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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th FEBRUARY 2011

EVENTS

LEFT FILM AND VIDEO – CULTURE FORUM ONE

Monday, February 21
7:30 pm.
The Regal Beagle (back room)
335 Bloor St West (near St George), Toronto

Left film and video: a discussion with Frank Saptel and other Board members of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

Performances by:
– Wally Brooker, saxophone
– Jerry Lee Miller, stand-up comedy
– Mike Constable, animation films
– plus short films by invited guests

Presented by the Culture Committee (Cultcom) of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly

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WEBINAR – THE CO-OPERATIVE MODEL: A DURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

Friday, February 18
12pm EST

Featured Speakers: Professor Ian MacPherson (Professor Emeritus University of Victoria and author of A Century of Co-operation) and David Bent (Author of Forthcoming book Determined to Prosper: The Story of Sussex Co-op, the Oldest Agricultural Society in the World, PhD Student in History, University of New Brunswick)

More info: http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/page/4-Events-Opportunities

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CLiFF (CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2011

The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our second Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting). Films are due 30 June, 2011.

CLiFF features film and video made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionised workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers.

The festival draws thousands of trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.

We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of issues. We seek films about privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.

We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.

More info: http://labourfilms.ca/cliff/2011/02/08/2011-call-for-submission-now-available/

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FORUM – GLOBAL CRISIS, FISCAL RESTRAINT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Thursday March 10, 2011
7pm
Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, 2nd floor
63 Gould Street, Toronto

2011 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: John Loxley
Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281, 3904, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Dr. John Loxley is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. He specializes in International Money and Finance, International Development and Community Economic Development and has published extensively in these areas. He has researched public-private partnerships for almost fifteen years and recently published Public Service Private Profits: The Political Economy of Public-Private Sector Partnerships, with Salim J. Loxley, Fernwood Publishers, 2010.

For further information contact Bryan Evans at 416 979-5000 x4199 or e-mail: b1evans@ryerson.ca

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

Community Foundations

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

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

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 at: secspeakerseries@gmail.com
– This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions: http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

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NEWS AND VIEWS

REPORT: WAL-MART ACTUALLY KILLS JOBS, CREATES TAXPAYER BURDENS

from The Raw Story

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer.

The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many part-time employees, leaving a burden on Medicaid and other public programs.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/10/walmart-draws-ire-poor-parts-brooklyn/

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MUBARAK’S FOLLY: THE RISING OF EGYPT’S WORKERS

by David McNally, The Bullet

Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, they discover in themselves capacities for organization and action they had never imagined. They arrest secret police, defend their communities and their rallies, organize the distribution of food, water and medical supplies. Exhilarated by new solidarities and empowered by the understanding that they are making history, they shed old habits of deference and passivity.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/460.php

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TAKE A STAND AGAINST WAGE THEFT

We work hard, but too often we don’t get paid.  

In December 2010, the Workers’ Action Centre recorded our experiences looking for work. Go to http://www.workersactioncentre.org to listen to the reality workers in Ontario face every day.

We are offered work for less than minimum wage, we don’t get overtime pay, we are charged fees to get work, we are told we have to be self-employed to get a job.

This is wage theft.

TAKE ACTION

We are taking action against wage theft and so can you.

–  Watch workers’ stories of wage theft and share with others. (http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WorkersActionCentre/0760994829/46f0beda64/0feed76c2b)

–  Email the Minister of Labour Charles Sousa on our Wage Theft Action page (http://www.workersactioncentre.org/campaigns_stopwagetheft.html)

–  Call our workers rights hotline at (416) 531-0778.  Report wage theft.

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CBC NEWS OTTAWA – UNION WASTE COLLECTORS SAVE OTTAWA MILLIONS

The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million, over four years, by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core.

