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December 27, 2018

2018 Photo Review

Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace


TML Daily 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 November.

November began with working people in BC taking up practical work in the referendum on proportional representation (PR). In the absence of work by those cartel parties that claimed to support PR to inform the polity, working people relied on their own efforts to inform themselves on proportional representation and how the issue posed itself in the referendum, at the same time debunking the outrageous fearmongering of the Liberals.

On the centenary of the End of World War I, November 11, commemorations were held across Canada.

Later in the month, No Harbour for War organized a militant action to express Haligonians' rejection of the presence of the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in their city. They called on Canada to get out of NATO and NORAD, demanded that all foreign warships be banned from Halifax Harbour and that Halifax be declared a Zone of Peace.

In Quebec in November, many sections of the people took militant stands in defence of a healthy natural and social environment. Fifty thousand people took to the streets of Montreal calling on the new government to take up its social responsibility to protect the environment, and many more marched in other cities. Some 5,000 farmers and their supporters demanded measures be taken to safeguard food security, while housing activists marched on National Housing Day, calling on the federal government to take concrete action to ensure the right to housing. Students went on strike at universities and CEGEPS demanding that compulsory internships should be paid.

Throughout the month of November, postal workers continued rotating strikes to back their just demands and were broadly supported by working people across the country. Many protests were also held against back-to-work legislation.

As the month drew to a close, workers rallied outside Hydro-Québec's offices in Montreal in support of the locked-out ABI aluminum workers in Bécancour.

November 1
Evening get-together with the Consul General of Cuba in Montreal, Mara Bilbao Díaz, following the massive UN vote demanding an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba.


November 1-7
Community information sessions on proportional representation continue in BC, with meetings in Quesnel and Prince George. Discussions take place in a wide range of formats, including structured debates, small group meetings within local associations and unions, as well as community information sessions across the Central Interior.

Quesnel http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48038.HTM#4

Prince George http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48040.HTM#13

November 5-16 
Thousands of postal workers across the country continue with rotating strikes to press their just demands for working conditions commensurate with their work. The union also calls for a nation-wide overtime ban.

St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John's; Chanel-Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland

Carbonear; Benoit's Cove, Newfoundland

Deer Lake, Newfoundland

Gander, Newfoundland

Goose Bay; Wabush City, Labrador

Port Hood, Nova Scotia

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Chateau Richer, Quebec

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Beloeil-St. Bruno-Ste. Julie, Quebec

Chabenel, Montreal, Quebec

Duvernay, Laval, Quebec

Montreal North, Quebec

Gananoque, Ontario

Cornwall, Ontario

Trenton, Ontario

Pembroke, Ontario

Napanee, Ontario

Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Lindsay, Ontario

Scarborough, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Windsor, Ontario

Amherstburg, Ontario

Milton, Ontario

Newmarket, Ontario

Barrie, Ontario

Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Georgetown, Ontario

Orillia, Ontario

Muskoka; Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Tri-Town (Cobalt, Haileybury, New Liskeard), Ontario

Welland, Ontario

St. Catharines, Ontario

London, Ontario

Timmins, Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

North Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Edmonton, Alberta

Nisku, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta

Cranbrook, BC

Kamloops, BC

Kelowna, BC

Vancouver, BC

Victoria, BC

Prince Rupert, BC
  http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0538.HTM#8  (Photos: CUPW., TML)     

November 9-11 
Across Canada discussions, gatherings and pickets are held to oppose imperialist war, on the centenary of the end of World War I. The programs highlight the danger of war today and the attempts to use the centenary as propaganda for unjust imperialist wars today, and within this situation the need to fight for Canada to be a factor for peace.







http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48040.HTM#14  (Photos: TML, Windsorite.ca)    

November 10 
People in Montreal, Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Gatineau, Rimouski, Sherbrooke, Maria, Val-David, Cacouna and elsewhere march to reiterate the urgency of protecting the natural environment and the Quebec government's social responsibility to fight climate change. In many of these actions, participants link the natural environment with social justice and democracy and denounce the dictate of the big oil and gas monopolies that impose their decisions on the society.



http://pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2018/CPE05009.HTM#7  (Photos: PSP, J. Morris)

November 14
Students at CÉGEP Marie-Victorin in Montreal vote to strike as part of a mobilization to demand that mandatory student internships be paid. Unpaid internships add further time requirements, involve extra expenses and cut into hours students work at part-time jobs.


November 16
Workers at the Quebec Liquor Board continue their one-day strikes to back their demands for a negotiated settlement that addresses their precarious working
conditions and low wages.



