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December 20, 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 the month of May.

May is a month which has particular significance to workers worldwide as it opens with May Day -- the International Day of Working Class Unity and Struggle. In rallies and meetings in Canada, workers from different sectors of the economy used the occasion to raise the banner of rights and their struggles today. In so doing they affirmed that the workers have their own politics and demands on the society, independent from those of the ruling class in Canada, Quebec and worldwide. The actions expressed the fraternal unity of the working people around the world with demands to oppose Canadian involvement in imperialist war, aggression and regime change targeting the working people of other lands.

The month saw representatives from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Leadership participate in the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to make clear to the Governments of Canada and BC there can be no development of natural resource projects, legislation or policy that affects Indigenous peoples without their free, prior and informed consent. Later in the month on May 27, Indigenous peoples and their allies across the country held a day of action to speak out against a number of bills being imposed in violation of nation-to-nation relations and the requirement for free and informed consent. These bills were introduced after the broad rejection of the Trudeau Liberals' 10-point Indigenous policy framework. The government falsely claimed the bills will give Indigenous peoples more self-government, control over child and social services, and over their territories. In fact they are tantamount to a White Paper 2.0, aimed at extinguishing Indigenous hereditary and treaty rights.

The 74th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi fascism in Europe, May 9, was celebrated with marches of the Immortal Regiment in a number of cities across the country. The marches honour all those who fought and gave their lives to defeat fascism. Today, this anniversary calls on everyone to once again take the stand that these times require -- to oppose wars of aggression and occupation and the use of force to resolve conflicts between nations, so that the dangers of another world war and other calamities that threaten humanity can be prevented.

May saw a number of actions in support of friendly relations between Cuba and Canada and revolutionary Cuba's right to be. Pickets demanded the Canadian government re-open its consular services in Havana and others called for an end to the criminal U.S. blockade of Cuba. Several cities took part in the Pastors for Peace annual Peace Caravan to provide humanitarian aid to Cuba in defiance of the U.S. blockade. On May 28, on the initiative of the Canadian Network on Cuba, a Symposium on Cuba was held at the Canadian Parliament to examine the long-standing positive bilateral relations between Canada and Cuba, current challenges and future prospects.

The Canadian people also took their stands with the anti-imperialist struggles of people in other countries of the world in May, from Venezuela to the Philippines. Actions on Nakba Day, May 15, expressed support for the Palestinian people's just demand to return to the homes and lands from which they have been displaced with the creation of the Zionist state of Israel in 1948.

On May 25, more than 5,000 people marched with great spirit and dignity through the streets of Trois-Rivières in solidarity with the aluminum workers in Bécancour who continued to stand firm in defence of their rights during the over 16-month lockout by the Alcoa/Rio Tinto/Quebec government cabal. Workers came from across Quebec -- as far away as Chibougamau and Fermont. Workers also came from Toronto and Hamilton. The mass solidarity march was a tremendous display of social love and respect for the ABI workers and for the precious contribution they were making to the fight of workers everywhere for their dignity and rights. The event encouraged workers elsewhere to stand up to company dictate and strengthen their efforts to organize and unite in defence of their dignity and what belongs to them by right.

May 1
In Canada and Quebec, as around the world, workers and oppressed peoples used the occasion of May First, the international day of Working Class Unity and Struggle, to take bold stands to defend their rights and the rights of all, and to uphold the dignity of labour.

Halifax, NS

Glencore workers’ picket line, Belledune, NB

Montreal, QC

Gatineau, QC

Toronto, ON

Mississauga, ON

Brampton, ON

Hamilton, ON

Windsor, ON

Sarnia, ON

Thunder Bay, ON

Edmonton, AB

Calgary, AB

Vancouver, BC

Prince George, BC

 (Photos: TML, OSSTF, Metallos, VDLC, B. Hogan, A. Bock, R. Devet.)  https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49016S.HTM

May 1
A rally outside the Assembly of First Nations policy conference in Edmonton demands the Assembly involve all Indigenous peoples in discussion and decisions on any proposed federal government legislation which will impact their rights.

May 1
Representatives from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Leadership attend the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. The forum discusses matters pertaining to the recognition of Indigenous peoples' internationally recognized human rights, particularly their rights to languages, traditional knowledge and self-determination.


May 4
New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions executive members end their occupation of the Fredericton office of the Minister of Social Development and continue to press their demands through sit-ins at Cabinet members' constituency offices.

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0617.HTM#4 (CUPE, G. Ross)

May 5
Marches of the Immortal Regiment are held in a number of Canadian cities on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi fascism in Europe. The marches honour the memory of all those who fought and defeated fascism.


