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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 25th JULY 2010

EVENTS

SEND US YOUR RESEARCH REQUESTS! / ENVOYEZ NOUS VOS REQUÊTES DE RECHERCHE !

The Community-University Research Exchange (CURE), a joint initiative of the Concordia and McGill Quebec Public Research Groups (QPIRG), seeks to connect university students and community groups through research collaborations for social and environmental justice.

Through our database, students complete research projects for grassroots community groups working towards environmental and social justice. Examples of projects possibilities are:

* a report * a research paper * video or photo production * graphic design * business planning * program design communication plans * annotated bibliography * journalistic writing * pamphlets * translation * curriculum design * policy reports * grant applications * feasibility studies * surveys and more

You can look at examples of current and finished projects on our website, http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/cure

To submit a research request for our database, please submit the CURE Research Request Form which you can access through our website. If you need assistance in completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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COMMUNITY FORUM: AUDISM AND THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

August 7
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OISE/UofT, Room 2212, Second Floor
252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway station)
Toronto

We have all heard the stories of the Toronto Police Services denying interpreters, accusing Deaf people of “faking”, interpreting attempts to communicate as violence, misunderstanding facial expressions that are a part of our grammar as anger, and countless other acts of audism, discrimination, and violence. It is time to do something about it!

Join us in sharing our stories and coming together as a …united community of Deaf, oral deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and hearing allies! We will share our experiences in a public forum to promote healing, equality and change. This will be the beginning of a long process of achieving change within the Toronto Police Services policy, training, and sensitivity to our diverse communities.

ASL interpretation provided. If you require accommodations or childcare, please contact Jenny Blaser at jb.signsofsupport@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Endorsed by the LEAF’s Youth Commission, Signs of Support, Ryerson Student Union, OPIRG, and the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students

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CALL FOR QUERIES: THE PEOPLE’S FOOD MOVEMENT

Deadline: July 29, 2010

Community food security and what’s often called food sovereignty are drawing together diverse groups – from rural folks and farmers to urbanites, environmentalists and those involved in public health and social justice. It has created powerful new alliances that are being replicated globally.

In this issue of Alternatives, we will investigate the people’s food movement, both domestically and globally. We want examples of what is working and what isn’t, and what these examples tell us of the challenges that lie ahead. What will a secure and resilient food system taste like? What can be done to keep the food movement a people’s movement? How will the special things about food make food movements different from other social, environmental and public health movements? How will food organizers link to people with other causes? And what is the food movement anyway?

If you can say something big, new and powerful in a small number of plain words, we want to hear from you. Details are at our website: http://alternativesjournal.ca/food2011

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ON PRIVILEGE AND PROTEST – ANOTHER CATALYTIC CONVERSATION

July 26
4:00pm – 5:30pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
7th floor in Peace Lounge
Toronto

Reflecting on what happened in our city around the G8/G20 and continues to happen, difficult questions need to be asked:

– Who was surprised by the police violence when every day in our world people are subjected to this kind of brutality?
– What makes us think that the same kind of brutality exacted on Aboriginal communities and other so called minority communities would never be turned on mainstream communities, i.e. those with unjust privilege?
– Who is ‘us’?

In order to prepare for this conversation we invite you to review Chapter 3 from Starhawk’s Truth or Dare – Fierce Love: Resisting the Weapons the Culture Has Devised against the Self.

Sponsored by The Catalyst Centre

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CATCH 22 HARPER CONSERVATIVES – 1ST TORONTO AREA MEETING

July 28
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Lower level meeting room
31 Wellesley Street East
Toronto

Had enough of the Harper Conservatives and their wrecking ball? Ready to help defeat them in the next federal election? Join us for our first Toronto-area campaign meeting.

The Catch 22 Harper Conservatives campaign is a nationwide, grassroots effort to help send the PM packing. We launched our website in March. The campaign’s name comes from the 22 days that Parliament was prorogued last winter. There need to be consequences at the ballot box for Harper’s disdainful attitude and attacks on democratic values and institutions.

Catch 22 is independent of the political parties. Everyone who shares our goal is welcome to participate. Our strategy is to work in 30 to 40 winnable Conservative-held ridings across the country.

As long as Canada continues to use the antiquated first past the post voting system, strategic voting campaigns like Catch 22 are necessary in order to lessen the impact of vote splitting. The opposition is unprepared and unlikely to take measures that will ensure the defeat of Harper’s weakest team members. After all, their strategies are also based on vote splitting. That leaves it up to the voters to figure out how to rid Canada of PM Harper. Catch 22 is trying to fill that gap.

