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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th OCTOBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Social Economy Centre – Fall Workshops

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Friday Oct 12 & 19, 2012:
Instructor: Kunle Akingbola

OVERCOMING THE GREATEST THREATS TO NONPROFIT BOARD EFFECTIVENESS
Friday, Nov 2, 2012:
Instructor: Vic Murray

For more info: http://socialeconomycentre.ca/

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Fighting Austerity in Quebec, Ontario & Beyond

Sunday, Oct. 14
2 pm
OISE, room 5-260
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Guest speakers:

– Marianne Breton-Fontaine, leader, Young Community League of Quebec; activist in the student strike movement; candidate for Quebec Solidaire in the 2012 election
– Liz Rowley, leader, Communist Party of Canada (Ontario); former public school trustee; candidate in 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo by-election

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David Rovics Touring Canada this Fall

Indie singer-songwriter David Rovics has criss-crossed North America and Western Europe many times over the past two decades. The roving troubadour has witnessed scores of local struggles against the capitalist system, and he’s documented and celebrated many of them with finely-crafted topical songs.

This fall Rovics is touring Canada, with concerts in Quebec (October 12), Ottawa (October 13), Toronto (October 16), Brandon (November 9), Winnipeg (November 10), and Victoria (November 23). Also in the works are shows in Montreal (October 14) and Vancouver (November 24).

David’s new album “Meanwhile in Afghanistan” will be released in December. Unlike most of his recordings, this project is rock-oriented. Guest artists include lefty guitar hero Tom Morello. Readers can download an acoustic version of the album by making a donation of any size to David’s publicity fundraising campaign.

For more info: http://davidrovics.com/.

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Details on speakers to follow. All are welcome!

To register, click here: http://spt2013budgetforum-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

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Conference: A Living Wage in Ontario – Why It Matters

Thursday, Oct 11-Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Cara Commons, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
7th Floor, 55 Dundas Street W., Toronto

October 11th, 7:00 pm – Evening keynote address:
The History and Potential of the Living Wage Movement: The B.C. Experience, featuring Seth Klein, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–BC.

Friday, October 12th, 8:30-4:30 pm – Full-day workshop
The workshop will draw on real-life examples of living wage successes and it will provide space for participants to consider what a living wage could mean in the context of reducing income inequality in Ontario.

For more info: http://www.policyalternatives.ca.

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2012 Ontario Campus Activist Assembly

Friday, October 12th, & Saturday, October 13th
University of Toronto
27 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organization, representing over 500,000 college and university students who are members of more than 85 campus students’ unions. The Federation’s Ontario component, the Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario, is hosting a unique assembly of student and campus activists from across Ontario to build a fighting student movement.

The Ontario Campus Activist Assembly will bring together hundreds of rank-and-file student and youth activists, campus labour activists and community activists. This assembly will feature a variety of issues-based sessions and skills training workshops aimed at providing an interactive opportunity to develop strong local and inter-campus organizing capacities.

The deadline to register for the Assembly has been extended! Please register by Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Visit http://activistassembly.ca/ for more details.

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La Danza del Venado—A play by Ari Belathar

Staged-Reading Thursday October 11th
Theatre Direct, Wychwood Arts Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto
8:00pm

Inspired by my own experience of illegally crossing the border into the United States as a child, to reunite with my father, LA DANZA DEL VENADO is a multidisciplinary play exploring the frightening nature of leaving one’s home, to walk into the unknown, through theatre, dance, and poetry. It tells the story of a group of migrants whose clandestine journey into the north is thwarted when they find themselves lost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona—a harsh and desolated area that for hundreds of years has stolen the souls of its travellers.

The title of the play is based on the ancient dance of the same name celebrated by the Yaquis, a native community from the Mexican side of the Sonoran Desert. The dance, called Maso Yi Ihua (Deer Dance) in Yaqui language, narrates the life and death of the deer, the sacred animal of the Yaquis.

In Yaqui cosmology the deer represents the first member of the tribe—the oldest brother, who offers himself in sacrifice to feed the tribe with his own flesh. In this multidisciplinary play, the ancient dance serves as a metaphor to narrate the story.

