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

EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for voting: Dec. 31, midnight

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

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INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

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

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

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

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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LAUNCHING THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011!

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

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

Doors open at 6, dinner and drinks available.

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

For more information please contact: fpeters@yorku.ca

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

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

Childcare and TTC tickets available
Dinner will be served

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

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

Presentations by CUPE and OCAP

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

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

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

Organized by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP)

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

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

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NEWS & VIEWS

CORPORATE GREED IS ERODING FOUNDATIONS OF A JUST SOCIETY

by John Cartwright, Toronto Star

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

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

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

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

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NEW BOOK – REBEL RANK AND FILE

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

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

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

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

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FREE TRANSIT AND MOVEMENT BUILDING

by Rebecca Schein, The Bullet

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

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

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

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ORGANIZING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

by Jill Hanley & Eric Shragge, Social Policy

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

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

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

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

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OUR WORKING LIVES AFFECT OUR HEALTH

by The Wellesley Institute

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

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

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CANADA’S RICHEST 1% TAKING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

by Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives

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

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

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

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

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):
Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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

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

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

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 12TH DECEMBER 2009

NEWS & VIEWS

CSEW LAUNCHES ANTI-POVERTY NEWSLETTER

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work has just launched a newsletter, “Learning Changes”, which will highlight the work of its Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Project.

To read more, click here: http://www.csew.ca/APCOLnewsletter2009v1n1.pdf

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25 IN 5 NETWORK FOR POVERTY REDUCTION – BULLETIN

Dec 11, 2009: Stand Up Against the Backlash from the Auditor General’s Report

In this week’s eBulletin:

-Quote of the Week
-Ontario Auditor General’s Report Underlines Need for Social Assistance Reform
-Backgrounder: Just the Facts
-What Can You Do? TAKE ACTION

To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/5NmQu2

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VIDEO: ROOTS OF THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

A Presentation of the Critical Social Research Collaborative

Ottawa, October 29, 2009 – Facilitator: Carlo Fanelli

This workshop explores alternative interpretations of the current economic crisis. The presentations are from organized labour, community activists and academics. The focus of this workshop is critical engagement, discussion and debate. Questions addressed include: How have various perspectives analyzed and understood the roots of the current economic crisis? Is there something fundamentally unsound about the current political-economic structure? Is the current crisis to be located within a set of recently established policies, or better understood over the long-term historical development of capitalism? How have the policy prescriptions and ideological rationales shifted over the years? And, more ambitiously, where do we go from here?

View: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/

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WE AREN’T BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Posted December 9, 2009

>From No Excuse: The Poverty Project Blog:

The Ontario Auditor General’s latest report has received a lot of media attention. With the report nearly three hundred pages long, it is not surprising that the media has to pick and choose what it will focus on. In this case, they seem to have come down on that old chestnut, welfare fraud. More on that to follow. But first I’ll say that they missed this bigger story — affordable housing programs don’t really build affordable housing.

For more details visit: http://bit.ly/6w7YQp

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THE NEW SOCIALIST REGISTER WEBSITE IS NOW FULLY UP AND RUNNING!

Featuring SR 2010 on Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism, alongside our amazing archive of all 700+ essays we’ve published since 1964!

We’re sure you will want to check it out at http://socialistregister.com

This is first year the Register is being published simultaneously online and in print and it is the first time that all the essays ever published in the Register are available in one electronic archive. We are sure you agree this is a big deal, and given how much the world needs the Socialist Register that you will want to do all you can to make it successful. We would very much hope that you will personally subscribe now (from the home page go to the Subscriptions tab and click on the Merlin order link at the bottom – at £25 it’s value for money, to use that term).

We would also appreciate your help to make effective a major subscriptions campaign we are undertaking. At the very least, if you are working at an institution with a library, could you immediately contact the appropriate people at your library and ask them to take out an institutional subscription to the Register? Many of these librarians will be getting a version of the attached flyer, but we know that librarians are only likely to act on this when requests are made from users.

