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

EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

with Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

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

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

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BOLIVIAN LEADER SPEAKS IN TORONTO

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

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

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

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

For more info contact:  jrebick@ryerson.ca

Sponsors:  CSJ, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Socialist Project

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NAOMI KLEIN AND HAWKSLEY WORKMAN G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact nov11fundraiser@gmail.com for any inquiries.

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FREE LABOUR FILMS IN TORONTO

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

This year, we have more than fifty!

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

In Toronto:

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

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

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

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CCPA 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND DINNER

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

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

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

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

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

Evening Gala Dinner: Chateau Laurier Ballroom, Ottawa

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers:

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

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

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

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EDUCATION REFORM: WHERE NEXT?

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP to c.price@ioe.ac.uk

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NEWS & VIEWS

I’M NO SUPERMAN

by Sabina Strand, Common Dreams

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

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

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

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BEWARE THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE

by Murray Dobbin, rabble.ca

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

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

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UNIONS REACH FOR SHORT STRIKES TO STOP CONCESSIONS

by Jenny Brown & Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes

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

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

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

by David Rosen, Alternet

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

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

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

by Doug Allan, leftwords

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

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

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

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 10th JULY 2010

 

EVENTS

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOUSING

Wednesday, July 7
5:00 – 7:30 PM
4175 Lawrence Avenue East (at Kingston Road)
Recreation Room

Social Planning Toronto and the Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s APCOL Project invite you to this community forum with speakers Ann Fitzpatrick (Housing Action, Now), Yutaka Dirks (Housing Network of Ontario), Michael Kerr (Colour of Poverty, Colour of Change).  Learn about housing campaigns, solutions and organizing tools!  Network with housing activists and share your local stories with them.

RSVP to Israt Ahmed at (416) 431-9150 or iahmed@socialplanningtoronto.org

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY – 4TH ASSEMBLY AND PUBLIC MEETING

July 16 -17 2010

The 4th gathering of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly will be held this July 16 -17 2010. Next week!

The Workers’ Assembly will have 3 components:

1. Friday July 16th (Evening) is a public forum on the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign. This event is open to the public. No registration required. For more info: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/102

2. Saturday 17th (Morning) is an internal Assembly meeting. This event is for members and supportive observers only. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com
In the subject line write: Registration

3. Saturday 17th (Afternoon) is a discussion on the G20: its meaning, and how to build strategic campaigns of resistance against its international policies here in the city. The discussion is for members and supportive observers of the Assembly. Members and observers are welcome to bring guests. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com In the subject line write: Registration

The suggested contribution to the Assembly is $10/ PWYC (Lunch will not be provided). Contributions will be collected on Saturday.

Childcare subsidy provided to members with prior notice. If required email workingclassfightback@gmail.com  In the subject line of the email write “childcare subsidy”

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FREE OUR FRIENDS: A G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

Thursday, July 22
9:00pm – 1:00am
The Central
603 Markham Street (Just South of Bloor, Just West of Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

Show solidarity with G20 political prisoners by dancing yr face off and donating some cash in exchange for some solid musical love.

ALL proceeds at the door go to legal funds for G20 legal defence (including for our friend Illogik, who is performing), and we’ll also have some raffles and other goodies for you to throw money at. every last dime will go to paying legal bills.

Suggested Donation: $5-10 Sliding Scale

featuring:

– Hush Money: http://everyoneisdoomed.org/hushmoney/
– Illogik: http://www.myspace.com/testtheirlogik

and more bands TBA!

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TORONTO OPEN BUDGET INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH AND TOWN HALL

Tuesday, July 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West

The City of Toronto’s budget is $9.2 billion and oversees programs and services for over 2.4 million people.  TOBI wants to find ways for individuals to become more involved in making the decisions about how these funds are spent.  Join us for:

– A panel presentation of TOBI principles and values
– TOBI’s recommended actions
– A chance to learn about some issues within Toronto’s current budget process
– Sharing your ideas for a more open and participatory budget process in Toronto

No registration required.

