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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 2nd APRIL 2013

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – STRATEGIC FUNDRAISING: SECURING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED

Friday, Apr 5, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

This dynamic and interactive one-day session for staff and volunteers working in the non-profit sector focuses on “doing the right things right.”

Instructor: Suzanne Gibson, Suzanne Gibson & Associates

By the end of the workshop, you will:
– have a practical planning tool to determine the most successful and effective fundraising and resource development techniques for your organization
– understand key fundraising markets and techniques
– gain expertise in such key fund development techniques as grant seeking, individual giving, and special events
– secure practical, hands-on tips, tools and materials as well as a resource kit to help you achieve your goals
– be armed with ideas that you can implement quickly and cost efficiently!

Cost: $140 + HST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate is $50 + HST. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO 2014 CONFERENCE

The Rainbow Health Ontario 2014 Conference: Creating Change Together will take place at the Hilton Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 5-7, 2014. The biennial Rainbow Health Ontario Conference is the only conference in Canada focused on the health and wellness of LGBT communities.

The RHO 2014 Conference theme “Creating Change Together” recognizes the ground-breaking work that is taking place and also highlights the need for further system-wide change. The conference draws leaders from academic, practice and community sectors to share new scientific knowledge, evolving models of clinical service, relevant policy tools and grass-roots innovations.

All submissions must be received no later than May 31, 2013. For more information and to submit a proposal, please click here: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference/callforproposals.cfm

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APRIL 2013 – LACSN SOLIDARITY MONTH

April is the Latin America & Caribbean Solidarity Month!! We intend to honour the life and achievements of President Hugo Chavez in reflecting on and building the themes for this year which are peace, justice and solidarity.

Through collective reflection, discussion, debate and critical engagement, events may explore creative alternatives to the dominant global economic and political paradigms. Together, we will create safe spaces to reflect on the nature of our relationships and our communities and re-work our notions of peace, justice and solidarity here on Turtle Island and in other parts of the Global South.

Read more: http://lacsn.weebly.com/events–eventos.html

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WRITING ACROSS BORDERS – AN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE

June 1, 2013
Empire State College, Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies
325 Hudson Street (entrance on Van Dam Street), NYC

At a time of unprecedented migration, when families are divided and communities shattered, writers can provide a vital historical record, a public voice of protest at social injustice and a healing balm.

Writers are able to bridge the gaps among communities through depicting the experiences of diverse people that often prove to be more similar than different, while, at the same time, attempting to fight widespread injustices of forced deportation and economic migration.

Conference fee: $30.00

For more info and to register: http://www.nwuny.org/

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BOOK LAUNCH: ‘THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY: HOW TO STOP THE TAX CUT SCAM AND SAVE CANADA’

Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Octopus Books/Under One Roof
251 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

Join authors and organizers for the launch of The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada (http://www.btlbooks.com/book/the-great-revenue-robbery)

Edited by Richard Swift for the Canadians for Tax Fairness (http://www.taxfairness.ca/)

Online media sponsor: rabble.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

BUILD YOUR OWN FEDERAL BUDGET

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

What did you think of the government’s “Economic Action Plan?” If you were finance minister, what would your budget look like? Take our budget calculator for a spin and select the programs you think are important to building a better Canada. When you’ve built your budget, be sure to share it online.

Build a better budget here! http://www.policyalternatives.ca/BuildABetterBudget.htm

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CFLR (CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR LABOUR RIGHTS) RELEASES NEW REPORT CONNECTING REGRESSIVE LABOUR LAWS TO RISING INCOME INEQUALITY

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) released a new research report today which shows that regressive labour laws in Canada have reduced unionization rates which in turn has led to increasing income inequality.

“There is a clear divergence over the years between Canadian union coverage and income inequality,” the paper argues.

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/5706/cflr-releases-new-report

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MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION AT AIR CANADA

By Amanda Moravec, rankandfile.ca

Pension plan solvency deficiencies – the hole that opens up when there aren’t enough assets to cover liabilities if the plan winds up – are vexing public and private-sector pensions. That fraction of workers fortunate enough to have a defined-benefit (DB) pension plan is facing a toxic mix of volatile returns, extremely low interest rates (which raise the cost of pension benefits), and all too frequently, a legacy of employer contribution ‘holidays’ or underfunding when pension fund returns were high. Typically, when liabilities outweigh the assets in the plan, employers are expected to make up the difference. Increasingly, though, employers are using the difficult environment to force radical changes to pension plans. And governments aren’t helping.

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/?p=722

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MARX’S REVENGE: HOW CLASS STRUGGLE IS SHAPING THE WORLD

By Michael Schuman, Time.com

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. ..The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights of wealth and welfare.

Or so we thought. With the global economy in a protracted crisis, and workers around the world burdened by joblessness, debt and stagnant incomes, Marx’s biting critique of capitalism — that the system is inherently unjust and self-destructive — cannot be so easily dismissed.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/03/25/marxs-revenge-how-class-struggle-is-shaping-the-world/

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S.A.M.E. (STUDENTS AGAINST MIGRANT EXPLOITATION) YOUTH TOUR SWEEPS ONTARIO

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

The first week of the S.A.M.E. Tour 2013 across Ontario was a huge hit with thousands of students.  The tour was launched on March 18, and coincided with Migrant Worker Awareness Week. Continuing through the week, ten S.A.M.E. (Students Against Migrant Exploitation) youth volunteers hosted awareness-raising seminars, videos, musical performances, and in-classroom projects to engage students about the challenges and hardships faced by migrant workers in Canada.

The first week of the tour took the S.A.M.E. message to students at campuses across southern Ontario including the University of Guelph, Brock University, Queen’s University, York, McMaster University, George Brown College, Sheridan College, as well as at a number of elementary and secondary schools.

To find out more about S.A.M.E., or how you and your school can get involved in this student leadership initiative, check out http://www.thesame.ca

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A LIVING WAGE AND A SAFE WORKPLACE FOR PORTER WORKERS

Porter workers have been on strike for months to improve their near-poverty wages and for a safe workplace (a workplace that the airline’s customers should want to be as safe as possible).  By taking just a few seconds out of your day this morning as you get ready for work you can tell Porter to get back to the table and you can tell the striking COPE members that they have your solidarity.

Just go here: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1737

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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