The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city’s largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa’s downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less money.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2011/02/08/ottawa-union-garbage-208.html

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PUBLIC-WORKER UNIONS SKIP ALBANY AD BLITZ FOR NEW TACTICS

by Nicholas Confessore, New York Times

ALBANY — The airwaves are virtually silent. The fiery criticism of years past has given way to conciliatory press releases. And the halls of the Capitol ring not with angry protests but with the quiet hum of lawmakers and lobbyists making their daily rounds.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City teachers’ union, said, “We think the ad wars make people feel disenfranchised from the process.”

Faced with devastating budget cuts from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a deeply hostile electorate, New York’s most influential public-employee unions have unexpectedly shifted their strategy for defending cherished government programs and worker benefits. Put off for now are the angry denunciations and millions of dollars of advertisements, chiefly from hospitals and a health care union, that have traditionally begun haunting governors in early February.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/nyregion/10unions.html?ref=nyregion

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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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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

UPDATE 5th DECEMBER 2009

EVENTS
 
SEMINAR: NEIGHBOURHOOD SOCIOECONOMIC CHANGE AND CHILDHOOD INJURY IN TORONTO, ONTARIO
 
Speaker: Tanya Morton (Lupina/OGS Doctoral Fellow)
 
Wednesday, December 09
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Munk Centre, North House, Room 208N
University of Toronto
 
Sponsored by Comparative Program on Health and Society
Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=7847.
 
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CASSA REPORT LAUNCH: PUTTING EQUITY ON THE AGENDA – ARE WE BEING HEARD?
 
In recognition of Human Rights Day on December 10, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians is pleased to invite you to the launch of its report from the spring 2009 Equity Campaign in York Region, “Putting Equity on the Agenda – Are We Being Heard?”
 
Join us to learn more about community-identified concerns and solutions to enhance access, equity and inclusion in local governance, schools and social services in York Region. Key findings from the campaign will be presented and a panel discussion featuring local residents and service providers knowledgeable about the issues faces by immigrants, newcomers and people of colour will take place.

Learn how to get involved in on-going, local strategies to address inequities through the developing Equity Council of York Region – become a member of the council and help to keep Equity on the Agenda in York Region.
 
Thursday December 10, 2009
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Centennial Community Centre
The Lounge
8600 McCowan Road
Markham, Ontario
 
Dinner will be provided.
**Please RSVP by December 8, 2009**
 
For more info, or to RSVP, please contact Anita Khanna, CASSA Community Engagement Coordinator at anita@cassa.on.ca  or 416-932-1359 x 13.
 
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FORUM ON ETHICS IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
 
The Wellesley Institute, Centre for Community Based Research and the Toronto Community Based Research Network are pleased to co-host a forum on ethics in community based research.
 
December 18, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
YMCA,
42 Charles Street East, Auditorium
Toronto
 
Light refreshments will be provided
 
Join us to reflect and discuss:
 
-Ethics in Community Based Research – Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study Preliminary Findings
The findings 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, and then to determine an appropriate and feasible response that will facilitate ethically sound community based research. 
 
In the second half of the workshop you will have the opportunity to join small groups to discuss and reflect upon the findings. At the end of the session we will collectively have provided feedback on what you see the next steps and recommendations should be.
 
RSVP: Katherine Seiter at Katherine@wellesleyinstitute.com or 416-972-1010 ext 225 by December 10.
 
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JOB POSTING: FEATURES EDITOR AT RABBLE.CA
 
If you’re looking for a job that offers a wonderful work environment and a chance to put your activist ethics and skills to work, you’ve found the right place!
 
rabble is hiring! Download our listing for Features Editor here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ylmpd5b.
 
Applications due by December 14, 2009.
 
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VOTE 2009! CANADIAN BLOG AWARDS BEST POLITICAL BLOG

 
The Canadian Blog Awards is an annual event on the Canadian Blogosphere in which Canadian Bloggers and Blog Readers vote to decide which blog is the best – either overall or within a category.
 
