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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 23rd APRIL 2011

EVENTS

WEBINAR: CITIES OF MIGRATION LEARNING EXCHANGE SERIES – LISTEN UP! MEDIA STRATEGIES FOR DIVERSE CITIES

May 17, 2011

11:00 EDT in Toronto, New York
16:00 BST in London
17:00 CEST in Berlin, Barcelona

Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about media diversity and the strategies behind the success of local radio broadcasters in Barcelona and Toronto. Find out how to improve your audience ratings by responding to changing demographics and sharing your city’s immigrant experience.

Read more: http://mediadiversity.eventbrite.com/

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FORUM ON IMMIGRATION ‘FRAUD’: FACTS, MYTHS AND CHALLENGES

April 27, 2011
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friend’s House
60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (St. George Subway Station)

Please join the Rights of Non-status Women Network for an Open Forum on the topic of Immigration “Fraud”: Facts, Myths and Challenges. This open forum is a place for VAW workers, shelter workers, community health workers, students, activists, academics, and community members to discuss the issue of Immigration “Fraud” and strategies to serve clients with precarious status effectively.

Space is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know of any accessibility needs and we will do our best to accommodate them. Light snacks will be served.

For more details visit: http://cleonet.ca/news_files/1303146061RNSWNForumflyerApril2011.pdf

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ONLINE FORUM: THE ELECTION, TAXES AND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES: HOW COULD THE VOTE ON MAY 2 AFFECT OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS?

The Prime Minister won’t answer your questions – but we will!

Live online – Watch and participate in the discussion
Thursday, April 28 2011
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT

To watch the forum, or learn more about the campaign, go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca

Want to submit your question in advance?  Email us at alltogether@nupge.ca

On Facebook?  To start the discussion now click here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166312633425202&

Follow us on Twitter – @ATNcampaign. To tweet your questions use #all2gether

Want more information or a reminder just before the event? Go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/webcast

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MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS

May 7-15
Various locations in Toronto

Some festival highlights:

– Sunday May 8, Mapping Our Work: Labour History Walking Tour
– Wednesday May 11, opening night, The Faces of Son Jarocho and FBI Family (multimedia exhibitions)
– Friday May 13, Stop Wage Theft! Campaign Launch

For more information: http://www.mayworks.ca/calendar.html

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DECOLONIZING THE HEART: HEALING FROM RAGE AND USING ANGER CONSTRUCTIVELY.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
(one block south of College between Spadina and Beverley)

“Social action devoid of a well-developed inner life can easily result in frustrated activism, just as a well-developed inner-life that is not concerned for or involved in social action can degenerate into futile pious worship.”- Gita Badiyan, Heidi Last

Building a movement of allies and not just coming together over issues requires the personal work of decolonizing one’s own heart. Colonization writ large and small requires decolonization solutions large and small. We must start by decolonizing ourselves in order to build decolonized communities, and from there, begin to decolonize the state.

This workshop will use “The Walk of Life”, developed by Murray Kelly, a proven structure and process which guides people towards personal healing through understanding the “baggage” they came into the world with. After all, whether we like them or not, from our infant and child perspective, we came into the world as members of families, not members of the state. “The Walk of Life” is a tremendously effective multi-generational healing instrument and a useful structure to be passed on and used by participants to encourage and support further healing work.

Event is wheel-chair accessible and close to TTC . Light refreshments provided.

Price: suggested sliding scale donation $5-$20 or PWYC. For more info: 416 538 0224 or bigbear3@sympatico.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO:  FROM WISCONSIN TO TORONTO – WORKERS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Frustrated with your job being referred to as ‘gravy’? Angry to see that workers’ hard-won gains are being eroded? Want to defend public services and good jobs for all? Recorded in Toronto, 8 April 2011. Part of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly forum.

Moderated by Stephanie Ross
Panelists: Andrew Sernatinger, Adam Breihan, Carolyn Egan, Euan Gibb

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls99.php

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BC SUPREME COURT RULES LEGISLATION REMOVING TEACHERS’ BARGAINING RIGHTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“We now have four years of consistent jurisprudence that recognizes the constituional obligation of governments to respect the collective bargaining process and refrain from enacting legislation that strips away the Charter rights of their employees.” James Clancy, NUPGE

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/4211/bc-supreme-court-rules-legislation-removing-bargaining-rights-teachers-unconstitutional

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IS HIGHER EDUCATION WORTH IT?