General tickets $15, Students/Seniors $13, Festival Pass $29
For tickets and information call 416-652-5442 or visit
http://www.alamedatheatre.com/tickets.html

For The 2012 De Colores Festival of New Works full programme visit: http://www.alamedatheatre.com/decolores2012.html  

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NEWS & VIEWS

Video – Book Launch: Social Democracy After the Cold War

Toronto — 19 September 2012

Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, published by AU Press. Guest speaker: Leo Panitch.

Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force – Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia – while also considering the history of Canada’s NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role – that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

The book is available as PDF download here: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120206/ebook/99Z_Evans_Schmidt_2012-Social_Democracy_After_the_Cold_War.pdf

Video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls150.php

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The CAW-CEP Merger: New Union in a Difficult World

by Herman Rosenfeld, the Bullet

Just about everyone in and around the union movement in Canada is talking about the upcoming merger between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). The new union being formed will be the largest private sector union in Canada.

While bigger is not necessarily better — as numerous other examples of larger mergers have shown — in this era of general unions, the new union should become a positive force on the Canadian labour scene. Both the CAW and CEP have strengths in different but complementary sectors and geographical areas; their pooling of resources should help address some of the membership losses in each (a problem throughout the entire private sector) as well as provide needed collective resources for research, education and organizing.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/701.php

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The U.S. Democratic Party and the Left

A conversation with Ingar Solty and Max Bohnel on the labour movement, the Occupy movement and its crisis, and the challenges of history

Max Bohnel lives in New York and is the U.S. foreign-correspondent for German-speaking public radio networks and progressive newspapers. Previously he worked as a Middle East foreign correspondent in Jerusalem. His conversation with Ingar Solty is a slightly reworked and unabridged version of a piece published in the German monthly journal Analyse & Kritik: Journal for Left Debate and Praxis (September edition, Sept. 21st, 2012).

Ingar Solty is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, an editor of Das Argument, and co-founding member of the North-Atlantic Left Dialogue. He is the author of The Obama Project: Crisis and Charismatic Rule (2008) and The USA Under Obama: Charismatic Rule, Social Movements and Imperial Politics in the Crisis (forthcoming in February 2013) as well as co-author of The New Imperialism (2004) and Imperialism (2011), all published in German.

The conversation was translated by Sam Putinja from Toronto.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/705.php

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Memories of Work

by Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People

I have been retired for almost nine years now.  I am a retired public sector worker.  I started working for the local water company as a laborer in 1976. It was the job of a lifetime.  Prior to this I was working for a private contractor busting my ass for $3.00 an hour. That was in construction. I also worked for $3.50 an hour as a teachers’ aide in the Oakland schools, which I loved, and that taught me to have a serious respect for teachers in urban schools.

My retirement I am told is what is destroying the US economy. I can live on my retirement so far, of course, this is the US, and if I get sick who knows?  Most bankruptcies in the US occur because of medical expenses.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/memories-of-work.html

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Mitt Romney Blurts Out the Truth About Neo-Conservatism

by Linda McQuaig, Common Dreams

Ironically, in the now-famous video that seems likely to end his political career, it could be said that Mitt Romney was speaking truth to power.

Of course, “speaking truth to power” is a phrase normally used to describe courageous souls who risk their own hides to take a principled stand challenging those in power — not exactly what Mitt was doing.

Rather, assuming he was speaking privately to like-minded multi-millionaires, the Republican presidential candidate told the $50,000-a-platers what they wanted to hear: that he hasn’t any intention of helping the 47 per cent of Americans too poor to pay income tax. “My job is not to worry about those people.”

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/28-5

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Is the Attack on Public Sector Workers Justified?

from Leftwords for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions

Dwight Duncan has justified the government’s proposal to remove collective bargaining rights in the broader public sector by suggesting that the private sector has had it much worse. Earlier, I looked at wage settlements as likely the best test to determine if this was true (it wasn’t).

But one could argue that jobs are also a key measure.

So, has the loss of jobs been much worse in the private sector than in the public sector?

