Canada: Quebec government advocates hiring children to disinfect daycare centres amid coronavirus pandemic
By Laurent Lafrance, 19 May 2020
Faced with a shortage of childcare staff, Quebec’s CAQ government is advocating their replacement by teenagers as young as 14, thus threatening to expose them to the potentially lethal coronavirus.
Canada: Ontario government ignored workers’ complaints at poultry plant hit by fatal COVID-19 outbreak
By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2020
Maple Lodge Farms workers complained about unsafe conditions two weeks before a COVID-19 outbreak that killed one worker and sickened more than 25 others.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 16 May 2020
The unions’ alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The 2003 SARS epidemic: How Canada’s elite squandered the chance to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic
By Omar Ali, 15 May 2020
Canada’s disastrous response to the pandemic is all the more criminal given the impact of SARS and the repeated government vows that the country’s health system would be well-prepared for any future novel virus.
By Louis Girard, 14 May 2020
Quebec’s rightwing populist CAQ government is spearheading the drive of Canada’s business elite to force a precipitous return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2020
Nearly 7.6 million workers—equivalent to one-third of the country’s total labour force—have applied for the federal government’s meagre, temporary Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
By Jake Silver, 11 May 2020
The high death toll at Toronto airport underscores the grave threat all workers face from the reckless, premature back-to-work drive.
By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020
The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Omar Ali, 9 May 2020
Even as Canada’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 65,000 and the death toll approaches 4,600, the country’s governments are rushing recklessly to “reopen” the economy.
By Carl Bronski, 8 May 2020
Even as the federal Liberals announced a $77 million handout to major producers, new coronavirus outbreaks were exposed at meatpacking plants in Alberta and Quebec.
By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2020
While Canadian military personnel are now being deployed to assist overwhelmed staff at long-term care facilities, the CBC has reported that troops are also readying to quell “public disturbances” in a “worst case scenario.”
By Laurent Lafrance, 7 May 2020
The third party in the Quebec legislature, the pseudo-left Québec Solidaire, portrays Legault as a potential protector of workers’ rights, even as he spearheads a back-to-work drive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 6 May 2020
Absent the independent intervention of the working class, workers face a ruinous choice between risking their health and lives by returning to work or being driven into destitution.
The tragedy at Quebec City’s Jeffery Hale Hospital: How Québec Solidaire tried to hide capitalism’s responsibility
By our reporters, 5 May 2020
The calamity at Quebec City’s Jeffery Hale Hospital is a product of decades of federal and provincial government austerity.
By Carl Bronski, 5 May 2020
The events at the Cargill plant are a case study in the drive by corporations across the globe, backed by governments of all political stripes, to place profit over human lives.
By our reporters, 4 May 2020
Hospitals are rationing masks even for frontline health workers treating COVID-19 patients.
By Carl Bronski, 2 May 2020
FCL responded to the contract rejection with a terse and arrogant statement that it will continue with its massive government-backed scabbing operation.
By Laurent Lafrance, 1 May 2020
“We are being sent out to babysit so that business can make profits on the backs of working people,” a Montreal teacher told the WSWS.
By Penny Smith, 30 April 2020
The unions have sabotaged a months-long struggle by education workers that had the potential to spearhead a working-class upsurge against the hated Ford government.
By Richard Dufour, 29 April 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the reopening of the province’s elementary schools and daycares.
Canada’s Trudeau spearheads reckless back-to-work drive in alliance with hard-right provincial governments
By Roger Jordan, 28 April 2020
Although the pandemic continues to rage largely unchecked and none of the health measures needed to stop a “second wave” are in place, Canada’s governments are pushing for a quick “reopening” of the economy.
By Carl Bronski, 27 April 2020
While Unifor has been meeting with the Detroit Three to plot a return to work, autoworkers have deluged social media sites with messages opposing a precipitous reopening of the plants.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 April 2020
The deployment is a tacit admission of the catastrophic conditions in many longterm care facilities.
By Penny Smith, 24 April 2020
According to Food Banks Canada, demand has jumped 20 percent nationwide in recent few weeks and is expected to “keep going up and up and up.”
“I got no action to support me from the union”
By Janet Browning, 23 April 2020
Kelly Green, an Edmonton Transit Service bus driver, has been fired for demanding personal protective equipment to safeguard transit workers and passengers from COVID-19.
