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Don’t just blame the anti-vaxxers, blame our political elites too

Justin Trudeau has chosen to place all of the blame on the unvaccinated for the current spike in cases and hospitalizations. The problem is, this is only a half-truth. It is political scapegoating. The other half of the problem is Trudeau himself – and the rest of Canada’s political elites who have declined to improve Canada’s public health system for decades.

There is so much more that our political leaders could have done to prevent, or at least mitigate, the current surge in Omicron cases and hospitalizations.

How capitalism made the pandemic worse, every step of the way

The internal logic of capitalism has tainted our government’s response to the pandemic. Corporate profits were preserved, while the interests of the working class were disregarded.

Pandemic austerity and vaccine nationalism were the primary themes of government responses, and have grave consequences for the working class and health of humanity.

An alternative solution, worker-ownership, is good public health policy as it would empower workers to create their own safe pandemic working conditions.

Should Leftists and Progressives trust Pfizer and Big Pharma?

The Left has always had a strong tradition of emphasizing the importance of science and empirical understanding of the world. Remember that foundational socialists such as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels considered their approach to economics as “scientific socialism.”

Marx himself admired the scientific advances made possible by Capitalism. As Leftists, we should not dismiss the labour of the workers of these pharmaceutical companies, nor should we align with conspiracists, conservatives, or fascists.

Will elections ever save us? No, but a strong Labour movement will.

Giving Labour more power within the capitalist system should be seen as a win for the Left, especially after decades of neo-liberal decay. If we are to progress as a society, building worker’s power within a strong intersectional, labour, and Indigenous coalition would be a great starting point. Change only comes from the streets.

A battle of ideas surround Covid-19. Vaccine mandates offer hope for us all

Remember that the current vaccine passport system is an alternative to another lockdown situation. It is the opposite of a lockdown – lockdowns shut down society, the vaccine passport is an attempt to reopen society and get back to normal. The tiny minority of anti-vaxxers are the ones keeping this pandemic going; it’s time for them to get out of the way.

Tearing down colonial statues is making history, not erasing it

While confederate statues get bashed down in the south, Canada’s own architects of genocide and apartheid have also come to a crumbling demise. Statues of John A MacDonald and Egerton Ryerson have been defaced and torn down across Canada.

My opinion on this is very clear: this is a good thing.

What if we all get Covid-19? Why vaccines are the cure to contagion

Historically, vaccines have arguably been one of the biggest success stories of the human race – and the story of Covid-19 will be no different. Despite this, there is a relatively small (yet loud) class of people who would like to see us reach herd immunity through “natural infection” which would result in untold amounts of harm to Canadians. I’m looking at you, anti-vaxxers and supporters of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration.

Despite Their Roots, The Proud Boys Shouldn’t Be The Center of Canada’s Far-Right Terrorism Discussion

The Proud Boys themselves are not Canada’s largest far-right terror threat. Many progressive bloggers, writers, journalists, and anti-hate watchdogs have had mixed reactions to the wording of Monday’s House motion that included designating The Proud Boys — McInnes’ pet project — a terrorist organization in Canada. Some are calling for further discussion and an alternate approach.

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Freedom stops when work starts. Canadian workers deserve more.

In times of crisis, such as the current pandemic, the situation of the workers becomes even worse. Workers are left with a simple choice of either risking their lives to put food on the table for a minimum wage or being left without the means to sustain themselves.

A New Wave of Hate: Anti-Asian Sentiment on the Rise

The second wave of Covid-19 is here in Canada and many questions loom as to how the future of the pandemic will play out. One thing that is for certain, though, is that a new wave of hate has spread throughout Canada.

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