December 21, 2017
2017 Photo Review
For a Modern Canada that
Rights of All --
All Out to Build the New!
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.
June opened with Ontario's
34th Annual Injured Workers' Day actions across the province and at the
Ontario Legislature to hold the provincial government and employers to
account. The important work of the injured workers' organizations is
based on the uncompromising stand that safe and healthy workplaces are
a right and that workers' compensation is a right -- all workers must
be guaranteed just compensation that ensures dignity and a livelihood
when injured or made sick on the job.
Filipino Canadians and others
protested the declaration of martial law by the government of President
Rodrigo Duterte on May 23 in the Mindanao region in the southern
Philippines, allegedly to contain a terrorist threat. Shortly after,
the government ended peace talks with the New People's Army.
Also in June, the Canadian
Network on Cuba held its 8th Biennial Convention in Toronto to set
its priorities within the new circumstances of the Trump presidency's
renewal of the U.S. hostile policy toward Cuba. Work was set to
public opinion against U.S. aggression towards Cuba, to organize
commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto "Che"
Guevara, and to strengthen the work with members of parliament and
Ontario public sector workers
took action to block the privatization of the public utility Hydro One,
including a lawsuit accusing the Wynne government of
malfeasance for acting to undermine the public interest in favour of
private interests. The workers affirmed that the public utilities
belong to the people and the Wynne Liberals have no mandate for this
scheme, which is part of their overall neo-liberal agenda of paying the
rich, and a continuation of the activities of Ontario governments going
back to the Harris Conservatives, to dismantle and privatize Ontario's
public electricity generation and distribution infrastructure.
The demand of ongoing pickets
in Toronto for U.S. troops to get out of Korea was reiterated at a
public meeting in Toronto on the anniversary of the historic June 15,
2000 North-South agreement. The removal of U.S. troops is necessary to
peacefully and independently reunite Korea and end the danger of war.
While in June the Trudeau government released its new "defence policy,"
what is meant by "defence" is illustrated by the fact that in the same
month Canada had warships participating in U.S. war exercises in Asia,
docking, in south Korea. Koreans there demanded the removal of Canadian
and U.S. warships from the Korean peninsula.
June ended with militant
actions led by Indigenous peoples to affirm their nationhood,
sovereignty and rights, and to reject the ahistorical and empty
celebrations of "Canada 150," that cover up Confederation's
dispossession of the Indigenous nations, as well as the suppression of
the Quebec nation, and that justify the status quo arrangements that
negate rights and block the peoples from being able to exercise control
over their lives. A major convergence point was Parliament Hill, right
in the middle of the Canadian state's "official celebrations," where
activists affirmed that Canada is built on stolen Indigenous land and
that the Canadian state must provide immediate redress for its crimes
against Indigenous peoples.
workers and their allies mark
the 34th Ontario Injured Workers' Day with
spirited actions affirming
that they will not give up their fight for full and just compensation
for all workers who are injured or made ill at work, and for
safe and healthy working conditions. Actions take place in Toronto and
Queen's Park Rally and March
Panel Discussion: Fighting Back Against
Toxic and Unsafe Work
Injured Workers' Day rally in Windsor
Local 1005 USW holds
information meeting for its retirees, part of a week of
with its members on whether to accept a new
tentative agreement. The meetings take place amidst the difficult
situation caused by the Canadian state's subordination to the U.S.
imperialist demand to hand over
to another gang of U.S. oligarchs.
Picket in Toronto supports the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela as the
Canadian government steps up its interference in
Venezuela's internal affairs.
Picket in Toronto opposes declaration of martial law in
A public lecture "Fidel! Cuba! Africa! Africa's
Children Return!" takes place on the eve of the Canadian Network on
Cuba convention in Toronto. Historian and Cuba specialist Isaac Saney
explores the history and impressive dimensions of the
Cuban Revolution's solidarity with Africa.
Canada-Cuba solidarity and friendship organizations from across the
a very successful 8th Biennial Convention of the Canadian
on Cuba in Toronto.
Luis Morlote Rivas, Vice-President, Cuban Union of
Writers and Artists and a
member of the Cuban National Assembly, speaks
at June 3 evening event, "Cuba
Moving Forward in 2017."
Afghani youth and their supporters hold vigil in Toronto for victims of
terror attack in Kabul and oppose the attacks by Canadian and
other western media.
Liquor Control Board of Ontario workers organize information pickets to
inform people of their just demands to reduce the number of part-time
workers and for other changes to improve their working conditions.
Workers hold a militant demonstration to denounce the privatization of
Ontario Hydro One, Ontario's public electricity distribution and
transmission utility. They rally and march in support of CUPE's lawsuit
against Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Ministers of Finance and
Public meeting in Toronto, marking the anniversary of the
historic North-South declaration, calls for the peaceful and
reunification of Korea.
120th weekly picket against Bill C-51 in Vancouver. On this
day, the Trudeau Liberals introduce Bill C-59 which, like Bill C-51,
increases police powers of the
state security agencies to carry out
state terrorism against the people in the name
of "national security."
Indigenous youth from Sault Ste. Marie, including the Bawating Water
Protectors, succeed in establishing a gathering place on Parliament
Hill, despite being
assaulted by police. Four days of ceremony and
fasting begin, led by
to affirm the sovereignty and rights of Indigenous peoples
and to reject the
glorification of the Canadian state and its colonial relations with
peoples embodied in the $500 million Canada 150
taking place July 1.
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