By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2020
Marked by rampant social inequality and economic insecurity and led by a ruling elite mired in aggression and war, Canadian capitalism regularly engenders outbursts of homicidal violence.
“We’re told there’s no money, but it’s raining money for the banks”
By our reporters, 21 April 2020
Nurses spoke out against the horrific conditions they and other health workers face in fighting the pandemic in long-term care facilities and insisted these are the product of decades of austerity.
By Carl Bronski, 20 April 2020
After walkouts by transit workers in Toronto and Montreal, rank-and-file workers in Edmonton are planning a work stoppage and circulating a petition.
By Matthew Richter, 20 April 2020
Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ontario’s hospitals were hopelessly overstretched as a result of decades of austerity and job cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 18 April 2020
The campaign aims to divert anger over the Western powers’ disastrous response to the pandemic and further integrate Canada into Washington’s offensive against Beijing.
Canada: British Columbia’s New Democrat government defends corporate interests as coronavirus runs rampant
By Penny Smith, 17 April 2020
As confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1,500 and the death toll mounts, BC’s NDP government is proving incapable of protecting the population from the devastating medical and economic effects of the pandemic.
“We have the technology and knowledge, but it won’t work under capitalism”
By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020
“Politicians,” said Dr. Wijesooriya, “talk endlessly about the economy, stock markets and oil price. Meanwhile, the hospitals are understaffed.”
By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020
Canada recorded its thousandth death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, yet thousands of foreign-trained medical staff are not being mobilized in the fight against the deadly virus.
By our reporters, 15 April 2020
“If they ask me what is needed before the lockdown measures are lifted, I would definitely say health,” a Quebec construction worker told the WSWS.
By Roger Jordan, 14 April 2020
The trade unions and NDP have once again rallied to the support of the Trudeau government, whose response to the pandemic has focussed on bailing out the banks and big business so as to safeguard the wealth and investments of the capitalist elite.
By Carl Bronski, 13 April 2020
Nearly the entire staff walked off over concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment.
By Sam Dalton, 11 April 2020
Many harrowing accounts have emerged in the form of videos and written testimony from prisoners outlining the conditions they face in the last two weeks.
By Keith Jones, 11 April 2020
As coronavirus cases and deaths surge across Canada, any lifting of the Quebec shutdown would be nothing short of criminal.
By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2020
While millions of workers and their families are effectively being given rations, Canada’s banks and business elite are rolling in cash, courtesy of the more than $650 billion handed over to them by the Trudeau government.
By Janet Browning, 9 April 2020
More than 800 doctors signed an angry open letter to the hard-right United Conservative Party government protesting cuts to doctors’ fees that will result in reduced services at hundreds of rural clinics across the province.
By Laurent Lafrance, 8 April 2020
Health Minister Hajdu acknowledged that if Canada’s hospitals lack vital equipment it is because the government has been “underfunding” healthcare “for decades.”
By Penny Smith, 7 April 2020
COVID-19 cases have been reported from over 600 nursing and retirement homes nationwide, with Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia hardest hit
By Roger Jordan, 6 April 2020
The figures presented are horrifying, but likely an underestimation of the catastrophe threatening the province and country unless urgent counter-measures are taken.
By Roger Jordan, 4 April 2020
Canada’s Liberal government is funnelling hundreds of billions of dollars to the banks and major corporations to guarantee the wealth of the capitalist elite.
Mounting protests in Canada’s construction industry over lack of safety measures to counter COVID-19
By Penny Smith, 3 April 2020
A petition launched by a construction worker in Ontario calling for the shutdown of the entire industry quickly secured over 50,000 signatures.
Alberta’s right-wing UCP government exploits coronavirus pandemic to lay off at least 20,000 education workers
By Janet Browning, 2 April 2020
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party government slashed all non-teacher salary funding to Alberta school boards Saturday, which will force the layoff of at least 20,000 teaching assistants, cleaners, and other support staff.
By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020
Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.
By Laurent Lafrance, 1 April 2020
By offering their “full cooperation” to the CAQ government during the coronavirus pandemic, the unions have opened the door for an intensified state attack on public sector workers.
“As a part-time worker I got no sick time, no benefits, and no vacation”
By our reporters, 31 March 2020
Workers decried the lack of support from government and pointed to their exposure to unsafe working conditions that threaten to accelerate the spread of the pandemic.
By Omar Ali, 30 March 2020
Were 30 percent of Ontario’s 14 million residents to become infected with the coronavirus, with 5 percent of these requiring intensive care treatment, each of the province’s intensive care doctors would have the impossible task of treating 500 patients per day.
