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by Editors — last modified 2017-10-20T08:21:55-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Lost in technology: The struggles of the modern political campaign | Ben Lewis

by Ben Lewis — last modified Apr 02, 2016 04:17 PM
Why do some political campaigns and social justice movements seem to have such a hard time taking advantage of new technology? Why do expensive communications firms never seem to deliver? Reflecting on a decade spent working in technology and politics, What’s Left contributor Ben Lewis provides some insights. The bottom line: no one knows the goals of a campaign better than the organizers involved, and the best path forward is to build the internal capacity needed to take advantage of constantly changing technologies. Though focused on political campaigns, these strategies are also useful for small not-for-profits and large unions.

New data alarms climate scientists: Climate change's worst consequences only decades away | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Mar 29, 2016 11:34 AM
James Hansen, the founder of modern climate change research, and his colleagues have released a new study on the impacts of climate change. This research shows that, at current levels of internationally agreed CO2 emissions, we only have a few decades left before sea levels rise multiple metres and sink coastal cities. Previous research had concluded it would take much longer.

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.
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