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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 31st OCTOBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

VIDEO: WORKERS’ CONTROL, WORKERS’ COUNCILS AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

Presentation by Michael Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus, Economics Department, Simon Fraser University.

“Workers Control, Workers Councils and the Social Economy” presented 10 August 2009 at ALCASA in Ciudad Guayana in the state of Bolivar (on the occasion of the anniversary of the Workers School for Political Formation, ‘Negro Primero’), translated by Federico Fuentes. ALCASA is the state aluminum company, currently functioning under workers control and a key part of the ‘Socialist Plan for Guayana.’ Among those present was Elio Sayago, elected president of ALCASA by the workers this year.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls73.php

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REBEL FILMS – “SOUTH OF THE BORDER” 

Friday, November 5
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
St. George Subway Station

South of the Border (2010, 78 min.), is a film directed by Oliver Stone. Writer for the project Tariq Ali calls the documentary “a political road movie”. The film has Stone and his crew travel from the Caribbean down the spine of the Andes in an attempt to explain the “phenomenon” of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and account for the continent’s recent leftward tilt. Cuba Consul General Jorge Soberon and Venezuela Deputy Consul General Aura Samira will comment on the film, followed by an open discussion.

The film will be preceded by a brief introduction, and will be followed by a commentary and an open floor discussion period. Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction-canada.blogspot.com or call 416–535-8779.

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C2D2 (CANADIAN COMMUNITY FOR DIALOGUE & DELIBERATION) EVALUATION PROJECT
TELECONFERENCE

Tuesday, November 2
12 pm-1:30 pm (ET)

About C2D2: C2D2 is a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to the creation and sustainability of vibrant communities, businesses, governments, not for profits and learning institutions through the good practice of dialogue, deliberation, collaborative action and decision-making processes. We believe that thoughtful and participatory planning and collaborative sense making must involve multiple and diverse interests (citizen, expert, civic, business and community voices).

About The Evaluation Project: The C2D2 community is hosting a national conversation about evaluating dialogue and deliberation. The goal of this effort is to strengthen practice through more work on evaluation.

The dial-in number and code are:

Local dial-in: 613-960-7516
Toll Free Dial-In : 1-877-413-4792
Conference ID – 3933472
Documents like the agenda will be added to this link before the teleconference: http://www.c2d2.ca/c2d2-evaluation-project-november-2010-0

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WHY ARE SOCIAL ASSISTANCE RATES A WORKERS ISSUE?

Monday November 8
6 to 9 pm
CUPE 4400: 1482 Bathurst St, Suite 200, Toronto
**On-Site Childcare and Food Provided

Join us for the Raise the Rates & Special Diet Campaign Educational

Join CUPE members for an educational on the Raise the Rates and Special Diet Campaign to get the word out in our workplaces about why raising social assistance rates is a workers issue and what can be done to take this issue on.

For more information, contact: 416-596-7927 / cupe4308@gmail.com

CUPE Ontario: Save the Special Diet and Raise the Rates: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?document_id=1114&lang=en

CUPE Ontario Statement on the Special Diet Allowance: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?subject_id=227&lang=en

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NEWS & VIEWS

TIME TO KICK OVER THE PREVAILING ORTHODOXY IN ECONOMIC THOUGHT

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The focus needs to be on building a new economy, not shoring up capitalism through fiscal policy. De-legitimizing capital as the source of all wisdom about how to run the world is the first task.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/time-kick-over-prevailing-orthodoxy-economic-thought

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THE RECESSION’S HIT WOMEN HARD, BUT THE MYTH OF THE “MANCESSION” WON’T DIE

The “mancession” narrative is based on a divisive argument which skews the facts.

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

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ROB FORD AND THE POLITICS OF ANGER

by Eric Mang, rabble.ca

The phrase most often used to describe the ascension of Ford is “voter anger.” This rage against the machine may have blinded many Ford supporters as to the character and measure of this man.

