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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd JANUARY 2011

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE 2010-2011 WORKSHOP SERIES

January: Marketing in Non-Profit and other Social Purpose Organizations with Sharon Wood and Trish Krauss, The Belmont Group

Friday, January 28, 2011
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 5-240
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

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 available.
Refreshments, coffee & tea served,  but lunch not provided.

To Register:  Access the online registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM, or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com, or 416-978-0022
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FREE SCREENING OF ‘WHY WE FIGHT’

January 7, 2011
7:30 – 9:30pm
Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

You are invited to a free screening of the film, ‘Why We Fight’ – which deals with the concept and escalation of the ‘military-industrial complex,’ generally, and that phenomenon in the U.S. more particularly.

Helping us through discussions of issues associated with this film will be Dr. Peter Langille, PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, Advisor to the UN and other governments about issues of international peacekeeping. Dr. Langille also has authored several books, including Changing the Guard: Canada’s Defence in a World in Transition.

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CONFERENCE –  BUILDING THE WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT

January 29 – 30
Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham House
63 Gould Street, Toronto

The Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (GTWA) is organizing a conference where activists can come together to talk about the attacks on the working-class in every dimension of our lives, reframe the public discussion and launch a united activist network of workers from all sectors, unions and precarious workers, new immigrants and non-unionized workers to mobilize a new kind of working class movement. 

The conference is a chance to come together to build the fight-back we’ve all been waiting for, but which will never happen unless we make it happen. We need a new kind of fighting working-class movement – a movement that builds across workplaces, communities and unions and the non-unionized majority of the working class.

Registrations are now open! Please visit our website for more details and to register: http://www.workersassembly.ca/callout2011.

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SEMINAR – COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN SEX WORK RESEARCH

January 5
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
208N – North House, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

Speaker: Emily van der Meulen (Lupina Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Sponsored by Comparative Program on Health and Society

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9330

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WORKSHOP –  PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH USING A SOCIAL ANALYSIS SYSTEMS [SAS2] APPROACH

February 8 – 10, 2011
80 Hayden Street (Bloor and Yonge Streets)
Toronto

Carleton University and PWRDF are pleased to offer a SAS2 Introductory Workshop.

In the workshop you can expect:

* Three days of hands-on learning using Participatory Action Research
* Tools for group-based inquiry and problem-solving
* Time to work on issues and problems that matter to you
* A chance to appreciate and acquire the skills to adapt SAS2 to your context
* Engaging and fun approaches designed to make SAS2 easy to grasp, and even easier to use.

For more information on the workshop click here: http://sas2dialogue.com/SAS2training.html

For information on the SAS2 approach to Participatory Action Research see: http://sas2.net

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NEWS & VIEWS

2011: CALLING TIME ON CAPITALISM

by Richard Wolff, guardian.co.uk

Recent decades have seen a massive redistribution of wealth, imposing the cost of successive crises on the poorest. Enough!

Read more: http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/83-83/4461-2011-calling-time-on-capitalism

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EQUALITY, A TRUE SOUL FOOD

by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/opinion/02kristof.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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NEW PENSION PLAN JUST ANOTHER LUMP OF COAL

by Ish Theilheimer, Straight Goods

Canada is facing a crisis of seniors’ poverty as millions of Baby Boomers retire from, get forced out of, or simply lose their work. Most privately employed and self-employed Canadians don’t have pensions or adequate savings to retire in security. Adding to the number of seniors in poverty, pensioners from companies like Mitel have seen their pension plans consumed as their companies folded, leaving them with nothing but public benefits.

Read more: http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=1071&Cookies=yes

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ONTARIO ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS CONCERNED ABOUT SEVERE BUDGET CUTS

Ontario’s university libraries appear to be bearing a sizeable share of the cuts as universities grapple with budget cutbacks. A new report, based on a questionnaire sent to Ontario’s academic librarians, describes widespread staffing reductions, neglect of library collections, and delays in technology investments.

