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Duterte Moves into “Fascist Dictatorship” as Extrajudicial Killings, Repression Expand

Duterte Moves into “Fascist Dictatorship” as Extrajudicial Killings, Repression Expand

by Priyanka Rabindranath & Steve da Silva On Sunday, December 10, two dozen people gathered in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall to mark International Human Rights Day and bring attention to the expanding scope of extrajudicial killings being carried out in the Philippines by the Rodrigo Duterte administration. “Duterte has shown his true colours

Trustees Vote Cops Out of TDSB High Schools

by Shafiqullah Aziz Students, parents, teachers, and community organizers are celebrating after trustees of the Toronto District School Board voted to end the School Resource Officer program, which stationed Toronto police in high schools. The November 22 vote to end the program comes after months of community consultations and organizing efforts from multiple groups expressing

Neo-Nazis try to get a foothold in Scarborough

by Priya Rabindranath Neo-Nazis plastered the intersection of Victoria Park and Ellesmere with posters promoting white supremacy and condemning immigrants and refugees in late September. The campaign in Scarborough followed a summer of demonstrations by far-right groups across the continent. The black and white posters called on residents to ‘Join your local Nazis!’, linking to

What does the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. gov’t tell us about our future in a changing climate?

by Steve da Silva – Analysis / Op-Ed October 31, 2017 In a world where climate change is accelerating as fast as the gap between the rich and the poor, the U.S. government’s callous, half-hearted response to the disaster that its citizens are facing in Puerto Rico is sending a message to the world’s majority:

Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva Activists and concerned residents in the Durham region rallied outside the Oshawa Courthouse in the early morning of September 27 to protest the brutal, racially motivated attack on Dafonte Miller by an off-duty Toronto police officer and his brother. Two dozen protestors gathered and chanted just before the latest hearing in

The Failed Cover-Up of Scarborough Cop’s Vicious Attack on Teen: The Case of Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva It’s sometimes known as the ‘Blue Wall of Silence’. Sometimes the ‘Blue Code’. It’s that unwritten rule amongst cops that you don’t report on a fellow officer, even if doing so is in breach of the law, even when this means covering up heinous acts.  If you’ve never heard these expressions

The Housing Crisis and Colonialism in Mishkeegogamang: New BASICS doc reveals colonial living in Ontario’s north

In December 2014, BASICS people’s journalists Shafiq Aziz and Steve da Silva travelled to Mishkeegogamang First Nation, a remote Ojibway reserve located 7 hours  north of Thunder Bay as part of a serve-the-people project launched by the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of union local CUPE 3903.  Through a look at the housing situation on the reserve, BASICS

BASICS Speak to CUPE 3902 Representatives about Possible Strike at UofT

by Nathaniel Jote and Liam Fox The University of Toronto and CUPE 3902, which represents student and contract teaching staff on campus, are currently negotiating new collective bargaining agreements. Negotiations seem to have stalled, however, and Units 1 (mainly TAs) and 3 (mainly sessional lecturers) are readying for a possible strike. At a townhall last

Strike on the Horizon at UofT

By Nathaniel Jote and Liam Fox Tensions are running high at the University of Toronto between administrators and CUPE 3902, the union which represents 7000 T.A.s and sessional lecturers on three UofT campuses. During 2014, Units 1 and 3 of CUPE 3902 both had their collective bargaining agreements with the university expire. However, the University

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