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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 2nd APRIL 2013

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – STRATEGIC FUNDRAISING: SECURING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED

Friday, Apr 5, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

This dynamic and interactive one-day session for staff and volunteers working in the non-profit sector focuses on “doing the right things right.”

Instructor: Suzanne Gibson, Suzanne Gibson & Associates

By the end of the workshop, you will:
– have a practical planning tool to determine the most successful and effective fundraising and resource development techniques for your organization
– understand key fundraising markets and techniques
– gain expertise in such key fund development techniques as grant seeking, individual giving, and special events
– secure practical, hands-on tips, tools and materials as well as a resource kit to help you achieve your goals
– be armed with ideas that you can implement quickly and cost efficiently!

Cost: $140 + HST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate is $50 + HST. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO 2014 CONFERENCE

The Rainbow Health Ontario 2014 Conference: Creating Change Together will take place at the Hilton Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 5-7, 2014. The biennial Rainbow Health Ontario Conference is the only conference in Canada focused on the health and wellness of LGBT communities.

The RHO 2014 Conference theme “Creating Change Together” recognizes the ground-breaking work that is taking place and also highlights the need for further system-wide change. The conference draws leaders from academic, practice and community sectors to share new scientific knowledge, evolving models of clinical service, relevant policy tools and grass-roots innovations.

All submissions must be received no later than May 31, 2013. For more information and to submit a proposal, please click here: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference/callforproposals.cfm

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APRIL 2013 – LACSN SOLIDARITY MONTH

April is the Latin America & Caribbean Solidarity Month!! We intend to honour the life and achievements of President Hugo Chavez in reflecting on and building the themes for this year which are peace, justice and solidarity.

Through collective reflection, discussion, debate and critical engagement, events may explore creative alternatives to the dominant global economic and political paradigms. Together, we will create safe spaces to reflect on the nature of our relationships and our communities and re-work our notions of peace, justice and solidarity here on Turtle Island and in other parts of the Global South.

Read more: http://lacsn.weebly.com/events–eventos.html

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WRITING ACROSS BORDERS – AN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE

June 1, 2013
Empire State College, Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies
325 Hudson Street (entrance on Van Dam Street), NYC

At a time of unprecedented migration, when families are divided and communities shattered, writers can provide a vital historical record, a public voice of protest at social injustice and a healing balm.

Writers are able to bridge the gaps among communities through depicting the experiences of diverse people that often prove to be more similar than different, while, at the same time, attempting to fight widespread injustices of forced deportation and economic migration.

Conference fee: $30.00

For more info and to register: http://www.nwuny.org/

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BOOK LAUNCH: ‘THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY: HOW TO STOP THE TAX CUT SCAM AND SAVE CANADA’

Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Octopus Books/Under One Roof
251 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

Join authors and organizers for the launch of The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada (http://www.btlbooks.com/book/the-great-revenue-robbery)

Edited by Richard Swift for the Canadians for Tax Fairness (http://www.taxfairness.ca/)

Online media sponsor: rabble.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

BUILD YOUR OWN FEDERAL BUDGET

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

What did you think of the government’s “Economic Action Plan?” If you were finance minister, what would your budget look like? Take our budget calculator for a spin and select the programs you think are important to building a better Canada. When you’ve built your budget, be sure to share it online.

Build a better budget here! http://www.policyalternatives.ca/BuildABetterBudget.htm

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CFLR (CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR LABOUR RIGHTS) RELEASES NEW REPORT CONNECTING REGRESSIVE LABOUR LAWS TO RISING INCOME INEQUALITY

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) released a new research report today which shows that regressive labour laws in Canada have reduced unionization rates which in turn has led to increasing income inequality.

“There is a clear divergence over the years between Canadian union coverage and income inequality,” the paper argues.

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/5706/cflr-releases-new-report

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MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION AT AIR CANADA

By Amanda Moravec, rankandfile.ca

Pension plan solvency deficiencies – the hole that opens up when there aren’t enough assets to cover liabilities if the plan winds up – are vexing public and private-sector pensions. That fraction of workers fortunate enough to have a defined-benefit (DB) pension plan is facing a toxic mix of volatile returns, extremely low interest rates (which raise the cost of pension benefits), and all too frequently, a legacy of employer contribution ‘holidays’ or underfunding when pension fund returns were high. Typically, when liabilities outweigh the assets in the plan, employers are expected to make up the difference. Increasingly, though, employers are using the difficult environment to force radical changes to pension plans. And governments aren’t helping.

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/?p=722

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MARX’S REVENGE: HOW CLASS STRUGGLE IS SHAPING THE WORLD

By Michael Schuman, Time.com

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. ..The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights of wealth and welfare.

Or so we thought. With the global economy in a protracted crisis, and workers around the world burdened by joblessness, debt and stagnant incomes, Marx’s biting critique of capitalism — that the system is inherently unjust and self-destructive — cannot be so easily dismissed.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/03/25/marxs-revenge-how-class-struggle-is-shaping-the-world/

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S.A.M.E. (STUDENTS AGAINST MIGRANT EXPLOITATION) YOUTH TOUR SWEEPS ONTARIO

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

The first week of the S.A.M.E. Tour 2013 across Ontario was a huge hit with thousands of students.  The tour was launched on March 18, and coincided with Migrant Worker Awareness Week. Continuing through the week, ten S.A.M.E. (Students Against Migrant Exploitation) youth volunteers hosted awareness-raising seminars, videos, musical performances, and in-classroom projects to engage students about the challenges and hardships faced by migrant workers in Canada.

The first week of the tour took the S.A.M.E. message to students at campuses across southern Ontario including the University of Guelph, Brock University, Queen’s University, York, McMaster University, George Brown College, Sheridan College, as well as at a number of elementary and secondary schools.

To find out more about S.A.M.E., or how you and your school can get involved in this student leadership initiative, check out http://www.thesame.ca

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A LIVING WAGE AND A SAFE WORKPLACE FOR PORTER WORKERS

Porter workers have been on strike for months to improve their near-poverty wages and for a safe workplace (a workplace that the airline’s customers should want to be as safe as possible).  By taking just a few seconds out of your day this morning as you get ready for work you can tell Porter to get back to the table and you can tell the striking COPE members that they have your solidarity.

Just go here: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1737

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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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 19th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

CRIMT Conference – Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies

October 25-27, 2012
Montreal, Canada

Please take a look at the detailed conference program. It is very rich with a fantastic variety of trade unionists and researchers working on key challenges for the labour movement. The focus is on providing a learning platform for labour movement innovation.

There are two approaches to registration. Days 1 and 3 are more focused on reporting a wide range of research. Day 2 (Friday the 26th of October) is a special Forum on Union Innovation with a large number of labour movement participants along with researchers on a variety of themes. There is also a morning plenary with Quebec student movement leaders on lessons to be learned by the labour movement from that social movement experience. It is possible to register for the whole three days of the conference or just for the 1-day Forum on Union Innovation.

More info: http://www.crimt.org/UnionFutures.html

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Co-op Conference and International Year of Co-ops (IYC) Gala

Friday, Nov. 30
5pm-midnight
Teatro Conference & Event Centre
Milton, ON

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 30th, 2012. On Co-op has moved its traditional Co-op Conference and Gala out of Co-op Week this year so that co-ops can use the time for their own celebrations… We have also separated the conference and gala into distinct events!

On Friday, November 30th, we’ll all get together for a fantastic gala party and celebration of all things co-op, credit union and IYC! We are planning an exciting evening celebration, including a cocktail reception, a three-course plated meal, Spirit of IYC Award ceremony, live auction and raffle draws, and new this year… live entertainment and dancing. It’s definitely a night you won’t want to miss! Online registration began on September 1st. Reserve your seat or corporate table, as there is a 200
person capacity for this years banquet/awards ceremony! The Gala is presented in English.

More info: http://www.ontario.coop/programs_services/public_awareness/coop_conference_and_iyc_gala

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Working Class Hero: A Night of Protest Songs

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
8:00 pm
The Dominion
500 Queen St. East, Toronto

The Dominion on Queen St. plays host to a benefit night of protest music on U.S. Election night.

It’s rare that a single stage is shared by country/rockabilly performers, punk bands, old-time folkies, modern singer songwriters, and a chamber orchestra, but that’s exactly what the upcoming “Working Class Heroes” benefit show features at the Dominion on Queen, this November 6.

The date is no mistake—the night of the US Elections. The event has emerged from a growing camaraderie between local musicians of all kinds, united by deep concerns about the modern political climate, and the current electoral process in particular.

