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LeftStreamed: France: The Radical Left in the Maelstrom

January 23, 2016

With the November 13th terrorist attacks, the strong showing of the far-Right Front National in regional elections, and the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France has been in the headlines a great deal in recent weeks. Yet we rarely hear about how the radical Left fits in to the evolving situation there. Recorded in Toronto, 10 January 2016.



What's New: Elites debate boosting the economy, but for whom?

by Michal Rozworski | January 22, 2016

Elites and the talking heads in the media are arguing about how to respond to Canada’s soured economic outlook. Who should try to boost the economy, the federal government via fiscal stimulus or the Bank of Canada via monetary policy? But while elites argue amongst themselves, the overriding context is a transfer and concentration of economic power upwards. This, not $10-billion here or 0.25% there, is what hamstrings any policy response going to the benefit of the many.



Bullet #1210: To Change the Heart and Soul

by Herbert Docena | January 22, 2016

On the final day of the UN summit (COP21) held in Paris in December 2015, thousands of people defied a ban on public gatherings by converging at a boulevard leading to the business district in La Défense to denounce the new climate agreement that government negotiators were about to sign and celebrate at the conference venue in Le Bourget, 20 kilometres away. Hoping to counter governments’ attempts to control the narrative regarding the summit, they gathered behind giant inflatable ‘cobblestones’ and a red banner proclaiming “System change not climate change!”



What's New: This is why workers are fed up with Ontario's precarious, low-wage economy

| January 21, 2016

Having a job in Ontario isn't the same as it used to be. Two recent reports released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Workers' Action Centre point to a continuing trend of precarious, low-paying jobs and deepening inequality in Canada's biggest province. The Government of Ontario is now conducting a review of the province's labour laws, and workers are campaigning to put fair wages and working conditions on the top of that agenda.



What's New: Potato chip boss to workers: “Screw you and your f**king union”

by C.J. Atkins | January 21, 2016

The claim to fame for the Canadian town of Hartland in New Brunswick, population 947, has long been its bridge - the Hartland Bridge, longest covered bridge in the world. But it's not the bridge that is putting Hartland in the news lately. This week people are turning their attention to this small town because of its potato chips.Or to be more precise, because of its potato chip workers.



What's New: Protesters demand Canada cancel $15B Saudi contract

by Andrew Duffy | January 20, 2016

About 500 protesters staged a noisy demonstration on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, demanding that the Liberal government cancel a $15-billion Canadian arms deal with Saudi Arabia after that country executed 47 prisoners, including the revered Shia religious leader, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.



Bullet #1209: The Austerity Agenda in Sheep's Clothing

by John Clarke | January 20, 2016

As we go into the New Year with Justin Trudeau's Liberal Government in place, it's worth noting that the struggle against poverty in Toronto now unfolds with a complete set of federal, provincial and municipal regimes all seeking to position themselves politically as moderate if not progressive. This has particular implications and poses particular challenges in terms of effectively resisting austerity, poverty and social abandonment.



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