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2012/10/is-attack-on-public-sector-workers.html

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JOBS

Professional Telephone Fundraisers

Progressive Metrics is a fundraising, communications and political consulting agency. We specialize in assisting trade unions, worker organizations, grassroots campaigns, political advocacy organizations and progressive candidates to work for social change.

Progressive Metrics is currently seeking telephone representatives for its Toronto-based call centre. Primary responsibilities are fundraising for various political advocacy organizations, NGO’s, and progressive political parties and candidates.

Please note that Progressive Metrics call centre is in part virtual. Successful candidates must be reliable and able to work independently. Strong computer skills and dedicated internet access are essential. Starting wage is $14/hour. Positions are 20 hours a week with variable, 4-hr shifts including evening and weekends. Additional shifts may be available to select candidates. This is a non-commission position.

Application deadline: 5 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2012. To apply, send CV to admin@progressivemetrics.ca with “Representative” in the subject line.

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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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th NOVEMBER 2010

EVENTS

MENNONITE NEW LIFE CENTRE PREMIERS NEWCOMER ADVOCACY FILM “RAISING OUR VOICE”

Wednesday, November 16, 2010
6:30 PM
Mennonite New Life Centre (Auditorium)
1774 Queen Street East, Toronto

It is with great pleasure that UFCW Canada is pleased to support the Mennonite New Life Centre featured documentary entitled RAISING OUR VOICE.

The documentary was created by the Newcomer Advocacy Committee of the MNLC and highlights the importance of poverty reduction, access to meaningful employment and political engagement.

The message is portrayed from a newcomer perspective.  It is not only entertaining but is a solid evaluation of the immigrant and racialized experience in the Greater Toronto Area.

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FROM MOSQUITOES TO MARX:  THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF STATE AND SOCIAL MOBILIZATION IN BRAZILIAN LAND REFORM

Friday, December 03, 2010
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
208N – Seminar Room, North House
Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place

with Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

Wendy Wolford’s work draws upon and contributes to political economies of development, social movements and resistance, agrarian societies, political ecology, land use, land reform, and critical ethnography, all with a regional concentration in Latin America, particularly Brazil. For over fifteen years, she has worked with one of the most exciting and important grassroots social movements in Latin American history, the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (the Movement of Rural Landless Workers, or the MST).
   
Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9090

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Geography and Program in Planning, Political Science, Sociology, and the Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE/UT.

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BOLIVIAN LEADER SPEAKS IN TORONTO

Monday November 8
7 pm
Centre for Social Justice
489 College St. 3rd Floor Board Room

with Dr. Hugo Salvatierra, one of Evo Morales’s top advisors and a founder of the MAS in Bolivia

One of the most important leaders of the MAS will be in Canada in early October to discuss the Bolivian process and their global battle on climate change. Dr. Hugo Salvatierra is a founder of the MAS and the Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the first MAS Cabinet.

Hugo will speak primarily about the internal process in Bolivia, its importance as the basis of the international campaign against climate change and why the Bolivian experience is important to Canada and Canadians. He is in Canada at the invitation of Guelph University to give the keynote address on a conference on Bolivia.

For more info contact:  jrebick@ryerson.ca

Sponsors:  CSJ, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Socialist Project

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NAOMI KLEIN AND HAWKSLEY WORKMAN G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

Thursday, November 11
7 p.m. – midnight
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West
Toronto

Please join us for a evening of song and speech to defend the G20 arrestees and raise money for the defense fund.

7:00pm – Pre-event with Naomi Klein – Food and drinks provided
Tickets: $100 available (includes pre-event and main event) ONLINE at GalleryAC (http://www.galleryac.com)

8:00pm – Naomi Klein & Hawksley Workman
Tickets: $50 in advance / $60 at the door
Tickets available ONLINE at GalleryAC (http://www.galleryac.com)

During the G20 summit in June this year, the residents of Toronto bore witness to the largest mass arrest in Canadian history as approximately 1200 people were assaulted, harassed, beaten and arrested by the police. More than 250 were charged and six remain in jail. Others are out on bail under extraordinarily restrictive conditions, continuing to face police harassment and re-arrest. Legal costs are mounting. As we continue to organize against the G20 agenda, we must now also raise money to defend all those who are forced to go through expensive legal proceedings.

