December 28, 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.
The annual Sisters in Spirit
vigils across the country in early October continued to demand justice
for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The sustained
demands by Indigenous peoples and their supporters are in sharp
to the Trudeau Liberals' two years of equivocation on Indigenous rights
sabotage of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous
Women and Girls.
A five-week strike by faculty
colleges started in October. Their
longstanding demands are for: stable and secure jobs for part-time
contract staff, proper working conditions and wages commensurate with
their work, and for college faculty to have a say in
decision-making, so as to ensure their students are provided with a
quality education. The strike brought to the fore the necessity for
investments in Ontario's college system in order to affirm workers and
students' rights. The faculty won broad support for their struggle to
defend their rights and that of their students.
In Quebec, workers at early
childhood centres staged a one-day strike to
defend their working conditions and pensions. This was part of the
ongoing resistance to the Couillard Liberal government's neo-liberal
austerity agenda that is attacking the people's right to public
services and the rights of the workers who provide them.
Led by Steelworkers,
Hamiltonians rallied in support of Sears workers and retirees to oppose
the ongoing use of bankruptcy legislation by corporations to deprive
workers of their rights with the collusion of goverrnments in power.
Throughout October, Canadians
stepped up the
important work to make Canada a Zone for Peace that opposes
aggression, war and U.S. imperialist regime change around the world.
They rejected the striving of the Trudeau Liberal government and its
Chrystia Freeland to further embroil Canada in U.S.-led warmongering.
People took to the streets to support the Venezuelan people and oppose
Canadian sanctions against Venezuela, and its use of Canada as a base
for organizing regime change in Venezuela. The Canada for Peace
Petition was launched to broaden
the work for peace on the Korean Peninsula, calling on the Canadian
government to play a genuine role for peace and diplomacy there,
including normalization of relations with the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea.
At October's close, the outstanding revolutionary life and leadership
Ernesto "Che" Guevara was commemorated on the 50th anniversary of his
Sisters in Spirit Vigils are held on Parliament Hill and across
Canada in memory of all the missing
and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
St. Mary's First Nation -- New Brunswick
Anti-war picket in Vancouver on the 16th anniversary of
the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.
A tribute to Che Guevara on the 50th anniversary of his
assassination that features speeches, music and poetry, is hosted by
the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa with broad participation by friends of
Cuba from Ottawa, Gatineau, Toronto and Montreal.
Reportback held in Ottawa by delegates to the "Todos Somos Venezuela"
Are All Venezuela) World Summit in Defence of Peace and Democracy, in
Public sector workers from across Nova Scotia unite in continued
resistance to attacks on their rights by the McNeil government with
actions outside the provincial Liberals' annual general meeting.
Actions in Ottawa and Toronto demand the Canadian government end its
interference in Venezuelan affairs, lift its sanctions, and recognize
of that country's regional elections.
Picket lines go up at Ontario community colleges as faculty members
strike to obtain working conditions satisfactory to themselves. Their
longstanding demands for stability and job security for part-time and
contract staff and for college faculty to have a say in
decision-making, favours both students and college
workers. This fight is for a modern education system that defends the
rights of all.
Cambrian College, Sudbury, October 18
Algonquin College, Ottawa
Algonquin College, Pembroke, October 17
Georgian College, Barrie
Fleming College, Peterborough, October 16
George Brown College, Toronto; Durham
Seneca College, Toronto
Humber College, Etobicoke
Mohawk College, Hamilton
St. Clair College, Windsor
Confederation College, Thunder Bay
Solidarity rallies are organized at a number of community colleges as
the first week of the faculty strike draws to a close.
Seneca College, York University campus,
Humber College, Lakeshore campus, Toronto
Mohawk College, Hamilton
Collège Boréal, Sudbury
Launch in Toronto of Canadian Peace Petition against war and aggression
Korean Peninsula is met with enthusiasm. Since then pickets
and signature collection have begun in Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton
Striking Ontario college faculty and supporters rally
at Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in Toronto.
The Trudeau government takes up the dirty work of the U.S. imperialists
by hosting a Toronto meeting of the "Lima Group" aimed at regime change
in Venezuela. Protestors make clear that Canada must respect
Venezuela's sovereignty and Venezuelans' right to determine their own
Workers across Hamilton rally at the call of USW Local 1005 in support
Sears workers, retirees and their families, who are being deprived by
the pensions and benefits that belong to them by right, through its use
of the Companies'
Bottom photo: demonstration makes its way through the Sears store in
solidarity with workers.
Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba holds its seventh annual
international Che Guevara Conference, with broad participation from
as well as participants from Cuba. The event includes tributes
to Che Guevara
on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, and to
Fidel Castro to
mark the first anniversary of his death.
About 11,000 workers from more
than 400 early childhood centres hold a Quebec-wide one-day strike
against the demands of the employers and the Quebec government for
rollbacks in all aspects of their working and retirement conditions.
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