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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd AUGUST 2010

 

EVENTS

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Women of Diverse Origins and the International Coordinating body invites you to register now for the Montreal International Women’s Conference taking place:

August 13-16, 2010
7400 St. Laurent
Montreal, QC

Women from around the world will gather under the theme: For a Global Militant Women’s Movement in the 21st Century!  They will review the last 100 years of the women’s movement, honour its pioneers and draw up an action plan to advance the movement, with the forming of an International Women’s Alliance.

At a time when wars and violence against women are raging, as inequalities and social injustice reign and the systemic crisis continues, it is time more than ever to unite in a movement that brings together women of all races and cultures with an international perspective, to oppose war and promote human progress and social justice. The event will bring in delegates from all over the world: workers and intellectuals, women from the peasantry and farmers. youth, indigenous women, immigrants, refugees and displaced persons and anti-imperialist activists. Please see our internet site for some of the bbiographies of speakers.

For more information and to register: http://miwc2010.wordpress.com/

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ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION – HEALTH ACTION ASSEMBLY & CONFERENCE ON HEALTH FUNDING AND SUSTAINABILITY

Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Bond Place Hotel
55 Dundas St. East, Toronto

Each year, the OHC invites our members and supporters to come together to plan strategy to deal with upcoming issues. Each local coalition is strongly encouraged to send one or two representatives at minimum. All our member groups and individual members are also encouraged to attend.

Health Action Assembly: Updates on key issues including hospital cuts and restructuring, protecting rural access to care, long term care funding/inspections/regulations changes, retirement homes, homecare, primary health care, P3s and privatization. Participate in strategy-setting session. This year will lead into the provincial election, so it is particularly important.

Conference on Health Funding and Sustainability: The newswaves reverberate with repeated stories about out-of-control health costs. Cuts, endless restructuring and delisting are justified using the funding crisis. But a closer look at the numbers shows a different story. It is time that those who want to protect our local public health care services fight back. This conference will provide the information and we will set a strategy to topple the myth of health care unsustainability.

For more info and to register: http://www.web.net/ohc/

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CONFERENCE –  NEW SOLUTIONS @ 20 GREENING THE WORKPLACE: PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIES

September 25, 2010
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Brooklyn College Graduate Center
25 Broadway 7th floor, New York City

New Solutions, a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, will celebrate 20 years of publication with a one day conference in collaboration with the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education.
For more info and to register: http://www.regonline.com/greening_the_workplace

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NEWS & VIEWS

INFORMATION BLACKOUT

The Caledon Institute reacted quickly to the census long form controversy with a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail, published on July 9. Caledon decried not only the federal government’s appalling decision to replace the mandatory census long form with a voluntary and thus flawed version.

Two additional invaluable sources of data have fallen victim to Ottawa’s one-D ideology glasses – Social Security Statistics: Canada and Provinces and PALS (the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, the most important source of information on Canadians with disabilities).

http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/897ENG.pdf

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MORE “FREE TRADE” – THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA)

Have you heard of CETA?  It’s the latest “free-trade” deal which the government is negotiating with the European Union.  There is an interesting 4-page comic produced by the Trade Justice Network, which explains why we should be concerned about it.

http://www.canadians.org/trade/documents/CETA/CETA_ten.pdf

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JONESING FOR A SLUMP? AUSTERITY IN THE FACE OF WEAKNESS

by Doug Henwood, The Bullet

Having successfully avoided depression through a massive, largely coordinated, stimulus program, the world bourgeoisie now looks ready to reverse it – some because they think it a success, and others because they think it was a failure. This is a very dangerous business.

Abroad, the austerity party is led by Germany, with some neighbouring allies, whose approach to the Eurocrisis is to put the depressed periphery through the wringer and cut budgets modestly at home. So far, the German economy has been holding up well, and German capital seems not to fear a hit to exports coming from a deep recession at the fringes of Europe.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/397.php

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NEW POOL OF CHEAP LABOUR — SENIORS

by Carol Goar, Toronto Star

In a Toronto Star column, Carol Goar says that more and more seniors are working in low-paying jobs because they have debts, modest savings, and no workplace pension.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/842180–goar-new-pool-of-cheap-labour-seniors

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AN INCOME SECURITY REVIEW: WHY IT MATTERS

The Income Security Advocacy Council (ISAC) has just published a Backgrounder on the recommendation to move from a Social Assistance Review to an Income Security Review.

This recommendation was made by the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council, which was appointed by government to advise on the scope and mandate of a review of OW and ODSP.

The broader scope of the recommendations could have many positive implications for low-income people in Ontario – if the provincial government decides to adopt this broader and bolder vision. That’s why the Backgrounder includes a call for people to contact the Premier to push for a bolder, broader review, and to immediately increase the incomes of people on OW and ODSP.

The direct link to the Backgrounder is here: http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/IncomeSecurityReviewbackgrounder.pdf  

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NEW VOICES SUMMER 2010 NOW AVAILABLE

The Mennonite New Life Centre is glad to present the new issue of New Voices.

New Voices is a bi-annual publication featuring articles written by internationally trained journalists and immigrant writers. Our contributors explore the political and social factors that affect the lives of immigrants and refugees, expose injustices and propose solutions.

The summer edition 2010 focuses on civic participation, community organizing experiences and the upcoming Toronto municipal elections.

http://www.mnlct.org/story/newsletter/MNLC_NewVoices_Summer2010.pdf

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NEW BOOK – SOLIDARITY ECONOMY I: BUILDING ALTERNATIVES FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET

Another world is not just possible. It is being built. So many of us wish for something more—an economy we can feel a part of, not that makes us feel like a disposable cog in a soulless machine. That something exists and it’s called the Solidarity Economy. This kind of economy starts from entirely different premises than those of the ruling model of neoliberal capitalism which enshrines individualism, competition, materialism, accumulation, and the maximization of profits and growth.

The solidarity economy by contrast seeks the well being of people and planet. It holds at its core these principles: solidarity, equity in all dimensions, sustainability, participatory democracy, and pluralism. This book is about vision and hope. It provides many examples of real solutions in a wide array of sectors. These practices are currently too isolated from one another. The task of the solidarity economy is to bring these practices together to build a whole and humane economy that works for people and planet.

Purchase Solidarity Economy I: Building Alternatives for People and Planet with 15% off with coupon code BEACHREAD305 at: http://www.lulu.com/product/11379276?cid=071810_en_email_BEACHREAD305

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

TOWARD A NEW POLITICAL ECONOMY FOR THE U.S.
Ron Baiman
Review of Radical Political Economics published 30 July 2010
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613410378001v2

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INDIVIDUAL QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG AT RISK INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN AUSTRALIA
Richard D. Chenhall, Kate Senior, David Cole, Teresa Cunningham & Ciaran O’Boyle
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 5 Number 3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/9771x3122221227t/

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ARE PRIVATE GOVERNMENT, THE NONPROFIT SECTOR, AND CIVIL SOCIETY THE SAME THING?
Stuart C. Mendel
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 717-733
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/4/717

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THE STATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONISM: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Marick F. Masters, Robert R. Albright & Ray Gibney
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 22 Number 3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/y6v7417644411lx2/

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CSEW’S MANDATE:

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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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