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Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

In opposition to the Ontario Liberal government's "Basic Income Guarantee" | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Mar 06, 2016 08:19 AM
The idea being promoted by the Liberal government through its “Basic Income Guarantee” is that we should be moving towards a system where the government redistributes wealth by giving individuals money directly. As wealth redistribution goes, this is an inherently right-wing approach. It depends on the private sector to provide services that those on the Guarantee can afford, it does nothing to improve the employment prospects for those on the Guarantee, and in the end likely only increases inequality. Instead, the government should be investing this money in public services that are provided at no cost to everyone, an initiative that will create more jobs in the process.

Ontario's Budget and Tuition Fees | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 29, 2016 12:42 PM
Ontario's 2016 budget was announced on Thursday. In contrast to the newly applied progressive veneer of the current Liberal brand, the budget was actually an austerity budget. The funding for infrastructure all comes from other parts of the public purse, increases to regressive flat taxes, and delayed spending on much needed social programs. Reallocating public service funds to infrastructure investments will not give the province the advertised economic boost because every infrastructure job and investment will be offset by job losses and cutbacks to other public services.

Traps to avoid for the Franco-Ontarian community | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 23, 2016 12:28 PM
This week, Franco-Ontarian students rallied at Queen’s Park to demand government action on creating a Franco-Ontarian University. On the same day, roughly 100 km away, students at the Barrie campus of Laurentian University started an occupation of their administration’s offices, demanding the right to complete their program after learning that their campus was closing its doors.

Meaningful work: Part of a complete mental health program | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 16, 2016 01:53 PM
On January 27th, the Bell Let's Talk campaign flooded the airwaves and internet once again, with a corporate campaign taking aim at "fixing" mental health issues. Discussing mental health is important: millions of Canadians of all ages are affected both at home and at work. Mental health includes anxiety, depression and if un-addressed can lead to mental illness and other health issues that leave individuals struggling for the rest of their lives.

Transforming unions today to represent the workers of tomorrow | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 10, 2016 03:02 PM
Socialists understand better than most that regular people do not control or drive the current economy. Every day, social justice activists are struck with the realization that the economy is changing in a way that makes it harder to advance democratic interests. On one side, we have techno-Utopians who think App Innovation™ will foster a new, better and more efficient world. On the other side, elected officials act as cheerleaders for this economy – an economy based on exploitive precarious employment instead of democratic and sustainable regulated workplaces.

Flint water crisis | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 02, 2016 08:33 AM
Much of the news around Flint, Michigan's water issues are focusing on the terrible government management of their water systems, the slow response to the lead crisis affecting the city’s citizens, and the donations being made by private bottled-water companies.
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