Colin Bruce Anthes
Photo by Joseph Kiesecker/Flickr aerial view of housing

Dec. 23, 2023

The housing conversation has been one of neoclassical production, and it has come up dry

Build a house in Wainfleet. Build the identical house in downtown Toronto. Bring them both to market the same day. The “housing” is exactly the same, but the house in Toronto might sell for a million dollars more than the house in Wainfleet.

Adam Olsen
 We have an urgent housing crisis and this is evidence of how inefficient it is to wait for the private sector to deliver housing affordability. Photo by Kindel Media/Pexels

Jan. 2, 2024

In recent years, the "progressive YIMBY” (Yes, in my backyard) movement has embraced the idea that a surge in market-housing supply will magically lead to affordability.

However, all housing supply is not created equal. Despite a construction boom building thousands of new market units of multi-family supply, affordable housing remains elusive for over a third of British Columbians. The economic theory is not producing the promised housing affordability.

Patrick Egwu and Gabriela Ramirez
Companies hope to use new technology to mine the ocean floor. Critics wonder about environmental costs and who will benefit. Photo via the Metals Co.

Dec. 29, 2023

A Vancouver company is pushing to cash in, but critics fear exploitation and damage.

Natasha Bulowski
A group of construction workers pictured at a new building construction site. Photo by Sparkfun Electronics / Flickr (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

", , ,employers are often the culprit with cost-saving, corner-cutting measures, , " 

Dec. 28, 2023

So many tradespeople — whether they know it or not — make positive climate impacts through their day-to-day work.

Owen Schalk
Photo: Indigenous land defenders from across the Global South were in Toronto last year demonstrating outside the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference | Mining Injustice Solidarity Network on X

Dec. 19, 2023

The ‘green’ transition is spurring a neocolonial rush for minerals

Around the world, Indigenous-led resistance to mining and extraction projects have been intensifying, and it is frequently Canadian companies who are the aggressors, pushing forward with neocolonial land grabs and violent state-sanctioned repression when projects are opposed by locals.

Paul Withers
Fisheries and Oceans Canada reduced commercial fish quotas and imposed shutdowns to rebuild depleted stocks in 2022. It shut down the spring herring fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and slashed the herring quota off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. (Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press)

Nov. 22, 2023

Major spending increases and policy changes by the federal government to protect and rebuild wild fish stocks in Canada have resulted in little improvement, according to the 2022 Fishery Audit released this week by environmental group Oceana Canada.

In its sixth annual audit, Oceana says fewer than one third of wild marine fish stocks in Canada are considered healthy and most critically depleted stocks lack plans to rebuild them.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Protesters march in Miami ahead of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign launch last May. JASON KOERNER/GETTY IMAGES FOR DNC

Good basic analysis applicable to many other places in the US and Canada. Needs to be expanded to include the union movement's centrality in what should be a combined progressive fightback against attacks on working class rights on and off the job, climate disruption, shrinking healthcare, homelessness, imperialism, war-mongering, racism, sexist-heterosexist oppression, etc.--all of which issues fascists actively support.

          -- Gene McGuckin 

Dec. 18, 2023


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