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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 24th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

BOOK LAUNCH – SPEAKING UP:  A HISTORY OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS IN CANADA AND QUEBEC
7:00pm
Wednesday, December 5th
Gladstone Hotel (upstairs gallery)
1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

Speaking Up presents a wide overview of the history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present.

A fascinating history of sound and fury, debates and struggles, tensions, but also of appeasement, Speaking Up traces the long history of the language issue. Nuanced and unbiased yet empathetic, it shows that language has been at the heart of this country’s political life for centuries. Speaking Up offers a fresh look at one of the great issues of our time. Translated from the multiple-award-winning Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec (Boréal, 2010).

As part of the book launch Between the Lines will be formally awarded the $10,000 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History “for [our] record of invigorating and broadening the field of Canadian History.”

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COMMON THREAD COMMUNITY CHORUS FUNDRAISER FOR U.S. WAR RESISTERS AND THEIR ONGOING STRUGGLE

7pm
December 7th
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex at St. George)

U.S. War Resisters in Their Own Words. With special reading by author Noah Richler, Common Thread Community Chorus, a sneak preview of the new film “Peace Has No Borders” by filmmakers Denis Mueller and Deb Ellis, and a panel of US War resisters.

The War Resisters Support Campaign was founded in 2004 to assist U.S. military personnel who refused to participate in the Iraq war and came to Canada seeking asylum.

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BOOK LAUNCH & ART SALE – WORKING WOMEN AND THE CITY: CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN ACROSS TORONTO

6-8pm
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West (at Gladstone Ave)

Book Launch – Making the City: Women Who Made a Difference A beautiful collection of stories that celebrates the inspiring lives of immigrant women across our city.

Art Sale: Purchase from a beautiful selection of paintings produced by talented working women.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres ~ Cash bar No cover charge ~ Donations welcome

A special thanks to the premier event sponsor, Scotiabank (Bloor and Salem branch).

Working Women Community Centre is the proud host of this community event. As a non-profit charitable organization, we have been providing services to immigrant women throughout the city for over 35 years. All proceeds from this event benefit the immigrant women and their families who depend on the Working Women Community Centre.

For more information about what we do please visit http://www.workingwomencc.org

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EXHIBITION: MEMORIES OF RESISTANCE

Friday, November 16, 2012 – 12:00pm – Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 6:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street, Toronto

A display of social justice materials from the Connexions Archive.

Connexions is a documentation project founded in 1975, known for its extensive online library of social justice documents at http://www.connexions.org.  Connexions also maintains the Connexions Archive, a working archive powered by a team of volunteers who work on cataloguing its extensive and growing collection of social-justice-related books, periodicals, documents, and other materials from grassroots activist groups.

Beit Zatoun will feature an exhibition of materials from the CONNEXIONS ARCHIVE November 16 – 27, 2012.

Beit Zatoun is a cultural centre, gallery and community meeting space that promotes the interplay of art, culture and politics to explore issues of social justice and human rights, both locally and internationally.

Beit Zatoun: http://www.beitzatoun.org, 647-726-9500
Connexions: http://www.connexions.org, 416-964-1511

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NEWS & VIEWS

MADE IN CANADA: HOW THE LAW CONSTRUCTS MIGRANT WORKERS’ INSECURITY

By Fay Faraday, Metcalf Foundation

Canada’s reliance on low-wage migrant workers with temporary immigration status is growing but our laws make them vulnerable to abuse, says a new report written by Fay Faraday, Metcalf Innovation Fellow. Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity, shows that low-wage migrant workers are brought into Canada on terms that leave them open to exploitation. The report generated significant media response.

