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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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Work No More

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 21st SEPTEMBER 2009

 

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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RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW: EDUCATION FOR CHANGING UNIONS

By B. Burke, J. Geronimo, D. Martin, B. Thomas, C. Wall

This book is destined to become a key work in popular education. Education for Changing Unions presents a rich, stimulating, and provocative storehouse of practical and structured activities, ideas, and debate about union education. Written in a clear and accessible style, the authors have created a book to inspire working people and teachers in many settings and locations. All the exercises and activities have been widely tested.

Between the Lines, 2003. Available online from publisher: http://www.btlbooks.com or on-line at http://www.amazon.ca

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FORUM: JOBLESS RECOVERY – BROKEN EI

Who is going to fix EI? As election fever starts to heat up, the Tories are desperate to pretend that they have dealt with the nagging issue of thousands of laid-off workers who can’t get EI benefits.

Monday, Sept. 21
Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Event starts: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street (at Church Street), Room 204

Speakers:
Unemployed workers from the GTA;
Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy; and
Gilles Paquette, Quebec Federation of Labour/Unemployed Coalition.

Contact: 416-441-3663 ext.224

Organised by the Good Jobs for all Coalition (http://www.goodjobsforall.ca)

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FORUM: SOLIDARITY. RESISTANCE. CHANGE: ORGANIZING WORKING CLASS COMMUNITIES

Public forum featuring: Steve Williams, Co-Director and co-founder of the California based group “People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)” and co-author of the book “Towards Land, Work and Power”.

Friday October 2, 2009
7pm
Ryerson Student Centre
55 Gould Street, Room 115
Toronto

Directions: http://www.oakhamhouse.com/pages/directions.php

Co-sponsored by Socialist Project and Centre for Social Justice
Endorsed by Black Action Defence Committee (BADC), No One Is Illegal (NOII) and Ontario Coalition against Poverty (OCAP)

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TWITTER IS A MALL: WADE RATHKE, CHIEF ORGANIZER BLOG   

Author of Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families (http://chieforganizer.org/citizen-wealth-the-book/)

Stephanie Ross from York University and Peter Sawchuk from University of Toronto had invited me to be the first speaker to discuss organizing with a group of academics and activists coming together on a 5-year project called APCOL:  Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning, a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. The project is fascinating and it will be interesting to see how it progresses and what conclusions it draws over the years, but right now it was interesting for the discussion it allowed about organizing and the challenges before us.

To read more: http://chieforganizer.org/2009/09/18/twitter-is-a-mall/

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DEBORAH BARNDT: POPULAR EDUCATION PHOTO EXHIBITS AVAILABLE

Over the past year, I produced two photo exhibits which are now available for use in conferences, community centres, and classes. They relate to popular education, community art, and social movements and are meant to stimulate the integration of these three.

“Cross-Pollinations: Photography and Social Change in the Americas – A Retrospective” is an exhibit of 18 photographs drawn from Deborah Barndt’s work in Peru, Nicaragua and Canada between 1976 and 1992.The photographs traces four key moments in Barndt’s photographic work – from creating foto-novelas and Freirean codes for literacy classes in Peru in the 1970s to making photo-stories and posters for ESL classes in Toronto in the 1980s, from teaching photo-journalism to adult educators in Nicaragua in the 1980s to coordinating collective photo-story production in the Moment Project in Toronto into the 1990s.

“If the Walls Could Speak…What Stories Would They Tell” is a traveling photo exhibit of community murals. Community murals are more than paintings on the wall – they encourage communities to dig into their histories, memorialize loved ones, express diverse identities, honour the land, name critical issues, brighten streets and alleys, tell stories of local people, envision a healthier community.

If you are interested in booking either one of them for an upcoming event or for display, please contact Andie Shabbar (andie13@yorku.ca), production and distribution assistant, and copy me at dbarndt@yorku.ca.

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JUST RELEASED: UNIONS, EQUITY AND THE PATH TO RENEWAL

Editors: Janice Foley and Patricia Baker

Trade unions in Canada are losing their traditional support base, and membership numbers could sink to US levels unless unions recapture their power. Advancing equity within an increasingly diverse membership has been identified as one important step in the union renewal process. This book shows that equity within unions is not simply one path among many — it is the path to union renewal.

Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal brings together a distinguished group of union activists and equity scholars to document how traditional union cultures, practices, and structures have eroded solidarity and activism and created an equity deficit in Canadian unions. Informed by a feminist vision of unions as instruments of social justice — and by an appreciation of the decades-long effort by labour and feminist activists to build union democracy, solidarity, and strength — the contributors propose the changes needed to encourage member participation and to reposition organized labour as a central institution in workers’ lives.

