On July 10 and 11 friends and supporters of Cuba around the world expressed support for revolutionary Cuba and demanded the U.S. lift the blockade against Cuba. Anti-Cuban organizations outside of Cuba used the day to reiterate threats against Cuba’s diplomatic embassies and consulates around the world. July 11 is the first anniversary of the attempted coup these counter-revolutionaries thought they could pull off, which was defeated with the resounding support of the people for the Cuban Revolution.
On Friday July 8, Rogers Communications experienced a total network outage across both wireless and wireline service. Speculation was rampant on social media about the cause being a systemwide attack by China, or Russia or U.S. “hackivists” seeking to restore Roe v. Wade. Security systems were said to have been compromised across the board and in cities like Montreal and Toronto, Brinks vans and police cruisers could be seen hovering around banks in the financial districts.
The CEO of Rogers sent out an email on Sunday to Rogers’ customers taking responsibility, saying:
“I want to share what we know about what happened on Friday. We now believe we’ve narrowed the cause to a network system failure following a maintenance update in our core network, which caused some of our routers to malfunction.”
So much for blaming China, Russia and U.S. “hackivists.” So much for the disinformation that it is the Huawei 5G Network that is a threat to national security.”
Thousands of people participated in actions to protest the NATO summit taking place in Madrid, Spain from June 28 to 30. Counter Summit events were held in Madrid itself on June 24 and 25 on the theme No NATO! Bases Out!
The Counter Summit ended with an estimated 5,000 people marching through the streets of Madrid on Sunday June 26 calling for the elimination of NATO bases in Europe and the abolition of NATO.
Indigenous resistance to colonialism continues in the present, including Mi’kmaq defence of their hereditary rights against fracking on their traditional territories.
By Tony Seed
On June 24, 1497, the Venetian navigator Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), commissioned by Henry VII of England, landed in Newfoundland. Believing it to be an island off the coast of Asia, he named it New Found Land. Under the commission of this king to “conquer, occupy, and possess” the lands of “heathens and infidels,” Caboto reconnoitred the Newfoundland coast and landed on the northern shore of what is today known as Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Continue reading →
The conception of rights enshrined in the current Constitution of Canada dates back to the days of the British conquest and rebellions against it. It is a conception that enshrines and protects the rights of the Crown with institutions, values, aims and practices established for that purpose. Before that, the French Crown also imposed laws and practices in defence of private property which also contributed to shaping the country’s future.
This flag represents the struggle of the Republican Patriots who took up arms, led an insurrection against the British Empire, declared the independence of Lower Canada, but also of Upper Canada, established the Two-Star Republic and then worked to establish a union between the two Canadas. This union has nothing to do, in any way whatsoever, with the despicable Act of Union of 1840, but rather the project of union between the Republican States of North America.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) with heavy heart informs you that Comrade Jim Nugent passed away before midnight on June 29, 2022. We send our deepest sympathies to his lifelong partner Christine, their sons and families, his siblings, all family members and to his comrades, former co-workers and many friends.
An interview with Dawn Hemingway (Carrell), one of the main organizers of Canada’s 1970 Abortion Caravan
TML: Thank you for joining us. You were one of the main organizers of Canada’s 1970 Abortion Caravan which boldly affirmed women’s rights at that time, bringing women into the front lines of the fight for rights. Before we ask you about that, please tell us what you think about the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to overturn its previous Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973.
Covering up need for democratic renewal and anti-war government| Tony Seed
During his visit to the Netherlands in late October, Justin Trudeau supported the establishment of a NATO think tank in Canada. This would become a strategic addition to the more than two dozen such centres. It is described as a “centre of excellence to study the security threats posed by climate change.”
Canada is a participant in RIMPAC 2022. Beyond taking part in these war preparations, Canada continues to play a detestable role in the Asia Pacific in lockstep with U.S. imperialism, in places where the Canadian military has no business being.
A press release from the Department of National Defence (DND) informs that on June 14, HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Winnipeg and their helicopter air detachments “departed for a five-month deployment in the Indo-Pacific region.” DND says, “Canada is deploying two frigates to work with allies and like-minded partners and to support government objectives to uphold the rules-based international order and international law.”
U.S.-led war preparations in Asia Pacific and Canada’s participation!