Read more: http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ericmang/2010/10/rob-ford-and-politics-anger

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NEW FROM CALEDON INSTITUTE: A DIFFERENT VIEW ON IMMIGRATION

In Immigration: For Young Citizens, author Tom Kent argues that immigration to Canada is in chaos. The federal government’s response to the problems has been to shuffle much of its responsibility to provincial governments and to employers recruiting for ostensibly temporary work. In the resulting confusion, the national purpose for immigration is lost. Some easements, such as better settlement services and language upgrading, are widely urged but little done. At best, they are only band-aids. Fundamental changes are needed. Kent offers 12 suggestions.

Download the report: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/903ENG.pdf

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CANADA’S VITAL SIGNS 2010

Each fall, Canadian community foundations from the Atlantic to the Pacific prepare local report cards for, and about, their communities. Like an annual check-up, each Vital Signs report looks at how one community is doing across many aspects of quality of life. What makes for ‘good’ quality of life varies from one community to another. Each Vital Signs report reflects this diversity, tracking the measures that are important to each community.

On October 5, 2010, Vital Signs reports were issued in 15 communities:

Calgary, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Lunenburg County, Medicine Hat, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer, Saint John, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Waterloo Region.

About Vital Signs: Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is based on a project of the Toronto Community Foundation and is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

For more detail, see our local reports here: http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/local-reports-e.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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‘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 25th OCTOBER 2010

 EVENTS

NO MORE DEATHS: PEOPLE’S RESISTANCE TO UNDOCUMENTED AND PRECARIOUS WORK

Thursday, November 4
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall
31 Wellesley St. East, Toronto

As migrant workers continue to die, labour activists and community groups must gather together, to reignite a new fight. This is a fight that creates far-reaching changes and challenges the very root of people’s inability to access real safety – immigration status and racism.

Join community groups and labour activists to discuss and demand:

– Moratorium on deportations for all workers with WSIB claims and MOL complaints
– Access to Health and Safety without Fear
– Status for injured workers and their families
– Status for All!

For more info: nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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BUILDING LABOUR RESISTANCE: WINNING STRATEGIES IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Tuesday October 26, 2010
7 to 9 pm
Ryerson Student Centre, Room A/B (Second floor)
63 Gould St. Toronto
One block north of Dundas on the corner of Church St.

Join us for a panel discussion with labour activists from the private and public sector sharing successful strategies to fight back against the challenges working people, communities and labour are facing due to corporate greed, cutbacks and the crisis of capitalism. There will be time for questions and discussions for those in attendance.

Speakers:
– Don Guest, First Vice President Brantford District Labour Council & Organizer for 3 Days of Solidarity Picket for USW 1-500 Striking Workers in Brantford.
– Michael Hurley, President Ontario Council of Hospital Unions & CUPE Ontario 1st Vice-President.
– Representative from Unite Here Local 75.
– Moderator: Ilian Burbano, Co-President CUPE 3393 & Organizer with Latin American Solidarity Network.

This forum is organized by the Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (http://www.workersassembly.ca)

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PREMIERE OF OLIVER STONE’S FILM, “SOUTH OF THE BORDER”
(co-written with Tariq Ali)

Oct 27, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Toronto, ON

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know about it. Oliver Stone undertakes a road trip across South America exploring the myths behind the movements leading the cultural, social and political transformation that is sweeping across the continent. As well he delves into the American corporate media’s intentional misrepresentation of South America while interviewing many of its democratically elected presidents.

Watch the trailer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/03/oliver-stone-south-of-the-border-hugo-chavez

For more info: jsharkey@sympatico.ca

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VIDEO: HOW LABOUR IS (PART OF) THE PROBLEM IN BUILDING THE LEFT

Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center.

A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).

Moderated by John Myles, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls71.php

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11TH ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ BLACK EAGLE AWARDS DINNER

November 3, 2010
Ontario Federation of Labour Building
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto
Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm
Cash Bar

Hosted by: United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Agricultural Workers Alliance and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation

Award recipients: Paul Cavalluzzo, Olivia Chow, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Kerry Preibisch, Leonel Godoy and Gil McGowan

The award dinner is held in memory of Cesar E. Chavez, who died in 1993, following a lifelong struggle to secure basic human rights and social justice for migrant farm workers. This event continues to be an important fundraiser in support of the AWA, an organization which is dedicated to supporting and providing information and resources to the agriculture and migrant farm workers who toil on Canadian soil.