More info: http://catch22campaign.ca/

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NEWS & VIEWS

FIGHTING AUSTERITY? THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND THE COMMON FRONT IN QUEBEC

by David Mandel, The Bullet

The 2005 round of negotiations in Quebec between the provincial Liberal government and the public sector unions was ended abruptly by the adoption of a special law that unilaterally imposed wages and conditions on the workers…The special decree (Bill 142/Law C-43) was quite a remarkable attack on public sector collective bargaining, even by the standards of the Quebec state… In May 2009, the CSN (Confédération des syndicats nationaux – Confederation of National Trade Unions), the FTQ (Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec – Federation of Workers of Quebec, affiliated with the CLC) and the SISP (Secrétariat intersyndical des services publics – Inter-union Secretariat of Public Services) announced a ‘Common Front’ (Front commun) of provincial public-sector workers (recalling in name the illegal general strikes of Quebec workers in 1972).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/396.php

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE WORKPLACE KILLS 14 PER DAY—ONE BY ONE

by Tom O’Connor, Labor Notes

Month after month, year after year, workers die in trench collapses and falls from roofs. OSHA cites the employer, slaps it with a modest fine (a median penalty of only $3,675 per death in 2007), and points out that simple methods exist to prevent such tragic loss of life. Yet some employers continue to ignore the hazards and workers continue to lose their lives due to this criminal neglect.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2010/06/behind-headlines-workplace-kills-14-day-one-one

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FEW AWARE OF LABOUR RIGHTS IN TORONTO’S CHINATOWN
Exploitation typical in other immigrant communities, labour activists say

by Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star

Sue Zheng was happy to land her first job in Toronto at a manicure salon. But there was a catch: she had to pay a $400 deposit to work there, and receive only $25 a day for 10 hours of work, seven days a week.

Read more: http://bit.ly/9u7MuD

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NGOS RISK ALL IN STANDOFF WITH HARPER OVER CIVIL SOCIETY CRACKDOWN

by Alice Klein, rabble.ca

You have to admire the political logic. If there is no data to research, there will be no facts to account for. How perfect the Tories’ ditching of the mandatory long-form census data collection is for themselves — and how dangerous for the rest of us.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/07/ngos-risk-all-standoff-harper-over-civil-society-crackdown

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WANT TO BE POOR? WORK ONE OF THESE 8 JOBS

by Josie Raymond, change.org

Post-recession job creation is coming, the experts say. Unfortunately, many of these jobs will pay less than $10 an hour. Yeah, it’s an honest day’s work, but if it’s not enough to live on, much less raise a family and maintain a home, what’s the point?

Read more: http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/want_to_be_poor_work_one_of_these_8_jobs

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CPP SURVIVED GLOBAL CRASH BETTER THAN MOST PLANS

(NUPGE – National Union of Public and General Employees)

The reserve fund of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) was one of the top international performers during the 2005-09 boom-and-bust period, according to a report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

By comparison, Canada’s private pensions, as is the case in most western developed countries, still have not recovered from huge losses during the global recession, the OECD reports in an analysis of public and private programs in 13 countries.

Read more: http://nupge.ca/content/3399/cpp-survived-global-crash-better-most-plans

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: WORKING CONTINUOUSLY TOWARDS CHANGE
Thomas Abel
International Journal of Public Health, Volume 55 Number 4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/n86756k7330p7555/

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DEBATING AGGREGATE DEMAND AND AGGREGATE SUPPLY: INTRODUCTION
Fred Moseley
Review of Radical Political Economics published 14 July 2010
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/rapidpdf/0486613410377461v1

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EVOLUTION OF NONPROFIT SELF-REGULATION IN EUROPE
Angela L. Bies
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 14 July 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010371852v1

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THE PRACTICE OF DIALOGUE IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
Jodi Jan Kaufmann
Adult Education Quarterly published 14 July 2010
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610363021v1

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JOB POSTINGS

FULL-TIME EDITOR, INFORMATION WARFARE MONITOR

The Information Warfare Monitor (a collaboration between the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and the SecDev Group) seeks applications for a full-time editor of the Information Warfare Monitor. The position comes as a paid full-time fellowship at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The Information Warfare Monitor is an advanced research activity tracking the emergence of cyberspace as a strategic domain. We are an independent research effort. Our mission is to build and broaden the evidence base available to scholars, policy makers, and others.

More info: http://www.infowar-monitor.net/2010/07/call-for-applicants-information-warfare-monitor-full-time-editor/

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THE STOP COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE: CATERING SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR

The Stop’s catering services are a new social enterprise initiative of our fundraising department, with all net proceeds supporting our anti-hunger, community-building programs. We are seeking a dynamic, experienced, resourceful coordinator to drive catering sales, liaise with clients, and assist in the execution of events.

