December 28, 2018
2018 Photo Review
Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
TML Daily completes its month-by-month 2018 Photo
Review with the struggles waged
by the working
people of Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous peoples in December.
anniversary of the adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights was marked in December. Many of the actions
month brought out the need to fight for human rights in Canada today.
The actions pointed to the need for the people to start with
the present by demanding their rights based on their actual situation,
by fighting to end conditions which violate rights, including the right
to conscience and right to be.
The month began with broad opposition in
Ontario to the Ford government's attack on the Francophone population
of the province, as it scrapped plans for a French-language
university and eliminated the Office of the French Language
Commissioner, as a "cost saving" measure.
In Ottawa, Indigenous youth organized a "Stop the Framework" rally on
Parliament Hill, rejecting the Trudeau government's framework on
Indigenous rights as an attack on their hereditary rights. The youth
pointed out that to move forward and create their own governance, they
must lead the process. It cannot be Canada telling them what to do once
again -- as the proposed Framework does. They affirmed that the
Indigenous peoples will not give up their lands for any price. In
addition to sending a clear message to the Canadian government, the
youth marched to the site of the Assembly of First Nations' Special
Chiefs Assembly to urge those gathered to take a stand against the
Two days later youth from Grassy Narrows
First Nation took to Parliament Hill to demand government action
deal with the longstanding mercury contamination of the
system that runs through their territories and compensation for the
crimes committed against them.
meeting to discuss the state of human rights today was organized in
the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec, featuring participation by
organizations working to defend the rights of the most vulnerable in
the society and the rights of all.
workers' groups continued their "Workers' Comp Is a Right!" campaign
with a week of actions across Ontario. These focussed on the Workplace
Safety and Insurance Board's reduction of employers' premiums which
severely reduces the funds available to compensate workers injured or
made ill at work.
continued to demand that Bill
C-89, the legislation ordering postal workers back to work, be
rescinded and a contract with Canada Post be settled in negotiations
not by legislation, with pickets at postal facilities and events such
as Canada Post's annual general meeting, and sit-ins at MPs' offices.
event in Mississauga marks the International Day of Solidarity with
the Palestinian People. The evening includes poems, songs and speeches,
with a keynote
speech by the Roving Ambassador for Palestinian Missions, His
A Day of Action is
organized in more than 40 communities across Ontario as the provincial
government's decision to scrap the building of a French language
university and to eliminate the Office of the French Language
Commissioner is swiftly and broadly condemned.
Highway 11, Ontario
Temiscaming Shores, Ontario
North Bay, Ontario
New Liskeard, Ontario
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Blind River, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Marathon; Kapuskasing, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
St. Boniface, Manitoba
(Photos: TML, AEFO)
A demonstration in
front of Prime Minister Trudeau's constituency office in Montreal
responds to the inhumane situation imposed on Haitian asylum seekers by
the Canadian government. It is a continuation of actions organized in
July and August for an immediate moratorium on deportations and to
demand they be ended altogether.
"Stop the Framework" rally on Parliament Hill, brings together
Indigenous youth from many parts of the country to express their
opposition to the Trudeau government's framework on Indigenous rights.
The march ends at the Westin Hotel where the Assembly of First Nations
is meeting and some of the delegates come out to thank the youth for
taking this action. Events are also organized in several other cities.
Youth delegation attends and addresses Assembly of First Nations
Edmonton http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48044.HTM#4 (Photos: TMLW,
Chiefs of Ontario, B. Forester, B. Manitowabi, E. McKinney, M.A. Morin)
The Quebec Network
of Housing Committees and Tenants Associations launches its
"Justice for Tenants: Reform the Rental Board" campaign. The
organization is demanding the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
overhaul the rental board system and end the many injustices
affecting tenants. Actions are organized in Montreal, Joliette, Quebec
Unemployed groups, unions, municipal
elected officials and seasonal industry employers from the Acadian
Peninsula in New Brunswick and the Charlevoix, Côte-Nord and
Bas-St-Laurent regions of Quebec, hold a press conference in the foyer
of the House of Commons in Ottawa, to highlight the difficult
conditions experienced by seasonal workers and to call for solutions
that enable them to live in dignity.
