CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 21st AUGUST 2010
ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL
It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate Latin American Arts in Canada with the 2010 Allende Arts Festival in Toronto from September 10th-25th
CONFERENCE: WHO BELONGS? RIGHTS, BENEFITS, OBLIGATIONS AND IMMIGRATION STATUS
Thu Sep 23–Sat Sep 25, 2010
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
84 Queen’s Park
In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, an individual’s immigration status may play a significant role in determining how various rights, benefits and obligations are allocated. This is true for the allocation of various social benefit programs, employment opportunities, and legal and democratic rights. The principal aim of this conference is to explore the consequences of the differential access to rights, benefits and obligations on the basis of immigration status, and provide a framework to assist in analyzing how these distinctions should be made.
Sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto.
INCLUSIVE EDUCATION INSTITUTE: BEST PRACTICES FOR ONTARIO’S EQUITY & INCLUSIVE EDUCATION STRATEGY
August 24–26, 2010
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto
Ontario has embarked on a bold plan to become the best publicly funded education system in the world, and inclusion is a foundation of the delivery of high-quality instruction for all learners. Leadership, and leaders with vision, are critical to bringing the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy to life in schools and school boards. Join other system leaders and educators from across Ontario to share best practices.
SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS TORONTO SCREENING OF HOME SAFE TORONTO
August 26, 2010
6:00 pm-9:00 pm (film screening at 6:45 pm)
1028 Queen St. West, Toronto
Free for Social Venture partners; $15 for non-partners. Bring your teen and adult children
Light supper provided; cash bar
Laura Sky, the producer and a distinguished local documentary filmmaker, will attend. Home Safe Toronto reveals how close homelessness is to many hard-working, hopeful Torontonians. Their stories will open our eyes and hearts, and ideally inspire a new determination to end homelessness in Canada.
More info: http://www.svptoronto.org/
OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW SPECIAL LABOUR DAY ISSUE
Our Times’ special Labour Day edition will be heading to press shortly.
In this issue, journalist Lisa Walter, who covered the summit events for Our Times, shares the diary of her G20 arrest and detention. We’ll also report on LabourStart’s first-ever global solidarity conference, and Bob Barnetson discusses child labour on Alberta farms. Plus, Our Times’s exciting new series “Working Papers,” by graduates of the Labour College of Canada, begins with Fred Sinclair. And actor Kathleen Laskey, who plays Barbara Strange on the much-loved TV show “Being Erica,” talks about a typical working day on set.
We’ll have a review of the book Pubs, Pulpits and Prairie Fire, stunning poetry from the streets of the summit, our scintillating regular columns, and much more.
More info: http://www.ourtimes.ca/index.php
URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS, 2010 RACE RELATIONS AWARDS
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations celebrates their 35th Anniversary at our 2010 Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 30, 2010. At this time, the UARR will be honouring two (2) individuals who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to anti-racism in the community. The award nominees must have:
– Worked as a volunteer and/or as staff beyond one identifiable community in the field of race relations and anti-racism
– Conducted this service for a minimum of five years in the Greater Toronto Area
Nominations will be considered by a subcommittee of the board of directors of UARR.
Please submit nominations before September 6th, 2010. A submission from individuals or from organizations is easy: name the nominee and the reason for your nomination. Please include your own name (or organizational representation) and your contact information for follow-up.
Do it today! Send to: Info@urbanalliance.ca, or fax to: 416.703.4415 or mail to:
Nominations, UARR, 302 Spadina Avenue, Suite 507, Toronto, M5T 2E7
SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SYMPOSIUM – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY
Friday, September 24, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, wheelchair accessible
In Toronto, a variety of organizations and individuals, from Cabinet Ministers to Mayoral candidates, from Boards of Education to staunch critics of the educational status quo, have been promoting the concept of schools as community hubs. On Friday, September 24, we will have an opportunity to bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to continue that conversation, exploring the diverse visions for schools in community, the barriers which exist to progress, and the opportunities which currently exist to make progress toward a reality in which schools are at the heart of their communities.
LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS COALITION (LATUC) INAUGURAL CONVENTION
Sept. 10-12, 2010
25 Cecil St., Toronto
LATUC encourages all Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in our First Constitutional Convention.
Registration: $100 – unionized worker, $25 – non-unionized worker, $10 – students/seniors/unemployed
More info: http://www.latuc.ca/
NEWS & VIEWS
PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS TO BE MADE PUBLIC AFTER DECISION OF B.C. INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER
Precedent ends years of secrecy ended for multi-million dollar details between government and Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro for hospital support services.
OPSEU MEMBERS STRIKE DURING WAGE FREEZE CONSULTATIONS
In the midst of the first two weeks of consultations over the Ontario government’s proposed compensation freeze, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have begun a strike for a first contract at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)… All public sector workers have an interest in a successful strike here.
Read more: http://www.ochu.on.ca/leftwords_ochuBlog.php
REPORT: THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY POST-RECESSION
Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor… if past recessions are any guide, between 750,000 and 1.8 million more Canadians will be counted as poor before recovery is complete.
IS THE LABOR MOVEMENT SPEAKING FOR ITS FEMALE MEMBERS?
Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO’s Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women’s organization in the country… Why, then, did the AFL-CIO refuse to assume a position on the health care reform bill negotiated earlier this year which restricts women from using health insurance plans toward the cost of abortions?
REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA
Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all.
CAPITALIST CRISIS, RADICAL RENEWAL? AN INTERVIEW WITH LEO PANITCH, SAM GINDIN, AND GREG ALBO
Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch all teach political economy at York University in Toronto and are the authors of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, published by PM Press. Panitch and Albo are co-editors of the Socialist Register, while Gindin for many years was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union.
BILL 68: WORKERS FORCED TO SETTLE FOR LESS
Changes to Employment Standards under Bill 68 = more barriers for workers
Under Bill 68 “Open for Business,” the government is introducing changes to Employment Standards that are a huge step backward for workers. Instead of cracking down on bad bosses, Bill 68 will create more barriers for workers, while making it easier for employers to avoid paying what they are required to by law.
Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/
ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES
PLANNING IDEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: CHARLES WHITNALL’S PROGRESSIVE ERA PARK DESIGNS FOR SOCIALIST MILWAUKEE
Lorne A. Platt
Journal of Urban History published 3 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374016
THE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS OF AUTOGESTIÓN IN ARGENTINA’S WORKER-RECUPERATED ENTERPRISES: COOPERATIVELY REORGANIZING PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN HARD TIMES
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 295-321
SERVICE LABOR AND SYMBOLIC POWER: ON PUTTING BOURDIEU TO WORK
Jeffrey J. Sallaz
Work and Occupations 2010;37 295-319
UNDERSTANDING CONSTRAINTS ON NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TACTICS IN TIMES OF RECESSION
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 5 August 2010 http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378357v1
RFA – PILOT EVALUATION – WOMEN’S HEALTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Ontario Women’s Health Network is seeking an evaluator to assess the pilot of the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The contract period for this position is from September 7 – November 1, 2010. The deadline for applications is August 24, 2010 at 1pm.
Program Background: The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) was recently awarded a grant from Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario to provide the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The program will be offered over the coming three years and will seek to reach women participants from all over Ontario. The program will be offered in three levels and will support the development of women and their leadership capacity, including in relation to increasing women’s ability to reflect critically on sex and gender and how to promote gender-related advancements in the health system.
ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):
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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