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

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

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Justice for Jermaine Protest Locks Down Brampton Intersection on Christmas Eve

by Nathaniel Jote, Shafiqullah Aziz, Steve da Silva Concerned residents and community members gathered at a vigil on Christmas eve for Jermaine Carby, a Brampton man who was shot and killed by Peel Regional Police three months earlier.  The gathering rallied about 50 members at the location of Carby’s murder, near Queen and Kennedy, where


Lessons from the Minimum Wage Campaign in Ontario

by Martin Cooke “We asked people working minimum wage jobs what they thought the minimum wage should be,” said Deena Ladd over the phone. Deena Ladd is an organizer with the Workers Action Center in Toronto. In 2013, the Workers Action Center starting organizing to raise the minimum wage in Ontario. The coalition was able

Maria Corina Machado meeting with George W. Bush in 2002, when she was the head of Súmate, a rightwing "civil society" organization long involved with delegitimization campaigns against the Bolivarian regime, its electoral process, and instigating rightwing violence against it. How many “civil society” leaders get to have private meetings with the “Commander in Chief” of the American Empire?

Rightwing Venezuelan figure courted at Scotia Bank Building in Toronto

by Fernando Arce On May 8, 2014, one of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders, Maria Corina Machado, was hosted at an event in Toronto at which she thanked Harper’s right-wing government and Canadian-Venezuelans for their ongoing support. The event, organized by the Canadian Council for the Americas, was presided by boardroom chair and event moderator,

The looming ‘war’ on the native tobacco trade

Six Nations meeting rallies community against Bill C-10  by Noaman G. Ali Six Nations of the Grand River | “The introduction of Omnibus Bill C-10 is an attempt to criminalize the hard-working families and entrepreneurs of Six Nations and other territories,” Jonathan Garlow said to over two hundred people gathered at the Polytechnic of the Six

Remembering Rogerio: How Toronto and Ontario are failing undocumented residents

by Muriam Salman Rogerio Marques DeSouza, an undocumented worker, died an untimely death. However, the discrimination he faced due to his immigration status did not end with his passing. At 49, Rogerio, the father of three teenage children, had been fighting colon cancer for over three years. As an undocumented migrant from Brazil, he was