The 2022 edition of the U.S.-led war exercises Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is taking place from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The U.S. Navy says the aim of the war exercises is for “a network of capable, adaptive partners [to] train and operate together in order to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.”
No to NATO’s “New Strategic Concept”! Dismantle NATO!
Information pickets and rallies have been convoked in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Collingwood, Oakville, Hamilton, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver and Victoria to oppose the NATO Summit taking place June 29-30 in Madrid. The pickets and rallies will also express opposition to the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific war exercises (RIMPAC) in the Asia Pacific that start June 29 and run to August 4.
A feature of the over three-decades long neo-liberal anti-social offensive in Canada is the systematic wrecking of the health care system. Nurses, doctors and other health care workers in every province and territory have been raising the alarm, organizing and demanding action to end the crisis in health care by increasing investments and implementing solutions proposed by frontline workers. A major concern is shortage of health care workers.
The Toronto Star, on June 15, published an article by freelance contributor Armine Yalnizyan based on an interview with an agency nurse in Ontario who had, until last year, been employed in the public health care system. Agency nurses are employed by private agencies who provide staff to the public health care system to cover for staff shortages. The nurse who was interviewed was definitive in her assessment that agency nursing is “bad for the community and bad for patient care because there is no consistency, it fragments health delivery.”
June 24 is celebrated as Quebec’s National Day. The Quebec people’s National Day celebrates the Patriots who fought for independence from Britain in the mid-19th century: Nelson, De Lorimier, Côté, Chénier, Duvernay, O’Callaghan and many others.
June 12, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the historic New York City “March for Nuclear Disarmament and Human Needs.” More than a million people marched in 1982, effectively shutting down midtown Manhattan for the day. The numbers were such that people filled the streets from start to finish of the march. Many of the feeder marches never reached the starting point at the United Nations as wave after wave of people marched toward the UN or rallied where they stood. It was a powerful and united stand against the U.S. use, testing and buildup of its nuclear arsenal. No More Hiroshimas! U.S. Disarm Now! Fund Human Needs! Abolish Nuclear Weapons, March for Peace and Justice! were among the demands raised.
Membership in NATO goes against the longstanding desire of Canadians that their country be a force for genuine peace in the world, as well as their rejection of U.S.-led invasions, occupations and interference in other countries | NICK LIN
May 7, 2022 action, part of mobilization against the Madrid NATO Summit.
As the world descends into an abyss of anarchy and violence as a result of the neo-liberal world order, every aspect of people’s lives seems to be spinning out of their control
By PAULINE EASTON, Editorial introduction to TML Monthly*
As the world descends into an abyss of anarchy and violence as a result of the neo-liberal world order, every aspect of people’s lives seems to be spinning out of their control. The U.S. and the big powers of Old Europe, with Canada in tow, imposed this neo-liberal world order after the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991.
Recently the federal and Ontario governments, in the same way Quebec and other provincial and territorial governments have, pledged to increase the supply of critical minerals that will benefit the U.S. war economy.
Canadians are not consulted when agreements are reached between the U.S. and Canada and they are opposed to the exploitation and plunder of natural resources to benefit war production.
Canadian provinces and territories and Quebec are already sites for the extraction of critical minerals for the U.S. war industry including uranium, nickel, cobalt, scandium, etc. Production of other critical minerals including lithium, rare earth elements (REE) and graphite, will soon start in such places as BC, Yukon, the Northwest Territories (NWT), Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.
Provincial and territorial governments, along with their federal counterpart, are already bending over backwards to supply the mining oligopolies with the infrastructure, subsidies and tax breaks these rich private interests are seeking. This was referred to in a presentation made in February 2021 by Simon Moores, CEO of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Some of these projects are at a preliminary stage of exploration while others have started extraction and production of critical minerals such as REE as well as elements for lithium-ion batteries such as lithium, graphite, cobalt, manganese and nickel.
The following articles include two examples of mining projects close to Yellowknife in the NWT for what have become “minerals critical to the national security” of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union.
In March 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) launched a program to help U.S. mining companies and battery makers expand into Canada. In the words of the DoC, the move is part of a strategy to boost North American production of minerals used to make electric vehicles and “counter Chinese market dominance.”
