December 17, 2017
2017 Photo Review
For a Modern Canada that
Rights of All --
All Out to Build the New!
TML Daily is posting a
month-by-month photo review of the stands taken by the working people
of Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2017.
In February, actions were
taken to defend the rights of all and to oppose the Trudeau Liberals'
program to respond to the demands of the people for empowerment by
expanding the police powers of state security agencies, carrying out
black ops against the people and violating the right to conscience in
the name of "national security."
Steelworkers in Quebec at
Samuel et Fils and CEZinc went on strike to defend the pensions they
have and oppose two-tier pensions. Their stand was aimed at reversing
the deterioration of living and working conditions and defending their
organizations and the unity of workers of all ages.
While 2017 marked the 150th
anniversary of Confederation, the ongoing struggles of Indigenous
peoples against colonial injustice dominated people's
consciousness despite attempts by the state to obfuscate them with
celebrations of Canada 150. February 14 saw the annual
memorial marches across the country for missing and murdered Indigenous
women and girls, an outpouring of social love in stark contrast
to the Trudeau government's callous refusal to see justice
rendered for the victims and families.
Nova Scotia teachers and
education workers began mass actions, including their first
province-wide strike in response to the McNeil Liberal government's
refusal to negotiate and passage of draconian legislation to dictate
wages and working conditions -- students' learning conditions. Those
who provide education in Nova Scotia refused to back down on their
demand to resolve key matters relating to class sizes and composition,
and salaries. They were joined by parents and students rallying
together to stand as one in affirming workers' right to say No!
The negation of teachers'
right to decide their working conditions laid bare the McNeil
government's illegitimate neo-liberal agenda to attack public services
and the workers who provide them that it carried on throughout 2017,
when what is needed is a pro-social alternative that stops paying the
rich, increases investments in social programs and public services and
defends the rights of all.
Vigils and actions continue across Canada as people pay respects
condolences to the victims of the January 29
shootings in Quebec City, their
families and the Muslim community as
well as solidify Canadians' determination
to affirm the rights of all
as the basis for the security of the individual.
Windsor, February 1
Fort McMurray, February 1
St. John's, February 3
Carleton University students and professors develop their work in
defence of rights, launching a petition opposing the university's role
in the Canadian state's
promotion of police powers to criminalize dissent and suppress
the right to
Toronto picket disrupts the Conference of American Armies on "Domestic
Operations" denouncing its member militaries, including Canada's, which
are involved in the repression of Indigenous peoples and other
collectives fighting for their rights.
Quebec steelworkers resist attacks on their pension plans, taking
strike action at Samuel et Fils in Laval and CEZinc in
Samuel et Fils, Laval
Memorial marches across Canada reaffirm the demand for justice for
missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and denounce the
paternalism of the
Trudeau government's treatment of Indigenous peoples' hereditary,
treaty and constitutional rights.
University of Alberta, Edmonton
#RedDress Campaign, Laurentian
Nova Scotia teachers and education workers and their allies rally
legislation introduced by the provincial government to impose a
9,300 public school teachers.
Monthly pickets keep up the demand for an immediate end to the
U.S. criminal blockade of Cuba.
Teachers and education workers in Nova Scotia hold the first
ever province-wide strike to affirm their right to say No! to
unacceptable wages and working conditions and the ongoing degradation
of the quality of education in the face of the Liberal McNeil
government's decision to pass Bill 75 to legislate contracts and
Halifax, Province House
Rally in Halifax against the passage of Bill 75 imposing a contract on
Nova Scotia teachers.
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) activists hold a spirited
outside the "Strategies for a New North
America" symposium organized by the
Canadian Council for the Americas.
The picket takes place shortly after the meeting between Prime Minister
Trudeau and U.S. President Trump and expresses the
Canadians against the attacks on Canadian sovereignty
engendered in NAFTA and the Canada European-Union Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement.
Transportation workers in Vancouver rally to oppose the federal
government's plans to privatize sea ports and airports and to dismantle
cabotage. They denounce the Trudeau government's endorsement of the Canada Transportation Act
Review Report which advocates deregulation
and privatization and handing control of maritime, air, rail and truck
transport systems to the global oligopolies.
Steelworker locals from U.S. Steel (now Stelco) in Hamilton and Essar
in Sault Ste. Marie hold a joint press conference in Sault
Ste. Marie where they
express their determination to resist the unjust
and dictatorial Wild West of the Companies'
Act. Both were being ordered by the courts
under CCAA to open their contracts for changes which serve the
seized control of the two Canadian steelmakers. The
workers expressed their determination to defend the rights of their
active and retired members
and their communities.
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