December 22, 2018
2018 Photo Review
Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
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continues its month by month photo review of the stands taken by the
working people of
Canada and Quebec and Indigenous peoples in 2018 with the month of June.
June opened with
Ontario's 35th Annual Injured Workers' Day actions at the Ontario
Legislature and across the province. Held just days before the
election, these actions called on everyone to take up injured workers'
just stand that "Workers Comp Is a Right!" Based on this uncompromising
stand, along with the stand that workers have a right to safe and
healthy workplaces, injured workers mobilized throughout the province
to put their problems on the agenda for solution. The initiatives taken
by the injured workers and all others during the election put them on a
fighting footing in the period after the election, where an immediate
response was required from working people and their collectives to the
anti-worker anti-social offensive of the Ford government, unleashed in
the name of making Ontario "open for business."
demonstrations, roundtable discussions and other actions that opposed
the G7 Summit in Malbaie, made clear that the G7 and its neo-liberal
anti-democratic agenda is rejected by the peoples of the world. The
militarization of their region, used to criminalize dissent during the
summit, was also vehemently rejected. These actions showed that the
claim of the ruling circles that the G7 upholds an international
rules-based system in which the people should have confidence is not
accepted by the people, who instead relied on their own experience with
the anarchy and violence that is increasingly imposed by the big powers
on international relations. Speaking at an open mic, a Marxist-Leninist
Party representative pointed out that these powers have destroyed
politics, leaving only destruction, anarchy, chaos and war; that is why
we are stepping up our work to build a political movement based on the
people becoming the decision-makers to provide society with a new
direction that favours them. This was corroborated by the G7
proceedings, which were fraught with conflict.
The month also saw
continued opposition to the Trudeau government's planned purchase of
the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline with a day of action
organized at MPs'
constituency offices across the country demanding the buyout not
proceed and that no pipeline
be built without the consent of the Indigenous peoples.
Important stands in defence of the rights
of all were taken in June. In Montreal, an important press conference
followed by a march was held that brought to the fore the plight of
migrants in Canada. Organizers from Solidarity Across Borders refuted
the claim that the Canadian and Quebec governments do not have the
means to provide proper care for migrants crossing into Canada from the
U.S. The attempts to blame migrants for depriving the rest of the
population of services was flatly rejected. It was pointed out how
migrants are used as scapegoats to cover up that it is the anti-social
offensive, with its cuts to health care, education, social programs and
so on, that is to blame. The conference heard moving testimonies from
persons without status at risk of deportation. The organizers pointed
out that their work has taken on new importance in light of the attacks
on the rights of immigrants and refugees in the U.S., especially faced
with the refusal of the Trudeau government to follow through on its
commitments to protect immigrants and refugees.
The month ended with
demonstrations in cities across Canada against the increasingly brutal
attacks by the U.S. government on the rights of refugees and migrants
and in particular the
criminal detention of children and separation from their
families. The actions took place
in concert with large-scale mobilizations across the U.S. The Canadian
actions affirmed the
stand that "Refugees Are Welcome Here." People called for Canada to end
its "safe third country"
agreement with the U.S. that in practice is yet another way in which
Canada has been
embroiled with U.S. border security measures, against the desire of
working people that
Canada be a country that defends the most vulnerable.
Injured workers make
their voices heard at spirited rally
and march in Toronto
on Ontario Injured
Workers' Day demanding "Workers' Comp Is a Right!"
Citizens of La Malbaie
march to oppose the holding of the G7 Summit in their region and reject
its militarization as a means to limit the right to political
Centre-Femmes aux plurielles,Comit?populaire Saint-Jean Baptiste,
Picket in Vancouver
at a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of
Israel on stolen Palestinian lands. Picketers also denounce the Jewish
National Fund which hosted the dinner and is responsible for building
"Canada Park" in Israel on the lands of three Palestinian villages,
destroyed in 1967 in the Six Days' War.