“Ontario’s academic librarians are at the forefront of supporting students and faculty in their research and teaching, tending to extensive collections, and introducing new technology advances to keep up with the demands of the digital world,” said Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s University and vice-president of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

Read more: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2010/06/c2731.html

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LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: 2011 PREDICTIONS FROM THE CCPA

by rabble.ca

Happy new year rabble readers! As we round out another decade, thoughts turn to the future, and our partners at the The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have weighed in on the issues facing Canada in the years ahead. They flag the economy, social unrest, drift, democracy, dirty oil and corporate Canada as things to watch in 2011 and beyond.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/01/looking-crystal-ball-2011-predictions-ccpa

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PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS AND THE CONSULTATIONS FOR AUSTERITY

by Jordy Cummings and Patrick D. LeGay, The Bullet

Nearly six months have gone since the G20 Summit in Toronto when we supposedly entered what some have referred to as “permanent austerity” – the “new normal” of capitalist social relations. Whilst using the significant resources of the state to inject liquidity into markets and ensure corporate and banking profits, ruling classes simultaneously are cutting public services across the board, imposing user fees and letting public transit rot, and, in the specific case at hand, kicking labour’s ass while convincing the public bureaucracy that there is no alternative.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/446.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

Changing the Climate: Ecoliberalism, Green New Dealism, and the Struggle Over Green Jobs in Canada
James Patrick Nugent
Labor Studies Journal published 28 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10392528v1

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“The Very Model of Modern Urban Decay”: Outsiders’ Narratives of Industry and Urban Decline in Gary, Indiana
S. Paul O’Hara
Journal of Urban History published 30 December 2010
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210391613v1

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The Connection Between Latino Ethnic Identity and Adult Experiences
Vasti Torres, Sylvia Martinez, Lisa D. Wallace, Christianne I. Medrano,
Andrea L. Robledo, and Ebelia Hernandez
Adult Education Quarterly published 29 December 2010
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610392765v1

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Occupations, Human Capital and Skills
Alec Levenson and Cindy Zoghi
Journal of Labor Research
Volume 31, Number 4, 365-386
http://www.springerlink.com/content/74h65v565218v535/

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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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 15th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

PUBLIC MEETING – ECONOMIC CRISIS? WHO PAYS!?

A public forum on the government’s proposed public sector wage freeze.

At risk is free collective bargaining, workers’ rights, public services and our communities, so join members of the Toronto Workers’ Assembly for a discussion on what’s happening and how we can and should respond.

Tuesday Aug. 24

7-9pm

Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham Lounge (2nd floor)

55 Gould St. (closest subway stop is Dundas, building is on the corner of Gould and Church Sts.)

More details and flyer forth coming.

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BETWEEN THE LINES PUBLISHERS FALL 2010 LINE UP

– Random Acts of Culture explores vernacular culture and dissects our current passive, apathetic, and spectatorship-based culture in favour of a more active participatory culture.

– A new collection of essays addresses poverty in Canadian communities in Persistent Poverty.

– Ben Carniol provides an essential analysis of Canada’s social workers in Case Critical, Sixth Edition.

– And we add one new title to the No-Nonsense Guide series: Derek Wall’s comprehensive No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics.

– We have also published two updated guides including Peter Steven’s updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media and Wayne Ellwood’s updated No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization.

More info: http://www.btlbooks.com/categoryinfo.php?index=37

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CALL FOR PAPERS – GLOBAL MEDIA JOURNAL-AMERICAN EDITION

Special Spring 2011 issue on New Media, Informal Learning and Social Change

 *Deadline for Submissions:* October 15, 2010

Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and scholarly articles that builds on the relationship between new media, informal learning and social change for the Spring 2011 issue. The guest editors, Payal Arora from Erasmus University, and Matthew Kam from Carnegie Mellon University are particularly interested in articles that push the boundaries on how people in diverse transnational and cross-cultural environments learn to use new media technologies for a wide spectrum of social activity.

More info: http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/gmj/gmj_call%20for%20papers.htm

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TORONTO MAYORAL DEBATE ON DISABILITY ISSUES

– Want to hear from candidates running for Mayor what they will do to improve services for Torontonians living with disabilities?

