December 27, 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.
Workers and their
organizations started the month of September by participating in Labour
Day. In doing so, they affirmed the dignity of working people and the
crucial role they play in society to provide all the services and
produce all the wealth.
September also saw spirited
Take Back the Night marches and other activities throughout the
affirming women's right to fully participate in the life of society and
walk the streets day or night without fear. In particular they affirmed
the right of
women to say "No" to
interference with their human person, whether by
individuals or by the state through the implementation of laws which
dictate what they can or cannot do or say.
The Ontario Network of
Injured Workers' Groups launched its "Workers' Comp Is a Right"
campaign which demands that the compensation board: stop cuts to
compensation based on phantom jobs, listen to the health care
injured workers, and stop cutting benefits using the pretext of
conditions." Refinery workers from Labrador travelled a 150-kilometres
by foot and bike to the
Newfoundland Legislature to raise serious concerns about workers'
health and safety in the oil and gas sector.
Workers carried forward their
opposition to neo-liberal attacks on their wages, working conditions
and right to security in retirement. Monthly pickets began at federal
Finance Minister Bill Morneau's Toronto constituency office to demand
the Trudeau Liberals stop their attacks on pensions in the form of Bill
C-27 An Act to amend the Pension
Benefits Standards Act, 1985. In Nova Scotia, public sector
workers militantly rejected the ongoing dictate by the McNeil Liberal
government that violates their right to negotiate their wages and
working conditions and undermines public services.
Indigenous peoples persisted
in affirming their right to be. The Mohawk near Oka, Quebec, continued
fight for sovereignty over their land against private monopolies. In
Labrador, a similar fight is taking place to oppose the Muskrat Falls
hydro-electric development. In British Columbia, actions along the
Highway of Tears continued the cry for justice for missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Close to 300 striking Swissport workers who belong to Teamsters Local
419, with their fellow airport workers and allies from other unions and
organizations, take part in a
spirited Labour Day rally and march at Pearson International
United Steelworkers Local 9316 Glenn Nolan and Vice-President Perry
chair of the union's health and safety committee at the Come
By Chance Refinery in Newfoundland and Labrador, undertake a
foot and bike to the Legislature in St. John's to
raise the serious health and
safety problems workers are facing at the
Parades, picnics and other activities on the occasion of Labour Day
the dignity of labour.
North Bay; Barrie
(Photos: TML, Foundry Photography, CUPE, HEU, BCGEU, ONIWG,
victorialabour.ca, N. Legualt, A. Farrow-Giroux, J. West, Unifor Local
444, OSSTF District 9)
Indigenous chiefs from around BC hold a press conference and
rally in Vancouver
to call for a province-wide shutdown of open net-pen
fish farms after the breach
of a pen releases 300,000 farmed
Activists from the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union, together
for Migrant Workers, organize a rally and
demonstration in Leamington. They make
statement against any attempt by the Leamington Town Council or the
Business Improvement Association to pass an
anti-loitering bylaw targeting
migrant workers who gather in the downtown area after work and on
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups' launch
of province-wide organizing campaign "Workers' Comp Is a
Right" coincides with the return of MPPs
to the Ontario
Legislature. They present their campaign to the media the following
day at a press conference at
http://cpcml.ca/WF2017/WO0432.HTM#1 (Photos: ONIWG)
Take Back the Night marches in cities
across the country affirm women's important
role in the society and
reject their treatment as "fair game."
Sault Ste Marie
Quesnel; Williams Lake
(Photos: TML, Femmes
Sans Peur, Newfoundland ACPC, S. Gibson, R. Maha, UFCW1006A, Fort
Elgin, C. Murphy, J. Klassen,
K. Darbyson, T. Surette)
Actions take place across Canada during World Days of
Solidarity with Venezuela.
"Stand-In" at the
corner of Highways 97 and 16 in Prince George is part of the 2nd Annual
Red Dress Campaign. The empty red dresses symbolize all
murdered Indigenous women and girls and the demand that
redress for its injustices against Indigenous peoples
that lead to women and
girls being treated as fair game.
Monthly picket in Montreal calls for end to U.S. blockade of Cuba.
Demonstrations take place outside Finance Minister Bill Morneau's
Ottawa and Toronto demanding the government withdraw
Bill C-27, its attack
on workers' pensions.
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