More info: info@awa-ata.ca or (416) 675-1104 ext. 2244

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NEWS & VIEWS

TEN POINTS IN CANADA’S REAL ECONOMIC UPDATE

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The minister of finance has made his Fall Economic Update. We wanted to hear what he had to say about government spending — but we didn’t. Why? Because the real story is one of austerity.

The federal finance minister promised Canadians a look at what is happening with the economy. On the surface, the job is fairly straightforward. James Flaherty has to say whether the economy is growing, or not; and he has to say what he intends to do about it.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/ten-points-canadas-real-economic-update

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THE EVIDENCE FROM THE U.K. IS CLEAR: PRIVATIZATION IS MORE COSTLY

Former British health minister could not be clearer: increased privatization has meant increased costs. Frank Dobson, British MP, was keynote speaker at the CUPE health care sector meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday, October 21.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/health-care/evidence-uk-clear-privatization-costly

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THE PERFECT STORM

by Robert Reich, CommonDreams.org

It’s a perfect storm. And I’m not talking about the impending dangers facing Democrats. I’m talking about the dangers facing our democracy.

First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/19-1

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MICHIGAN BLUES

by Michael Moore

I have a rule of thumb that’s served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support “free markets” and “competition,” check to see if you still have your wallet.

Read more: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/michigan-blues

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THE LOST SOUL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Author discusses new book on “corporatization, the assault on academic freedom, and the end of the American university.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/10/20/schrecker

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

NOT ONLY WIDE OPEN SPACES: URBAN HISTORY AND THE AMERICAN WEST
Anne M. Butler
Journal of Urban History published 21 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384251
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0096144210384251v1

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THE PRACTICE OF DIALOGUE IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
Jodi Jan Kaufmann
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 456-476
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/5/456

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THE COSMOS OF THE PARIS APARTMENT: WORKING-CLASS FAMILY LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
Eliza Ferguson
Journal of Urban History published 18 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384247
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210384247v1

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MIND THE GAP: SCHOOL LEAVER ASPIRATIONS AND DELAYED PATHWAYS TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23 Issue 4 2010
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a926503481~frm=titlelink
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JOB POSTINGS

LABOUR/COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TEMPORARY FULL-TIME

The Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Worker’s Assembly is planning a conference at the end of January 2011 to bring together and create a space for working class people to explore strategies and build capacity for resistance and mobilizing to win within our unions, workplaces and our communities. To assist in the planning and coordination we are hiring an organizer for 10 weeks to prepare for the conference and to take on tasks assigned by the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign.

The person will need to have the following skills, experience and abilities:

– demonstrated experience in organizing in labour and/or in the community
– strong communication skills
– experience organizing events, workshops and/or forums
– commitment to the principals of the Worker’s Assembly which include an anti-capitalist perspective and radical anti-oppression politics
– understanding that class expands beyond the organized labour movement
– able to work independently

The organizer will attend Labour Caucus meetings and meetings with the Free and Accessible Transit campaign. The organizer’s daily work will be the responsibility of a subcommittee that includes members of the Labour Caucus and the Transit Campaign and there will be a designated member to support and work with the organizer. The successful individual will be selected through committee in a democratic process. 

Start Date: Flexible with start date from early November to mid November 2010 with an end date in January 2011

Rate of Compensation: $6,000 for 10 weeks – Full Time.

Please submit your interest for this opportunity no later than Saturday October 30, 2010 at 9 am. Please include experience, skills and reasons for wanting to take on this work – resumes, cover letters or other letters of interest are acceptable. 

Email: gtwalabour@gmail.com; Fax: 647-350-4049

For more information about the Workers’ Assembly: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com
Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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