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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th MAY 2011

EVENTS

DYING FOR A HOME: FIGHTING FOR OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Thursday, May 19
7 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
Yonge Street, north of Bloor

Join Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe for a street-level perspective on the need for social housing and why we need social programs now more than ever. Crowe has been a street nurse in downtown Toronto for more than seventeen years and co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Music provided by the Common Thread Community Choir. Hosted by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

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STOP SIGNS: CARS AND CAPITALISM ON THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL DECAY

Thursday, May 12
7pm
Bahen Centre, Room 1200
40 St. George St., Toronto

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them.

Drawing on their new book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler will describe how the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war.

To locate this discussion in the Toronto context, local activist Jordy Cummings will describe the work of the campaign for Free and Accessible public transit, which is being spearheaded by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW’S TOWN HALL DEBATE ON GARBAGE PRIVATIZATION

Tuesday, May 10th 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave – SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Councillor Josh Matlow will be holding a Town Hall debate on the garbage privatization issue which will be coming to City Council in mid-May, to ensure residents have an opportunity to become informed on both sides of this important issue. It will be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and will feature Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of Toronto Public Works Committee and Hugh Mackenzie of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For additional information, please contact Josh Matlow’s office at (416) 392-7906 or email councillor_matlow@toronto.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Friday May 13, 2011
7:00pm * FREE!
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham Street
(Bathurst St. and Bloor St.)

Celebrate our shared resistance with performances by:

* Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra and New Tradition Drum and Dance live Afro-Colombian percussion
* Spoken word by Lishai

Hear from Workers’ Action Centre leaders on our fight to stop employers from stealing our wages.    

Watch undercover footage of employers breaking the law, and see how workers are resisting through Bad Boss actions around the city.

Find Out how you can get involved!

Workers’ Action Centre is releasing a series of videos on wage theft. Watch the latest video at http://www.workersactioncentre.org

For more information: call Sonia at (416) 531-0778, ext. 221.

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(UN)LAWFUL ACCESS: CYBER-SURVEILLANCE, SECURITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

May 12, 2011
5:00pm- :00pm
Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

Join moderator Dr. Ron Deibert for an insightful and lively discussion into some of the most pressing social issues surrounding our rights and freedoms as cyber-surveillance becomes an ubiquitous part of our lives, on-line and off.

Digitally mediated surveillance is an increasingly prevalent, but still largely invisible, aspect of everyday life. As we work, play and negotiate public spaces, on-line and off, we produce a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen others. CCTV cameras hosted by private and public actors survey and record our movements in public space, as well as in the workplace. Corporate interests track our behaviour as we navigate both social and transactional cyberspaces, data mining our digital doubles and packaging users as commodities for sale to the highest bidder. Governments continue to collect personal information on-line with unclear guidelines for retention and use, while law enforcement increasingly use internet technology to monitor not only criminals but activists and political dissidents as well, with worrisome implications for democracy.

Read more: http://www.digitallymediatedsurveillance.ca

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NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GTWA: IN THE SPRING OF 2011 WILL STRUGGLE BLOOM?

Saturday May 14, 2011
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
East side of Spadina south of College

As we exit the elections and the capitalist class continues to consolidate itself the attacks against working people will come quicker and stronger. The need for an organized resistance is greater than ever.

The Greater Toronto Workers’s Assembly (GTWA) was formed to contribute to this resistance at a time when we saw the tip of the iceberg of the “austerity” program. Looking back less than two years later our success at doing this has been both limited and mixed despite some of our successes. We need to examine the current context, our project and the challenges we face. Do we have the capacity, will and discipline to take on these challenges? Can we overcome the divisions, pressures and practices that divide us? Will we be able to help the struggle bloom?

All members and supporters are welcome. Members and supporters are encouraged to bring guests as observers.

