment and question trustees' patriotism...Trustee Fran Morgan called the "onslaught" of messages "really disturbing"..."I really do feel threatened by it..."
By Eric Mark Do - Toronto Media Co-op
On March 15, the International Day Against Police Brutality, a protester ended up on the ground - allegedly the result of police interference...“Two officers scissored me with their bikes and proceeded to knock me over...The rear officer then pressed down on my ankle with his bike while I was on the ground”...[M]any protesters noted the irony of an alleged incident of police brutality happening at a rally aimed against it.
By Darryl Richardson - Toronto Media Co-op
Behind Osgoode Hall at around 2:00 pm today Angela sent out a text that police were at Osgoode Hall with an eviction notice. The occupiers complied with the eviction notice and began packing up the camp. Johh Erb then engaged in a boisterous and emotional speech with regards to our rights. He was demanding to know the arresting officers' superior, and their division. The police demanded that he leave, when he refused they placed him in cuffs.
March 3, 2012 - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The 2012 Ontario Budget, delivered by the Liberal Government, but designed by Bay Street, goes under the title 'Strong Action for Ontario'. In reality, however, it is a blueprint for action to impose the burden of the crisis on everyone but the rich. Public Services will be under attack as the Government works to reduce spending by some $17.7 billion over the next three years. The workers who deliver those services will face a wage freeze and an unprecedented attack on their pensions.
By Hugh Mackenzie - March 28, 2012
The crowning irony of Premier Dalton McGuinty's ninth budget is that it completes the job of cutting government down to size started by the Mike Harris Conservatives in the 1990s...You won't find the direct attacks on public services and the people who deliver them that featured so prominently in the Harris budgets, but the result is the same...With this budget, the McGuinty government confronts the poor with rate freezes rather than ask more from the rich and powerful.
What we have compiled here are some updates about anti-authoritarians and anarchists who have been facing serious criminal charges following the actions of people in the streets, and in meetings prior to the summit. Many of these cases are still open and there are many other people who have been convicted and are serving sentences who aren’t tied to anarchist networks. We hope this will shed some light on what has happened since the riot.
By John Bonnar - rabble.ca
Michelle Hruschka can’t go back to school because she can’t shoulder the debt burden. Without a bursary for school or a decent job, she feels as if she’s run out of opportunities...She fears that if the government follows through on the Drummond report recommendations, more people will end up in her situation.
By Krystalline Kraus - March 14, 2012
Calls for police accountability and community control over policing, and connected demands to stop prison expansion and prison abolition often tie together municipal, provincial and federal security apparatuses, but one branch of federal policing often gets off scot-free: Immigration Enforcement [which]...is a daily brutal reality for the 500,000 people living without status in Canada...Immigration Enforcement is an armed policing unit that terrorizes people as they work, as they access health-care, as they try to sleep...Immigration Enforcement is a police force that must be made accountable to communities.
By John Bonnar - rabble.ca
Three Toronto residents arrested on January 17 for voicing their opposition to Rob Ford’s 2012 budget won a major victory Thursday, when their lawyer announced that their bail conditions had been lifted through a compromise with the Crown Attorney’s office...“The bail conditions were interfering with our client’s right to constitutional protest, assembly and other constitutional freedoms...”
Protesters Demand Full Inquiry Into Deaths of Mentally Ill Individuals Involving Police After Man Shot Dead
By Eric Mark Do - Toronto Media Co-op
The police shooting death of Michael Eligon earlier in February prompted about 60 demonstrators to protest outside Toronto Police Headquarters on February 10. While Eligon’s mental-health status has not been disclosed, the protesters called for a formal public inquiry into cases where mentally ill individuals died during interactions with police. Many said that these deadly interactions are part of systemic issues that need to be addressed.
By Tim Groves - Toronto Media Co-op
On Thursday March 8th, a "Torture Tour" brought a roving protest of 50 people who traveled in Caravan to a variety of sites in the Toronto area that are complicit in torture. The protest came shortly after documents released through access to information revealed that the minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, had given [Canadian Security and Intelligence Service] permission to share information that could lead to torture, and to use information derived from torture.