University of British Columbia Press, 2009. For more information or to order: http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299172753

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FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE TO POETIC JUSTICE: UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION

* Do you look at the world and feel that things need to change?
* Do you watch the news everyday in sadness and despair waiting for that one news item that would give you hope for the world you live in?
* Do you publicly laugh at beauty queens talking about world peace but secretly hope for the same?

Then come join The Transformative Learning Centre at OISE in observance of the UN International Day of Peace as we read, exhibit, and compose poems for peace. The Centre invites all those interested to come out and compose a peace poem or bring a poem/quote for peace from diverse traditions around the world. Everyone is invited!

Monday September 21, 2009
12:00 to 3 pm
7th Floor Peace Lounge
OISE, 252 Bloor St. W (at St. George)

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A NIGHT ON WATER JUSTICE: FILM AND DISCUSSION

with Susan Koppelman and Shawn Brant

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Koffler Auditorium, Room 108
569 Spadina Avenue, just north of College

First Nations peoples in Canada, and Palestinians, are facing similar challenges and systemic discrimination in obtaining their basic water needs. Join us for an evening of film screening and discussion on the challenges to obtain equity and justice in access to water, on how different communities are mobilising to obtain this basic right, and on how we can develop effective solidarity for these causes.

Organizers:  Bike Chain, GSU Social Justice Committee, Greenpeace, Science for Peace, the Really Free Market, Trinity College, Streets are for People, UTERN, OCAA, UTSU
Endorsers: OPIRG Toronto, SAIA

For more information:
http://www.opirguoft.org/index.php?cmd=ShowData&section=4&subsection=14&type=3

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2009 MAYTREE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – TELLING STORIES; CREATING CHANGE

Do stories matter to you and your organization?

Register now for the 2009 Maytree Leadership Conference – Telling Stories; Creating Change on Thursday, October 1.

This year’s Maytree Conference examines how organizational narrative and personal stories can become compelling and powerful catalysts for social change. John Cruikshank, publisher of the Toronto Star, kicks off the conference telling us why stories are so important to the media and what creates a story that “sticks.” Acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelofer Pazira closes the conference with the story of her own journey from Afghanistan to Canada and how she is rebuilding women’s lives in her native country.

You can choose from a range of workshops which give expert advice in the art of persuasion, communication and media skills, storytelling and much more.

Register now to avoid disappointment: http://www.maytree.com/training/2009-maytree-leadership-conference/registration

Become part of the conversation. Read our conference blog with daily posts on storytelling techniques, social change through storytelling, narrative as persuasion and other topics: http://www.maytree.com/2009-leadership-conference-blog/

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SYMPOSIUM – BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT: FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY

The symposium will bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to explore the ways in which the current economic and social crisis may provide opportunities to rethink how government, the non-profit sector and business can renew our social safety net for the 21st century. Ratna Omidvar, president of Maytree, will be one of the speakers.

Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New College, University of Toronto
Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

For more information and registration: http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/symposium.

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CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION TOUR AND INFORMATION SESSION – SEPTEMBER DATES!

September 24, 2009
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto

Are you interested in permanent or part-time work space at CSI? Are you curious about our model? Do you want to check out the space and learn more about ‘how we do what we do’?

Join us for our weekly Tour and Information Session! Every week, a member of our staff team will offer a brief tour and then answer any questions you have about the Centre, the work we do, and how you can get involved.

Visit our events list for a listing of times and additional dates: http://socialinnovation.ca/community/events/listing

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LABOUR RIGHTS WEBSITE: UFCW CANADA VS. WALMART

The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada created and has maintained an excellent labour rights website at http://www.walmartworkerscanada.ca for workers at Walmart stores.  It’s an excellent example of grass-roots organizing by using the internet. Supporters of the workers are urged to go to http://www.walmartworkerscanada.ca/freespeech to join them in sending protest letters to Walmart; they are also using Facebook to spread the word about their campaign.

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DO THE MATH!

The Stop Community Food Centre is engaged in grass-roots work in all their work.  An imaginative campaign to build support for the province to increase financial assistance for persons who receive inadequate assistance is to add a healthy food supplement to what people receive now. “Do the Math” is explained at http://dothemath.thestop.org/ to illustrate how much money is necessary for a person to live with dignity and in health.