Read more: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/150

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NEWS & VIEWS

ANTI-AUSTERITY STRUGGLES AND THE CANADIAN ELECTION

From The Bullet

The precise political outcome of the May 2nd election may well have the NDP make an unprecedented electoral breakthrough in Canada and Quebec. This would be a major step in its long desire to displace the Liberals as the other dominant national party, partly to become something more like the Democratic Party in the U.S. and partly to become the alternate centrist political option like the British Labour Party and the German SPD. This is already what the NDP is in Western Canada and Nova Scotia. This needs to be placed in the context of an international political conjuncture where ruling class forces have, paradoxically, gained strength and momentum over the crisis to date; and set against the enduring institutional characteristics of the Canadian political and electoral systems that, if anything, the political parties and campaigns have reinforced.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/496.php

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ONTARIO FARM WORKERS ‘SHOCKED’ AS UNION BAN UPHELD

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/04/29/supreme-court.html

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MURRAY DOBBIN’S BLOG – A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. NOW WHAT?

There is no point dwelling on the obvious other than to simply reiterate it. The election of a Conservative majority government will usher in wrenching change in Canada and we will have to witness the worse that Stephen Harper has to offer. It remains to be seen whether or not Harper actually wants to stay around for another election to win it (and therefore not go too far in a first term), and solidify the dominance of his party as the new “natural governing party.” Or whether, as his personality disorder would suggest, he will in a spirit of vengeance against the country he detests, dismantle as much of the post-war social contract he can in four years of virtually absolute power.

Read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/05/03/a-conservativ-majority-now-what/

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BUY THIS BOOK!

From LBO News, Doug Henwood
Excellent collection of interviews … Perfect for teaching, or just reading. Order your copies here.

Sasha Lilley, Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (PM Press, 2011)

Interviewees: Ellen Meiksins Wood, David Harvey, Doug Henwood, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Greg Albo, David McNally, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W Moore, Ursula Huws, Gillian Hart, Vivek Chibber, Mike Davis, Tariq Ali, John Sanbonmatsu, Andrej Grubacic, and Noam Chomsky.

Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Tariq Ali, and Noam Chomsky—Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism and the potential for its dethroning.

The book challenges conventional wisdom on the Left about the nature of globalization, neoliberalism and imperialism, as well as the agrarian question in the Global South. It probes deeply into the roots of the global economic meltdown, the role of debt and privatization in dampening social revolt, and considers capitalism’s dynamic ability to find ever new sources of accumulation—whether through imperial or ecological plunder or the commodification of previously unpaid female labor.

Read more: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=267

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VIDEO – ONLY KNOWN RECORDING OF MOTHER JONES

You have to see the only known audio and video recording of Mother Jones. On what is believed to be her 100th birthday in 1930, the legendary union organizer is still full of fire for worker justice.

Watch the video: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/05/03/only-known-videoaudio-of-mother-jones/

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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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It starts tomorrow,

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 4th JULY 2010

NEWS & VIEWS

•   CCLA Releases a Preliminary Report of Observations during the G20 Summit
•   In the Aftermath of the G20: Reflections on Strategy, Tactics and Militancy
•   A Public Lesson in Fear and Apathy: Educators Condemn the G20 Attack on Civic Education
•   Another One Bites the Dust: Cornell University may Sever its Contract with Nike
•   Report: Ontario Renters Spending Half of Income on Housing
•   Our Times Sneak Preview 29#3


EVENTS

COME TO CITY HALL – DEFEND TORONTO HYDRO

Tuesday, July 6
2:00 pm onwards
Toronto City Hall

The relentless drive by Bay Street financiers to sell off Toronto Hydro continues. A staff report to the City Council Executive recently recommended asking the provincial government to cancel any taxes that would be paid if the city wanted to sell off its public utility. That would remove a major obstacle to privatization. The executive not only rejected that stupid advice, but Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone has moved a motion explicitly calling for keeping Toronto Hydro in public hands.