Please note that campaigning on civic property is prohibited. This is an informational event. Please refrain from bringing any campaign materials, flyers or brochures promoting any municipal election campaigns.

Who is TOBI? The Toronto Open Budget Initiative is a group of residents and community organizations working in areas including housing, arts, environment, childcare, social planning, child welfare, seniors, youth, anti-poverty, gender and racial equality, and local community services.  This group formed in September 2009 and has been organizing and advocating for a more open, participatory and equitable budget process in the City of Toronto.

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RACIALIZED MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES FORUM

Come and hear from racialized municipal candidates and find out what they stand for.

Tuesday July 13th
6:00pm
31 Wellesley Street East
A Free Event
All are welcome

Event poster at http://aclaontario.ca
info@aclaontario.ca   416.347.9732

Organized by the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Latin American Trade Union Coalition.

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NEWS & VIEWS

JASON KENNEY’S DISPOSABLE WORKFORCE OF TEMPORARY FOREIGN LABOUR

by Usman Mushtaq, rabble.ca

Foreign students and temporary workers lose immigration and labour rights as CIC lowers their numbers and status. The restrictive immigration law announcement was made over G20 weekend.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/07/jason-kenneys-disposable-workforce-temporary-foreign-labour

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SECRECY ABOUT ONTARIO SUPERCORP SHOULD END: CUPE

Premier Dalton McGuinty should make public the White Paper that recommends selling shares to a “SuperCorp” made up of the LCBO, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and the OLG.

To read more: http://cupe.ca/privatization/stop-governing-secret-release-supercorp

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CANADIANS CRAVE FEDERAL ACTION ON STUDENT NUTRITION

85% of Canadians support federal-provincial cooperation “to provide universal access to healthy snacks and lunches for all school aged children across Canada.” This conclusion is among the findings of a representative poll of Canadians conducted by the opinion research firm Strategic Communications in April, 2010.  

To read more: http://www.foodshare.net/Foodpolicy08.htm

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MASSEY WORKERS FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS

By Euan Gibb, The Bullet

Now that the G20 has left town, let’s get down to talking about the reality of maternal health in the City of Toronto. Workers at the Massey Centre for Women are entering their 11th week on a picket line. Throughout this strike, the 66 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada have proved themselves to be courageous, dedicated and clear-minded. They are also passionate advocates for the young women that they work with.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/383.php

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND WORKERS’ LEARNING: FORMAL GAPS, INFORMAL CLOSURE, SYSTEMIC LIMITS
D. W. Livingstone  
Journal of Education and Work Pages 207 – 231. DOI: 10.1080/13639081003785732
http://bit.ly/dxmHEK

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IS THE THIRD SECTOR AN EMERGING ECONOMIC INSTITUTION? SOCIAL PREFERENCES VERSUS POVERTY TRAPS
Adalgiso Amendola, Maria Rosaria Garofalo, and Annamaria Nese
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0899764010371232
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010371232v1

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CONTESTED VISIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: CITIZENSHIP, PUBLIC HOUSING, AND THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
Jo Ann Argersinger
Journal of Urban History published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374315
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374315v1

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WORK-BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN CHINA
Zhenyi Guo and Stephen Lamb
book chapter: International Comparisons of China’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training System
http://www.springerlink.com/content/t83567x7t86v0588/

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OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS: TRAINING MATURE-AGED MANUFACTURING WORKERS
Erica Smith, Andrew Smith, Chris Selby Smith
Journal of Workplace Learning Pages: 277-291
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1865094&show=abstract

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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 – UPDATE 4th JULY 2010

NEWS & VIEWS

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


EVENTS

COME TO CITY HALL – DEFEND TORONTO HYDRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DAY OF ACTION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

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

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

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

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

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TELLING OUR STORIES: DISABILITY SHOULD NOT EQUAL POVERTY

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

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

Accessibility accommodations will be provided for those who need them.

