December 31, 2016
2016 Photo Review
All Out for Democratic Renewal!
TML Daily concludes its month by month photo review
of actions carried out by working people, women, youth, Indigenous
peoples and their allies in 2016, with events in December.
As the month began, vigils and meetings across the country continued to
pay tribute to the revolutionary life and work of Comrade Fidel Castro.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada held further discussions on the
significance of the U.S. election results, including a meeting in
Hamilton on what the Trump presidency means for the workers' movement.
In Nova Scotia, the courageous resistance of teachers and education
workers, joined by other working people and students, forced the
Liberal provincial government to back down on its threats to pass
legislation imposing contracts on teachers.
Injured workers from across Ontario held their 25th annual Christmas
rally outside the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Toronto to
demand an end to the violation of the rights of all workers to support
and just compensation when they are injured or made ill at work.
Indigenous peoples, Canadians and Quebeckers stepped up their
opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, Energy East
Pipeline and Site C Dam projects as violations of the rights of the
people to a say over resource projects and as threats to the
environment, approved to benefit the energy monopolies. Indigenous
youth from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan neared the completion of their
1,400 kilometre trek to Standing Rock, North Dakota.
In Ottawa and Vancouver, activists marked 12 consecutive months of
pickets at U.S. diplomatic missions to oppose the illegal economic,
financial and commercial blockade against Cuba and demand U.S.-occupied
territory at Guantanamo Bay be returned.
2016 came to a close with a rousing New Year's Celebration held by
CPC(M-L) at the Party's Workers' Centre in Toronto on December 31,
featuring music and discussion on the Party's program for the coming
Vigils and other activities continue across
the country alongside activities in Cuba and around the world to honour
and say Farewell to Fidel.
Halifax, December 1
Ottawa, December 2
Vancouver, December 4
Calgary, December 22
Actions in Calgary and Vancouver stand with
the Standing Rock Sioux land and water protectors in North Dakota.
Vancouver action also demands
stop to Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Davies, Climate Convergence, C. Oleman, D. Wolff, C. Lefthand)
Local farmers and residents
alongside Indigenous peoples continue to organize to stop the Site C
Dam on the Peace River in BC. Hundred of "Stake in the Peace" stakes
are purchased and planted at Boon's farm, with money
going to fund the resistance to the project.
(Photo: Stake in
Teachers and education workers, supported
by parents and students, take to the streets in Nova Scotia to reject
government threats to impose collective agreements attacking teachers'
working conditions and students' learning conditions. The government is
forced to back down, and large rallies
are held in Halifax, Yarmouth and Antigonish on December 6,
reiterating the demand: Negotiate, Don't Dictate!
Halifax, December 6
Yarmouth, December 6
Antigonish, December 6
BC teachers send message
of solidarity to Nova Scotia teachers.
The 27th anniversary of the Montreal
Massacre is commemorated in cities across Canada with the demand to end
violence against women.
politique, FRAPU, S. Oka, Toronto Feminist Collective)
All-night vigil is held at the National
Assembly in Quebec City as the
government passes Bill 106 to give new powers to oil and gas monopolies
as part of the government's energy policy.
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada holds
meeting in Hamilton on the significance of the U.S. election results
for the workers' movement. Speaking at the meeting are Kathleen
Chandler of the U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization and Rolf
Gerstenberger, President of the MLPC and former President of United
Steelworkers Local 1005.
Samples, J.L. Grosvenor)
A 16.6 kilometre march in
Montreal marks the one-year anniversary of the commissioning of
Enbridge Line 9 and opposes the recent passage of Bill 106.
Marche Des Peuples pour Terre)
Vancouver activists hold
95th weekly picket to demand the repeal
of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015.
from Stanley Mission near the completion of their 1,400
kilometre Youth Unity Walk from northern Saskatchewan to
Standing Rock, North Dakota. On December 28 they reach Estavan and
to cross border.
Charles, B. McKenzie)
Marxist-Leninist Party of
Quebec holds a festive New Year's event in Montreal.
A rousing presentation reiterates the call for a modern Quebec that
defends the rights of all.
The Communist Party of
Canada (Marxist-Leninist) ushers in the New Year with a celebration at
the Workers' Centre in Toronto where the Party's New Year statement is
presented along with important announcements regarding the Party's work
on the occasion of Canada 150, the 100th anniversary of the Great
October Socialist Revolution, the 50th anniversary of CPC(M-L)'s
Necessity for Change analysis, and the 25th anniversary of the Party's
work for democratic renewal. The event celebrates the achievements of
working people in Canada and around the world and calls for everyone to
go all out to Build the New.
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