The motion will come to City Council next Tuesday, July 6th, timed for 2:00 pm. Councillors need to see strong public support for keeping Hydro public. We need the galleries packed. Please make every effort to get to City Hall from 2:00 on – the debate won’t be a short one.

To see how Hydro could expand its role to be a key player creating new good green jobs, go to http://www.goodjobsforall.ca

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13TH ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMER RETREAT:“AFTER THE CRASH: CREATING RESPONSES TO GROWING INEQUALITIES”

Thursday, August 26th to Sunday, August 29rd, Camp Arowhon, AlgonquinPark

Registration is now open!!
Early bird registration available until July 31th, 2010.

The collapse of financial institutions worldwide has thrown economies into prolonged recessions or minimal growth. Jobs have disappeared and lives suddenly and uncontrollably altered. Government revenues have fallen with the decline of economic activity and the loss of jobs. Declining revenues, recent tax cuts and modest spending to create jobs have all produced budgetary deficits… How can we organize to anticipate the coming cuts? How can we build coalitions to protest cuts and the loss of democratic controls?    

There is also a call for workshop proposals. Please visit http://www.socialjustice.org for more information and online registration.

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SEMINAR – PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: CONSEQUENCES FOR CITIZENSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

Tuesday,  July 27
1:00 – 2:30
CIDE ‘Smart’ Room,  7-105, 7th floor
OISE – University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway stn.)

with Professor Orit Ichilov (Tel-Aviv University, School of Education, Israel)

Democratic societies assign public schools a prominent role in the development of citizenship virtues, values, and skills.  By the early 1990s, privatizing public education became a credible policy in many countries. Through the prisms of modern democratic theory and the discourse of rights, Dr. Ichilov argues that the introduction of “market” ethos and practices in public education represents a drift away from the collective mission of public schools in democracy, and subversion of the democratic purposes of education.

Co-sponsored by Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and CIDE – the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre

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DAY OF ACTION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

Saturday, July 10
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON

Despite threats of new crowd dispersal weapons and dubious claims that police were granted extraordinary powers of search and arrest, over 25,000 people peacefully marched to question the legitimacy of the G20…Under the pretext of stopping vandalism, the police descended upon peaceful protesters and confused passers-by with force that was disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive, and included raids, rubber bullets, tear gas and pre-emptive detentions. In total, more than 900 people were detained based on dubious charges, in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.

Demonstrate your opposition to the excessive use of police force and the unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties. Demand an independent public inquiry. Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada and Québec on July 10, 2010.

For information or to endorse the day: CivilLibertiesNOW@gmail.com

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TELLING OUR STORIES: DISABILITY SHOULD NOT EQUAL POVERTY

Wednesday, July 7
1:00 to 5:00 pm (previously planned for June 24)
Metro Hall Rotunda, Toronto

We invite ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) recipients, family members, and the general public to join us for an afternoon of sharing what it is really like to live on ODSP. The speaking agenda will include a panel discussion on human rights and ODSP, as well as personal stories from four people with direct experience living on ODSP. The event will also include informational displays and an area where you can share your own story. We are also excited to launch the ODSP Action Coalition’s Disability Declaration at this event.

Accessibility accommodations will be provided for those who need them.

To access our flyer with more info, please go here: http://www.odspacti.on.ca/story/join-us-july-7

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NEWS & VIEWS

CCLA RELEASES A PRELIMINARY REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS DURING THE G20 SUMMIT

The CCLA (Canadian Civil Liberties Association) released its preliminary report on the G20 Summit policing and security today, entitled “A Breach of the Peace”. The report is based on the first-hand observations of over 50 human rights monitors that CCLA dispatched to observe the police presence at G20-related demonstrations throughout the week.

It is the opinion of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association that police conduct during the G20 Summit was, at times, disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive. In our view, despite instances of commendable and professional conduct, the policing and security efforts, especially after 5PM on June 26 and June 27, failed to demonstrate commitment to Canada’s constitutional values.

