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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 11th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

LATEST APCOL (ANTI-POVERTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND LEARNING – CSEW’S MAJOR PROJECT) NEWSLETTER ONLINE

The latest APCOL newsletter featuring updates on project activities as well as articles focused on community anti-poverty issues and activism can be found at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/apcol/Newsletter/index.html.

A new feature on the APCOL web site – an interactive Google map showing the neighbourhoods where APCOL is active with links to community sites. Check it out at http://www.apcol.ca/Activity_Map.html.

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WORKERS ASSEMBLY FOURTH COFFEEHOUSE – ANTI-CAPITALISM AND ELECTORAL POLITICS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Friday, December 17
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub (back room)
335 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Speakers:
– Mary-Jo Nadeau – Coordinating Committee, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid; university teacher and writer
– Ajamu Nangwaya – Labour, community and anti-racist activist
– Elizabeth Rowley – Communist Party electoral candidate in various federal elections, including 2004 and 2006

Join us to consider the politics of elections and the left. Following introductions from diverse perspectives, join us in a free-flowing discussion addressing strategy, points of unity and difference in our movements, and the potential of the GTWA in these discussions and actions.

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VOTE FOR J4MW (JUSTICIA FOR MIGRANT WORKERS) FOR LABOUR PHOTO OF THE YEAR!

Labour Start’s panel of judges comprised of David Bacon, Gretchen Donart and Mac Urata selected 5 photos that best captures workers’ struggles this year. And our Pilgrimage to Freedom is one of them!  Please take a moment to vote for the powerful picture on the left taken by Gerrardo Correa of our migrant brothers and sisters who led this historic action. Please distribute widely on your lists, twitter, Facebook and any online tools to spread the word far and wide.

Deadline for voting: Dec. 31, midnight

http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

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INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

December 18
3pm – 7pm
George Brown College, St. James Campus
290 Adelaide St. East
3rd Floor, Room 303 – Theatre

Join us in celebrating International Migrants Day, organized by a network of various migrant workers groups and allies.  Cultural performances through popular theatre, dance and music, mural painting, and photo exhibits will be the highlight of the celebration.

We will celebrate victories won, affirm the right of migrant workers to self-organize, and strengthen the bonds of solidarity with all workers. There will be a report back, through video, by delegates from the recently-concluded International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees held in Mexico City as well as photo exhibits of the Pilgrimage to Freedom last November.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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LAUNCHING THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011!

Thursday, January 20th
7 PM
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin, Toronto
416 588 0307 http://www.lulalounge.ca

with panel discussion with local contributors:
Greg Albo, Bryan Evans, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Doors open at 6, dinner and drinks available.

Sponsored by: York University Book Store, Fernwood Books, the Socialist Project, and the Socialist Register.

For more information please contact: fpeters@yorku.ca

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WORKSHOP – JANE FINCH ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: RAISING THE RATES & RESTORING THE SPECIAL DIET ALLOWANCE

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Black Creek Community Health Centre
2nd Floor, Yorkgate Mall
(Jane Street, north of Finch Ave.)

Childcare and TTC tickets available
Dinner will be served

All community residents, community workers and union members are invited to a workshop on:

Why raising the rate of social assistance should matter to all of us?
What can we do to restore the Special Diet Allowance?

Presentations by CUPE and OCAP

Social assistance rates are way below the poverty line, and it has remained virtually unchanged since 1995 where Mike Harris government slashed assistant rate by almost 22%.  People on social assistance are now about 40% to 50% worse off than those in 1995.  In addition, the McGuinty government has decided to restrict its $250 special diet allowance to social assistance recipients with a medically verified need for extra money for special diet. According to the Toronto Star, those with “ineligible” aliments (such as cardiovascular disease and impaired glucose tolerance) or hungry kids or no cash left when the rent is paid will be cut off.  Thousands of recipients will be affected by these changes.

Jane-Finch community has had one of the highest rates of application as well as denial of special diet allowance.

Social assistance rates need to be increased to the above poverty line and the Special Diet Allowance restored immediately.

Organized by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP)

In partnership with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

For more information, please contact janefinchactionagainstpoverty@gmail.com
or leave us a voicemail at 416-760-2677.

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NEWS & VIEWS

CORPORATE GREED IS ERODING FOUNDATIONS OF A JUST SOCIETY

by John Cartwright, Toronto Star

Not long ago, a wealthy stockbroker drives by nine men who have been locked out of their jobs at the First Canadian Place. He stops his luxury car, gets out, and utters the words that explain his attitude to their plight.

“The watch I’m wearing is worth more than you earn in a year. Get out of my way!”

(John Cartwright is President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.)

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/905536–corporate-greed-is-eroding-foundations-of-a-just-society

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NEW BOOK – REBEL RANK AND FILE

Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s, edited by Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow

The hidden story of the 1970s insurgency from below, against employers and bureaucrats.

From the mid-1960s to 1981, rank-and-file workers in the United States engaged in a level of sustained militancy not seen since the Great Depression and World War II. Millions participated in one of the largest strike waves in US history. There were 5,716 stoppages in 1970 alone, involving more than 3 million workers. Contract rejections, collective insubordination, sabotage, organized slowdowns, and wildcat strikes were the order of the day.

Read more: http://www.versobooks.com/books/282-rebel-rank-and-file

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FREE TRANSIT AND MOVEMENT BUILDING

by Rebecca Schein, The Bullet

The demonstrations surrounding the G20 summit in Toronto unfolded more or less as scripted. Demonstrators marched peacefully along a designated route through deserted downtown streets. A few people broke windows and set fire to abandoned police cars. Police made full use of their brand new riot gear and special legal powers. A thousand arrests. Denunciations of police lawlessness and brutality. Calls for a public inquiry. Denunciations of vandalism. Calls for solidarity. And of course, the perennial lament that the voices and messages of labour and civil society were lost in the clamor.

(Rebecca Schein teaches in the Human Rights Program at Carleton University.)

