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Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 30
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

The GTWA holds general membership meetings on the last Thursday of the month in order to shape our organization, discuss politics and plan our work. Members are encouraged to attend and take part. Supporters and observers are welcome.

To join the GTWA visit: for information on membership.


The 54th Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) – Call for Proposals

Extended deadline!

The 2013 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 54th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for May 31-June 2, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Preconferences are scheduled for May 30th. The full call for proposals is attached and is also available online at: Special Recognition: We are especially indebted to The University of Missouri-St. Louis for hosting AERC next spring.

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email. Send proposals via email as an attachment to


Book Launch: The Democratic Imagination

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West, Toronto

From Ancient Greece to the French Revolution to contemporary Egypt – the concept of popular power has a long and colourful history. But does it have a promising future in the twenty-first century?

James Cairns and Alan Sears examine the past and present states of democracy, its varied concepts, and its future in a book that aims to expand and challenge democratic definition.

In an engaging and personal style, like their book, Sears and Cairns hope to expand and challenge your democratic imagination.

The evening will embrace the voice of the people. Via video presentation others respond to the condition of democracy in Canada, there will be music by DJ Peter Mitton and guest speakers John Grayson, Mary-Jo Nadeau and Sedef Arat-Koc convey their conception of the subject with an added twist – an object representing their democratic view.

$5 or free with book purchase.


Report from the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – Easy to Take for Granted

The role of the public sector & carework in wealth creation

As the province continues down the road of decreased public spending in health care and other public services through initiatives such as imposed wage freezes, forced pension erosion as well as sweeping labour law reform, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is releasing a new research paper showing the wealth-creating role of public spending on health, education and social services in overall economic production.

Easy to Take for Granted: The role of the public sector and carework in wealth creation shows that the value of economic output generated through every dollar spent on public health care, education and social services is considerably higher than each private investment dollar.

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CSSHE 2013 Conference – Call for Submissions

The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) will hold its annual conference June 3-5, 2013 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, Beautiful British Columbia.

This conference is being planned in close collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) so that individuals attending one of these three conferences will also have the opportunity to attend sessions
at one or both of the other gatherings.

The Congress 2013 theme is “@the Edge.” CSSHE invites submissions that explore the overall theme or aspects of it as applied to the field of higher education. Papers addressing specific-but-related topics such as online learning, governance, research, informal and experiential learning, recruitment and student services will also be considered for inclusion in the program.

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Will Work for Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times

Friday, October 19, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ryerson University, Cara Commons, 7th Floor, Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas St. West, Toronto

A must for freelance journalists, writers, actors, artists.

Join the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University for a free one-day conference on the growing problem of precarious work – unpaid internships, part-time, contract and freelance work – in Canada. Hear from peers, researchers, lawyers, community organizers to share strategies for navigating precarious employment and improving working conditions.

Free. Register and get full details:



Report from the CCPA: How Affordable is a University Education in Your Province?

A new report from the CCPA’s (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) Education Project tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

Since 1990, with very few exceptions, the tuition fee burden across the country has been increasing faster than incomes, and the average tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will continue to rise by an estimated 17.7% by 2015-2016.

Read the full report, Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning, to find out which provincial governments are ensuring university education is more affordable for median and low-income families, and which governments are telling students to take a hike.

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Report: Gender, Race and Migration: Investigating the Systemic Barriers Immigrant Women Face in Toronto’s Labour Market and the Impacts on Health

Prepared by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Written by Megan Spasevski.

The focus of this OWHN (Ontario Women’s Health Network) E-Bulletin is to give a snapshot of Access Alliance’s forthcoming report addressing the barriers that immigrant women face in the labour market in Toronto post-migration and the effects on individual and family health and well-being.

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Foxconn’s iPhone Plant Paralyzed as Thousands Strike

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc’s products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

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Walmart Warehouse Strikers Return to Work with Full Back Pay

Strikers have returned to work with their heads held high and their wallets full at Walmart’s largest North American distribution center. Warehouse workers in Elwood, Illinois, announced Saturday that they had won their key demand, reinstatement of all who were fired or suspended for on-the-job organizing, along with full back pay for everyone who participated in the three-week strike.

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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

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