Reporting to the Director of Development, and working as part of the fundraising team, the Catering Coordinator will:

– Develop new business and ensure retention of current clients
– Develop and execute marketing strategies to increase catering sales
– Initiate and execute strategies to ensure The Stop’s a preferred caterer at key venues
– Develop marketing collateral including catering brochures, website, etc.
– Liaise with our chef and other staff to coordinate catering functions including booking, selecting and costing menu items, pricing, coordinating staff and equipment rentals
– Attend events to ensure client expectations are met or exceeded
– Prepare thorough and professional proposals
– Attend industry events as required

More info: http://thestop.org/jobs

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VOLUNTEER & FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR, NORTH YORK WOMEN’S SHELTER, TORONTO

Deadline: August 6, 2010

North York Women’s Shelter is an emergency shelter and support service provider to abused women and their children.

You will be joining our Development team and will be responsible for fostering and growing our volunteer base through recruitment and recognition. You will also support our fundraising efforts, particularly around donor relations and donor management. In particular, manage our database and tax receipting, processing donations, as well as donor stewardship. This position also has some cross functional duties with front-line and support staff. This position is unionized with OPSEU Local 518.

For more information: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/389908-298

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OUR MANDATE:

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

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

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

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

We’re Back!

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

http://csew.ca/

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– Article: Students Aren’t Customers; Education Is Not A Commodity
– Workshop Series: Social Economy Centre – University Of Toronto
– Conference: “Social Injustice Is Killing People”: The Political Economy Of Global Health
– Article: The Struggle Has Its Own Dynamic: The Professors’ Strike At The Université Du Québec À Montréal
– Report: Twelve Years Of French-Language Adult Literacy Research In Canada: 1994-2005
– Request For Articles And Resources To Inform A Literature Review For Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research
– Workshop: Identifying And Eliminating Social Inequities In Policies, Programmes, Service Delivery And Research, Toronto
– Article: “Equity, Ethics And Adjuncts”
– Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research: Focus Group Participants Needed!!

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ARTICLE: STUDENTS AREN’T CUSTOMERS; EDUCATION IS NOT A COMMODITY

by William Astore, Tomdispatch.com

By only viewing education as a way to a higher-paying job we’re giving a free pass to the prevailing machinery of power.

http://www.alternet.org/story/140318/students_aren%27t_customers%3B_education_is_not_a_commodity/

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WORKSHOP SERIES: SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Collaboration through Co-Location; Strategies for Sharing Resources (Full-Day Workshop)

Co-location of community organizations in a shared space is an emerging strategy to increase efficiency, synergy and impact. Join us in this workshop and learn:

– How organizations can work together to achieve greater efficiencies and build a sense of community
– How shared space can become an animated community space that supports shared learning and new ideas for positive change in our communities

DATE: Friday, June 19, 2009 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca
416-978-0022

LOCATION: Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

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CONFERENCE: “SOCIAL INJUSTICE IS KILLING PEOPLE”: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL HEALTH

International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2009
June 15-26, 2009

Instructors:
Ron Labonte, Canada Research Chair in Globalisation and Health Equity, University of Ottawa
Rene Loewenson, Training and Research Support Centre, Harare Zimbabwe
Ted Schrecker, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa

Topics will include:
– Labour markets and the global reorganization of production
– Trade policy and health
– Global financial markets and health
– Cities and health in the 21st century

Sessions will include new case study research from Africa focused on:
– the political economy of food and nutrition
– national health systems and the political economy of ill health (health worker migration; health services commercialization/privatization; water commodification)
– social justice: policies, responses and influences for action
– global governance and accountability in health

TO REGISTER IN THE COURSE:

Please obtain registration form and related information from:

Jlenya Sarra-De Meo
Graduate Program Assistant
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Graduate Political Science, S632 Ross
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
CANADA

Tel: (416) 736-5264
Fax: (416) 736-5686
e-mail: jsarra@yorku.ca

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ARTICLE: THE STRUGGLE HAS ITS OWN DYNAMIC: THE PROFESSORS’ STRIKE AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL

by David Mandel, Bullet No. 223, June 4, 2009

The seven-week strike of professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) ended on April 24, 2009 in a significant, if partial, victory. It is, unfortunately, a rare event in contemporary Quebec, and, for that matter, in North America. It is therefore worth looking into this conflict to see what lessons it might offer of use to other unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet223.html

REPORT: TWELVE YEARS OF FRENCH-LANGUAGE ADULT LITERACY RESEARCH IN CANADA: 1994-2005

The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre, an initiative of the Canadian Council on Learning is pleased to announce the English translation of the report Douze ans de recherche en alphabétisation des adultes en français au Canada: 1994-2005 is now available under the title Twelve years of French-Language Adult Literacy Research in Canada: 1994-2005. Translation of the report was funded through the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group of the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre.

