Talk and book launch with Yves Engler

Thursday November 1
7 pm
UVic, Harry Hickman 105

Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Yves Engler’s new book, Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada examines the role played by Canada’s “left” over many decades. While Canada supports empire and promotes corporate interests abroad, left commentators concede too much to the dominant ideology, whether it’s Stephen Lewis praising Canada’s role in Africa, or Linda McQuaig turning Lester Pearson into an anti-US peacenik.

Engler’s research examines the historical record of Canada’s social democratic party and unions in supporting imperialism, from the creation of NATO, Korean War, assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Bay of Pigs invasion, to the 2004 coup in Haiti. Even though the left in Canada has not been politically critical — there is work to be done, and Yves suggests a role for the left in helping to create a just foreign policy.

About the author
Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left” (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 ( has nine published books.

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies UVic, Victoria Peace Coalition, Council of Canadians, Central American Support Committee, Chile-Mapuche Solidarity, Women in Black Victoria, Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, and Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

Overcoming the NDP’s anti-Palestinian history
A talk by Yves Engler

Saturday, November 3
1 – 3 pm
UVic, Cornett B111

Before Israel’s creation, Canada’s social democratic party took a sensible, humanist position towards Zionism, but soon it began echoing Israel’s justification for ethnically cleansing Palestinians and invasions of neighbouring countries in 1956 and 1967. Through the 1970s and ’80s NDP luminaries Tommy Douglas, Ed Broadbent and Stephen Lewis made stridently anti-Palestinian statements.

In recent years, NDP MPs have participated in the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs trips to Israel, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conferences and Jewish National Fund events.

At their convention in February 2018, the NDP leadership nakedly suppressed debate on a widely endorsed “Palestine Resolution”. That incident highlighted the party hierarchy’s anti-Palestinianism as well as growing support for Palestinian rights among the membership.

Yves Engler will offer a roadmap for those who oppose racism and colonialism to push the NDP into supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people. Discussion on action will follow.

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies, UVic, The Olive Tree Group, UVic and the Young Communist League

Don’t be deterred by the length of this article. The author is offering a detailed interpretation of the implications of the new anti-terrorist bill.

Troubled Times Ahead With New Anti-Terror Legislation
Matthew Behrens
February 16, 2015

Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as “soft on terror” anyone who questions the bill’s necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.

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Occupy Your Rights: From Government Rhetoric to Action
A Teach In with Joan Russow

Sponsored by Occupy Public Engagement Group

Thursday March 22
7:00 pm
First Met United Church
Balmoral at Quadra

In this teach in, Joan Russow will discuss how the 99% can work from the ground up to make our rogue government comply with its international obligations and commitments.  In addition, there will be references to a number of international conventions that protect the rights of the land and peoples that would be violated by the Enbridge pipeline.

Everyone welcome. Free admission.

OWS (Occupy Wall Street) and the other Occupies have been characterized as lawless, but from an international point of view, our governments, not the Occupy movement, are the outlaws.

The Occupy movement has also been characterized as having no demands. However, a distinction can be made between demanding change as a wish and demanding the rights to which we are entitled. Canada, along with the majority of the world’s nations has signed and ratified significant agreements on human rights, the environment, social and economic justice, on the peaceful resolution of disputes. (more…)

Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt
With Yves Engler

Wednesday March 28
7:30 pm
University of Victoria
Rm 105, Harry Hickman Bldg
Also, on Wednesday:
3:00 pm
Camosun College, Lansdowne
Rm 310, Young Bldg

Author Yves Engler returns to Victoria to present his latest book on Canadian foreign policy, LESTER PEARSON’S PEACEKEEPING: THE TRUTH MAY HURT.

Engler’s new book raises serious social justice issues and challenges us to be clear-headed and open-eyed in appraising our political leaders. Hear about Yves’ top 10 reasons to rethink both Canada’s history and its contemporary world role.

Free Admission

Sponsored by Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies, Council of Canadians, Victoria Chapter, Independent Jewish Voices

For more information or media contact: 250-655-6691.

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About Yves Engler

Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” ( and a “leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, William Blum,  Rick Salutin and many others.

Occupy Victoria October 15

Not since the protest on February 15, 2003, when close to 7000 Victorians joined with millions worldwide to dare the US to attack Iraq, have I felt such collective humanity.

But unlike our resistance to war, this time we were focusing on the rotten heart of our corrupt political and financial systems-GREED.

And although we have gathered, walked, sat down and stopped traffic, sang, made music, wore costumes and carried insightful and profound messages, many times in the past, the thrill of Occupy Together was the feeling that this is just the beginning of a huge culture shift.

Here we are at the corner of Douglas and Fort where we occupied the intersection, facing the Royal Bank on one corner and Coast Capital on the other. Almost 1000 walked to the legislature and back to Centennial Square where a People’s Assembly was held. The occupation continues at Centennial Square. Join in the meetings on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Every day there is a lounge from noon to 2 pm, so if you work downtown, just drop by. Food and other provisions gratefully accepted.

We sat at the intersection of Fort and Douglas and stopped the traffic

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