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.
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.
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.
By Matthew Richter, 24 September 2020
In July, a heavily-armed Canadian Armed Forces’ Ranger crashed through the gates of the temporary residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in what had all the hallmarks of an assassination attempt.
After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement
By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020
The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2020
The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases is the direct outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal back-to-work and back-to-school policies, which are aimed at guaranteeing corporate profits regardless of the cost in human lives.
With Canadian Detroit Three auto contracts set to expire, Unifor rushes to reach concessionary “pattern” settlement
By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2020
If Unifor does call a strike, its aim will be to allow workers to let off steam, while the union continues backroom talks with Ford.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2020
The 1,400 low-paid workers remain on strike against the Newfoundland subsidiary of Loblaws, Canada’s largest supermarket chain.
Unite US, Canadian, and Mexican workers against all concessions and job cuts!
A call to action to Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers: Oppose Unifor’s nationalist pro-company strategy!
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2020
With their contracts set to expire next Monday, the urgent task before the 17,000 workers employed by the Detroit Three in Canada is to take the struggle into their own hands by building rank-and-file committees independent of the pro-company Unifor.
By Omar Ali and Roger Jordan, 16 September 2020
Given Canada’s intimate military-strategic partnership with Washington, it is inconceivable that the Trudeau government was not privy to the intelligence Trump and the top Democrats received about the pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 12 September 2020
The government’s real agenda is for a rapid return to work, higher corporate profitability and “competitiveness,” and to advance Canadian imperialism’s predatory interests internationally.
By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020
While autoworkers are pressing for a fight against job cuts, speed-up, declining real wages and discriminatory two-tier wages, Unifor is maneuvering to impose further concessions.
By Matthew Richter, 8 September 2020
The federal Liberal and provincial governments are determined to reopen the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that parents can be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 7 September 2020
Macdonald was a ruthless representative of Canadian capitalism, but the racialist political perspective advanced by those who tore down his statue is deeply retrograde.
By Louis Girard, 4 September 2020
Across the province, workers, parents and medical experts have expressed deep concern about the government’s school reopening plans.
By Janet Browning, 3 September 2020
The trade unions are playing a critical role in demobilizing working class opposition to the Kenney government’s drive to reopen the economy.
By Carl Bronski, 2 September 2020
Autoworkers are ready to wage a militant struggle in defence of jobs, wages, and working conditions, but they will need to break organizationally and politically from Unifor.
By Alexandra Greene, 1 September 2020
The BC NDP government is receiving critical support for its reckless back-to-school drive from the B.C. Teachers Federation, which, while mouthing oppositional sounding phrases, is helping organize the return to class.
Amid cross-Canada protests against back-to-school drive, Trudeau announces $2 billion to fund school reopenings
By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2020
The prime minister stressed that reopening schools is “critical to restarting the economy.”
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 August 2020
O’Toole has pledged to “take back Canada” from the “radical left,” aggressively confront China, and make Canada more investment friendly.
By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020
Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.
By Alexandra Greene, 27 August 2020
A recent study found that 25,000 Canadians were either hospitalized or died due to self-harm last year, the equivalent of about 70 self-harm incidents per day.
Canadian autoworkers demand Unifor release tentative contracts with Detroit Three in full prior to ratification votes
By Carl Bronski, 26 August 2020
The petition, already signed by around 1,300 autoworkers, is a sign of mounting worker opposition to Unifor but its initiators promote the dangerous illusion that the union can be reformed.
By Roger Jordan, 24 August 2020
By reducing by 20 percent the aid given to workers rendered jobless by the pandemic, the Liberal government is trying to goad them into returning to work under unsafe conditions.
By Laurent Lafrance, 22 August 2020
Yesterday’s truce agreement marks the final stage in the union’s efforts to end the strike as quickly as possible and betray the legitimate demands of the rank and file.
By Carl Bronski, 20 August 2020
The June 2010 police state blitz in Toronto was the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 August 2020
The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of “herd immunity.”
By Omar Ali, 17 August 2020
Huge debts, which have been accumulated chiefly through measures to bail out the banks and financial oligarchy, are being seized upon to demand intensified austerity for the working class.
Unifor and Detroit Three open Canadian contract negotiations as more layoffs and plant closures loom
By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2020
The current concessions contracts, which were grudgingly ratified by workers in 2016, expire on September 21.
By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2020
An unholy alliance of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the federal Liberal government, and the United Steelworkers and Unifor trade unions is whipping up Canadian nationalism to justify retaliatory tariffs in answer to Trump’s “America First” protectionism.
Bringing Afghanistan home:
By Roger Jordan, 12 August 2020
Sparked by fears of “civil unrest,” the operation included plans for military personnel to broadcast government-approved propaganda over loudspeakers and temporary radio stations.
