CSJ Newsletter

September 1, 2022



Protect Hassan Diab from further injustice

We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government to protect Dr. Hassan Diab from unjust prosecution and an unfair trial in France for a crime he did not commit.

In 2014, Hassan was wrongfully extradited from Canada to France. After spending more than three years in a French prison, French investigative judges found strong evidence that he was not in France at the time of the 1980 crime. He was released in 2018 and cleared of all allegations.

In a politically motivated appeal by French prosecutors, and despite no evidence against him, Hassan was ordered to stand trial in France; the date of the trial has been set for April 2023. This shocking disregard for facts raises fears that a show trial will lead to a wrongful conviction based on unreliable material and unsourced intelligence.



Picket Line Solidarity

When: September 1st, 10am
Where: Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Exhibition Grounds Princes’ Gates

OPSEU Local 546 safety inspectors have been on #StrikeforSafety since July 21, when the employer walked away from the bargaining table. The inspectors have been trying to negotiate a first contract since November 2021.


Is the Zionist Dream Dead?

When: Sept. 1st, 2:30pm

IJV Canada is excited to invite you to a rare conversation between Udi Adiv, a longtime Israeli activist and scholar and Amir Locker-Biletzki, our former scholar in residence and co-producer of the Jewish Internationalist Left Series that we presented to our membership last fall.

This meeting will offer an alternative and unique reading of Zionism and anti-Zionism in Israel. All are welcome to attend!


STOP the Toronto War Show

When: Semptember 4th, 10am
Where: The CNE

The Air Show helps sell fighter jets for war profiteers. Lockheed Martin deserves no advertising. Join us at the CNE in our demand: STOP the War Show.

Facebook event

Labour Day: Say NO to more cuts

When: September 5th, 9:30am
Where: Queen St. W. at University Ave

We need a $20 minimum wage, paid sick days, the repeal of Bill124, universal WSIB coverage, higher ODSP, and investments in public services. Join our Labour Day parade this year to show our demand for a better Ontario and no more cuts!


Capitalism: Another World is Possible

When: September 8th, 7pm

Capitalism is causing immeasurable human suffering. There must be a better way. Join us for a discussion on alternative ideas and help us plan local actions that will put us on a path to a better future.

Facebook event


The Political Theory of Capital: Fetishism of Commodities

The socialist political theorist and historian, George Comninel, recently passed away (December 9, 1951 – August 18, 2022). George taught for more than 30 years in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto, concentrating his teaching on Marxist Political Theory and the State in Historical Perspective, courses he built on the legacy of Ellen and Neil Wood over their tenure of teaching at York, and the standpoint of the oft-termed ‘political Marxism’.

Source: LeftStreamed

Independent Unions Can Help Break Through the Economic Crisis and Labor’s Paralysis

By Shaun Richman

In a period of extreme social and economic crises, when the major labor unions have reduced their organizing programs to a fraction of what they once were and the courts stand athwart any effort to protect workers’ interests, scrappy new independent unions raise hope against hope that maybe – just maybe – workers can fight back and win. I’m writing, of course, about the early 1930s. A newly published book finds some surprising parallels between that era and our own.

Source: The Bullet No. 2675

Elderly Patients Forced into Long-Term Care: Ontario’s Healthcare Crisis

By Ontario Health Coalition

Here are the facts about the new legislation of Doug Ford’s Ontario Conservative government, Bill 7 – More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022, which was introduced in the Ontario Legislature last week and is currently under debate. The government has made an array of claims, some of which have been printed in major media stories, that do not accord with the facts.

Source: The Bullet No. 2676

UK’s Transport Workers on Work, Dignity and Power of a Union

By Zoe Williams

It is rare, these days, for the general secretary of a trade union, let alone a small one, to become a national figure. Yet Mick Lynch has done exactly that. The leader of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), which represents 80,000 members, doesn’t like flattery. Nonetheless, as the rail strikes in Britain enter their third month, he will concede that “a lot of people are telling me I’m doing good.”

Source: The Bullet No. 2677

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