By Keith Jones, 28 March 2020
While billions are being handed to big business, Canada’s health system, ravaged by decades of austerity, has no "surge capacity."
By Penny Smith, 27 March 2020
The Canadian ruling elite’s policy of malign neglect in the face of the lethal coronavirus pandemic is exemplified by the failure of all levels of government to do anything to protect homeless people.
By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2020
An internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report has warned that the rapid spread of the coronavirus would overwhelm the province’s health care system and result in 9,000 to 15,000 people dying due to COVID-19.
Canada’s trade unions back Liberal “coronavirus plan” to bail out big business, place workers on rations
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 March 2020
The government has responded to the pandemic with policies predicated on the subordination of society to corporate profit that will have a devastating impact on working people, including multiplying many times over the pandemic's cost in human lives.
Federated Cooperatives uses virus to demand concessions from locked-out Saskatchewan refinery workers
By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2020
FCL has rejected the procompany recommendations of a government-appointed mediator and is now demanding even bigger concessions on pensions, work rules, benefits and staffing levels.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020
Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.
Canada registers 500,000 Employment Insurance claims in one week, as Coronavirus triggers jobs massacre
By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2020
Last week’s EI claims far surpassed the total number of jobs lost in the eight months immediately following the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis.
As COVID-19 spreads across North America
By Laurent Lafrance, 21 March 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault is resisting demands from workers for the closure of building sites, factories and nonessential workplaces.
By Carl Bronski, 20 March 2020
Toyota announced closures throughout North America, which will not take effect until Monday, only after the sudden growth of wildcat actions in the United States and Canada to force a halt to production.
By Omar Ali, 18 March 2020
Activists have warned that shelters and encampments, which provide inadequate makeshift housing for over 9,000 people in Toronto, will act like a “petri dish” for the spread of the coronavirus.
By Tom Hall and Joseph Kishore, 18 March 2020
There is growing outrage among workers in the United States and internationally over the fact that they continue to be kept on the job in nonessential industries and workplaces amidst the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
Workers shut production in auto plants throughout Michigan and Ohio, in defiance of UAW and management
By Tom Hall, 18 March 2020
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights (SHAP) and Jefferson North (JNAP) assembly plants in Metro Detroit took matters into their own hands last night and this morning and forced a shutdown of production to halt the spread of coronavirus.
By Roger Jordan, 17 March 2020
Although the number of confirmed coronavirus cases more than doubled in the past two days to 425, Trudeau offered nothing in the way of additional support for the already overstretched health care system.
By Carl Bronski, 17 March 2020
While workers are being forced by employers in the private and public sectors to labour under dangerous and unsafe working conditions, the Trudeau government is moving to provide the financial and corporate oligarchy unlimited financial assistance.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2020
Some 6,000 workers stopped production Thursday at FCA Windsor as autoworkers across North America take up the demand to halt production in the face of the global pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2020
The Liberal government and opposition parties finalized adoption of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trade deal aimed at laying the basis for trade war and military conflict with China.
By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2020
City authorities absurdly claimed that the loss of 90 percent of its public health workforce would not impede the effectiveness of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ontario’s “Roadmap to Wellness” continues austerity for youth mental health services even as demand spikes
By Penny Smith, 13 March 2020
The Ford government is refusing to provide tens of thousands of children and adolescents with ready access to mental health care services that they urgently need.
Canada: Absence of sick pay and job security preventing at-risk and ill workers from staying home amid Coronavirus crisis
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 12 March 2020
One Vancouver-based worker in the so-called gig economy told CBC, “I don’t think people really understand what it means to not be able to miss work. It’s the difference between eating or not, the difference between having a place to live or not.”
By Roger Jordan, 11 March 2020
Healthcare officials are warning that hospitals across Canada were already running at or beyond capacity prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2020
The court ruling has been met with concern by corporate Canada, which fears that it could set a precedent for plaintiffs to hold Canadian companies to account for their systematic violations of human rights around the world.
By Roger Jordan, 9 March 2020
Canada’s Deputy Defence Minister told the conference that the Liberals’ 2017 National Defence Policy has been superseded by the surge in great-power strategic competition.
