Canadian authorities risk lives of staff and students by reopening Newfoundland schools despite spread of UK variant
By Janet Browning, 5 March 2021
The rapid spread of the highly-contagious COVID-19 variant was made possible by large outbreaks in schools and workplaces, and exacerbated by widespread poverty and cramped living conditions.
By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2021
The Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership proposes a “whole-of- government relationship” to reassert North American imperialist world dominance, including through the modernization of NORAD, securing “strategic” production chains, and developing “clean” energy.
By Carl Bronski, 2 March 2021
Strikers explained how they were living paycheck to paycheck despite labouring under tremendous pressure due to chronic understaffing and the increased pressure of the pandemic.
By Janet Browning, 28 February 2021
One of Canada’s largest meatpacking and food processing companies, Olymel, refused for weeks to close down its Red Deer plant as hundreds of workers fell sick.
British Columbia school officials order windows screwed shut to stop teachers from ventilating classes amid raging pandemic
By Alexandra Greene, 27 February 2021
The school sent contractors into the building who reputedly found “safety issues” with the windows and proceeded to seal them.
Canada’s indigenous population faces elevated infection rate, lack of health care as COVID-19 runs rampant
By Alexandra Greene, 26 February 2021
The COVID-19 infection rate among First Nations people living on-reserve is 40 percent higher than that of the Canadian population as a whole.
By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2021
Endorsed by an all-party coalition, the provocative motion is part of a propaganda offensive aimed at providing a bogus human rights justification for Canadian imperialism’s ever more prominent role in Washington’s military-strategic offensive against Beijing.
By Frédéric Charlebois and Roger Jordan, 23 February 2021
Flying in the face of warnings from Canada’s chief medical officer and numerous other experts, Canada’s governments are accelerating the “reopening” of the economy even as more contagious variants of the virus take root.
By Jake Silver, 20 February 2021
The growing opposition among teachers must find independent political expression in a struggle to shut down all in-class learning until the pandemic is brought under control.
By Hugo Maltais, 18 February 2021
In attacking the presumption of innocence, the proponents of #MeToo are helping lay the ideological groundwork for an expanded ruling-class assault on democratic rights.
Massachusetts nurses vote overwhelmingly to strike for safe staffing ratios
16 February 2021
The 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted February 10 by an 89 percent margin to strike over unsafe staffing ratios. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) is seeking to reduce the ratio of nurses to patients from the current one-to-five to a one-to-four ratio.
By Roger Jordan, 16 February 2021
Canada’s New Democrats, Greens and Québec Solidaire have signed an “open letter” demanding China be stripped of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics due to its alleged “genocide” of Uyghurs.
By Hugo Maltais, 13 February 2021
The working class must reject the nationalist poison of the ruling elite and defend the right of workers of all origins to work and live in the country of their choice, without fear of discrimination or deportation.
By Our Reporters, 12 February 2021
“Whatever the capitalist politicians and corporate media say,” warned an Ontario teacher, “scientific studies have shown that schools are one of the primary vectors of transmission for the virus.”
By Roger Jordan, 11 February 2021
Despite Hurren having threatened Trudeau and having been discovered armed to the teeth on the grounds of his temporary residence, the prosecution chose to exclude from the trial any consideration of the army reservist’s plans to kill, harm or even “arrest” the Prime Minister.
By An anonymous 911 call taker in Canada, 9 February 2021
“When a worker tests positive for COVID-19, the company does not attempt to determine who last worked with that person and when, and no shifts are ever sent home to self-isolate,” writes our correspondent.
By Lee Parsons, 8 February 2021
Latimer has been turned into a virtual pariah over questions about her ethnic background detailed in a CBC article published in December.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 6 February 2021
The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions threatens to plunge Canada into a death spiral, especially since there are now scores of cases—including some linked to community transmission—of the more contagious British and South African variants.
By Omar Ali, 5 February 2021
While it prioritizes corporate profit over the health and lives of school staff, students and their families, the Ford government is cynically feigning concern over children’s well-being.