What is becoming apparent is that more of these mining properties, where extraction of critical minerals is planned, in Quebec and in Canadian provinces and territories are being operated or acquired by foreign private interests. These are mostly Australian, U.S. and British, with the help, in certain cases, of foreign governments.
TML Daily, posted May 20, 2022.
Nechalacho critical mineral deposits in Northwest Territories
Australia-based Vital Metals, through its ramped up production at its Nechalacho light rare earth elements (REE) mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT), has become North America’s second producer of the elements used in magnets for electric vehicles, aerospace, defence and electronics, after California’s Mountain Pass mine.
Around 100 km east of Yellowknife, Cheetah Resources, owned by Vital Metals, has begun mining small amounts of REEs from its Nechalacho project. It is believed to be the first project in the country contracted out to an Indigenous business to operate a mine in its own territory.
The Nechalacho REE property, located at Thor Lake, NWT, is a rich polymetallic rare metals resource with potential for REEs economic recovery such as neodymium and praseodymium, as well as lithium, zirconium, beryllium and niobium.
The REE product is to travel by barge to Hay River over the summer and in winter by ice roads once the freeze-up is in place. Hay River is a nearby port with an existing barging terminal and railhead accessible year round by an all-season highway. From there it will go to Saskatoon to be handled by the Saskatchewan Research Council. A multi-million dollar processing facility is being built there, with Saskatchewan and federal financing, which will refine the REE material, then ship it to Norway and the U.S. for fine separation of REEs and sale.
TML Daily, posted May 20, 2022.
Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper deposit
The Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper project owned by Fortune Minerals is located in the Northwest Territories (NWT) about halfway between Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake, approximately 150 kilometres northwest of the NWT’s capital, Yellowknife.
The Nico deposit contains proven and probable open pit and underground mineral reserves totalling 33 million tonnes containing 1.1 million ounces of gold, 82.3 million pounds of cobalt, 102.1 million pounds of bismuth, and 27.2 million pounds of copper.
A hydrometallurgical refinery at a site in Edmonton, Alberta, producing cobalt sulphate, gold, bismuth ingots and oxide, and copper cement is planned by the mining company.
In June 2021, Fortune Minerals’ website mentioned the following: “Fortune is engaged with the Canadian and U.S. governments, provincial and territorial governments, and municipalities to accelerate development of important near-term Critical Minerals projects. The Company is interested in securing financial support for the Feasibility Study update assessing the new refinery site and optimizations. Governments are also being solicited to participate in the project finance for the Nico project through various programs and capital pools designed to promote economic growth, western Canada diversification, process and product innovation, and Critical Minerals supply. Fortune was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa to present at a virtual seminar later this month to Tier 1 U.S. manufactures involved in defence, mining, aerospace, automotive, energy and technology, and to strengthen opportunities for vertical supply chain integration with Canada.”
Already, the $200 million government-funded Tlicho Highway to the community of Whatì is nearing completion which means the only part missing will be a 50-kilometre road from Whatì to the Nico mine. Also, the NWT Government is proposing to connect the Yellowknife power grid to the Talston power grid south of Great Slave Lake where there is surplus hydro power. If this is completed, Fortune could construct a 25-kilometre power line to snare Hydro instead of building its own power plant.
(TML Daily, posted May 20, 2022)
Elements comprising lithium-ion batteries
Lithium is the third lightest element, after hydrogen and helium, and the lightest of solid elements. Its principal commercial use is as an initiator of polymerization, for example, in the production of synthetic rubber. It is also extensively used in the production of other organic chemicals, especially pharmaceuticals. Because of its light weight and large negative electrochemical potential, lithium metal, either pure or in the presence of other elements, serves as an electrode in many non-rechargeable primary batteries and in high-power rechargeable lithium storage batteries used in Electric Vehicles (EVs), phones, cameras, and other electronic devices. Lightweight lithium-magnesium alloys and tough lithium-aluminum alloys, harder than aluminum alone, have structural applications in the aerospace and other industries.
Cobalt is a high strength magnetic metal with a diverse range of important uses in products from rechargeable batteries to aircraft engines. Cobalt is critical for manufacturing high performance rechargeable batteries such as lithium-ion batteries that are used in portable electronics, EVs and stationary power storage applications. Amongst its many applications, it is found in superalloys for the aerospace industry to make power and jet engine turbines as well as in electromechanical devices such as magnets, electric motors, generators, transformers and magnetic storage tape and hard disks.
