CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 25th JULY 2010
SEND US YOUR RESEARCH REQUESTS! / ENVOYEZ NOUS VOS REQUÊTES DE RECHERCHE !
The Community-University Research Exchange (CURE), a joint initiative of the Concordia and McGill Quebec Public Research Groups (QPIRG), seeks to connect university students and community groups through research collaborations for social and environmental justice.
Through our database, students complete research projects for grassroots community groups working towards environmental and social justice. Examples of projects possibilities are:
* a report * a research paper * video or photo production * graphic design * business planning * program design communication plans * annotated bibliography * journalistic writing * pamphlets * translation * curriculum design * policy reports * grant applications * feasibility studies * surveys and more
You can look at examples of current and finished projects on our website, http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/cure
To submit a research request for our database, please submit the CURE Research Request Form which you can access through our website. If you need assistance in completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact us.
COMMUNITY FORUM: AUDISM AND THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OISE/UofT, Room 2212, Second Floor
252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway station)
We have all heard the stories of the Toronto Police Services denying interpreters, accusing Deaf people of “faking”, interpreting attempts to communicate as violence, misunderstanding facial expressions that are a part of our grammar as anger, and countless other acts of audism, discrimination, and violence. It is time to do something about it!
Join us in sharing our stories and coming together as a …united community of Deaf, oral deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and hearing allies! We will share our experiences in a public forum to promote healing, equality and change. This will be the beginning of a long process of achieving change within the Toronto Police Services policy, training, and sensitivity to our diverse communities.
ASL interpretation provided. If you require accommodations or childcare, please contact Jenny Blaser at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Endorsed by the LEAF’s Youth Commission, Signs of Support, Ryerson Student Union, OPIRG, and the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students
CALL FOR QUERIES: THE PEOPLE’S FOOD MOVEMENT
Deadline: July 29, 2010
Community food security and what’s often called food sovereignty are drawing together diverse groups – from rural folks and farmers to urbanites, environmentalists and those involved in public health and social justice. It has created powerful new alliances that are being replicated globally.
In this issue of Alternatives, we will investigate the people’s food movement, both domestically and globally. We want examples of what is working and what isn’t, and what these examples tell us of the challenges that lie ahead. What will a secure and resilient food system taste like? What can be done to keep the food movement a people’s movement? How will the special things about food make food movements different from other social, environmental and public health movements? How will food organizers link to people with other causes? And what is the food movement anyway?
If you can say something big, new and powerful in a small number of plain words, we want to hear from you. Details are at our website: http://alternativesjournal.ca/food2011
ON PRIVILEGE AND PROTEST – ANOTHER CATALYTIC CONVERSATION
4:00pm – 5:30pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
7th floor in Peace Lounge
Reflecting on what happened in our city around the G8/G20 and continues to happen, difficult questions need to be asked:
– Who was surprised by the police violence when every day in our world people are subjected to this kind of brutality?
– What makes us think that the same kind of brutality exacted on Aboriginal communities and other so called minority communities would never be turned on mainstream communities, i.e. those with unjust privilege?
– Who is ‘us’?
In order to prepare for this conversation we invite you to review Chapter 3 from Starhawk’s Truth or Dare – Fierce Love: Resisting the Weapons the Culture Has Devised against the Self.
Sponsored by The Catalyst Centre
CATCH 22 HARPER CONSERVATIVES – 1ST TORONTO AREA MEETING
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Lower level meeting room
31 Wellesley Street East
Had enough of the Harper Conservatives and their wrecking ball? Ready to help defeat them in the next federal election? Join us for our first Toronto-area campaign meeting.
The Catch 22 Harper Conservatives campaign is a nationwide, grassroots effort to help send the PM packing. We launched our website in March. The campaign’s name comes from the 22 days that Parliament was prorogued last winter. There need to be consequences at the ballot box for Harper’s disdainful attitude and attacks on democratic values and institutions.
Catch 22 is independent of the political parties. Everyone who shares our goal is welcome to participate. Our strategy is to work in 30 to 40 winnable Conservative-held ridings across the country.
As long as Canada continues to use the antiquated first past the post voting system, strategic voting campaigns like Catch 22 are necessary in order to lessen the impact of vote splitting. The opposition is unprepared and unlikely to take measures that will ensure the defeat of Harper’s weakest team members. After all, their strategies are also based on vote splitting. That leaves it up to the voters to figure out how to rid Canada of PM Harper. Catch 22 is trying to fill that gap.
