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We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action. The Fellowship was first awarded in 2008, and there are now seven Fellowship recipients whose research and reflection has made a significant contribution towards strengthening leadership for civil society and promoting greater understanding of the importance of voluntary action. The Fellowship will again be awarded in 2013 to a leader in the NGO/not-for-profit sector who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. Valued at a maximum amount of $60,000 for up to one year, the award is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a contribution to the sector, through research and reflection.

In recognition of a shared desire to strengthen and support leadership capacity in the voluntary sector as an essential element in advancing development and positive social change, both locally and internationally, the Carold Institute and Cuso International are now working together to promote our respective Fellowship opportunities.

Visit our websites at and for fuller detail on the Fellowships and on past recipients. The new deadline for applications is March 29, 2013, and the 2013 recipients will be announced in June 2013. Please publicize both these Fellowship as widely as possible within your membership and among your networks, and strongly encourage any potential candidates to apply.

For further information, please contact Juliet Huntly at the address below.
The Carold Institute
Alan Thomas Fellowship
Ph: (613) 376-3391   email:



The Provincial Women’s Access to Trades Network is pleased to invite you to our 2013 forum…

Building a Future for Women in Trades
Moving forward through collaboration and partnership

Thursday, February 28, 2013
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mohawk College STARRT Institute
481 Barton Street, Stoney Creek (click here for a map:

For more information on the event or to register please visit:

The Provincial Women’s Access to Trades Network (PWATN) is a collaboration of organizations dedicated to accelerating women’s participation in non‑traditional trades in order to increase women’s access to good jobs and decrease their risk of poverty.



6 weeks starting 7 February
Double Double Land
209 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Although the sixties are looked at as the high watermark of radicalism and rebellion in North America, it is actually the decade that followed that saw the highest frequency of labour unrest and worker militancy since the era of the depression. It was during these years that the power of organized labour was at its height, and the intra-union struggle of rank-and-file workers came the closest to realizing a true integration of the race- and gender-based social movements born of the 60s with the traditional American labour movement. Arguably, it was the failure to do so that made the crushing of labour’s power in the latter half of the decade possible, quickly ushering in the era of neo-liberalism that has prevailed to this day. Will an understanding of the past help put us back in control of our future?

The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly in partnership with the Foundation for Social Economics is proud to present a six-week film series spotlighting some of the now nearly forgotten labour-themed cinema of the 1970s. Each film will be preceded by a short talk detailing an episode from that decade’s labour history.

Films (subject to change):  ‘JOE’ [1970]; ‘THE ROWDYMAN’ [1972]; ‘THE MOLLY MAGUIRES’ [1976]; ‘F.I.S.T.’ [1978]; ‘BLUE COLLAR’ [1978]; ‘NORMA RAE’ [1979].

Free: donations accepted
Beverages for sale
Social following each film



The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a peer reviewed forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and professional experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. JCHE is published by Routledge.

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education considers four types of articles:

Major articles—current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments—of up to 7,000 words on:
• organization and administration of continuing higher education
• development and application of new continuing education program directions
• adult and non-traditional students
• continuing education student programs and services
• research within continuing higher education and related fields

Manuscripts should demonstrate implications for both the theory and practice of continuing higher education.

“Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.

• Book reviews of current publications in the field–prospective authors are advised to consult with the editor prior to preparing book reviews.

• Opinion pieces of up to 2,000 words addressing issues directly relevant to continuing higher education.

For best consideration for the Spring 2013 issue, manuscripts should be received by March 15, 2013. Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at or through ACHE’s website: Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor James K. Broomall, University of Delaware. He can be reached at or (302) 831-2795.

Please share this announcement with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in submitting manuscripts to JCHE. The Journal has published outstanding graduate student work in the past.




from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

In our annual look at CEO compensation, we find Canada’s highest paid 100 CEOs had reason to break out the bubbly: by 1:18pm on January 2nd, the first official working day of the year, Canada’s top 100 CEOs had already pocketed $45,448. It takes the average Canadian an entire year of full-time work to earn that.

This year, we produced a short factsheet, Overcompensating: Executive Pay in Canada, which highlights some key numbers around executive pay in Canada and also includes a list of Canada’s highest paid 100 CEOs. Download the factsheet here:



by Alec Macgillis, New Republic

It has been a dispiriting year for organized labor. Unions contributed greatly to the re-election of Barack Obama and the Democrats’ retention of the Senate, but were punched in the gut before they could savor the victories. Michigan’s Republican legislature and governor rushed a bill through the lame-duck session, making the birthplace of the United Auto Workers a “right-to-work” state.

