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Alberta Politics: Rain’s forecast, but today promises to be a sunny Labour Day celebration just the same

PHOTOS: A Canadian Labour Day parade, well back in the day. Below: A poster for today’s Labour Day barbecue and picnic in Edmonton, J.S. Woodsworth, first leader of the CCF, and a philatelic tribute to labour. “What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all.” – J.S. Woodsworth, first leader of the CCF Oh, today […]

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Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Pension tensions and privatizations

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I have two guests on two different topics today. First up: Kevin Skerrett, a pension researcher at the Canadian Union of Public Employees. I spoke with him about the role of pensions in financialized capitalism. Don’t let the word pensions scare you off, this is a conversation that gets to the heart . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Pension tensions and privatizations

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: CLC Convention 2014

This week’s convention of the Canadian Labour Congress was more eventful than it has been in some time. There was a change of leadership and an energy palpable even from afar via social media. Of course, four days of convention does not a labour movement make and so today I’ve gathered together three guests to . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: CLC Convention 2014

The Ranting Canadian: Some Canadian content for Mayday (International Workers’…

Some Canadian content for Mayday (International Workers’ Day):

This video is a documentary about the Toronto folk music group The Travellers, who started out in 1953, mixing traditional folk songs, Canadian patriotism, communism and Jewish culture (sometimes singing in Yiddish). They were inspired by, and worked with, Pete Seeger. They are best . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Some Canadian content for Mayday (International Workers’…

Bill Longstaff: April 28—National Day of Mourning

In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28th a National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed, or suffer disease or injury as a result of work. It is now recognized in over a 100 countries around the world.

Every year, unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather to “mourn for . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: April 28—National Day of Mourning

The Ranting Canadian: Happy Labour Day weekend to all working class women and men. In…

Happy Labour Day weekend to all working class women and men.

In this corrupt age of ultra-capitalism, globalization, neo-feudalism and unrestrained class war, we need the labour movement more than ever! Now is the time to stick together and take what’s ours, instead of continuing to fight each other over crumbs from the rich . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Happy Labour Day weekend to all working class women and men.
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The Ranting Canadian: Here’s my final photo from the International Workers Day…

Here’s my final photo from the International Workers Day rally in downtown Toronto on May 1, 2013. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this “Bourgeois” tour bus parked near the starting point of the Mayday march. Obviously I wasn’t the only one who saw the dry humour in this, because someone else posted . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here’s my final photo from the International Workers Day…

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 3 These are various photos of…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 3

These are various photos of the International Workers Day march in downtown Toronto during the evening of May 1, 2013. A wide range of groups, individuals, causes and ideologies were represented — under the common banner of working class power.

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The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2 Two current issues that were…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2

Two current issues that were emphasized at the 2013 International Workers Day rally in Toronto were the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh (and the continuing systematic exploitation of all sweatshop workers in that country) . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2
Two current issues that were…

The Ranting Canadian: It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s…

It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s first anniversary, the weekend of Rebelfest in Hamilton, and a few days before International Workers’ Day (aka Mayday, aka the real Labour Day). Additionally, April 28 is International Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured on the job. A lot . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s…

The Ranting Canadian: This song against the recently deceased former British prime…

This song against the recently deceased former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is “Oxford Lady” by the Manchester-based post-punk/New Wave band The Brigade. Lyrically, it’s a bit more subtle than most of the anti-Thatcher songs I posted, but that just means you have to listen a bit more closely.

As a bonus, here’s . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This song against the recently deceased former British prime…

The Ranting Canadian: Peter Kormos memorial on May 11, 2013 in Thorold, Ontario

Peter Kormos memorial on May 11, 2013 in Thorold, Ontario:

Click on the above link for details, and see my last post for more information about his life, which ended far too soon.

If you see grey boxes above, click on one of them to see photos of Peter.

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The Ranting Canadian: Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest,…

Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest, persuasive, gruff-voiced, hard-working, non-conformist, friendly, principled, down-to-earth man of the people who drank and smoked, wore cowboy boots, stood up for the little guy and was re-elected several times.

No, I’m not talking about that asshole Ralph Klein, whose merits and accomplishments are more . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest,…

The Ranting Canadian: A claymation version of Ed Broadbent makes a clear and logical…

A claymation version of Ed Broadbent makes a clear and logical 3.5-minute presentation on income inequality and politics in Canada. . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: A claymation version of Ed Broadbent makes a clear and logical…

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ed Broadbent on Income Inequality

350 or bust: It’s Labour Day – Hug A Union

This long holiday weekend has been brought to you by the blood sweat and tears of the Labor Movement; enjoy your holiday Monday, but don’t take it for granted. It is very easy to forget how many workers and organizers lost their lives and jobs, were thrown in jail or were beaten up to win . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Labour Day – Hug A Union