Tickets also available at the following stores: Another Story, 315 Roncesvalles Ave; Rotate This, 801 Queen Street W; Soundscapes, 572 College Street Toronto; Women’s Bookstore, 3 Harbord St

This is a 19+ event. Limited capacity: Please book your ticket as early as possible to ensure availability.
Unfortunately, this venue is not an accessible venue. We sincerely apologize.

More Info: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/nov11 or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108578439206467

Please contact nov11fundraiser@gmail.com for any inquiries.

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FREE LABOUR FILMS IN TORONTO

Welcome back to the Second Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). Last year we had more than forty locations across Canada participate in our unique national film festival.

This year, we have more than fifty!

Join us to watch some of the best labour films from across the world. Share in the struggles of others and find out how workers all over the world are succeeding by standing up and speaking out!

In Toronto:

Saturday, 20 November: 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, 21 November: 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, 27 November: 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, 28 November: 2:00pm – 8:30pm

For a complete list of films visit: http://labourfilms.ca/cliff/cliff-2010/2010-complete-list-of-films/

(416) 970-2543 / festival@labourfilms.ca

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CCPA 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND DINNER

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
9:00am – 10:00pm
Ottawa

For 30 years, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been giving voice to progressive ideas. In an era of shrinking progressive think tanks and growing right-wing think tanks, we’d like to celebrate our three decades
of accomplishments.

We hope you will be central part of the celebration. On November 18, we celebrate 30 years with a gala dinner and a conference entitled Advancing Democracy and Social Justice in Canada: The Next 30 Years.

The conference and gala dinner, hosted by inveterate Canadian actor Eric Peterson, will be a who’s who of progressive thinkers, activists, politicians as well as CCPA staff, research associates, board from across Canada.

Conference: University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall Room 112, 550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Evening Gala Dinner: Chateau Laurier Ballroom, Ottawa

Cocktails: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/30

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AFTER THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: A GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY COFFEEHOUSE

Friday November 19, 2010
7:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub
335 Bloor St. West, Toronto

The Workers’ Assembly is already organizing post-election drinking so we can commiserate about the new Fordism and try to make sense of the elections.

Speakers:

* Jonah Schein – City Councillor Candidate in Ward 17 Davenport
* Desmond Cole – Torontoist, City Idol
* Helen Kennedy – CUPE 79
* Stefan Kipfer – York University

We will meet in the back room of the pub. The Regal Beagle is an accessible space.

For more information: http://www.workersassembly.ca/

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EDUCATION REFORM: WHERE NEXT?

November 10
5:30-7pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St West, Toronto, Room 5-150

A major public Policy Forum discussing transatlantic education reform: the triumphs, the failures and the lessons to be learned.

Presenters: Prof Julia O’Sullivan, Dean, OISE, University of Toronto; Prof Geoff Whitty, Director, Institute of Education, University of London; Prof Ben Levin, Former Deputy Minister of Education, Ontario, Prof TPS; Prof Carol Campbell, Stanford University, California; and Mary Jean Gallagher, Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario.

A lively and controversial exploration of education policy in Ontario and the UK and an opportunity to engage with leading academics and practitioners from Canada and the UK

A collaboration between OISE, University of Toronto and the Institute of Education, University of London

RSVP to c.price@ioe.ac.uk

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NEWS & VIEWS

I’M NO SUPERMAN

by Sabina Strand, Common Dreams

I realize Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for Superman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1566648/) wasn’t intended to bash teachers. In fact, most viewers probably left the theater impressed by the educators he documented, the ones who cared enough to fight: the Michelle Rhees, David Levins, and Mike Feinbergs of the world (all fellow Teach for America alums). I’m here to argue that glorifying these teachers and the schools they’ve created undermines our end goal of fundamental change.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/05-2

On the “NOT Waiting for Superman” campaign: http://www.notwaitingforsuperman.org/

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BEWARE THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE

by Murray Dobbin, rabble.ca

As conditions worsen, as wages and living standards fall, as insecurity increases, as the social safety net frays, objection and dissent increases. The government spends money and builds its response.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/11/beware-national-security-state