– Do you have questions about City services and how they can be made more accessible?

– Are you interested in learning what ideas the candidates have for creating inclusive and accessible public spaces?

September 22nd, 2010

1 – 3pm

Scadding Court Community Centre Gymnasium

707 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON

 (please enter through doors on the east side of the parking lot on Bathurst St.)

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ALARA’S (ACTION LEARNING, ACTION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION) 2010 WORLD CONGRESS

6-9th September 2010

Melbourne, Australia

Engage with like-minded (and other-minded) people in conversations about historical and current philosophies underpinning participatory action research, debate issues of power, deepen your understanding of methodologies and be inspired by accounts of contemporary practices/praxis.

Be stimulated by critical dialogues and reflections within the ‘applied’ streams of: Social Ecology Community and International Development; Health and Wellbeing; Systems /Business /Organisational Development; Education and Learning; and Decolonising Practice, including cross-cultural learning with Indigenous and other peoples and contexts.

More info: http://www.alara.net.au/worldcongress/2010

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THE CATALYST CENTRE’S  SCHOOL OF ACTIVISM

Thursday Aug. 26 and Friday Aug. 27

Family Services Toronto

355 Church St., Toronto (just south of Carlton – closest subway: College at Yonge)

Facilitators: Chris Cavanagh & Deborah Konecny

Make good use of the slower pace of summer programming and lighter network schedules to build your skills for the coming year.

Take part in two days of intensive training to hone your planning and facilitation skills. You can register for either or both.

The recommended fee for each workshop is $150 or pay what you can.

To register: Please respond to this e-mail message or phone 416-516-9546 and tell us your name, e-mail, phone number and what you would like to pay.

– Thursday, August 26, 9:30-4:30: Democratic Facilitation By Design

– Friday,  August  27, 9:30-4:30: Not Just a Bag ‘o Tricks – Popular Education  Tools, Techniques and  Thoughts 

More info: http://www.catalystcentre.ca/a-school-of-activism

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NEWS & VIEWS

CURRICULUM & RESOURCES: GREEN JOBS AND GREEN BUILDINGS

Great resources for teaching from the Yes! Education Connection Newsletter.

Lesson plans, hands-on activities, and award-winning projects on green building and economies will demonstrate to your students that there’s a better, sustainable, and just future that they can help build, shape, and design.

Read more: http://bit.ly/cZoETc

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VIDEO – MEDICARE SUSTAINABILITY: FACTS & MYTHS

(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canadians are being told that public health care financing is not sustainable, and that the solution is a shift to more private health insurance and private delivery of services. Renowned pollster Nik Nanos reviews the numbers, and Canada’s pre-eminent health economist, Dr. Robert G. Evans, presents the facts and the myths.

Watch the video: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/multimedia/medicare-sustainability-facts-myths

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BOOK:  LOW-INCOME STUDENTS AND THE PERPETUATION OF INEQUALITY

With a lingering recession sending Americans (back) to college in record numbers, and an administration determined to improve  the country’s record on degree attainment, higher education, more than ever, has plenty of public attention. But a new book argues that higher education in the United States is falling ever more short on a variety of fronts — particularly when it comes to those students who, theoretically, should stand to gain the most from it.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/07/berg

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BRITAIN’S AUSTERITY BUDGET: A CLASS ACT

By Hugo Radice, The Bullet

Following the inconclusive outcome of the British general election on May 6th, the ‘centrist’ Liberal Democratic Party decided to turn sharply to the right by agreeing to join the Tories in a coalition government. In the run-up to the election, the Tories had argued strongly that Britain faced the prospect of a fiscal crisis unless the government’s deficit was brought down further and faster than the outgoing Labour government intended.

