Features

by Editors — last modified 2017-02-02T09:57:36-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Hudak Lashes-Out at Working People as Only A Tory Would

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jul 04, 2012 11:04 AM
Hot on the heals of losing the court challenge to the Working Families Coalition (a rather centrist collection of labour unions that dislike Tory policy), Hudak lashes out at working people in the province. This new attack on basic rights is a public relations exercise wrapped in what they call a policy "whitepaper".

The Ignorance Enabling Industry Comes To Canada

by Graham Cox — last modified Jan 17, 2012 08:47 AM
The Ignorance Peddlers have come to Canadian air-waves. They are turning off thoughtful people and undermining informed debate and comment. They are using Internet chatroom and comment thread antics, but it is organized and corporate-funded and has one goal: distort the message. Thinking people need to respond.

Open Access Publishing

by Graham Cox — last modified Jan 17, 2012 08:57 AM
The move to an Open Access publishing model is the only model of publishing that embodies all of the values of the academy. The campaigns to implement funds to support open access should be established as a priority for all universities and governments that fund them.

Canadian Student Debt Limit

by Graham Cox — last modified Dec 26, 2011 11:21 PM
The $15 billion student debt cap has been lifted for no other reason than we will, with current policy, surpass that number over the next year. This landmark deserves more attention than it is getting and the new rules are an affront to good economic management and bad for students.

Student and Youth (Un)Employment

by Graham Cox — last modified Dec 19, 2011 03:15 PM
A quick comment on youth unemployment in response to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' blog post. Student unemployment in the current economic system cannot be properly addressed without state intervention.

Gradstudents Respond to NB Flat Tax Scheme

by Graham Cox and Neil Cole — last modified Oct 30, 2008 01:25 PM
In June 2008, New Brunswick's Department of Finance released a paper entitled ``A Discussion Paper on New Brunswick's Tax System". The report recommends implementation of a flat-tax system, a dramatic decrease in corporate tax rates, and increases in consumption taxes. Unfortunately, the discussion paper paints an overly flattering picture of its proposed changes and ignores the negative consequences of a flat-tax system.

Neoliberalism in Latin America

by Lara Kelly — last modified Oct 29, 2008 12:38 PM
Neoliberalism as an economic ideology is spreading throughout the world via international financial institutions and transnational corporate hegemony. The effects of this colonial phenomenon is especially acute in Latin America where many nations faced debt crises directly related to the international economic system. In order for many nations in Latin America to deal with this economic crisis, they were forced to cede democratic control of their economies to these international actors. Although democratic procedures exist in most countries in Latin America which are implementing the reforms, real democracy is maimed by international economic interference in policy-making. Procedural democracy legitimizes the damaging effects which ensue from the neoliberal reform process. This is evident when we examine the nature of international lending institutions, the power of international capital, the degradation of worker and peasant lives, and the lack of popular opposition.
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