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December 16, 2019

2019 Photo Review

Speaking and Acting in Our Own Name
to Uphold the Rights of All and
Make Canada a Zone for Peace


With this issue of TML Daily, CPC(M-L) begins its month-by-month photo review of 2019.

Throughout 2019, Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous peoples spoke out and took bold stands in defence of the rights of all, to humanize the natural and social environment and against the Canadian government's actions on the side of U.S. imperialist aggression and war and to make Canada a zone for peace. 

January 1 marked 60 years of the Cuban revolution and throughout the month celebrations were organized in different locations to mark the occasion and reiterate the friendship of the Canadian people with Cuba. On January 17 the first monthly pickets of the new year were held in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver demanding the end of the U.S. blockade on Cuba.  

The year began with the brutal assault by the Canadian state and the financial elite that it serves on the Wet'suwet'en land defenders to enforce an illegitimate court injunction to dismantle the Gidimt’en checkpoint and give Coastal GasLink access to their unceded lands without their consent. The next day in cities, small towns and remote communities across the country people from all walks of life took immediate action to oppose the assault and stand with the Wet'suwet'en to affirm their sovereignty and claims on their hereditary lands and their right to say No! to developments on these lands. International actions also condemned the Canadian state and called on it to uphold its responsibilities under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In Bécancour, Quebec, workers at the ABI aluminum smelter marked the first anniversary of being locked out with militant actions to affirm their rights and the dignity of labour. Hundreds of workers from various regions of Quebec joined them. They reiterated their two demands: that the Premier meet directly with company officials and insist that ABI return to the table to negotiate a collective agreement acceptable to the workers; and that the government re-open its energy agreement with Alcoa/Rio Tinto and annul the clause whereby a lockout is considered a "force majeure" that frees the company from paying for its reserved allotment of hydro-electricity or any penalties from not using it. 

Across Ontario, post-secondary students were in motion to oppose the Ford government’s anti-social offensive on education which includes attacks on their right to organize collectively, as well as drastic cuts to financial assistance for students. They boldly affirmed that education is a right and demanded increased investment in education and cancellation of the neo-liberal austerity agenda.

As the month closed actions across the country denounced the U.S.-led attempt at regime change in Venezuela and, in particular, Canada's unacceptable involvement in this activity, especially its leadership in the illegitimate Lima Group.

January 5
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) hosts a New Year's celebration at its Montreal office. In ushering in the New Year, the PMLQ points to the important stands taken by Quebec workers in 2018.


January 5-12
Friendship organizations host celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution with the participation of local Cuban community members and Cuba's diplomatic corps. 

Toronto, ON

Ottawa, ON


Vancouver, BC

(Photos: TML, Cuban Consul in Toronto, OCC,VCSC)

January 8
Days of action are held across the country to oppose the Canadian government's brutal assault on the Wet'suwet'en land defenders and to stand with them in defence of their hereditary rights to their lands.

Whitehorse, YT

Haida Gwaii, BC

Hazelton, BC

Smithers, BC

Prince George, BC

Terrace, BC

Bella Coola, BC

Chilliwack, BC

Powell River, BC

Sunshine Coast, BC

Gabriola Island, BC

Campbell River, BC

Courtenay, BC

Nanaimo, BC

Victoria, BC

Vancouver, BC

Calgary, AB

Edmonton, AB

Regina, SK

Saskatoon, SK

Winnipeg, MB

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

North Bay, ON

Sudbury, ON

Barrie, ON

Windsor, ON

Waterloo, ON

Hamilton, ON

Toronto, ON

Ottawa, ON

Montreal, QC

Sherbrooke, QC

Richibucto, NB

Halifax, NS

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49001.HTM#3 (Photos: TML, S. Laanstra, L.Y. Loe, B. Adie, P. Rath, M. Hugon, Dayna, C. Gadsden, J. Williams, D. Dinsmore, L. Amuir, E. Smith, D.F. Radmore, M. De Bastien, J. Warren, M. Bush, N. Redekop, S. Clovechok, K. Flannigan, Y. Piebird, M. Peltier, D. Brown, Idle No More, Eagle Eyes Photo, B. Powless, Chorale du peuple, J. Vallée, M. Pie, D. Hall, I. Ikede)

January 8
Workers shut down lines at GM's Oshawa plant after the company confirms its decision to close the assembly plant at the end of 2019 in a meeting with union representatives in Detroit.

(Photos: Unifor)

January 11
Autoworkers rally in Windsor, across the river from GM's Detroit headquarters, against
closing of GM plant in Oshawa.


Workers hold a mass picket at the ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour marking one year of being locked out. They also rally outside the constituency office of the Member of the National Assembly for Bécancour--Nicolet--Saurel. 

  http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0602.HTM#4 (Photos: Metallos)

January 11-24
Ongoing actions across the country support Wet'suwet'en land defenders' just stand to affirm their sovereignty, claims on their hereditary lands and their right to say No!

