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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

PARTY: ANTI-CAPITALIST HOLIDAY BASH!

Saturday, December 18 2010
7 PM
U of T Grad Students Union Gym
16 Bancroft Ave., Toronto

Does the hyper-consumer craziness of the holiday season have you feeling down? Amidst the twinkle lights and the insidious calls to shop, shop and shop some more, are you spending your spare moments plotting the eventual demise of capitalism?

If so, you should join us for the Anti-Capitalist Holiday Bash! On Saturday, December 18th the Community Solidarity Network Fundraising Committee will be throwing the anti-capitalist event of the season to fundraise for our friends and allies facing G20 related charges.

Join us for a community dinner (vegan and vegetarian options will be served), followed by an evening of low key musical performances, workshops, games, prison letter writing, and a ‘really really free market’ exchange.

Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale, or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR STUDIES IN CO-OPERATION (CASC) & THE ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY STUDIES (ANSER)

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Studies (ANSER) have issued their calls for papers to be presented at their conferences in June.

The theme of the CASC conference is Co-operation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship.  CASC is seeking abstracts that reflect on the processes of social entrepreneurship as they relate to co-operative practice. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 24, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/CASC%20call%202011%20English.pdf

About CASC: http://www.coopresearch.coop/

The theme of the ANSER conference is Building Communities: Exploring the Contributions of Nonprofits and the Social Economy. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://www.anser-ares.ca/files/conf11/UNBCallAnnouncement2011-Eng%20_1_jq.pdf

About ANSER: http://www.anser-ares.ca/

Both conferences will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton on June 1-3 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THOUSANDS PROTEST IRISH NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

by Leo Panitch, The Bullet

Last weekend in Ireland, thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures and against bearing the burden of the Irish crisis. Just how did the Irish miracle turn into the Irish nightmare? Paul Jay of The Real News Network recently interviewed Leo Panitch. Panitch is a distinguished research professor at York University, teaches political science there, and he’s the author (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin) of the book In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
(http://inandoutofcrisis.wordpress.com/).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/436.php

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WE WILL NOT BE CENSORED: WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations

http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

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NEW RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

As Alliance for Justice has developed tools and strategies for evaluating advocacy work, we have often been asked for more specific information about evaluating community organizing. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies in use can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes.  This lack of consistent evaluation often contributes to a misunderstanding or devaluing of organizing work by funders, policy makers, and community-based organizations. 

In response to these requests and to help raise the profile of community organizing as a critically important change strategy, we have developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO includes detailed summaries of each resource so users can find the resources that are most useful for their evaluation needs.

Read more: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/

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THE BOLIVIAN ROAD TO SOCIALISM

by Mike Geddes, Bolivia Rising

Politics in the UK and the EU is likely to be dominated for the foreseeable future by massive cuts in public service provision. The furious demonstrations that have taken place in Greece may be a harbinger of the popular protest to come. These demonstrations would have looked very familiar in Bolivia, where in the early years of this century a sustained popular uprising over several years succeeded in overthrowing a hated neoliberal regime and installing the progressive and radical government of the MAS (Movement towards Socialism) led by President Evo Morales. Can we learn from Bolivia about resistance to the neoliberal agenda and building an alternative? The answer is certainly yes – but that means understanding what has been happening there.

Read more: http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/12/bolivian-road-to-socialism.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA (2010)

by the Wellesley Institute

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. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

Download the full report: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/224
Download the executive summary: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/221

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LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER FOR RICHEST CANADIANS

By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has entered a 1920s-like Gilded Age, where the super-rich consolidate their wealth while the middle class stagnates.

That’s the conclusion of a new study based on income-tax forms filed up until 2007, showing that the richest one per cent of Canadians took home 13.8 per cent of all incomes claimed that year.

The share of total income going to the richest of the rich has risen steadily since the early 1980s, reversing a long-term trend toward a more equal distribution of the country’s income during the postwar ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the study says.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1214751.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

21 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ACTIVISTS & “ECO-TERRORISTS” IN YOUR LIFE

As you’re out prowling for holiday gifts, consider supporting some of these incredible artists, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. It’s hard to pay the bills doing what you love, and I know these folks would be thankful for your support (and so would those receiving what they’ve made!).

