December 18, 2018
2018 Photo Review
Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
continues its month-by-month 2018 Photo Review with the struggles
waged by the working people of Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous
peoples in February.
month began with
activities to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory at the
Battle of Stalingrad. This work was taken up by activists of CPC(M-L)
to provide people with an outlook that serves their interests, by
rejecting the Cold War historiography of the ruling circles used to
justify aggression abroad and the anti-social offensive at home, while
the people should consider themselves powerless to change the situation.
also saw stands
being taken by public sector workers in defence of their rights and the
rights of all. These included workers in Quebec's health network who
are courageously defending their rights and that of the people to
adequate public health care against vicious anti-social restructuring.
Federal public sector workers broke the silence on the disastrous
Phoenix pay system that since its introduction has been wreaking havoc
in their lives, with a purported solution still years away.
in February was the national outcry against the brutal treatment of
Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state and its judicial system. This
was brought to the fore once again when a not-guilty verdict was
rendered in the killing of Indigenous youth Colten Boushie of the Red
Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan.
verdict came just days
the yearly 28th annual Women's Memorial Marches in cities across the
country to demand justice for all the Indigenous women and girls who
missing or been murdered.
end of the month came
another not-guilty verdict in the trial of the person accused of
killing fourteen-year-old Tina Fontaine. Tina's death in
2014 had galvanized the demand for a national inquiry into missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls. Like in the case of Colten
Boushie, the failure to render justice and hold anyone to account in
this case revealed the racist, genocidal outlook of the Canadian state
toward Indigenous peoples that considers them, especially the youth, to
be disposable "fair game."
month drew to a close
with the working people of Nova Scotia taking a stand against the
offensive of the McNeil Liberal government.
events are an expression of the political crisis in which Canada is
mired for which the people must find solutions.
Meetings and film
showings in a number of cities across the country on
the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazi invaders at
the Battle of Stalingrad bring out the significance of the courageous
sacrifices of the Soviet peoples then and now.
Rally at the Quebec
National Assembly demands
the government intervene for a negotiated end to the lockout of the ABI
sector workers in Edmonton rally to demand that problems in the Phoenix
pay system be immediately fixed. As of 2018, the number of incidents of
improperly paid employees is 300,000 and growing. The government says
the problem will only be sorted out in five years time at the cost of
billions of dollars.
Several days of
follow the not-guilty verdict in the trial of Gerald Stanley for the
killing of Indigenous youth Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First
Nation in Saskatchewan.
(Photos: TML, J.
Mann, T. Rex, M.
Jacques, L.W. Bathory, C. Morrit-Jacobs, F. MacDonald, M. Pierre,
K.D.T. Barefoot, J.A. Gale, A.L. Eagle Speaker, M. Corbett, F.H.
Pewapisconias, Colonialism No More, S. Dixon, D. Crocker, W. Fiddler,
M. Katt, D. MacClellan, M. Roy, L. Henry Whiteye, N. Forde, P. Barata,
Silence Is Violence U of T, J. Stayshyn, Red Works Photography, J.
Ngiam, M. Gaju, @sauvage2heart, Council of Canadians, J. Brake, P.
Health care workers hold
an action in Gatineau to mark the third
anniversary of the anti-social Bill 10 that continues to have serious
negative effects on the health care system, including cutbacks and
untenable working conditions that result in critical personnel
This protest in
Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, affirms the right of seasonal
workers to a livelihood that permits them to live in dignity and at a
Canadian standard. They specifically call for an Employment Insurance
regime that provides them an income throughout the off-season, and does
not leave them facing the "black hole" where there is neither work nor
Memorial marches and
gatherings demand justice for missing and murdered
Indigenous women and girls in at least 20 towns and cities across
Canada, many in British Columbia, where the first Memorial March was
held 28 years ago in
Vancouver. A similar situation faces Indigenous women in the U.S.,
where marches took place in 10 U.S. cities, several for the first time.
Sault Ste Marie
Photography, D.P. White Quills, D.
Taylor, L. Fabriz, Gladys Radek)
Weekly pickets and
petition signings calling for peace on the Korean Peninsula
continue in Toronto, as well as in other parts of the country. These
activities strike a chord with peace-loving Canadians, as the 2018
PyeongChang Winter Olympics in south Korea take place, where the joint
efforts of north and south Korea to make them a success by advancing
the cause of peace and reunification are the highlight of the games.
Monthly pickets in
Montreal (shown below), Ottawa and Vancouver demand the U.S. end its
blockade of Cuba.
Nurses at the Hull
Hospital in Gatineau hold a sit-in to denounce the
miserable working conditions in which they are forced to work that
compromise the health and safety of patients in the Outaouais as well
as that of the nursing staff.
Protest at Service
Canada offices in Richibucto, New Brunswick opposes the federal
government's Employment Insurance changes and demands an end to the
"black hole" that leaves them with neither work nor EI benefits.
Actions across Canada
remember Tina Fontaine and demand justice for
her mistreatment and death, and justice for all the missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls.
(Photos: TML, A.
Brandt, A. Crawshaw,
E. Ruddy, SCO Inc., MMIW Inquiry, J.J. Sylvestor, D. Penner, K.
The third anniversary of
continuous weekly pickets in Vancouver to stop
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act,
Commercial and Broadway
Skytrain Station, where the first picket was held.
"Nova Scotians Rise Up"
day of action sees 1,000 workers from
all walks of life, youth and students come together throughout the
afternoon at the opening of the Nova Scotia legislature to denounce the
anti-social agenda of the McNeil Liberal government and its attacks on
Public service workers
in Ottawa demand the government sort out the problems caused by the
Pheonix pay system.
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