The new government quickly cranked up the volume over the deficit, with fresh scare stories about the risk of contagion from the Greek sovereign debt crisis and the subsequent disarray across the Eurozone. Although Labour and the left at once warned of the danger that sharp cuts would risk a new recession, the coalition insisted on pursuing their austerity agenda – and none more so than the Lib Dem ministers, who before the election had sided firmly with Labour on the issue.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/385.php

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO REPORT – A RECOVERY-FREE ZONE: THE UNYIELDING IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN ON NONPROFIT COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES IN ONTARIO

Community service organizations across Ontario report an unyielding dilemma, driven by the economic recession: how to meet increasing demand for services with falling revenues from funding sources.

A Recovery-Free Zone, a survey of 311 non-profit community service agencies across Ontario, released today by the Social Planning Network of Ontario follows up one year later on a similar survey conducted in 2009. It shows that service demand continues to rise with 68% of respondents seeing a greater demand in April 2010 than prior to September 2008. Almost 80% of respondents attribute this increase in demand as primarily or in part due to economic conditions.

Read more: http://bit.ly/98AZmT

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BUSINESS UNIONISM VS. WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY

Are unions an ally or an obstacle in the struggle to democratise work? It seems an odd question at first. There are many, many unionists who support the workplace democracy agenda. In fact the New Unionism Network is made up of them; it’s one of our 4 key principles. But take a read of this article by Wanda Pasz and have a think about her real target: business unionism. This is a model in which unions seek membership simply and solely to bargain for them over wages and conditions. Deliberately or not, these unions impose a strict limit on their members’ agenda. Studies have shown again and again that workers want more, particularly in the connected areas of voice and influence. Business unionism sets these aspirations aside. I’m sure many of us will share Ms Pasz’s view of what unions should be, even if we disagree with her assessment of what they currently are.

Read more: http://newunionism.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/business-unionism-vs-workplace-democracy/

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SELFHOOD IN THE PRACTICE OF ADULT LEARNING

Elana Michelson

Adult Education Quarterly published 29 June 2010, 10.1177/0741713609358447

http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713609358447v1

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CLASS CONFLICT AND INDUSTRIAL LOCATION

Erik K. Olsen

Review of Radical Political Economics published 26 July 2010, 10.1177/0486613410377862

http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613410377862v1

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DOES THE CHANGE TO WIN FEDERATION REPRESENT U.S. LABOR’S THIRD MOMENT? EVIDENCE FROM NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD CERTIFICATION ELECTIONS, 2003–2005

Victor G. Devinatz

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal Volume 22, Number 3, 161-173

http://www.springerlink.com/content/d107843q8n172237/

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BACK TO THE GARDEN: COMMUNES, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ANTIURBAN PASTORALISM AT THE END OF THE SIXTIES

Steven Conn

Journal of Urban History published 2 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374449

http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374449v1

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JOB POSTINGS

EDITORIAL INTERN, CORPORATE KNIGHTS MAGAZINE

The Corporate Knights Internship Program lasts four months with our next cycle commencing September 2010.

The internship will consist of a minimum of 20 hours per week with flexible scheduling available. A small stipend will be based on the intern’s ability and availability.

Candidates with backgrounds in politics, business, engineering, statistics, environment, geography, development, and English are a good fit for Corporate Knights. A passion for sustainability is a must. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, flexible, and deadline- and detail-oriented. The internship requires a strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Mathematical and statistical understanding is an asset.

More details: http://corporateknights.ca/about-us/61-about-us/286-internship.html

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LEED PROJECT MANAGER, PROVIDENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT INC

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Provident Energy Management is a leading provider of sustainable solutions to the commercial and high-rise residential building industry.

Due to continued growth we are seeking a LEED Project Manager to join the sustainable building consulting team in our Toronto office.

Key Responsibilities:

– Review design and construction drawings to verify and document environmental performance

– Coordinate and track LEED submittal documentation provided by the project team and review for completeness and accuracy

– Perform calculations relating to energy and resource use to ensure sustainability targets are met

– Prepare LEED specifications for tender and construction purposes

– Attend site meetings throughout the construction phase and perform site reviews

– Assist in the research of new LEED-compliant construction products and technologies

More info: http://www.pemi.com/pdf/LEED_PM_10Jul12.pdf

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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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