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Dossier: Working people across Canada speak out on the pandemic and take their stand

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Entries for the past 6 weeks have been deleted for some reason. We will update as soon as possible.

(Updated April 24, 30, May 1, 5, 7, 14, 19) – This blog salutes all of Canada’s working people whose contribution makes life possible, especially under the conditions of all out mobilization to contain the coronavirus.

For this period, we are reposting links to and articles from Workers’ Forum. This online publication is presenting the views and reports of workers on how to handle the pandemic and their struggles for the working conditions they require to make their contribution to the well-being of the population as a whole. They speak in their own name. Our aim is to help break the silence around the struggle being waged in every sphere to defend their rights and the rights of all. Continue reading

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Crash of the Snowbird

Despite broad concerns about the safety of the Snowbird program, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proclaims that he is eager to continue it. This is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine | TONY SEED

On May 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Tutor jet crashed in a residential area near Kamloops, BC. It was part of a cross-country public relations aerial show of the Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration squadron, known as the Snowbirds. Code named Operation Inspiration, the tour began in Nova Scotia on May 2, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was unleashed immediately in the wake of Operation America Strong of the USAF Thunderbirds that began on April 19 over the state of Colorado, headquarters of NORAD.[1] Continue reading

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Tough guys don’t use facemasks

Arrogant behaviour is costing lives | Rolando Pérez Betancourt

Donald Trump refuses a mask from a worker at a factory producing protective wear, in Phoenix, Arizona, May 5 | AFP

John Wayne wearing a facemask? Impossible, so the ferocious pandemic will advance toward him and he, gun in hand, will continue to shoot Indians, Mexicans and any viral load that gets in his way. There is no other country where reality and fiction come together in such an astounding way as in the United States. Continue reading

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Windsor and District Labour Council calls for an end to inhumane sanctions and blockades

The following letter was sent on May 8 to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Canada as well as the leaders of all other parties in Parliament and local MPs as a follow-up to a resolution passed at the online April membership meeting of the Windsor and District Labour Council. Continue reading

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Foxes in the henhouse – Who decides where government bailout money goes?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, trillions of bailout dollars in the U.S. and Canada are about to be fire-hosed into particular areas of the economy. Given that this is public money, who decides where and to whom these funds should go? | PETER EWART

Fox in the Henhouse: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

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Herd immunity not a proven way to reopen society WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a brief on April 24 which says that there is “currently no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies would be protected from a second infection. They would nonetheless, end up with “some level of protection,” the WHO subsequently clarified. Continue reading

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Amid the pandemic, US billionaires thrive

Billionaires Thrive

By LAWRENCE  WITTTNER

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s super-rich remain a notable exception. Continue reading

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