Asbestos; Îles-de-la-Madeleine


Longueuil; Montreal

(Photos: CSN)

November 17
Activists rally at Peace and Freedom Park in Halifax against two war conferences -- the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The HISF has been militantly opposed each year since coming into being in 2009.

Toronto picket against the Halifax war conferences outside Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's constituency office.


November 18
Migrant care workers hold meetings and press briefings in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal to release a report "Care Worker Voices for Landed Status and Fairness," demanding  the government uphold their rights and grant them status on arrival.




More than 5,000 farmers, representatives of the agri-food sector and others march through Montreal to defend food security. Participants demand an end to the Canadian government's concessions in free trade agreements, most recently the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which has given the U.S. concessions in the dairy sector and significant say over dairy policies in Canada.

 http://www.pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2018/CPE05010.HTM#7 (Photos: UPA)

November 21
Some 58,000 CEGEP and university students strike across Quebec to demand that compulsory internships be paid. Many students are required to complete internships in order to graduate, but are not covered by labour standards laws while doing so.

November 22
Protesters hailing from several regions of Quebec march in Quebec City on the first anniversary of the federal government's release of its housing strategy, to protest the lack of tangible improvements for poorly housed tenants and other measures to realize the right to housing. Most funds allocated for the strategy only kick in following the 2019 federal election.

November 22-27
Postal workers continue rotating strikes throughout November as Canada Post refuses to negotiate. On November 23 the federal government tables a back-to-work bill to legislate postal workers back to work. Bill 89 is passed into law November 26, and workers are ordered to return to work the next day, criminalizing their just struggle. Immediately postal workers and their allies begin occupations of plants and MPs offices, community pickets, and other actions, refusing to be cowed by the unjust legislation.

St. John's, November 27, 2018, occupation of mail processing plant.

Saint John, November 27, 2018 occupation of Canada Post facility.

Moncton, rotating strike.

Dartmouth, November 26, 2018, occupation of Canada Post delivery centre

Halifax, November 26, 2018, occupation of mail processing plant.

Montreal, November 27, 2018, sit-in in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's constituency office.

Ottawa, November 23, 2018, sit-in and press conference at
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna's office.

Ottawa, November 26, walkout on learning that the back-to-work legislation passed in Senate.

Cornwall, rotating strike.

Deep River; Petawawa, rotating strikes.

Peterborough, rotating strike.

Whitby, sit-in November 26, 2018, at MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes' office.

Toronto, November 23, 2018, sit-in at Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office.

Toronto, November 28, 2018, picket against back-to-work legislation,
Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office.

Mississauga, November 26, 2018, pickets stop trucks entering plant
after back-to-work legislation passes in Senate.

London, rotating strike.

London, November 26, 2018, occupation of distribution facility.

Sudbury, rotating strike.

Espanola; Sioux Lookout, rotating strikes.

Geraldton; Hearst, rotating strikes.

Thunder Bay, November 24, 2018, sit-in at MP Patty Hajdu's office.

Thunder Bay, November 27, 2018, occupation of Canada Post processing plant.

Regina, November 23, 2018, picket at MP Ralph Goodale's office.

Edmonton, November 22, 2018 picket at MP Randy Boissonnault's office.

Edmonton, November 27, 2018, occupation of Canada Post processing plant.

Calgary, November 22, 2018, postal workers demand justice as Prime Minister Trudeau meets with corporate leaders.

Richmond, November 28 picket by union allies of CUPW outside the Pacific postal sorting facility, defies back-to-work legislation.

Fraser Valley West, rotating strike.

Dawson Creek, rotating strike.

Port Alberni, rotating strike.
 http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0541.HTM#5   (Photos TMLW, CUPW, P. Walker, G.L. Mackey, T. Tracy, D. Mastin, Unifor 636,
L. Elliot, Friends of Public Services, Rank and File)

November 26
Unifor Local 222 holds a press conference demanding GM reverse its decision to close its plant in Oshawa. Earlier in the day, prior to GM's in-plant announcement of the closing, workers walk out and picket at plant gates.
  http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0541.HTM#6 (Photos TML, C. McLardie)

November 28
Workers protest outside Hydro-Québec's offices in Montreal in support of ABI workers who have been locked out by the Alcoa/Rio Tinto cartel for close to 11 months. http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0542.HTM#1 

November 29
Rally in support of postal workers in Vancouver at the BC Federation of Labour Convention.

Actions at Service Canada offices in a number of locations in Quebec demand the problem of inadequate Employment Insurance be addressed.

Forestville; Baie Comeau

Rimouski; Tracadie; La Malbaie

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