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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

UPDATE 5th DECEMBER 2009

EVENTS
 
SEMINAR: NEIGHBOURHOOD SOCIOECONOMIC CHANGE AND CHILDHOOD INJURY IN TORONTO, ONTARIO
 
Speaker: Tanya Morton (Lupina/OGS Doctoral Fellow)
 
Wednesday, December 09
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Munk Centre, North House, Room 208N
University of Toronto
 
Sponsored by Comparative Program on Health and Society
Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=7847.
 
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CASSA REPORT LAUNCH: PUTTING EQUITY ON THE AGENDA – ARE WE BEING HEARD?
 
In recognition of Human Rights Day on December 10, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians is pleased to invite you to the launch of its report from the spring 2009 Equity Campaign in York Region, “Putting Equity on the Agenda – Are We Being Heard?”
 
Join us to learn more about community-identified concerns and solutions to enhance access, equity and inclusion in local governance, schools and social services in York Region. Key findings from the campaign will be presented and a panel discussion featuring local residents and service providers knowledgeable about the issues faces by immigrants, newcomers and people of colour will take place.

Learn how to get involved in on-going, local strategies to address inequities through the developing Equity Council of York Region – become a member of the council and help to keep Equity on the Agenda in York Region.
 
Thursday December 10, 2009
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Centennial Community Centre
The Lounge
8600 McCowan Road
Markham, Ontario
 
Dinner will be provided.
**Please RSVP by December 8, 2009**
 
For more info, or to RSVP, please contact Anita Khanna, CASSA Community Engagement Coordinator at anita@cassa.on.ca  or 416-932-1359 x 13.
 
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FORUM ON ETHICS IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
 
The Wellesley Institute, Centre for Community Based Research and the Toronto Community Based Research Network are pleased to co-host a forum on ethics in community based research.
 
December 18, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
YMCA,
42 Charles Street East, Auditorium
Toronto
 
Light refreshments will be provided
 
Join us to reflect and discuss:
 
-Ethics in Community Based Research – Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study Preliminary Findings
The findings clarify the need for a community based research ethics process in Waterloo Region, Toronto and beyond, by identifying and understanding issues and concerns from multiple stakeholder perspectives, and then to determine an appropriate and feasible response that will facilitate ethically sound community based research. 
 
In the second half of the workshop you will have the opportunity to join small groups to discuss and reflect upon the findings. At the end of the session we will collectively have provided feedback on what you see the next steps and recommendations should be.
 
RSVP: Katherine Seiter at Katherine@wellesleyinstitute.com or 416-972-1010 ext 225 by December 10.
 
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JOB POSTING: FEATURES EDITOR AT RABBLE.CA
 
If you’re looking for a job that offers a wonderful work environment and a chance to put your activist ethics and skills to work, you’ve found the right place!
 
rabble is hiring! Download our listing for Features Editor here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ylmpd5b.
 
Applications due by December 14, 2009.
 
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VOTE 2009! CANADIAN BLOG AWARDS BEST POLITICAL BLOG

 
The Canadian Blog Awards is an annual event on the Canadian Blogosphere in which Canadian Bloggers and Blog Readers vote to decide which blog is the best – either overall or within a category.
 
This year, we are using a ranked ballot, brought to you by DemoChoice.org. You don’t have to rank the entire list; in fact, you can rank as little or as many as you desire.
 
Read more at: http://cdnba.wordpress.com/vote-2009/.
 
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NEWS & VIEWS
 
A CENTURY OF CO-OPERATION: HOLIDAY SPECIAL! 
               
Looking for the perfect gift for your favourite co-operator?
 
For a limited time only, of A Century of Co-operation, Ian MacPherson’s book on the history of the co-operative movement in Canada, will be available at a special discount price.
 
Between now and Friday, December 18, you can place an order for the book at a 25 per cent discount.  Individual copies are available at $37.50 (reduced from $50) and there are additional discounts for bulk orders.
 
Through text and dozens of historical and contemporary photos, Prof. MacPherson tells the fascinating story of how the co-op movement came to be what it is today.
 
Go to http://tinyurl.com/CenturyOfCooperation and order your copy now!
 
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LIVING WITH HUNGER
 
More Ontarians turned to food banks in the past year than ever before, says the Ontario Association of Food Banks in the 2009 Ontario Hunger Report.
 
To read the report: http://www.oafb.ca/assets/pdfs/OHR2009Red.pdf.
 
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URGENT ACTION: RESTORE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CIDA) FUNDING TO KAIROS
 
On November 30, KAIROS received notice from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that our project proposal for 2009-2013 had been declined. We were not given an explanation for this decision, other than that our program did not fit CIDA priorities.
 
Our 2009-2013 proposal was developed within two priority sectors of CIDA: promoting good governance (human rights) and advancing ecological sustainability (reducing the impact of climate change and addressing land degradation). It was approved at every level of CIDA before being declined on November 30.
 
This decision terminates a 35-year history of cooperation between CIDA and KAIROS and its predecessor organizations, and compromises the work of human rights and ecological integrity in the developing world. This decision also negatively affects the ability of Canadians to develop skills and knowledge in the exercise of their global citizenship.
 
Please contact your MP to discuss this urgent matter. Please, respectfully and politely,
 
-Speak about your own positive involvement with KAIROS;
-Express grave concern about this decision;
-Ask that CIDA restore its long-standing relationship with KAIROS;
-Emphasize the impacts of this decision on global partners and our work in Canada;
 
Ask them to call on CIDA to reverse this decision.
 
Please also write to:

-The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, pm@pmo-cpm.gc.ca,
-The Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, oda.b@parl.gc.ca, and
-Margaret Biggs, President of CIDA, Margaret.Biggs@acdi-cida.gc.ca
 
Request a reversal of the decision.
 
Please copy your letters to KAIROS at info@kairoscanada.org.
 
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ADVISERS AIM TO FIX ONTARIO’S WELFARE ‘QUAGMIRE’
 
From a Toronto Star article:
 
Ontario has appointed the head of Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank to head a panel of anti-poverty advocates to advise the government on a long-awaited review of its welfare system, the Star has learned.
 
“If this group can’t make the proper recommendations, then nobody can,” said food bank executive director Gail Nyberg.
 
Almost 800,000 Ontarians – including about 236,000 children and about 260,000 disabled people – live on provincial welfare and disability supports that leave most of them trapped in grinding poverty and despair.
 
For more details visit: http://preview.tinyurl.com/yh26qgo.
 
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SEND THE MUSEUM DISPUTE TO ARBITRATION
 
PSAC members at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and War Museum in Ottawa have been on strike since September. After weeks without any meetings, then a week of unproductive meetings, the 420 strikers have asked that the dispute be settled by a neutral third party.
 
But the museum management has refused.
 
With enough public pressure, we can make them change their minds.
 
Send a message to Museum CEO Victor Rabinovitch here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycrm7ja.
 
Please also pass this message on to friends and family who share your concerns.
 
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OUR MANDATE:
 
The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.
 
Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.
 
To change your subscription settings, visit http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast.
 
For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca.
 
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