December 22, 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.
Indigenous peoples and their
supporters continued their actions on Parliament Hill to affirm their
rights and oppose the colonial outlook which imbued the
government’s "Canada 150" celebrations on Canada Day. In so doing
they put the demand for justice for Indigenous peoples front and
In Halifax, later in July,
the Mi'kmaq people and their supporters rallied to demand that
Cornwallis Park, named after a genocidal oppressor of Indigenous
peoples, be renamed Peace and Freedom Park. Cornwallis' statue was
covered with a black tarp, a reminder that the people do not accept the
empty celebrations of Canada 150 while oppression of the Indigenous
Regular pickets continued in
Montreal against the Trudeau government’s Bill C-59, the government’s
reforms to the Harper government’s Bill C-51 which seek to maintain the
measures in C-51 in the midst of Canadians' demands for their complete
Across the country, Canadians
mobilized to stand as one with the peoples of Venezuela, Korea, Cuba
and Palestine in the face of threats and aggression by the U.S.
imperialists. Canadians expressed their striving for peace, sovereignty
and rights; militantly rejecting imperialist aggression and war; and
demanding that Canada play its part in the world as a force for peace.
In particular, as Venezuelans prepared to conduct voting on their
constituent assembly to overcome the conflict in the country on a
political basis, Canadians expressed their support and demanded that
Canada and the U.S. keep their hands off Venezuela.
Workers also continued their
battles across the country against
the privatization of public services, to be compensated for exposure to
hazardous working conditions and to defend their right to security in
Indigenous youth continue their action on Parliament Hill to
affirm their right to be and to reject the
colonial relations with
Indigenous peoples embodied in the $500 million Canada 150
commemorations. Similar actions were also held in several other cities.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec in action to inform people about
the Trudeau government's Bill C-59, An
matters, and of the need to take a stand
against measures to expand police powers and impose a police state.
organized in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Saint-Laurent
neighbourhoods in Montreal demand the bill be withdrawn.
Activists hold the 20th consecutive monthly picket
at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver to demand the U.S. keep its hands
off Venezuela and to denounce Canada's support for
Health care workers rally in St John's, one action in the campaign
to mobilize against public-private partnerships.
More than 120 former General Electric workers participate in a public
meeting in Peterborough organized by the Occupational and Environmental
Health Coalition Peterborough, to demand
compensation for years of exposure to
toxic chemicals at work.
Members of the BC Government and Service Employees'
Union join workers
at Pacific Blue Cross, locked out since July 6. Their efforts to
negotiate a new contract have been met with intransigence, demands
for concessions and punitive measures when workers take
action to demand their retirement benefits not be touched.
Montreal picket demanding withdrawal of the federal Liberal
government's Bill C-59.
Rally 600-strong in Halifax demands the removal of Cornwallis' statue
and that Cornwallis Genocide Park be renamed Halifax Peace and Freedom
Toronto picket supports the Venezuelan people and their sovereign
right to convene their constituent assembly and determine the affairs
of their country
without outside interference.
Monthly picket in Montreal demands end to U.S. Blockade of Cuba.
Ongoing weekly pickets in Toronto demand U.S. troops get out of Korea.
Montreal information picket and petition signings against Bill C-59
Picket in Burnaby demands U.S. troops get out of Korea and that the
sign a peace treaty.
Activists in Ottawa and Toronto show support
for the Palestinian
people on Al-Quds Day, as they affirm their claim to Jerusalem as their
capital and oppose Israeli provocations at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Pickets continue in Canadian cities supporting the right of the
Venezuelan people to decide their own destiny, and denouncing the
Canadian government's criminal interference in the internal affairs of
a sovereign country.
Ottawa, July 29
Toronto, July 29
Vancouver, July 30
(Photos: Embassy of
Venezuela in Canada, HCPDF, Fire This Time)
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