In energy production applications, graphite is used in pebbles for modular nuclear reactors and in high-strength composites for wind, tide, and wave turbines. In energy storage applications, graphite is used in bipolar plates as well as in batteries in EVs where it acts as an anode in lithium-ion batteries. Currently, the majority of demand for natural graphite is based on several traditional markets, such as refractory (28 per cent), foundry and crucibles (18 per cent), lubricants (10 per cent) and other traditional and emerging applications (28 per cent). Currently, lithium-ion batteries represent 16 per cent of the market and this share is growing steadily.
Manganese is essential to iron and steel production by virtue of its sulfur-fixing, deoxidizing, and alloying properties. Steelmaking, including its ironmaking component, accounts for most domestic manganese demand, presently in the range of 85 to 90 per cent of the total. Manganese also is a key component of certain widely used aluminum alloys and, in oxide form, dry cell batteries.
Nickel is widely used because of its corrosion resistance. The aerospace industry is a leading consumer of nickel-based superalloys. Turbine blades, discs and other critical parts of jet engines are fabricated from superalloys. Nickel-based superalloys are also used in land-based combustion turbines, such as those found at electric power generation stations. The remaining 23 per cent of consumption is divided between alloy steels, rechargeable batteries, catalysts and other chemicals, coinage, foundry products, and plating.
A very successful expression of unity in action against the CANSEC arms trade show took place in Ottawa on Wednesday June 1. People began setting up their banners at 7:00 am, preparing to “greet,” amongst others, the Canadian Minister of Defence, Anita Anand, who gave her keynote address to the top weapons manufacturers at 8:30 am.
With just a few days to go to election day, I wanted to share my thoughts on what a vote for me in Windsor-Tecumseh means.
In this election there are 10 candidates in the running.
It is often said that a vote for an independent candidate is a waste. Let me just address that by saying being independent is never a waste. In fact we teach kids in school that charting your own path in life is very important and that speaking up when something is wrong, even if you are the only one at first, is not just the right thing to do, it is what humans have done throughout our history to address serious social problems. This is not to say that if you don’t vote for me, or even don’t vote at all that you are not independent. The point is that independents play a very important role in opening a new path forward where an alternative does not appear to exist.
There is nothing political about the cartel parties in the sense that they serve narrow private interests, not the interests of the polity as defined by the members of the polity themselves | Anna Di Carlo
Since 2017, the cartel of parties in the Ontario legislature have qualified to receive state funding referred to as “allowances.” The handouts were put in place when corporate and trade union contributions were banned. The allowances were presented as a form of transitional funding to wean the parties off sources of “big money” – such as, in the parlance of the anti-social offensive, the trade unions.
Three of the four political parties of the governing cartel in Ontario have more or less declared war on poverty. What does this signify for the poor for whom or rather against whom war has been declared? Will this declaration eliminate the root cause of poverty and the division of Ontario into social classes of which the most extreme is between rich and poor? A question arises as to how this war on poverty could be conducted and successful if the rich and their representatives are those in charge of the war. One is reminded of the dialectic expressed by Bertold Brecht, “A rich man and a poor man stand and look at each other. The poor man with a twitch says: If I weren’t poor, then you wouldn’t be rich.”
A fundamental requirement for an election to be considered democratic is that it must be perceived to enable electors to cast an informed vote. In Ontario, the control of the electoral process by ruling elites who empower official media and the cartel parties themselves to control the message and declare the issues, means that the population is given no role to play in debating and deliberating on the direction they want society to take or in providing a mandate to whosoever forms the next government.
The greatest myth in Canada is that through elections, the people, referred to as an electorate, “choose” the government in a process which authorizes said government to rule over them. This is in fact not the case.
The extent to which many Ontarians are disgusted with elections which don’t represent them, and this Ontario election in particular, is leading them to either not participate or, to the best of their ability, cast a protest vote.
Ontario’s election law allows a voter to decline their ballot. To decline your ballot, tell the election official that you are declining your right to vote when they hand you a ballot. This is a public process done out loud.