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December 24, 2019

2019 Photo Review

Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
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 August.

Public sector workers in Alberta continued to mobilize in workplaces across the province against the Kenney government's anti-social offensive that attacks workers' rights to collectively bargain their conditions of work through Bill 9, while the government appealed a court injunction which prevented it from enforcing the law.

In BC, as the crisis in the forestry sector continued to deepen with mill closures and curtailments in forestry-based communities across the province, workers took stands to defend their interests and those of their communities. In Mackenzie, where some 400 jobs are effected by the crisis, 1,000 people took to the streets in a spirited march under the banner "Mackenzie Matters: Our Logs, Our Jobs." The theme that resonated through the march and rally, and discussions among participants was the need for the empowerment of rural communities such that the voices and expertise of forestry workers is listened to and a long-term plan developed to ensure community sustainability based on the needs of workers and communities rather than big corporations and top government officials. On the BC coast and on Vancouver Island the strike continued as workers said No! to the massive concessions being demanded by Western Forest Products, and mobilized support among workers from other sectors of the economy.

August is the time every year when CPC(M-L) marks important occasions in the life of the Party. This includes a gathering and ceremony at the Party's monument in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa to honour the memory of the Party's founder and leader, Hardial Bains and all of the other comrades who have died. August 15 this year held special meaning as it was the 80th anniversary of Hardial Bains' birth and a conference was organized on the occasion to deliberate on the significance of his work as a man of revolutionary action. This year was also the 30th anniversary of the Party's historic meeting in Chertsey, Quebec, where Comrade Bains elaborated on the nature of this period. This prepared the revolutionary forces by analyzing precisely what was unfolding nationally and internationally at that crucial turning point. This analysis has continued to serve the Party in good stead during this period of retrogression, which is marked by the grave dangers posed by Anglo-American imperialism and the great tragedies that have been unleashed on the world's people by U.S. imperialism, with numerous wars, invasions, coups d'état and medieval violence against the peoples striving for independence and social progress.

August 10-19
Information pickets carry on in Alberta cities and towns as workers express their resounding No! to the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, which violates the right of workers to negotiate collectively their terms of employment.

Cold Lake



https://cpcml.ca/ru19003/#4 (Photos: AUPE)

August 13
Program in Ottawa celebrates 93rd anniversary of the birth of Fidel Castro.

(Photos: Minrex)

August 17
Monthly pickets reiterate the just demand for an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba.



(Photos: VCSC, Ottawa Cuba Connections)

August 17
The Hardial Bains Resource Centre organizes a conference in the Outaouais on the significance of the work of Hardial Bains, the founder and leader of CPC(M-L) until his death. The conference takes place on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of his birth. A dinner and concert follow.

August 18
A ceremony and gathering at CPC(M-L)'s monument in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa pays special tribute to Comrade Hardial Bains, the Party's founder and leader, on the 80th anniversary of his birth, and to all Party comrades who have passed away.

August 21
Information picket in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa denounces the Trump administration's latest attacks on the Venezuelan people, aimed at punishing them and  removing the constitutionally elected government of President Nicolás Maduro.

August 22
A thousand people march and hold a spirited rally in Mackenzie, BC, concerned about the future of their community with the downturn in the forest industry. Their slogans include: Our Logs, Our Jobs! Save Our Jobs! United We Stand! Keep Our Logs in Mackenzie! Our Voices Need to Be Heard!

https://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2019/W49025.HTM#5  (Photos: PPWC, Stand Up for the North)

August 24
The 24th annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day is marked at Toronto City Hall. Cuban Ambassador Josefina Vidal Ferreiro gives the main remarks, which highlight the important role played by Cuba solidarity organizations. The event concludes with a flag-raising ceremony in Nathan Philips Square, a symbol of the friendship between
Havana and Toronto.

(Photos: Minrex)

August 28
Rally on the steps of the Alberta Legislature protests government interference in the renewal of school curricula and the government having arbitrarily ended, earlier in August, an almost three-year collaboration with teachers in updating the outdated curricula.


August 29
Monthly pickets continue in Toronto outside of the offices of the NATO Association of Canada denouncing NATO as an aggressive alliance that threatens the security and well-being of the entire world and calling for Canada to withdraw from NATO and for the alliance to be dismantled. The monthly pickets are organized to counter NATO's celebration of its 70th anniversary and "We Are NATO" campaign.


August 29
Forestry workers, members of USW Local 1-1937, strike against Western Forest Products plants on the BC Coast and Vancouver Island. Below, three members of the USW Local 1-1937 bargaining committee picket.

(photo: USW 1-1937)

August 30
Information picket against Bill 9 at Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.

https://cpcml.ca/ru19003/#1  (Photos: AUPE)

August 31
Protest at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto opposes the use of the event to promote war and militarism. Protesters call for an end to the Canadian International Air Show, which highlights U.S. and Canadian fighter jets that have been used by Canada to wage war on other nations.

https://cpcml.ca/ru19005/#2  (Photo: VOWP)


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