Events


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 (yvesengler.com) 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.
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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

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7pm Thursday, December 19

 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

 Admission by donation

“Shadows of Liberty” examines the phenomenal true story of today’s disintegrating freedoms within the U.S. media, and government, that they don’t want you to see.

The film takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global media conglomerates exercise extraordinary political, social, and economic power. The overwhelming collective power of these firms raises troubling questions about democracy. Highly revealing interviews, actuality, and archive material, tell insider accounts of a broken media system, where journalists are prevented from pursuing controversial news stories, people are censored for speaking out against abuses of government power, and individual lives are shattered as the arena for public expression has been turned into a private profit zone. (more…)

Eye Witness Update on Gaza and the Plans for Gaza’s Ark

October 12

7 pm

UVic, Cornett A125

SPEAKERS – Kathy Copps and Jase Tanner, Vancouver Delegation to Gaza

Sponsored by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid Victoria, Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies Program, Victoria Friends of Cuba

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Latin America In Revolt

Public forum

Jeb Sprague, author of the new book ‘Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti’

Roger Annis, coordinator of BC Haiti Solidarity and Canada Haiti Action Network. Author of many reports and articles on Haiti and delegate on several investigative tours of Haiti.

Saturday, September 15

4:00 – 6:00 pm

UVic, David Strong Bldg

Rm C118

Across Latin America, people and communities are rebelling against the encroachment of mining and other mega-industrial developments. Some governments, notably Bolivia, have recently nationalized foreign enterprises deemed to be acting against the national interest.

But economic elites, backed by paramilitaries, are fighting back. In Paraguay, the elected president, Fernando Lugo, was recently pushed out of office for resisting pressure to sell Paraguay’s hydro electricity resources cheaply to Rio Tinto Alcan, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers. Similarly, the 2009 coup in Honduras benefited the corporate elite. (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” (rabble.ca) and a “leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, William Blum,  Rick Salutin and many others.

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