Read more: http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/made-in-canada/

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THE LEARNING EDGE – NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF ADULT EDUCATION – FALL ISSUE

Highlights:
– Strategizing Publications: Suggestions for Graduate Students
– A Passion for Learning, a Passion for Life. Special Tribute to Paul Belanger
– New Book: Politics of Indignation – Imperialism, Postcolonial Disruptions and Social Change

Read more: http://www.casae-aceea.ca/sites/casae/files/CASAE_News_201211_Internet.pdf

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THE REAL COST OF THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CUT THE COMMUNITY START-UP AND MAINTENANCE BENEFIT

The Wellesley Institute and ISAC, along with ACTO, the AOHC, Street Health, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, have partnered to produce a new report, “The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment.” The report calls on the provincial government to halt the planned elimination of CSUMB and reinstate the $67 million in funding.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/publication/the-real-cost-of-cutting-csumb/

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CONVENTIONS OF LABOUR: MOVEMENT OR PARALYSIS?

By Dave Bleakney, Briarpatch Magazine

The status quo is not working for working people. Unions need to seriously overhaul the way they operate if they are to remain relevant. One key example that reveals the directionlessness and impotence of contemporary unions is the perennial convention charade where the organized labour movement convenes with the professed aims of advancing the interests of workers and improving society as a whole. If only this were the case.

Read more: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/conventions-of-labour

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

BRIARPATCH – ORDER YOUR GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS!

It’s that time of year again, when malls become clogged with garish holiday décor and frenzied shoppers. If you’re like us, you might wish you could just skip the mayhem entirely, but still manage to find thoughtful, practical gifts for friends and family.

This year, why not get all your shopping done without ever setting foot in a mall… and help instigate a media revolution while you’re at it? Here’s how the Briarpatch Holiday Gift Offer works:

– Give 1 gift for only $24.95
– Give 2 gifts & get a 3rd gift FREE!
– Give 5 gifts for the absurdly low price of $64.95!

Placing your order before Thursday, December 13 will help ensure that your gifts arrive before the holidays, so please respond soon! Just call 1-866-431-5777 or email publisher@briarpatchmagazine.com to place your order. Payment can be made by credit card or billed at a later date.

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INSTEAD OF MORE STUFF, GIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS THAT PROTECT CANADA’S WILDLIFE

The holiday season is quickly approaching – before you know it, we’ll be baking cookies, decking halls, and dreading the endless lines and exhausting crowds of the mall.

This year, you can skip the hassle and give your loved ones something more meaningful than another sweater that doesn’t fit or book they’ll never read.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Gifts of Canadian Nature symbolize what this amazing organization has accomplished over the last 50 years, coast to coast. From grizzly bear habitat in the west where mountain valleys are bisected by rushing rivers to the boreal forests of the east that house the elusive Canada lynx, these gifts celebrate all that we’ve achieved and all we still can do together.

There’s a price to fit every budget – from $40 to protect an acre of Canadian wilderness to $400 for a very special gift of caribou habitat. Each gift includes a certificate that can be personalized with the recipient’s name and include a full-colour calendar printed in Canada with vegetable-based ink on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Read more: https://donations.helpforcharities.com/ncc/holidays/

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GIFTS THAT MATTER – THE STOP COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE

Looking for a meaningful holiday gift for your staff, clients, friends, teachers or anyone else on your list this year? We’ve got you covered.

By making a $25 donation to The Stop Community Food Centre, you can purchase a food hamper for a family in need on behalf of the special people on your list. We’ll send them a lovely card saying that you’ve done so. Imagine… stress free holiday shopping that makes a difference.

Give a gift that matters today. Contact danielle@thestop.org or 416-652-7867 ext. 225.

You’ll receive a tax receipt for your entire gift, and know that your gifts are helping to fight hunger and poverty in the city.

Please note: we must receive your list of names no later than December 10th to ensure delivery of your card prior to December 25th.

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BRAVE NEW FILMS – 5TH ANNIVERSARY DVD BOX SET

Since 2005, we’ve been fighting for a more just America with such films as Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Have you seen them all? Do you know a passionate activist that would love our work? We have our first five years of videos compiled into one big box set including the ones mentioned above PLUS Iraq for Sale, Rethink Afghanistan and hundreds of shorts. And you get the full length doc Koch Brothers Exposed.  This is the perfect gift for a like-minded friend or family member this holiday season!

