CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 26th AUGUST 2013
THINK BIG AND LET’S GET GOING: APPLYING THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH TO OUR DAILY WORK
26th Annual Health Promotion Ontario Conference
Thursday September 26, 2013
Oakham House, Ryerson University
63 Gould Street, Toronto
Keynote Address: Dr Ryan Meili, MD – Upstream – Reviving Politics through a Focus on Health
Code Red Panel Discussion:
– Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
– Suzanne Brown, MSW, Manager of Neighbourhood Development Strategies, City of Hamilton
– Steve Buist, Investigations Editor, The Hamilton Spectator
– Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Closing Keynote: Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, The Hamilton Spectator – The Role of Media in Addressing the SDOH
Register now: http://www.hpontario.com
FREE PUBLIC CONCERT TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S NEWEST UNION – UNIFOR
Sunday, September 1
6:30pm until 11:30pm
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. West, Toronto
This year, Labour Day marks the formation of a new union – Unifor – with the coming together of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers’ union and the Canadian Auto Workers.
To celebrate we are hosting a free public concert at Nathan Phillips Square with diverse acts from all across Canada. Come see some of Canada’s greatest bands: Stars, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Les Colocs, Sister Says
19+ drink tent with beer, wine and food available for purchase. All-age food vendors in square.
For more information on Unifor visit: http://www.newunionconvention.ca
WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH & STUDENTS TORONTO INFO MEETING
Tuesday, August 27
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 8-170
St. George Subway station, Toronto
The WFYS is the largest gathering of progressive and anti-imperialist youth and students in the world, taking place this December in Quito, Ecuador. Over 15,000 young people will unite for a week-long experience of culture, music, conferences, workshops, discussions and other meetings about peace, environmentalism, anti-imperialism, and the struggle for social progress.
This year from December 7-13th, the youth festival will be held in Quito, Ecuador with the support of the PAIX alliance as well as student, environmental, indigenous and other leftist youth, under the banner of “Youth unite against imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!
You can find out more at http://www.18wfys.tumblr.com
WORKSHOP SERIES: PENSION FUNDS, UNIONS, AND WORKING CLASS STRATEGIES
September 27-December 13
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, ING Room, ground level
720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor), Toronto
One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.
Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)
*** We ask that those interested in attending please register and RSVP their interest to Kevin Skerrett, at firstname.lastname@example.org ***
For more info: http://www.socialjustice.org/community/Pensions.pdf
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project
EXHIBITION – THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE: 40 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF CHILE’S LOST DEMOCRACY
Friday, Sep 6 to Wednesday, Sep 11
Closing reception: Wednesday, Sep 11 @ 7 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto
(Bloor & Bathurst)
A multimedia exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the CIA-sponsored military coup in Chile which deposed the democratic government of Salvador Allende. The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on this period in history which for many marked the beginning of the slide to neoliberal economy and politics and to hear voices calling for equity and justice.
Collective Alas rescues and salvages artifacts that at one point were designated subversive, and as a consequence dangerous to the military regime of Agusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Alas gathers magazines, film, newspaper articles, books, audio cassettes, vinyl, and posters that were destroyed by the military. During this period, people risked their lives to preserve these items. Poetry, music and articles were considered subversive because they denounced a dictatorial regime. Alas’ mission is to reflect on our collective memory and work towards greater understanding, justice and human rights for all. The closing reception on September 11 will feature live musical performances.
NEWS & VIEWS
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: HELP FREE TAREK AND JOHN
On Friday August 16th, Tarek Loubani, a Canadian emergency physician and John Greyson, a Canadian filmmaker and professor were arrested by Egyptian authorities. Tarek and John were on their way to Gaza — where Tarek was to work at Al Shifa Hospital, and John to explore the possibility of making a film about the work.
Days later, Tarek and John are still being held in Cairo’s Tora prison. Egyptian officials have given no clear reason for their arrest. In fact, a recent press release by a Cairo district prosecution states that 9 foreigners, including John and Tarek, will be detained for 15 days, pending investigations. Egypt is going through a turbulent time, and after hundreds were killed in violent clashes last week, foreigners, particularly journalists are being targeted. We need to get our friends out of there.
Family and friends are worried sick about their safety. Pressure from the Canadian government is our best hope. We must pressure our government to demand their freedom and pressure the Egyptian authorities to let them go. Thank you for your action on this urgent matter!
To find out how to help: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canadian-government-help-free-tarek-and-john
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: ONLINE INFO
The Ottawa Network for Education (ONE) has created an excellent online resource relating to assistive technology support to enhance academic access. The website includes a number of captioned videos which are excellent. The English and French ONE Assistive Technology Support websites are highlighted below:
RANK AND FILE PODCAST WITH KYLE BUOTT
Dave Bush speaks with Kyle Buott, President of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, about trade unionism and worker activism. Kyle addresses the political importance of local labour councils in regional labour movement struggles and building solidarity between workplace issues and social movements.
DECENT JOBS, HOUSING, AND EDUCATION: MLK’S STILL ELUSIVE DREAM
By Michael K. Honey, History News Network
A quarter of a million people rallied “For Jobs and Freedom” at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963, and tens if not hundreds of thousands will do so again at this year’s fifty-year commemorations of the event.
CLC ENDORSES CONSUMER BOYCOTT OF LABATT IMPORTS: ST. JOHN’S BREWERY WORKERS ON STRIKE SINCE APRIL
OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress has endorsed a national consumer boycott against a number of imported brands of Labatt beer and is calling on the company to return to the bargaining table.
“This is a David and Goliath struggle between about 50 local workers and the world’s largest multi-national brewing corporation trying to force its employees into a race to the bottom,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti. “Canadian workers and their unions are not going to stand idly by and allow
this to happen.”
The workers in St. John’s have been on strike since April 10. They are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE/NUPGE). Their employer is the Canadian division of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing corporation, which has after-tax profits of more than $9 billion.
The Labatt imports being targeted for boycott include Stella Artois, Becks, and Lowenbrau. The focus is on imported products in order to prevent other unionized Labatt employees in Canada from experiencing a loss of work.
In Newfoundland and Labrador people are also being urged to boycott a number of other Labatt beers, including Budweiser, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith’s and Kokanee.
For a list of union-made beers: http://www.alternet.org/labor/union-beer-you-are-drinking?page=0%2C0
TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL WORKERS’ STRIKE INTO ITS 14TH WEEK
On strike for 14 long weeks, the USW members at the Toronto Plaza Hotel know exactly what their employer thinks of them. They know because he tells the world he thinks they are “animals”. And apparently “animals” shouldn’t receive any benefits and aren’t entitled to union representation in the workplace. Tell him and his financial backers he’s wrong and tell the workers you’re standing with them HERE: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1938&src=canadamail
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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