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What's New: Proof of concept: An insurgent left can achieve electoral success - even in Canada

by Derrick O'Keefe | October 23, 2017

Vancouver’s political revolution has begun. In less than three months a dynamic movement coalesced around Jean Swanson, an incorruptible stalwart of the city’s left who was persuaded to run as an independent in a civic by-election. With no infrastructure, very little support from organized labour, and without even a campaign manager, Swanson pulled off a strong second place showing in the Oct. 14 election.



What's New: Free public transit a growing global movement

by Carmel Kilkenny | October 23, 2017

Free public transit was a rallying cry for many citizens in Montreal back in the 1970’s when it was Canada’s largest city. At the time, its metro (subway) system was one of the best in the world and the bus routes moved people effectively. Today, the metro system has had only minor expansions, the same subway cars still make up the majority of the fleet, and breakdowns and delays are becoming more and more common.



LeftStreamed: Free Transit Now!

October 22, 2017

In principle, free transit advocacy can also be an element in a broader vision to reorganize urban life and restructure the social order along red (working class-based, working toward socialism) and green (environmental) lines. This requires working through a host of open questions that go far beyond lowering the cost of fares.



What's New: Live Blog: Catalonia's independence struggle

| October 21, 2017

Live coverage of the struggle for independence in Catalonia from Green Left Weekly's European correspondent, Dick Nichols, based in Barcelona.



What's New: 100 Years Ago, A Forgotten Soviet Revolution in LGBTQ Rights

| October 21, 2017

The socialist October Revolution in 1917 brought about fundamental, thoroughgoing changes in Russian society. Millions of people in the largest country on Earth quickly found themselves far freer than they had ever been under the despotic, anti-Semitic Tsar, the strictures of the church, and the brutality of Russian capitalism and landlordism. Alongside the working class taking control of the Russian economy, the Russian Revolution also led to unprecedented advances in the liberation of women and LGBTQ people.



Bullet #1499: Ontario Colleges On Strike

| October 20, 2017

More than 12,000 Ontario public college faculty were on the picket line rather than in their classrooms on Monday morning after talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to produce a tentative collective agreement. JP Hornick (chair of the union bargaining team) said Council is committed to a 'Walmart model of education' based on reducing the role of full-time faculty and exploiting underpaid contract workers who have no job security beyond one semester.



What's New: When moving past the Indian Act means something worse

by Russell Diabo | October 19, 2017

In 1980, I was at the Skyline Hotel in Ottawa (now the Delta) and witnessed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau come to a National Indian Brotherhood meeting of Chiefs. He asked the Chiefs to 'treat Canada better than Canada has treated you,' as he revealed his intention to patriate Canada’s constitution from Britain -- a bombshell that raised the question of whether Aboriginal and treaty rights would be part of the document. From that salvo of Trudeau Senior to the initiatives of current prime minister Justin Trudeau, there has been an unyielding policy war of attrition toward Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis).



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Rally: Against Privatization

Against Privatization
The organization called "the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships" on Monday November 6th will be hosting politicians and wealthy business owners, at a conference in downtown Toronto.

Their goal? Arrange for the sell-off and privatization of as many Canadian and Ontarian public services as possible.

But as you can see at www.weownit.ca, the evidence clearly shows that privatization and public-private partnerships lead to higher costs and lower quality services.

Join the 40,000+ Ontarians who understand that public = better. Join us as we tell the privatizers and the privatizing politicians that we’re going to keep our public services public!

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October 26 - October 28, 2017
York University, Toronto.



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Conference: The Dialectics of Liberation in the Era of Neoliberalism

The Dialectics of Liberation in the Era of Neoliberalism
In the summer of 1967 Herbert Marcuse gave a talk titled ‘Liberation from the Affluent Society’ at a London conference called The Dialectics of Liberation. The conference brought together a wide range of left and counter-cultural activists, thinkers, artists and poets – Herbert Marcuse, R.D Laing, Paul Sweezy, Stokley Carmichael, Allen Ginsberg, and Lucien Goldman, among others. It is in the spirit of that event, and to mark its 50th anniversary, that the International Herbert Marcuse Society is holding its 2017 biennial conference at York University in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 26-28, 2017. The theme is: “The Dialectics of Liberation in an Era of Neoliberalism”.

For this year’s conference, we invited papers and panels that look at Marcuse’s work through multi-dimensional lenses. How is Marcuse’s (and other critical theorist’s) work relevant to today’s struggles against neoliberal capitalism? How can it help build the capacity for new sensibilities, critical pedagogies and new ways of thinking and organizing on the left today? And what are the dialectics of liberation in a context marked by crises, deepening authoritarianism, economic distress, social disintegration, and forms of oppression that mark neoliberal societies today? How have recent movements – Black Lives Matter, Indigenous/Idle No More, ecological, anti-austerity and others – sought to theorize, understand, refuse and go beyond neoliberalism? How do radical critiques today echo and/or build on those that came together at the 1967 Dialectics of Liberation gathering? In what ways are the challenges of liberation different today, against the backdrop of the Trump phenomenon and the rise of a neoliberal, neo-fascist right? And how does Marcuse’s critique intersect with current assessments of neoliberalism inspired by political economy, labour studies, feminism, Indigenous struggles, radical democratic and anti-racist theory, critical pedagogy and current debates within critical theory?

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