October Crisis, 1970: Crackdown ignited by authorities’ fear of young people

October Crisis, 1970: Crackdown ignited by authorities’ fear of young people

In the years leading up to the October Crisis in Quebec in 1970, young people in Western countries were engaged in a series of ruthless battles. Civil unrest had broken out in France in May 1968, and in the United States, demonstrations and riots against segregation and discrimination, as well as the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War had gained ground. All of it occurred against a backdrop of political assassinations, major social upheavals and a rush to independence of former colonies.

A Black Man Fell to His Death Following an Aggressive Police Raid

A Black Man Fell to His Death Following an Aggressive Police Raid

The brother of an Ottawa man who fell to his death from a 12th-floor window following an aggressive police raid said the tactics used by officers likely contributed to his brother’s decision to jump. 

Anthony Aust, 23, died October 7, after Ottawa police conducted a search warrant on his family’s apartment on the 12th floor. Aust jumped out of his bedroom below and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which investigates when police interactions result in death. 

 

The state of Canada's gig economy: how workers are organizing

The state of Canada's gig economy: how workers are organizing

On November 3, Canadians will no doubt be transfixed by the historical American presidential election, but gig workers in Canada and those working to organize them will also be paying attention to a voter referendum taking place in California.

Proposition 22 asks California voters to decide whether app-based gig workers such as those who work for Uber and Lyft deserve to be classified as employees or as independent contractors, effectively voting on whether those workers have the right to unionize.

September may be the last month of rapid job growth in Canada for a while

September may be the last month of rapid job growth in Canada for a while

September could be the last month of 2020 in which Canada sees a rapid boost in employment, as a new spike in COVID-19 cases dampens hopes of returning to pre-pandemic job levels anytime soon.

According to labour-force survey data released by Statistics Canada on Friday, 378,000 jobs returned last month, bringing employment to within 720,000 of the jobs in February, before the pandemic forced a mass closure of businesses.  

The Australian Invasion: Big Coal’s Plans for Alberta

The Australian Invasion: Big Coal’s Plans for Alberta

Two Australian billionaires and four coal mining companies with names including Atrum and Montem plan to industrialize nearly 800 square kilometres of the southern Canadian Rockies to supply steel-making coal for Asian and Brazilian markets.

According to the Australian corporate presentations and financial documents, the foreign coal mining invasion is all about dwindling supplies of metallurgical coal at home, low royalties offered by a friendly “natural resource” government, and a dramatic downturn in the oilsands, which provides the miners what they call a “rare opportunity.”

FES in Canada

FES in Canada

Every year, FES Canada co-organizes a number of events with Canadian partners, some as expert meetings, some as public discussions. Topics have ranged from the Canada-EU trade agreement CETA, to multilateralism in international affairs, to the three Es (energy, economy and environment), to the Arctic as a national versus international space.

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