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Is Canada heading for a crisis? Part 4: Housing boom

by JBB — last modified May 08, 2019 07:41 AM
In my last post, I discussed the relationship between poor profitability, economic stagnation, corporate cash hoards, and ballooning household debt. In this post, I will examine how these have driven the housing boom.

Beholden to corporatism: how The Guardian sold out the working class

by JBB — last modified May 07, 2019 01:51 PM
Michael East | Red Revolution | The Guardian does not truly represent the interests of either the working class or those suffering under the yoke of American or Israeli imperialism for the simple reasons that others in the press don’t – corporatism and an unrepresentative power structure. The leadership is representative only of middle and upper-class servitude to neoliberal Atlanticism, not to the interests of the struggling working class. ... While The Guardian may like to claim it is independent and free thinking, this is either merely wishful thinking or simply a delusion.

Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or ‘Left Secularism’

by JBB — last modified May 07, 2019 09:20 AM
An op-ed by John Clarke | Socialist Project | I want a society where the need for religion is replaced by a sense of solidarity and purpose among people no longer dominated by the profit needs of a few but who work together to make life as rich and beautiful as it can be. I believe that the movements we build against the present system can begin that process of ending the need for ‘illusory happiness’. From the words of Karl Marx and the conclusions I draw from them, however, I see little reason to regulate how anyone dresses or to try to ban their religious devotions in the name of a distorted ‘secularism’. I see, in fact, plenty of reasons to challenge the racist upsurge of Islamophobia and to show the fullest solidarity with Muslim communities under attack.

Canada Likely to Proceed With Trans Mountain Expansion | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 07, 2019 08:48 AM
"The government bought the pipeline last year in a bid to save its expansion, only to see a court strike down the permit. That ruling set out a framework for an approval that would pass legal muster: added regulatory review, which has since been completed, and more consultation with indigenous communities. The government extended the deadline to June 18 to allow those talks to continue."

How the Ford government will decide on university, college funding | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 06, 2019 07:43 AM
"New details are found in a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities briefing document marked "confidential," obtained by CBC News. It lays out each of the 10 measures, sometimes referred to as metrics, and the schedule for implementing them. Six of the metrics are related to skills and job outcomes. The other four metrics are related to what the government calls "economic and community impact.""
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