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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

BIRMINGHAM RADICAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

BRE(A)D

 

ABOUT

We are a newly created group seeking to build and participate in more democratic educational processes;

Our aim is to work together towards higher education experiences that are not consumerist, indebting, authoritarian or judging of individual worth;

We therefore seek to work collectively against the principles that now shape the so-called public university;

Central to the educational experiences we want to create is the idea that students and teachers have much to learn from one another;

Thus all who participate in the Free University-Birmingham are scholars: student-scholars and teacher-scholars;

On our courses learning and teaching entail processes of continuous negotiation to ensure the fullest participation of all, recognising, respecting and celebrating human diversity;

All learning and teaching will be critical—questioning the world as it is to explore how it could be otherwise;

We believe that in order for all learning and teaching to be critical and democratic, dialogue is essential.

All critical, democratic dialogue amongst student-scholars and teacher -scholars should, when possible, not just remain in the classroom;

Thus our ultimate classroom is the wider world; we seek to develop educational processes aiming to build a more socially just and sustainable world.

 

Birmingham Radical Education Development: http://bread4brum.wordpress.com/

 

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Public-Private Partnership

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM: OPENING UP SERVICES

29th September 2011, The Barbican, London.

The government’s ‘Open Public Services White Paper’, due in July, will set out the bold blueprint for the reform of our public services. It is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. But an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector.

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality.

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the white paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

OVERVIEW

The challenge for change has been set – requiring a seismic shift in the delivery of public services. Top-down policy direction has been consigned to the past and replaced by the localism agenda. There can be no doubts that the depth of public spending cuts increased the complexities, debates and urgency of delivering this change. But it is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. It is also an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector. However, many public sector workers are likely to be unenthusiastic over job losses or reapplying to take on a service – is the public sector too risk adverse for such change?

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality. What is the role of local authorities in making this new approach work? Responsibility lies in setting up investment and advisory services to help community projects and organisations have a rigorous business plan, ensuring a level playing field, and fair funding and access for all. Council and policy leaders will need to understand the limits of what can be achieved within core budgets and what the acceptable operational risk across services will be.

The reforms are not without sizable concerns, as highlighted by the Deloitte report ‘A Little Local Difficulty’. The report findings suggested that there remains ambiguity on what exactly is meant by the localism and Big Society agendas and how they should be delivered at a local level. How will frontline services be affected in this period of upheaval, and do authorities realistically have the timescales to manage performance, service outcomes and set accountable frameworks?

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the White Paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

Booking online: http://www.cvent.com/events/public-service-reform-opening-up-services/event-summary-8a1f6a8e93164c64b9342e8c30ab987e.aspx

Speakers include:

Keynote Address
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (invited)
Minister of State for Decentralisation, Communities & Local Government
“Opening Up Services”

Councillor Richard Kemp (confirmed)
Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Group; Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Local Government Association
“Modernising Public Services: A Flexible and Community-led Approach”

Closing Keynote Address
Julian McCrae (confirmed)
Director of Research, Institute for Government
“Reforming Service Delivery to Meet the Citizen’s Needs”

Further details of the programme can be found online: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/190/public-sector-reform  

Places are limited to 250 and are awarded on a first come, first served basis

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward details of this event to a colleague.

If you wish to register your interest in exhibiting or delivering a workshop, you can submit your contact details online and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Mark Barkley
Marketing Executive
mbarkley@p-s-events.co.uk
Publicservice.co.uk Ltd
City Wharf
New Bailey Street
Manchester, M3 5ER

Tel: 0161 831 7111
Fax: 0161 832 7396

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Obviously this is a pro-business takeover of public services conference. It would be good to have some critical voices at this shindig – Glenn Rikowski

 

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Education Crisis

HIGHER EDUCATION AS A PUBLIC GOOD: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

SRHE Higher Education Theory Group Seminar

Higher Education as a Public Good: Critical Perspectives

Monday 4 July –Tuesday 5 July 2011

New College, Oxford

The Society for Research into Higher Education Theory Group invites you to participate in a 2-day symposium examining issues underlying the concept of higher education as a public good. This is a topic much discussed in the light of recent policy developments in the UK and in many other countries. The seminar will explore its theoretical underpinnings from several disciplinary perspectives. There will be inputs from keynote speakers and participative discussions on the issues raised. The main speakers will each produce a short synopsis of their contribution for participants to consider in advance of the seminar. It is intended to prepare a book for publication based on the seminar proceedings.

