Apr 022014
 

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/b550.jpgby PV Ontario Bureau

The Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) met on March 15‑16, to discuss the situation in the province and prepare for a widely anticipated spring election. The minority Liberal government of premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to table a budget in April, and most indications are that the opposition parties will vote it down.

The CPC(O) meeting was held against a backdrop of the highest provincial unemployment rate in Canada outside the Atlantic region, and youth unemployment as the highest in the country. The deepening jobs crisis has been exacerbated by several recent announcements of plant closures. Among the high profile closures are Heinz (740 jobs), Kellogg’s (500 jobs), automotive supplier Faurecia SA (650 jobs), and US Steel. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 12:23 am
Mar 042014
 

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image22253362By Liz Rowley

Young drivers and taxi fleet drivers in Ontario are among those hardest hit by greedy auto insurance companies. Instead of paying premiums based on their records, these drivers pay the highest premiums in the province.

The insurance companies write their own ticket in Ontario. Their 2012 profits of $4.4 billion (up 24% from 2011) are testament to their greed.

No fault insurance, brought in by the Ontario Liberals in 2010 to bring down sky‑high premiums affecting all drivers, slashed benefits in half, while reducing premiums by a fraction. Accident victims are paying the highest price, with many forced to sue their own insurers for the benefits they need and thought they had. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:30 pm
Mar 042014
 

aa-firekevinolearyRebel Youth magazine is renewing its call to fire CBC economic commentator Kevin O’Leary after comments made on Jan. 21 about growing global social inequality.

Responding to co‑host Amanda Lang’s summary of an new report by Oxfam which notes that the 85 richest people on the planet have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people, O’Leary said: “It’s fantastic. And this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the one per cent and say, `I want to become one of those people, I want to fight to the get up to the top.’ This is fantastic news and of course I applaud it. What could be wrong with this?” Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:13 pm
Mar 042014
 

MinWage-Button-Sq-blueWith files from RY Ontario

In Ontario over the last several months, the “Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage” has built considerable pressure on the Wynne Liberals to raise the minimum wage to $14/hr from their current poverty rate of $10.25.

On the Jan. 24‑25 weekend, activists, local campaigns and supporting organizations convened in Toronto to discuss the way forward and hear from successful campaigns in the United States.

Under the slogan, “Fair Wages Now”, and “You deserve a raise”, the campaign has been successful in organizing days of actions around different themes on the 14th of every month, in dozens of communities, for the past several months. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:54 pm
Feb 152014
 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
7:00 pm

GCDO Hall ~ 290 Danforth Avenue (Chester subway)

“Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we redouble our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.”

Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali, grew up in Los Angeles. He left after refusing to fight in Vietnam because he felt that, like the Vietnamese, Africans in the USA were colonial subjects. Richmond moved to Toronto, where he cofounded the Afro American Progressive Association, one of the first Black Power organizations in Canada.

In 1992, Richmond received the Toronto Arts Award. He dedicated his award to Mumia AbuJamal, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the African National Congress, and Fidel Castro and the people of Cuba.

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Feb 122014
 
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The Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) is calling on the Ontario government to take immediate steps to develop a single, universal and secular, public education system in the province. The CPC (O) urges all progressives in Ontario to raise this demand, along with the introduction of a needs-based funding formula, as the most effective means for saving and improving public schools and delivering universal, quality public education.

Specifically, the Ontario government must end the public funding of the provincial Catholic school system. Governments have tried to justify this through references to constitutional education rights for Catholics. In reality, however, this is an outdated, regressive and discriminatory practice that the public cannot afford, from either a financial or a democratic viewpoint. Ontario is now the only province in Canada to publicly fund a parallel system of religious education. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:04 am
Feb 022014
 
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Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) leader, Elizabeth Rowley, is on a speaking tour of Ontario.  The tour is part of the Communist Party’s campaign for public auto insurance in Ontario.  Elizabeth will be speaking to people across the province about the huge corporate profits in the auto insurance industry, and the Communist Party’s to confront corporate power by putting auto insurance under public control.

Elizabeth’s scheduled tour stops include Brampton, Ottawa and Guelph, and there are more to come.  Please visit the Public Auto Insurance campaign site for more information.

 Posted by at 8:35 pm
Jan 232014
 
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Unity Can Stop the Tory Cuts!

The federal government’s unilateral decision to eliminate home delivery, jack postal rates, and cut thousands of jobs at Canada Post is a massive attack on one of Canada’s ‘flagship’ public services. This ‘reform’ has nothing to do with “modernizing” our postal services; rather, it is a central part of the overall agenda of the Conservatives and their big business patrons to privatize public services and to attack the rights and interests of organized workers. The Communist Party of Canada joins with postal workers, the rest of the labour movement and many community allies in condemning this action, and calls for the widest mobilization possible to force the Harper government to cancel its implementation. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 8:05 pm
Oct 082013
 
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Syria: The Ongoing Imperialist Drive to War and the Need for Anti-war Mobilizing

The imperialist drive to launch a military attack on Syria, which was rapidly accelerating only weeks ago, has been temporarily forced back. This is a victory for the forces of peace and solidarity, but the danger of escalation and direct intervention remain very high. The Communist Party of Canada calls on all peace and anti-war organizations to continue organizing and mobilizing to prevent aggression against Syria.

The US-led effort to blame the Al-Assad government for chemical attacks against civilians, and to use the incident as a pretext for launching direct military action, could not gain traction in the UN Security Council. These efforts failed, in part, through a combination of global public opposition, the commitments of Russia and China to block any approval for military strikes, and the rapid international isolation of the United States and the small handful of its allies, including Canada, which favoured a military strike. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 4:17 pm