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December 19, 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 events in April.

As April began, the ABI locked-out workers and the Quebec steelworkers launched their global campaign to mobilize maximum support, including financial support, from workers in Quebec, the rest of Canada and in other countries, to put pressure on Alcoa/Rio Tinto to terminate its lockout and negotiate a collective agreement acceptable to the workers. This was a massive effort to counter the power of the Alcoa/Rio Tinto global cartel and its political representatives in government. Union-trained representatives traveled throughout Canada, as well as to the U.S., Australia and Belgium, to explain the conflict and mobilize support. Workers from many places later came to the picket lines to express their support and bring their financial contributions. In many cases, unions held general membership meetings where the workers were informed of the situation facing the ABI workers and subsequently voted to provide financial support, often in the form of regular contributions, until the end of the lockout. In this global campaign, over 500 union locals in Quebec, Canada, and elsewhere including the U.S., Australia and Guatemala provided financial support to the locked-out ABI workers.

Nova Scotia public sector workers began the month with a rally at the provincial Legislature to raise the alarm on the crisis in the health care system in the province and the need for increased funding for health care and other social services.

On April 8, Quebec nurses held a "No Mandatory Overtime" day of action that brought to public attention their fight for working conditions that ensure their safety and well-being and that of their patients. Their action highlighted the serious situation in which some health care workers are pushed to exhaustion, forced to work long overtime hours, while others struggle to survive on only a few days of work a week.

In Ontario, health care workers and their allies also took action to defend the right to health care, with some 10,000 people from across the province converging on the provincial Legislature to affirm their determination to prevent further cuts and privatization and to protect and expand public health care. The health care system belongs to the people of Ontario and we must have a say in how it is run, participants emphasized.

In New Brunswick, nursing home and other public service workers demonstrated in front of government buildings in Fredericton on April 12 to demand acceptable wages and working conditions. The protest was part of CUPE's "Breaking the Mandate" campaign. Public sector workers are determined to break the “mandate” the Progressive Conservative government claims to have, as did the previous Liberal government, that limits wage increases to one per cent per year and negates workers' right to negotiate acceptable wages and working conditions.

On April 6, more than 34,000 Ontario teachers and education workers, students, parents, children and the general public converged on Queen's Park for a rally to express a clear No! to the Ford government's anti-social attacks on education. From as far north as North Bay and as far south as Windsor, buses poured into Toronto. This mass rally was preceded on April 4 by a province-wide walkout organized by students determined to have their voices heard in opposition to the Ford government's retrogressive education agenda.

Across the country, meetings and demonstrations were organized in various cities to discuss the history and role of NATO and to put forward the demand that Canada become a zone for peace, withdraw from NATO and join with the peace-loving people of the world in demanding its dismantling.

Thousands of people were in action as Earth Week was observed throughout Quebec. People of all backgrounds and ages, especially youth and students, demanded action be taken to protect the environment and deal with the climate emergency.

The month closed on a solemn note, with workers across the country marking the annual April 28 Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill at work. This was another way in which workers broke the silence on their living and working conditions. To take a fighting stand for rights and better conditions in remembrance of fallen workers is more important than ever, as working people are forced to bear the brunt of the worsening neo-liberal anti-social offensive.

April 3
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union organize a
"Rally to Raise the ALARM that Health Care for All Nova Scotians is in Crisis."
http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0612.HTM#5  (Photos: NSGEU, NSFL)

Interprofessional Health Care Federation of Quebec joins locked-out ABI smelter workers on their picketline in Bécancour, Quebec, to express their solidarity. 

http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0612.HTM#3  (Photo: FIQ)

April 4
Canada-wide meetings and pickets take place on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of NATO, to demand Canada withdraw from this aggressive alliance and that it be dismantled.

Montreal, QC

Toronto, ON

Calgary, AB

Edmonton, AB

Vancouver, BC

April 4
Quebec Steelworkers launch a global campaign to force Alcoa/Rio Tinto to negotiate a collective agreement acceptable to the ABI smelter workers.


April 4
Students in Ontario hold a province-wide walkout to clearly express their No! to the Ford government's retrogressive changes to K-12 and post-secondary education.



Wellborne Ave Public School, Kingston

Carswell Elementary, Trenton



Codrington Public School, Barrie

Innisdale Secondary School, Barrie

Harbord Collegiate, Toronto

Lakeshore Collegiate, Etobicoke

Richview Collegiate, Etobicoke

Michael Power- St. Joseph High School, Etobicoke

Port Credit Secondary School, Mississauga

Fort Erie

Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor

Essex District High School



Blind River

Elliot Lake

Sault Ste. Marie

Thunder Bayhttp://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/Articles/W4901310.HTM  (Photos: TML, A.D. Labelle, C. Burns-LeBlanc, K. Graves, A. Trotter, C. Davey,
M. Owens, A. Jofnson-Ford, blog TO, C. Glover, R. Harvey, L. McAlpine, M. Mount, M. Manthra, T. Pozzo, R. Fleming)

April 6
Mass rally of Ontario teachers, education workers and their supporters at Queen's Park to defend the public education system against the Ford government's attacks.


