Teachers' Strikes and the Fight Against Austerity in Ontario: All over the globe financialization is occuring under the rubric of austerity

The   B u l l e t Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 758 January 15, 2013 http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/758.php Murray Cooke On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will […]

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, then loot our economies. 3 of 4

source. Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of […]

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, then loot our economies. 2 of 4

source. Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of […]

Toronto Board and Media Kick Off the “Choice” Campaign

By George Thompson A number of factors paved the way for the Ontario government to launch its new “choice” campaign with the announcement of both gender segregated and magnet schools on March 26th through Chris Spence, the Toronto school board director and through the Toronto Star, which has become the mouth of the Liberal Party. […]

Ontario Teachers’ Federation Hires Lorna Earl Despite Conflict Of Interest

By Guest Blogger George Thompson OTF, the umbrella group for Ontario’s teacher unions has recently hired Lorna Earl, despite the fact that her conflict of interest case has yet to be resolved. The contract, given to her by OTF with money paid by the Ministry to survey teachers about “assessment”, would seem to represent yet another obvious […]

ONTARIO ADVISOR FULLAN TEAMED WITH PASTOREK IN NEW ORLEANS REFORM: CHARTER SCHOOLS ON ONTARIO’S “NEXT HORIZON”

Guest Blogged by George Thompson Premier McGuinty’s Special Advisor on education and the architect of Ontario’s reforms, was also a key advisor to the Louisiana superintendent, Paul Pastorek, in directing the post Hurricane Katrina reforms which led to America’s charter-dominated city. Katrina had presented an opportunity for what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism”; […]

Microsoft and Wal-Mart Lead American Education Reform: Ontario to Follow?

By Guest Blogger George Microsoft and Wal-Mart are no Scrooges when it comes to charity. The philanthropic divisions of Microsoft and Wal-Mart are the two greatest corporate sponsors of the rapidly accelerating shift to a publicly funded system of education that is privately operated.  Both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walton Family Foundation […]

A PERFECT STORM: Massive Ontario School Closures Seen as “Opportunity” by Privatizers

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, outlines how “disaster capitalism” is geared to quickly take advantage of crises as opportunities to expand areas of profitable corporate activity. She cites how the New Orleans crisis brought about by Hurricane Katrina was instantly seized upon as an opportunity to replace public schools with […]