Sunday, April 1, 2018

James Laxer, the Courage to Leap, Ryan Meili & more -- February and March on The Left Chapter in review

February and March saw 46 posts on The Left Chapter of various kinds. While it had our continuing projects, recipes, analysis and saw the launch of a Free Transit Resource Page, it was also on February 23rd that my father, James Laxer, died unexpectedly in Paris.

Many of the posts were related to his legacy and the tremendous impact he had on Canadian socialism and political thinking.

Thanks very much to all our readers and contributors.

If you have an article, editorial, analysis, recipe or story you would like to contribute there are details on how to do so on our Submissions page as well as at the end of this post.

Here are the top six posts, in terms of hits, from February and March.

1) The Courage to Leap comes far too late to matter

Have you heard the news?

A "revolution" is coming to Ottawa!

I know, it is exciting and unexpected right?

And, unless you suddenly think that revolution has become a meaningless word it is also not happening at all.

Read more.

2) James Laxer -- Canadian iconoclast 1941-2018

A unique figure during these past few decades of Canadian politics, Jim always tried to fight for and suggest a path forward towards a fairer and more just Canada, an independent and socialist Canada, regardless of whose feathers this ruffled or whose feet he stepped on. Not one to shy away from what he believed, he provides a lesson to all of us on the left of how to stand up for what we think is right no matter the short term cost and irrespective of careerist goals.

That, as much as anything else, is a legacy worth embracing and one I hope is not soon forgotten.

Read more.

3) In-depth interview with Ryan Meili, Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate: “As change is happening, are we going to be leading it, or just watching it happen?”

By Ammario Reza

As the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party’s leadership race winds down, I have a chat with Dr. Ryan Meili, who is campaigning to be the next leader of the party.

Read more.

4) In Memoriam: James Laxer 1941 - 2018

It is with an extremely heavy heart and great sadness that I have to share with you the news of my father, James Laxer's sudden death of natural causes in Paris early today, February 23, 2018. This shocking and totally unexpected news has been devastating for our family and has not sunk in yet.

Read more. 

5) James Laxer on Canadian Social Democracy: Past, Present and Future

By Matt Fodor

In this wide-ranging interview, conducted in April 2014, James Laxer discusses his personal history and involvement in the NDP and the Waffle, the ideological trajectory of Canadian social democracy and the continuing relevance of a socialist vision for the future.

Read more.

6) If Doug Ford won, what does it mean for Ontario?

The apparent victory of Doug Ford as the new Progressive Conservative leader in Ontario is fascinating on a number of levels. After the fiasco of his brother's administration in Toronto, his losing campaign against John Tory for Mayor of Toronto that saw the power of so-called strategic voting at work, his inherently polarizing approach to politics and even his own claims (prior to his victory of course) that the results of the leadership vote would be "corrupted" would have led one to think that a party on the verge of a landslide election victory would have stepped back from the possible abyss that is Doug Ford.

Read more.

Very close to this list was our most successful vintage postcard post to date: Covered Bridges of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine -- A Vintage Postcard Folder

Our top food related post of the period was: Crispy Panko Dijon Pork Schnitzel

Do you have a left point-of-view or opinion, event or petition, a recipe or a story you want to share?

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See also: John Horgan, Transit Fare Fallacies, Guy Caron & more -- December and January on The Left Chapter in review

See also: Jagmeet Singh, Bill 62, Catherine McKenna & More -- October and November on The Left Chapter in review

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