Keynote Speakers:

Nick Barr: Professor of Public Economics. LSE London

Bob Cowen: Emeritus Professor of Education. IOE London

David Dill: Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. University of North Carolina

Jon Nixon: Honorary Professor.University of Sheffield

Paul Standish: Professor of Philosophy of Education. IOE London

Registration

This symposium will take place at New College Oxford and the fee of £125 (£155 for non members of SRHE) covers the cost of accommodation for one night in ensuite rooms and all meals, including dinner in the College on Monday evening. Rooms at the College are limited so delegates are advised to make an early registration to attend this symposium.

The closing date for bookings is 4 June 2011.

To attend this event please e-mail: Nicola Manches (nmanches@srhe.ac.uk) to reserve your place and arrange payment. Please address all enquiries about this or other SRHE events to Nicola Manches at the SRHE Offices.

Society for Research into Higher Education, 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R  4LL, Tel +44 (0) 20 7447 2525, Fax +44 (0) 20 7447 2526, http://www.srhe.ac.uk

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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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 5th FEBRUARY 2011

 

EVENTS

GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY – GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Saturday, February 19
9:30am – 6:00pm
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Toronto

The next General Assembly of the GTWA will be held on February 19, 2011. All members and supporters are welcome. Members and supporters are also welcome and encouraged to bring guests as observers.

In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com. In the subject line write: Feb. 19 registration.

Include the following:

1. Name
2. Are you attending as a member or observer?
3. Would you make use of an ASL interpreter if provided by the Assembly?
4. Do you require on site childcare? If so please provide age(s) of child(ren).
5. Accessibility concerns?
6. If you are attending as an observer and have not signed up as a supporter include the following: a.organizational affiliations (if any) b.where did you find out about the Assembly? c. phone number

Are you a supporter and want to attend as a member? Visit: http://www.workersassembly.ca/join

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PROMOTING HEALTH EQUITY: ACTION ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH CONFERENCE

Feb. 11-12, 2011
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay Street, Toronto

The Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner will be presenting at this conference

The Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University is pleased to host the Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health conference. This conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Ryerson University and the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services (FCS).

This conference, organized by the research centres of the Faculty of Community Services, aims to bring together community and agency partners, undergraduate and graduate students, health and social service professionals/workers, researchers, academics, government and policy and decision makers to share and exchange knowledge, and to generate the creation of new partnerships in research, education, and practice that focus on health equity and action on the social determinants of health across diverse communities.

The early bird deadline for registration is January 7th, 2011. For more information see: http://www.ryerson.ca/fcs/conference/

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK, FEBRUARY 6-12

International Development Week, which takes place in February every year, is a time for Canadians to reflect on poverty around the world and what can be done to reduce it.

It’s also a time to learn more about the co-operative sector’s active involvement in international development.  A number of co-operative organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), Desjardins, SOCODEVI and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (through Rooftops Canada) work with co-op and/or credit union partners in developing countries.

For more info: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/eng/FRA-119105122-LLN

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL ACCESSIBILITY CONFERENCE!

Conference Announcement and Call for Presentations
May 31-June 1, 2011
University of Guelph, Ontario

This year’s Conference programming will move attendees beyond a theoretical and technical understanding of accessibility by providing a practical framework for action.

In addition to information and communication accessibility, the conference is seeking presentations from individuals who have successfully moved accessibility forward within their institutions through such strategies as community building, networking or “making the case” for inclusion.

Share your first-hand experience with disability issues as well as academic or evidence-based research in the field of disability.

