December 27, 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 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
centenary of the End of World War I, November 11, commemorations were
held across Canada.
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.
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.
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
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.
with the Consul General of Cuba in Montreal, Mara Bilbao Díaz,
following the massive UN vote demanding an end to the U.S. blockade
sessions on proportional representation continue in BC, with meetings
in Quesnel and Prince George. Discussions take place in a wide range of
structured debates, small group meetings within local associations and
unions, as well as community information sessions across the
Prince George http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48040.HTM#13
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,
Carbonear; Benoit's Cove, Newfoundland
Deer Lake, Newfoundland
Goose Bay; Wabush City, Labrador
Port Hood, Nova Scotia
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Chateau Richer, Quebec
Beloeil-St. Bruno-Ste. Julie, Quebec
Chabenel, Montreal, Quebec
Duvernay, Laval, Quebec
Montreal North, Quebec
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Muskoka; Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Tri-Town (Cobalt, Haileybury, New
St. Catharines, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
North Bay, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Prince Rupert, BC
http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0538.HTM#8 (Photos: CUPW.,
discussions, gatherings and pickets are held to oppose imperialist war,
on the centenary of the end of World War I. The
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
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48040.HTM#14 (Photos: TML,
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.
(Photos: PSP, J.
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
time requirements, involve extra expenses and cut into hours students
work at part-time jobs.
Workers at the
Liquor Board continue their one-day strikes to back
their demands for a negotiated settlement that addresses their
conditions and low wages.
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.
against the Halifax war conferences outside Foreign
Minister Chrystia Freeland's constituency office.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Sudbury, rotating strike.
Espanola; Sioux Lookout, rotating
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
Richmond, November 28 picket by union
allies of CUPW outside the Pacific postal sorting facility, defies
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)
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.
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
Rally in support
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.
Rimouski; Tracadie; La Malbaie
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