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/438.php

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ORGANIZING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

by Jill Hanley & Eric Shragge, Social Policy

Canada’s immigration system has been shifting towards the use of temporary foreign worker programs to respond to a business demand for a low paid, compliant labor force, a trend that can be observed across OECD countries. This form of migration puts workers at risk of abusive economic conditions and undermines the strength of the workers who are permanent residents. The conditions faced by these workers are at best difficult, with little legal protection in practice.

How can global south-to-north migrant workers defend themselves from abuse and have equal working conditions?

(Jill Hanley is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal. Eric Shragge teaches in the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal.)

Read more: http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php/component/content/article/4-latest-issue/370-organizing-temporary-foreign-workers

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OUR WORKING LIVES AFFECT OUR HEALTH

by The Wellesley Institute

Our working lives are an essential contributor to what keeps us healthy and what makes us sick. In this recent release, Work and Health: Exploring the impact of employment on health disparities, Sheila Block, the Wellesley Institute’s new Director of Economic Analysis, delves into the linkages between labour market policies, employment conditions, working conditions and health disparities.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/our-working-lives-affect-our-health/

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CANADA’S RICHEST 1% TAKING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

by Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives

A major report by CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan shows Canada’s richest 1% enjoy more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history.

The report looks at income trends over the past 90 years, revealing the richest 1% took 32% of all growth in incomes between 1997 and 2007 – the biggest piece of action any generation of Canadians has taken.

You have to go all the way back to the 1920s to find a similar trend, and even then, the richest 1% didn’t take so large a share of income.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/canadas-richest-1-taking-more-ever

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

ORGANIZED LABOR, NUCLEAR POWER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CANADIAN AND U.S. LABOR MOVEMENTS
Larry Savage and Dennis Soron
Labor Studies Journal published 8 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389746v1

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CULTURE AS STRUCTURE IN EMERGING CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS IN RUSSIA
Sarah Busse Spencer
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 29 November 2010  
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010384140v1

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CANADIAN AUTOWORKERS, THE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND THE CONTRADICTIONS OF SOCIAL
UNIONISM
Derek Hrynyshyn and Stephanie Ross
Labor Studies Journal published 29 November 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389747v1

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FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Spencer Moore
International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 55, Issue 6
http://www.springerlink.com/content/n24kj884563x27q2/fulltext.html

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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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Utopia?

DYSTOPIA: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

Dystopia: What is to be done? is an hour long documentary film available for free viewing and/or download and showing for educational purposes on the website: www.DystopiaFilm.com.  

It analyses a compendium of crises facing humanity – peak oil, climate change, pollution, disease. poverty, terrorism, war etc. – in terms of their complex causal inter-linkages and common framing and exacerbation within the global world economy.

The long time Marxist message that humanity faces a choice between (eco)socialism and barbarism is given a renewed urgency. The website in addition to the film contains a one minute trailer, a resources page and information about the book of the same title and it author.

Dr. Garry Potter

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Sociology

Wilfird Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario

Canada  N2L 3C5

gpotter@wlu.ca or garrypotter34@aol.com

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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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

A World To Win

‘WE’RE ALL MIDDLE CLASS NOW… AREN’T WE?’

Mon 1 Nov 2010, 18.30 – 20.00
Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6 / £4 concessions

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event113923.html

Commentators have been arguing about the role of class in determining life chances and life span for many years. In some ways the concept of class has become increasingly complex and fraught, until we see, for example, maps of the UK which show very different patterns of poverty, life and death.

This event will look at factors that shape our identities and lives, and ask how important class is.

The debate will be chaired by David Walker, Managing Director, Communications and Public Reporting, Audit Commissioner.

The speakers are:

Professor Fiona Devine, Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Professor John Hills, Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics, and

Lee Elliot Major, Research Director, Sutton Trust

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Bonuses for Some

THE COALITION SPENDING REVIEW AND LABOUR’S ALTERNATIVE

PUBLIC MEETING: The Coalition Spending Review and Labour’s Alternative

7-9pm Thursday 21 October
House of Commons, Committee Room 14, St. Stephen’s entrance.

Jon Cruddas MP, Frances O’Grady (Deputy General Secretary of the TUC), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Larry Elliott (The Guardian), Chair Aditya Chakrabortty (The Guardian)

Places are limited. Please register by emailing newpolecon@googlemail.com
Organised by the New Political Economy Network, Soundings and Compass, in association with The Guardian

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 4th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

EVENTS

VOICES OF DISSENT: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF POETRY OF RESISTANCE

Sept. 16-20
Toronto

Poets, artists, musicians and social activists will gather in various Toronto venues later this month to celebrate the boundless capacity of verse to resist oppression and create links among diverse communities. The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance will feature readings, roundtable discussions, musical performances and a special “festivalito” for children.

The festival will begin on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m. at the New Horizons Auditorium, 1140 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin), Toronto. It will continue until Monday, September 20 at various locations. The children’s “Festivalito” will take place on Friday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE SPEAKERS’ SERIES: SOCIAL STOCK MARKETS & IMPACT INVESTING

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 12-199
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With:
Adam Spence, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) @ MaRS
Annie Malhotra, Social Venture Exchange (SVX)

Adam Spence will discuss the practical development of impact investing in Canada, an investment approach aiming to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit.

Annie Malhotra will discuss the development of the social venture exchange (SVX) project and the work of ethical stock markets around the globe.

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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FREE TRANSIT STREET PARTY

Saturday, Oct. 2
1:00-4:00
In Christie Pits Park off Bloor St
(across the street from the Christie subway stop)

No Fare Is Fair!

Come to the park to celebrate the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA.

Food, music, puppets, entertainment and more.

For more info or to get involved contact: nofareisfair@gmail.com

A project of the GTWA: http://www.workersassembly.ca

Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147217141977827

Poster for October 2nd event (please copy and distribute):
http://www.workersassembly.ca/events/FreeTransit.pdf

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WORKING WITH GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUPS: LUNCH N’ LEARN

September 13, 2010
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation, 4th Floor, Alterna Savings Room
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Mario Tellez, Projects Coordinator of the Casa Canadiense Community Centre in Managua, Nicaragua will facilitate a discussion about the challenges and possibilities of working with community groups.  As the Projects Coordinator, Mario works closely with 10 grassroots community associations in Nicaragua to develop proposals, implement projects and effectively relay the stories of communities back to donors.  He is developing a capacity building program where representatives of community groups will work to improve their proposal writing skills.