For more information:
– Visit the website: http://www.accessconf.ca
– Download the call for presentations: http://www.accessconf.open.uoguelph.ca/pdf/Call_for_Presentations-2011.doc  
– Download the submission form: http://www.accessconf.open.uoguelph.ca/pdf/submission_form_2011.doc

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ENGAGING HEARTS AND MINDS: EQUITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP IN ACTION CONFERENCE

March 7-8, 2011
Delta Toronto East Hotel

The Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity at Centennial College invites you to attend a unique conference. This event will be addressing how as global citizens we can get involved locally, nationally and internationally to dialogue and exchange ideas on global issues.

Many dynamic speakers will be taking part including:

– Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the TRC – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
– Dr. Sherene Razack, Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, (OISE)Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
– Dr. Henry Giroux, Global Television Network, Chair in Communication Studies, McMaster University
– Rev. Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, author and participant at United Church of Canada

Presenters and panelists from around the world are also confirmed, discussing equity, social justice and global citizenship in action.

Please visit: http://www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity/HeartsMinds to learn more about this exciting event.

Space is limited. If you have any questions, please call Aida Haroun at 416-289-5000, ext. 3438 or email aharoun@centennialcollege.ca.

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WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY COFFEEHOUSE – ANTI-CAPITALISM, DISABILITY AND INJURED WORKERS: CLASS STRUGGLE AND THE BODY

Friday Feb. 11
7:30 PM
Regal Beagle Pub (back room)
335 Bloor st W (at St. George)

The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly will be holding another one of our coffeehouse discussions at the Regal Beagle.  This time, with two speakers from DAMN 2025 and a labour activist working around the important and nearly invisible issue of the fate of injured workers, we will be discussing concrete strategies for the class struggle and accessibility that incorporate the unique predicament of members of the working class who are not able bodied.  Bringing together social movement and labour activists, this should be another interesting and unique discussion.

Speakers:
– Andrew Mindszenthy (DAMN 2025)
– Jeff Peters (DAMN 2025)
– Nick DeCarlo (Canadian Auto Workers)

Moderated by: Ameilia Murphy Beaudoin (OPSEU)

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NEWS AND VIEWS

MOVEMENTS IN EGYPT: US REALIGNS

by Samir Amin, Democracy and Class Struggle

With Hosni Mubarak on a tentative footing, a US which once propped him up would now turn to a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) it regards as ‘moderate’, writes Samir Amin. But with the fundamental economic conditions which produced the social unrest in the first place unlikely to change much, and with the working-class and peasants’ movement yet to be fully involved, the same problems will remain, Amin concludes.

Read more: http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2011/02/movements-in-egypt-us-realigns-by-samir.html?spref=fb

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HARD DAY’S WORK: THE SUPER BOWL AND THE WORKING CLASS

by Kathy M. Newman, Working-Class Perspectives

As we hurtle towards Super Bowl Sunday the Rust Belt cities of Pittsburgh (where I live) and Green Bay, Wisconsin are gearing up for a showdown between two of the smallest market teams in the NFL which also boast the two most devoted fan bases in the country.  Both cities have lost the industries that made them famous, but each continues to stand for everything that we think of as working class.

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/hard-days-work-the-super-bowl-and-the-working-class/

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VIDEO: STEELWORKERS UNITED!

January 29. Hamilton Ontario. Ten thousand gather to begin the struggle against US Steel’s lockout of its Hamilton workers.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9MVK7–Ah0&feature=player_embedded

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DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF THE OVER-COMPENSATED PUBLIC EMPLOYEE

by Jeffrey H. Keefe, Economic Policy Institute

State and local public employees are undercompensated, according to a new Economic Policy Institute analysis. The report, Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee: The Evidence by Labor and Employment Relations Professor Jeffrey Keefe of Rutgers University, finds that, on average, state and local government workers are compensated 3.75% less than workers in the private sector.

Read more: http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/debunking_the_myth_of_the_overcompensated_public_employee

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UNIONS BEAT ANTI-TEACHER AGENDA IN ILLINOIS

by Howard Ryan, Labor Notes

The billionaires lost this round.

