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

EVENTS

MENNONITE NEW LIFE CENTRE PREMIERS NEWCOMER ADVOCACY FILM “RAISING OUR VOICE”

Wednesday, November 16, 2010
6:30 PM
Mennonite New Life Centre (Auditorium)
1774 Queen Street East, Toronto

It is with great pleasure that UFCW Canada is pleased to support the Mennonite New Life Centre featured documentary entitled RAISING OUR VOICE.

The documentary was created by the Newcomer Advocacy Committee of the MNLC and highlights the importance of poverty reduction, access to meaningful employment and political engagement.

The message is portrayed from a newcomer perspective.  It is not only entertaining but is a solid evaluation of the immigrant and racialized experience in the Greater Toronto Area.

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FROM MOSQUITOES TO MARX:  THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF STATE AND SOCIAL MOBILIZATION IN BRAZILIAN LAND REFORM

Friday, December 03, 2010
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
208N – Seminar Room, North House
Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place

with Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

Wendy Wolford’s work draws upon and contributes to political economies of development, social movements and resistance, agrarian societies, political ecology, land use, land reform, and critical ethnography, all with a regional concentration in Latin America, particularly Brazil. For over fifteen years, she has worked with one of the most exciting and important grassroots social movements in Latin American history, the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (the Movement of Rural Landless Workers, or the MST).
   
Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9090

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Geography and Program in Planning, Political Science, Sociology, and the Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE/UT.

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BOLIVIAN LEADER SPEAKS IN TORONTO

Monday November 8
7 pm
Centre for Social Justice
489 College St. 3rd Floor Board Room

with Dr. Hugo Salvatierra, one of Evo Morales’s top advisors and a founder of the MAS in Bolivia

One of the most important leaders of the MAS will be in Canada in early October to discuss the Bolivian process and their global battle on climate change. Dr. Hugo Salvatierra is a founder of the MAS and the Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the first MAS Cabinet.

Hugo will speak primarily about the internal process in Bolivia, its importance as the basis of the international campaign against climate change and why the Bolivian experience is important to Canada and Canadians. He is in Canada at the invitation of Guelph University to give the keynote address on a conference on Bolivia.

For more info contact:  jrebick@ryerson.ca

Sponsors:  CSJ, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Socialist Project

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NAOMI KLEIN AND HAWKSLEY WORKMAN G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

Thursday, November 11
7 p.m. – midnight
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West
Toronto

Please join us for a evening of song and speech to defend the G20 arrestees and raise money for the defense fund.

7:00pm – Pre-event with Naomi Klein – Food and drinks provided
Tickets: $100 available (includes pre-event and main event) ONLINE at GalleryAC (http://www.galleryac.com)

8:00pm – Naomi Klein & Hawksley Workman
Tickets: $50 in advance / $60 at the door
Tickets available ONLINE at GalleryAC (http://www.galleryac.com)

During the G20 summit in June this year, the residents of Toronto bore witness to the largest mass arrest in Canadian history as approximately 1200 people were assaulted, harassed, beaten and arrested by the police. More than 250 were charged and six remain in jail. Others are out on bail under extraordinarily restrictive conditions, continuing to face police harassment and re-arrest. Legal costs are mounting. As we continue to organize against the G20 agenda, we must now also raise money to defend all those who are forced to go through expensive legal proceedings.

Tickets also available at the following stores: Another Story, 315 Roncesvalles Ave; Rotate This, 801 Queen Street W; Soundscapes, 572 College Street Toronto; Women’s Bookstore, 3 Harbord St

This is a 19+ event. Limited capacity: Please book your ticket as early as possible to ensure availability.
Unfortunately, this venue is not an accessible venue. We sincerely apologize.

More Info: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/nov11 or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108578439206467

Please contact nov11fundraiser@gmail.com for any inquiries.

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FREE LABOUR FILMS IN TORONTO

Welcome back to the Second Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). Last year we had more than forty locations across Canada participate in our unique national film festival.

This year, we have more than fifty!

Join us to watch some of the best labour films from across the world. Share in the struggles of others and find out how workers all over the world are succeeding by standing up and speaking out!

