December 29, 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.
The Trump administration's renewed hostile policy to negate Cuba's
right to be received
a sharp rebuke at the UN, where a resolution condemning the U.S.
blockade was overwhelmingly adopted for the 26th consecutive year. The
vote revealed the isolation of
the U.S. and Israel as the only two supporters of this extremist
Jubilant celebrations marked
the centenary of the Great October
Socialist Revolution, the historic victory of the Bolsheviks and
proletarians in Russia under the leadership of V.I. Lenin. Its profound
significance was reflected in the broad participation by people from
walks of life. The revolution is a victory claimed by the sons and
daughters of the many
nations that comprise the working class of Quebec and Canada and an
source of inspiration and theory in today's fight for
empowerment, human rights and the New.
November was also the 100th
anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the infamous act of treachery
by the British imperialists, in collusion with the Zionists, to deprive
the Palestinian people of their homeland. After taking Russia out of
World War One, the Great October Socialist Revolution made this covert
agreement public, along with many others, as a contribution to exposing
all the imperialist schemes to deprive the people of the peace they so
desired. The outstanding feature of
this anniversary is the 100 years of heroic resistance by the
Palestinian people to colonialism and Zionism and their refusal to
compromise their right to be and the right to return to their homeland.
Ongoing workers' struggles
showed the clash between conditions and
authority that must be resolved in favour of the workers' and the
people's interests, and the necessity for workers to have their
independent thinking and decision-making power. Hamilton steelworkers
went to Parliament to oppose insolvency laws that legalize the theft of
pensions and benefits. Ontario college faculty
overwhelmingly expressed their No!
to dictate in a forced offer vote and were subsequently legislated back
to work and into a mediation-arbitration process bound by parameters
imposed by the government. Striking Quebec paramedics continued to face
the Couillard government's refusal to negotiate collective agreements
that meet their needs and ensure the well-being of the public.
Quebec steelworkers at CEZinc successfully defended their
pensions from being transformed into two-tier pensions, ending their
while their counterparts at the ABI Becancour smelter began a similar
fight as their contract ended.
In Halifax, the people boldly reiterated that their city is "No Harbour
for War!" and opposed the annual U.S./NATO war conference called the
Halifax Security Conference. This and many other actions highlighted
the people's anti-war demands and their desire to block the Trudeau
government's aims of embroiling Canada in U.S. imperialist adventures.
How to make Canada a Zone for Peace continues to be a problem to be
Cuba friendship and solidarity organizations in
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and
Vancouver hold actions in support of
at the UN against
the U.S. blockade.
(Photos: TML, J.
Fonseca, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba)
On the day that bargaining is set to restart in the
Ontario community college strike,
some 5,000 faculty, students and
their allies from across Ontario converge on
Queen's Park to affirm
their resolve to stand together until a just contract is won.
Rally in Mississauga denounces the British colonial Balfour Declaration
that promised Palestinian land for foreign settlement, one
of many actions around the world held
on the occasion of its centenary.
People across the country, alongside millions around the world,
enthusiastically mark the centenary of the Great October Socialist
Revolution on November 7 with celebratory dinners, cultural programs
and film showings.
Solidarity picket held in support of 25 workers at the Ontario Food
in Toronto, on strike since November 7 for
a first contract that embodies respect in the form of increased job
security, fair wages and
scheduling, and paid sick leave.
Rallies take place at colleges across Ontario as faculty organize to
Council's offer in a November 16 vote forced on them by the
Labour Relations Board.
Algonquin College, Ottawa
La Cité College, Ottawa
Georgian College, Barrie
Centennial College, Toronto
Seneca College, Toronto
Left: Humber College, Etobicoke; right: Centennial College, Toronto
Students at George Brown College in Toronto rally in support of their
for a just contract and humane
Hope 21, an organization of patriotic overseas Koreans,
joins the weekly picket in Toronto against U.S. war
preparations on the Korean Peninsula and pledges to take
up the Canada
for Peace Petition.
Ontario college faculty reject the Employer Council's offer, in a
with a resounding No!
The International Coalition for Human Rights in the
Philippines-Canada and the Alliance of Progressive Filipino
host a Toronto meeting on developments in the
Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power.
Come rain, snow or sunshine, dedicated activists continue monthly
to ensure the public is informed about the need to end the
The annual U.S./NATO war conference in Halifax is vigorously rejected.
The Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism holds an
anti-war picket and gathers signatures for the Canada for Peace
Ontario college faculty are legislated back to work after rejecting the
College Employer Council's bogus offer but return to work with heads
unbowed, determined to carry forward their just fight.
George Brown College, Toronto
Infuriated by the
deadlock in their negotiations caused by the Quebec government, Quebec
paramedics, on strike since March, hold an audacious action to shut
the Ministry of Health in Quebec City, symbolizing how the government
Workers at the ABI
aluminum smelter in Bécancour overwhelmingly reject the
that would introduce two-tier pensions and working conditions.
Picket for peace on the
Korean Peninsula held at Skytrain Station in Vancouver.
A demonstration by
unemployed workers and their allies in Forestville on Quebec's North
Shore demands the federal government immediately adopt measures that
will reduce the impoverishment of the population of the region,
particularly the unemployed. One such measure is to implement a
threshold of 420 hours of work to qualify for 30 weeks
of employment insurance benefits.
Information pickets and
petition work continue in Edmonton,
to oppose U.S. aggression on the Korean Peninsula.
USW Local 6486 members at the
CEZinc refinery in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield vote
to return to work after defending their pensions in a strike
that began in February.
Tribute to Comrade Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa on the
anniversary of his death. Such tributes are
held at Cuban diplomatic offices
worldwide and in the
many places where Cuban personnel are present as part
Retired and active postal workers from the Toronto and Scarborough
Locals of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and others rally in
Toronto to demand the Liberal
government's anti-worker anti-pension Bill C-27 be scrapped.
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