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VIDEO: OCAP METRO HALL OCCUPATION

Toronto, December 8, 2009

More Than 150 Angry Social Assistance Recipients Storm and Occupy Municipal Welfare Offices

Members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and more than 150 people struggling to survive on Ontario Works and ODSP occupied the 12th floor of Toronto’s Metro Hall. The group refused to leave until they receive the Special Diet Benefit that they are entitled to. The City is responsible for administering social assistance in Toronto, and people are currently being denied their right to the Special Diet Benefit. More people than ever are being forced to live on welfare in Ontario. They face two major problems. First of all, the income they receive does not let them pay their rent and feed their families properly. Secondly, welfare offices do all they can to deny even the small benefits people are supposed to get. When they apply for Special Diet, Community Start Up and other benefits, they are denied their rights. This must stop.

View: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/

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CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES (CCPA) UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

Dear Friends and Members,

We’re excited to announce the launch of the CCPA’s new website. Built on an entirely new platform with open-source software, the site is loaded with new features to make the Centre’s research easier to access and follow.

– find what you’re looking for with an advanced search engine;
– watch and listen to videos, slideshows and podcasts in our new multimedia section;
– share our content to social networking sites or email pages to your contacts;
– purchase CCPA books, gift memberships, and join or donate to the Centre with an improved shopping cart system.

Click here for a full tour of the site: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/welcome-new-site

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: RESEARCH ON HEALTHCARE FOR THE UNDOCUMENTED AND UNINSURED

Individuals/organizations are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster presentations by Friday December 18, 2009 for a conference aiming to gather local academic and community researchers with interest in health services for uninsured and undocumented clients.

For more info, click here: http://bit.ly/667OnB

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HOUSING AGAIN BULLETIN

Sponsored by Raising the Roof as a partner in Housing Again.

A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda across Canada and around the world, sponsored by Raising the Roof as part of the Housing Again partnership.

To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/6rbsyg

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THE NEW UNIONISM NETWORK – ORGANIZING FOR WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY

New Unionism is about unions setting agendas, rather than just reacting to them. This network unites supporters of four key principles: organizing, workplace democracy, internationalism and creativity.

To read our latest blog entries, click here: http://newunionism.wordpress.com/

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREEN JOBS IN CANADA HIGHLIGHTED IN GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH REPORT

The world is facing climate and economic crises, people are experiencing serious impacts and without urgent action the world is in peril. Mere weeks away from the important climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, world leaders are already warning that urgent action may not come soon. This must change.

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress have produced Green Decent and Public, a report focused on opportunities for the public sector to play a prominent role in generating good jobs. Green Decent and Public focuses on opportunities for improving energy efficiency and rapidly expanding electricity production from renewable resources. Public and community ownership of renewable power is offered as an alternative that has distinct advantages to further market liberalization in the electricity sector. These advantages include retaining economic revenues, maximizing social benefits, prioritizing conservation and ensuring energy security.

To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/4FIs8A

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RADICALS AT WORK NETWORK

Radicals at Work is a network of young activists and radicals involved in workers’ movements. We have come together to connect our radical ideas to our jobs and to work together to build a stronger labor movement.

We come from many jobs and communities – we are young rank and file workers, office workers, union and non-profit staff, activists working with workers centers, students, and teachers. We have a shared commitment to grassroots democracy and a workers movement that takes on racism, sexism, homophobia and isn’t afraid to go head-to-head with the boss.

Our website is meant to inform, spark discussion and be a place for conversations and education on some of the issues facing workers’ movements today.

To read more, click here: http://radicalsatwork.org/

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CALEDON INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL POLICY – DEVELOPING A DEPRIVATION INDEX: THE RESEARCH PROCESS

by Richard Matern, Michael Mendelson and Michael Oliphant, December 2009

This paper tells the story of the development of the Ontario Deprivation Index by the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. A ‘deprivation index’ is a list of items which are widely seen as necessary for a household to have a standard of living above the poverty level so that most households not in poverty are likely to have these items, but households in poverty are likely to find some of them unaffordable and so not have all those items. The index should therefore contain those items that distinguish the poor from the non-poor in the prevailing social and economic conditions.

To read more, click here: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/836ENG.pdf

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MURRAY DOBBIN’S BLOG – POVERTY: THE ULTIMATE LITMUS TEST OF DEMOCRACY

If we were to judge democracy using the language of business we would ask how it does on the “deliverables.” In other words, does it deliver on its promises of equality? In a capitalist society it is virtually impossible to deliver anything like complete equality but the role of government in the period following the Second World War was to provide a measure of equality in a system whose foundation was inequality. It has always struck me that the term we use to describe our political economic system – liberal democracy – is an oxymoron. Or more accurately a system that tries to integrate two mortally hostile notions: property rights and democracy. These are two principles that cannot be reconciled – eternal conflict is literally guaranteed.