In Working-Class Perspectives this week, CWCS co-director, Sherry Linkon, explores the current controversial debate over the value and purpose of higher education and asks what that means for working-class students?

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com

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FORMER WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEMBER BILL AYERS AGAIN EXCLUDED FROM CANADA

William Ayers’s radical past has made life difficult from him over the past few years. First it hurt his speaking schedule, then it was cited as a reason to deny him professor emeritus status, and now it is keeping him from speaking at an academic conference in Canada.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/20/bill_ayers_again_denied_right_to_go_to_academic_conference_in_canada
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MIDDLE CLASS IN DECLINE IS THE ELECTORAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Every political party wraps itself up in the middle class flag during elections. Few talk about what is happening: for anyone who doesn’t already have one, middle class jobs with decent wages, benefits and pensions are becoming harder to find.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/middle-class-in-decline-is-the-electoral-elephant-in-the-room/article1974539/

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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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ  (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)   

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 26th MARCH 2011

EVENTS

CKLN JAZZ ZONE PRESENTS: PAUL ROBESON DOCUMENTARY “HEAR I STAND”

Wednesday, March 30
6:30pm – 10:00pm
Trane Studio
964 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Program includes a panel discussion ifeauring Professor Lee Lorch from 6:45-7:45 pm and a performance by singer Henry Nowick at 7:45 pm. Screening
at 8 pm.

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LOOKING BACK AT NAC: CANADIAN FEMINISM AND THE POLITICS OF WHITENESS

Sunday, March 27
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 8201
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway), Toronto

Introduced by: Mary-Jo Nadeau, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto (Mississauga).

Background reading: “Troubling Herstory: Unsettling White Multiculturalism in Canadian Feminism”, Mary-Jo Nadeau, Canadian Woman Studies; Spring 2009; 27, 2/3.

Organized by Ideas Left Out: ideasleftout@gmail.com

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NO HEALTH IN OCCUPATION, NO HEALTH IN APARTHEID: AT THE INTERSECTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT

March 30, 2011
6:30pm – 8:30pm
FitzGerald Building, Room 103
150 College St., University of Toronto

The Public Health Social Justice Collective is proud to announce a special panel discussion on the politics of health and disease and its impact on the Palestinian body, nation and land. The Israel-Palestine conflict offers an important site of analysis for the various uses and misuses of public health to legitimize competing ideologies. More importantly, it reveals our tendency to overlook sociopolitical complexities and power differentials when intervening in health systems and their processes. This panel will explore the dangers associated with this approach and highlight those public health efforts which have mobilized to alleviate the social suffering faced by Palestinians living within Israel and the Occupied Territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Please contact us at socialjusticecollective@gmail.com for questions and further information. Alternatively, you can RSVP with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130041070401860

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UP AGAINST THE TEMP SHOP: MAY DAY ASSEMBLY ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

April 4, 2011
6:30pm – 9:00pm
72 Lib, Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Come join the people’s assembly on immigrant rights, undocumented, temporary and precarious work and the fight for status in Toronto and beyond!

Migrant Justice organizers in Toronto and across Turtle Island have fought to create workplace protections and benefits, access to services, and full status for undocumented and precarious status workers. In the face of cutbacks, privatization, and forced displacement around the globe, and anti-immigrant policies in Canada, this assembly is a space to build a community-labour vision for immigrant rights and justice, and ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable and precarious parts of the working class continue to be fore-fronted during May Day, and within all struggles for justice.

Speakers:
– Ai-Jen Poo, National Co-chair of Domestic Workers’ Alliance, USA
– David McNally, Political Science professor, author, and active supporter of numerous social justice movements
– Farrah Miranda, immigrant rights and feminist organizer

For more information: No One Is Illegal – Toronto nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO’S MARCH RESEARCH & POLICY FORUM: THE VIEW FROM HERE

Tuesday, March 29
9:30am – 12:00pm
NEW LOCATION: The 519 Church Street Community Centre Auditorium
519 Church Street, Toronto

Join us for a discussion of the most current housing research and ideas for improving housing in Toronto.

