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Canada needs to #Stand4Medicare

Monday, March 31, marked the day the federal government withdrew from any leadership role in health care in Canada.

This withdrawal of federal leadership will lead to a fragmentation of services across the country, and access to care will depend on where you live and your ability to pay.

Instead of coordinating a national action plan for health care, the only plan is to cut health transfer payments and shift the risk onto provinces and patients.

Canada needs a new health accord and Canada needs to #Stand4Medicare.

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Tegan and Sara celebrate LGBTQ activism at Junos

Tegan and Sara won big this year at the Junos and in their acceptance speech gave thanks to years of hard-fought battles by LGBTQ activists and their allies.

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Video: Picket to defend Canada Postal Service

Protest against the plan to terminate door-to-door mail delivery hit Toronto streets and the mass media on Saturday afternoon, March 15. Close to 100 people answered the call of Socialist Action and braved freezing high winds to picket the constituency office of Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver at Lawrence Ave. and Bathurst St., a busy uptown intersection.

Members of more than a dozen labour unions, political and community groups rallied to demand that Canada Post Corporation and the Conservative federal government of Stephen Harper reverse the decision to phase out home mail delivery to over five million addresses, and refrain from increasing the price of postage.

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Video: How can we organize against multiple oppressions?

LeftStreamed presents this four part series on organizing against multiple oppressions and asks these questions:

How does class exploitation intersect with racism and hetero-patriarchy to sustain and reproduce capitalist rule? Are forms of oppression predicated upon race or gender necessary to capitalist social relations? How does our analysis influence our organizing? What type of organizing projects do we need to develop in 2014 that can take into account these insights?

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Video: Canada only works if we work, right?

How many jobs have you had? Operation Maple gives us this upbeat workers montage of all those jobs in Canada. Canada only works if we work right?

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Save our waterfront: Stop the expansion of Toronto Island Airport

As they tour Lake Ontario's inner harbour, an urban planner, a doctor, a sailor and a mother and her daughter talk about how jet expansion would negatively impact Toronto's island park system, harbour and waterfront.

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Directed by Teresa Ascencao and Elizabeth Littlejohn
Edited by Cathy Gulkin

To save Toronto's waterfront, please sign the NOJets TO petition at http://www.nojetsto.ca/take-action/

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Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto

For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless and poor residents go?

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Video: How a supposed cyberbullying law helps the government track you online

Thousands of Canadians are speaking out against Peter MacKay's new online spying legislation. Bill C-13 would give a range of authorities access to your private information without a warrant. Join the campaign to stop government spying and to keep your online activities private -- join Canada's largest-ever pro-privacy coalition today at http://OurPrivacy.ca

Directed by Jeremy Brown of www.rattlesnakefilms.ca

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Loretta Saunders' tragic death sparks calls for national inquiry

In the wake of the tragic murder of Loretta Saunders, four NDP MPs, Ryan Cleary, Megan Leslie, Jean Crowder and Romeo Saganash, asked for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. They were met with partisanship and empty answers.

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Video: Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Corporate Globalization

On January 31, 2014, the Council of Canadians participated in an Inter-Continental Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Corporate Globalization. Actions and events took place in more than 50 cities across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia. 

Dan Peruzzo of D See Video Productions captured the action in Comox, British Columbia and is inviting everyone to share and post the video to their websites, Facebook accounts and listserves. It's a good time to do so with TPP negotiations continuing behind closed doors in Singapore this week.

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