This year, we are using a ranked ballot, brought to you by DemoChoice.org. You don’t have to rank the entire list; in fact, you can rank as little or as many as you desire.
 
Read more at: http://cdnba.wordpress.com/vote-2009/.
 
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NEWS & VIEWS
 
A CENTURY OF CO-OPERATION: HOLIDAY SPECIAL! 
               
Looking for the perfect gift for your favourite co-operator?
 
For a limited time only, of A Century of Co-operation, Ian MacPherson’s book on the history of the co-operative movement in Canada, will be available at a special discount price.
 
Between now and Friday, December 18, you can place an order for the book at a 25 per cent discount.  Individual copies are available at $37.50 (reduced from $50) and there are additional discounts for bulk orders.
 
Through text and dozens of historical and contemporary photos, Prof. MacPherson tells the fascinating story of how the co-op movement came to be what it is today.
 
Go to http://tinyurl.com/CenturyOfCooperation and order your copy now!
 
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LIVING WITH HUNGER
 
More Ontarians turned to food banks in the past year than ever before, says the Ontario Association of Food Banks in the 2009 Ontario Hunger Report.
 
To read the report: http://www.oafb.ca/assets/pdfs/OHR2009Red.pdf.
 
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URGENT ACTION: RESTORE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CIDA) FUNDING TO KAIROS
 
On November 30, KAIROS received notice from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that our project proposal for 2009-2013 had been declined. We were not given an explanation for this decision, other than that our program did not fit CIDA priorities.
 
Our 2009-2013 proposal was developed within two priority sectors of CIDA: promoting good governance (human rights) and advancing ecological sustainability (reducing the impact of climate change and addressing land degradation). It was approved at every level of CIDA before being declined on November 30.
 
This decision terminates a 35-year history of cooperation between CIDA and KAIROS and its predecessor organizations, and compromises the work of human rights and ecological integrity in the developing world. This decision also negatively affects the ability of Canadians to develop skills and knowledge in the exercise of their global citizenship.
 
Please contact your MP to discuss this urgent matter. Please, respectfully and politely,
 
-Speak about your own positive involvement with KAIROS;
-Express grave concern about this decision;
-Ask that CIDA restore its long-standing relationship with KAIROS;
-Emphasize the impacts of this decision on global partners and our work in Canada;
 
Ask them to call on CIDA to reverse this decision.
 
Please also write to:

-The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, pm@pmo-cpm.gc.ca,
-The Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, oda.b@parl.gc.ca, and
-Margaret Biggs, President of CIDA, Margaret.Biggs@acdi-cida.gc.ca
 
Request a reversal of the decision.
 
Please copy your letters to KAIROS at info@kairoscanada.org.
 
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ADVISERS AIM TO FIX ONTARIO’S WELFARE ‘QUAGMIRE’
 
From a Toronto Star article:
 
Ontario has appointed the head of Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank to head a panel of anti-poverty advocates to advise the government on a long-awaited review of its welfare system, the Star has learned.
 
“If this group can’t make the proper recommendations, then nobody can,” said food bank executive director Gail Nyberg.
 
Almost 800,000 Ontarians – including about 236,000 children and about 260,000 disabled people – live on provincial welfare and disability supports that leave most of them trapped in grinding poverty and despair.
 
For more details visit: http://preview.tinyurl.com/yh26qgo.
 
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SEND THE MUSEUM DISPUTE TO ARBITRATION
 
PSAC members at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and War Museum in Ottawa have been on strike since September. After weeks without any meetings, then a week of unproductive meetings, the 420 strikers have asked that the dispute be settled by a neutral third party.
 
But the museum management has refused.
 
With enough public pressure, we can make them change their minds.
 
Send a message to Museum CEO Victor Rabinovitch here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycrm7ja.
 
Please also pass this message on to friends and family who share your concerns.
 
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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.
 
To change your subscription settings, visit http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast.
 
For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca.
 
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