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.

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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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Ernesto Che Guevara event at University of Guelph

Celebration of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s Birth
Friday June 14th, 5:30pm UC 441 – University of Guelph

Join us as we commemorate the life of Ernesto Che Guevara on his 85th birthday, June 14. There will be a presentation and discussion focusing on main events of Guevara’s life, and some of his writing and speeches.

Sponsored by the Guelph-KW Schafik Handal club of the Communist Party of Canada and the Guelph Young Communist League.

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Come celebrate the Cuban Revolution with a film!

Check out the trailer…

Immediately following the movie the GYCL will be meeting to discuss upcoming events this spring.  Feel free to stay if you’d like to get it out, check out the club or get involved!

Revoution, Uprisings and Imperialist War!

Come check out the GYCL’s Dis-O week event NEXT WEDNESDAY!  For a full listing of all the awesome Dis-O week events check out: http://disoweek.wordpress.com/

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YCL Ontario 2010 Summer School!

“Strategy and tactics for social transformation”

Please join us at the 6th annual YCL Ontario summer school, featuring discussions, workshops, panels and presentations on the strategy and tactics of social change, revolution, how capitalism works, as well as internationalism, Latin America, and youth struggles for peace and solidarity.

Come learn, participate and meet other young commies, progressive activists and allies!

When – Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 20-22nd

Where – beautiful Guelph, Ontario

Cost – pay what you can ($5-$10)

This school comes in the context of a continued economic assault on young workers and ‘round two’ of the economic crisis, as well as the mass arrests of over 1,000 protestors at the recent G20 demonstrations.

Join us for special discussions on mass action, debates about the merits of the ‘diversity of tactics’ and ‘direct action’ models of activism, as well as workshops and speakers on movement building including revolutionary writing; anti-racism, homophobia and sexism; Marxist economics; organizing for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students in South Africa; and the situation of the youth movement here across Canada.  Also, join us Saturday night for a fantastic camp fire social!

Friday – 6pm – University Centre room 442 – University of Guelph
Saturday – 9am – The “Portillo” Ranch! – 6834 Hwy 124 – Guelph
Sunday – 10am – University Centre room 442 – University of Guelph

Friday and Sunday courses will be at the University of Guelph campus, while Saturday will be at a farm house. Internal transportation, accommodation and basic meals (with veggie option) will be provided.

Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

For more info please email ycl.ontario@gmail.com

***Friends, allies and newcomers are welcome!

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