Speakers:
– Dr. David Hulchanski, U of T Cities Centre – “Toronto’s Tower Neighbourhoods: A Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda” and a discussion on privatization and Toronto Community Housing Corporation
– Jamie Robinson, United Way Toronto – “Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty”
– Nicole Stewart, City of Toronto – “Toronto Regional Housing Data Bank”

All are welcome. As space is limited, please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1426947037/efbevent or call Mary at (416) 351-0095 x251

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW YORK – 100 YEARS AFTER TRIANGLE FIRE, HORROR RESONATES

It was a warm spring Saturday when dozens of immigrant girls and women leapt to their deaths — some with their clothes on fire, some holding hands — as horrified onlookers watched the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burn.

The March 25, 1911, fire that killed 146 workers became a touchstone for the organized labor movement, spurred laws that required fire drills and shed light on the lives of young immigrant workers near the turn of the century.

The 100th anniversary comes as public workers in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere protest efforts to limit collective bargaining rights in response to state budget woes. Labor leaders and others say one need only look to the Triangle fire to see why unions are crucial.

Read more: http://www.vosizneias.com/79225/2011/03/22/new-york-100-years-after-triangle-fire-horror-resonates

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SAVING PUBLIC EDUCATION: WHY TEACHERS MATTER

By Rick Salutin, Toronto Star

Teachers are often the focus of anger when we ponder problems in our school system. In the first of a series, Rick Salutin says the best fix may be the easiest: leave teachers alone.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/960546–saving-public-education-why-teachers-matter

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BUDGET 2011: SMELLS LIKE 1995

By Armine Yalnizyan, Progressive Economics Forum

Back in 1995 Finance Minister Paul Martin introduced a budget that reshaped fiscal federalism and retrenched the scope of the welfare state in Canada. It envisioned a dramatically smaller role for the federal government, a role that was permanently in question through the process of ongoing program review. It was Paul Martin’s permanent revolution, for the federal public service.

Today’s federal budget, the sixth tabled by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, brings back the revolution.

Read more: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2011/03/22/budget-2011-smells-like-1995/

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KOCH INDUSTRIES REGISTERS TO LOBBY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

By Geoff Dembicki, The Hook

Koch Industries, a powerful American energy conglomerate which helped found the Tea Party movement, has now registered to lobby the Alberta government.

Records show the company hired Global Public Affairs, one of the most influential lobby firms in Canada, to represent its interests.

Read more: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2011/03/24/koch-lobby-government/

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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS NOT ‘REALISTIC’

By Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca

“Greed is good and I love money.”

There was a time when such a lip-smacking declaration of personal gluttony would have been dismissed as boorish and anti-social.

Yet today this bombastic declaration by wealthy arch-capitalist Kevin O’Leary is treated as reasonable, even given copious airtime by our public broadcaster. (O’Leary currently figures prominently in two CBC TV programs and is soon to add another.)

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2011/03/economic-inequality-not-realistic

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VIDEO: CANADA’S GROWING GAP

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The income gap between the rich and the rest of us grew, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it with this video.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjIBbMPQw0

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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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Work, work, work

Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 9th NOVEMBER 2009

 

OUR MANDATE: 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.

To change your subscription settings, visit http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

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

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EVENTS

FALL COLLOQUIUM: DEVELOPING THE VISION OF SOCIAL CHANGE

Wednesday, November 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
OISE Room 5 – 250
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With:

Kathryn Church, Associate Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University. Long-time ally and researcher with disability and mental health communities.

Winnie Ng, OISE doctoral student, well-known Toronto community activist and labour educator. Currently engaged in reimagining anti-racist learning.

What does an agenda for “workplace learning” look like from the perspective of workers with disabilities? From a racial and economic justice perspective?

Join us for these two dynamic presentations, with time for questions. You will also have an opportunity to meet with faculty and students in OISE’s Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information on the program, visit: http://aecp.oise.utoronto.ca/ae/programs/collaborative/wlsc.html

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CLIFF) DEBUTS!

