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December 3, 2014 - No. 101

2014 Photo Review

All Out for People's Empowerment!


TML Daily is continuing its month by month photo review of 2014, with actions carried out by collectives of working people in the spirit of defending the rights of all, defending public services and restricting monopoly right. In March, spirited actions across Canada and Quebec marked International Women's Day. They demanded once again a national inquiry into the 1,200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls -- a demand which the Harper government continues to ignore -- as part of ending these crimes and to win justice for all those affected. People from all walks of life took part in International Women's Day.

From BC and Alberta to Ontario and Nova Scotia public sector workers, including many in the health care sector, went into action to defend pensions and the right to negotiate collective agreements. Actions continued to call for the Harper government to end the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and worker trafficking. Farmers demanded that the Harper government conduct a vote among farmers to reinstate the farmer-controlled single desk Canadian Wheat Board.

Twelve hundred mostly non-unionized truckers at the Port of Metro Vancouver, faced with intolerable wages and working conditions, held a successful strike. It was led by the United Truckers Association, an organization of non-unionized owner-operators, showing that under the current conditions of overall assault against the working class new forms of struggle are required.

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) participated in the Quebec election based on a program to build a sovereign Quebec which defends the rights of all. Meanwhile, the Harper government introduced Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act. The bill was met with broad opposition for its retrogressive changes to the Canada Elections Act.

March 2
Mass rally in Edmonton organized by Alberta public sector workers opposes government attack on public sector pensions and calls for pensions for all. About 2,000 people participate, including several hundred workers from Calgary, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.

Mohawks in Tyendinaga territory, near Belleville, Ontario set up blockade to demand a public inquiry into the disappearances and murders of hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls. 

More than 200 people gather in Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River to express the community's outrage at the mass layoff of the entire staff
of New Horizons seniors care home.

Public sector workers participate in the "Stand Up for Your Pension" rally in downtown Edmonton to defend the right to security in retirement.

March 3
On the first day of the Alberta Legislature's spring session, building trades workers and their allies rally in Edmonton to oppose worker trafficking through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Public sector workers also rally at the opening of the Alberta Legislature in
defence of their pensions.

March 5
The Quebec government calls an April 7 general election. The PMLQ announces its participation with 24 candidates based on a program to build a sovereign Quebec that defends the rights of all.

Memorial rally on Parliament Hill for Loretta Saunders renews call for national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls. Loretta was a 26-year-old Inuk woman from Labrador, studying in Halifax. Her research focused on precisely these crimes against Aboriginal women and girls.

Actions take place across Canada in conjunction with Vancouver activists' 100th monthly picket for the freedom of the Cuban Five, anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. In honour of the occasion, Cuban Ambassador to
Canada His Excellency Mr. Julio Garmendia Peña
a Vancouver meeting.



Posters from Free the Cuban Five events in British Columbia, March 5-8.




March 7
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation holds its
Annual General Meeting in Toronto. An issue of great concern is how to hold governments and political parties to account for violating teachers' and education workers' rights in the previous round of negotiations,
in advance of the next round.

Education workers demonstrate in Toronto against second forced unpaid day imposed by Liberals through Bill 115.

March 8
International Women's Day is celebrated across Canada and Quebec by people from all walks of life. With marches, rallies and other actions, women affirm their rights and their place at the head of the movement in defence of the rights of all.






March 9
Meeting in Raymore, Saskatchewan, organized by Canadian Wheat Board Alliance passes a motion demanding the government conduct a vote by farmers to reinstate the farmer-controlled single desk Wheat Board.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44035.htm#1   (R.E. Brosseau, R. Goodale)

March 10
Carleton University campus security workers -- half of whom are students -- strike for a first contract, demanding improved wages and staffing levels.


March 18
Ottawa and District Labour Council organizes picket in support of striking
Carleton University campus security workers.

March 20
Workplace actions take place across Alberta as public sector workers reject the Alberta government's attack on their pensions.



Red Deer; Lethbridge

Grande Prairie

Medicine Hat; Boyle

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44033.htm#4   (Photos: TML, CUPE, AUPE, UNA, Truth About Pensions, J. Urbina-Maclean)

March 21
Some 650 BC truck drivers and their allies hold a noon-hour rally at the Port of Vancouver to defend the strike struggle they have been waging since February 26 for their right to a Canadian-standard livelihood. The truckers include unionized members of Unifor, and owner-operators organized into the
United Truckers Association.

http://www.cpcml.ca/BCW2014/BC0206.HTM#1   (BC Fed, Unifor, BC Worker)

March 22
Mass protests at the Ontario Liberal Party's Annual General Meeting in Toronto holds the government to account for its brutal austerity agenda.


March 25
Actions outside MPs' offices and elsewhere in a Day of Action to oppose the retrogressive changes to the Canada Elections Act being proposed in
Bill C-23,
the "Fair Elections Act."

Orangeville, ON



Vancouver; Port Moody, BC, and Bridgewater, NS
(Photos: Leadnow)

March 25-26
Ontario Public Service workers organize for a strike vote to back their rejection of concessions demanded by the provincial government.









March 29
Nova Scotia health care workers and their allies hold a mass picket outside the Nova Scotia Liberal Party's Annual General Meeting to oppose back-to-work legislation that criminalizes their fight for a collective agreement that ensures the safety of health care workers and their patients.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44049.htm#10   (R. Devet)

Canadians Against the Temporary Foreign Worker Program organizes a militant rally outside Canada Place in Edmonton. More than 200 workers, their families and supporters take part to call for an end to worker trafficking and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.


March 31
People from all walks of life participate in a cross Canada Day of Action to
defend public health care and decry the end of the Canada Health Accord,
which means cuts of $36 billion in federal health care transfers
over the next 10 years.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

St. John's, Newfoundland; Fredericton, New Brunswick

Halifax; Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Cornwall; Toronto, Ontario

Scarborough; Brampton, Ontario

Hamilton, Ontario

Thunder Bay; Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Prince Albert; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Edmonton, Alberta; Nelson, BC

Thompson-Nicola; Richmond, BC

Vancouver; Cowichan Valley, BC

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44039.htm#4   (Photos: TML, OHC, CHC, OPSEU, Debbie Forward, T. Tracy,
Big JMcC, M. Quinn, M. Lewis, E. Fleming, N. Monckton, P.Faoro, Pat Mcg, K. Kwok, A. Degraaf)

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