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 [...]


by Minnalkodi Sivan BASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) As of mid-May of this year, the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the chauvinistic Sri Lankan regime came to an end after over 25 years of brutal battle. Yet, while Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse uttered the words “equality” and “unity” during his [...]

Open Letter from Elliot Vredenburg to BASICS Free Community NewsletterBASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) It is with great concern that I compose the letter that is to follow, but I feel that I have no choice but to lament about the conduct of several police officers of the Toronto Police Services.On August 17, 2009, 4 friends [...]

megrahi arriving home

al-Megrahi’s appeal proves the Scottish system to be a sham. by Justin Panos BASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) On August 20, 2009, convicted killer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison on what was said to be compassionate grounds. The 57-year-old former Libyan intelligence officer, who is dying of terminal cancer, was convicted on 270 [...]


Co-op boards and the TCHC go after some of the most vulnerable in our community by Farshad Azadian, an organizer with the Esplanade Community Organization BASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) The Esplanade community, like many working class neighbourhoods across Toronto, is seeing a wave of attacks on its poor and working class residents who are seeing [...]

J4A ball

by Salma Al Nadhir BASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) The second annual Justice for Alwy Basketball tournament was held with great success this summer, held for the second time at Carlton Park (Symington and Dupont area). The tournament was held to raise awareness about the issue of police brutality and was dedicated to the memory of [...]

Pulling Back the Curtain on the SRO Program by James CampbellBASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) Many parents, teachers, school administrators, and especially students were surprised to see the headlines in late-June announcing not only the renewal, but the expansion of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The surprise came from the fact that there had been [...]

by Herman RosenfeldBASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) The 39 day strike of 24,000 members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 79 and 416, representing inside and outside Toronto municipal workers, ended in a partial economic victory, but a political setback as well. It was a victory in the sense that both groups of workers [...]

Contract Faculty at CUPE 3902 Fighting for Basic Job Security by Farshad AzadianBASICS #15 (Sep / Oct 2009) Contract faculty and various other instructor staff at the University of Toronto (UofT), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 3902, have been bargaining with their employer since July 15, 2009. These academic workers [...]


Bills C-46 and C-47 will authorize sweeping internet surveillance powers for Canadian police and intelligence services by S. da Silva BASICS #15 (Sep/Oct 2009) On June 18, 2009, the Conservative government introduced two bills in Parliament that will give Canadian intelligence and police forces unprecedented powers to monitor the communications and internet browsing of Canadians. [...]

Tribal rally in Kolkata

by J.D. Benjamin BASICS # 15 (Sep / Oct 2009) Starting in November 2008, the people of the Lalgarh region of West Bengal, India have been engaged in a massive uprising. Starting as a protest against abuses by the police, the uprising has expanded into a general revolt against the government and social system. Backed [...]

Condemn the Coup in Honduras

by Lucho Granados Ceja and Karen Spring BASICS # 15 (Sep / Oct 2009) In the early morning of June 28th, 2009, democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras was abducted from his home by the military and exiled to San Jose, Costa Rica. This coup has been widely condemned by multiple international organizations, including [...]


by Norman (Otis) Richmond BASICS # 15 (Sep / Oct 2009) Twenty years ago in Oakland, California, during the month of August, Huey P. Newton was murdered. It is August 22, 1989, at about 8:30 am in the morning. Gwen Johnston, the co-owner of Third World Books and Crafts (Toronto’s first African-Canadian-owned bookstore) phoned me [...]