Alberta teachers use the provincial election as an opportunity to step up their fight to provide the right to education with a guarantee.


April 8
Quebec nurses hold militant "No Mandatory Overtime" Day of Action.

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal

West Island, Montreal

Montreal Cardiology Institute



Montérégie East

Mauricie and Central Quebec Region

Quebec City Region


Bas St. Laurent
  (Photos: FIQ)

April 10
Migrant workers in Toronto hold a press conference to break the silence on their conditions of work and their demand for status on arrival in Canada.

April 10
Actions in Canada condemn the Philippine state's brutal killing of 14 unarmed farmers on the island of Negros on March 29, held in conjunction with protests in the Philippines and around the world.

Toronto, ON 

Montreal, QC

Vancouver, BC

April 12
More than 500 New Brunswick nursing home and other public service workers demonstrate in front of government buildings in Fredericton to demand acceptable wages and working conditions. Workers protest the use of the courts by the provincial government to prevent them negotiating acceptable agreements and making it illegal to exercise their right to strike. 

April 13
Rally in Toronto in support of the Venezuelan people demands "Hands Off Venezuela!"

April 14
Protest in Vancouver outside the Jewish National Fund fundraising event calls for the organization's charitable tax status to be revoked because of its funding for the Israeli armed forces and their brutal occupation of Palestine.

April 15

  Land defenders and supporters celebrate the dropping of contempt of court charges against 14 people arrested January 7 on unceded Wet'suwet'en land by heavily armed RCMP officers in an act of state terror. They were accused of failing to obey a court injunction which illegally granted Coastal GasLink access to Wet'suwet'en lands without their consent.


April 17
Monthly pickets continue in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver demanding an end to the
U.S. illegal blockade of Cuba.

Ottawa, ON

Vancouver, BC


April 18
Picket in Terrace, BC, outside Senate hearings on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, supporting a ban on tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of oil stopping or unloading along BC’s northern coast. 

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49020.HTM#7  (T. Bachrach)

April 22-27
In observation of Earth Week, thousands of people march through the streets of Montreal to demand action be taken on the climate emergency. Marches are also held in Quebec City, Val-David, Sherbrooke and Gaspé.

Quebec City




Gaspéhttp://pmlq.qc.ca/CPE2019/CPE06009.HTM#1 (Photos: Chantier politique, La Planète s'invite au Parlement, Cedric Martin, Jean Roy)

April 24
  On Tenant's Day, over 300 tenants hailing from various Quebec regions took to the streets of Old Quebec City to demand a profound reform of the provincial Rental Board so that
it protects tenants.

April 24
Production and maintenance workers at the Brunswick smelter in Belledune, New Brunswick go on strike to defend themselves against the concessionary demands of the Glencore mining and metallurgical monopoly. The strike is planned to start at 6:00 pm, but that morning Glencore prevents workers from entering the plant for their day shift, initiating what the  workers call an illegal lockout launched without proper notice.  http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0616.HTM#5   (Photo: USW District 6)

April 25
Monthly pickets against NATO are organized in Toronto, starting in January, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the aggressive alliance.

April 28
The Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill at work, is marked across the country.

Quebec City, QC

Drummondville, QC

Ottawa, ON

Kingston, ON

Barrie, ON

Toronto, ON

Mississauga, ON

Hamilton, ON 

Oakville, ON; St. Catharines, ON

London, ON 

Windsor, ON

Winnipeg, MB 

Calgary, AB

Edmonton, AB 

Vancouver, BC 

Prince George, BC
http://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0616.HTM#9  (Photos: Workers' Forum, FTQ, M. Brault, TAWC, HLC, MFL, VBTC.)

April 29-30
Airport workers and their organizations from Britain, Canada, Indonesia, south Korea, Thailand and the U.S. are hosted by the Toronto Airport Workers' Council for discussions on problems facing airport workers around the world. The event is held to mark the April 28 Day of Mourning and May Day.

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0619.HTM#6   (TAWC)

April 30
Some 10,000 health care workers and people from all walks of life, from cities and towns around Ontario, converge on Queen's Park to demand the Ontario government stop its plans for draconian cuts to public health care.

http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49016.HTM#9  (Photos: TML, CUPE, OFL)

April 30
The Kashechewan First Nation community from Northern Ontario protests on Parliament Hill to demand that the Trudeau government respect its promise to relocate the community due to the annual threat of spring flooding, in respect of the tripartite agreement signed between the Kashechewan First Nation and the provincial and federal governments in 2017.  

April 30
Longstanding friendship between the Canadian and Vietnamese peoples is celebrated at Toronto conference on Vietnam Ancestral Global Day and National Reunification Day.  


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