Quebec teachers’ union rules “out of order” motion condemning government’s reopening of schools amid pandemic
By Our reporters, 4 February 2021
After refusing to call a single membership meeting on the COVID-19 crisis since schools reopened in August, one of Quebec’s largest local teacher unions ruled “out of order” a motion calling for an emergency meeting to discuss what actions teachers should take to fight the pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2021
The NDP is promoting the dangerous illusion that right-wing extremism can be fought through the Canadian capitalist state—the very same state that covers up the activities of far-right members of the military and collaborated with Trump throughout his presidency.
1 February 2021
By Alexandra Greene, 29 January 2021
Many of the special needs students the school staff work with have compromised immune systems.
By Alexandra Greene, 28 January 2021
Rather than defending workers’ jobs and health, the unions have responded to the massive reduction in air travel during the pandemic by joining the airlines in pressing for public health measures to be eased or scrapped altogether.
By Roger Jordan, 25 January 2021
Readouts of Biden’s conversation with Trudeau, the first he had with a foreign leader as president, and a flurry of press commentary make clear Ottawa and Washington plan to expand their strategic partnership to more aggressively challenge their great-power rivals, above all Russia and China.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 January 2021
So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.
By Penny Smith, 22 January 2021
Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.
Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through concessions-laden deal at CAMI plant after secret talks with GM
By Carl Bronski, 21 January 2021
In what can only be described as an ambush, Unifor reopened the CAMI contract behind the backs of the workers, then rammed through a rotten deal, many of whose basic details are either being concealed or are yet to be determined.
A politically motivated smear: Canada’s Globe and Mail blames “Marxists” for discredited racialist 1619 Project
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 January 2021
In an act of political censorship, Canada’s “newspaper of record” has refused to publish a letter from WSWS Chairman David North answering its smear.
By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021
Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.
Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic
By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021
“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”
By Carl Bronski, 16 January 2021
Unifor may try as early as this Sunday to force through a new contract, replacing that scheduled to expire this fall.
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 14 January 2021
Tensions between Canada and China are growing sharper as Ottawa swings ever more openly behind US imperialism’s aggressive diplomatic, economic and military-strategic offensive against Beijing.
Release all internal investigations into last July’s Rideau Hall attack!
By Roger Jordan, 13 January 2021
Full disclosure of everything known about the army reservist Hurren’s attack and the activities of the far-right groups with which he was associated is necessary to alert and mobilize the working class against the mounting threat to its democratic rights.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 11 January 2021
“We’ve lost control of the epidemic,” exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 9 January 2021
Canada’s political leaders all blurred over the most salient fact: that the coup attempt was organized by Trump with the complicity of the Republican Party leadership and sections of the security apparatus.
8 January 2021
Five workers at Canada’s long-term–care facilities have died from COVID-19 within little more than a week.
By Carl Bronski, 7 January 2021
Canada’s health and senior’s care systems are buckling under a second wave of the pandemic for which the entire political establishment is responsible.
Quebec nurses need independent organizations of rank-and-file workers’ power, not another pro-capitalist trade union
By Laurent Lafrance and Richard Dufour, 6 January 2021
Outraged by their union’s latest sellout agreement, some nurses have voiced support for building a new, more “militant” union.
A tale of two pandemics: Ontario’s finance minister holidays in the sun while workers get infected and die
By Roger Jordan, 4 January 2021
During the 18 days Rod Phillips was living it up with his family at an ultra-exclusive Caribbean resort, 2,237 Canadians died from COVID-19.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 30 December 2020
More than 2,000 pages of communications, directives and emails from Quebec authorities at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic reveal a staggering, even criminal, level of indifference and inaction.
By Alexandra Greene, 29 December 2020
Hundreds have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks in a series of major outbreaks at a Cargill meatpacking plant and four Amazon distribution facilities.