If you want to discuss your experiences working with the grassroots and share ideas about what works, what doesn’t and how we can engage respectfully with partners, please attend!

To register: katie@pueblito.org

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CLIMATE REALITY: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JAMES HANSEN, NAOMI KLEIN & CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER

Wednesday, September 15
5:30-9:30
McMillan Theatre, University of Toronto
Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto

A public event on climate science and climate justice with the world’s foremost climate scientist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen; the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein and Indigenous Environmental Network’s Tar Sands Campaigner, Clayton Thomas-Muller. Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (U of T, Aboriginal Studies and Social Work).

5:30pm – 6:30pm Science presentation by James Hansen
6:30pm – 7:00pm Intermission
7:00pm – 8:45pm Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller, moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

Admission free.

Organized by:
The Centre for Global Change Science, U of T, http://www.cgcs.utoronto.ca/Page4.aspx

Science for Peace, http://www.scienceforpeace.ca

Contact: Science for Peace office, sfp@physics.utoronto.ca

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SUBURBAN UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY RESEARCH NETWORK MEETING

September 17
10am – noon
East Scarborough Storefront
4040 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto

On the agenda so far:
– follow up on the Mimico 20/20 plan and response
– other housing / anti-poverty initiatives?
– transit activism in East Scarborough and city wide
– municipal elections

Please feel free to make additions!

The August 16th meeting took place in South Etobicoke, hosted by LAMP and local area residents. We went on a walking tour of the community, guided by local residents, and learned about city hall’s vision for the area’s redevelopment and the implications for tenants. Some members of our network have undertaken research about the planning process in support of the residents and will provide an update in September.

For more information, contact Deb Cowen at: deb.cowen@utoronto.ca

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UNION ACTION WITHOUT BORDERS: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, 23 September 2010
HEC Montreal
Cote-Sainte-Catherine Bldg.
3000 Cote-Sainte Catherine Avenue
Montreal, PQ

The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) in collaboration with CISO, CSQ, CSN and FTQ is organizing a symposium on international trade union action. Its purpose is to assess the different initiatives undertaken by labour unions at various levels, be it local, national and international.

This important Symposium will tackle a variety of contemporary relevant issues. What tools and resources are available to unions? How can we build a dialogue between northern and southern countries? How can we enhance workers’ awareness with respect to international trade unionism? How can these actions improve the working conditions here in Canada and abroad? These are some of the questions to be discussed among participants during plenary sessions and workshops.

For more info: http://www.crimt.org/uawb.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

PRIVATE SECTOR IS NOT HELPING ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Tepid GDP numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada confirm that Canada’s economic recovery, such as it was, is sliding completely into the ditch. We’re clearly heading for stagnation at best, and quite possibly another “double dip” downturn.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/09/private-sectors-continuing-failure-lead-economic-recovery  

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NON-UNION HOSPITAL STAFF FORCED TO TAKE TWO YEARS OF ZEROES. AN INCENTIVE FOR UNIONIZATION?

by Doug Allan, leftwords

The Toronto Star reports: “Thousands of Ontario nurses who work at …non-unionized hospitals complain they’re getting the cold shoulder from Premier Dalton McGuinty’s public sector pay freeze.”

While the non-union RNs are in the midst of a government imposed two year wage freeze, unionized RNs got pay increases April 1, as per their collective agreement. “I don’t know why they’re doing this to us,” non-union RN Julia Fisher said. “The government has created a two-tier pay schedule. We’re being penalized.”

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

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ON MLK’S DAY, UNIONS, CONSERVATIVES RALLY FOR JOBS, JUSTICE—HONOR?

by Tiffany Ten Eyck, Labor Notes

Forty-seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the words “I have a dream” to an overflow crowd on the Washington Mall, August 28 still has resonance for civil rights activists, the union movement, and, now, the Tea Party?

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/09/mlks-day-unions-conservatives-rally-jobs-justice-honor

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POLICE MADE MISTAKES IN G20 TACTICS, CHIEF ADMITS FOR FIRST TIME

By Kate Allen, Globe & Mail

Acknowledgment comes on heels of raft of complaints, lawsuits, inquiries into police actions during June weekend.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/police-made-mistakes-in-g20-tactics-chief-admits-for-first-time/article1694815/

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NEW BOOK ON THE GLOBAL WORKING CLASS: “LIVE WORKING OR DIE FIGHTING”

Paul Mason’s “Live Working or Die Fighting” is one of the most important books to come out about the international labour movement in recent years.  It’s just come out in paperback and it’s LabourStart’s book of the month for September.

Live Working or Die Fighting is a two-hundred year story of the global working class and its many struggles for justice. The stories in the book come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals: child laborers in Charles Dickens’ England, visionary women on the barricades of Paris, gun-toting railway strikers in America’s Wild West, and beer-swilling German metalworkes who tried to stop the First World War. It is a story of urban slums, self-help cooperatives, choirs and brass bands, free love, and self-education by candlelight. And in the developing industrial economies of the world, it is still with us.

To learn more about it and to order your copies, visit https://ssl30.pair.com/unionist/ccp51/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?rrc=N&pg=prod&ref=workclass&affl=labourstart  

Remember that every copy you order helps support LabourStart’s campaigning activities; for more info about LabourStart, visit http://www.labourstart.org/

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REPORT: WORKING AS ALLIES

by Jen Margaret, Auckland Workers Educational Association

A critical dimension of social justice struggles is the work of the people who support those more directly affected by a particular justice issue, the work of allies. This report documents learning from a visit, made possible with support from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to North America in May 2010 to meet with people who are working as allies supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples and/or undertaking anti-racism work. In 15 separate meetings I met with 18 people who were working in a range of contexts that included Indigenous studies programmes in universities, community organisations, church and human rights organisations. I also had email discussions with a number of people with whom it was not possible to meet face to face.

