Fidel Castro and the Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

For more than half a century Fidel Castro has stood as a symbol of revolution and resistance to capitalist imperialism. Contrary to the scenes shown on the American news channels, millions around the world mourned the passing of the Communist icon last November. In celebration and memory of the life of Fidel Castro the Guelph Young Communist League and the Communist Party of Canada are hosting a presentation on the life and legacy of Fidel and the Cuban Revolution.

Speaking will be Liz Hill from the Canadian Network on Cuba, and Miguel Figueroa, the former leader of the Communist Party.

The event will be on Thursday, February 16th, in Room 442 of the University Center at the University of Guelph from 6-8pm.

If you have any Questions, feel free to email us, or post them on the event page which can be found here:
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Yves Engler Launches New Book: A Propoganda System

When: Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 pm

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Join OPIRG Guelph, CFRU 93.3 Community Radio, and the Guelph Young Communist League for a discussion with Yves Engler on his new book!

About the Author
Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” (Quill & Quire) , “ever-insightful” (Rabble), “Chomsky-styled iconoclast” (Counterpunch) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler is the author of nine books and hundreds of articles.

About the Book
A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation. The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.

A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite’s funding for university programs and think tanks.

Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country’s role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to “spin” them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment’s influence on campus.

 

Fire Kevin O’Leary! Join Guelph’s O’Leary Unwelcoming Party!

For this protest meet on Stone Rd W outside of Stone Rd Mall (by bus stop closest to Chapters) at 6:45 pm on Tuesday February 18. Fire Kevin O'Leary

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462936097255837/

On Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm, multimillionaire investor and media personality Kevin O’Leary will be speaking at Chapters Guelph to promote his new book, The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women and Money. O’Leary is probably best known for his aggressive personality as shown on Dragon’s Den, and his extreme neoliberal views showcased on The Lang and O’Leary exchange on CBC. Kevin O’Leary uses his platform on the CBC to spread his toxic message, defending the super-rich, attacking unions, and advocating austerity and privatization.

O’Leary recently provoked public outrage when he said that an Oxfam report showing that the wealthiest 85 people on earth had as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion was “Fantastic.” O’Leary believes that this massive disparity of wealth will inspire and motivate the poor to work harder, so that they too can join the super-wealthy elite. In reality, O’Leary is aggressively defending a system that is creating extreme wealth for a tiny handful and mass poverty for the majority of the planet. This is nothing new for O’Leary, who has a long history of obnoxious and offensive statements in defence of the wealthy:

– O’Leary has frequently expressed his violent hatred of unions, organizations that millions of Canadians belong to, saying that if he were Prime Minister, he would “make unions illegal. Anyone who remains a union member will be thrown in jail.” He says that “Unions…are born out of evil. They must be destroyed with evil.” The National Union of Government and Public Employees pointed out that “O’Leary’s wilful promotion of contempt and hatred towards unions reflects a viewpoint that has often ended in violence perpetrated against union members and leaders around the world”.

– He has said that education is a privilege and that unemployed students ‘deserve to be in debtor’s prison’

– Expressed admiration for frighteningly ultra-capitalist and writer and ideologue Ayn Rand

– Called interviewee “an Indian giver (sic) with a forked tongue” when referring to the guest’s opposition to foreign corporate control of Saskatchewan’s potash industry. CBC Ombudsperson concluded that the remark was “unambiguously offensive”.

– Described his spot on Dragon’s Den as ‘Free advertising’

The common thread in these remarks is O’Leary’s belief that the rich must be able to accumulate more and more wealth, regardless of any social cost. The context for these comments, and O’Leary’s public prominence, is the global austerity offensive that is destroying public services, attacking workers’ rights and undermining every gain made by working people. Kevin O’Leary is a mouthpiece for the super-rich elite that already controls most of the world’s wealth, but wants to eliminate any obstacles to accumulating more.

The Young Communist League of Canada’s Rebel Youth magazine is calling for CBC to fire Kevin O’Leary and stop giving him a platform to express these destructive views, false statements and self-serving ideology. The petition (https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/cbc-fire-kevin-o-leary) has gathered thousands of signatures to fire Mr. O’Leary and restore and expand funding to the CBC so that the public broadcaster does not have to cater to voices like O’Leary’s to attract advertising revenue.

If you agree that our public broadcasting station shouldn’t be giving space to this voice of the ultra rich in whose goal is to strengthen the austerity attack on the vast majority of the public, join us in protesting Kevin O’Leary’s talk at Chapters this Tuesday.

Join the Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade!

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Presentation from former participant of the Che Brigade and screening of the 2008 film: Che – The Argentine.

Since 1993, hundreds of people living across Canada, of various ages, skills and backgrounds have enjoyed an exciting and informative three-week stay in Cuba with the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade.

The trip provides the opportunity to look at the gains and victories of the Cuban revolution, as well as see Cuba’s challenges first hand, particularly the impacts of over 50 years of illegal economic blockade from the United States. The Che Brigade fulfills two main goals. On the one hand, it is a great way to show support for the struggle of the Cuban people to maintain their independence. On the other hand, it is an important opportunity for people from Canada to know and understand the dynamism of all aspects of life in Cuba.

The Cuban people, who are committed to maintaining their revolution and its great gains, receive the Brigade participants, known as “Brigadistas”, with warmth and friendship. The fact that Brigadistas come from Canada to share friendship, reaffirms to many Cuban people that the social change they are carrying out is important, not only for their country, but for the entire world.

The Che Brigade combines volunteer work with cultural, social, economic and political encounters in an educational context.
Join us!

This is a unique chance for people from Canada to support Cuba by volunteering on an agricultural field, painting a school, or any other projects alongside Cubans. We hope you will join us for the 2014 Che Brigade!

Public Auto Insurance Campaign Event!

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Public Auto Insurance Now!

Ontario’s 9 million drivers pay the highest car insurance rates in Canada. They also receive the poorest coverage and the poorest benefits if they are in a serious car accident.

But the big, multi-national insurance companies that administer auto insurance in Ontario, have never had it so good.

Last year, they made profits of $4.4 billion – up 24% over 2011.

BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec all have public auto insurance, and drivers in those provinces pay significantly less than Ontario drivers.

We can put public Auto Insurance on the Public Agenda!

Come check out the event in Guelph!

Liz Rowley, leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) is visiting communities across Ontario to build support for the campaign.

visit: http://www.publicautoinsurance.ca/

This campaign is an initiative of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario).

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