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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 30th JANAURY 2011

 

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF ‘HOME SAFE TORONTO’ DOCUMENTARY

Friday, February 4
7:30pm – 10:30pm
The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

With Street Nurse and Executive Producer Cathy Crowe and Director Laura Sky

HOME SAFE TORONTO is the second in the Sky Works series of documentaries that deals with how Canadian families live with the threat and the experience of homelessness.

It shows how the housing crisis in Canada is an expression of the increasing economic and job insecurity that has devastated the manufacturing sector in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout southern Ontario.

The film reveals the consequences of this “new economy”, where families surviving on low wages with no benefits, or on dwindling social assistance, are faced with the terrible choice between keeping a roof over their heads or putting food on the table.

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY

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

How to join the GTWA: http://www.workersassembly.ca/join

Committees: http://www.workersassembly.ca/committees

Our vision statement: http://www.workersassembly.ca/vision

Contact us at: workingclassfightback@gmail.com

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

Thursday, February 24, 5:00pm – 8 pm and
Friday, February 25, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Building
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto

The OFL and CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists) present the acclaimed exhibition “And Still I Rise: A History of African Canadian Workers in Ontario.” This travelling exhibit originally developed by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre explores the rich legacy of Ontario’s black Community.

Four exhibits designed to look like train coaches span the twentieth century with exhibition topics ranging from “Challenges to Freedom”: “1900 to World War II” to the reflective “Legacy of African Canadians”. Visitors are invited to learn more about the historic and present day lives and experiences of Black Canadians through the investigation of themes including immigration, work roles and the labour movement, the agitation of civil rights, the contributions of African Canadians to the arts and sports, the importance of church, schools and voluntary organizations to building strong communities.

For more information, contact Janice Gairey at jgairey@ofl.ca or 416.347.9732.

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“EL CONTRATO”: FILM PRESENTED BY PUEBLITO FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2011

February 8, 2011
6:00pm-9:00pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St., Toronto

“El Contrato” follows the path of migrant workers from Central Mexico to pick tomatos in Lemington, Ontario and the struggles and racism they face. Following the movie, prominent speaker Chris Ramsaroop will be addressing the issues about how immigrant workers in Canada still face injustices in today’s labour market and what should be the role of the Canadian labour movement.

To register for this event please email barrerasandy@hotmail.com with your name, email address and number of tickets you would like to reserve.

Suggested donation: $10.00

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CONFERENCE & CFP – TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND ADULT EDUCATION: GLOBAL ISSUES AND DEBATES

June 9, 2011
9:30 am – 4 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto

A pre-conference held in conjunction with the 52nd Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) and the 30th Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Conference

Keynote speakers: Dr. Roxana Ng, OISE/University of Toronto and Dr. Mary V. Alfred, Texas A&M University

When migrants arrive in a new society, they bring with them their values, language and culture, contributing significantly to the diversity of their host countries. Without a doubt, the resulting demographic, social, and cultural changes create new opportunities for development as well as new challenges for adult education. However, we are left to grapple with many important questions, such as: What is the impact of transnational migration on adult education? What are the challenges and opportunities for adult education? How can adult education best facilitate migrants’ adaptation in a new society?

Call for Proposals: If you are conducting research or have completed studies in this area, we invite you to submit proposals to: Dr. Shibao Guo, University of Calgary, guos@ucalgary.ca. Deadline: February 15, 2011

For more information: http://silenceandvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/AERC-CASAE-Call-2011.pdf

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NEWS AND VIEWS

RADICAL LABOR EDUCATION, PART I (FROM CHEAP MOTELS AND A HOT PLATE)

By Michael Yates

We are on our way to Amherst, Massachusetts, where I will be teaching a two-week course in labor economics to labor union brothers and sisters.  I have been a labor educator for thirty years. I have taught working people, mostly union leaders and members, a wide variety of courses in all kinds of settings… While working people are often enough unhappy with their work, or lack of it, and alienated from the political system, they ordinarily do not have a very clear understanding of the nature of our political economy or a desire to radically transform it. Why is this?

Read more: http://blog.cheapmotelsandahotplate.org/2010/12/27/radical-labor-education-part-i/

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SHARING IN A COMMON STRUGGLE

By Anthony Arnove, Socialist Worker

Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn’s collaborator on projects like the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States and the documentary The People Speak, pays tribute to a friend whose sense of solidarity and joy in life was infectious.

FILMING OUR documentary The People Speak in Boston one afternoon, Howard said that the camaraderie between our cast members, the sense of collective purpose and joy, was a feeling he hadn’t experienced with such intensity since his active participation in the civil rights movement.

Since Howard’s passing, I have thought often of that moment, which crystallizes for me what made him so compelling an example of someone committed to, and enjoying to its fullest, a life of struggle.

Read more: http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/12/sharing-in-the-struggle

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EGYPT (FROM WADE RATHKE: CHIEF ORGANIZER BLOG)

If there was ever a more dramatic case study of the political impact of protest on or off the grid of internet, telecommunications, and social networking, the world saw it on the streets of Egypt yesterday. It was as if there were a perfect laboratory experiment on what would happen if the only avenues for protest were “old school” removing the variable of communications.