To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/4mRZCs

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BOOK REVIEW – UNPREDICTABLE FUTURES: STORIES FROM WORKER-RUN FACTORIES IN ARGENTINA

Written by Benjamin Dangl  

Reviewed: Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, edited by Lavaca, 320 pages, Haymarket Books, 2007.

Following the social upheaval in Argentina in 2001-2002 a book was published in Spanish that a lot of activists and independent journalists in the country began trying to get their hands on. It wasn’t in all of the bookstores, but news about it traveled like wildfire. Now the legendary book, Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, is translated and available to the English-speaking world.

To read more, click here: http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1770/1/

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JAMES LAXER’S BLOG – BEYOND THE BUBBLE: IMAGINING A NEW CANADIAN ECONOMY

(Here is a brief summary of my new book, published earlier this month by Between The Lines Publishing, Toronto.)

Beyond the Bubble: Imagining A New Canadian Economy, makes the case that the economic crash of 2008 marked the end of one world age and the beginning of another. What has ended is the neo-liberal age of globalization and the American-centred global economy. What lends weight to this thesis is both the nature of the system of finance whose collapse is at the centre of the global crisis and the crushing problems that face the United States, making the re-assertion of an American-centred global economy exceedingly improbable.

To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/4xbapx

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MUSEUM WORKERS AT WAR: PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR SQUEEZE

by Priscillia Lefebvre

The casualization of labour has placed many workers in a position of precariousness forcing them into a state of perpetual insecurity characteristic of the ‘new economy’ neoliberal nightmare. In an effort to reduce production costs and maximize profitability, many employers have adopted a neoliberal approach to employment, which is achieved through the temporary and discretional use of labour, major layoffs, the retrenchment of wages, workplace intensification and the denial of benefits. The result of which has brought real wages to a near stand-still over the past twenty-years, as well as a growing chasm between worker productivity and the compensation that follows.

The battle for wage parity and job security rages on in Ottawa between the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC), which operates both the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Museum of War, and the 92% of fed up workers who voted in favour of a strike. The current strike by 420 Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members is the longest running labour strike in PSAC history. The workers have been on strike for more than 60 days after initial attempts to bargain for a fair collective agreement came to a halt on September 18th of this year.

To read more, click here: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/278.php

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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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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 30th 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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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”.
Join us to hear Steve Williams speak about POWER, and organizing working-class communities in the current context of the economic crisis.

Introductions and opening remarks will be made by Sam Gindin, CAW (Retired), and Stephanie Ross, York University. With Q & A.

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

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

In 1997, in the wake of Clinton’s historic attack on social assistance, welfare and public support measures for the poor, activists in the San Francisco area formed POWER: People Organized to Win Employment Rights. Since its inception, POWER members have waged more than twenty campaigns to improve the living and working conditions for welfare workers, domestic workers, low-income tenants and other working class people of color.

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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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCE PUTS THE PRIDE BACK INTO HEALTH RESEARCH

Research with Pride
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
University of Toronto
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College Street, Room 610

In partnership with The 519 Church Street Community Centre, this unique forum will offer the opportunity for students, community members, academics, and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two spirit, and queer (LGBTT2Q) communities to come together to discuss relevant health research, with a specific focus on community-based research (CBR) strategies.

Free. Lunch and snacks provided.

For more information or to register:  http://researchwithpride.org/index.html

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MAKING MUNICIPAL VOTING MATTER

Thursday, October 1
9 am to Noon
89 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario

Elections in Toronto are not meeting our expectations. Voter turn-out is surprisingly low. New faces on City Council are uncommon. And perhaps most importantly, our City Council does not reflect the evolving demographic of Toronto’s population. What are options for renewal?

Join other community organizations and individuals in a discussion about the changes we need to make municipal elections matter in Toronto.

RSVP for this event: http://www.facebook.com/l/2617e;tinyurl.com/lgcywd

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BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT: FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY

Friday, October 2, 2009
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
New College, University of Toronto
$50.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

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.

