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.
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.