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by Michal Rozworski | April 24, 2015
I've been banging the drum of 'slow-motion austerity' for a while and little in the 2015 federal budget suggests any change from the pattern of death by a thousand cuts. This budget is another is a series of unspectacular austerity budgets. Taken together, however, the cuts rapidly add up and budgets become more remarkable for the tenacity with they've made us pay to get to the present.
Bullet #1109: The Armenian Genocide: An Open Wound
by Sungur Savran | April 24, 2015
On April 24, 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, politicians and community leaders were rounded in Istanbul by the Ottoman state, to be subsequently sent to exile from which most never returned. This was the signal that set off a chain of events that ended in a tragedy the like of which has rarely been witnessed in the annals of modern history.
by Adam Vaughan | April 23, 2015
Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day. Spelling out what a global deal at the UN climate summit in Paris later this year should include, the group demanded governments adopt a goal of reducing economies’ carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, put a price on carbon and that the richest take the lead with the most aggressive cuts.
by Tim Heffernan | April 23, 2015
Monday was the start of an important strike by secondary school teachers in the Durham District School Board. Six other boards could soon be joining them on the picket lines, depending on the speed of the negotiations. Together they, make up what the OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation) has called 'the magnificent 7'.
Books: Why Everything Sucks
review by Gregory Beatty | April 23, 2015
If a Canadian from the 'Just Society' era of the Pierre Trudeau-led Liberals in the late 1960s was magically transported to present day they might not recognize their country. Since that halcyon period of counter-culture ferment, there’s been a huge shift to neoliberalism, an economic system that puts the economy before everything else.
What's New: Earth Day 2015
by Mike Constable | April 22, 2015
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by Cinzia Arruzza | April 22, 2015
In the night between April 18th and April 19th a boat filled with up to 950 migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, 70 miles north of Libya, while trying to reach the southern European border. This was not only the greatest tragedy to date involving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, it is also the latest in a long series of deaths.
What's New: Bandung Conference at 60
by Norman (Otis) Richmond | April 21, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival in Canada is major news. Modi is being greeted like he is a musical star like Bob Marley or Bruce Springsteen. India has a long history of leaning left and not being a servant of Western interest. It is no surprise that this Asian nation is a foundation member of BRICS.
Quebec needs its 'social state' more than ever April 17, 2015
The Geopolitical Right of Exception at the United Nations April 17, 2015
Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables April 17, 2015
Sale of Hydro One could breach Electricity Act April 17, 2015
Kathleen Wynne Should Pull the Plug on Hydro Privatization April 17, 2015
Bridging corruption and legitimacy April 17, 2015
Whither Cuba? April 16, 2015
Human costs of Taiwan's long working hours April 16, 2015
Hillary for the world? April 16, 2015
Raising wages...and expectations, too April 16, 2015
Secret trade deal must be opposed April 16, 2015In The News archive:
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| 2:00pm, Saturday April 25, 2015
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
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|Panel and Discussion: Unite Against Austerity!|
All around the world - from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa - tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity. It's time for the rest of us to rise up too!
Governments and corporate media say there is not enough money and belts must be tightened. But we know there is lots of money – it’s just concentrated in a few hands at the top.
Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked, as corporations make record profits. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted for corporate profit. Environmental regulations are gutted in favour of Big Oil rights. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women's centers and healthcare are cut, while prisons and the military expand.
* Crystal Sinclair, Idle No More Toronto
* John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
* Jennie Miller, Vice Chair, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Greater Toronto Area Council
* Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers
In essence, austerity is sacrificing the common good for corporate profit. To see the many ways we are affected by austerity, check out our website www.uniteagainstausterity.ca | Facebook event
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