Wet'suwet'en Press Conference and Rally, Smithers, BC

Sointula, BC

Cawston, BC

Tofino, BC

Sunshine Coast, BC

Langford, BC

Vancouver, BC, student action, January 11

Vancouver, BC, January 12

Vancouver, BC, January 16

Student Walkout at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Victoria, BC

Calgary, AB

Edmonton, AB

Spirit of the Buffalo Camp on Enbridge Line 3, MB

Thunder Bay, ON

Sudbury, ON

Windsor, ON

London, ON

St. Catharines, ON

Toronto, ON

Kingston, ON

Peterborough, ON

Kahnesatake, QC

St-Hyacinthe, QC

Sherbrooke, QC

Charlottetown, PEI

Halifax, NS

Cornerbrook, NL

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49002.HTM#8  (Photos: TML, Solidarity with All Land Defenders, J. Wong, P. Danyk, Extinction Rebellion, Grassroots Rendering, M. Bush, K. Blacker, R. Deer, H.J. Crowberry, Climate Justice Edmonton, R. Bluesky, R. Ogima, J. West, J. Tomchishen, One Dish One Mic, S. Hussan, C. Renouf, G. Broughton, C. Gomery, M. Hale, Document Everything, C. Perry, S. Saunders, J. Finnigan)

January 12
Gathering at Haiti House in Montreal, to commemorate the 2010 earthquake.

http://www.pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2019/CPE06002.HTM#9 (Photo: Maison d'Haiti)

January 16
Postal workers and their allies picket in Windsor as government-imposed arbitration process at Canada Post begins. The process is a result of the Liberal government's Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act that legislated striking postal workers back to work.

http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0602.HTM#3 (Photo: TML)

January 17
Monthly pickets in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver demand an end to the brutal U.S.
blockade of Cuba and the immediate return of Guantánamo to Cuba.

Ottawa, ON

Montreal, QC

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49001.HTM#9 (Photos: OCC, TML)

Federal public sector workers confront Prime Minister Trudeau on his visit to Sherbrooke, demanding the Phoenix pay system be fixed.

(Photo: Metallos)

January 18-25
Post-secondary students across Ontario take action to oppose the Ford government’s anti-social offensive on education, including the attacks on their right to organize collectively in their student unions and associations. 

Toronto, January 18





Toronto, January 25

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49002.HTM#5  (TML, S. Russell, XFM, M. Penstone, H. Singh)

January 19
Women take to the streets in their thousands in cities across Canada, in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, for the third annual women's marches to reject the broad anti-social offensive against women's rights and the rights of all.

Saint John, NB

Montreal, QC

Ottawa, ON

Toronto, ON

Kitchener, ON

Windsor, ON

Sudbury, ON

Owen Sound, ON

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Regina, SK

Edmonton, AB

Calgary, AB

Nelson, BC

Vancouver, BC

Powell River, BC

Victoria, BC
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49008.HTM#3    (Photos: TML, R. Galbraith, A. Collicott, WMC, J. Portilla, D. Parent, T. Sweet, T. Tizania, YWCA, EMOC, Y. Cole, M. Qazi, S. Hughes, G. Shilling, K. Coles)

January 19
The South Asian Women's Rights Organization holds a forum "A Community Response to the Attack on Workers' Rights" to discuss their conditions of work as immigrant women and how to defend their rights following the Ontario government's passage of Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, and other attacks on workers' rights. 

January 23-24
Autoworkers block GM headquarters in Oshawa in their continuing actions to demand the decision to close the GM Oshawa assembly plant be reversed.

(Photo: J. Brohman)

Ramada Hotel workers in Prince George rally for a contract that meets their demands.


January 24
Three Outaouais health care unions form a common front to address the crisis in health care and put forward their demands to improve working conditions and the quality of the health care and social services.

http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0604.HTM#6  (Photo: Health Care Workers' Common Front)

January 25
Picket in Toronto demands the rights of migrant workers be respected and opposes the deportation of a Filipino worker and family. 

January 26
Canadians condemn Canada's role in attempting to overthrow the legitimately constituted government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Toronto, ON

Windsor, ON

Vancouver, BC
http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49002.HTM#9  (Photos: TML, FTT)

January 26 - 27
The Wet’suwet’en demand a stop-work order be issued against Coastal GasLink after destruction of trap lines on Wet’suwet’en territory, contrary to the agreement reached with
the hereditary chiefs.

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49003.HTM#7 (M. Toledano)

January 27 - 30
Across the country, people continue to organize actions to denounce the U.S.-led attempt at regime change in Venezuela and Canada's unacceptable involvement.

Montreal, QC

Toronto, ON

January 30
Celebration in Ottawa of the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, includes a presentation by H.E. Josefina Vidal, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in Canada.

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49003S.HTM#6 (Photos: Cuban Embassy)

January 31
Demonstration in Montreal demands changes to the federal Employment Insurance regime to eliminate the "black hole" -- the time between when seasonal workers' EI runs out and when their seasonal work begins.

(Photos: CSN)


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