Featured will be such diverse musical and cultural luminaries as David Henmann (formerly of April Wine), David DePoe (Toronto 60’s hippie movement leader), Toronto rockabilly mainstay Alistair Christl and his mother Margaret Christl who is herself a renowned veteran of the North American folk circuit, alternative roots/jazz musicians Laura Hubert and Laura Repo, as well as Corktown’s own Corktown Chamber Orchestra, performing selections from GeorgeCrumb’s avant-garde war commentary “Black Angels”; and many many other guests.

Billed as “A Night of Protest Music”, the show aims to pay homage to the compelling songbook of populist, revolutionary and resistance music penned throughout the ages, bring together an increasingly politicized neighborhood, and finally generate significant proceeds for Fort York Residence Homeless employment program.

Live coverage of election results will be streamed throughout the evening.

Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds to go to Fort York Residence Homeless employment program. Fort York Residence provides housing for men working toward getting a job. The goal is to have clients get and keep a stable job, set aside some savings and eventually move into their own place.

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International Seminar – Transitions to Adulthood in Knowledge Societies: Present and Future of Young People with Low Educational Levels

29 and 30 November, 2012
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This seminar is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and is closely linked to the project ““Pathways from secondary education into employment: a biographic perspective” (Plan for R+D+I). Its main objectives are:

– To disseminate the results of current research in the field of training and employment trajectories of young people with little education.

– To strengthen relationships with other research groups and the various actors in the territory of the Balearics.

More information: http://www.uibcongres.org/congresos/ficha.en.html?cc=263&

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The End of Immigration? A Film about Canada’s Addiction to Temporary Foreign Workers

Saturday, October 20, 2012
6:00 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-150

“The End of Immigration?,” a film by Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy is a documentary which highlights the Canadian trend where an increasing number of temporary workers are employed in all sectors of the economy. This compelling documentary asks the question – is this shift away from nation-building and permanent residency to temporary worker programs the end of immigration as we know it?

While the number of temporary workers arriving in Canada has grown exponentially each year and may exceed the number of immigrants entering Canada, these temporary worker programs lend themselves to abuse and exploitation of our “guest workers.”

Migrante Canada, and UFCW Canada – Canada’s largest private sector union – are pleased to sponsor the Toronto screening for this documentary produced by Multi-Monde.

Filmmakers Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the film screening, along with Migrante Canada and UFCW Canada.

For more information about the film, go to http://www.pmm.qc.ca and/or check out the trailer at http://diffusionmultimonde.com/en/, https://vimeo.com/44838473

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International Education and Transformative Learning: Voices From the Field

Monday, October 22
1:00-2:15 EDT (10:00 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. PDT)

A virtual panel discussion that is part of an ongoing series of Virtual Conversations on Transformative Learning, offered by the Center for Transformative Learning at Meridian University.

Study abroad and other forms of international education are increasingly becoming a major focus of many institutions of higher education. While study abroad has long been associated with undergraduate experiences, over the last 10 – 15 years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the numbers of graduate students and faculty from K-12 and community colleges, as well as four-year institutions participating in various forms of education abroad. In addition, the number of international students coming to study in the U.S. has also dramatically increased.

Based on our own research and experience as participants, we will explore the experiences and potential outcomes associated with education abroad from the theoretical perspective of transformative learning, and the implications of this perspective for the design and facilitating of education abroad programs, activities, and experiences. In addition, we will discuss what our research and experience suggests for our emerging understanding of transformative learning.

This focus will be approached from several viewpoints, including that of the institution, faculty leading study abroad groups, U.S. students abroad, and Asian students within the United States.

Panelists:

• Dr. John Dirkx, Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair, Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University (Moderator)
• Dr. Dennis Dunham, Executive Director, Office of International Services, University of Central Oklahoma
• Dr. Qi Sun, Associate Professor, Adult and Post Secondary Education Programs, Department of Professional Studies, College of Education, University of Wyoming
• Ms. Julie Sinclair, Higher, Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

We hope that you will join us for this live conversation. These conversations are offered at no charge.

Click here to register: http://meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/telesummit-on-transformative-learning

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NEWS & VIEWS

* Music Video – We Are the Working Class

The World’s Grievance Man – Mike Stout is a socially conscious singer song-writer and community leader. He leads crusades against economic injustice, rallying people with his music. His sound and lyrics are influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, & Springsteen.

Watch the video: http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/4510907

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Inspired Learning: Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports

by Jamie Gamble, Caledon Institute

Vibrant Communities (VC) was a ten-year action research initiative that involved 13 Canadian communities. They all sought effective local solutions to poverty reduction by applying comprehensive approaches. The objectives of this pan-Canadian learning partnership were to reduce poverty, increase engagement, change public policy and enable community innovation.

VC was established in 2002 through the partnership of three national sponsors – Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, the Caledon Institute and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation – and 13 communities across the country.

Tamarack was responsible for overall leadership, coaching and strategy. The J.W. McConnell Family foundation provided grants to Trail Builder communities, hosted periodic funders’ forums and shaped the dissemination strategy. Caledon prepared relevant policy papers, documented local efforts and helped design an evaluation framework for the initiative.

Vibrant Communities has had a positive impact on thousands of low-income households across Canada. This report outlines the results of providing national supports to such a large and complex pan-Canadian initiative.

Read the report: http://vibrantcanada.ca/files/evaluation_report-aug2012.pdf

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Memo from Chicago: We Stood Up to the Bullies, But the Fight Isn’t Over
by Kirsten Roberts, Alternet

The Chicago teachers strike may have ended, but the struggle for justice in our public schools presses on.

The nine-day strike of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) ended last month with a decisive victory against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his drive to impose the corporate school deform agenda on the public education system. Around the country, teachers, students and everyone who cares about education justice have been inspired by the showdown in Chicago.

On October 6, some 120 people attended a forum looking back on the struggle, titled, “The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized: What the CTU Strike Teaches Us About How to Fight for a Better World.” Among the featured speakers at the forum was Kirstin Roberts , a preschool teacher and member of the CTU. Here, we publish her speech.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/memo-chicago-we-stood-bullies-fight-isnt-over

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Video – Meet Richard Hayes. He picks up Mitt Romney’s trash.

Richard is a City of San Diego sanitation worker whose route includes Mitt Romney’s $12 million oceanfront villa in La Jolla, Calif. This is his story.

Not only does Mitt Romney think we should have fewer public service workers, he has aggressively tried to avoid paying his fair share in taxes for the service they provide him.

Immediately after Romney bought his $12 million La Jolla mansion, he hired a lawyer to knock more than $100,000 off of his tax bill for it.

Watch the video: http://www.afscme.org/meetrichard
   
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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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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 25th SEPTEMBER 2012

 

EVENTS

Film – Revolucion

Tuesday Sept. 25, 7pm
OISE (252 Bloor St.W. Toronto) Room 2279
PRICE: Pay What You Can

Toronto the Better movie series kicks off on Sept.25th with an original movie from Toronto teacher and union activist Paul Bocking. Revolucion tells the stories of Mexicans impacted by The North American Free Trade Agreement. More bust than boom, they tell us. And they are fighting back. Join us in solidarity with our Mexican brothers and sisters in the “free trade” barrel.

This movie is part of our “Learning with Latin America” series and will be followed in October by Marmato: Manger of Gold.

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The State of Labour, Past and Present

Wednesday, September 26, 8 – 11 p.m.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (near Dufferin)

Ever wonder how we got the weekend, vacation pay, workman’s compensation and many other things that we take for granted? These were the hard won spoils of the labour movement. The “Voice of Industry”, an early labor newspaper published by the first union for working women in the United States, was an early emblem of that movement. And we’re reviving the conversations that took place in its pages. The Voice of Industry was a weekly American labour newspaper that ran from 1845-1848, published by the first union of working women in the U.S. In its pages, working women published articles and poetry about a range of issues related to the social changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. While their world was very different from our own, much of their criticism remains as powerful and relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago. In 2008 the paper was recovered in its entirety and made freely available online. This year, a substantial redesign of the site was undertaken, with a view of making the sentiments, criticism and moral vision of these workers accessible to a broader audience. To celebrate the redesign, we will be holding an evening of speakers and performances on September 26th at the Gladstone Hotel.