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

CCLA RELEASES A PRELIMINARY REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS DURING THE G20 SUMMIT

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

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

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

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

by Ritch Whyman, The Bullet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

from InsideHigherEd.com

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

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

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REPORT: ONTARIO RENTERS SPENDING HALF OF INCOME ON HOUSING

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

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

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

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW 29#3

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

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

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

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JOB POSTINGS

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATORS

Deadline: July 9, 2010

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

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

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

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COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATOR, F/T

Deadline: July 9, 2010

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

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

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OUR MANDATE:

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

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

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

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THOUGHTS FROM LOCK DOWN TORONTO: REFLECTIONS ON THE 2010 G8/G20 SUMMITS

Text: The following 45-minute sound recording contains some thoughts that anticipate the upcoming G20/G8 meetings in Toronto. It debates the likely G8/G20 responses to the present phase of the global crisis as well as the security measures surrounding the summits which are estimated to cost over $1 billion Canadian dollars. The interview and discussion was held with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Economics and Business Correspondent, Mike Hornbrook, for CBC News. The interview took place on 18 June 2010.

Link to the sound file is on: http://stephengill.com/news/

Many thanks
Stephen

Dr. Stephen Gill, F.R.S.C.
Distinguished Research Professor
Department of Political Science
Ross S660, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, CANADA
Tel (direct): 416-736-2100 ext 88824; Tel: office reception 416-736-5265; Fax: 416-736-5686
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UEL Political Closure during G20

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31st 2009, 3.00pm.

 

G20 SUMMIT: PUBLIC OUTRAGE AS UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON CLOSES CAMPUS TO EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY

 

The G20 Alternative Summit must go on! Classes and lectures must go on!

  • In only a few hours a petition to Keep UEL Open receives over 1400 signatories from across the world, including well-know academics and writers, e.g. Naomi Klein.
  • University is a crucial centre of democracy. Democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis.

 

London – Following the decision of the University of East London’s Corporate Management Team to close down the entire university on Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd, staff and students have launched a petition to keep the university open, arguing that they “would feel ashamed of UEL if this institution […] were to become known as the university that had closed its doors to democratic debate and education in times of crisis such as these.”

 

The University of East London was scheduled to host the G20 Alternative Summit on Wednesday, April 1st, intended as a popular assembly for everyone engaged in current struggles for social justice. Amidst fears over ‘security’ in light of these G20 protest events, management first withdrew its support for the Alternative Summit and subsequently decided to shut down the entire campus for the duration of the G20 summit and protest events, cancelling lectures and classes and shutting the library.

 

In the petition, staff and students are arguing that such ‘security’ considerations are a “classic excuse for every historic attempt to curtail free speech. Instead of seizing the opportunity to become a common space thriving with creative energies, [the University of East London] plans to become an empty shell for two days.”

 

The petition states that,

 

“It is time for the university management to become accountable not only to the government funding bodies, but to the wider public to whom it owes both its livelihood and a duty to fulfil its role as a part of civil society. The past 3 decades have seen public spaces such as universities hollowed out by the state and by corporations, as more and more of our common resources are transformed into sterile commodities, valued only in cash terms. In universities this has led to a policy regime which increasingly sees ‘employability’ in the ‘creative industries’ or in ‘business and finance’ as the only benchmark of success by which a university education can be judged; which sees research separated from teaching; which sees ‘knowledge transfer’ to the commercial sector as the only legitimate destination for the fruits of inquiry.”

 

The signatories to the petition, which include a number of well-known academics from universities across the globe, including writer and activist Naomi Klein, are urging UEL management to “reconsider [their] decisions and take this unique opportunity to open the university as a crucial centre of democracy, since democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis. We must keep our university open to staff and students, rejecting the claims and ‘risk assessments’ that reproduce fear instead of promoting dialogue. We urge you to take responsibility for enabling the university to act as a truly public space for debate in a time when nobody can doubt that radical new ideas are needed.
 

 

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