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Bullet #826: Health Care Spending In Ontario Continues to Decline
by Doug Allan | May 23, 2013
Contrary to the hysteria from conservatives, health care spending continues to decline as a percentage of the provincial budget. Last year, health care accounted for 38.5 per cent of total expenditures, this year the government plans to bring it down to 38.3 per cent. This continues the trend downward since 2003/04 when health care accounted for 40 per cent of total expenditures.
What's New: Federal court rules against union
by Roger Annis | May 22, 2013
Construction unions in British Columbia and the broader union movement in Canada lost a court battle this week in Ottawa over the efforts of an upstart coal mining company, HD Mining, to build and operate a coal mine in northeast BC using workers from China. Below are three news articles describing this case.
What's New: Scottish Socialist Voice -- Issue 416
| May 22, 2013
Issue 416, and Thatcher is still dead. Unfortunately, Thatcherism is still alive and kicking the poorest and most vulnerable people in the teeth. SSP co-spokesperson Colin Fox looks at the barbarism of Thatcher's legacy -- from the Bedroom Tax to weapons of mass destruction to the anti-trade union laws and other brutal attacks on the poor and why it needs to be challenged and stopped. Also in this issue, Richie Venton reports from the STUC conference and more.
What's New: Is another potash glut on the way?
by John W. Warnock | May 22, 2013
There is a boom in the Saskatchewan economy, and economists all point to increasing exploitation of our resource industries. A major factor has been the expansion of the capacity of the potash industry. Over the past few years, all of the potash corporations in the province have invested capital in their existing mines. The three existing potash corporations are adding new capacity that will total 14 million metric tonnes (MMT). "Greenfield" mines being developed by K+S Potash Canada and Western Potash will add an additional 5.0 MMT.
What's New: Mayday Manifesto reissue
| May 21, 2013
A re-issue of the text of the Mayday Manifesto, with a new introduction by Michael Rustin. Our aim is to offer this both as a historical document of intrinsic interest and to remind readers that the intellectual work of presenting the possibility of a more democratic, equal and just society has a long tradition in our country.
What's New: 9e congrès de Québec solidaire
| May 21, 2013
Le 9e congrès de Québec solidaire se tiendra dans les locaux de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, les 3, 4 et 5 mai. Les débats entre les 500 délégués-es aura lieu au Pavillon Judith-Jasmin. À cette occasion, les délégués-es éliront le futur porte-parole et président du parti qui succédera à André Frappier, qui assurait l'intérim depuis le conseil national de décembre 2012.
review by Andy Feeney | May 21, 2013
As many Americans prepare to observe Earth Day this year, democratic socialists who are paying attention might want to contemplate two possibly disagreeable questions. The first is: what if anything can we contribute to the understanding of climate change and other urgent environmental problems that countless green activists haven't already discovered themselves -- and long before us? The second is: what unique contribution can socialists make, if any, toward fixing what's wrong?
Understanding the Venezuelan Presidential Election Outcome April 17, 2013
Willfully blind April 17, 2013
Maduro Wins Venezuelan Election with 50.66% of Vote April 16, 2013
The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America April 16, 2013
NDP builds on trade policy at Montreal convention April 16, 2013
In this nuclear standoff, it's the US that's the rogue state April 16, 2013
What some of the left groups are saying about Left Unity April 16, 2013
Melting in Antarctica is worst in 1,000 years April 15, 2013
Former outsourcer describes how job destruction works April 15, 2013
The NDP stumbles over the 'S' word: Strategy April 15, 2013
Venezuela eyewitness: Maduro's uncomfortable victory April 15, 2013
The Fossil Fuel Resistance April 15, 2013
On Cult-like Thinking April 15, 2013
Hong Kong Dockworkers Strike Attracts Huge Solidarity April 14, 2013
Solidarity in the Snow: Sudbury Rallies Against Austerity April 14, 2013In The News archive:
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| 7:30pm, Thursday May 23, 2013
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.
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|Film: Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama|
Thirteen years, two inspiring women, both radical activists, one conversation. Mountains That Take Wing (2009) puts iconic African American scholar-activist Angela Davis in conversation with Yuri Kochiyama, revered grassroots community activist, confidant of Malcolm X and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Filmed in 1996 and 2008, when Kochiyama was 88 years old, these longtime friends discuss their shared experience as political prisoners and their enduring passion for social justice. They reflect upon topics Jim Crow laws, Japanese American internment camps, Civil Rights, anti-war, women's and gay liberation movements to campaigns for political prisons and prison reform. Winner of several awards.
Watch the trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu3sHunAmt8
Presented by the Yuri Kochiyama 92nd Birthday Celebration Committee
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers union and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
| 7:10pm, Thursday May 23, 2013
Elgin and Lisgar, Ottawa.
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|Info-Picket: Support of Striking Porter Airlines Workers!|
Event begins at 7:10am, Thursday, May 23rd.
Where and When: Assembly point is the Human Rights monument (northeast corner of Elgin and Lisgar)
Ultimate destination -- Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W
Thursday, May 23rd will be Day 133 of a strike by 22 courageous aircraft fuellers at Toronto based Porter Airlines. The group, members of COPE Local 343, earns wages of $12 and $13 per hour, and they are proposing health and safety training and equipment for their members. The company has offered paltry increases of zero for some, and 25 cents per hour for others, with nothing at all to address the group's health and safety concerns. Porter Airlines is led by CEO and majority owner Robert Deluce, who clearly aims to bust the recently-formed union, and establish poverty wages and rotten working conditions as their competitive advantage over other airlines.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is marking Day 133 of this strike by picking a side in this dispute – and he has picked the wrong side. Rather than join the growing list of mainstream political leaders respecting the COPE-called Porter Airlines boycott, the Mayor has outraged local residents by inviting Porter’s millionaire CEO to speak to a crony, $45-a-plate breakfast with Ottawa’s Chamber of Commerce. (See www.obj.ca/FlyingPage/35 for breakfast details) It is speculated that the Mayor may be hoping to persuade Deluce to re-locate his union-busting operation to Ottawa.
The Workers Action Working Group of Solidarity Against Austerity is joining the growing grassroots campaign in support of these striking workers. We invite all those interested in standing up for workers, and challenging these predatory business practices, to join us for a Solidarity Information Picket at the site of this crony breakfast – Ottawa’s City Hall. We will gather at the Human Rights Monument at the corner of Elgin St. and Lisgar St. at 7:10am on Thursday, May 23rd.
Boycott Porter Airlines! Corporate union busters not welcome in Ottawa!
Bring your pots and pans, let’s make some noise!
For more information: Solidarity Against Austerity | www.dontflyporter.com | Twitter: @porterstrike | #dontflyporter
| 7:00pm, Thursday May 23, 2013
Regal Beagle, 335 Bloor St. W, Toronto.
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|Book launch: Catastrophism and the Left|
A conversation with Eddie Yuen and David McNally
Eddie Yuen teaches Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and is a writer, editor, and radio producer. His publications include The Battle Of Seattle: The New Challenge to Capitalist Globalization, Eds. Eddie Yuen, Daniel Burton-Rose, and George Katsiaficas (Soft Skull Press, 2002). Eddie is also a contributing producer for the radio program Against the Grain. He is a contributor to Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Crisis and Rebirth.
David McNally teaches political Science at York University and is the author of many books, including, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (awarded the 2012 Deutscher Prize). He is a contributor to Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Crisis and Rebirth.
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