Few have fought harder to keep labor from this plight than Jerry Tucker. An outspoken dissident, Tucker urged an alternate course for American unions for more than three decades, one with a broader progressive message and greater empowerment of rank and file workers. Labor could desperately use Tucker’s guidance today, but it’s too late: He died in his hometown of St. Louis on October 19 of pancreatic cancer, at age 73.

Read more:



The Austerity Allstars present: Bugger the Bankers – The Official Video



by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, The Bullet

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first economic policy initiative of 2013, which took him to Oakville in early January to trumpet yet another $250-million in auto subsidies, ought to raise some very fundamental questions. The heady free market rhetoric of recent decades was often cast in terms of the economic benefits associated with multinational corporations escaping the confines of nation states by being able to go global. In fact, what economic globalization has really been about has been the ability of these corporations to rely on the support of so many more states than ever before. And they have secured such state support while using the whip of competitiveness to discipline their workers – and to discard them when convenient.

Read more:



by Peter Dreier, Common Dreams

Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs. Americans from across the political spectrum invoke King’s name to justify their beliefs and actions, as President Barack Obama will no doubt do in his second Inaugural speech and as gun fanatic Larry Ward recently did in outrageously claiming that King would have opposed proposals to restrict access to guns.

So it is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, King was considered a dangerous troublemaker.

Read more:



Moderated by Abbie Bakan.


• “Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History.” Meg Luxton is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
• “Marxist Feminism: Keywords and Key Concepts.” Shahrzad Mojab is Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

Presented by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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We look forward to welcoming you all to Toronto in April. Please make sure to bring some sensible shoes (along with your passports), since you will have four chances for educational walks during the conference.

Here is the current plan:
On the Street at UALE 2013

• Why are we doing this? Because we know that workers and educators both learn as much from experiences as from formal conference presentations.

• Who is doing this? A lively group of eight people is writing the programs and will guide them, using as a starting point the publication “Mapping Our Work: Toronto Labour History Walking Tours”, prepared by the School of Labour at George Brown College and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79, with support from Toronto’s Labour Council. All are active in union, community, arts and equality struggles. Copies of that publication will be provided to all conference participants.

• Where will they go? All walks leave from the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel.

(1) Toronto’s Old Town (2.5 hours, including lunch): The first one (for which we request advance registration and payment of $20) leaves at 9:30 on Wednesday morning, and tours sites of the earliest labour struggles in Toronto’s “old town.”

(2) “The Ward” (1 hour): The second walk leaves at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, and takes participants to various close by sites in the historic “St John’s Ward” neighbourhood, where successive generations of immigrants arrived. The tour ends at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, for a reception, dinner and a labour arts program.

(3) Union Station (2.5 hours, including lunch): The third walking tour leaves at noon on Thursday and goes through Toronto’s historic railway station, Union Station, to highlight the history of African-Canadian workers.

(4) Spadina Avenue (2.5 hours, including dinner): The fourth tour leaves on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to explore Spadina Avenue, with its rich history of labour militancy, political struggles, and the contributions of Jewish and Chinese-Canadian workers’ organizing.

• Should we reserve? As people register for the conference on-line, they can pay $20 to confirm their participation in the first tour. Before leaving on that Wednesday morning tour, we ask that participants check in and pick up their conference kit. That way, they can avoid line-ups at the desk, and return comfortably in time for the conference opening. Part of that check in process will allow for reserving other outings, so that we can plan the number of guides and confirm reservations for meals.

• How much will tours cost? We are trying to get union sponsorships for all four events. At most, the programs will cost $20 each, with a meal included.

• Will the timing interfere with the regular program? For the second walk, people will leave after the conference plenary session, and end at the site of the evening reception and dinner. For the third, timing might be tight, and depending on the number of participants we may delay the start of the afternoon sessions by a few minutes. For the fourth, the walk starts after the end of the UALE membership meeting, which should be shorter than usual since there are no elections this year. Depending on that, the walk may start as early as 5:00.

• What if walking is hard for me? These outings are designed as walks, and will be challenging for people with limited mobility. Some may prefer to take a taxi from the hotel directly to and from the location of the meal. Some may prefer to stay in the hotel, for informal networking and evening film screenings on Thursday and Friday. For a special treat, on the second floor of the hotel is one of Canada’s best Chinese restaurants, Lai Wah Heen, expensive but fabulous.

For more info on UALE’s April 17-20, 2013 conference in Toronto:



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 this project, visit

For more information about CSEW, visit:




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