Read more: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-activists/3279/

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ECO-FRIENDLY GREENPEACE GIFTS ONLINE

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Greenpeace can help. Take care of all your holiday shopping without ever stepping in a busy shopping mall: we have a wide range of fun and eco-friendly gift options that you can order online right now!

Read more: http://secure.greenpeace.ca/store/Cart/index.php

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! SUBSCRIBE TO OUR TIMES, CANADA’S INDEPENDENT LABOUR MAGAZINE

“Our Times is where we go to read about the issues that matter most to us. It’s labour journalism at its best.”– Rosemarie Bahr, Editor Canadian Association of Labour Media

Don’t miss an issue * Save over 20% on the newsstand price * Support your magazine

Subscribe to Our Times and you’ll receive a magazine full of stories by and about frontline workers in Canada, right on your doorstep, six times a year. Your subscription to Our Times will help ensure there will always be a place in Canadian media for the voice of working people. If you believe in workers’ rights, a healthy environment and strong communities, Our Times is your magazine – so join us now! Subscribe.

You can subscribe online right now using PayPal: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/

You can also place an order or pay offline by contacting our business office: http://www.ourtimes.ca/Contact/

For information about our special rates for multiple copies and subscriptions for your members or locals, click here:
https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/bulk.php

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WRAP UP THE GIFT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Struggling to find that perfect something for the budding activist, environmental champion or political junkie on your gift giving list?

Skip the socks and underwear and wrap up the gift of social justice – give a 2011 membership in the Council of Canadians to your loved ones today!

Instead of more stuff, this year choose to expand a mind, challenge a viewpoint and promote positive change. Give a 2011 Council of Canadians membership to friends and family. By doing so, they become part of Canada’s largest independent citizens’ advocacy group.  Membership is a gift that keeps on giving – throughout the year Council members are kept informed on pressing issues of social justice across the country and around the world, and join with tens of thousands of people in taking collective action through creative local, national and international campaigns. Together, Council members advocate for clean, public water, trade and climate justice, better public health care and true democracy.

Read more: https://vws1.magma.ca/www.canadians.org/join/donate/gift-membership.html

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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER!

You know how useful Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml) can be. Every issue offers a wide range of articles portraying classrooms that are academically rigorous, multicultural, and engaging. Filled with innovative teaching ideas, analyses of important policy issues, and valuable resources, it is a priceless resource for educators. Now you can give a gift subscription to your friends and colleagues for just $14 each – a savings of 40% off the cover price! An attractive gift card will be sent to you to mail or present to each of your recipients.

A subscription to Rethinking Schools can make a great holiday gift for a friend, relative, or colleague. It’s convenient, and you avoid the hassle of last-minute shopping. Use the form on the other side to order as many one-year gift subscriptions as you’d like at the incredible price of only $14 each!

P.S. You now have the option of sending print or digital subscriptions. Just indicate your choice. Respond today so we have time to process your order.

Read more: https://secure.aidcvt.com/rts_cart/gift.asp

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GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ALTERNATIVES MAGAZINE

Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine, delivers thoughtful analysis and intelligent debate on Canadian and world environmental issues, the latest news and ideas, as well as profiles of environmental leaders who are making a difference.

Alternatives is the thoughtful gift that shows your family and friends there is something they can do to make our world a better place.

The more you give, the more you save!

1 Gift Subscription…$35.00
2 Gift Subscriptions…$29.95 each
3 or more Gift Subscriptions…$24.95 each (Best deal – 40% off the cover price!)

Electronic subscriptions (PDF files) are available.

Call 1-866-437-2587 or order online at
http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/sendgift

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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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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

POLICY IN FOCUS WEBINAR

September 8, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Join Wendy Cukier to discuss diversity in leadership.

The webinar will be a discussion of the latest Maytree Policy in Focus issue, Diverse Leadership Fuels Organizational Effectiveness and Prosperity.

To register, contact: policyinfocus@maytree.com

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FIVE GOOD IDEAS ABOUT REIMAGINING YOUR ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, September 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s College – Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street (closest subways are Bay Station and Museum Station)

Nick Saul, Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre, will share Five Good Ideas gleaned from his work in transforming a small, local food bank into a thriving community food centre. The Stop’s story has lessons and inspirational ideas for everyone interested in building healthy community organizations, inclusive public space and creating social change.

Register online at http://maytree.com/training/five-good-ideas (Space is limited so register early. There is no cost for the workshop and a light lunch will be provided.)