November 22-29, 2009

Imagine a world where thousands of films are made about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives. In just a few days, the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) will debut in Toronto. All screenings are free!

The launch at the Sheraton Centre at 4 pm on Sunday November 22 (site of the Ontario Federation of Labour convention) will be followed by six evenings at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto.

Hope you can join us for the grand opening on the 22nd – great films, music, speakers! And at the Bloor Cinema from Monday through Saturday. Details of the festival country-wide in dozens of locations Saturday-Sunday November 28-29 are available on the CLIFF website: http://www.labourfilms.ca

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TORONTO SOCIALIST ACTION PRESENTS REBEL FILMS: DR. STRANGELOVE

Friday, November 13
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
St. George Subway Station
Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

93 minutes, 1964, B&W. An insane general starts a process towards nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Stanley Kubrick’s iconic spoof on the arms race makes a powerful case for nuclear disarmament. Science for Peace executive board member Jim Deutsch will speak about the current nuclear arms race, followed by an open discussion.

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RESEARCH FORUM: THE PEOPLE’S RECESSION – ONE YEAR LATER

Social Planning Toronto Research and Policy Forum

Wednesday, November 11
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Lillian H. Smith Library,
239 College Street (just east of Spadina) Room BC

Please join us for our November forum with:

* Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Recession and realcovery: what’s community service got to do with it?
* Beth Wilson, Social Planning Toronto and the Social Planning Network of Ontario – SPNO’s hard hit: impact of the economic downturn on nonprofit community social services in Ontario
* Ann Fitzpatrick, Recession Relief Coalition – Taking action on the people’s recession

All are welcome but space is limited. Register at: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/research-forum-the-peoples-recession-one-year-later/

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES: NOVEMBER SPEAKERS’ PANEL – YOUTH FOR YOUTH INITIATIVES

Wednesday, November 18
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Room 12-199

Speakers:

Hannah Feldberg – will discuss the concept of Me to We as a new kind of social enterprise; one which was first a philosophy and is now a movement carried by dedicated social justice advocates – the youth of today.

Liam O’Doherty – will explore how social media can empower youth organizing and how online, peer-to-peer collaboration is complimentary to traditional methods of activism.

Jeffrey Ma – will talk about why crossing borders can be easier than crossing the street, and the importance of connecting with people of different faiths and values, both internationally and here at home.

Bring your lunch and a mug – coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa White at: secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca or visit our website at: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our website at: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php for detailed instructions.

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GOOD JOBS, STRONG COMMUNITIES! UNITE-HERE CAMPAIGN 2010

Join hundreds of members of Unite Here Local 75 as we celebrate our victories and launch our 2010 multi-city campaign for good jobs and strong communities!

November 10, 2009

5:30: Gather at City Hall for rally, March to Hyatt Regency Hotel
*Pre-rally activities at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W, Toronto
3:30-4:30 Press conference and welcome, Member’s Lounge, City Hall
4:30-5:30 Briefing: Looking back, moving forward. Council Chambers, City Hall

* Hear what the Hotel Workers Rising movement has won in Toronto and North America.
* Learn about the role of hospitality jobs in the road to economic recovery
* Meet members of the “Hyatt 100,” a group of non-union housekeepers from Boston fighting Hyatt’s efforts to outsource their jobs with low-paid agency work
* Learn about the fight for good hospitality jobs in Toronto, 2010.

Hotel Workers Rising: Standing up for good jobs and strong communities.
RSVP: info@uniteherelocal75.org

Find out more: http://www.uniteherelocal75.org, http://www.uniteherecanada.org, or http://www.unitehere.org.

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NEWS & VIEWS

CITY OF TORONTO’S CAPITAL BUDGET – HAVE YOUR SAY!

The City of Toronto’s proposed 2010 capital budget and 10-year plan were presented at the City’s Budget Committee on Tuesday, November 3. Find more details on how you can make a submission, read the analyst’s notes and more on the city website: http://www.toronto.ca/budget2010/.

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NEW STUDY IDENTIFIES PEAK TIMES FOR BRAIN INJURIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ – August may be the cruellest month for brain injuries in Ontario’s construction industry, but a new study shows October is not far behind.