SPEAKERS:
* Jim Stanford – Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers Union
* Bryan Palmer – Professor of Labour History, Trent University
* Fay Farady – Labour, Human Rights and Constitutional Lawyer

PERFORMANCES:
* Sean Morley Dixon
* the Voice of Industry Choir
* and others.

voiceofindustry.com | https://www.facebook.com/events/393136110753762

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Toronto Socialist Action Presents Rebel Films: Students in Revolt – Chile, Mexico and Quebec
2012. 54 minutes (total)

Friday, September 28 – 7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212 (at the St. George Subway Station)
Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 461-6942.

Co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. Three short documentaries are joined together by Rebel Films to show the rise of students and youths around the world in action against the corporate agenda.  It depicts street protests challenging reactionary education ‘reforms’ in Chile, electoral fraud (once again) in Mexico, and the university fees hikes and repressive legislation in Quebec.  This event is co-sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action. YSA leaders Tyler Mackinnon and Evan Engering will lead off the open discussion following the screening.

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Dispatches From the Global Labour Movement: A Speaker Series at York University

A collaboration of:
* Centre for Research on Work & Society
* Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
* Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work
* Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS

All are welcome.
For more info, contact: crws@yorku.ca

1. Lessons from the 2012 Quebec Student Strike: A Panel Discussion
Wed. September 26th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

2. Developments in Collective Bargaining & Gender Equity in Australia
Sue Wiilliamson, University of Sydney
Tuesday October 30th
Ross S701 2:30-4:30pm

3. The Political Economy of the New Attack on Canadian Unions
Andrew Jackson, Packer Visiting Professor in Social Justice
York University
Monday December 3rd
Ross S674 (Verney Room) 2:30-4:30pm

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NEWS & VIEWS

Chicago Teachers Raise the Bar

by Theresa Moran, Labor Notes

The Chicago Teachers Union has done the seemingly impossible. At a time when teachers are pilloried in the press and attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike, Chicago teachers walked out for seven days in a strike that challenged every tenet of the corporate agenda for overhauling education.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/09/chicago-teachers-raise-bar

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Voter equality for a healthy democracy

by the Maytree Foundation

If we told you that voters in some Ontario ridings have twice the influence in Parliament as voters in Oak Ridges-Markham, what would your response be? In the latest Maytree Opinion, Alan Broadbent discusses how our democracy is healthy only when Parliament represents people in all parts of the country equally. Currently, we’re a bit ill.

Read this month’s Maytree Opinion: http://maytree.com/spotlight/voter-equality-for-a-healthy-democracy.html

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Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

by Cynthia Alvarez, Common Dreams   

Average citizens evaluate political organizations based on how those organizations actually function. They know a political organization is a microcosm of the society it wishes to create. So after ten months of heavy involvement in Occupy, I have this question for Occupiers: would you honestly want to live in a society that is organized like Occupy and functions like Occupy? Do you want a society that claims to be “leaderless” while its true leaders remain hidden and unelected? Do you want a society with no written rules? Do you really expect the general public to support an organization that would extend this model to the rest of society?

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/17

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Abuse of migrant workers ‘endemic’ in Canada, new study says

by Toronto Star

The moment Liliane arrived in Toronto from Uganda as a live-in caregiver, her boss seized her work permit and passport. For two years of work, she was only paid a total of $2,100.

Senthil Thevar was promised $15 an hour by a recruiter in India to work as a chef in a Toronto restaurant. Instead, he only earned $8 hourly, sharing accommodation in a cold basement, with no vacation and holidays.

On paper, Tanzanian taxidermist Juma was supposed to make $16.08 an hour to make animal specimens in Canada. His boss wrote him a $3,168 paycheque each month, but Juma must immediately withdraw the money and pay it back as “my taxes.”

It might seem these migrant workers just happened to be struck by bad luck — and unscrupulous employers. But a new report released Monday by the Metcalf Foundation says Canada’s current immigration and labour laws virtually doom temporary migrant workers to mistreatment.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257536–abuse-of-migrant-workers-endemic-in-canada-new-study-says

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Book – Researching the Social Economy

Edited by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010

Researching the Social Economy is one of the first comprehensive research collections on the social economy in Canada. While the term “social economy” is used widely is Western Europe and Quebec, it has had minimal currency in English Canada, where the differences between the public and private sectors and among nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and community economic development organizations have been emphasized.

The contributions to this volume, flowing from an inter-regional and international network of scholars and community organizations, analyze how the social economy, in its many manifestations, interacts with and shares commonalities with organizations in the other sectors of the economy. Taken as a whole, Researching the Social Economy enriches our understanding of how this important cluster of organizations contributes to Canadian society in both economic and social terms, and lays the groundwork for future study.

Read more: http://www.utppublishing.com/Researching-the-Social-Economy.html

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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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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 19th JUNE 2011

EVENTS

CFP: CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR STUDY OF HIGHER EDUCATION (CSSHE) CONFERENCE: HIGHER EDUCATION, GLOBALIZATION, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

November 3 to 4, 2011
Morris J. Wosk Centre
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, B.C.

Higher education has become more international, even globalized. Countries such as Canada have developed mass systems for higher education; these systems now serve the majority of the population through a highly diversified system of institutions. While the globalization of higher education presents exciting opportunities, there are concerns. Chief among these concerns is that globalization can result in neglect of the traditional social justice function of many public and private institutions, particularly if the reason for “going global” is primarily financial.

This conference will focus on both the opportunities and dangers of globalization of higher education. It will bring together researchers, administrators, policy analysts, and students from Canada and elsewhere. Within the overall theme of the conference, proposals for concurrent sessions and panels are invited.

Proposals of up to 400 words (for papers) and 800 words (for panels) should be submitted by or before June 30, 2011. Presenters and panel conveners will be notified by July 22, 2011 at the latest if their proposal has been accepted.

Conference details and registration information will also be available on: http://ocs.sfu.ca/leadingchange/index.php/csshe/. For more information about CSSHE go to: http://www.csshe-scees.ca/. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Conference cochair Dr. Michelle Pidgeon, michelle_pidgeon@sfu.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT CAMPAIGN – SUPPORTERS MEETING

June 27, 2011
6 p.m.
720 Spadina Ave, Suite #223
(Main intersection Spadina Ave and Bloor, south of Spadina subway station)

Get involved in the Stop Wage Theft campaign!

Support workers who are speaking out!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Stop Wage Theft campaign. We had a great campaign launch at Beit Zatoun on May 13, 2011. We heard members of WAC speaking out against wage theft and sharing their experiences.

We would like to invite all supporters and allies interested in supporting the Stop Wage Theft campaign to come to a campaign supporters meeting on Monday June 27th at 6pm.

The campaign will be heating up over the next few weeks and we can definitely use support from allies!

Please let us know if you can come by contacting Nadira at nadira@workersactioncentre.org or (416) 531-0778, ext. 223.

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SOLIDARITY WITH EGYPTIAN WORKERS: REPORT-BACK FROM CAIRO

June 21, 2011
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Bahen Centre, room 3008
40 St. George
UofT, north of College
Toronto, ON

Egyptian workers played a key role in the toppling of Mubarak and are continuing the revolution, forming independent trade unions and striking for better conditions. Join a report back to hear what Egyptian workers are doing, and how you can help.

Sponsored by the International Socialists

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THE MADISON MOMENT: NORTH AMERICAN PUBLIC SECTOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

June 23, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
CMA Student Lounge – Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON

Over the last year or so there have been over 700 attacks in the United States upon public sector collective bargaining. This alarming trend is also finding root in Canada with the elimination of collective bargaining rights for transit workers, the legislation back to work of Crown prosecutors and government attempts to impose wage restraints upon the public sector. This free symposium will explore this issue through a distinguished panel of speakers.

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NEWS & VIEWS

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

Opening remarks by Jordy Cummings and Rick Salutin.

Featuring co-authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler.

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 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.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls107.php

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ACT NOW! CANADA: NO BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION AT CANADA POST

(from LabourStart)

Postal workers across Canada could be forced back to work under a proposed law that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is calling unnecessary, unjust, and counterproductive. Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt has served notice of the government’s intent to introduce back-to-work legislation.

This legislation is contrary to ILO Conventions and contravenes the fundamental right of all workers to organize and to bargain collectively. It indicates clearly where the new Conservative Party government of Canada intends to take labour relations in that country.

Canada Post’s focus on concessions has made it impossible to negotiate. CUPW members are fighting to keep their collective agreement from being eroded and are also resisting wage rollbacks for new hires.

Please join the global campaign to preserve collective bargaining rights in Canada by sending a message to the Canadian government: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=1022

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2009 FIGURES SHOW GROWTH RATE OF POVERTY IN ONTARIO THE HIGHEST OF ALL REGIONS IN CANADA SINCE 2007 ELECTION

(from Social Planning Network of Ontario)

Statistics Canada figures released this week show that Ontario’s poverty rate increased to 13.1% in 2009, a growth rate of 17% since the 2007 provincial election year.