More than 100
protests are held from coast to coast at the
constituency offices of Members of Parliament decrying the use
of public funds to bail out private U.S. pipeline monopoly Kinder
Copies of a petition opposing the project and bailout are delivered to
MPs. More than 250,000 people have signed the petition.
Prince George, BC
Comox Valley, BC
Port Alberni, BC
Maple Ridge, BC
Red Deer, AB
Edmonton, AB, June 5
Prince Albert, SK
North Bay, ON
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H. Tuffs, Dogwood Society, Peace Arch News, M. Fatur, J. Smith, M.
Jacques, Saskatchewan Climate Justice, S. Moreton, K. Armstrong,
LeadNow, E. Bland, J. Green, 350 Canada, Council of Canadians, Cmry)
June 7 - 9
Unity march in Quebec City affirms "The G7 does not represent us!"
Rather it represents capitalism and its most oppressive, colonialist
and militarist features. Participants refuse to marginalize themselves
within what the ruling elite and its police forces have decreed a "free
expression" zone, and take their protest to the streets, in full view
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l'activiste, R.M. Mehreen)
A roundtable discussion, open mic and march through the streets of
Quebec City give voice to the peoples' stand that the G7 is
illegitimate and violates the sovereignty of countries and peoples to
serve an increasingly small global economic elite, and should be
disbanded. The march takes place under the banner "United Against the
Cuban Ambassador to Canada Josefina Vidal is the keynote speaker at
a Montreal meeting on Cuba's recent election and the situation in Latin
A conference takes place
in Toronto on the unfolding events on the Korean Peninsula in the wake
of the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea-U.S. Summit in Singapore. A similar event is held in
Vancouver the next day, as part of informing and involving people in
Canada in the important developments for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Solidarity Across Borders
organizes a press conference
and march in
Montreal to bring the plight of migrants in Canada to the fore and
demand status for all.
Toronto following the June 7 election of the Ford Conservatives demands
the government not privatize public services and not revoke
improvements to labour law and the minimum wage included in the 2017
More than 300 crane operators demonstrate outside the head office
of the Quebec Construction Commission in Montreal to denounce the
deregulation of the trade and the consequent downgrading of health and
safety standards which impacts not only crane operators but all
construction workers and the public.
Indigenous leaders and
their allies march in Ottawa to demand the Canadian government
recognize their title to the ancient sacred site of Akikodjiwan/Ainabka
and not finance a massive Zibi condo project on the land.
The 100th anniversary of
the death of labour organizer and socialist Ginger Goodwin is marked in
Cumberland, BC. The anniversary is marked with a re-enactment of the
massive funeral held in his honour by his fellow workers after he was
killed by Dominion police who were hunting down those who refused to
take part in World War I.
Vigil on Parliament Hill
demands the Canadian government stop the deportation of Mohamed Harkat
to Algeria on unproven allegations based on a spurious security
certificate process. The
longstanding injustice against Harkat is yet another example of the
Canadian state's use of "national security" concerns in the
name of justifying and codifying exceptional measures that can then be
used against the workers and others fighting for rights.
reflects broad support in Goderich, Ontario for 350 striking workers at
Compass Salt Mine. The workers have been on strike since April 27,
rejecting the company's demand for concessions, including onerous
overtime conditions. Their just stand wins broad support, while the
company brings in scabs to carry on production.
In Hamilton, locked-out
workers at Max Aicher North America and their supporters picket the
company gates to mark the fifth anniversary of the lockout by the
German company. They and their supporters reiterate the demand
that the company stop running the plant with scabs and end its lockout.
This is yet another example of monopolies that are permitted to
wreck Canada's economy, while governments refuse to hold them to
Canada affirm the human rights of children, refugees and immigrants,
and condemn the U.S. government's brutal and wholesale attacks on them,
in particular the detention of children and separation from their
families. Actions take the stand that "Refugees Are Welcome Here" and
call for Canada to end the "safe third country" agreement with the U.S.
Quebec Border Caravan in Roxham, QC
Huntingdon, QC; Sutton, QC; Dunham, QC
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