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  • Elon Musk gets the political spectrum so wrong, but so right – unintentionally

    Elon Musk gets the political spectrum so wrong, but so right – unintentionally

    Well, it seems like Elon Musk is set to become our new Twitter overlord. This is a terrible idea, for many reasons which will probably be the subject of my next post. He seems to have become the new hope for the online Right. The one who will restore balance to free speech in the […]

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  • Ottawa Police refer to anti-vax protestors as “freedom supporters”

    In what can only be described as positive public relations spin – or just propaganda in this case – the Ontario Police’s official Twitter account referred to anti-vaccine, pro-disease protestors as “Freedom Supporters.” I’m sorry what? Anti-vaccine protestors have shown themselves to be the least supportive of freedom. This shouldn’t come as a shock to […]

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  • Neoliberal failures expose the need to defund the police

    Police cannot ever solve broad social and political problems created by the neglect of the neoliberal state. They will forever be locked in a chase to find more crime which is continuously generated by our economic system. A dog chasing its tail. Alternatives must be found.

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  • The Conservative Party has become the political arm of the trucker’s convoy

    The Conservative party has made a turn to the hard right. No doubt they want to swallow up lost voters further to the right that have turned to the PPC.  What this means in practice is an outright rejection of any public health measures that actually prevent Covid infections and transmission.

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  • Vancouver Police release highly militaristic copaganda recruiting ad

    The Vancouver Police Department released a series of recruitment ads on March 1st. The VPD’s ad elevated one of the worst parts of policing – the high militarization of the VPD – in a blatant pro-police propaganda campaign.

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  • Making sense of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    What has become clear is that Canadian and American media are manufacturing consent, and presenting the Russian invasion of Ukraine outside of its historical context. The act of invasion is 100% Vladimir Putin’s decision, and the invasion was not justified. At the same time, the conditions that led to this were in part due to USA/NATO aggression toward Russia.

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  • A left-wing case against Justin Trudeau invoking the Emergencies Act

    The central issue with invoking the Emergency Act is twofold: First, it is a step too far in consolidating state power against dissenting citizens. Second, police already had the tools they needed to deal with the occupation in Ottawa but chose not to. If the police had exhausted all their options first (which are routinely used against Indigenous and climate change protestors) then Trudeau may have a case. This did not happen.

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  • The Police Problem in Canada

    The Emergencies Act sets a dangerous precedent- as does Bill 1 in Alberta, and we should not be encouraging their precedent-setting use. It is clear that the systems and leaders have not been listening. Legislation that allows the system to reproduce the same old issues is not going to bring our salvation.

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  • Pierre Poilievre is no friend of the working class, despite his pro-worker ranting

    Poilievre’s announcement to run as Prime Minister touches on working-class issues, with a mood of plausible, genuine sincerity. He even mentions the working class by name. Of course, Poilievre doesn’t care about the working class at all. His solution to alleviating poverty in Canada is to put the social welfare bureaucracy “out of business.”

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  • The truckers convoy promotes social harm, not “mandating freedom.”

    The organizers of the covid convoy have been demanding they speak to the manager of Canada. While they claim to fight for freedom and “vaccine choice,” this couldn’t be further from the truth. What all the elements within the spectrum of supporters of the convoy have in common is the promotion of social harm.

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  • Where is the convoy to support workers in the trucking industry?

    Wage theft is a major problem for workers in the trucking industry, yet the organizers of the so-called Truckers for Freedom Convoy are completely silent about this. How can the organizers and supporters of the convoy claim to support truckers, when they simply used them as a spectacle to draw attention to anti-vaccine and far-right ideology?

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  • Top Banking CEO blames workers’ wages for causing inflation

    In the end, workers are attacked on two fronts via inflation rhetoric. First, by banking CEO’s who claim workers make too much money, and second, by the Conservatives who claim that they received too much government support during the pandemic.

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  • Right-wing news outlet “True North” posts misleading vaccination statistics

    True North, a conservative-leaning news site, has published a highly misleading article that seems to attempt to undermine vaccine effectiveness. It’s actually kind of shocking how bad it is. Putting True North’s own numbers into context tells an entirely different story than the story its readers have heard. According to government data, the rates of hospitalizations and ICU visits are dramatically lower for fully vaccinated individuals. On average, unvaccinated individuals are going to the hospital 5.5 times more than vaccinated individuals. They are also going to the ICU 12 times more than vaccinated individuals.

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  • Widely condemned ‘Truckers For Freedom’ rally features Trudeau figure in a noose

    Aside from needless greenhouse gas emissions, the only accomplishment of the so-called Truckers for Freedom convoy is further consolidation and recruitment of the far-right. Whatever your stance on vaccines or vaccine mandate, the growth of these far-right conspiracy movements and the inevitable violence that goes along with it should be alarming.

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  • BC government cut health coverage to migrants twice during the pandemic

    BC excludes some workers, students, and newcomers to the province from receiving healthcare benefits. This forces people to pay for their own healthcare out of their own pocket. During the pandemic, temporary policies were introduced to cover these groups of people, but were eventually revoked. If Canada’s public healthcare system is to be truly universal, these barriers to healthcare must be removed immediately. 

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