Apr 272023

Les besoins du peuple, pas la cupidité des entreprises

Après deux ans de négociations, le gouvernement fédéral continue d’offrir des salaires bien en dessous de l’augmentation du cout de la vie. Alors que les prix explosent, les salaires réels et les conditions de vie des travailleur-euses ont considérablement diminué, entraînant un transfert massif de richesse de la classe ouvrière vers les monopoles. L’issue de cette grève le ton pour l’ensemble du secteur public.

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Apr 202023

People’s needs not corporate greed

After two years of bargaining the federal government is still offering wages far below cost of living increases. As prices and the cost of living skyrocket, workers’ real wages and living standards have sharply declined in a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to corporate monopolies and the super-rich. The outcome of this strike will set the pattern for settlements across the public sector.

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Mar 082023

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, 2023 Covid continues to take a toll, inflation and wage restraints attack the ability of working people to maintain their standard of living, and higher interest rates will increase unemployment and poverty.    

During the pandemic women lost jobs at a higher rate than men, along with lost hours of work, lost wages and pay increases, and lost future pension income because of those reduced incomes. Not all those losses have been made up, particularly among those who work in female dominated industries and among older women. 

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Mar 082023

Alors que nous célébrons la Journée internationale de la femme, 2023, le Covid continue de faire des ravages, l’inflation et les restrictions salariales s’attaquent à la capacité des travailleuses.eurs à maintenir leur niveau de vie, et la hausse des taux d’intérêt va accroître le chômage et la pauvreté.

Pendant la pandémie, les femmes ont perdu leur emploi à un taux plus élevé que les hommes, avec des heures de travail perdues, des salaires et des augmentations de salaire perdus, et des revenus de pension futurs perdus en raison de ces revenus réduits. Toutes ces pertes n’ont pas été rattrapées, en particulier chez les personnes qui travaillent dans des secteurs à prédominance féminine et chez les femmes âgées.

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Mar 012023

CSIS interference in Canadian elections, politics and democracy smacks of McCarthyism

A campaign by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service claiming, without any evidence, that the 2019 federal election was interfered with by foreign governments including China, smacks of McCarthyism, and exposes CSIS as an illegal political actor in Canadian politics, actively supporting the Conservative Party.

We call for a public inquiry into the operations of CSIS which have crossed the line into political action and interference in the governance of Canada, in foreign policy, and in the political and democratic rights of all citizens including those of Chinese descent.

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Feb 242023

The first anniversary of the February 24, 2022 military intervention by the Russian Federation into Ukraine is now upon us, and the U.S. and its NATO/EU allies, including Canada, are using the opportunity to launch a fresh round of ‘Russia bashing’ and calls for increased arms shipments to the Kiev regime to defend itself in the face of this Russian incursion.

The war itself continues to grind on, becoming a prolonged war of attrition, with each side striving to exhaust its adversary militarily, economically, and on the political-diplomatic front, regardless of the horrendous costs being inflicted. As one analyst phrased it, the war is on a one-way “escalation escalator”, as the imperialist powers led by the U.S. pour more lethal and advanced weaponry and equipment into the conflict, including main battle tanks, longer-range missiles and (potentially) modern fighter jets.

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Feb 092023

The massive earthquakes that have caused tens of thousands of deaths and injuries in Syria and Turkey, leveling homes, apartment buildings, hospitals, bridges, roads, and infrastructure, call out for the assistance and solidarity of the world’s government’s and peoples.

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Feb 032023

Ever since the May 2021 revelation of 215 potential unmarked graves at the former “residential school” in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation (Kamloops), similar discoveries have been made across Canada. This is a searing indictment of the genocidal record of Canadian governments, which still fail to provide the resources and equipment necessary to answer many painful questions raised by survivors of these institutions and their families. Shamefully, while the federal Liberals commit tens of billions of dollars for fighter jets and other weapons systems, they have not made it a priority to help bring some degree of closure and certainty to Indigenous peoples who were the targets of cultural and physical genocide.

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Feb 022023

La Banque du Canada a augmenté les taux d’intérêt à 4,5 % en janvier – la 8e hausse en 11 mois. Les hausses précédentes ont montré que si l’impact sur l’inflation est minime, celui sur la classe ouvrière, les jeunes et les pauvres est dévastateur. Les salaires réels et le niveau de vie baissent de façon spectaculaire, car le coût des hypothèques et des prêts a grimpé en flèche, tout comme la dette sur le crédit à la consommation ce qui fait que le Canada continuera d’avoir le niveau d’endettement des ménages le plus élevé de tous les pays de l’OCDE. Il s’agit là d’un moyen infaillible d’entraîner le pays dans une profonde récession, de créer un chômage de masse et d’accentuer la pression à la baisse sur les salaires et les pensions, les services publics et les programmes sociaux.

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Roll-back job-killing interest rates

 Posted on February 1, 2023
Feb 012023
Laid off office worker with text "Roll-back job-killing intresest rates!"

The Bank of Canada hiked interest rates  to 4.5% in January – the 8th hike in 11 months – even though previous hikes have shown that while the impact on inflation is minimal, the impact on the working class, the young and the poor is devastating.  Real wages and living standards are falling dramatically, as the cost of mortgages and loans have sky-rocketed, along with the credit card debt which ensures Canada will continue to have the highest levels of household debt of any OECD country. This is a sure-fire way to drive the country into deep recession, creating mass unemployment, and even more downward pressure on wages and pensions, public services and social programs.

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