Read more: https://bravenewfilms-bravenew.nationbuilder.com/holiday_dvd_2012

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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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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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

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

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

PARTY: ANTI-CAPITALIST HOLIDAY BASH!

Saturday, December 18 2010
7 PM
U of T Grad Students Union Gym
16 Bancroft Ave., Toronto

Does the hyper-consumer craziness of the holiday season have you feeling down? Amidst the twinkle lights and the insidious calls to shop, shop and shop some more, are you spending your spare moments plotting the eventual demise of capitalism?

If so, you should join us for the Anti-Capitalist Holiday Bash! On Saturday, December 18th the Community Solidarity Network Fundraising Committee will be throwing the anti-capitalist event of the season to fundraise for our friends and allies facing G20 related charges.

Join us for a community dinner (vegan and vegetarian options will be served), followed by an evening of low key musical performances, workshops, games, prison letter writing, and a ‘really really free market’ exchange.

Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale, or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR STUDIES IN CO-OPERATION (CASC) & THE ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY STUDIES (ANSER)

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Studies (ANSER) have issued their calls for papers to be presented at their conferences in June.

The theme of the CASC conference is Co-operation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship.  CASC is seeking abstracts that reflect on the processes of social entrepreneurship as they relate to co-operative practice. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 24, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/CASC%20call%202011%20English.pdf

About CASC: http://www.coopresearch.coop/

The theme of the ANSER conference is Building Communities: Exploring the Contributions of Nonprofits and the Social Economy. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://www.anser-ares.ca/files/conf11/UNBCallAnnouncement2011-Eng%20_1_jq.pdf

About ANSER: http://www.anser-ares.ca/

Both conferences will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton on June 1-3 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THOUSANDS PROTEST IRISH NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

by Leo Panitch, The Bullet

Last weekend in Ireland, thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures and against bearing the burden of the Irish crisis. Just how did the Irish miracle turn into the Irish nightmare? Paul Jay of The Real News Network recently interviewed Leo Panitch. Panitch is a distinguished research professor at York University, teaches political science there, and he’s the author (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin) of the book In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
(http://inandoutofcrisis.wordpress.com/).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/436.php

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WE WILL NOT BE CENSORED: WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations

http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

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NEW RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

As Alliance for Justice has developed tools and strategies for evaluating advocacy work, we have often been asked for more specific information about evaluating community organizing. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies in use can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes.  This lack of consistent evaluation often contributes to a misunderstanding or devaluing of organizing work by funders, policy makers, and community-based organizations. 

In response to these requests and to help raise the profile of community organizing as a critically important change strategy, we have developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO includes detailed summaries of each resource so users can find the resources that are most useful for their evaluation needs.

Read more: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/

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THE BOLIVIAN ROAD TO SOCIALISM

by Mike Geddes, Bolivia Rising

Politics in the UK and the EU is likely to be dominated for the foreseeable future by massive cuts in public service provision. The furious demonstrations that have taken place in Greece may be a harbinger of the popular protest to come. These demonstrations would have looked very familiar in Bolivia, where in the early years of this century a sustained popular uprising over several years succeeded in overthrowing a hated neoliberal regime and installing the progressive and radical government of the MAS (Movement towards Socialism) led by President Evo Morales. Can we learn from Bolivia about resistance to the neoliberal agenda and building an alternative? The answer is certainly yes – but that means understanding what has been happening there.

Read more: http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/12/bolivian-road-to-socialism.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA (2010)

by the Wellesley Institute

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

Download the full report: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/224
Download the executive summary: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/221

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LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER FOR RICHEST CANADIANS

By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has entered a 1920s-like Gilded Age, where the super-rich consolidate their wealth while the middle class stagnates.

That’s the conclusion of a new study based on income-tax forms filed up until 2007, showing that the richest one per cent of Canadians took home 13.8 per cent of all incomes claimed that year.