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INVITATION TO KAIROS 2010 REGIONAL MEETINGS

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for all the support you have given KAIROS and the actions you have taken over the last year. As many of you know, we were encouraged by MPs to reapply, and have done so. We are now awaiting the decision on this part of our work.

Meanwhile, we continue to work together on issues of human rights and ecological justice, and are encouraged in this by your ongoing support. Thank you.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming Regional Meeting in your area. Regional Meetings give us the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s events, struggles, and successes in addition to providing the space for building connections and relationships. Local committees have organized these meetings with local issues in mind, and national staff will be on hand to introduce the upcoming campaigns and provide the newest resources and campaign materials for the coming year. The coming year’s campaign focus will be “The Land, Our Life: Indigenous Rights and Our Common Future.” Please visit the website for location information and to download the poster from your region:

http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/get-involved/network/fall-regional-meetings/

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HIGH PARK BBQ FUNDRAISER

Saturday Aug 14
12 noon-6 p.m.
High Park, Toronto (4th zone behind the swimming pool)

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN) is hosting a BBQ along with the Free the Cuban Five Committee – Toronto. This event will include food, drinks, music, soccer and other activities. The proceeds will go to two very good causes:
1. The legal defense fund for Ilian Burbano, a well respected member of our community, and the 8 Ontario Coalition against Poverty (OCAP) members that were arrested for peacefully protesting the special diet cuts by the Liberal government. Click for more info: http://ocap.ca/taxonomy/term/35

2. The Free the Cuban 5 Fund: The “Cuban 5” have been falsely labeled as terrorists in the U.S. Click for more info: http://www.freethefive.org/

Please RSVP to rburbano@hotmail.com and feel free to bring friends/partners and the whole family. Please also pass along the invitation to other supporters.

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REGIONAL SUMMITS ON HOSPITAL FEE-FOR-SERVICE FUNDING, ACROSS ONTARIO

The provincial government is changing the way hospitals are funded, moving away from block grants (called hospital global budgets) to a type of fee-for-service funding. This system has already been tried in the UK where it resulted in serious financial instability for hospitals, privatization and major cuts.

– Hamilton: Tues, Sept 21, 10am-3pm, Legion, 435 Limeridge Rd E
– Sault Ste. Marie: Wed, Sept 22-3pm, 10am-3pm, Legion, 96 Great Northern Rd
– London: Thurs, Sept 23, 10am-3pm, CAW Hall Local 27, 606 First St
– Sudbury: Sat, September 25, 10am-3pm, Legion, 1553 Weller St
– Ottawa: Mon, Sept 27, 10am-3pm, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St
– Toronto: Tues, Sept 28, 10:30am-3:30pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St

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NEWS & VIEWS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: GATHERING KNOWLEDGE ON EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN UNION LED WORK RELATED LEARNING (MERX Reference # PR201340)

The project includes 2 related components: Gathering knowledge about specific effective practices in work related learning, led by, or with the full participation of unions; Gathering knowledge about the value of “Union Learning Representatives” as catalysts for, and facilitators of work related learning. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/cWqUfO
En français: http://bit.ly/9tNNkz

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WORKER ADJUSTMENT IN CANADA: UNDERSTANDING EFFECTIVE PRACTICES (MERX Reference # PR201332)

This knowledge gathering project seeks to identify and document current Canadian practices in worker adjustment with a particular emphasis on identifying the elements of such practices that lead to the most successful outcomes.  Adjustment is understood as those policies and practices which are employed to actively help workers who have lost or who are in danger of losing their jobs. These can include programs of two broad types:
1    Programs focused on workers from specific workplaces who are threatened with job loss or have been given layoff notices.
2    Programs organized by employers who may be potentially hiring of workers laid-off elsewhere. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/a87shq
En français: http://bit.ly/dutee1

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UPDATE ON WORKFORCE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROJECT

PTP – Adult Learning and Employment Programs is pleased to share an update on its “Workforce Essential Skills across Canada (WESCan)” project.

WESCan is a 2-year project funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). Using our workforce literacy training system, including the CAMERA assessment and workwrite materials, PTP has been working closely with five partners across the country to build meaningful programming for adult learners. The resources that result from this project will be available for all interested parties.