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/AboutCCL/KnowledgeCentres/AdultLearning/index.htm

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REQUEST FOR ARTICLES AND RESOURCES TO INFORM A LITERATURE REVIEW FOR NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

About the Research:

There is a growing interest in the area of community based research (CBR) both in and beyond academia. While academics are required by their institutions and funders to submit their research proposals to a rigorous ethics review process, those outside of academia have no ethics review requirements except as required by certain funders. Furthermore, research in Canada is increasingly being conducted outside of academia. More and more of community based research is being conducted by independent researchers, private consulting firms, government departments and non governmental organizations. CBR covers a range of research typologies including, needs assessments, program evaluations, policy research, and other forms of applied research.

Purpose of Research:

The Wellesley Institute and the Centre for Community-Based Research in Waterloo are collaborating to explore and clarify the need for a community based research ethics process in Waterloo Region, Toronto and beyond, by identifying and understanding issues and concerns from multiple stakeholder perspectives (peer researchers, community agencies (NGO’s), academics, community institutions, government and funders) and then to determine an appropriate and feasible response that will facilitate ethically sound community based research.

About the Request:

As part of the needs assessment and feasibility study we are conducting a literature review looking for published and unpublished articles and resources that address and explore the issues of ethics, research ethics board and community based research.

If you have an article or resource that we should be aware of as part of this literature review for please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca

Please email your articles and resources by June 26th at the latest.

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WORKSHOP: IDENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING SOCIAL INEQUITIES IN POLICIES, PROGRAMMES, SERVICE DELIVERY AND RESEARCH, TORONTO

Directed by Mary Anne Burke and Margrit Eichler

Weekend Workshop: Friday, June 19 (evening) to Sunday, June 21
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $350 CAD

Weekend Workshop followed by Intensive One Week Institute: Friday, June 19-25
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $800 CAD (includes weekend)

The One Week Institute offers one-on-one consultation with Burke and Eichler and group discussion and development of proposals to evaluation of existing projects.

Sexism, heterosexism, ableism, racism, ageism, classism, casteism and other “isms” cause immense harm to individuals and societies. This workshop will familiarize participants with the BIAS FREE Framework – a systematic and integrative approach designed to identify and eliminate biases that derive from any social hierarchy and deprive people of their human rights. BIAS FREE stands for Building an Integrative Analytical System for Recognising and Eliminating inEquities. The Framework is a rights-based tool for examining and eliminating such biases in research, policies, programmes and/or service delivery. Participants will be trained to use the Framework, using examples of their own work, exploring its cross-equity and cross-cultural applications.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse

For Academic Information: Margrit Eichler meichler@oise.utoronto.ca

For General Information: Aniska Ali, 416.978.2080 or cwse@oise.utoronto.ca

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ARTICLE: “EQUITY, ETHICS AND ADJUNCTS”

The long strike at York University in Toronto, Canada this year, writes Linda Muzzin, challenges everyone in higher education to consider the treatment of non-tenure-track faculty members.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/05/11/muzzin

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH: FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS NEEDED!!

– Are you involved in community-based research?
– Do you have experience or opinions about ethics in community-based research?
– If you answered yes to the above questions we want to hear from you.

We are a group of researchers and community members exploring issues of ethics in community-based research. We will be conducting focus groups with participants with experience in community-based research and research ethics who represent:

– Peer Researchers/Inclusion Researchers (people who have lived experience of the community and/or the issue being explored)
– Community agencies (NGO’s)
– Academics
– Community institutions (Non post-secondary such as hospitals, PHUs and CHCs)
– Government
– Funders

The purpose of these focus groups is to understand the current best practices as well as gaps in doing ethically sound community-based research.

Each focus group will involve 7-10 people and will last up to two hours. The dates and time for the focus groups are listed below.

Focus Groups will be held for:

– Peer Researchers: Thursday June 25th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.
– Community Agencies and Institutions: Thursday June 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Academics: Tuesday June 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Government/Funders: Tuesday June 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca or call at 416-972-1010 ext 257

If you can’t make the stated time but are interested in participating please contact Tekla to make alternative arrangements to participate.

These focus groups are being conducted by The Wellesley Institute, with the support of the project Steering Committee, and in collaboration with the Centre for Community Based Research in Waterloo.

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