Panels:

* Ending Poverty
* Social Infrastructure
* Good Jobs
* Social Security and Economic Stabilizers

Register online at http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/symposium

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SHOVEL READY IS NOT THE WHOLE STORY: OPTIONS AND PRIORITIES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE GTA

Public Forum on Housing

Presented by The Older Women’s Network (OWN) and The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE, University of
Toronto

Sunday, October 4, 1:30 to 5 pm
OISE Auditorium
252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway)

Panel Members:

* Heather McGregor, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Toronto
* Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Sistering – A Woman’s Place
* Michael Shapcott, Director, Affordable Housing & Social Innovation, Wellesley Institute

The Older Women’s Network (OWN) – A Voice for Mid-Life and Older Women – is a not for profit organization incorporated in 1988. In 1997 OWN was instrumental in building a 142 unit Housing Co-op in the St. Lawrence Market area of Toronto.

For more information:  http://www.olderwomensnetwork.org

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A SERIES OF LEARNING CIRCLES: IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF ALAN THOMAS

By the holders of the Alan Thomas Fellowship
of the Carold Institute
In Celebration of the Life and Work of Alan Thomas

Date: Monday October 5, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place: Concordia University
Hall Building 7th Floor
Room H-762
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal

RSVP: 514-848-2424 (2036)
For more information: qaal@alcor.concordia.ca
Admission is FREE
Light Refreshments will be available

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FIRESIDE CHAT ON RACE, GENDER, INCOME VIA TELEPHONE/INTERNET

A special invitation to:
Public health planners and practitioners, policy makers, public health evaluators, community partners working with public health (e.g., NGOs, community health centres, school boards and educational institutions)….

A Fireside Chat – free pan-Canadian discussion via telephone/internet

Thursday October 8, 2009
1:00pm-2:30pm (Eastern Time)
Using an Online Toolkit to Address Social Determinants of Health through Multiple Intervention Programs

For more information and to register:  http://www.chnet-works.ca

Race…gender…income…All of these affect our health. In fact, considerable evidence exists that unequal social conditions contribute significantly to the persistent inequalities in the health of populations, internationally and in Canada.

How can public health programs address these, and other, social determinants of health? How are ‘social determinants’ understood and defined? What information can we draw upon to identify the determinants that we might be able to address? What kinds of interventions might be effective? How can we assess the impact of health interventions on social determinants? Is there any evidence that the social determinants can be altered through public health programming?

If you have ever asked yourself these questions, please join us on October 8. This Fireside chat will focus on using elements of the Multiple Interventions Program Tool Kit, an on-line resource for public health planners, to take into account social determinants of health when planning, implementing, and evaluating multiple intervention programs.

CHNET-works! hosts weekly fireside chats re: community health issues a project of RRASpHIRN, University of Ottawa Population Health Improvement Research Network – Réseau de recherches d’amélioration de la Santé de la population

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WOMEN TOGETHER: ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE A BIGGER PART IN POLITICS

An evening with:

* Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader
* Peggy Nash, President of the Federal NDP
* Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale-High Park & ONDP Women’s Critic

Monday October 5 2009
CAW 1285 Hall,
23 Regan Street, Brampton
(McLaughlin & Bovaird– easily reached from the 401, 407 & 410)
6:30PM reception, 7:00PM start
Dinner will be served.

Tickets are $24 or five for $100
$15 for students, or on layoff
Make cheques out to CAW 1285, write Elect Women Together in the memo area, and mail to CAW 1285, 23 Regan Road, Brampton, ON L7A 1B2

All are welcome to attend.

Introducing potential candidates, Party members, supporters, friends and others, to the nuts and bolts of getting elected.

Women Party members who have run for office are asked to share their experience and knowledge.

To order tickets, for more info, or to volunteer: ondpwomen@gmail.com

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DIVERSITY: STRATEGIES FOR A CHANGING WORKFORCE

The Toronto Training Board in partnership with Working Skills Centre and Working Women Community Centre is holding a one-day forum entitled “Diversity: Strategies for a Changing Workforce”.

The Forum is intended to gather “promising practices” related to creating a robust, multi-generational, diverse workplace, something that is essential to Toronto’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers.

If you are unable to attend, please consider finding another representative of your workplace.