In Toronto:

Saturday, 20 November: 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, 21 November: 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, 27 November: 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, 28 November: 2:00pm – 8:30pm

For a complete list of films visit: http://labourfilms.ca/cliff/cliff-2010/2010-complete-list-of-films/

(416) 970-2543 / festival@labourfilms.ca

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CCPA 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND DINNER

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
9:00am – 10:00pm
Ottawa

For 30 years, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been giving voice to progressive ideas. In an era of shrinking progressive think tanks and growing right-wing think tanks, we’d like to celebrate our three decades
of accomplishments.

We hope you will be central part of the celebration. On November 18, we celebrate 30 years with a gala dinner and a conference entitled Advancing Democracy and Social Justice in Canada: The Next 30 Years.

The conference and gala dinner, hosted by inveterate Canadian actor Eric Peterson, will be a who’s who of progressive thinkers, activists, politicians as well as CCPA staff, research associates, board from across Canada.

Conference: University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall Room 112, 550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Evening Gala Dinner: Chateau Laurier Ballroom, Ottawa

Cocktails: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/30

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AFTER THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: A GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY COFFEEHOUSE

Friday November 19, 2010
7:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub
335 Bloor St. West, Toronto

The Workers’ Assembly is already organizing post-election drinking so we can commiserate about the new Fordism and try to make sense of the elections.

Speakers:

* Jonah Schein – City Councillor Candidate in Ward 17 Davenport
* Desmond Cole – Torontoist, City Idol
* Helen Kennedy – CUPE 79
* Stefan Kipfer – York University

We will meet in the back room of the pub. The Regal Beagle is an accessible space.

For more information: http://www.workersassembly.ca/

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EDUCATION REFORM: WHERE NEXT?

November 10
5:30-7pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St West, Toronto, Room 5-150

A major public Policy Forum discussing transatlantic education reform: the triumphs, the failures and the lessons to be learned.

Presenters: Prof Julia O’Sullivan, Dean, OISE, University of Toronto; Prof Geoff Whitty, Director, Institute of Education, University of London; Prof Ben Levin, Former Deputy Minister of Education, Ontario, Prof TPS; Prof Carol Campbell, Stanford University, California; and Mary Jean Gallagher, Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario.

A lively and controversial exploration of education policy in Ontario and the UK and an opportunity to engage with leading academics and practitioners from Canada and the UK

A collaboration between OISE, University of Toronto and the Institute of Education, University of London

RSVP to c.price@ioe.ac.uk

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NEWS & VIEWS

I’M NO SUPERMAN

by Sabina Strand, Common Dreams

I realize Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for Superman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1566648/) wasn’t intended to bash teachers. In fact, most viewers probably left the theater impressed by the educators he documented, the ones who cared enough to fight: the Michelle Rhees, David Levins, and Mike Feinbergs of the world (all fellow Teach for America alums). I’m here to argue that glorifying these teachers and the schools they’ve created undermines our end goal of fundamental change.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/05-2

On the “NOT Waiting for Superman” campaign: http://www.notwaitingforsuperman.org/

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BEWARE THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE

by Murray Dobbin, rabble.ca

As conditions worsen, as wages and living standards fall, as insecurity increases, as the social safety net frays, objection and dissent increases. The government spends money and builds its response.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/11/beware-national-security-state

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UNIONS REACH FOR SHORT STRIKES TO STOP CONCESSIONS

by Jenny Brown & Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes

Short strikes to stop concessions – Around the country, owners are recovering profitability but refusing to share the gains. Nurses and hotel workers are pulling short strikes, just to stay in place, as employers demand givebacks and cut staffing to the bone.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2010/11/unions-reach-short-strikes-stop-concessions

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CLASS WAR SPURS VIOLENT CLASHES IN EUROPE — WHY ARE AMERICANS JUST LETTING THE SUPER RICH WIN?

by David Rosen, Alternet

It is time for Americans to reclaim the concept of class war, to actively combat the great squeeze ruining the lives of untold millions of Americans.

Read more: http://bit.ly/9jl5YM

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U.S. HEALTHCARE: PRIVATIZED — BUT GOVERNMENT STILL SPENDS MORE

by Doug Allan, leftwords

The privatized health care system in the United States is widely known for being extremely expensive. U.S. citizens are stuck paying (through taxes or by private payment) much more than any other developed country for health
care –in fact about 50% more than the next most expensive (Norway), according to the  recently released Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report on health care spending.