“We thought it was important to track these injuries month by month,” says Dr. Angela Colantonio, a senior scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and co-author of the study published this week in the journal Brain Injury.

Few academic studies have looked at brain injury among construction workers. Yet the construction industry – with approximately 400,000 workers in Ontario alone – is known to have a high rate of serious brain injury. The new study used data from the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board on 218 cases of non-fatal brain injury which resulted in days off work in 2004-2005.

The authors weren’t surprised to find the highest number of brain injuries in the busy construction month of August, while December had the lowest number. But they didn’t expect to find a second peak of injuries in October. This may reflect a surge in work to complete projects prior to the winter months. Contributing factors, they speculate, could be shorter days to work, less light, and more adverse weather conditions. The authors want to do further study to find out if this seasonal pattern holds for other years.

Their study also begins to raise questions about the time of day when many construction-related brain injuries occur. It identifies two peaks during the day: the hour before and the hours after lunch.

“Most of us know that lethargic feeling that hits just before or after lunch at work: our energy dips, it’s hard to focus but we have a job to finish,” says Dr. Colantonio. Other factors may also be distracting workers in anticipation of, or during, their lunch break – and affecting their attention on the job. “For construction workers, this could have devastating consequences.”

Doug McVittie, study co-author and assistant general manager and director of operations for the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO), says his group will circulate the findings to construction companies across the province, as well as labour and management health and safety committees. The results will also be shared with CSAO staff members who provide training and safety seminars for construction workers.

For further information: Carolyn Lovas, Media Relations Specialist, Toronto Rehab, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837, Lovas.Carolyn@torontorehab.on.ca.

To read the study: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02699050903036033

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BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE, NOV/DEC 2009: WORK & THE GREEN ECONOMY

The economic crisis has taken a grim toll on working people and on the labour movement. In its wake, can labour activists and environmentalists join forces to build a green economy that works for everyone? This is just one of the many questions we set out to answer in our annual labour issue, which also brings you a report on the sorry state of freelance journalism, a first-hand account of fighting fire in Canada’s Big Wild, an assessment of the prospects for union organizing in tough times, a look at the intersection of neoliberalism and volunteerism in New Orleans, and more.

To subscribe or order a copy of this issue, call 1-866-431-5777 or visit our secure online shop at: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/webstore.

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VIDEO: CF 61 (LOCKED-OUT CADILLAC FAIRVIEW WORKERS) TALK TO THE CROWD AT ST JAMES PARK, TORONTO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8az_8QpfQtI

CF 61 told the crowd how Cadillac Fairview has attacked the workers to avoid employing older workers. Information sheets being circulated talk about the malls to boycott during the 2009 Christmas Shopping season.

The OCAP TD Centre rally supported the 61 locked out and terminated employees of Cadillac Fairview. The CF 61 are represented by CEP Local 2003. Please visit the story of the workers struggle against the bank and their fight for justice here: ‘Solidarity with Toronto Dominion Centre employees under attack’: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104383668872  or visit: http://www.ceplocal2003.org/.

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CANADA/BRAZIL: TELL VALE THAT DIVIDE-AND-CONQUER WON’T WORK

Since being privatized in 1997, the global mining giant Vale has unleashed a vicious attack on workers. The company undermined health and safety standards in Brazil and now it’s set its sights on Canada. In 2009 negotiations with the United Steelworkers (USW), Vale claimed it needed deep concessions – despite making over $13 billion (USD) in 2008 net profits. The company’s strategy is to divide and conquer by undermining seniority and providing lesser benefits to new employees. 3,500 members of the USW rejected Vale’s demands and went on strike in mid-July. Vale has since announced it will hire replacement workers and force other union members to do the work of the striking miners. Meanwhile Vale workers throughout Brazil are struggling to hold on to jobs, earn a living wage, achieve minimum standards for safe working conditions, and guarantee basic labor rights. Vale employees and their unions in Brazil and Canada are fighting back together,
reaching out to workers in a global campaign for fair treatment at Vale.