Read the full report: http://awea.org.nz/sites/default/files/Jen_Margaret_Working_as_Allies_2010.pdf
Resources for working as allies: http://awea.org.nz/allies_resources

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

MIND THE GAP: SCHOOL LEAVER ASPIRATIONS AND DELAYED PATHWAYS TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Author: Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23, Issue 4 September
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a926503481~frm=titlelink
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HEALTH LEARNING AND ADULT EDUCATION: IN SEARCH OF A THEORY OF PRACTICE
Sandra R. Schecter and Jacqueline Lynch
Adult Education Quarterly published 27 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380438
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610380438v

IS ANY JOB BETTER THAN NO JOB? LIFE SATISFACTION AND RE-EMPLOYMENT
Carola Grün, Wolfgang Hauser and Thomas Rhein
Journal of Labor Research,Volume 31, Number 3, 285-306
http://www.springerlink.com/content/7x18u6642w15g634/

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JOB POSTINGS

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, TORONTO – INTERNSHIP

Wanna be an agent for change? Are you ready to change the world? Crazy creative? Love helping people? Juiced by turning wild ideas into action? And have a little extra time to invest in your future?

The Centre for Social Innovation is offering a world-changing opportunity to trade your time and energy for our expertise, networks and free office space! Warning: We have no money! This isn’t a paying gig.

The deal: your time & positive energy = free office space, ideas and networks

The Centre for Social Innovation is looking for up to fifteen incredible people to participate in a four month agents of change pilot program.

You get trained up in a community animation intensive.  Then you give your time as a community animator for free office space — 1 day per week of your time = 60 hours/month of hot desking. The program runs from October 1, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

More info: http://socialinnovation.ca/internship

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CANVASSERS, F/T, TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE, TORONTO ON

TEA is recognized locally and nationally for our municipal work on smog, waste reduction, pesticides, transit, Greenbelt protection, energy efficiency and green power — issues we believe are critical to the health and well-being of Toronto residents. Our collaborations with the community (eg. community groups, local labour groups, small businesses, anti-poverty groups) are cherished and key to our past and future successes.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has exciting opportunities for
environmentally minded, articulate, and passionate individuals.

TEA is currently hiring front line campaign positions. The job gives you the opportunity to go door to door and talk to the public about some of Toronto’s key environmental issues. Give yourself the chance to really make a difference in our community.

The job hours are from 2pm – 10pm, Monday through Friday. Starting pay is $410 a week for full-time.

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

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FOODSHARE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, TORONTO

Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2010, 5pm

FoodShare Toronto is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our dynamic and passionate team.

Reporting to the Fundraising and Communications Manager, this position will support all of FoodShare’s communications activities and the creation of all of our communications materials for our diverse stakeholders including customers, program participants, community members, partners, donors, policy makers, educators, the general public and more. More specifically, the Communications Coordinator will take responsibility for assuring that brand standards and guidelines are maintained, that the FoodShare website and social media channels are fresh and up-to-date, and will assist with media relations and event coordination.

For more info: http://www.foodshare.net/upcomingjobs-CommCoord.htm
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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 21st AUGUST 2010

 

 

EVENTS

ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL

It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate Latin American Arts in Canada with the 2010 Allende Arts Festival in Toronto from September 10th-25th

More info: http://www.allendefestival.com/2010-festival.html

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CONFERENCE: WHO BELONGS? RIGHTS, BENEFITS, OBLIGATIONS AND IMMIGRATION STATUS

Thu Sep 23–Sat Sep 25, 2010
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
84 Queen’s Park

In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, an individual’s immigration status may play a significant role in determining how various rights, benefits and obligations are allocated.  This is true for the allocation of various social benefit programs, employment opportunities, and legal and democratic rights.  The principal aim of this conference is to explore the consequences of the differential access to rights, benefits and obligations on the basis of immigration status, and provide a framework to assist in analyzing how these distinctions should be made.

Sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto.

More info: http://ccla.org/get-involved/events/immigrationconference/

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INCLUSIVE EDUCATION INSTITUTE: BEST PRACTICES FOR ONTARIO’S EQUITY & INCLUSIVE EDUCATION STRATEGY

August 24–26, 2010
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Ontario has embarked on a bold plan to become the best publicly funded education system in the world, and inclusion is a foundation of the delivery of high-quality instruction for all learners. Leadership, and leaders with vision, are critical to bringing the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy to life in schools and school boards. Join other system leaders and educators from across Ontario to share best practices.

More info: http://animaleadership.com/what-we-offer/Our-Services/Inclusive-Education-Institute

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SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS TORONTO SCREENING OF HOME SAFE TORONTO

August 26, 2010
6:00 pm-9:00 pm (film screening at 6:45 pm)
CAMERA Bar
1028 Queen St. West, Toronto

Free for Social Venture partners; $15 for non-partners. Bring your teen and adult children

Light supper provided; cash bar

Laura Sky, the producer and a distinguished local documentary filmmaker, will attend. Home Safe Toronto reveals how close homelessness is to many hard-working, hopeful Torontonians. Their stories will open our eyes and hearts, and ideally inspire a new determination to end homelessness in Canada.

More info: http://www.svptoronto.org/

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW SPECIAL LABOUR DAY ISSUE

Our Times’ special Labour Day edition will be heading to press shortly.

In this issue, journalist Lisa Walter, who covered the summit events for Our Times, shares the diary of her G20 arrest and detention. We’ll also report on LabourStart’s first-ever global solidarity conference, and Bob Barnetson discusses child labour on Alberta farms. Plus, Our Times’s exciting new series “Working Papers,” by graduates of the Labour College of Canada, begins with Fred Sinclair. And actor Kathleen Laskey, who plays Barbara Strange on the much-loved TV show “Being Erica,” talks about a typical working day on set.

We’ll have a review of the book Pubs, Pulpits and Prairie Fire, stunning poetry from the streets of the summit, our scintillating regular columns, and much more.