By Roger Jordan, 24 December 2020
In hospitals in Canada’s six biggest provinces, there are, or will soon be, more COVID-19 patients needing intensive care than available ICU-beds.
By Hugo Maltais, 23 December 2020
Canada’s ruling class exploits linguistic differences to undermine class consciousness and divide the working class, just as the bourgeoisie elsewhere manipulates racial, ethnic, cultural or gender differences.
By Omar Ali and Roger Jordan, 19 December 2020
The companies cited in the media exposés are not the corner stores, restaurants and other small businesses touted by the government as the beneficiaries of the wage subsidy during its rollout, but large, well-known corporations with huge revenues.
By Richard Dufour and Laurent Lafrance, 18 December 2020
The union that represents most Quebec nurses recently signed an agreement with the government little different from one that union delegates rejected two weeks earlier out of fear of a rank-and-file rebellion.
By Penny Smith, 16 December 2020
Even as infections surge in schools throughout BC’s lower mainland, the province’s NDP government and its unions allies are determined to keep kids crammed into unsafe classrooms.
By Alexandra Greene, 15 December 2020
The threat the virus poses to residents of the sparsely populated territory, large portions of which lie within the Arctic Circle, is compounded by endemic social and health problems produced by decades of Canadian government neglect.
Canada’s military seeks to cover its tracks following damning report on Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
By Penny Smith, 12 December 2020
In response to the release of a report exposing Australian military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Canadian Armed Forces has doubled down on its long-running efforts to cover up its own war crimes in the region.
UFCW ends 3-month Winnipeg school bus drivers' strike without a contract, as COVID-19 cases skyrocket
By Carl Bronski, 12 December 2020
The drivers' strike was the first public sector job action since a court found the Manitoba Conservative government’s antiworker wage-control law unconstitutional.
Canadian authorities covering up workplace COVID-19 outbreaks to justify keeping economy and schools open
By Janet Browning, 10 December 2020
The reckless back-to-work drive mounted by Canada’s federal and provincial governments has led to a surge in workplace COVID-19 infections and deaths, especially among low income, highly-exploited industrial and logistics workers.
By Omar Ali, 9 December 2020
Public health authorities initially refused to close the school, following directives from Ontario’s Conservative government, which is determined to keep schools open so parents can go to work and generate profits for big business.
By Laurent Lafrance, 7 December 2020
The catastrophe now unfolding in Alberta is the direct result of Premier Kenney’s adamant refusal to heed doctors’ repeated calls for emergency lockdown measures.
By Laurent Lafrance, 4 December 2020
Making the military responsible for the vaccination campaign is part of an ongoing government effort to promote the armed forces as a pivotal national institution, and acclimatize the population to its playing an increasingly important role in public life.
Canadian government’s fiscal update intensifies criminal drive to keep “economy open” as pandemic rages
By Roger Jordan, 3 December 2020
On a day which saw over 6,100 new COVID-19 infections and 98 deaths, the Trudeau government announced no new measures to curb the spread of the virus.
By Hugo Maltais, 1 December 2020
On numerous occasions, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service hid from the court that its warrant requests were based on information it had obtained in violation of the law.
By Lee Parsons, 28 November 2020
The film follows events from the time of the closure announcement in November, 2018 until the final day of production a year later.
COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal school reopening policy
By Omar Ali, 27 November 2020
Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.
As pandemic rages out of control, Canada’s governments insist on keeping economy “open” to protect corporate profits
By Roger Jordan, 25 November 2020
All of the half-hearted restrictions that provincial governments have imposed on social gatherings and, in some cases, small businesses have one aim: keeping key areas of economic production running at full tilt even as the virus runs rampant.
As Canada’s ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 21 November 2020
Canada’s Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.
Swallowing camels and straining on gnats—Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group “discovers” top union leader practices “class collaboration”
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 20 November 2020
Echoing the complaints of a section of the trade union bureaucracy, Fightback has denounced Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff for nominating former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to head the OECD.