This year marks
the 29th anniversary
of the Montreal Polytechnique tragedy, when 14 young women were killed
gunman because of their gender. More than 50 events are held in Quebec
alone, as well as many
in the rest of Canada and others throughout the world, to demand an end
all forms of violence committed against women.
Shippagan, New Brunswick
University of Windsor, Ontario
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Chilliwack, British Columbia
http://www.pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2018/CPE05012.HTM#4 (Photos: NAN)
Grassy Narrows youth
go to Parliament Hill to demand action and compensation for disastrous
effects of mercury poisoning on their community, following
the release of a
report commissioned by the Grassy Narrows First Nation on the situation.
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48044.HTM#8 (Photos: NAN)
Postal workers and
their allies continue to demand that Bill C-89,
the legislation ordering postal workers back to work, be withdrawn and
the contract with Canada Post be settled by negotiations. A National
Day of Action takes place December
1 and community pickets continue at postal facilities in a number of
Halifax, December 2
Fredericton, December 1
Fredericton, December 6
Montreal, December 1
Ottawa, December 1
Ottawa, December 5
Hamilton, Ontario. Picket outside MP Bob Bratina's office. http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0543.HTM#1
The Pas, Manitoba
Grand Prairie, Alberta
Prince George, BC
Forum, CUPW, Friends of Public Services, CUPE, PSAC
BCFL, People 4 Postal Workers, T. Glynn, A. Muppett, C. Snooks, T.
Balducci, J.B. Woods, J. Fontaine, N. Dias, C. Eyfe, C. Repetowski,
FVLC, M. Rozworski, J.T. Parent, K. Peppard, Z. Roman.)
oppose climate change are held in Montreal and Quebec City alongside
cities around the world,
while the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Katowice,
http://www.pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2018/CPE05012.HTM#3 (Photos: Chantier politique, André
delegation from the Public Service Alliance of Canada brings their
support and financial assistance to the locked-out workers at the
Bécancour aluminum smelter. The broad support from Quebec workers has
sustained them in their nearly year-long lockout.
Human Rights Day is
marked by actions in support of the Unist'ot'en chiefs who, with the
support of their hereditary chiefs and clan members of the Wet'suwet'en
Nation in BC, for the past eight years, have re-occupied part of their
territory in part to say No!
to multiple proposed pipeline projects
that would run through their lands. A solidarity picket takes place in
The Ontario Network of
Injured Workers' Groups holds a week of actions across the province as
part of their ongoing "Workers' Comp Is a Right!" campaign. The actions
highlight the hardships injured workers and
their families face throughout the year and especially during the
Postal workers from
Gatineau and Ottawa and members of community groups picket a Liberal
Party fundraising event condemning the government's back-to-work
legislation and demanding their right to have a say in their working
conditions be respected.
accompanied by members of many other unions, gather outside Canada
Post's annual general meeting to demand that the government listen to
of postal workers that back-to-work legislation be rescinded.
Lively meeting in
Montreal, organized by the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec,
commemorates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and discusses its significance today.
Airport workers and
allies demonstrate in front of Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau
International Airport, rejecting the demand from the administration
that the workers accept nearly a one-third reduction in salary and
benefits to match a sub-contracting tender the administration has
Monthly pickets this
month mark the four year anniversary of the freeing of all the Cuban
Five from U.S. prisons, and demand the U.S. end its blockade and return
Guantánamo to Cuba.
People hold a
militant march and rally in support of Unist'ot'en land defenders
following the BC Supreme Court ruling granting an injunction against
their encampment. The purpose of the camp is to affirm their claim on
their traditional lands.
Community pickets and
visits to MPs' offices continue across the country to support the
postal workers and their right to collective bargaining and calling for
Bill C-89 to be rescinded.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, MP Andy Fillmore’s office
Fredericton, New Brunswick, MP Matt
(Photos: L. Moreau,
J. Archie, p4pw, Winnipeg Labour Council, S. Metha)
Windsor rally condemns
decision by General Motors to close Oshawa plant.
Picket in Saint John,
New Brunswick against shipment of light armoured vehicles to Saudi
(Photos: J. Tunney, Laste)
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