More info: http://www.ourtimes.ca/index.php

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URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS, 2010 RACE RELATIONS AWARDS

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations celebrates their 35th Anniversary at our 2010 Awards Dinner on Thursday,  September 30, 2010. At this time, the UARR will be honouring two (2) individuals who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to anti-racism in the community.  The award nominees must have:

– Worked as a volunteer and/or as staff beyond one identifiable community in the field of race relations and anti-racism
– Conducted this service for a minimum of five years in the Greater Toronto Area

Nominations will be considered by a subcommittee of the board of directors of UARR.

Please submit nominations before September 6th, 2010. A submission from individuals or from organizations is easy:  name the nominee and the reason for your nomination. Please include your own name (or organizational representation) and your contact information for follow-up.

Do it today! Send to: Info@urbanalliance.ca, or fax to: 416.703.4415 or mail to:
Nominations, UARR, 302 Spadina Avenue, Suite 507, Toronto, M5T 2E7

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SYMPOSIUM – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 24, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, wheelchair accessible

In Toronto, a variety of organizations and individuals, from Cabinet Ministers to Mayoral candidates, from Boards of Education to staunch critics of the educational status quo, have been promoting the concept of schools as community hubs. On Friday, September 24, we will have an opportunity to bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to continue that conversation, exploring the diverse visions for schools in community, the barriers which exist to progress, and the opportunities which currently exist to make progress toward a reality in which schools are at the heart of their communities.

More info: http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=a8f54eab94acd8c455bb09550&id=17da949e70&e=bd9e77ec33#3

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LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS COALITION (LATUC) INAUGURAL CONVENTION

Sept. 10-12, 2010
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil St., Toronto

LATUC encourages all Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in our First Constitutional Convention.

Registration: $100 – unionized worker, $25 – non-unionized worker, $10 – students/seniors/unemployed

More info: http://www.latuc.ca/

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NEWS & VIEWS

PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS TO BE MADE PUBLIC AFTER DECISION OF B.C. INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

Precedent ends years of secrecy ended for multi-million dollar details between government and Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro for hospital support services.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/compass/privatization-contracts-public-decision

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OPSEU MEMBERS STRIKE DURING WAGE FREEZE CONSULTATIONS

In the midst of the first two weeks of consultations over the Ontario government’s proposed compensation freeze, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have begun a strike for a first contract at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)… All public sector workers have an interest in a successful strike here.   

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

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REPORT: THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY POST-RECESSION

Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor… if past recessions are any guide, between 750,000 and 1.8 million more Canadians will be counted as poor before recovery is complete.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/problem-poverty-post-recession

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IS THE LABOR MOVEMENT SPEAKING FOR ITS FEMALE MEMBERS?

Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO’s Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women’s organization in the country… Why, then, did the AFL-CIO refuse to assume a position on the health care reform bill negotiated earlier this year which restricts women from using health insurance plans toward the cost of abortions?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-elk/is-the-labor-movement-spe_b_689251.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing  sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/affordable-housing-news/new-report-precarious-housing-in-canada-2010/

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CAPITALIST CRISIS, RADICAL RENEWAL? AN INTERVIEW WITH LEO PANITCH, SAM GINDIN, AND GREG ALBO

Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch all teach political economy at York University in Toronto and are the authors of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, published by PM Press. Panitch and Albo are co-editors of the Socialist Register, while Gindin for many years was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/398.php

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BILL 68: WORKERS FORCED TO SETTLE FOR LESS

Changes to Employment Standards under Bill 68 = more barriers for workers

Under Bill 68 “Open for Business,” the government is introducing changes to Employment Standards that are a huge step backward for workers. Instead of cracking down on bad bosses, Bill 68 will create more barriers for workers, while making it easier for employers to avoid paying what they are required to by law.

Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/
   
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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

PLANNING IDEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: CHARLES WHITNALL’S PROGRESSIVE ERA PARK DESIGNS FOR SOCIALIST MILWAUKEE
Lorne A. Platt
Journal of Urban History published 3 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374016
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374016v1

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THE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS OF AUTOGESTIÓN IN ARGENTINA’S WORKER-RECUPERATED ENTERPRISES: COOPERATIVELY REORGANIZING PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN HARD TIMES
Marcelo Vieta
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 295-321
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/3/295

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SERVICE LABOR AND SYMBOLIC POWER: ON PUTTING BOURDIEU TO WORK
Jeffrey J. Sallaz
Work and Occupations 2010;37 295-319
http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/37/3/295

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UNDERSTANDING CONSTRAINTS ON NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TACTICS IN TIMES OF RECESSION
Brent Never
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 5 August 2010    http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378357v1

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JOB POSTINGS

RFA – PILOT EVALUATION – WOMEN’S HEALTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Ontario Women’s Health Network is seeking an evaluator to assess the pilot of the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The contract period for this position is from September 7 – November 1, 2010. The deadline for applications is August 24, 2010 at 1pm.

Program Background: The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) was recently awarded a grant from Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario to provide the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The program will be offered over the coming three years and will seek to reach women participants from all over Ontario. The program will be offered in three levels and will support the development of women and their leadership capacity, including in relation to increasing women’s ability to reflect critically on sex and gender and how to promote gender-related advancements in the health system.

More info: http://www.owhn.on.ca/OWHN%20RFA_Pilot%20Evaluation.doc

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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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Unemployment

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd AUGUST 2010

 

EVENTS

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Women of Diverse Origins and the International Coordinating body invites you to register now for the Montreal International Women’s Conference taking place:

August 13-16, 2010
7400 St. Laurent
Montreal, QC

Women from around the world will gather under the theme: For a Global Militant Women’s Movement in the 21st Century!  They will review the last 100 years of the women’s movement, honour its pioneers and draw up an action plan to advance the movement, with the forming of an International Women’s Alliance.

At a time when wars and violence against women are raging, as inequalities and social injustice reign and the systemic crisis continues, it is time more than ever to unite in a movement that brings together women of all races and cultures with an international perspective, to oppose war and promote human progress and social justice. The event will bring in delegates from all over the world: workers and intellectuals, women from the peasantry and farmers. youth, indigenous women, immigrants, refugees and displaced persons and anti-imperialist activists. Please see our internet site for some of the bbiographies of speakers.