“Using the province’s official low income poverty measure, Ontario’s poverty rate of 13.1% is slightly below the Canadian average of 13.3%,” comments Peter Clutterbuck, Coordinator of SPNO’s Poverty Free Ontario campaign, “the rate of Ontario’s poverty growth, however, has increased the highest of all other regions of Canada since 2007.” A total of 1,689,000 Ontarians in 2009 lived in poverty, which is 277,000 more than in 2007.

While the rate of poverty growth by age group is lowest among children at 3.5%, Poverty Free Ontario notes that the proportion of working age adults (18 to 64 years old) living in poverty increased from 11.2% to 13.4%, a growth rate of 19.6%. Ontarians 65 years and older also show an extremely high poverty growth rate of 41.9% since 2007, although the overall proportion of seniors in poverty still remains below 9%.

Read more: http://www.spno.ca/Media-Release/2009-figures-show-growth-rate-of-poverty-in-ontario-the-highest-of-all-regions-in-canada-since-2007-election.html

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AS LABOUR FIGHTS MULTIPLY, SO TOO WILL THE VICTORIES

By Morna Ballantyne, rabble.ca

The ground shifted for the Canadian labour movement this week. Monday night 4,000 thousand Air Canada workers walked off the job, joining 50,000 CUPW workers already on rotating strikes. CAW and CUPW-two unions that have made
breakthrough gains in past struggles-are blocking further stripping of their pension and benefit plans, and are refusing to agree to lower living standards for new workers.

Of course there have been other important confrontations over contract concessions in recent years, like the strikes against Vale Inco, the City of Windsor and the City of Toronto. But what is happening at Air Canada and Canada Post is different. For one thing, the disputes impact every part of the country. Second, both the CAW and CUPW bargaining units fall under federal jurisdiction and have forced Harper’s Conservative government to openly reveal its contempt of workers’ rights and collective bargaining.

But what is most important about the CAW and CUPW disputes is they demonstrate that union members are willing and able to take on a fight.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/06/labour-fights-multiply-so-too-will-victories

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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

If you have any questions about the list, or have an event you would like to promote or news to share, send an email to csew-broadcast-oise-l@listserv.utoronto.ca Messages will be reviewed before posting.

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

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

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

No Future

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

EVENTS

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

May 17, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS

May 7-15
Various locations in Toronto

Some festival highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

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

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

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

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

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BC SUPREME COURT RULES LEGISLATION REMOVING TEACHERS’ BARGAINING RIGHTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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

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

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IS HIGHER EDUCATION WORTH IT?

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

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

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FORMER WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEMBER BILL AYERS AGAIN EXCLUDED FROM CANADA

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

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

By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

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

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 16th APRIL 2011

EVENTS

WORKING CLASS STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2011 CONFERENCE: WORKING-CLASS ORGANIZATION AND POWER

June 22-25
University of Illinois Conference Center
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opening Wednesday afternoon with registration, followed by a reception and keynote event, the 2011 WCSA conference will feature more than 70 panels and workshops, more than 200 presenters, as well as after-lunch plenaries, a banquet, and special events. Though planning continues for plenaries and other activities, dates of panels and workshops will not be changed without appropriate permissions.

More info: http://www.ler.illinois.edu/labor/wcsaconference.html

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR CANADIAN DIMENSION MAGAZINE

Saturday, April 30
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset St. West, Ottawa

Drinks 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:30 pm

“Influencing Local Decisions” – with guest speakers Suzanne Doerge (City for All Women Initiative) and Steven Shrybman (Friends of Lansdowne Park)

Tickets are $50/person and include a new one-year subscription to Canadian Dimension magazine. For tickets, call Jane/Geoff at 613-234-6933 or Peter at 613-728-7980.

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CU EXPO 2011: COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

May 10-14, 2011
Waterloo, Ontario

In Waterloo Region about 600 community and university activists locally, nationally and internationally will be showcasing, networking and debating on community based research, on Community / University Partnerships and eight UN Millennium Developmental goals.

CU Expo 2011 will showcase the exemplars in community-university partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities.

The CU Expo movement began in Canada as a response to individuals involved community-university partnerships needing a forum to share experiences, strategies and ideas. CU Expo 2011 will address the conference objectives, themes and streams through a variety of session offerings and opportunities for dialogue.

Please visit our website http://www.cuexpo2011.ca to learn about the conference, and follow us on twitter @cuexpo2011.

This conference will provide inspiration, cutting edge knowledge, actions and many opportunities to connect with people alike.

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SOUNDS OF SOLIDARITY: A NIGHT OF LATIN MUSIC AND DANCE

Thursday April 21, 2011
JJR Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto
1 Kings College Circle
6:30 PM

Come out and support UFCW Canada and the Organization of Latin American Students as they fundraise. All funds raised will be used to purchase health & safety equipment, bicycles and other necessities for migrant workers.

The show will consist of food, music, poetry, and dance performances, raffles and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7:00 pm. The night promises to be an eventful evening with plenty of raffles and prizes being given away all night long.

Raffle prizes include:
– Tickets to Toronto FC game(s)
– Tickets to Toronto Blue Jays game(s)
– Tickets to see Grammy Award Winner Luis Enrique
– Gift-cards from HBC, Subway and other great prizes
– Jewellery and food vouchers

Tickets are only $14 for students and $18 for non-students.

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55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SOCIETY (CIES)

May 1-5, 2011
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 Rene Levesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec

Noteworthy highlights in this year’s program, two lecture series—”Canadian Education in Perspective” and “A Tribute to Jackie Kirk”—will take place on Monday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 4, respectively. Other special events during the week-long conference include a plenary session on the conference theme; three invited panels focusing on current developments in education and around the world; an opportunity to visit two remarkable schools in the Montréal area; and the premiere of Carlos Alberto Torres’ theatrical piece, “Schooling of the oppressor or of the oppressed?,” influenced by the work of Paulo Freire.

More info: http://cies2011.mcgill.ca/CIES_2011_Montreal/CIES_2011_Montreal.html
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NEWS & VIEWS

PROGRESSIVE MEDIA SUFFER LOSSES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

Major progressive media stars have recently lost their platforms, while the Huffington Post eschews progressivism — both worrying developments in the media war with the right.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/story/150548/progressive_media_suffers_losses_in_the_fight_against_the_right-wing_media_machine?page=1

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REBUILDING THE LEFT IN A TIME OF CRISIS

Leo Panitch is a political economist and theorist based at York University, Toronto, and is co-editor of Socialist Register. His most recent book is In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin). Leo spoke to New Left Project’s Edward Lewis about the long crisis of the left and his ideas for a reinvigorated anti-capitalist strategy. The discussion focuses on the labour movement, class and identity politics, proposal for a new kind of political party as well as some of the immediate questions faced by the left at the present juncture.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/492.php

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WHY THE UNITED STATES IS DESTROYING ITS EDUCATION SYSTEM

We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.

Read more: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_the_united_states_is_destroying_her_education_system_20110410/

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CHANGING THE LONG-FORM CENSUS-ITS IMPACT ON WOMEN’S EQUALITY IN CANADA

Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

“The Committee heard about three possible impacts: the undercounting of vulnerable women and girls, the lack of data to conduct adequate gender-based analysis (GBA) of programs and policies, and the lack of data to evaluate programs and policies and to make strategic investments with respect to advancing the status of women.”

View the report here: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/parl/XC71-403-1-1-05-eng.pdf

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‘BEYOND CAPITALISM’?: QUÉBEC SOLIDAIRE LAUNCHES DEBATE ON ITS PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

By Richard Fidler, The Bullet

At a convention held in Montreal on March 25-27, Québec solidaire (QS) concluded the second round in the process of adopting its program. More than 350 delegates from party associations across the province debated and adopted the party’s stance on issues in relation to the economy, ecology and labour. And they reaffirmed their determination to build the party as an independent political alternative, rejecting proposals by QS leaders to seek “tactical agreements” with the capitalist Parti québécois and/or the Parti vert (Greens) that would have allowed reciprocal support of the other party’s candidate in selected ridings.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/491.php

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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 26th MARCH 2011

EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organized by Ideas Left Out: ideasleftout@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEW YORK – 100 YEARS AFTER TRIANGLE FIRE, HORROR RESONATES

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

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

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

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

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SAVING PUBLIC EDUCATION: WHY TEACHERS MATTER

By Rick Salutin, Toronto Star

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

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

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BUDGET 2011: SMELLS LIKE 1995

By Armine Yalnizyan, Progressive Economics Forum

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

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

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

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KOCH INDUSTRIES REGISTERS TO LOBBY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

By Geoff Dembicki, The Hook

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

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

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

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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS NOT ‘REALISTIC’

By Linda McQuaig, rabble.ca

“Greed is good and I love money.”