Indeed, some people are meeting their own MPPs to “do the math” with them, and so lobby for change using the exercise to educate their MPP. Groups of people who want to do this can get help and advice from Jonah Schein at the Stop, and also they can inform Jonah afterwards how successful their meeting was. Jonah is available at (416) 652-7867 x235 or at civicengagement@thestop.org.

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LEARN AT WORK WEEK: THE POWER OF A COMMUNITY LEARNING NETWORK INSPIRING LEADERSHIP IN LEARNING INNOVATION

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
6:00pm Light lunch and refreshments
6:30pm-7:20pm Speaker introduction, presentation, and Q & A
7:20pm- Networking

Royal Canadian Legion, 10425 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(FREE parking; license plate number sign-in)

Price:
Member price: $25.00+GST
Non-Member price: $30.00+GST

Payment Method:
VISA/MasterCard/AMEX only

The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) Edmonton chapter invites you to attend an interactive learning and networking event during Learn @ Work Week – Sept 21-25/09.

The Community Learning Network (CLN) is a provincial not-for-profit organization that supports community adult learning by providing leadership, resources and connections to Alberta’s 81 Community Adult Learning Councils who assist adults in the areas of ESL, literacy, general interest courses and courses that support the work environment.

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CANADIAN INDEX OF WELLBEING (CIW) FRONT AND CENTER AS A PICTURE OF CANADIAN WELLBEING

Sept 15 – Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/695624

Sept 14 – National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=1992691

Sept 13 – Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/694584

Check out our website…
To find out more about the Institute, and look for our latest reports, please check out our website at http://www.ciw.ca. Everything produced by the Institute is available free of charge in both user-friendly and research-rich format.

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CANADIANS TO CLEAR UP HEALTH CARE MYTHS FOR AMERICANS
rabble.ca posts U.S. health care page debunking myths and posting health care testimonials

TORONTO – In the wake of President Obama’s health care speech, rabble.ca is asking Canadians to weigh in on the American health care debate by providing testimonials on a new section of their website that can be found at: http://rabble.ca/issues/healthcareUSA.

rabble.ca’s new “Health Care USA” section presents some simple facts about Canadian health care, links to resources on single-payer for Americans and testimonials from Canadians from all walks of life on the Canadian health system.

“Canadians are shocked and even angry that their health-care system, what we call ‘Medicare’, has been used to frighten Americans trying to make up their minds. Some of what has been said about our Medicare system are outright falsehoods, like the claim that we can’t choose our own doctors or that government ‘bureaucrats’ can deny us needed treatment,” said rabble Senior Contributing Editor Murray Dobbin. “These falsehoods would be laughable were it not for the fact that Americans might abandon the opportunity for excellent, less expensive health care because they believe these stories,” Dobbin said.

rabble will be posting testimonials from ordinary Canadians who have used our system and from the professionals, doctors, nurses, and administrators who provide the service.

rabble.ca is Canada’s most popular source of independent news and views, and features original news, opinion, book reviews, podcasts and live and pre-recorded video exploring issues facing Canadians. rabble.ca is in its 9th year of providing 100% free news content to Canadians.  rabble is a non-profit, community supported organization.

For more information contact:
Murray Dobbin, Contributing Senior Editor (604) 483-9667
Derrick O’Keefe, Editor (604) 803-6927
Kim Elliott, rabble.ca, Publisher (647) 477-8534
http://rabble.ca

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DOWN IN THE VALE: SUDBURY STEELWORKERS STRIKE AT VALE INCO

By Petra Veltri

For a valley so used to being torn up, spit out, and poisoned daily, everything is eerily quiet in and around Sudbury, Ontario these days. Beginning June 1st with a Vale Inco plant shutdown, that was then followed by a strike on July 13 when 3300 members of United Steelworkers of Canada (USW) Local 6500 rejected the concessionary demands of the Brazilian multinational subsidiary, the mines, smelter, mill, and refinery, and ‘superstack’ have all been closed. In addition, many mining supply and service companies are temporarily shuttered, idling thousands more usually employed in spin-off businesses.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/253.php

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO FORUM: IMPACTS OF SCHOOL CLOSURES ON CHILDREN AND COMMUNITIES

Friday, September 25
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Presenters:

* Dr. Ranu Basu, York University
* Dr. David Clandfield, University of Toronto
* Annie Kidder, People for Education

The forum will address issues of school closures and the impact on citizenship; the role public policy plays in determining school closures and the importance of community hubs; and the Toronto District School Board perspective from the Toronto Lands Corporation.

To register, click here: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/machform/view.php?id=1

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