For more information and to register: http://miwc2010.wordpress.com/

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ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION – HEALTH ACTION ASSEMBLY & CONFERENCE ON HEALTH FUNDING AND SUSTAINABILITY

Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Bond Place Hotel
55 Dundas St. East, Toronto

Each year, the OHC invites our members and supporters to come together to plan strategy to deal with upcoming issues. Each local coalition is strongly encouraged to send one or two representatives at minimum. All our member groups and individual members are also encouraged to attend.

Health Action Assembly: Updates on key issues including hospital cuts and restructuring, protecting rural access to care, long term care funding/inspections/regulations changes, retirement homes, homecare, primary health care, P3s and privatization. Participate in strategy-setting session. This year will lead into the provincial election, so it is particularly important.

Conference on Health Funding and Sustainability: The newswaves reverberate with repeated stories about out-of-control health costs. Cuts, endless restructuring and delisting are justified using the funding crisis. But a closer look at the numbers shows a different story. It is time that those who want to protect our local public health care services fight back. This conference will provide the information and we will set a strategy to topple the myth of health care unsustainability.

For more info and to register: http://www.web.net/ohc/

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CONFERENCE –  NEW SOLUTIONS @ 20 GREENING THE WORKPLACE: PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIES

September 25, 2010
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Brooklyn College Graduate Center
25 Broadway 7th floor, New York City

New Solutions, a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, will celebrate 20 years of publication with a one day conference in collaboration with the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education.
For more info and to register: http://www.regonline.com/greening_the_workplace

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NEWS & VIEWS

INFORMATION BLACKOUT

The Caledon Institute reacted quickly to the census long form controversy with a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail, published on July 9. Caledon decried not only the federal government’s appalling decision to replace the mandatory census long form with a voluntary and thus flawed version.

Two additional invaluable sources of data have fallen victim to Ottawa’s one-D ideology glasses – Social Security Statistics: Canada and Provinces and PALS (the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, the most important source of information on Canadians with disabilities).

http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/897ENG.pdf

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MORE “FREE TRADE” – THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA)

Have you heard of CETA?  It’s the latest “free-trade” deal which the government is negotiating with the European Union.  There is an interesting 4-page comic produced by the Trade Justice Network, which explains why we should be concerned about it.

http://www.canadians.org/trade/documents/CETA/CETA_ten.pdf

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JONESING FOR A SLUMP? AUSTERITY IN THE FACE OF WEAKNESS

by Doug Henwood, The Bullet

Having successfully avoided depression through a massive, largely coordinated, stimulus program, the world bourgeoisie now looks ready to reverse it – some because they think it a success, and others because they think it was a failure. This is a very dangerous business.

Abroad, the austerity party is led by Germany, with some neighbouring allies, whose approach to the Eurocrisis is to put the depressed periphery through the wringer and cut budgets modestly at home. So far, the German economy has been holding up well, and German capital seems not to fear a hit to exports coming from a deep recession at the fringes of Europe.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/397.php

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NEW POOL OF CHEAP LABOUR — SENIORS

by Carol Goar, Toronto Star

In a Toronto Star column, Carol Goar says that more and more seniors are working in low-paying jobs because they have debts, modest savings, and no workplace pension.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/842180–goar-new-pool-of-cheap-labour-seniors

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AN INCOME SECURITY REVIEW: WHY IT MATTERS

The Income Security Advocacy Council (ISAC) has just published a Backgrounder on the recommendation to move from a Social Assistance Review to an Income Security Review.

This recommendation was made by the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council, which was appointed by government to advise on the scope and mandate of a review of OW and ODSP.

The broader scope of the recommendations could have many positive implications for low-income people in Ontario – if the provincial government decides to adopt this broader and bolder vision. That’s why the Backgrounder includes a call for people to contact the Premier to push for a bolder, broader review, and to immediately increase the incomes of people on OW and ODSP.

The direct link to the Backgrounder is here: http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/IncomeSecurityReviewbackgrounder.pdf  

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NEW VOICES SUMMER 2010 NOW AVAILABLE

The Mennonite New Life Centre is glad to present the new issue of New Voices.

New Voices is a bi-annual publication featuring articles written by internationally trained journalists and immigrant writers. Our contributors explore the political and social factors that affect the lives of immigrants and refugees, expose injustices and propose solutions.

The summer edition 2010 focuses on civic participation, community organizing experiences and the upcoming Toronto municipal elections.

http://www.mnlct.org/story/newsletter/MNLC_NewVoices_Summer2010.pdf

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NEW BOOK – SOLIDARITY ECONOMY I: BUILDING ALTERNATIVES FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET

Another world is not just possible. It is being built. So many of us wish for something more—an economy we can feel a part of, not that makes us feel like a disposable cog in a soulless machine. That something exists and it’s called the Solidarity Economy. This kind of economy starts from entirely different premises than those of the ruling model of neoliberal capitalism which enshrines individualism, competition, materialism, accumulation, and the maximization of profits and growth.

The solidarity economy by contrast seeks the well being of people and planet. It holds at its core these principles: solidarity, equity in all dimensions, sustainability, participatory democracy, and pluralism. This book is about vision and hope. It provides many examples of real solutions in a wide array of sectors. These practices are currently too isolated from one another. The task of the solidarity economy is to bring these practices together to build a whole and humane economy that works for people and planet.