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UNIONS REACH FOR SHORT STRIKES TO STOP CONCESSIONS

by Jenny Brown & Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes

Short strikes to stop concessions – Around the country, owners are recovering profitability but refusing to share the gains. Nurses and hotel workers are pulling short strikes, just to stay in place, as employers demand givebacks and cut staffing to the bone.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2010/11/unions-reach-short-strikes-stop-concessions

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CLASS WAR SPURS VIOLENT CLASHES IN EUROPE — WHY ARE AMERICANS JUST LETTING THE SUPER RICH WIN?

by David Rosen, Alternet

It is time for Americans to reclaim the concept of class war, to actively combat the great squeeze ruining the lives of untold millions of Americans.

Read more: http://bit.ly/9jl5YM

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U.S. HEALTHCARE: PRIVATIZED — BUT GOVERNMENT STILL SPENDS MORE

by Doug Allan, leftwords

The privatized health care system in the United States is widely known for being extremely expensive. U.S. citizens are stuck paying (through taxes or by private payment) much more than any other developed country for health
care –in fact about 50% more than the next most expensive (Norway), according to the  recently released Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report on health care spending.

But less well known is that, even though millions of U.S. citizens have no health care insurance, and millions more are covered only by the basic ‘medicaid’ system, public spending on health care is actually higher in the U.S. than it is in Canada’s (largely public) health care system.

Read more: http://www.ochu.on.ca/leftwords_ochuBlog.php

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

IN A DIFFERENT WAY: SOCIAL UNIONISM IN THE NONPROFIT SOCIAL SERVICES – AN AUSTRALIAN/CANADIAN COMPARISON
Donna Baines
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 480-502
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/4/480

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THE PROMISE AND LIMITS OF COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR NONPROFIT SELF-REGULATION:
EVIDENCE FROM ASIA
Mark Sidel
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 1039-1056
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/6/1039

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WORKFORCE CROSS TRAINING: A RE-EMERGING TREND IN TOUGH TIMES
Carmen Abrams, Zane Berge
Journal of Workplace Learning, Volume 22 issue 8
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1891206&show=abstract

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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)

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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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th APRIL 2010


EVENTS

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK (CSEW) SEMINAR SERIES – ON UNDERSTANDING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

with Ken Pankhurst

Wednesday, April 21
12 – 2 pm
Room 12-274
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West

The paper will review the nature of human understanding, and consider the significance of uncertainty and ignorance as prolegomena for a discussion of the scientific method and, in particular, methods of investigating human abilities and the state of research in the social sciences.

Dr. K.V. Pankhurst is Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Studies in Education and Work. He recently retired from a career combining appointments in universities, government departments, and international institutions, and was for many years a senior official of the OECD.

About CSEW: http://www.csew.ca

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ASSISTING LOCAL LEADERS WITH IMMIGRANT EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES (ALLIES) LEARNING EXCHANGE: PUTTING IDEAS INTO ACTION

May 6-7
Halifax, Nova Scotia

More than 150 participants from over 10 city regions across Canada will meet in Halifax to learn about and discuss issues and strategies on how to promote the employment of skilled immigrants. Building on last year’s success in Vancouver, this year’s ALLIES Learning Exchange will bring together local stakeholders, including businesses, civic leaders, universities and colleges, community agencies, and all levels of government from participating communities such as Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Read more: http://www.maytree.com/integration/allies

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G20 SUMMIT IN TORONTO IN JUNE – JOIN THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT

Governments are planning for the Summit of the G20 leaders in Toronto. However, more interesting for many will be a People’s Summit on June 18/19/20 which will feature workshops, seminars and teach-ins about
globalization, decent work, social justice and the environment.

On June 26th the labour movement will host a major rally for good jobs and global justice. For more information, go to http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/2 or contact Mehdi at the Canadian Labour Congress at (416) 441-2731.

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CONVERSATION CAFE – NO MONEY. NO STATUS. NO POWER. MUST BE WOMEN’S WORK!