Friday Oct. 16
Metro Hall
55 John Street, Room 308
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: $35 before Oct. 1 and $50 after Oct. 1 (including at door)
Includes breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
To register:  Carmen@ttb.on.ca
For more info:  416-703-7770 x. 519

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FOOD ISSUES PANEL: BROKEN SYSTEM

In conversation with Matt Galloway

How do we rethink our food distribution and quota systems along with various other antiquated food policies in order to rebuild our food systems so that we can help support a model that is based around small-scale local producers, while we ensure that we can provide nutritious and affordable food for all of our diverse communities.

Panelists:

* John Rowe, Farmer
* Debbie Field, Food Activist, FoodShare Toronto
* Ruth Klahsen, Artisan Cheese Maker
* Nick Saul, Food Activist, The Stop Community Food Centre

Tuesday October 20
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free Event

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RISK MANAGEMENT FOR NONPROFITS: NO COST & LOW COST WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE AND REPUTATION

October 15, 2009
8:30am – 12:30pm
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave.
Alterna Boardroom, 4th floor
$73.50 (inclusive of GST)
Coffee and light breakfast will be provided

We’re pleased to announce that the Centre for Social Innovation will be hosting a half-day workshop on effective risk management! Every organization needs to take risks in order to grow and reach the next level, but learning to do it smart is key. Presented by David Hartley, this workshop will help guide you to that place and is geared towards staff members, board members, and key volunteers of small and medium nonprofit organizations.

To register: http://socialinnovation.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=8

For questions, please contact Yumi Hotta, Community Animator at yumi@socialinnovation.ca

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FREE FILM FEST SHOWCASES LABOUR

Source: rabble.ca

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival is close to its goal of screening films in 100 communities across Canada. The movies will screen in cinemas, labour halls and living-rooms. There’s still time to get involved. CLIFF board member Raj Virk explains how.

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/redeye/2009/09/free-film-fest-showcases-labour

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MULTI-UNION COALITION AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STRIKES BACK AT DEVASTATING CUTS

By Jack Gerson, Tanya Smith, Labor Notes

Students, faculty, and staff at the University of California’s campuses walked out Thursday to protest hundreds of layoffs, cuts to academic programs and research centers, a staggering 32 percent tuition increase, and the stripping of any pretense of shared governance by placing “emergency” dictatorial powers in the university president’s hands. Photo: andydr

A coalition of unions, faculty, and students gave a sharp rebuke to cuts and corporate giveaways at the renowned University of California system on September 24—the first day back for most UC campuses.

Organizers called picket lines, rallies, and teach-ins on each of the 10 campuses to protest a wave of layoffs, tuition increases, and academic and research program cuts—all steps toward the decimation of public education in California.

To read more: http://labornotes.org/node/2459

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UNIONS MUST MOVE LEFT, THEY HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE – MONTHLY REVIEW

David Bacon (dbacon.igc.org) is a California writer and documentary photographer. He was a union organizer among immigrant workers for two decades. He documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war, and migration, and the struggle for human rights.

To read more: http://www.monthlyreview.org/090928bacon.php

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VIDEO: NAOMI KLEIN VS. ALAN GREENSPAN ON CRONY CAPITALISM IN THE US

Source: http://www.youtube.com
Except from September 24th 2007 Democracy Now! Naomi Klein and Alan Greenspan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09zvzzCOB2M

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CANADA MUST FORGE ITS OWN ECONOMIC FATE

Source: murraydobbin.ca

The SPP is dead. Let’s keep it that way.

With virtually no fanfare or media analysis, one of the most transformative agreements ever signed by Canada and the U.S. (and Mexico) is officially dead. The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the formal expression of a corporate lobbying campaign called deep integration, is no more.

To read more: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2009/09/24/EconomicFate/

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VIDEO: FIX EI TOWN HALL – JUDY REBICK – SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

Source: http://www.youtube.com
Author and social justice activist Judy Rebick addresses the “Fix EI” Town Hall Meeting held at Ryerson University in Toronto – September 21, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK5rOQpQxVA

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UNION RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: BUILDING THE LABOUR MOVEMENT IN MANITOBA

By Errol Black

The Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) is holding its annual convention in Brandon October 2 – 4, 2009. There are many important issues to be dealt with however the one issue that should be on the agenda and should be the focus of discussion is the spectre of eroding memberships in trade union organizations, evident in all jurisdictions in Canada.

