Death threats issued to Toronto priest for commemorating Hugo Chavez

Death threats issued to Toronto priest for commemorating Hugo Chavez

by Steve da Silva One of Toronto’s inner suburbs has become a focal point in the ongoing struggle in Venezuela between the Bolivarian transition to [...]

CORDILLERA DAY 2014

Title: 6th CORDILLERA DAY Celebration Location: 53 Cummer Avenue, Toronto Description: The Cordillera Day is a yearly commemoration of the historical struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera for the defense of their ancestral domain and their right to self- determination. It is also an occasion to strengthen the unity among the different indigenous [...]

May Day 2014 in Toronto

On May 1st, International Workers Day, we will march to reclaim May Day for just people’s struggles and to Honour Our Communities. We are unified in our fight against poverty and capitalism. We oppose attacks on rights and income of workers, irrespective of status. We demand an end to immigration detention because no one is illegal. We will continue our support for Indigenous [...]

Canadians exposing Chevron’s dirty hand

by Pragash Pio and Denise Cordova On March 13, 2014, the Committee in solidarity with those affected by Chevron in Ecuador organized a forum “Exposing the Dirty Hand of Chevron,” as a part of a wider awareness campaign. For the past 20 years Ecuadorian indigenous and peasant communities have been fighting a legal battle against [...]

The Campaign for $14: First Steps Towards a Better Labour Movement?

Op-Ed by Petr Liakhov On February 15, on a bone-chilling Saturday afternoon, almost five hundred people flooded Dundas Square calling on the government of Ontario to raise the minimum wage to $14 / hour.  It was the latest (and largest) of a series of once-monthly street mobilizations by the “Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign”. This [...]

Baffin Region Mayors Oppose Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Nunavut Mayors’ Forum Passes Motion Opposing Seismic Surveys by Warren Bernauer The mayors of Nunavut’s Qikiqtani (Baffin) region passed a motion opposing offshore oil and gas exploration at the 2014 Baffin Mayors’ Forum. The motion was passed unanimously, with all thirteen mayors of the region voting in favour. The motion states, “the people have expressed [...]

An Homage to Ali: Tributes to a friend, a comrade, and a people’s journalist

Toronto-based activist and journalist  Ali Mustafa was killed on Sunday, March 9, by the Assad regime’s bombs in the opposition-held city of Aleppo, Syria. Ali was a friend to many of us in BASICS and someone who touched a lot of people inside and outside of Toronto. As the corporate media laments the death of [...]

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by Zainab Syed and Arsalan Samdani “They tortured me. They punched me on the head, they slap[ped] my arms and they beat me with a stick,” said Kareem Khan to journalists after his release from detention on February 13th. Khan, a vocal anti-drone activist from FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), was kidnapped (allegedly by Pakistan’s [...]

Ven Event flyer

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 6:30pm Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St, Toronto Since February 12th, when demonstrations against the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela turned violent, Venezuela has been in the spotlight of media around the World. But what is really going on? Is the mainstream media telling the whole story? Come to this open [...]

Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

This is an interview by Camila Uribe-Rosales of BASICS with Oscar and R (who prefers to remain anonymous), two Latin American youth who migrated to Canada from El Salvador and Mexico, and their experiences in the Canadian education system. EARLY YEARS O: I was born in El Salvador. My parents migrated here.  I didn’t speak [...]

An alternative to the ‘business’ of fitness

by Ashley M. Total Fitness Studio doesn’t look like your typical mainstream gym, and doesn’t follow the same model. With a small studio in the heart of Scarborough, it promotes healthy living with fun — “Move it to lose it!” This fitness studio removes the veil of expensive machines as the only way to be [...]

9 things you need to know about Venezuela and the recent violence

by Pablo Vivanco 1. The students marches are from the right-wing of the student movement Unlike in places like Chile, there is no single or united student movement in Venezuela. Not only are students groups highly decentralized, but they are also divided along political lines. Another unique feature of the student groups identifying with the [...]

Hundreds rally in Toronto to support a democratic Venezuela… and reactionary riots

by Pragash Pio and Hassan Reyes Several hundred people gathered at Toronto’s Dundas Square on February 22 in response to violence in Venezuela which started at the beginning of the month. Two sharply divided groups formed and faced off across Yonge Street.  On one side, a group of 100 activists responding to the call from [...]