December 18, 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.
Women's Day was
militantly celebrated across the country and around the world in March.
affirmed their place in the front ranks of the movements for rights,
peace and justice, with demands that address the broad concerns of the
people today. While the Trudeau government throughout 2017 pushed its
narrow agenda of using "gender equality" to give a progressive veneer
to anti-people activities such as neo-liberal free trade or imperialist
warmongering, the actions on International Women's Day clearly stated
that women's security lies in the fight for the rights of all.
In northern forestry communities in British Columbia, an important
series of meetings brought forward the many problems the workers and
communities face as a result of the refusal of governments to engage in
nation-building and their determination to facilitate the
nation-wrecking of the monopolies. The meetings affirmed that the
people are ready and willing to deliberate and work out their own
solutions to the serious problems facing the economy.
In Quebec, showing the
growing militancy of public sector workers in affirming the importance
of their work as a contribution to the entire society and their refusal
to let attacks on their wages and working conditions go unchallenged,
6,000 paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and support staff in
the pre-hospital sector in Quebec began a general strike to demand
wages and working conditions commensurate with the important work they
do under very difficult conditions.
In Ontario and Quebec
industrial workers in Hamilton and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield continued
sustained actions of resistance to oppose the attacks on their wages,
pensions and working conditions and attempts to divide active from
retired workers in their sectors of the economy.
The desire of the people that
Canada be a zone for peace and end its participation in U.S. wars of
aggression was expressed with actions in March. A picket marked the
14th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, where the people
suffer the chaos and anarchy of this illegal war, and where Canada has
become more and more involved under the guise of providing
"advisors" and "training." Other events called for an end to U.S.
interference on the Korean Peninsula and for the Canadian government to
develop diplomatic ties with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK). In the face of attempts to depoliticize the people through
fearmongering, while also blaming them and not the state for racism and
racist attacks, these anti-war actions upheld the important principles
of the anti-war movement to oppose the use of force in international
affairs to resolve conflicts, for Canada to make a contribution to
peace in the world rather than contribute to war and to stand as one
with all of humanity in the fight for rights.
March 31 marked the 47th
anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist). The occasion was marked with the inauguration of
the new MLPC National Office in Ottawa with comrades attending from
across the country. Everyone was called on to join in the work to build
the National Office and all the institutions required by the class and
people to build the New. There the Party announced a bold program of
celebrations and activities for the year under the theme The Birth of the New which
emphasize the importance of building the New in the face of all the
attempts to disorient and overwhelm the people's movement for
USW Local 1005 and allies hold a picket outside Hamilton East-Stoney
Creek MP Bob Bratina's office to raise public awareness of the role of
the Companies' Creditors Arrangement
Act in depriving workers of
what is theirs by right.
Rally in Toronto demands resignation of impeached south Korean
an end to the U.S. military occupation of south Korea and a stop to the
of U.S. THAAD missile defence.
Militant mass actions in Canada marking
International Women's Day affirm that
women are determined to
renew their resistance and plant the flag to defend
women's rights and
the rights of all.
Montreal, March 7
Montreal, March 8
Ottawa, March 4
Ottawa, March 8
Vancouver, March 8
Vancouver, March 10
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2017/W47008.HTM#2 (Photos: TML,
NSGEU, R. Le Blanc, Solidarity Ottawa, IWD Ottawa,
S. Desjardins, Hamilton Steelworks Area Council, Council of Canadians,
Striking workers at CEZinc in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
participate in a special membership meeting as part of stepping up
actions in defence of their rights in the face of the company's demands
for anti-worker concessions.
(Syndicat des Métallos,
Meeting in Ottawa marks fourth anniversary of the death of then
Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.
A successful series of forestry meetings is organized across Central
BC by the Stand Up for the North Committee in partnership with
other groups and sponsors.
Prince George, March 13
Mackenzie, March 14
Williams Lake, March 16
Fort St. James, March 17http://cpcml.ca/WF2017/WO0411.HTM#4
Picket across from U.S. consulate in Toronto opposes U.S.-south Korean
Key Resolve/Foal Eagle war games directed against the DPRK
Quebec paramedics hold three demonstrations: one in front of the
Urgences-Santé offices in Montreal, one in front of the National
Assembly in Quebec City and the third in New Richmond in
Gaspésie as part of a general strike of nearly 6,000 paramedics,
emergency medical dispatchers and support staff in the pre-hospital
sector in Quebec.
Montreal, March 16
Pickets are held in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver demanding the end of
criminal blockade of Cuba and the return of Guantánamo Bay to
(Photos: Ottawa Cuba
Connection, No al Bloqueo)
Picket in Windsor marks the 14th anniversary of the criminal U.S.
invasion of Iraq
with the demand for an end to U.S.-led wars of terror.
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