But less well known is that, even though millions of U.S. citizens have no health care insurance, and millions more are covered only by the basic ‘medicaid’ system, public spending on health care is actually higher in the U.S. than it is in Canada’s (largely public) health care system.

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

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

IN A DIFFERENT WAY: SOCIAL UNIONISM IN THE NONPROFIT SOCIAL SERVICES – AN AUSTRALIAN/CANADIAN COMPARISON
Donna Baines
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 480-502
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/4/480

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THE PROMISE AND LIMITS OF COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR NONPROFIT SELF-REGULATION:
EVIDENCE FROM ASIA
Mark Sidel
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 1039-1056
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/39/6/1039

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WORKFORCE CROSS TRAINING: A RE-EMERGING TREND IN TOUGH TIMES
Carmen Abrams, Zane Berge
Journal of Workplace Learning, Volume 22 issue 8
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1891206&show=abstract

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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

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

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

WORKSHOP: NO ONE IS ILLEGAL TORONTO – EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION!

Mon. September 13
2 pm – 4 pm
OISE (252 Bloor West), Room 5150
University of Toronto

Canadian corporations and military interventions push people out of their homes and off of their lands. Many people travel across borders and checkpoints to build a better life, for justice and dignity. Most recently, almost 500 Tamil migrants came to Canada fleeing war and violence. Yet many migrants face exploitation, racism and abuse. Those without full status live without full access to education, healthcare, childcare, good jobs, social services or basic freedoms. Grassroots communities in Toronto have organized to fight back against temporary work programs, against security certificates and deportations and for access to basic services.

Watch our short documentary on Education Not Deportation: http://vimeo.com/7698225

For more information: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

with Eric Plato, Director of Finance and Administration, Frontier College

Friday, September 17
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Social Economy Centre, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West (ROOM TBA)

Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?  Do you ask yourself ‘What am I looking at?’ When someone gives you financial support?  Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:

* How to put together a budget for an organization or project
* Methods to deal with overhead costs
* How to read financial statements
* How to monitor a budget

Eric is a Certified Management Accountant who has worked in the non-profit sector for over 17 years.  He has had years of experience training non-financial people in the basics of budgeting and financial management.
 
Cost: $140 + HST
Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com or 416-978-0022

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MAYORAL DEBATE:  BUILDING A FAIR TORONTO FOR ALL

Tues. September 14
7:00 to 9:00pm
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue

Moderated by John Tory–we have to make our voices heard because this is a huge opportunity!!!

Hamlin Grange will be the Keynote Speaker for the evening.

Questions to be asked:

– How can all Torontonians have a say in how City Hall makes decisions?
– How can we tackle the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in our city?
– What is the plan for creating good public sector and other jobs for all, including good green public jobs?
– How will you make sure we all have access to good public services, such as childcare, public transit, recreation and housing?

Find out where our mayoral candidates stand on building a fair city, and ensuring good public services and good jobs are available to all.

Make an informed choice when you vote for Toronto’s Mayor this October 25.

Please note: Doors open at 6:30 the day of the debates.

For more details: http://www.equitytoronto.org or contact Jessica Bell, (416) 937-0076, jbell@labourcouncil.ca

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VIDEO: POWER IN COALITION BOOK LAUNCH

Moderated by Steve Watson, CAW staff

Part 1:

* Amanda Tattersall – is an Australian researcher, union and community organizer and the founder of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of unions, community organizations and religious organizations. Amanda spent three years in Canada, Australia and the United States researching some of the most successful coalitions from around the world. The book includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition’s campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s; author of Power in Coalition.

Part 2:

* Natalie Mehra – director of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The OHC has been at the centre of taking on the Ontario government’s plan for hospitals – Public-Private Partnership (P3) – privatization, contracting out and funding Medicare with her partners in the major unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls66.php

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THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ITS DIRE AFTERMATH: GETTING READY FOR THE LEAN YEARS

Speaker: Manfred Bienefeld (Carleton University)

Friday, September 17
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
108N – North House, Munk School
1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto

Sponsored by Munk Centre for International Studies

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE/UT

Free. Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9081

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SARA MARLOWE & THE PROGRAM – BENEFIT FOR WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

Friday, Sept. 17
8:00pm – 11:00pm
The Free Times Cafe
320 College St.
Toronto, ON