A billionaire gang headed by Bill Gates and Eli Broad wants to capture the billions spent on America’s public schools and convert them into a corporate-owned test-score factory. But their plan faces teacher resistance, and nowhere more than in Chicago, where a feisty new leadership is heading the Chicago Teachers Union.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2011/01/unions-beat-anti-teacher-agenda-illinois

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WHY TAX CUTS MAKE US WEAK

by Murray Dobbin

Taxes are the price of a civilized society. Support them.

So here we go again, another round of huge tax cuts as the country continues down the road to a neo-con dystopia. Over the next five years the revenue that pays for the things Canadians say they want will drop by $60 billion. There are cuts to the GST, to personal income taxes and corporate taxes — with the latter dropping by 2012 to 15 per cent (from 21 per cent today), an outrageous corporate giveaway, giving us third world status in the “attract investment” race to the bottom.

Read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/01/27/why-tax-cuts-make-us-weak/

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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

‘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

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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

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

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

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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Tory / Lib Dem Government announce Plans for Swedish style ‘Free Schools’

 From Alasdair Smith at the Anti Academies Alliance

 AAA website at: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk

 The new Tory / Lib Dem government has already announced that we will see Swedish style ‘Free Schools’ being opened.

They also intend to rush through legislation to allow ‘outstanding’ schools to become Academies.

The Swedish ‘Free Schools’ have recently received a lot of criticism. Swedish Trade unions, politicians and even the Swedish National Agency for Education have warned that we there are serious problems with the ‘Free School’ model.

It’s not too late for Liberal Democrat members and MPs to demand that these proposals are abandoned.

In every city and town we need to start to prepare to resist these proposals.

No privatisation, No cuts: Defend Comprehensive Education!  

New Anti Academies Alliance briefing on Swedish style ‘Free’ Schools: https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/international/sweden/thecaseagainstswedishstylefreeschools

Recent news articles on Swedish ‘Free’ schools, and the myth that they are successful:

https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/parliament/thecaseagainstfreeschools

An Appeal to Liberal Democrats

The following Appeal has been circulated to Liberal Democrat MPs, councillors and activists.

At your Spring Conference in 2009 you passed a motion which stated you would “restore strategic Local Authority oversight and commissioning” of Academies.

The Anti Academies Alliance welcomed this decision. It made your party the only party that recognised a key problem with Academies; that they are schools that are outside of local democratic control.

In our questionnaire to election candidates many of your candidates replied repeating this pledge.

As the discussions about the formation of a future government proceed, we appeal to you to stand by this pledge, and to take this historic opportunity to halt the academy programme and the break up of our comprehenisive education system.

It is also important that the Tories’ plans for further privatisation & deregulation are thwarted. Michael Gove’s plans for “new” schools along the lines of the ‘Swedish model’ must be shelved.

We urge every Lib Dem to contact their leadership to demand that a progressive education policy is not squandered in any coalition deal.

Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance

‘Free’ Schools – a “disaster for standards”

This was the comment made by Nick Clegg, just a week before becoming Deputy Prime Minister:

Biggest academy sponsor hit by fresh Ofsted ‘failure’

The country’s biggest academy sponsor has been plunged into fresh turmoil after it emerged that another of its schools has been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Stockport Academy, sponsored by the United Learning Trust (ULT), has been told that it needs “significant improvement” to address poor standards.

It is the third ULT academy to be described as inadequate by inspectors in less than a year and is the latest in a line of significant setbacks for the sponsor.

Education Bill within weeks as Tories dig in

The move opens the door for a raft of new schools to be set up by parent groups, charities and local businesses as well as existing school providers, a policy not backed by the Liberal Democrats before the election. Legislation later this month will give all schools ranked outstanding by Ofsted the right to step out of local authority control immediately and become academies.

Heads warn National Challenge schools face job losses and budget cuts

England’s worst performing schools – those categorised under the National Challenge – face redundancies and budget crises from next spring, heads and unions have warned. Improvements to the “named and shamed” secondaries could stall when they lose vital cash during tough financial times in 2011, the school leaders have said. See: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6043684

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