People's Voice

2019 Nov 29 - 12:03pm
This summer, in a stunning use of Orwellian doublespeak, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would provide a half billion dollars each year for government spending to fight climate change. The Liberals included this figure in their election platform, and Morneau’s office reiterated it to the media on November 25....
Tags: Climate and environment, Editorial
2019 Nov 29 - 11:26am
Precarious work has always been a feature of capitalism. In 16th century England, the process of enclosure forced small farmers to migrate to urban areas in search of work as wage-labourers. The 18th century British philosopher Richard Price wrote of this new working class, “From little occupiers of land, they are reduced to the state...
Tags: Labour News, Organizing Against Precarity
2019 Nov 27 - 11:12pm
A winter of labour discontent is beginning to emerge on the west coast. Transit workers in Metro Vancouver are in the headlines, and a wider series of struggles is rippling through British Columbia, as economic woes and spending restraints hit the working class from different directions. The shutdown of many forestry operations across the interior...
Tags: British Columbia, Labour News
2019 Nov 20 - 3:21am
The 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties (IMCWP) took place October 18-21 in Izmir, Turkey, just as the Turkish government launched its invasion of Syria under the pretext of protecting the Kurds. In fact, as Turkish Communist Party leader Kemal Okuyan said in a special presentation on Kurdish national rights and the background...
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2019 Nov 20 - 3:12am
In a series of four regional rallies over November and December, the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), with the support of the local health coalitions and unions and service providers, are not sitting back while the Ontario government restructures the health care system through austerity cuts and privatization. Rallies have been held in Chatham and Toronto,...
Tags: Health, Ontario
2019 Nov 20 - 2:35am
November and December mark important dates in the fight for gender equity. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign held between November 25 – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993) and December 10 – International Human Rights Day (1948). In Canada, it includes December...
Tags: 2S/LGBTiQ, Labour News, Women and Gender
2019 Nov 20 - 2:22am
5 key ingredients to a stronger labour movement In 2017, the OFL Convention projected a general tone of comradery and unity, an image that suggested many of the crises plaguing the movement through previous years had been resolved. Two large affiliates – Unifor and OPSEU – had returned to the fold. This, combined with the...
Tags: Labour News, Ontario
2019 Nov 14 - 2:08am
In September, Canadian Labour Congress Vice President Donald Lafleur attended the Third International Trade Union Forum in Solidarity with Syrian Workers, in Damascus. While there, he criticized the sanctions that the United States and its NATO allies, including Canada, have imposed against the Syrian people. In response, CLC President Hassan Yussuff publicly criticized Lafleur and...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Labour News
2019 Nov 14 - 1:43am
As People’s Voice goes to press, details of the November 10 coup d’état in Bolivia are still emerging. They paint a picture of rapid and violent right-wing movement against progressives, including trade unionists, Indigenous people, members of Evo Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, and other left-wing political activists. On November 11, police shot at...
Tags: Editorial, junktag (ignore), v27n19
2019 Nov 14 - 1:24am
Four years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on all levels of government in Canada to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). With the introduction of Bill 41, the “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act,” British Columbia has become the first province to begin this...
Tags: Anti-racism, British Columbia, junktag (ignore), Indigenous Peoples, v27n19