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GM closing all operations in Oshawa, Ont. | CTV News

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 25, 2018 09:17 PM
"Numerous sources have told CTV Toronto that General Motors is planning to close all operations in Oshawa, Ont., affecting thousands of high-paying jobs. The announcement is expected to be made on Monday, in the city of about 159,000 people located roughly 60 kilometres east of Toronto."

Francophobia is donning new populist clothes in Canada

by JBB — last modified Nov 22, 2018 01:13 PM
by Stéphanie Chouinard and Serge Miville | The Globe and Mail | Today, francophobia has donned new clothes: those of populism. Under the simplistic discourse of budgetary rigour, deficit reduction, and common sense, the new populist apostles see bilingualism not as an advantage but as a frill that responsible governments can no longer afford. But let’s not be duped: Behind this gloss of accountability hides a century-old intolerance that periodically rears its head to besiege francophone rights.

Labour bill scaling back workers’ rights passes amid protest | Toronto Star

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 21, 2018 02:14 PM
"Legislation rolling back significant labour protections introduced under the previous government has passed at Queen’s Park, meaning workers will no longer have the right to two paid sick days and will not receive a scheduled minimum wage bump to $15 this January. Protests disrupted the legislature’s gallery late Tuesday, pushing the vote by a day. "

In unusual statement filled with exclamation points, Trump backs Saudi ruler after Khashoggi killing | NBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 21, 2018 07:28 AM
"The statement makes it clear there will be no additional consequences for Saudi Arabia. Trump reiterated that his administration had already announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials over Khashoggi's killing and explained that he would not be cancelling a massive arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, despite pressure from some lawmakers to do so."

Marxist or Keynesian macro?

by JBB — last modified Nov 20, 2018 09:20 AM
Michael Roberts | Rupture Magazine | Can we talk about Marxist ‘macroeconomics’? After all, macroeconomics is an invention of Keynesian economics through the development of the concept of gross domestic product and macro identities such savings equals investment etc. Mainstream macroeconomics separated itself from microeconomics, the analysis of markets (supply and demand) or, to be more to the point, what is the value of a unit of production for sale. For the classical economists of the early 19th century capitalism, there was no distinction between the micro and the macro. The task was to analyse the motion and trends in ‘economies’ and for that a theory of value was a necessary tool but not an end in itself.

Black bodies will fall in Brazil

by JBB — last modified Nov 20, 2018 09:11 AM
Marilene Felinto, Danê Sosaba, Sérgio Alli | Africa is a Country | What does the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro mean for Brazilians of African descent?
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