More information can be found at: http://www.ptp.ca/wescan-workforce-essential-skills-across-canada/

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MAYTREE FOUNDATION: THE ONE SUMMIT BENEFIT

by Alan Broadbent

Did anything good come out of the G20 meetings? Apart from a luke-warm pledge on maternal health (which is unclear on abortion), and which might turn out like many G8-G20 “pledges” (remember aid to Africa?), was there a benefit?

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-one-summit-benefit.html

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EVALUATING SOCIAL INNOVATION

Developmental Evaluation is a form of evaluation that has emerged for use in situations where more established forms of evaluation are not appropriate and may even be counter-productive.

In June 2010, Tamarack hosted a popular audio seminar on Developmental Evaluation (DE) with Michael Quinn Patton, one of the world’s leading authorities in evaluation. In his latest book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, Michael provides real-life examples and frameworks that offer concrete ways to help – not hinder – the work of social innovators and change makers in an increasingly complex world.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/9jjbDB

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ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, FANNING THE FLAMES

15,000 Attend Detroit Social Forum: High-Energy Gathering Fires Up A New Generation of Activists in
U.S. Left and Social Movements

by Carl Davidson, The Bullet

When 15,000 vibrant and politically engaged people gather in one spot for five days and organize themselves into more than 1000 workshops, dozens of major plenaries and late night parties across five major cultural hot spots, no one article can claim to give a full account and get away with it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/392.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A NETWORK PERSPECTIVE ON STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY TO INCREASE COMMUNITY-LEVEL SOCIAL CAPITAL
Danielle M. Varda
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 August 2010, 10.1177/0899764010378171
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378171v1

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EXPLODING CITIES: HOUSING THE MASSES IN PARIS, CHICAGO, AND MEXICO CITY, 1850—2000
Harold L. Platt
Journal of Urban History 2010;36 575-593
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/575

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“WHOSE INQUIRY IS THIS ANYWAY?” MONEY, POWER, REPORTS, AND COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY
Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 315-338
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/4/315

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JOB POSTINGS

ASSOCIATE PHONE MANAGER, GREENPEACE, TORONTO ON

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca]

Position: Associate Phone Manager (Part-time & weekend)
Organization: Greenpeace Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Phone Manager
Salary rate: $19.59/hour plus excellent benefits package
Duration: until December 17, 2010 with possibility of becoming permanent
Work hours: 21 hours per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closing date for applications: September 8, 2010

For more info: http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=11922

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CSI (CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION) SEEKS NEW COMMUNICATION STAFF LEAD!

The Communication Manager is a wizard of words, a communication strategist and the shameless promoter of all things CSI. Equally comfortable devising a marketing strategy and writing communication materials, this person will tell our story, engage our growing community and position CSI as a hub of social innovation in Toronto and around the world.

We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, marketing savvy, and a sense of style and creativity to the job.

For more info: http://socialinnovation.ca/sites/default/files/CSI_JobPosting_Communications_2010.pdf
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NOT THE DAILY GRIND: COME WORK FOR LABOR NOTES

What’s better than a job that keeps you in touch with the best of our movement’s troublemakers on a daily basis? Labor Notes is hiring for two job openings including a staff writer and organizer, a bilingual Latino outreach coordinator.

It’s an exciting time to work for Labor Notes, and we’re looking for experienced candidates to join our team. Click here for job descriptions: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs

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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 No More

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

 

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

To change your subscription settings, visit http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

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

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RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW: EDUCATION FOR CHANGING UNIONS

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

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

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

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FORUM: JOBLESS RECOVERY – BROKEN EI

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

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

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

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

Contact: 416-441-3663 ext.224

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TWITTER IS A MALL: WADE RATHKE, CHIEF ORGANIZER BLOG   

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

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

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

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DEBORAH BARNDT: POPULAR EDUCATION PHOTO EXHIBITS AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

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JUST RELEASED: UNIONS, EQUITY AND THE PATH TO RENEWAL

Editors: Janice Foley and Patricia Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A NIGHT ON WATER JUSTICE: FILM AND DISCUSSION

with Susan Koppelman and Shawn Brant

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

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

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

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

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2009 MAYTREE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – TELLING STORIES; CREATING CHANGE

Do stories matter to you and your organization?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LABOUR RIGHTS WEBSITE: UFCW CANADA VS. WALMART

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

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DO THE MATH!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Payment Method:
VISA/MasterCard/AMEX only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DOWN IN THE VALE: SUDBURY STEELWORKERS STRIKE AT VALE INCO

By Petra Veltri

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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