Thousands of activists representing various groups and resistance movements around Canada have gathered in Ottawa for the Peoples’ Social Forum, four days of grassroots activism and organizing that has set the federal government and Harper administration’s austerity agenda as its central target.

Independent columnist Jon Parsons is on the ground in Ottawa to take in the events, which include panel discussions, performances, hundreds of workshops, a Pow Wow, and demonstrations.

“A number of people from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador are attending, representing local chapters of organizations such as Unifor, CUPW, Council of Canadians, and Social Justice Cooperative NL,” Parsons said on Friday.

“The four day gathering aims to create a common front among the many diverse movements fighting for rights, for justice, and for the environment.”

Here’s Parsons’ video summary of Thursday’s events, including a speech by award-winning author and journalist Naomi Klein. Stay tuned for more coverage over the weekend.

To learn more, visit or check the Twitter hashtag #PSF2014

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