Halifax, NS

Ottawa, ON

Toronto, ON
https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49017.HTM#17  (G. Proulx, O. Saracheva, Russian Consulate)

May 5
Live-in caregivers speak out against arbitrary Quebec government measures contained in Bill 9, which will affect their access to permanent residence status. Organizers inform that more than 80 women who came to Quebec under the Live-In Caregiver Program have voiced their fears for the future because of the bill.

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49017.HTM#3 (Pinay)

May 10
Protest in Winnipeg rejects the Trudeau government's Bill 92, overhauling the Indigenous child welfare system. Promoted as tackling the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care by handing over control of services to Indigenous governments, it in fact maintains control of the funds in the hands of the provinces.

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49019.HTM#3 (A. McIvor)

May 10
Activists in Ottawa hold an event as part of the annual Peace Caravan to inform people about Cuba and collect humanitarian goods to send to Cuba, in defiance of the illegal U.S. blockade. Every year for the past 30 years, the caravan travels through Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Events also take place in Montreal, Kingston, and Toronto.

May 11
Montreal picket calls for Canada to lift its suspension of visa services at its
Consular Office in Havana.


A picket is held in Montreal by people concerned about the sanctions and coup attempts against Venezuela, led by the U.S. government with the participation of Canada. Slogans include "Hands Off Venezuela! Hands Off Cuba! No to the Dirty Role Played by Canada and the Lima Group Against Venezuela!"


May 11
The Fourth Annual May Day Workers' Roundtable is held in Windsor for workers and community members to inform one another about how they are organizing to defend their rights and discuss how to ensure the voice of the working people is heard in the October federal election. It is hosted by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation District 9 and Greater Essex Elementary Teachers.

May 11-12
The Canadian chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines is launched in at a conference in Ottawa by activists from Canadian organizations working in the Philippines, along with human rights and social justice activists. The conference, "Supporting Voices at Risk: Defending Human Rights in the Philippines," addresses the worsening situation under the Duterte regime, including extrajudicial killings.

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49019.HTM#15  (Anakbayan)

May 12-18
In Palestine and in cities all over the world, Palestinians and supporters marked the 71st anniversary of Al Nakba (the Catastrophe) on May 15, 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were displaced during the establishment of the state of Israel.

Montreal, QC


Mississauga, ON

May 14
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups holds a day of action across the province in the lead-up to the 36th annual Injured Workers' Day rally at Queen's Park on June 1. The rallies build support for the Workers' Comp Is a Right! campaign.




Barrie; Thunder Bay

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0618.HTM#5 (Photos: WF, ONIWG, injuredworkersonline.org)

May 14
"The National Democratic Front and the Struggle for Peace in the Philippines" is the topic of discussion at a Toronto meeting, part of a national tour of prominent spokespersons in the movement for peace, social progress and human rights in the Philippines.


May 20
A political-cultural get-together is held in Montreal on the occasion of National Patriots' Day.
The lively event includes songs, poetry, information and discussion on the national question, historically and today. Many events are held throughout Quebec to celebrate the occasion.

May 23
BC steelworkers and allies join striking miners from Idaho to protest the anti-labour practices of U.S.-based Hecla Mining. The action takes place as Hecla Mining holds its annual general meeting in Vancouver.

May 23
Hamilton picket outside MPP Donna Skelly's office protests cuts to funding of education.

May 25

Over 5,000 people march through the streets of Trois-Rivières in solidarity with the aluminum workers in Bécancour who have stood firm in defence of their rights despite being locked out of their smelter for over 16 months by the Alcoa/Rio Tinto/Quebec government cabal.

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0620.HTM  (Photos: WF, Metallos. A. Frechette. Videos: Metallos, USW)

May 27
A Day of Action organized by Indigenous peoples across Canada protests the continued mistreatment and colonial violence against Indigenous peoples and highlights several government bills which will abrogate Indigenous rights, that are being pushed through without the consent of the Indigenous peoples.

Vancouver, BC

Edmonton, AB

Calgary, AB

Saskatoon, SK

Winnipeg, MB

Sudbury, ON

London, ON

Ottawa, ON


May 27
Pickets in Ottawa and Montreal continue, demanding restoration of full Canadian
Consular Services at the Canadian embassy in Cuba.

Ottawa, ON

Montreal, QC

May 28
A Symposium on Cuba is held in Ottawa, under the auspices of the Canada-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, to examine the long-standing positive bilateral relations between Canada and Cuba, current challenges and future prospects.

May 31
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day is marked in Calgary, as part of actions around the world to denounce the Zionist occupation of Palestine and express support for the struggle of the Palestinian people to affirm their right to be.


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