Executive summary: http://bit.ly/9eAL6q
Interim report: http://bit.ly/dijorE

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE G20: REFLECTIONS ON STRATEGY, TACTICS AND MILITANCY

by Ritch Whyman, The Bullet

The events at the Saturday G20 demonstration in Toronto last week have provoked a series of responses already. This article is not meant to review the events of the day itself, but to look at the questions raised by the demonstrations and tactics used for the left.

Suffice to say the reaction of the police, in arresting, detaining, and brutalizing nearly 1,000 people in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history, exposes the serious attacks on civil liberties the left faces.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/381.php#continue

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A PUBLIC LESSON IN FEAR AND APATHY: EDUCATORS CONDEMN THE G20 ATTACK ON CIVIC EDUCATION

As educators, we charge the federal and Ontario governments, RCMP, OPP and Toronto Police responsible for G20 security for violating the institution of civic education. Our responsibility as educators is to prepare active citizens with a strong concern for democratic institutions and a sense of duty to participate actively in democratic processes…Democratic participation [was] not only threatened but, in vast numbers, criminalized and punished in a direct attack on democracy during the Toronto G20 summit.

Read more: http://www.petitiononline.com/Educator/petition.html

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: CORNELL UNIVERSITY MAY SEVER ITS CONTRACT WITH NIKE

from InsideHigherEd.com

Absent “significant progress” toward the resolution of an ongoing labor dispute in Honduras, Cornell University will follow the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s lead and end its licensing agreement with Nike. The decision, issued by President David Skorton in an internal letter Monday, is being heralded by anti-sweatshop activists as a significant victory in a battle over Nike’s refusal to pay severance to displaced workers in its supply chain.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/02/nike

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REPORT: ONTARIO RENTERS SPENDING HALF OF INCOME ON HOUSING

Where’s Home? 2010 finds that over 260,000 Ontario households are spending more than half of their income on housing – a level that forces many to make difficult choices between paying the rent and other necessities.

The report, co-authored by Ontario Non-Profit Housing Assocation (ONPHA) and  Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC) Ontario Region, studies affordable rental housing across 22 communities in Ontario and highlights the urgent need for increased investment in Ontario’s affordable housing sector.

Press release: http://bit.ly/9WinPp
Full report: http://bit.ly/9x3Ca7

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW 29#3

In Our Times’ summer issue (Vol.29 No.3) award-winning Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo profiles the work and lives of migrant farm workers. We’re also taking a look at how more and more employers in Canada will be required to keep their workplaces free of psychological harassment. And Ariel Troster from the Public Service Alliance of Canada interviews author Gary Kinsman about how the RCMP purged gay and lesbian workers from the federal public service.

Our WebWork columnist, Derek Blackadder, finds his doubting self swayed by tweets. Sean Cain’s back with another great Our Times Tally. And former elementary school teacher Robert Whitely reviews one of the latest issues of the great Canadian education journal Our Schools/Our Selves. Plus much more. It’s going to be a great issue.

Read more: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Support/

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JOB POSTINGS

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATORS

Deadline: July 9, 2010

Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, through FoodShare, is seeking 5 full time and 2 part time passionate and creative Community Development Animators.

We’re looking for enthusiastic promoters of healthy eating in the school and community with a strong understanding of student and youth nutrition programs to engage and develop community support to establish new and continue existing sustainable meal programs.

For more info: http://www.foodshare.net/upcomingjobs.htm

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COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATOR, F/T

Deadline: July 9, 2010

The Stop Community Food Centre uses food and food access as a tool for community development in the Davenport West and Wychwood Heights neighbourhoods of Toronto. The Community Garden Coordinator works as a member of the urban agriculture team to engage community members to participate in community gardening in order to improve participants’ access to healthy food, reduce social isolation, and increase knowledge about how to grow food.

For more info: http://www.thestop.org/jobs

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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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