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December 17, 2019

2019 Photo Review

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


In this issue of TML Daily, CPC(M-L) continues its month-by-month photo review of 2019 with February.

The month began with vigorous opposition to the Canadian government's convening of the illegitimate Lima Group in Ottawa and its role in trying to force regime change in Venezuela in violation of international law. Actions in defence of the Venezuelan people's right to determine their own affairs carried on throughout the month as the U.S. imperialists attempted to instigate a coup and regime change.

On Valentine's Day, Women's Memorial Marches were held in more than 14 locations across the country to honour all the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and demand justice and an end to the violence. The first women's memorial march was held in 1992 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The march has taken place every year since then, organized and led by the women from that neighbourhood. In the years since the first memorial march, more than 970 names have been added to the list of women who have gone missing or been murdered in the Downtown Eastside.

In Ontario, students, teachers and education workers stepped up their resistance to the brutal cuts made by the Ford government to investments in education. Students started the month with a Day of Action across the province. This was followed by actions organized by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and other education workers. Students were in action again greeting the First Session of Ontario's 42nd Legislative Assembly with a militant rally expressing their determination to resist the anti-social attacks of the Ford government, with actions also held in a number of other cities. Particularly active were the families of children with autism. The month closed with a vigorous rally outside a fund-raising dinner where Premier Ford was the keynote speaker.  

February 2-5
Solidarity actions in support of the Wet'suwet'en land defenders continue
in various cities across the country.


Prince George


February 4
Protest takes place outside Ottawa meeting of the illegitimate Lima Group, whose purpose is regime change in Venezuela; a banner drop takes place inside the meeting. Pickets are held also in Toronto and Vancouver the same day.



http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49005.HTM#15 http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49005.HTM#8

Ontario students hold a province-wide Day of Action against the planned cuts to education funding by the Ford government. Actions include a march to the Legislature followed by a rally. Pickets and marches were held in a number of other cities.





Guelph http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49005.HTM#1 (Photos: TML, K. Taghabon, G. Kirby, A. Robichaud, P. Coates, M. White) 

The deaths of three workers in a train derailment near the Alberta-BC border highlights the urgent need for a rail safety regime that serves the workers and the public. The men killed are shown below: Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.

February 5
As the lockout at the ABI smelter in Bécancour goes into its second year, the ABI workers receive a contingent of workers from the Raglan mine in northern Quebec bringing solidarity and financial support from their union, United Steelworkers Local 9449.

February 7
Ontario secondary school teachers and other education workers organize rallies at MPPs' offices around the province demanding "No Cuts to Education."



Parry Sound

St. Thomas

(Photos: OSSTF, R. Preston)

February 11
Youth at an Indigenous basketball tournament in Prince Rupert express their solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en land defenders.

February 12
A day of action in defence of the right of migrants to health care is held across the country.







(Photos: Q052, Caring for Social Justice, N. Kansal, Sanctuary Health)

February 14
Women's Memorial Marches take place on Valentine's Day, in cities across the country, honouring and demanding justice for all the Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing, and that the government take action to end the violence.

Vancouver, BC

Surrey, BC

Courtenay, BC

Prince George, BC

Calgary, AB

Edmonton, AB

Winnipeg, MB

Toronto, ON

Montreal, QChttp://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49005.HTM#3 (Photos: TML, M. Bush, A. Ohana, M. Kagis, S. Kravitz, J. Marie, E. Saadeh)

February 16
Demonstration in Edmonton, one of many across Canada, condemns U.S. plans for military intervention in Venezuela and the despicable role of the Canadian government in supporting these plans.


February 17
Monthly pickets take place demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

February 19
The opening of the Ontario Legislature is met with a militant student action confirming that the people will continue to organize and resist the anti-social attacks the Ford government is carrying out in their name. Students from as far away as Kingston protest the Ford government's cuts to funding of the Ontario Student Assistance Program, and attacks on their associations and clubs in the name of giving students "choice." 


February 20
Protest on Parliament Hill affirms the right of Indigenous peoples to informed consent to pipelines on their territories and their right to say No! Protest also rejects the use, by some participants and supporters of the United We Roll convoy, of economic concerns to justify racist and misogynist statements.


"Hands Off Venezuela!" picket and community forum in Toronto stands with Venezuelan people and their democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro.


February 22
Demonstration takes place in Vancouver after the National Energy Board approves the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion for a second time, after further fraudulent consultations, despite the ongoing opposition of the Indigenous peoples who have not given their consent.


Aluminum workers in Alma, Quebec, members of United Steelworkers Local 9490, express solidarity with locked-out workers at the ABI smelter in Bécancour.

http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0607.HTM#1 (Photo: United Steelworkers)

February 23
On February 23, and throughout the weekend, rallies, marches, pickets and other actions are held in more than 150 cities around the world in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their Bolivarian revolution. The rallying cry is "Hands Off Venezuela! No U.S. War on Venezuela!"

Halifax, NS

Montreal, QC

Ottawa, ON

Toronto, ON

London, ON 

Windsor, ON

Winnipeg, MB

Edmonton, AB

Calgary, AB

Vancouver, BC

Courtenay, BC

February 23
ABI smelter workers in Bécancour, Quebec launch a call for binding arbitration to reach a collective agreement to end their lockout. At a press conference on their picket line, USW Local 9700 announces the membership's demand for expedited arbitration.

http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0607.HTM#1 (Photos: United Steelworkers, D. Malette)

February 27
Hundreds of Ontario teachers, education workers, parents, students and supporters of public education rally in Toronto outside an Ontario Progressive Conservative Party fundraiser where Premier Doug Ford is the keynote speaker, to protest cuts in funding for public education. http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49009.HTM#2  (Photos: TML, Elementary Teachers of Toronto,
Durham Designated Early Childhood Educators, K.B. Campbell)

February 28
Federal public service workers hold a Day of Action to demand justice and immediate rectification of the chaos sown in the lives of thousands of workers by the Phoenix Pay System. 

Ottawa, ON

Charlottetown, PEI

Valcartier, QC

Thunder Bay, ON

Fraser Valley, BChttp://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0608.HTM#6   (Photos: PSAC, Ottawa and District Labour Council.)


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