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December 13, 2018


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Stop Mohamed Harkat's Deportation to Torture!
December 10th is International Human Rights Day. Ironically, it was also on this day, in 2002, that Mohamed Harkat was arrested. He continues to be persecuted by the Canadian state, and has never been charged with, let alone convicted of a crime, 16 years later. He now faces deportation to torture in Algeria.

Please take two minutes to make a call and send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau to end the illegal and immoral deportation to torture proceedings against Ottawa refugee Mohamed Harkat.


STOP two-tier transit!
On Thursday, December 13th, City Council will debate the provincial government’s plan to break apart the TTC and steal away valuable transit assets that belong to us. Breaking apart the TTC won’t improve our commutes, it will create a two-tier system with higher fares and less say for our city.

It’s urgent that we tell our Councillors to refuse to give away the TTC. Please take two minutes to call your Councillor and join the rally to stop the TTC grab at City Hall this Thursday at 12:30pm.



Dec 13, 2018 - Rally to Stop the TCC Grab
When: Thursday December 13th, 12:30pm
Where: Outside Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W.

On Thursday, December 13th, City Council will debate the provincial government’s plan to break apart the TTC and steal away valuable transit assets that belong to us.

Breaking apart the TTC won’t improve our commutes; it will create a two-tier system with higher fares and less say for our city.


Dec 13, 2018 - We defend our charter rights
When: Thursday, December 13th, 6pm
Where: Tim Hortons at 555 Yonge St.

Join postal workers and allies as they remind MPs that workers rights can not be stomped out.

Bill Morneau voted in favour of back-to-work legislation, sending thousands of workers back into unsafe working conditions. Liberals thought that by stripping us of our constitutional rights they would be returning things to business as usual.

We'll show up and say that all we want for Christmas is our charter rights.

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Dec 15, 2018 - Parkdale Supports Parkdale Legal
When: Saturday, December 15th, 10am (bus pick-up)
Where: 209 Jameson Ave.

PCLS is being evicted from their long-term space at 1266 Queen Street West. Join us as we go directly to the PCLS landlord and put him on notice that PCLS isn’t going anywhere.

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Dec 18, 2018 - TTC Board Welcome Party: Rally to stop the fare hikes
When: Tuesday December 18th, 12:15pm
Where: City Hall, 100 Queen St West

The new TTC Board will meet on December 18 for the first time, so we're throwing them a Welcome Party! Help us introduce TTCriders and our demands for fair TTC funding, lower fares, and better service. We will deliver a giant welcome card with a message that you can sign in advance.

The TTC Board will be voting soon on important transit decisions like fare increases, service levels on buses and streetcars, and the TTC budget.

Questions? Get in touch with us at info@ttcriders.ca.

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Doug Ford’s War on Ontario’s Poor
By John Clarke

Ontario’s recently elected Tory government, headed by right wing populist, Doug Ford, did not wait very long to incorporate into its reactionary agenda, an attack on the province’s social assistance system and those living in poverty. Though their election platform had been astoundingly sparse when it came to details and no warning was given of an intended war on the poor, in July, Ford’s Social Services Minister, Lisa MacLeod, announced that a hundred day review of the province’s social assistance system would be undertaken. To set the stamp on the Tory brand of ‘welfare reform’ MacLeod informed us that a scheduled increase of 3% in social assistance rates would be cut in half, that a series of modest improvements in the delivery system would be jettisoned and that 4,000 people who had been accepted onto the basic income pilot would now be cut adrift as the experiment was cancelled.

Source: The Bullet No. 1712

Amazon Is the New Factory
Between your Amazon home delivery and Jeff Bezos’ bottom line is a platform-based system that organizes a massive workforce, speeds up work, and contributes to making jobs more precarious and unstable. At this session of The Capitalism Workshop, Alessandro Delfanti discusses the changing nature of work, class composition, and the evolving relation between capitalism and technology, based upon his recent study of an Amazon warehouse in Italy.

Source: LeftStreamed

The Climate Report that Trump Tried to Bury
Under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, composed of 13 agencies headed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reports every four years on "current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years." In an obvious attempt to keep it out of the news, the Trump administration released the most recent report – Volume 2 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment – at 2pm on the day after Thanksgiving.

Source: The Bullet No. 1713

Yellow Vest Protest Movement
By Richard Greeman

Ignored by French President Emmanuel Macron, distorted by the media, courted by the Right, snubbed by the Left, the self-organized mass movement known as the Yellow Vests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) is seriously challenging the political and economic order in France. In Paris, on the morning of Saturday December 1st, as thousands of self-organized Yellow Vest protestors attempted to gather to express their grievances on the Champs-Elysées at a planned, peaceful demonstration, French CRS riot police in Paris attacked them savagely with tear-gas, flash-bombs and water-canons.

Source: The Bullet No. 1714

Oshawa and Postal Workers: Big and Small Lies We Accept
By Harry Glasbeek

In 1979, Canada’s postal union (CUPW) bargained and bargained with the employer. Eventually, having exhausted all possibilities, it made the decision, supported by a huge majority of its voting members, that its members would no longer provide their services on the basis of the existing terms and conditions of the now expired collective agreement. Workers had determined, democratically, not to sell their labour power on those terms. In a liberal democracy, they had every right to take such a decision. Only a slave society would deny them this right.

Source: The Bullet No. 1715

Taking on the GM Shutdown: Unifor, Oshawa and Community Control
By Socialist Project Steering Committee

General Motor’s plan to end production at its Oshawa plant at the end of 2019 is a callous, cynical act by the U.S.-based multinational auto giant that needs to be challenged. After accepting $13.7-billion bailout offered by the Canadian public to the big automakers back in 2008 to keep GM and Chrysler alive (one third of which will never be recovered), the company plans will leave 2500 workers at the plant out of work, with perhaps further spinoff losses of jobs and taxes. This is a brutal blow for the home of industrial unionism in Canada and one of the long-time centres of Canadian auto production.

Source: The Bullet No. 1717


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