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

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

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

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VIDEO: CANADA’S GROWING GAP

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

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

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 19th MARCH 2011

EVENTS

PANEL AND BOOK LAUNCH – “EDUCATING ELITES: CLASS PRIVILEGE AND EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGE”

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), room 5-250
252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway station), Toronto

10:00am – 11:45am (Panel)
11:45am – 1:00pm (Book Launch / Lunch Reception)

Panelists:

– Jane Kenway, Professor Monash University – “Elite Schools, Trans-national Capitals, and Global Elite Formations”
– Paul Tarc, Assistant Professor University of Western Ontario – “The Uses of International Education for (Becoming) Elites: The Case of the International Baccalaureate”
– Adam Howard, Associate Professor Colby College – “Shifting Landscapes: Elite Education in the New Economy”
– Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Assistant Professor CTL, OISE – “Notes on the Emergence and Significance of Elite Schooling as a Subject of Educational Research”

Chair : Kari Dehli, Professor SESE, OISE

Books by the panelists will be on sale from the Toronto Women’s Bookstore: http://www.womensbookstore.com

Co-sponsors: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning; Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education; Comparative, International & Development Education Centre; Centre for Media and Culture in Education, Toronto Women’s Bookstore
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COMMON THREAD COMMUNITY CHORUS OF TORONTO – BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MENNONITE NEW LIFE CENTRE & JUSTICIA FOR MIGRANT WORKERS

March 26
7:30 pm
St Simon’s Anglican Church, 525 Bloor Street East
Sherbourne subway station (Glen Road exit)

Tickets: Adults $20/advance – $25/door;  Students & Seniors $15/advance – $20/door; Children under 10 – free

http://www.commonthreadchorus.ca/sites/default/files/poster-spring-2011.jpg

– Mennonite New Life Centre: http://mnlct.org
– Justicia for Migrant Workers:  http://justicia4migrantworkers.org
– Proyecto Altiplano:  http://myspace.com/proyectoaltiplano/stream

Common Thread Chorus: http://www.commonthreadchorus.ca

For Tickets: 416-410-5022 or info@commonthreadchorus.ca
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CU EXPO 2011 – COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS: BRINGING GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES TO LOCAL ACTION

May 10-14, 2011
Waterloo Region, Ontario

CU Expo 2011 will showcase the exemplars in community-university partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities.

The conference is expected to draw over 800 people from Canada and around the world who are passionate about the power of community-university partnerships as a vehicle for social change. Students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building will be in attendance.

The CU Expo movement began in Canada as a response to individuals involved community-university partnerships needing a forum to share experiences, strategies and ideas. CU Expo 2011 will address the conference objectives, themes and streams through a variety of session offerings and opportunities for dialogue.

Learn more: http://www.cuexpo2011.ca/

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BUILDING SOLIDARITY: CAMPUS LABOUR STRUGGLES AND THE STUDENT CONNECTION

A forum to discuss and unite worker and student struggles at U of T

March 31, 2011
6-9pm
Bahen Centre, University of Toronto
Room 2175 (40 St. George Street)

A brief overview of the working conditions at the University of Toronto shows that something is just not right: most contract faculty members have virtually no job security; largely racialized food-service workers are paid less than a living wage; post-doctoral fellows have zero input in the drafting of their contracts; female administrative staff members receive less pay than their male counterparts; and non-tenured professors fear termination for voicing opinions on contentious political issues.

Meanwhile, students at the U of T are also engaged in pitched battles to keep post-secondary education accessible and equitable. Campaigns to eliminate ever-increasing tuition fees, to defend equity-based programs under threat of extinction, to challenge autocratic room booking policies, and to overturn unrepresentative and unaccountable governing bodies are just some of the issues that they organize around everyday.

In short, there is a whole host of injustices that plague both workers and students on this campus. As a working group of the newly-formed University of Toronto General Assembly, Student-Worker Solidarity (SWS) seeks to challenge this state of affairs by bringing different campus workers together to speak with students about their issues, while also providing students with an opportunity to relay their concerns to workers.

With this forum, SWS hopes to begin the conversation in order to create new ways of thinking about and participating in the struggles of those who make our University what it is.

Speakers will include members of the following:

– Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902
– United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1998
– UniteHERE Local 75
– University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA)
– University of Toronto General Assembly (UTGA)

**Refreshments will be provided
**Email utgeneralassembly@gmail.com for more information
**This event is endorsed by OPIRG-Toronto

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES –  HOUSING ALTERNATIVES

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

with Joe Deschênes Smith and Michael Shapcott

– Joe Deshchênes Smith will talk about investment process for new affordable housing, as well as attributes of the Home Ownership Initiative’s 2nd mortgage for low/modest income home-buyers.
– Michael Shapcott will discuss the social economy elements of the Precarious Housing report recently released by Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute.

Moderator: David Hulchanski, Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto

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

For more information, please contact Lisa White: secspeakerseries@gmail.com

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

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PANEL – PAUL ROBESON: THE TALLEST TREE IN OUR FOREST

Wednesday, March 23
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
East Common Room, Hart House
University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle

Speakers:
– Ken Jeffers (City of Toronto Manager, Access and Diversity, Parks Forestry and Recreation)
– Norm Kelly (Writer and Playwright)
– Lee Lorch (Civil rights activist and York Professor Emeritus)
– Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough-Rouge River Federal NDP Candidate)

Sponsored by Centre for the Study of the United States

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NEWS & VIEWS

UFCW CANADA RELEASE: WORKERS’ ACTION CENTRE LAUNCHES PROVINCIAL INITIATIVE – “UNDERCOVER STORIES ON WAGE THEFT”

Wage theft, in its various incarnations, is a workplace plague in Canada which is evident in a variety of communities. It is a particularly painful in immigrant communities. Many employers continuously abuse Employment Standards protections of these precarious workers as a means to simple but effectively improve profits.

On behalf of the 250,000 UFCW Canada members across Canada, we say NO to Wage Theft and YES to the much needed advocacy initiatives by the Workers’ Action Centre in Toronto. No worker deserves to get less than their fair wage. Every worker deserves to be heard.

We commend the Workers’ Action Centre on their initiative entitled “Undercover Stories on Wage Theft” and their advocacy in support for this initiative. We encourage you to take the time to support this important campaign.

To learn more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org

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ALTERNATIVE FEDERAL BUDGET 2011 LAUNCHED – RETHINK, REBUILD, RENEW: A POST-RECESSION RECOVERY PLAN

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

The Alternative Budget presents a comprehensive recovery plan designed to:

– get Canadians working in good jobs again;
– reduce record-high income inequality, strengthen Canada’s middle class, and improve supports for Canada’s poor and most vulnerable;
– protect public programs that all Canadians rely on — including public health care and public pensions;
– manage Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio without vital public program cuts;
– get serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
– launch a multi-pronged initiative to expand high value-added production in key sectors.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2011

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TEACHING ABOUT LABOR ISSUES AND THE WISCONSIN WORKER FIGHTBACK

From Rethinking Schools

According to labor historian Mark J. Naison, the movement of workers that began in Wisconsin and is now spreading to other states is “the most important labor struggle in the United States in the 21st century.”

The current uprising of workers in Wisconsin and other states presents a powerful opportunity to teach students about what the protests are about and why their teachers and neighbors are joining the struggle.  It’s an opportunity to critically examine issues, and to model for students’ responsible civic action and engagement in the political process.

As members of teacher unions, we have an additional responsibility, summarized by the late Howard Zinn in an interview published in Transforming Teacher Unions:

“If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, it’s essential that they not only be teacher unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movements of teachers for their rights.”

Embrace this “teachable moment” and share with us in the comments what resources you are using, how you are using them, and how your students are responding.

Read more: http://rethinkingschools.org/news/WIProtestTeachingResources.shtml

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BOOK – THE SPIRIT LEVEL: WHY GREATER EQUALITY MAKES SOCIETIES STRONGER

[The authors] Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation’s richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society. Amid the statistics that support their argument (increasing income disparity sees corresponding spikes in homicide, obesity, drug use, mental illness, anxiety, teenage pregnancies, high school dropouts—even incidents of playground bullying), the authors take an empathetic view of our ability to see beyond self-interest…There is evidence that the human brain—with its distinctively large neocortex—evolved the way it has because we were designed to be attentive to, depend on, and be depended on by others.