By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2020
Bill 168 targets left-wing groups and individuals by branding criticism of the actions of the Israeli government, with which Canada has close ties, as anti-Semitic.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 March 2020
In the name of reducing “bureaucracy,” Bill 40 concentrates power in the hands of the Minister of Education so as to facilitate further cuts to public education.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 5 March 2020
Workers should reject being railroaded into yet another concessionary contract. They should demand that they be given sufficient time to read the contract in full, and debate and discuss its implications.
By Carl Bronski, 3 March 2020
The layoffs are the latest in a relentless series of cost-cutting moves by global auto companies operating in Canada.
By Carl Bronski, 29 February 2020
While management, backed to the hilt by Saskatchewan’s government, is standing fast on its sweeping concessions demands, Unifor is doing everything it can to isolate the locked out workers and reach a sellout deal.
By Roger Jordan, 28 February 2020
The Alberta government has tabled a bill that would enable state authorities to declare almost any protest or picket line illegal, and subject participants to punitive fines and even jail terms.
After walkout of 200,000 teachers and support staff
By Roger Jordan, 27 February 2020
Citing various pretexts, three of Ontario’s four teachers unions have called off planned walkouts this week.
By our reporters, 27 February 2020
Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada’s ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.
By Penny Smith, 26 February 2020
A single person working 40 hours per week on minimum wage cannot afford a rental apartment in any of Vancouver’s 70 neighbourhoods.
“They would privatize everything if they could.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 February 2020
“We can’t teach lessons anymore because class sizes and conditions have gotten so bad,” said a veteran teacher with 27 years’ experience who participated in Friday’s mass rally outside the Ontario legislature.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 February 2020
If education workers find themselves in the forefront of the fight against austerity, it is because capitalist governments view the dismantling of public education as a key element of their regressive agenda.
By Roger Jordan, 22 February 2020
The Trudeau Liberal government, acting on the demands of its big business masters, is exhorting police to dismantle the indigenous railway blockades.
By Richard Dufour, 22 February 2020
“This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world,” demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.
the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 21 February 2020
For the first time in over two decades, 200,000 Ontario teachers and school support staff are united in a province-wide one-day strike.
By Roger Jordan, 20 February 2020
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh strategized with the prime minister behind closed doors on how to bring a quick end to the Native anti-pipeline protests, then led his party in voting with the government to fast-track adoption of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
By Louis Girard, 20 February 2020
The deluge of hate messages demonstrates, yet again, that the chauvinist policies of Premier Legault and the entire ruling elite are encouraging the most reactionary elements.
By Keith Jones, 19 February 2020
The convening of the Incident Response Group and pledges to uphold the “rule of law” are unmistakable signs that Trudeau is preparing to use state violence against native protesters.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 February 2020
To prevail in the struggle to defend their jobs, wages and social rights, workers must recognize that they are facing not simply an especially ruthless employer or right-wing government, but a class-war assault and a political struggle.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 February 2020
Protest organizer Courtney Murdoch told the WSWS that Bill 21 “tells every minority group in Quebec that they don’t belong here, that they should be less visible, and that is not something we are willing to let pass.”
By Roger Jordan, 17 February 2020
Big business and much of the corporate media are demanding that the Trudeau government ensure speedy resumption of full rail service and “uphold the rule of law”—i.e. order police to violently intervene to dismantle the native barricades.
15 February 2020
By Carl Bronski, 14 February 2020
Emboldened by the staunch support of the Moe provincial government, the police and courts and by Unifor’s retreats, FCL has escalated its concession demands.
By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2020
The corporate media’s response to the protests has become increasingly frantic, with the National Post raging that Canada is being turned into a “mob city,” while the Edmonton Journal says, “Chaos has come to Canada.”
By Penny Smith, 13 February 2020
The CBC documentary on the fatal February 3, 2019, derailment exposes a “string of critical failures” on the part of the railway, including in maintenance, inspections, and brake management.
By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2020
The media and military-security establishment have been demanding for months that the Trudeau government take an even harder anti-China line.
By Louis Girard, 11 February 2020
All three Appeal Court judges found that the CAQ law is causing “serious and irreparable harm” to religious minorities—especially Muslim women. Nevertheless, the court ruled that the “will” of the National Assembly must prevail.
By Carl Bronski, 10 February 2020
In actions reminiscent of a police state, the Regina City Police launched a ruthless crackdown on lawful picketers late Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 February 2020
Assange and Manning are the targets of a legal vendetta meant to intimidate and silence all those who would seek to expose the crimes of US imperialism and its allies.