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Nova Scotians speak up

Nova Scotia Liberals hand over decision-making in education to private interests | KEVIN CORKILL*

The Nova Scotia Liberal government is using Bill 72, the Education Reform Act, to legalize turning education over to private interests and by doing so destroying existing arrangements including the right of teachers and education workers, organized into unions, to negotiate their wages and conditions of work. Continue reading

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Resistance of teachers and education workers in Nova Scotia; Defeat the vicious anti-social offensive which targets teachers, education workers and public education

Teachers rally in Yarmouth, December 6, 2016.


As a result of the resistance of teachers and education workers in Nova Scotia, joined by other working people and students, the Liberal government of Stephen McNeil has backed down on its threats to pass legislation to impose contracts on teachers who are beginning a work-to-rule campaign by withdrawing voluntary extra-curricular activities. The government has also been forced to back down on its threat to lock students out of school while debating this legislation. Continue reading

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The dignity and vocation of the teacher

MARCH 19, 2001 - HAVANA, CUBA: Elementary school students play before the start of classes at a school in the Vedado section of Havana, Cuba, March 19, 2001. Cuba's education system is widely considered to be one of the best in the developing world and Cuba's illiteracy rate is among the lowest in the world. PHOTO BY JACK KURTZ WOMEN EDUCATION FAMILY CHILDREN

Elementary school students play before the start of classes at a school in the Vedado section of Havana, Cuba | JACK KURTZ

I saw an interesting interview in the context of Obama’s visit on CNN with a Cuban lady teacher, who caused me to think about those who teach. You have a noble profession. Of course, the American TV was trying to make her ashamed she was not paid so much, and her school did not have great technical resources like computers for the children. She replied, “yes, that is true, but for us teaching is more like a labour of love. And in what countries are teachers paid so much?! Continue reading

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Youth and students – Fight for empowerment!

All Out to Mobilize the Youth to Build a Bright Future for Themselves!

By Anna Di Carlo, National Leader, MLPC

This week Youth Vote Canada is involving 700,000 students in more than 7,400 schools across the country to engage with the leaders of political parties in the lead up to the October 19 vote. In these and many more schools, teachers are involving their students in programs which teach them civics and introduce them to the political process. Many hold mock elections by choosing to represent one of the parties, campaigning and holding a vote. Continue reading

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Segregation is back in US schools

Until 1964 the United States was officially an apartheid society where African Americans faced civil death. Now, it is an unofficial apartheid society, as the following reports demonstrate.

Reuters / Tami Chappell

Reuters | Tami Chappell

RT (May 15) – Sixty years after the Supreme Curt ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, a new university report has found many of the gains of integration have been reversed.

In a report published Thursday by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, researchers found that while schools aren’t as segregated as they were before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, much of the progress that had been made after 1967 has been lost. Continue reading

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Quebec: Youth participation, and the right to education

To inform readers that there is a real alternative in the Quebec election, we are providing information on the stand and views of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), which is presenting 24 candidates in the April 7 Quebec elections in the following regions: the National Capital, Mauricie, Montérégie, Montréal and the Outaouais.


Linda Sullivan, PMLQ candidate, Châteauguay

Linda Sullivan, PMLQ candidate, Châteauguay

According to a survey conducted from February 28 to March 3 by Leger Marketing on behalf of TVA Nouvelles, 30 per cent of the youth vote (18 to 24 years) is leaning toward the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), 29 per cent toward the Parti Québécois (PQ), 18 per cent toward Québec solidaire (QS) and 15 per cent toward the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

The polls predict a drop in youth participation in this election compared to 2012, when the student movement for the right to education was in full swing. (They forget to mention that it was the youth who forced an election which led to the defeat of the Liberals and Jean Charest.) Continue reading

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Ontario: Wynne’s no-win whammy

January 26, 2014 marked one year since Kathleen Wynne was selected as premier by 1,115 delegates to the Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership convention. Many of these were Liberal MPs, MPPs, failed candidates and party “insiders.” They were not elected as delegates but entitled to attend the convention according to provisions in the party constitution. Continue reading

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