Cover: $5 or PWYC

Partial proceeds will go to the War Resisters Support Campaign – http://www.resisters.ca

with special guests:

Urban Flute Ensemble – http://www.myspace.com/UrbanFluteEnsemble

Pamela Brennan – http://www.pamelabrennan.com

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SYMPOSIUM: COMMON GROUND – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

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

Advance registration is required. To register, please register online (link below) or send a completed registration form (link below) to Social Planning Toronto, 2 Carlton St, Suite 1001 Toronto, ON M5B 1J3. Call 416-351-0095 ext. 251 for more information. All registrations will be confirmed by e-mail.

* Conference registration is free
* Refreshments, lunch and post-conference reception included
* Space is limited. Please register early.
* Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Online registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/register-for-common-ground-schools-as-community-hubs-the-vision-the-challenge-the-opportunity/

Mail-in registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Registration-Form-Schools-as-Community-Hubs.pdf

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NEWS & VIEWS

MARTIN SHEEN JOINS HOTEL WORKERS ON ROYAL YORK HOTEL PICKET LINE

by Jasmeet Sidhu, Toronto Star

It would seem like there’s no natural alliance between the glitzy lifestyle of celebrities in town for the Toronto International Film Festival, and the struggling workers running the hotels they stay in.

But as Hollywood star Martin Sheen reminded striking hotel workers outside the Royal York, actors are union members too.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/859167–martin-sheen-joins-hotel-workers-on-royal-york-hotel-picket-line

For more about the Hyatt hotel workers’ struggle: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/hyatt/

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NEW BOOK – STRATEGIC ALLIANCES: COALITION BUILDING AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements
Nella Van Dyke and Holly J. McCammon, Editors
University of Minnesota Press | 376 pages | 2010
ISBN 978-0-8166-6734-5 | paperback | $27.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-6733-8 | hardcover | $82.50
Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series, volume 34

Strategic Alliances provides pioneering analysis of the circumstances leading to movement alliances. Contributors investigate coalition dynamics among social movements, including antiwar, environmental, and labor movements, as well as ethnic organizations and women’s groups. While many of the essays examine coalition formation in the United
States, others consider coalitions in Britain, the former East Germany, East Asia, and Latin America.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/V/vandyke_strategic.html

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MICHAEL MOORE TEACHES RAHM EMANUEL A F**CKING ECONOMICS LESSON

Alternet

Moore responds to Obama’s chief of staff, quoted as saying he didn’t care that tens of thousands of jobs would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148106/michael_moore_teaches_rahm_emanuel_a_f**cking_economics_lesson
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WHAT ARE THE GAME CHANGERS?

by Marc Lee, rabble

Here are 12 steps to create a movement for change that will excite people about the world that could be, and put our ruling class on the defensive.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/09/what-are-game-changers

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TORONTO & YORK REGION LABOUR COUNCIL – THE CITY WE WANT

The summer of 2010 has already served up more than the usual share of drama and excitement. Most people haven’t focused yet on the upcoming municipal elections, but the jockeying for position is already taking place. Is there a surprise in the level of support for Rob Ford’s simplistic tax cuts message? We know it goes beyond hard-core conservatives to include some union members and residents who feel alienated from City Hall. But we also know what happens when that kind of right-wing populism prevails – the devastation and turmoil of the Mike Harris years were ample proof.

If it is clear what we don’t want, why aren’t more people raising their voices about the kind of city we do want?

Read more: http://www.labourcouncil.ca/citywewant.pdf

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A LITERATURE REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF PHILANTHROPY: EIGHT MECHANISMS THAT DRIVE CHARITABLE GIVING
René Bekkers and Pamala Wiepking
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 10 September 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010380927v1

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SOCIAL UNIONISM IN WESTERN NEW YORK: THE CASE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Charles J. Whalen
Labor Studies Journal, September 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10379645v1

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CO-OPTING PRECARIOUSNESS: CAN WORKER COOPERATIVES BE ALTERNATIVES TO PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT FOR MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS? A CASE STUDY OF IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WORKER COOPERATIVES IN CANADA
Amanda Wilson
Just Labour,Vol. 16, September 2010
http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/volume16/pdfs/06_wilson_press.pdf

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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

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

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