The share of total income going to the richest of the rich has risen steadily since the early 1980s, reversing a long-term trend toward a more equal distribution of the country’s income during the postwar ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the study says.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1214751.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

21 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ACTIVISTS & “ECO-TERRORISTS” IN YOUR LIFE

As you’re out prowling for holiday gifts, consider supporting some of these incredible artists, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. It’s hard to pay the bills doing what you love, and I know these folks would be thankful for your support (and so would those receiving what they’ve made!).

Read more: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-activists/3279/

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ECO-FRIENDLY GREENPEACE GIFTS ONLINE

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Greenpeace can help. Take care of all your holiday shopping without ever stepping in a busy shopping mall: we have a wide range of fun and eco-friendly gift options that you can order online right now!

Read more: http://secure.greenpeace.ca/store/Cart/index.php

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! SUBSCRIBE TO OUR TIMES, CANADA’S INDEPENDENT LABOUR MAGAZINE

“Our Times is where we go to read about the issues that matter most to us. It’s labour journalism at its best.”– Rosemarie Bahr, Editor Canadian Association of Labour Media

Don’t miss an issue * Save over 20% on the newsstand price * Support your magazine

Subscribe to Our Times and you’ll receive a magazine full of stories by and about frontline workers in Canada, right on your doorstep, six times a year. Your subscription to Our Times will help ensure there will always be a place in Canadian media for the voice of working people. If you believe in workers’ rights, a healthy environment and strong communities, Our Times is your magazine – so join us now! Subscribe.

You can subscribe online right now using PayPal: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/

You can also place an order or pay offline by contacting our business office: http://www.ourtimes.ca/Contact/

For information about our special rates for multiple copies and subscriptions for your members or locals, click here:
https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/bulk.php

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WRAP UP THE GIFT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Struggling to find that perfect something for the budding activist, environmental champion or political junkie on your gift giving list?

Skip the socks and underwear and wrap up the gift of social justice – give a 2011 membership in the Council of Canadians to your loved ones today!

Instead of more stuff, this year choose to expand a mind, challenge a viewpoint and promote positive change. Give a 2011 Council of Canadians membership to friends and family. By doing so, they become part of Canada’s largest independent citizens’ advocacy group.  Membership is a gift that keeps on giving – throughout the year Council members are kept informed on pressing issues of social justice across the country and around the world, and join with tens of thousands of people in taking collective action through creative local, national and international campaigns. Together, Council members advocate for clean, public water, trade and climate justice, better public health care and true democracy.

Read more: https://vws1.magma.ca/www.canadians.org/join/donate/gift-membership.html

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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER!

You know how useful Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml) can be. Every issue offers a wide range of articles portraying classrooms that are academically rigorous, multicultural, and engaging. Filled with innovative teaching ideas, analyses of important policy issues, and valuable resources, it is a priceless resource for educators. Now you can give a gift subscription to your friends and colleagues for just $14 each – a savings of 40% off the cover price! An attractive gift card will be sent to you to mail or present to each of your recipients.

A subscription to Rethinking Schools can make a great holiday gift for a friend, relative, or colleague. It’s convenient, and you avoid the hassle of last-minute shopping. Use the form on the other side to order as many one-year gift subscriptions as you’d like at the incredible price of only $14 each!

P.S. You now have the option of sending print or digital subscriptions. Just indicate your choice. Respond today so we have time to process your order.

Read more: https://secure.aidcvt.com/rts_cart/gift.asp

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GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ALTERNATIVES MAGAZINE

Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine, delivers thoughtful analysis and intelligent debate on Canadian and world environmental issues, the latest news and ideas, as well as profiles of environmental leaders who are making a difference.

Alternatives is the thoughtful gift that shows your family and friends there is something they can do to make our world a better place.

The more you give, the more you save!

1 Gift Subscription…$35.00
2 Gift Subscriptions…$29.95 each
3 or more Gift Subscriptions…$24.95 each (Best deal – 40% off the cover price!)

Electronic subscriptions (PDF files) are available.

Call 1-866-437-2587 or order online at
http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/sendgift

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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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com