To read more, click here: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=595

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PAY BONANZA CONTINUES FOR BANKERS

By Linda McQuaig – Source: rabble.ca

Some people were outraged last week by a report that a member of the kitchen staff of bailed-out Wall Street firm AIG had received a $7,700 bonus.

Surely that was far less outrageous than the million-dollar bonuses paid to others at AIG who actually carried out the firm’s financial business.

After all, the kitchen helper produced something that at least could be eaten. Apart from perhaps overcooking the Chateaubriand or leaving spots on the champagne glasses, what harm could the kitchen helper have done — compared to driving the world economy over a cliff?

To read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2009/10/pay-bonanza-continues-bankers

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JOB POSTINGS

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO (SPT)

Social Planning Toronto (SPT) is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

SPT has a full-time Communications Officer position available. This position will be of interest to individuals who have a proven track record working in the area of communications focused on community development and action.

This position encompasses the development and implementation of the overall communications, public relations and media strategies of SPT.

Responsibilities include:

* Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies/policies;
* Prepare SPT annual communications plan;
* Design, edit and disseminate all SPT publications, print and promotional materials (e.g. reports, newsletters, journals, periodic publications, brochures, written and electronic bulletins, flyers, press releases, etc.);
* Manage information on the SPT website (using a popular content management platform) including all content both textual and visual;
* Write and develop press releases, articles, speeches, media advisories, media kits, and cultivate media relations;
* Supervise placement students and volunteers as appropriate.

Application deadline is November 22. For a complete copy of the job description and application info visit: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/position-opening-communications-officer/

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VOLUNTEER WITH CLIFF- CANADA’S ONLY NATIONAL LABOUR FILM FEST!

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is now accepting volunteer applicants to help out with our inaugural festival. Our not-for-profit festival celebrates films about workers, for workers and by workers.

Volunteers can be involved in many aspects of the festival from suggesting recent films for inclusion to helping throw media-related events like the one we are planning for Labour Day! As our festival launch draws closer we will also need people to help distribute leaflets, assemble media kits, as well as helping manage other volunteers. During the festival itself we’ll also need help taking tickets and individuals to act us ushers. There’s a place for everyone.

Upon request, volunteers will receive a letter reflecting their commitment and involvement in the festival. Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a festival in its first year!

All volunteers should be: 18 years of age or older willing to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session, committed, friendly, team players.

The festival launches November 22nd in Toronto and runs until November 29th. It launches country-wide November 28th. We will be holding volunteer orientations sessions in August through the start of November.

Please e-mail us at: festival@labourfilms.ca with the word “Volunteer” in the subject line.

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PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, CANADA WORLD YOUTH

Type: Definite term contract, part-time: 17.5 hours/week
Organization: Canada World Youth http://www.cwy-jcm.org
Location: Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, Canada

Main responsibilities: In keeping with Canada World Youth’s policies,

* Plan and support program activities.
* Provide direct administrative and logistical support to the programs.
* Ensure effective communications between the various constituencies of the programs.
* Liaise with volunteers participating in team support activities.
* Perform a number of accounting functions.
* Ensure the layout and production of training and/or information tools.
* Revise and maintain up-dated program-related information systems.
* Write various letters, reports and other documents.

Application deadline is November 10. For the complete job description and application info visit: http://www.planetfriendly.net/gwd.php?id=9594

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

Cities and the making of modern Europe
Friedrich Lenger
Journal of Urban History published 14 October 2009, 10.1177/0096144209349891
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/rapidpdf/0096144209349891v1

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Grounding the regime of precarious employment: Homeless day laborers’ negotiation of the job queue
Damian T. Williams
Work and Occupations 2009;36 209-246
http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/3/209

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“The worse you behave, the more you seem to be rewarded”: Bullying in nursing as organizational corruption
Marie Hutchinson, Margaret H. Vickers, Lesley Wilkes, Debra Jackson
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 21, Number 3 / September 2009
http://www.springerlink.com/content/dt2532t401756817/

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Social inequality, lifestyles and health – a non-linear canonical correlation analysis based on the approach of Pierre Bourdieu
Kirstin Grosse Frie, Christian Janssen
International Journal of Public Health
http://www.springerlink.com/content/u5783l3785780r34/

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