May 10
6:00-8:00 PM

Seneca College at Yorkgate Mall
1 York Gate Blvd
North York, Ontario
Room 218-219

Historically women have received less pay for the work that they do and any work that is considered nurturing work is left to women.

Is that why we see so much community organizing being done by women? What roles are women taking and being given in community building?

– Light meal will be provided
– Child care available by reservation only

Please RSVP by phone to: (416) 231-5499 or by email to: torontocdi@gmail.com

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CO-OPERATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE WAY FORWARD

June 14 – 16
The Westin Bayshore
Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Co-operative Association and British Columbia Co-operative Association invite you to beautiful Vancouver for one of the foremost learning and networking events for the Canadian co-operative sector.  Join leaders from co-operatives and credit unions across the country and around the world in exploring, learning and strategizing on co-operating for environmental, organizational and social sustainability.

Read more: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Congress2010

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE TEMPORARY ARMY THAT BATTLES FOR THE ECONOMY

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

Economists often take the economy for an elevator. Are we going up or going down? With the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) arrow recently pointing up, instead of down, you might think the economy is improving. But output (which is what GDP measures) does not matter to people lives as much as employment and its evil twin unemployment.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/04/temporary-army

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BREAKING DOWN THE WELFARE WALL IN NEW BRUNSWICK

by The Caledon Institute

New Brunswick recently announced a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that includes radical reform of its social assistance system. It aims to break down the welfare wall that traps thousands of residents… Far from an exit from poverty, welfare has become a social and economic ghetto that creates incentives for
dependence and disincentives for independence.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/868ENG.pdf

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ONTARIO ENGINEER / BANKER DEBUNKS P3S (PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS)

by Barry Critchley, Financial Post

John Scheel, who trained as a chemical engineer and ended up as a merchant banker, has developed a new passion in retirement: dispelling the supposed advantages of private public partnerships, the P3 sector.
In a nutshell, he believes they are more expensive than they should be, both from an operational and financing point of view and that they generate excess returns to the consortium that builds and manages them. And they are not transparent.

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

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INCOME GAP BETWEEN ABORIGINALS IN CANADA AND OTHER GROUPS: ANALYSIS

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just published an informative analysis on the income gaps between aboriginals in Canada and other groups in the country. At least, there is some positive news for
those aboriginals who have graduated from university, but the overall conclusion is that there is still a dramatic difference between most aboriginal groups and others in Canada.

The report is available at the CCPA’s Growing Gap section of its website at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

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BRIARPATCH LAUNCHES DEEPER ROOTS CAMPAIGN

Over the past year, Briarpatch has continued to break new ground in our provocative explorations of food politics, crime and punishment, education, global feminism and more.

And we’ve got lots more up our sleeves, with issues in the works on migration & borders, the politics of health and the soul of activism — to name just a few.

But while the content of the magazine has never been stronger, Briarpatch has not been immune to the consequences of the economic crisis. Facing rising costs and falling revenues, we’ve struggled recently with serious funding stability problems — a crisis/opportunity that has led us to rethink our entire funding model and propose something bold and dynamic in its place: the Deeper Roots campaign.

Read more: http://bit.ly/d6R16X

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

The nature of giving time to your child’s school
Laura K. Gee
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 13 April 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362116v1

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Building a climate for innovation through transformational leadership and organizational culture
James C. Sarros, Brian K. Cooper and Joseph C. Santora
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 2008; 15; 145
http://jlo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/15/2/145

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Making civil society work: Models of democracy and their impact on civic engagement
Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and Markus Freitag
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 April 2010, 10.1177/0899764010362114
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362114v1

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Can an opportunity to learn at work reduce stress?: A revisitation of the job demand-control model
Chiara Panari, Dina Guglielmi, Silvia Simbula, Marco Depolo
Journal of Workplace Learning, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages: 166-179
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&contentId=1852672

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David Dubinsky, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the limits of social democratic trade unionism
Victor G. Devinatz
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal Volume 22, Number 1 / March, 2010, Page 67 – 78
http://springerlink.com/content/m64744243w323q0v/?p=602e69d356ec441c91726304d75a6b53&pi=6

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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.

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

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