Unions’ big lie to Quebec health care workers battling the pandemic: “The government will protect you”
By Richard Dufour, 10 August 2020
With the unions unable and unwilling to defend them, health care workers must take matters into their own hands, to protect their own health and lives and those of the public.
By Alexandra Greene, 8 August 2020
If anything, the figures presented by Statistics Canada understate the horrific social conditions facing most indigenous people.
By Laurent Lafrance, 7 August 2020
The Trudeau government took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate the “loophole” that had allowed some refugees fleeing Trump’s anti-immigrant witchhunt to escape immediate deportation under the STCA.
By Hugo Maltais, 6 August 2020
In a brazen attempt to intimidate the media, neo-Nazi Raphaël Lévesque led an invasion of the editorial offices of Vice Quebec .
By Carl Bronski, 4 August 2020
The Maritime Employers Association is insisting on a threefold increase in the pace of work during weekend shifts.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 July 2020
Quebec Solidaire’s exhortations to "buy local" and its promotion of a “Quebec vaccine" are part of a pronounced shift by ruling elites in Canada, the US and globally toward the promotion of national protectionism and chauvinism.
“Seeing this much devastation so frequently really permeates your whole being”
By a British Columbia firefighter, 30 July 2020
“There are two crises happening simultaneously right now,” the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, explains a British Columbia firefighter in a letter to the WSWS.
By Roger Jordan, 29 July 2020
The scandal has exposed a web of corrupt ties between the Liberal government and WE, and between WE and corporations like the Royal Bank of Canada and Dow Chemical.
By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2020
The demonstrators demanded that Toronto’s mayor use his municipal emergency health and safety powers to block evictions, and denounce the Ontario government’s recently passed pro-landlord Bill 184.
By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020
Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite’s reactionary dictum: “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.”
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 July 2020
Young workers represent more than 50 percent of the workforce at some large corporations such as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.
By Riksen Stewart and Roger Jordan, 22 July 2020
As it launches a fresh assault on workers’ wages and social rights, the Kenney government has passed a law that could be used to criminalize and suppress virtually any demonstration.
By Janet Browning, 20 July 2020
While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.
By Alexandra Greene, 17 July 2020
La Vie en Rose workers, many of whom are paid minimum wage, are being pressured to show up even when they have coronavirus symptoms and are receiving totally inadequate workplace protection from the company.
By Laurent Lafrance, 16 July 2020
Trudeau’s politically motivated refusal to repatriate children and others illegally detained in Kurdish military prisons in Syria is an attack on the citizenship rights of all Canadians.
By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2020
The political establishment fears an examination of the far-right incubating in the armed forces would cut across plans to dramatically increase military spending and aggression.
By Dylan Lubao, 13 July 2020
The Liberal government is scheming with big business to curtail the meager makeshift benefits for the millions of workers who have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020
Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”
By Roger Jordan, 8 July 2020
Hurren’s assassination attempt raise troubling questions about his political motivations, the degree to which he was active in far-right circles and whether he acted alone.
By Matthew Richter and Roger Jordan, 7 July 2020
Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2020
Canada’s ruling elite wants a more stable and strategic-minded partner in the White House, who can more effectively employ intrigue, intimidation and war in pursuing their common imperialist agenda.
By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2020
Terming China “a real threat to Canada,” former Tory Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has called for the striking of a “blue-ribbon” committee to redefine Canada’s China policy.
By Louis Girard, 1 July 2020
The cabinet shuffle inaugurates a new phase in the efforts of the Coalition Avenir Québec government to exploit the pandemic to restructure class relations at workers’ expense.
By Louis Girard, 30 June 2020
Revealing the oligarchic character of Canadian society, the report found that the top one percent of Canadians own as much as the poorest 80 percent of the population.
By Matthew Richter, 29 June 2020
The Ford government announced that workers who test positive can be made to remain on the job if they show no symptoms, meaning that workplaces will become centres of mass infection.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2020
From the start, the military’s more than 20,000-strong COVID-19 deployment has been focused on protecting the interests of Canadian imperialism, at home and abroad.
By Hugo Maltais, 26 June 2020
The court decision comes under conditions where capitalist ruling elites around the world are cultivating the extreme right as a weapon against mounting working class opposition.
By Roger Jordan, 24 June 2020
Underscoring its support for the government’s $650 billion corporate bailout, the NDP again voted to keep the Liberals in office.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 June 2020
Contrary to the ruling elite’s claim of a return to “normality,” everything indicates that the drop in COVID-19 infections in Quebec and across Canada is temporary.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 22 June 2020
The pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire has endorsed the reckless, premature back-to-work drive which puts profits before human lives.
By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2020
Prime Minister Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh are working to divert the mass anger over police brutality and racism along reactionary racialist lines.