By Roger Jordan, 18 November 2020
The NDP has signalled its support for expanding Canada’s longstanding military-strategic partnership with US imperialism under a Joe Biden–led Democratic Party administration.
By Carl Bronski, 17 November 2020
Unifor softened up the strikers by isolating their struggle against Canada’s largest retailer; then begged the Weston-owned Loblaws to present workers essentially the same offer they voted down 12 weeks earlier.
By Louis Girard, 16 November 2020
In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.
Bowing to right-wing campaign, Canada’s Trudeau apologizes to Macron for being “too soft” on Islamist terrorism
By Laurent Lafrance and Keith Jones, 14 November 2020
As the World Socialist Web Site has demonstrated, it is possible and indeed necessary to denounce and expose the reactionary character of the recent Islamist terrorist attacks without giving any quarter to the anti-democratic, chauvinist agenda and predatory interests of French imperialism
Worker at Canadian senior care home describes COVID-19’s horrific impact in a system where “the profit motive is paramount”
By Louis Girard, 13 November 2020
The first wave of the pandemic last spring saw a catastrophic loss of life in Canada’s long-term care facilities. The second wave now underway threatens to exact a similar horrific toll, because Canada’s governments have done next to nothing to improve the situation.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020
Unlike political leaders in Europe, who for their own reasons have criticized Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau and his ministers continue to avoid all comment on the plans of Trump and his Republicans to nullify the election’s outcome.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020
That Canada’s governments are pursuing a “herd immunity” policy that will result in mass death is increasingly being admitted even within the corporate media.
By Carl Bronski, 11 November 2020
Unifor has functioned as nothing more than a cheap labour contractor, offering up current and future autoworkers to be ruthlessly exploited for the profit interests of the Detroit Three transnational auto giants.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2020
Local UAW leaders have expressed opposition to GM plans to expand production of its best selling Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in Canada, seeking to stoke animosity toward Canadian autoworkers.
By Carl Bronski, 7 November 2020
Unifor President Jerry Dias touted GM’s commitment to restart assembly production in Oshawa, but avoided mentioning that the new jobs will be filled almost entirely by low-wage, second-tier workers with vastly inferior rights.
By Riksen Stewart, 6 November 2020
Even as Alberta is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, the UCP provincial government is moving to eliminate 11,000 public health care jobs.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 November 2020
Although the meeting was held in the greatest secrecy, there is no doubt that Legault was ordered to keep the economy “open” as COVID-19 cases surge, no matter the cost in human life.
4 November 2020
By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2020
Acting at the behest of Ontario’s Conservative government, school authorities have rejected out of hand teachers’ demand for the school’s closure or additional safety measures.
Who bears responsibility for the Canadian ruling elite’s catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic?
By Roger Jordan, 2 November 2020
By systematically prioritizing corporate profit and investor wealth over human lives, Canada’s governments have created conditions for a second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths even bigger than the first.
By Laurent Lafrance, 31 October 2020
Quebec’s major unions issued a joint open letter to the province’s right-wing premier earlier this month in which they put forward a series of lies to confuse workers at a time when class tensions are reaching the boiling point.
By Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020
The walkout by the poorly-paid health care workers expressed growing class anger against Alberta’s right-wing UCP government and the Canadian elite’s ruinous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020
While BC NDP Premier John Horgan demagogically claims to “put people first,” his government has imposed austerity and recklessly reopened schools and businesses amid a resurgent pandemic so as to boost corporate profits.
Canadian court outlaws picketing of Loblaws distribution center in Newfoundland Dominion grocery strike
By Janet Browning and Carl Bronski, 28 October 2020
Designated as essential workers, the Dominion store workers laboured through the pandemic with totally inadequate protection from the virus, only to be forced onto the picket lines by Loblaws and its billionaire owner, Galen Weston.
