A major issue facing the polity and electorate is that the democratic process is not funded but the cartel parties are. Despite spending limits imposed on the parties and candidates and controls over contributions to political parties so that elections are not seen to be influenced by money and powerful interests, the trough of cartel party state subsidies is bottomless.
The five parties in the House of Commons — the cartel whose activities centre on keeping the people out of power — are entitled to have their election promises costed out by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). This is thanks to a Liberal-initiated law adopted in 2017. [More]
Besides the hundreds of thousands of people killed as a result of U.S. wars of aggression and occupation in which Canada has also participated, many young people have been killed and wounded and suffer post-traumatic stress as a result of crimes committed in Afghanistan and other countries. They are also victimized by the lack of care upon their return home. Youth for Democratic Renewal (YDR) is involving young people to look at the Canadian government’s continued efforts to mobilize youth for imperialist wars, war preparations and other provocative activities at the national and international level. YDR also opposes the militarization of cultural life and the education system in myriad ways and participates in antiwar activities to Make Canada a Zone for Peace.
YDR delivered a report at a recent Zoom organized by the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) on the occasion of the anniversary of 9/11, the “War on Terror” and its repercussions. It addressed the ongoing attempts of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to recruit the youth of Canada and Quebec to join the military through the Cadet Program. From the end of elementary school and in the early stages of high school, children and adolescents and their families are targeted by the army’s recruiting agents, YDR pointed out. [More]
The fight of women and families for modern child care and early childhood education goes back more than fifty years as reflected in the report of the Royal Commission on Women released in 1970, which called for such an endeavour.
Since then, the need has only become greater as one government after another has made sure it has not created a national child care program as a right. The cartel parties treat child care as an electoral football to attract votes while different governments use complicated systems of credits and create budget categories of various sorts which families have to wade through as they fend for themselves, juggle their finances and worry about the safety of their kids. [More]
There are roughly 5 million children under the age of 12 in Canada, and about 1.3 million licensed child care spaces. These include 636,157 full and part day centre spaces for 0-5 year olds, 570,022 centre spaces for school-age children to 12 years and 143,647 regulated family (home) child care spaces for 0-12 year olds. [More]