April 3 COVID News

The following COVID-19 resources may be useful to many of you; if you know of similar resources not on this list, send me an email and let me know.

i will be sending out regular newsletters updating this list and containing links to new information and perspectives that i find useful. When and if things calm down and i return to my activities as humble bookseller, this list will go back to being about that. Don’t hold your breath. To subscribe:

(Select “Kersplebedeb Newsletter” for news of interest to everyone everywhere, and “Montreal List”, “Halifax” or “Ottawa” if you want to also receive news about events happening in those cities.)


Struggle and Fightback

  • Migrants detained in the CBSA’s Laval Immigration Holding Centre suspended their hunger strike as several hunger strikers were released. Around 20 detainees remain in the main part of the centre, along with more held in the RiviĂšre-des-Prairies jail in Montreal. For more information about how to continue to pressure the government for the immediate release of all detainees: https://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/release-remaining-detainees
  • RCMP Evict Surrey’s Hothouse Squat But Cannot Stop The #Squat2survive Movement, by Listen Chen, Volcano April 3, http://thevolcano.org/2020/04/03/hothouse-squat/


Open Letters to Sign




Analysis & Commentary








Far Right


Work News (see also COVID-19: News from the world’s trade unions, LabourStart, https://www.labourstart.org/covid-19.php)

Work In-Depth


Scrambling for Supplies




The Clampdown


Confined in the Age of COVID-19

Also, buried in this news roundup (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-latest-on-the-coronavirus-ottawa-amplifies-stay-home-message-as):

Health care workers in Canada’s federal prison system threaten to walk off the job

Health care workers in Canada’s federal prison system are on the verge of walking off the job in the next few days over a lack of personal protective medical gear, according to their union.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada says there is a “real, escalating danger” that prison nurses won’t show up for work, citing provisions of the Canada Labour Code that allow workers to refuse unsafe work.

Union president Debi Daviau says her members understand there is a shortage of much-needed equipment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But she says there is no need to have every medical staffer at work in every institution as the pandemic spreads.Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has asked the federal prison service and parole board to look at early release for some offenders.

– Canadian Press






Indigenous North America







Racial Justice Has No Borders – Militarization in a time of Pandemic
April 6th, 3 pm EDT | 2 pm CDT | 1 pm MDT | 12 pm PDT

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Racial Justice Has No Borders is a new, broad anti-war coalition that seeks to recenter the conversation about U.S. wars and militarization on the needs and leadership of those most impacted.


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