Ontario’s reckless reopening of workplaces and schools producing disastrous conditions in child care facilities
By Omar Ali, 26 October 2020
At big business’ behest, governments across Canada and of every political stripe have starved child care of public funds for decades.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2020
During the October Crisis, the Canadian state, led by Trudeau, exploited two terrorist kidnappings to carry out a coup de force, jailing and intimidating left-wing government opponents amid a growing working class upsurge.
22 October 2020
Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through job-cutting agreement with Fiat-Chrysler despite strong worker opposition
By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2020
Behind all the hype about jobs “saved,” Unifor is conspiring with the automakers and Canadian and Ontario governments to once again restructure the auto industry at workers’ expense.
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation facilitates reckless reopening of schools that puts teachers and students’ lives at risk
By Matthew Richter, 19 October 2020
While the teachers union has connived with the NDP provincial government to reopen schools, popular opposition is mounting. As of tomorrow, more than 800 parents across British Columbia plan to keep their kids at home to protest the unsafe conditions in the classrooms.
By Roger Jordan, 16 October 2020
The three-year deal accepts the shrinking of the workforce in Windsor and fails to secure jobs for 3,400 workers in Brampton beyond 2023.
Growing opposition among Canadian autoworkers to Unifor’s concessions-laden Detroit Three “pattern” contract
By our reporters, 14 October 2020
Unifor’s withholding of key contract information from Ford workers, including its acceptance of gruelling and wage-cutting Alternative Work Schedules, has triggered outrage among workers at the Detroit Three’s Canadian operations.
By James Clayton and Keith Jones, 12 October 2020
Anamie Paul, the candidate favoured by the Green Party establishment, narrowly prevailed over the “eco-socialist,” Palestinian-rights activist, and one-time Wall Street lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris.
By Keith Jones, 10 October 2020
The Canadian government, reports Reuters, is in consultations with the principal European imperialist powers about how they will respond to Trump’s coup, which has already been set in motion.
By Roger Jordan, 10 October 2020
While Unifor has demanded that hundreds of millions of dollars be handed over to Ford so it can continue to fund lavish payouts to its wealthy shareholders, the union is also supporting the restructuring of the auto sector at the expense of workers.
As Canada’s COVID-19 cases surge, unions and NDP expand their support for Trudeau’s reckless back-to-work campaign
By Roger Jordan, 9 October 2020
Quebec, Ontario and Canada as a whole have set new daily COVID-19 infection records this past week. Yet the entire political establishment is doubling down on its criminal back-to-work, back-to-school drive.
Quebec educator urges teachers to build rank-and-file safety committees to oppose reckless school reopening
By our reporter, 8 October 2020
There is no longer any doubt that the reopening of schools in Quebec, as across Canada, is fueling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want the government to stop using us” like “guinea pigs”
By our reporters, 7 October 2020
Dozens of students at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School protested last Thursday against the provincial CAQ government’s reckless reopening of Quebec’s schools.
By Roger Jordan, 4 October 2020
The OLRB’s decision not to hear the case is a damning exposure of the trade unions, whose leaders insisted that teachers take no job action and place their faith in this state agency to ensure safe working conditions.
By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2020
The union deliberately avoided mentioning the introduction of the Alternative Work Schedule and an expansion of temporary part-time labour, because it feared if autoworkers were apprised of these concessions they would have rebelled against its deal with Ford Canada.
By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is surging across Canada, with total new daily infections rapidly approaching 2,000—or more than four times the average just six weeks ago.
By Roger Jordan, 29 September 2020
Despite the extremely limited information provided in Unifor’s “highlights” brochure, many of the union’s key arguments in favour of the deal have proven to be self-serving and false.
By Roger Jordan, 26 September 2020
The Liberal government is determined to “reopen” the economy, even as it concedes that Canada is in the midst of a “second wave” of the pandemic that threatens to be worse than last spring.
Autoworkers must demand full disclosure prior to any ratification vote!
By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2020
If Unifor get its way, the 6,300 Ford Canada workers will not be allowed to even lay eyes on a copy of the proposed contract before being herded onto the electronic voting page at this Sunday’s online ratification meeting.