Ordering information: http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Level-Equality-Societies-Stronger/dp/1608190366

Hear Wilkinson give a 1:34:42 speech on the subject of his book. The volume is okay after he’s introduced. The graphics he uses appear on your screen as he proceeds through the presentation.

http://www.fhs.sfu.ca/news/events/special-guest-speaker-dr.-richard-g.-wilkinson

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MAYTREE FOUNDATION – THE “PILOT” FOR RECRUITING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS FOR LOW-SKILLED JOBS SHOULD BE ABOLISHED

The latest Maytree discussion paper argues that the growth in the temporary foreign worker program is contrary to Canada’s social and economic interests. It suggests that those currently in Canada under the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training should be granted permanent residence.

Read more: http://bit.ly/eVP7jX

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NO FARE IS FAIR – A ROUNDTABLE WITH MEMBERS OF THE GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY TRANSIT COMMITTEE

By Ali Mustafa, The Bullet

The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA) is a promising new initiative aiming to build a united, non-sectarian, and militant anti-capitalist movement in the city among a diversity of rank-and-file labour unionists, grassroots community organizers, and youth alike. Since the GTWA’s inception in early 2010, mass public transit has emerged as one of the organization’s key political battlegrounds. In this in-depth roundtable discussion, members of the GTWA’s transit committee Jordy Cummings, Lisa Leinveer, Leo Panitch, Kamilla Pietrzyk, and Herman Rosenfeld explore both the opportunities and obstacles facing the campaign Towards a Free and Accessible TTC.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/480.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th MARCH 2011

EVENTS

REGISTER FOR CERTIFICATE IN ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION (CACE) DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

CACE distance education courses beginning in April 2011

University of Victoria’s Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is an award-winning professional development program for those interested in adult learning, program coordination, instruction/training, facilitation, instructional design/technologies, and leadership.

Courses include: Planning Program Evaluation, Managing Collective Learning in the Workplace, Strategic Marketing in Adult Education, and more.

For further information/registration:

Heather Brand, Program Secretary, Continuing Studies in Education, Phone: (250) 721-8944; Fax: (250) 721-6603, E-mail: brandh@uvic.ca

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MOVIE: INSIDE JOB

From Academy Award nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) comes Inside Job, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs.

Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon, Inside Job was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.

Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/

Now playing at Magic Lantern Theatres (formerly Carlton Cinema), Toronto.
Show times: http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca/A/index.php?theatre=Carlton&synopsis=true#Inside_Job

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CASAE/AERC JOINT CONFERENCE IN TORONTO

Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE/ACEEA).

Registration is now open for the 2011 Joint Meeting of AERC and CASAE in celebration of CASAE’s 30th Anniversary. Early bird rates apply until May 1st and seating in pre-conference events is limited, so register as early as you can! Visit http://www.casae2011aerc.org  to register online, view abstracts for pre-conference workshops, and find information on accommodation and travel to Toronto.

Please read the following registration instructions carefully. Our on-line registration process has three steps. First, you have the option to register for ONLY pre-conference events or to register for the entire conference (including pre-conference events). Second, you will fill out a form on our website with your registration and contact information. Third, when you press submit you will be redirected to the University of Toronto website to process your online payment. A confirmation of your registration will be sent to your email and you will receive a second email confirming payment. Unfortunately, you can only register one conference participant at a time.

For more info and to register: http://www.casae2011aerc.org

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ENGAGING HEARTS AND MINDS: EQUITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP IN ACTION

March 7-8, 2011
Delta Toronto East Hotel
2035 Kennedy Road, Toronto

The Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity at Centennial College invites you to attend a unique conference. This event will be addressing how as global citizens we can get involved locally, nationally and internationally to dialogue and exchange ideas on global issues.

Many dynamic speakers will be taking part including:

– Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the TRC – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
– Dr. Sherene Razack, Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
– Dr. Henry Giroux, Global Television Network, Chair in Communication Studies, McMaster University
– Rev. Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, author and participant at United Church of Canada

Presenters and panelists from around the world are also confirmed, discussing equity, social justice and global citizenship in action.

Space is limited. Call Aida Haroun at 416-289-5000 x. 3438.

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OUR CITY, OUR SERVICES, OUR FUTURE!

Community Day of Action in Toronto
Saturday, April 9, 2011 (details to be announced)
1 p.m.
Toronto City Hall

Since taking office in November, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has begun implementing his own personal agenda … an agenda that is frighteningly similar to the Tea Party Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio whose actions have sparked massive protests. Ford has made it clear that he is hell bent on selling off public services, derailing public transit, targeting trade unions and rolling-back Toronto’s environmental plans. This style of “aggressive conservatism” is designed to usher in a new wave of Harris-style cuts across Ontario.

Toronto should be a city that everyone can be proud of – one that serves all its residents regardless of income, which celebrates its diversity and plays a leadership role in crucial areas like climate change and social equality. Today, all of these priorities are under threat in Toronto. Tomorrow they could be challenged in any town or city in Ontario!

Take Action:
On Saturday, April 9, 2011, come to Toronto City Hall to help defend good jobs, public services and greener cities throughout Ontario. Together, we can challenge the conservative agenda that is threatening our jobs, our livelihoods and our neighbourhoods.

Book Buses to Toronto:
Organize and fill buses to Toronto and register them with the rally organizers.
Eddie Ste. Marie, CLC: 416-441-3710 x226 or estemarie@clc-ctc.ca

Contact Rally Organizers: Laurie Hardwick, OFL: 416-571-3087 or lhardwick@ofl.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

DISASTER IN THE MAKING: THE QUIET EROSION OF CANADA’S REGULATION SYSTEM

By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

In Canada, regulations adopted by every level of government have historically helped to make this one of the safest, most desirable places to raise a family. But a slow, steady, and quiet erosion of regulations by our governments put Canadians’ health, safety and well-being increasingly at risk. This primer on regulation, by the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy, tells the story of Canada’s slippery slide into deregulation. It also provides resource information to learn more about regulation issues in Canada.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/disaster-making

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CANADIAN WORKER CO-OP FEDERATION (CWCF) URGES GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR CONVERSIONS TO WORKER CO-OPS

The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has called on the federal government to provide funding to support conversions to worker co-ops.

Appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance on February 15, CWCF president Alain Bridault and executive director Hazel Corcoran said worker co-ops could meet the challenge posed by the imminent retirements of large numbers of “baby boomers”.

“We know that with the retirement of very large numbers of workers from the baby-boomer generation, we shall face a serious problem of manpower shortages,” Mr. Brideault said, adding that the democratic and participatory nature of worker co-ops would be attractive to potential employees.

Read more: http://www.canadianworker.coop/news/worker-co-op-news/cwcf-presentation-standing-committee-finance-february-15-2011

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WISCONSIN SPIRIT SWEEPS ACROSS THE MIDWEST

By Jenny Brown, Dan La Botz, Labor Notes

The spirit of Wisconsin is inspiring union members in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to jam capitol buildings by the tens of thousands to fight a raft of union-busting bills in their states.

By aiming their attack against such a broad range of working people—teachers to state workers to building trades—conservative legislators and their shadowy billionaire funders unintentionally created the conditions for unity.

By making their aggression so naked, the legislators scotched the usual impulse from most labor leaders to think they could negotiate a way out behind closed doors. When the right took off the gloves, labor finally put up its dukes.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2011/02/wisconsin-spirit-sweeps-across-midwest

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USW-CANADA IN SOLIDARITY WITH WISCONSIN WORKERS – RESISTING THE ATTACK ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

The United Steelworkers stands in support of the working people of Wisconsin who are fighting an unprecedented attack on their rights by Republican Governor Scott Walker.

This direct attack on public workers has far-reaching implications. Unionists across North America are watching closely and standing together with our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin. We know that governments and corporations in Canada and the U.S. will be eager to attempt similar measures to weaken workers’ rights.

Read more: http://www.usw.ca/media/statements/opinions?id=0018

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A FUTURE FOR STEEL IN CANADA?

By D.W. Livingstone and Warren Smith, Hamilton Spectator

The Jan. 29 Day of Action in Hamilton has been met by a deafening silence from both U.S. Steel and the federal government. This is an ominous sign for the future of steelmaking at the site that a generation ago employed the largest industrial workforce in Canada.

