December 29, 2016
2016 Photo Review
All Out for Democratic Renewal!
TML Daily's month by month photo
review of actions by workers and their allies in 2016 continues with
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) continued its public
meetings and discussions on how to view the Trudeau Liberals' electoral
reform program and how working people can put their concerns at the
centre of political affairs.
Demonstrations of workers in Toronto and Montreal called for changes to
labour law favouring working people and to increase the minimum wage.
The Trudeau Liberals were once again denounced by federal public sector
workers at rallies across the country.
In British Columbia, the Clark Liberals continued their neo-liberal
assault on public education, firing the entire Vancouver School Board
for its refusal to balance its budget by implementing school closures.
The Liberals' vindictive measure was met with widespread condemnation.
October 4 marked the 10th year of Sisters in Spirits vigils across
Canada to demand justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and
girls. At the vigils, Indigenous women leaders emphasized the need for
all those fighting for justice to rely on themselves and continue to
hold Canada and the Trudeau Liberals to account for violence against
women and failure to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples. An
Indigenous Day of Action less than a week later focused on upholding
the Indigenous and treaty right to decide on resource developments on
Indigenous lands, and opposed a number of projects threatening the
natural and social environment.
Canadians showed their support to the Colombian people and their
efforts to secure peace after 50 years of civil war. Following the
sabotage of the October 2 plebiscite by reactionary forces, a mass
action was held in Toronto to oppose disinformation about the peace
accord between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) and to support Colombians in
achieving the peace with social justice that they have long demanded.
A bold action organized by Syrian-Canadians and joined by a contingent
of CPC(M-L) activists outside the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa opposed U.S.
aggression in Syria and defended the Syrian people's sovereignty and
right to decide their own future.
Mass demonstrations across Quebec were held in solidarity with victims
of sexual violence reflecting widespread public outrage against events
that occurred at a student residence in Quebec City, allegations of
sexual assault committed by a member of the National Assembly, the
revelations of sexual abuse and the disappearance of Indigenous women
in Val-d'Or and unacceptable media coverage.
The MLPC holds a meeting in Ottawa on
electoral reform in the era of the cartel party system, featuring
National Leader Anna Di Carlo.
Sisters in Spirit vigils across the country
the struggle for rights and justice is indivisible.
Victoria Banner drop in
solidarity with fired VSB trustees
Tudela, P. Shaker)
Demonstration held outside an event at the
Ritz-Carlton in Montreal promoting the Comprehensive Economic
and Trade Agreement signed with
the European Union.
Demonstrations are held in Quebec City,
Montreal, Saguenay, Chicoutimi, Gatineau, Rouyn-Noranda and Ottawa in
solidarity with victims of sexual violence and to denounce violence
against women. Protestors declare:
"No Means No!" and "We Believe You!"
Paramedics, dispatchers and support workers
in the Quebec pre-hospital sector step up their fight to improve their
working conditions and patients' quality of care with a demonstration
in Quebec City.
Federal public service workers demonstrate
across the country, including a large rally at the Prime Minister's
Office in Ottawa. Workers protest the Liberal government's refusal to
negotiate a new collective agreement and the government's failure to
resolve cases of tens of thousands of unpaid or underpaid workers.
After years of attempting to negotiate, workers reach a tentative
agreement in December preserving their sick leave rights.
Prince Albert; Edmonton
Agassiz; Prince George
(Photos: TML, PSAC)
Camp and picket by
Indigenous peoples in Tyendinaga and Montreal in solidarity with land
and water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Camp at Mercier Bridge,
(Photos: A. Brant,
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