To read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/reports/2009/09/article2314/

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ONTARIO FACULTY RELEASE REPORT ON UNIVERSITIES AND THE RECESSION: PAPER FINDS SERIOUS FINANCIAL IMPACTS ON INSTITUTIONS AND STUDENTS

TORONTO , Sept. 29 /CNW/ – The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) today released a research report, written by Hugh MacKenzie, analyzing the impact of the recent recession on Ontario’s universities. The report, commissioned by OCUFA, indicates that the economic downturn highlights fundamental problems with how the province funds higher education.

“This paper reveals serious cracks in Ontario’s funding model,” said Professor Mark Langer, President of OCUFA. “The recession starkly illustrates how our institutions are seriously under-funded, and how this under-funding puts serious financial pressure on students and their families.”

The negative effects of the recession are due to policy changes that began in the mid-1990s. After huge cuts to public university funding, institutions were forced to turn to private sources of income such as endowment funds and higher tuition fees. Now, 14 years later, the global financial crisis has significantly reduced the value of endowment funds and pension plans, hurting university revenue. Moreover, record student unemployment has made it even harder for students to pay for Ontario’s already expensive tuition fees. The Government of Ontario’s current tuition policy will allow fees to increase by an average of five per cent in the 2009-10 school year.

OCUFA has recently launched the Quality Matters campaign (http://www.quality-matters.ca) to raise awareness of the need for greater public funding in the university system. This investment will help mitigate the effects of the recession while improving educational quality and controlling tuition fees.

To read the report, please go to http://www.ocufa.on.ca/Publications.researchreports.gk.

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represent 15,000 faculty in 24 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca

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PODCAST: NAOMI KLEIN INTERVIEWS MICHAEL MOORE

Source: Common Dreams

On September 17, in the midst of the publicity blitz for his cinematic takedown of the capitalist order, Moore talked with Nation columnist Naomi Klein by phone about the film, the roots of our economic crisis and the promise and peril of the present political moment.

To listen to a podcast of the full conversation:  http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091012/moore_podcast

To read an edited transcript of their conversation: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/09/25

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VIEWS: MUTUAL AID SOCIETY – INSIDE HIGHER ED

Source: http://www.insidehighered.com

Did humanity evolve with selfish genes? Scott McLemee looks into an alternative theory.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/mclemee/mclemee260

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JOB POSTING: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SISTERING, TORONTO

You will foster learning, innovation, research, and philanthropy across the organization while promoting collaboration throughout Sistering and within the wider community. You will represent our organization to the broader community, build and maintain strong relationships, and ensure our financial health and sustainability. A ‘big picture’ thinker and inspirational leader, you have a graduate degree in a human services field or the equivalent, a proven five-year track record of success as a senior manager, ideally within a diverse, non-profit organization serving marginalized communities, and experience working with a Board of Directors. You have five years of experience in the social services or not-for-profit sectors, strong government and community relations expertise, and advocacy skills to effect change in social policies.

You may be required to work occasional weekends, provide periodic on-call support for weekend drop-in shifts, and travel within the city.

We offer excellent compensation and benefits. Please apply to:
962 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
tel: 416-926-9762
fax: 416-926-1932
e-mail: jkali@sistering.org

Sistering has anti-racism/oppression and employment equity policies and especially encourages Aboriginal women, women of colour, immigrant and refugee women, and women from other disadvantaged groups to apply.

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JOB POSTING: PROGRAM COORDINATOR, MAYWORKS, TORONTO

Deadline: 6:00 p.m. on October 13, 2009

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts seeks a Program Coordinator for the festival events.

For more information on this position: http://www.mayworks.ca/

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Work No More

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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READING FROM THE LEFT

NEW WEBSITE PROVIDES FREE DOWNLOADS OF CURRENT SOCIALIST BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS

Online Now: http://www.readingfromtheleft.com

READING FROM THE LEFT is a new website, created to promote and distribute contemporary socialist books and pamphlets.

It will feature free PDF downloads of pamphlets, reviews and announcements of socialist books,  free PDF downloads of book chapters, and in some cases entire books.

This is a non-commercial project: the website links to places where titles can be purchased, but it does not sell pamphlets or books directly.

The initial response from publishers has been excellent. The site already includes free downloads from:

**Monthly Review Press
**Resistance Books (Australia) 
**Resistance Books (UK) 
**Socialist Voice 
**Socialist Project

More titles are in preparation.

Please take a look — http://www.readingfromtheleft.com

Comments and suggestions are very welcome.

 

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