Read more: http://www.thespec.com/opinion/article/493015–a-future-for-steel-in-canada

[D.W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work and Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto. Warren Smith was president of USW Local 1005 from 1997 to 2003. They have just published Manufacturing Meltdown: Reshaping Steel Work (Fernwood Publishing,
http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Manufacturing-Meltdown/).]

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JOB POSTINGS

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, SEIU LOCAL 1 CANADA

SEIU Local 1 Canada is seeking an Education Director to develop and implement the education program for the local.  The successful candidate must understand the organizing, mobilizing model of trade unionism, be able to develop education programs that reflect this model, and be able to work with the Leadership and staff and executive board as they go through the process of implementing a mobilizing model.

For more info: http://www.charityvillage.com/cvnet/viewlisting.aspx?id=227954&eng=True&fs=True&fa=False

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CULTURAL CONSULTING SERVICES PROMOTER, MAYWORKS

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts Contract Position: Cultural Consulting Services Promoter (Contract position, March – May 2011)

This short term contract position will undertake targeted outreach and promotion of Mayworks’ cultural consulting services to the union movement.

The primary outcome is the expansion and diversification of Mayworks’ consulting services in order to maintain and increase earned revenue through consulting services. The contract will also serve to raise the profile of the festival in the labour movement as well as build and maintain festival audiences.

General overview of activities to be implemented*:

March/April 2011
– Identify upcoming union conferences and conventions
– Identify unions for targeted outreach
– Design and print consulting services flyers, ‘give-away’ item and slide show
– Print business cards

April 2011
– Mail out of promotional flyer with letter, follow-up with email, phone calls
– Start targeted outreach to identified unions for general promotion
– Set meetings, start making any travel arrangements**
– Pitch specific event programming to unions with upcoming conferences, meetings or conventions
– Meet with unions and continue outreach

May 2011
– Negotiate any new contracts
– Look into social enterprise umbrella organisations that would support Mayworks or provide networks
– Table at union conferences
– Any last meetings, outreach, contract negotiations
– Wrap up promotional work
– Write final report
– Evaluate success of promotional tour, and next steps

*At times, working in consultation/collaboration with graphic designer **Potential travel to Ottawa for promotional meetings with Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Travel expenses will be covered by Mayworks.

Hours of work and remuneration:
The total work hours for the initiative is 100 hours from March 2011 through May 2011 (at least 40 hours per month April and May 2011).  Remuneration for the project is $2710 which includes a percentage in lieu of all fringe benefits.

The applicant should have the following qualifications:
– A minimum of two years experience in event/project development and coordination
– Good working knowledge of the labour movement and social justice/activist communities
– Established networks within the labour movement an asset
– Good negotiation, outreach and promotional skills
– Ability to meet tight deadlines
– Ability to work with union members and manage different needs
– Strong written and oral communication skills

Send a letter of application and resume by March 18, 2011 to:

Email: Hiring Committee, c/o mbwall@sympatico.ca Regular mail: Mayworks, 25 Cecil St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1N1. Fax: 416-599-8661.
No phone calls, please.

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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

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 27th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

SPECIAL MEETING: PENSIONS & RETIREMENT SECURITY, EYEWITNESS REPORT FROM WI

Thursday, March 3
7:30pm – 9:30pm
OFL Building Auditorium
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto

Sponsored by Toronto & York Region Labour Council

We’re fighting back! Help us take on corporations like U.S. Steel and Nortel that attack the pension rights of both current workers and retirees. Learn about the next phase of Labour’s pension campaign to expand CPP and win retirement security for all.

With a special eyewitness report from Wisconsin where public workers continue their fight against Republican union busting

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A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN – AN EVENING OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AND FOOD

Wednesday, March 9
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street, Toronto

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.
A fun evening of delicious treats and music.

Hear the beautiful sounds of jazz duo Brenda Lewis and Margaret Stowe, an acclaimed Canadian folk singer-songwriter Marianne Girard, soulful sounds of Nadia Edward, Oriental/Egyptian dance with Kara Culp, and African dance with Agha Norba.

Suggested donation $10-$20 or pay what you can.

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WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY SEVENTH COFFEEHOUSE: REFLECTIONS ON THE RECLAMATION OF
DOUGLAS CREEK ESTATES

Friday, March 4
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub
335 Bloor St West, Toronto

The reclamation of the “Douglas Creek Estates” by the Six Nations [Haudenosaunee] people of the Grand River Territory [near Brantford-Caledonia] has been one of the most significant flash points of indigenous struggle in Ontario in the last several decades. Faced with the construction of a subdivision on historically contested lands abutting their reserve, members of the community peacefully occupied the subdivision on February 28, 2006. Their struggle reached national and international attention on April 20, 2006 when some 200 police officers from the Ontario Provincial Police raided the reclamation site to enforce an injunction demanding the removal of the occupiers. The police raid failed, and the reclamation site became an important place for the articulation of Six Nations’ political interests and for alliance building with non-native activists.

Please join us for an evening of discussion and reflection with three Six Nations women who played important roles in the reclamation:

– Cheyenne Williams: one of the three women who originally conceived of and planned the reclamation of the so-called “Douglas Creek Estates.”
– Hazel Hill: one of the main spokespeople at the reclamation site and who has been since working closely with the traditional Confederacy Chiefs in the Negotiations with the Crown and in the creation and management of the Haudenosaunee Development Institute.
– Ruby Monture: one of the main cooks at the site and a leading figure in trying to halt developments on Six Nations land in Brantford. She has currently been charged under the Brantford injunction for blocking developments in Brantford.

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THE SEVENTH ANNUAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK TORONTO 2011: INSTITUTIONAL COMPLICITY AND CAMPUS RESISTANCE

March 7 – 13, 2011
University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University

We are very proud to announce our preliminary list of confirmed speakers along with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2011. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening and speakers.

A complete list of speakers and events is available at: http://www.toronto.apartheidweek.org

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PEDLAR PRESS BOOK LAUNCH – MARROW, WILLOW BY MAUREEN HYNES

Tuesday April 5
7:30pm
The Supermarket
268 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON
(416) 840-0501

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FREE SCREENING OF “CONSUMING KIDS”

March 4, 2011
7:15pm – 9:30pm
Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

Everyone is invited to a free screening of Consuming Kids, a documentary film that is critical of corporate advertising to children. After the film viewing, a discussion about it will be led by Sheila Cary-Meagher, Trustee for the Toronto District School Board.

Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.

Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

ONLY THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS FAVOR STRIPPING WORKERS’ COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

A poll conducted by Gallup earlier this week found that Americans opposed stripping public employees’ of their right to negotiate with their employers by a margin of 2 to 1. It got a lot of play (as did Fox News reversing the results and reporting that 61 percent of the public favored the GOP’s union-busting).  

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/486368/only_the_wealthiest_americans_favor_stripping_workers%27_collective_bargaining_rights/

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NO MONEY LEFT? YOU’RE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES

By Paul Krehbiel, Labor Notes

The U.S. government budget deficit is now $1.5 trillion, and political leaders in most states are wringing their hands and crying in unison: “There’s just no money.”

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2011/02/no-money-left-you%E2%80%99re-looking-wrong-places

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VIDEO – DEVELOPING A POLITICAL FIGHTBACK: LESSONS FROM HARRIS TO FORD

The fightback against Mike Harris and Mel Lastman consisted of community mobilizations, large strikes and impressive Days of Action. How were they successful and how did they fail?

Moderated by Élise Thorburn. Panelists:
– Michaela Murphy was a rank-n-file union activist during the Harris years in Ontario and currently a member of ETFO.
– John Clarke is an anti-poverty organizer since 1983 with the London Union of Unemployed Workers and an organizer with OCAP since 1990.
–  Herman Rosenfeld is a member of the GTWA Coordinating Committee and former CAW staff member.

Recorded at the 6th general assembly meeting of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA), Feb. 19, 2011.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls92.php

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IT WAS FLINT YESTERDAY, IT’S US AND WISCONSIN TODAY, AND TOMORROW IT’S GOING TO BE EVERYONE

By Niki Ashton, Manitoba MP

It came as a shock.

Vale, the Brazilian world mining giant that had taken over Canadian-owned Inco in 2006 announced it was closing the smelter and refinery in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada — our hometown.

Since 1956, Thompson has had a fully integrated mining operation, the first of its kind in the world. It combines nickel mining with value-added smelting and refining jobs. The announced closure would eliminate nearly 600 jobs, eliminating all of these value-added jobs.