Purchase Solidarity Economy I: Building Alternatives for People and Planet with 15% off with coupon code BEACHREAD305 at: http://www.lulu.com/product/11379276?cid=071810_en_email_BEACHREAD305

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

TOWARD A NEW POLITICAL ECONOMY FOR THE U.S.
Ron Baiman
Review of Radical Political Economics published 30 July 2010
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613410378001v2

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INDIVIDUAL QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG AT RISK INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN AUSTRALIA
Richard D. Chenhall, Kate Senior, David Cole, Teresa Cunningham & Ciaran O’Boyle
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 5 Number 3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/9771x3122221227t/

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ARE PRIVATE GOVERNMENT, THE NONPROFIT SECTOR, AND CIVIL SOCIETY THE SAME THING?
Stuart C. Mendel
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 717-733
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/4/717

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THE STATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONISM: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Marick F. Masters, Robert R. Albright & Ray Gibney
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 22 Number 3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/y6v7417644411lx2/

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CSEW’S MANDATE:

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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th JULY 2010

EVENTS

THE END OF POVERTY? – A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

July 22
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Hart House, U of T, East Common Room
7 Kings College Circle
Toronto, ON

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced… labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.

More info: http://www.theendofpoverty.com/

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RED IS THE NEW GREEN: MARX’S ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

Wednesday, July 21
6-8 pm
Admission: $7 or pay what you can
Bloor Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. West
Toronto

More info: foundationforsocialeconomics@gmail.com

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THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP

Workshop on processing the events of the G20 meeting, with Naomi Tessler.

Wednesday, July 21
7 pm
Admission: $15 ($7 sliding scale)
Friends House
60 Lowther Ave.
Toronto

More info: peaceworks@primus.ca

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HOTEL WORKERS RISING: MAKE HISTORY ON JULY 22!

Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations. In 15 cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, hotel workers will be demonstrating their unity and their determination to fight for respect in an industry dominated by wealthy multinational companies that continue cutting jobs and trying to squeeze more from workers.

Thursday, July 22
5:00pm
Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St. W (at Peter)
Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St.

More info: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/update.php?city_id=160

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COCAL (COALITION OF CONTINGENT ACADEMIC LABOR) IX CONFERENCE

August 13-15, 2010
Université Laval
Québec City, PQ

The host for the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL IX) will be the Syndicat des chargées et chargés de cours de l’Université Laval (SCCCUL) which is affiliated with the Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN).

COCAL is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. We are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.

More info: http://cocalinternational.org/events.html

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NEWS & VIEWS

$16 BILLION FOR THE WRONG PLANES

Michael Byers, Toronto Star

On Friday, Defence Minister Peter MacKay made it official, publicly committing Canadian taxpayers to a $16 billion deal for the purchase and maintenance of 65 F-35s.

The contract will not be put out for tender because the Harper government has determined that only one plane fits its operational requirements. Or, more accurately, the Harper government has drawn up the operational requirements to exclude everything but the F-35.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/836959–16-billion-for-the-wrong-planes

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WALL STREET IS LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT

Zach Carter, Alternet

Wall Street has been caught laundering massive amounts of drug money. So why isn’t anybody being punished?

http://www.alternet.org/economy/147564/wall_street_is_laundering_drug_money_and_getting_away_with_it/
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HOTEL WORKERS TRAINING FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN 15 CITIES

John Wojcik, People’s World

More than 1,000 cooks, dishwashers and housekeepers are taking an unusual detour on their way home from work this week. They are stopping off at two-hour training sessions where their union is preparing them to carry out nonviolent civil disobedience on July 22 at Hyatt hotels in 15 cities.

http://peoplesworld.org/hotel-workers-training-for-civil-disobedience-in-15-cities/

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IMMIGRANT WORKERS AT NON-UNION CHICKEN PLANT STOP WORK OVER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

Francisco Risso, Labor Notes

Chicken processing workers stopped the line for an hour at the Case Farms plant in Morganton, North Carolina, over dangerous and abusive conditions.

The remarkable wildcat action, in late April, won the non-union and largely immigrant workforce several gains—including an all-important decrease in line speed—which they have preserved.

http://www.labornotes.org/2010/07/immigrant-workers-non-union-chicken-plant-stop-work-over-dangerous-conditions

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THE G20 DEBACLE: WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE LOOKED LIKE INSIDE THE FENCE

Justin Podur, The Bullet

Consolidation and free trade, which serve the western members of the G20 better than its big, poor members, are the substantial commitments of the declaration. Both sets of policies have proven immensely unpopular where they have been imposed. To defend them, like defending the summits, governments have turned to police forces and fear.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/380.php

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VIDEO – BARGAINING IN AN ERA OF WAGE RESTRAINT: RE-THINKING STRATEGIES FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR

with:

– Sam Gindin, Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto and active with the Toronto Workers’ Assembly.
–  Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario.

http://socialistproject.ca/lists/lt.php?id=cUpXCQQGBwNFAQIGGglZAQ%3D%3D

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ONLINE ARTICLES

PLEASURE AND MEANING: THE TWO FOUNDATIONS OF HAPPINESS
Jiyun Wu
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 5, Number 1 / March, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/f907hm8l124x8262/

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ON THE MODERN MEANING OF PHILANTHROPY
Marty Sulek
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 193-212
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/2/193

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF LIFELONG LEARNING (ED. PETER JARVIS)
Miriam Zukas
Vocations and Learning, Volume 3, Number 1 / April, 2010
http://www.springerlink.com/content/g09141500562q2k8/

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FAILING YOUNG PEOPLE? EDUCATION AND ASPIRATIONS IN A DEPRIVED COMMUNITY
S. Sinclair, J.H. McKendrick, and G. Scott
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 2010;5 5-20
http://esj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/1/5

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STEPPING UP, STEPPING BACK: WOMEN ACTIVISTS ‘TALK UNION’ ACROSS GENERATIONS
Berger-Marks Foundation, 2010
http://www.bergermarks.org/resources/SteppingUpSteppingBack.pdf

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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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The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Work, work, work

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Work, work, work

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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Karl Marx

MARXIST PERSPECTIVES ON IRISH SOCIETY

 

“The worst about the Irish is that they become corruptible as soon as they stop being peasants and turn bourgeois” – Engels to Marx, Sept 27, 1869.

