Today's global May Day actions include a march of thousands of workers in Bangladesh demanding workplace safety following last week's factory collapse that left more than 400 dead and 150 missing. The collapse is now being described as the deadliest accident in the history of the garment industry, and marked Bangladesh's third industrial accident in five months ... We're joined by the leading labor rights activist, Charlie Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. "The companies are hiding behind these phony codes of conduct that are meaningless. What the workers want are legal rights," Kernaghan says.
Filmmaker Mario Jean captures a 'party de rue' last night in Montreal, kicking off May Day festivites in style.
An appeal to Morgan Freeman and Jian Ghomeshi not to participate in an event aimed at legitimizing Israeli occupation and apartheid. This video is by filmmaker John Greyson, whose films include Proteus, The Law of Enclosures, the AIDS musical Zero Patience, and Lilies, which won four Genies including Best Film.
Full video of the speech by Allan Gregg to the convention of the Alberta Federation of Labour. Gregg, a former 'At Issue' political panelist on CBC's The National, criticized the "assault on reason" by the current federal government: "I came here to talk to you about a troubling trend, an assault on reason that doesn't look like much different than the one described by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984..."
Video posted by the Alberta Federation of Labour.
This week's Bangladeshi factory disaster comes five months after a massive fire killed at least 112 garment workers at Bangladesh's Tazreen factory, which made clothing sold by Wal-Mart, among other companies. Earlier this month, Wal-Mart refused to compensate victims and their families, even though it was apparently the factory's largest buyer. We're joined by Sumi Abedin, a worker who survived the Tazreen fire by jumping from the factory's third story, breaking both her arm and foot in the process. She is currently touring the United States to call on retailers like Wal-Mart, The GAP and Disney to take the lead on improving working conditions in Bangladesh.
A Best-of-the-Net video from The Real News Network: New study refutes Reinhart and Rogoff analysis that underpins austerity policy around the world; shows no relation between debt and lack of growth.
The Harper government's budget cuts target essential public services that ensure the health, safety and well-being of citizens. Impacted sectors include food inspection, aviation safety and security, environmental protection and employment insurance. We are all affected by these cuts.
Vito laments the loss of public space — and soul — in our cities. An Espresso With Vito stars Canadian Comedy Award winner Marco Timpano as Vito Cazzolungo, an outlandish, outspoken character who dishes sardonic wisdom between sips from his espresso cup. In his bathrobe. In a park.
CR Avery takes a poetic look at the masterminds of climate crimes; five minutes that could change everything.
With riveting spoken word and striking images, CR Avery connects the dots between pipelines, oil tankers and climate change. He is unsparing in speaking truth to power about the companies leading us down the path toward climate catastrophe and the movement building against them.
Enbridge and Enron child Kinder Morgan propose to build pipelines across British Columbia from the tar sands of northern Alberta, and ship the world's dirtiest oil to Asia and the US, putting the west coast of North America at risk of oil spills. These pipelines would drive expansion of the tar sands and spike the impacts of global warming everywhere.
Legendary singer Rita MacNeil passed away yesterday at the age of 68. Here is a video of her singing 'Working Man,' in tribute to the coal miners of her home province of Nova Scotia.