Read more: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/it-was-flint-yesterday-its-us-wisconsin-today

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PROTESTS, DEBATES & GRACE UNDER PRESSURE IN MADISON, WI

By Kris Olds, Inside Higher Ed

It is not very common to see marches of tens of thousands of people in small cities like my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin (with a population of approximately 235,000 people). The issue that drew about 13,000 into the State Capital area on 15 February, 10-20,000 people on 16 February, 25,000 people on 17 February, 35-40,000 people on 18 February, 60-100,000 people on 19 February, and tens of thousands every subsequent day to the present moment, relates to the decision of the recently elected Republican Governor of Wisconsin (Scott Walker) to unilaterally remove the right of public sector unions to collectively bargain about employment-related benefits.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/globalhighered/protests_debates_grace_under_pressure_in_madison_wi

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

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

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 20th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

MEDITATION FOR SOCIAL ACTIVISTS

February 25, 2011
1:00pm – 3:30pm
OISE/Centre for Women’s Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto (St. George subway stn.)

We can do more for the world when we are tending to our own wellbeing. Meditation can help to ground, centre, and rejuvenate you. In this workshop you will learn to meditate and will be empowered with tools to bring meditation into your daily life on an on-going basis. Hosted by Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

For more info, email: cwse@utoronto.ca

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE (OISE/UT) FEBRUARY LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES

“Community Foundations”

With Rosalyn Morrison – Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation, and Betsy Martin – Community Foundations Canada

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

Rosalyn Morrison will talk about how the Toronto Community Foundation mobilizes more than 300 individual and family donors, high-impact community organizations and cross-sector leaders to tackle complex, quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways.

Betsy Martin will discuss how foundations in Canada can support social enterprise and how this is part of the evolution of the investment model of foundations around the world. She will give examples of what community foundations in Canada and the United States are doing, to give a sense of the potential for this kind of community foundation investing.

Moderator: Michael Hall, Primus

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

For more information, please contact: Lisa White: secspeakerseries@gmail.com This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO 2011 RESEARCH & POLICY ROUNDTABLE: WHO’S IN CHARGE?

Please join us for our Research & Policy Roundtable being held on February 24th, 2011. The theme of the 2011 roundtable is “Who’s in Charge? The impact of agencies, boards & commissions on public accountability & service delivery”.

Since the late 1970s, a transformative shift has taken place in how governments manage and administer public services in many democratic countries around the world. Influenced by neo-liberal ideologies, governments have been increasingly under pressure to reduce their size and control over public services. Governments were declared “too big” and “too bureaucratic” to be able to properly and promptly deliver services transparently and flexibly. Governments were encouraged to incorporate private sector management models to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of services and service-delivery. One central feature of this new model has been the creation of hundreds of decentralized and quasi-autonomous government agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) to manage and administer public services. According to the Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat, there are approximately 630 of these agencies, boards and commissions operating in the province.

For more info: http://bit.ly/eJQeQv

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GIANT STEPS: RADICAL WOMEN IN THE BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE

A talk by Komozi Woodard, Esther Raushenbush Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Author: Want to Start a Revolution?

7:00pm, Tuesday March 1, 2011
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School, TRS 2109
55 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Sponsored by Socialist Project, Centre for Social Justice, New Socialists, No One Is Illegal – Toronto.

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CELEBRATE PEOPLE’S HISTORY AT TORONTO FREE GALLERY

Feb. 10 – March 19, 2011
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Toronto
Free Admission

Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm

Toronto Free Gallery and Groundswell present Celebrate People’s History!, a show of poster art created by over ninety artists – including many of Toronto’s own – to document the hidden history of social justice movements.

The posters make up a hidden history of people’s struggles, covering well known events and praising groups and leaders of prominence, but also bringing to light less known struggles. The set includes tributes to the AIDS activist group ACT UP, the 1969 Stonewall rebellion, the 1921 Appalachian miners strike at Blair Mountain, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, the anti-eviction battle at San Francisco’s International Hotel, the 1988 democratic uprising in Burma, the women leaders of Oaxaca’s 2006 civil uprising, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the 1804 Haitian Revolution, singer Paul Robeson, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VANCOUVER MAYOR FINDS NEW RESPECT FOR SANITATION WORKERS WHEN HE WALKS A DAY IN THEIR SHOES

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson found out what it’s like to work collecting and sorting garbage in Vancouver when he appeared on a recent episode of CBC series Make the Politician Work.

During the two days Robertson spent as a city sanitation worker he tried a number of jobs normally done by front line staff who are members of CUPE.

“What really struck me was how much people care about their work at the city, how concerned they are about the future and doing better and better. That’s great value for us at the city and it’s great value for taxpayers too,” said Robertson.

The episode aired on Feb. 13 and you can watch it here on the CBC website: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/Make_the_Politician_Work/1747857163/ID=1795295084

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2010-2011 MIGRANT FARM WORKERS REPORT PUBLISHED

Report finds federal government complicit in Canada’s abuse of migrant farm workers

Canada’s most comprehensive annual report on the challenges facing migrant farm workers has been released. It confirms that abuse and exploitation of migrant farm workers are rampant in Canada’s agriculture industry. The 2010-2011 Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada report is published by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA). For more than two decades UFCW Canada has been a leading advocate for farm workers’ rights, and in association with the AWA operates 10 agriculture worker support centres across Canada.  The latest report is the seventh released since 2003. The 25-page report exposes federally operated migrant farm worker programs as rife with human and labour rights violations — and those programs are expanding with the assistance of the Harper Conservative government.

Read more (.pdf): http://www.ufcw.ca/templates/ufcwcanada/images/awa/publications/UFCW-Status_of_MF_Workers_2010-2011_EN.pdf

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A NEW AMERICAN WORKERS MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN

By Dan La Botz, Solidarity

Thousands of workers demonstrated at the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 15 and 16 to protest plans by that state’s Republican Governor Scott Walker to take away the state workers’ union rights. Walker, cleverly attempted to divide the public workers by excluding police and firefighters from his anti-union law, and the media have worked to divide public employees against private sector workers. Yet, both firemen and private sector workers showed up at the statehouse to join public workers of all sorts in what has been one of the largest workers demonstrations in the United States in decades.

Read more: http://www.solidarity-us.org/current/node/3159

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WI GOVERNOR’S FAKE BUDGET CRISIS: GAVE TAX BREAKS TO WAL-MART TO FURTHER REAL AGENDA – UNION BUSTING

(Alternet)

There is no fiscal crisis in Wisconsin. Governor Walker reports a nearly 130 million dollar deficit, but doesn’t report that he caused it by giving a 140 million dollar tax break to large multinational corporations here in Wisconsin (e.g. WalMart). However, this cover story gives him an excuse to do the unthinkable.

Read more: http://act.alternet.org/go/4579?akid=6540.141253.1Sy7fn&t=39

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THE EGYPTIAN UPRISING AND WORKERS’ GRIEVANCES

By Nada Matta, The Bullet

It is too early to give an explanation for the Egyptian revolt. Much still needs to be understood about the character and the driving forces behind this sustained mass mobilization, as well as its dynamic and development. Some initial thoughts could still be entertained, however, especially with regards to the nature of the protestors’ demands. Though the revolt was caused by increasing economic hardship and insecurity, as well as by mounting political repression and authoritarianism, the demands of its youth organizers were solely focused on political democracy.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/465.php

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WORKERS BAND TOGETHER AS UNIONS ARE LEFT BEHIND

The AFL-CIO spent over $50 million worth of its members’ dues and deployed 250,000 workers to support Obama’s campaign. But three years later, workers say unions have failed to deliver on their promises and are struggling to defend their rights.

Raquel Rojas isn’t exactly union material – an immigrant, a seasonal worker, scraping by on multiple part-time, low-wage jobs. So when Raquel said she watched her managers at the Cheesecake Factory in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor disrespect workers and sexually harass their employees, she had little recourse – until United Workers knocked on her door.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-workers-unite-unions/

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VIDEO: BRENDA STOKELY – “A MOVEMENT TO CHANGE THE WORLD”

Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly Labour Conference: Building the Working Class Movement
Keynote speaker: Brenda Stokely

Toronto, January 30, 2011

“A Movement To Change the World”

Moderated by Kelly O’Sullivan

Brenda Stokely is a human rights activist dedicated to ending all forms of national oppression, racism, sexism and exploitation of workers. She co-found and built several key organizations, including the 2004 Million Worker March Movement, NY Labor Against the War (co-convener), founding member of Troops Out Now, Coalition to Save Harlem and many more.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls91.php

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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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