Call for Papers
Marxist Perspectives on Irish Society

The Limerick Marxist Reading Group is to hold its first annual conference October 22nd – 23rd 2010 at the University of Limerick. We are seeking papers that offer Marxist perspectives on any aspect of modern Ireland, particularly those dealing with:
• Ireland and the World System
• Partition, Religious Sectarianism, the Peace Process
• The Labour Movement
• The Capitalist State
• Community Activism
• Racism
• Church and State
• Publicly Funded Education
• National and International Capital
• Civil Disobedience and Social Control
• The Capitalist Media
• Cultural Politics
• Public/Private Partnerships
• Children in State and Religious Institutions
• The Role of Finance Capital
• Unemployment, Poverty, Inequality
• Ecology, Environmentalist Movements
• Gender Inequality
• FDI Dependent Development
• Ireland’s Experience of Boom and Bust
• Emigration, Immigration
• Rights of LGBT Community
• Ideological Change in Ireland
• Language, Literature
• Socialist and Left Currents
• Minority Rights

Deadline for abstracts: July 30, 2010.

All proposals to be sent to limerickmarxistreadinggroup@live.ie

Please note that it is the intention of the committee to publish selected conference proceedings in some form. Successful contributors may be asked to resubmit their conference paper as a referenced article.
Submissions of proposals should include:

• Paper title
• Presenter’s name and contact information, institution, research 
interests and a short 50 word
biography.
• Brief abstract (no more than 500 words)

All paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.
Organised by the Limerick Marxist Reading Group – further details available at: http://limerickmarxistreadinggroup.webs.com

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The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Work, work, work

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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 27th JUNE 2010

VIDEO: WHAT BIG MEDIA IGNORED: 25,000 PEACEFULLY DEMONSTRATE AGAINST G20 POLICIES IN TORONTO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mL46t8H4oU

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THE TORONTO G20 RIOT FRAUD: UNDERCOVER POLICE ENGAGED IN PURPOSEFUL PROVOCATION AT TAX PAYERS’ EXPENSE

by Terry Burrows, Global Research

Toronto is right now in the midst of a massive government / media propaganda fraud. As events unfold, it is becoming increasingly clear that the ‘Black Bloc’ are undercover police operatives engaged in purposeful provocations to eclipse and invalidate legitimate G20 citizen protest by starting a riot. Government agents have been caught doing this before in Canada.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUR20100627&articleId=19928

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THE G8 FAILS ITS OWN TEST

Editorial, The Toronto Star

Canada pledged a credible $1.1 billion in new funds over five years for Harper’s signature “Muskoka Initiative” to improve maternal and child health care…But the recession-battered G8 as a group responded feebly, mustering only $5 billion over five years. That is barely a fifth of what the United Nations reckons would be their fair share if they were determined to make a real difference…This is a shabby performance for a rich club that generates close to $40 trillion in wealth, and prides itself on the belief that “its collective will can be a powerful catalyst for sustainable change and progress,” as the communiqué put it. By that grandiose measure, the G8 failed its own leadership test.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/829105–the-g8-fails-its-own-test

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PUNISHMENT PARK: AN EYEWITNESS REPORT OF POLICE VIOLENCE IN EAST TORONTO

by Chris Webb, Canadian Dimension

This morning I gathered with a group of friends and comrades in Jimmie Simpson park on Queen Street East. We were small in our numbers because many organizers had been arrested and are currently being held in a large detention facility at 629 Eastern Avenue. Our intention was to provide support, food, water and transport to those who were released from the detention centre…The message and intent of the march was one of peace, solidarity and justice.

http://canadiandimension.com/blog/3115/

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VIDEO: YORK UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR DAVID McNALLY TALKS TO THE CBC’S CAROLE MACNEIL ABOUT BLACK BLOC TACTICS AND ANARCHISTS

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1531407713

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THE HARPER PLAN FOR A GLOBAL DEPRESSION

by James Laxer, rabble.ca

If the U.S. and other major countries slam the brakes on government spending, the world will be pushed into a deflationary downward spiral. Unemployment will rise and many countries will be pushed back into recession. The U.S. needs to deal with its debt problems in such a way as not to convert the current economic malaise into a catastrophe. Over time, the U.S. will need to sharply raise taxes for the rich and the affluent, refashion its trade relationships with China and other countries, and re-launch its crumbling manufacturing sector.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/james-laxer/2010/06/harper-plan-global-depression

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POLICE POWERS TOO SWEEPING

Editorial, The Toronto Star

Since when do Canadians have to submit to police scrutiny for strolling down the street in broad daylight? We don’t do “Papers, please.” The Charter of Rights and the age-old common law affirm our right to go peacefully about our business without having to identify ourselves to the police, much less submit to searches.

Except in Toronto at the 2010 Group of 20 summit this weekend.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/828909–police-powers-too-sweeping

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“I HAVE LIVED IN TORONTO FOR 32 YEARS. HAVE NEVER SEEN A DAY LIKE THIS” JOURNALIST STEVE PAIKIN’S TWITTER ACCOUNT OF PROTEST

Journalist Steve Paikin, calling it an awful night for democracy, witnessed quite a bit in yesterday’s demonstration(s), including being “escorted” away by police.

Some highlights:

•   i have lived in toronto for 32 years. have never seen a day like this. shame on the vandals.
•   so the police just started arresting people. i stress, this was a peaceful, middle class, diverse crowd. no anarchists
•   the demonstration on the esplanade was peaceful. it was like an old sit in. no one was aggressive. and yet riot squad officers moved in.
•   i saw police brutality tonight. it was unnecessary. they asked me to leave the site or they would arrest me. i told them i was dong my job.
•   ppl standing around with hands in air. this was peaceful. it won’t be now. unprovoked attack by police

http://twitter.com/spaikin

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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.

This is a moderated list. To send postings to the list, please email them to rhonda_sussman@yahoo.ca. To change your subscription settings, visit http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast.

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

NOTE: D.W. Livingstone will resign as director of CSEW and as Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work at the end of June, 2010, at the same time as he retires from teaching at the University of Toronto. Peter Sawchuk will become the director of CSEW. Livingstone will continue in an advisory role on the current CSEW CURA project, Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL), and complete other writing projects including Manufacturing Meltdown: Case Studies in Recasting Steel Labour and Learning (with Dorothy E. Smith and Warren Smith) forthcoming from Fernwood Press, 2011.

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