More info: http://catch22campaign.ca/
NEWS & VIEWS
FIGHTING AUSTERITY? THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND THE COMMON FRONT IN QUEBEC
by David Mandel, The Bullet
The 2005 round of negotiations in Quebec between the provincial Liberal government and the public sector unions was ended abruptly by the adoption of a special law that unilaterally imposed wages and conditions on the workers…The special decree (Bill 142/Law C-43) was quite a remarkable attack on public sector collective bargaining, even by the standards of the Quebec state… In May 2009, the CSN (Confédération des syndicats nationaux – Confederation of National Trade Unions), the FTQ (Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec – Federation of Workers of Quebec, affiliated with the CLC) and the SISP (Secrétariat intersyndical des services publics – Inter-union Secretariat of Public Services) announced a ‘Common Front’ (Front commun) of provincial public-sector workers (recalling in name the illegal general strikes of Quebec workers in 1972).
BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE WORKPLACE KILLS 14 PER DAY—ONE BY ONE
by Tom O’Connor, Labor Notes
Month after month, year after year, workers die in trench collapses and falls from roofs. OSHA cites the employer, slaps it with a modest fine (a median penalty of only $3,675 per death in 2007), and points out that simple methods exist to prevent such tragic loss of life. Yet some employers continue to ignore the hazards and workers continue to lose their lives due to this criminal neglect.
FEW AWARE OF LABOUR RIGHTS IN TORONTO’S CHINATOWN
Exploitation typical in other immigrant communities, labour activists say
by Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star
Sue Zheng was happy to land her first job in Toronto at a manicure salon. But there was a catch: she had to pay a $400 deposit to work there, and receive only $25 a day for 10 hours of work, seven days a week.
Read more: http://bit.ly/9u7MuD
NGOS RISK ALL IN STANDOFF WITH HARPER OVER CIVIL SOCIETY CRACKDOWN
by Alice Klein, rabble.ca
You have to admire the political logic. If there is no data to research, there will be no facts to account for. How perfect the Tories’ ditching of the mandatory long-form census data collection is for themselves — and how dangerous for the rest of us.
WANT TO BE POOR? WORK ONE OF THESE 8 JOBS
by Josie Raymond, change.org
Post-recession job creation is coming, the experts say. Unfortunately, many of these jobs will pay less than $10 an hour. Yeah, it’s an honest day’s work, but if it’s not enough to live on, much less raise a family and maintain a home, what’s the point?
CPP SURVIVED GLOBAL CRASH BETTER THAN MOST PLANS
(NUPGE – National Union of Public and General Employees)
The reserve fund of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) was one of the top international performers during the 2005-09 boom-and-bust period, according to a report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
By comparison, Canada’s private pensions, as is the case in most western developed countries, still have not recovered from huge losses during the global recession, the OECD reports in an analysis of public and private programs in 13 countries.
ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: WORKING CONTINUOUSLY TOWARDS CHANGE
International Journal of Public Health, Volume 55 Number 4
DEBATING AGGREGATE DEMAND AND AGGREGATE SUPPLY: INTRODUCTION
Review of Radical Political Economics published 14 July 2010
EVOLUTION OF NONPROFIT SELF-REGULATION IN EUROPE
Angela L. Bies
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 14 July 2010
THE PRACTICE OF DIALOGUE IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
Jodi Jan Kaufmann
Adult Education Quarterly published 14 July 2010
FULL-TIME EDITOR, INFORMATION WARFARE MONITOR
The Information Warfare Monitor (a collaboration between the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and the SecDev Group) seeks applications for a full-time editor of the Information Warfare Monitor. The position comes as a paid full-time fellowship at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
The Information Warfare Monitor is an advanced research activity tracking the emergence of cyberspace as a strategic domain. We are an independent research effort. Our mission is to build and broaden the evidence base available to scholars, policy makers, and others.
THE STOP COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE: CATERING SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR
The Stop’s catering services are a new social enterprise initiative of our fundraising department, with all net proceeds supporting our anti-hunger, community-building programs. We are seeking a dynamic, experienced, resourceful coordinator to drive catering sales, liaise with clients, and assist in the execution of events.
Reporting to the Director of Development, and working as part of the fundraising team, the Catering Coordinator will:
– Develop new business and ensure retention of current clients
– Develop and execute marketing strategies to increase catering sales
– Initiate and execute strategies to ensure The Stop’s a preferred caterer at key venues
– Develop marketing collateral including catering brochures, website, etc.
– Liaise with our chef and other staff to coordinate catering functions including booking, selecting and costing menu items, pricing, coordinating staff and equipment rentals
– Attend events to ensure client expectations are met or exceeded
– Prepare thorough and professional proposals
– Attend industry events as required
More info: http://thestop.org/jobs
VOLUNTEER & FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR, NORTH YORK WOMEN’S SHELTER, TORONTO
Deadline: August 6, 2010
North York Women’s Shelter is an emergency shelter and support service provider to abused women and their children.
You will be joining our Development team and will be responsible for fostering and growing our volunteer base through recruitment and recognition. You will also support our fundraising efforts, particularly around donor relations and donor management. In particular, manage our database and tax receipting, processing donations, as well as donor stewardship. This position also has some cross functional duties with front-line and support staff. This position is unionized with OPSEU Local 518.
For more information: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/389908-298
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.
For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca
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