Read more: http://chieforganizer.org/2011/01/29/egypt/

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BEARING THE BRUNT OF A NEW WITCH-HUNT

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Socialist Worker

The bipartisan campaign against “privileged” public-sector workers threatens to erode some of the gains of the civil rights and Black Power movements.

IN THE run-up to the midterm elections, overheated rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats identified public-sector workers as a central factor in historically high budget state deficits and the collapse of local economies.

Public-sector workers have been described as the “haves”–as an “elite” group of workers who are living high on the fat of tax dollars, while the rest of the workforce wallows in job insecurity, lack of health care, foreclosure and falling wages.

Read more: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/27/brunt-of-a-new-witch-hunt

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“ALONE TOGETHER”: AN MIT PROFESSOR’S NEW BOOK URGES US TO UNPLUG

By David Zax, Fast Company

In her new book, an MIT professor shares her ambivalence about the overuses of technology, which, she writes, “proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.”

Sherry Turkle has been an ethnographer of our technological world for three decades, hosted all the while at one of its epicenters: MIT. A professor of the social studies of science and technology there, she also heads up its Initiative on Technology and Self. Her new book, Alone Together, completes a trilogy of investigations into the ways humans interact with technology. It can be, at times, a grim read. Fast Company spoke recently with Turkle about connecting, solitude, and how that compulsion to always have your BlackBerry on might actually be hurting your company’s bottom line.

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1716844/alone-together-an-mit-professors-new-book-urges-us-to-unplug

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POVERTY BY POSTAL CODE 2: VERTICAL POVERTY

Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty presents new data on the growing concentration of poverty in the City of Toronto and the role that high-rise housing is playing in this trend. The report tracks the continued growth in the spatial concentration of poverty in Toronto neighbourhoods, and in high-rise buildings within neighbourhoods. It then examines the quality of life that high-rise buildings are providing to tenants today. Its primary focus is on privately owned building stock in Toronto’s inner suburbs. This research is part of United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy.

Read more: http://unitedwaytoronto.com/verticalpoverty/report/introduction/

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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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Toward Real Education

Toward Real Education

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15 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.

To change your subscriptions 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: ADULT LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY IN WORKING-CLASS LIFE

By P.H. Sawchuk

Adult Learning and Technology in Working-Class Life explores the everyday learning lives of workers as they cope, use, understand and contest computer technology in their lives.

Cambridge University Press, 2003
Available online from publisher: http://www.cambridge.org

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SEMINAR WITH WADE RATHKE OF ACORN USA

Co-sponsored by Labour Studies (York University) & the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (OISE/UT) Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL-CURA) Project

Thursday, September 17, 2009
9:30am – 11:30am
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 12-199
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
   
Wade Rathke is a co-founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 100.

Rathke was ACORN’s chief organizer from its founding in 1970 until 2008. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Social Policy, a quarterly magazine for scholars and activists, and he is the author of two recently published books. As a student, Rathke organized draft resistance for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and later organized welfare recipients in Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts for the National Welfare Rights Organization.

ACORN is the largest organization of lower income and working families in the United States, with 175,000 dues-paying families spread across about eighty-two staffed offices in American cities. The ACORN family of organizations includes radio stations, publications, housing development and ownership (ACORN Housing), and a variety of other supports for direct organizing and issue campaigns, such as Project Vote and the Living Wage Resource Center. ACORN International has offices in Lima, Peru, and Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

The APCOL Project (2009-2014) is operated out of the Ontario Institute for Education (University of Toronto). Using Action Research methods, its goal is to bring together community organizers, university and college researchers in the Toronto area to document relations between community organizing, the economy and activist development.

For more information on APCOL, contact g.demontmollin@utoronto.ca
For more information on Wade Rathke, go to http://chieforganizer.org/

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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.

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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BOOK LAUNCH – CITIZEN WEALTH: THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WORKING FAMILIES
September 16, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Hart House (UofT)

Wade Rathke is among the most prolific community and labor organizers of his generation. He is the founder of ACORN USA (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, USA), which has worked to build the largest community based organization of low and moderate income families in America fighting for social and economic justice. ACORN CANADA has been a vital partner of the Toronto labour movement in the Good Jobs for All Coalition and the $10 Minimum Wage fight. Wade Rathke will be speaking about lessons learned from a life of community organizing, as well as signing copies of his new book and answering questions. For more information on the book and Wade, please visit here.

To find out more about the book and Wade, click here: http://chieforganizer.org/

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UNITED STEELWORKER RADIO ADS STAND UP FOR SUDBURY, AND ADVERTISE SEPT 19 RALLY

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ – “You know… Sudbury’s a good place to grow up… to raise a family… to retire”, begins the radio ad launched by the United Steelworkers in support of the Vale Inco strike.

The first of four ads goes on to explain: “That’s because we give back to our community when we can. But the Brazilian company Vale could ruin all this.”

In the series of radio ads (two to be launched Monday, Sept 14), the Steelworkers are reaching out to fellow Sudburians to recognize that Vale Inco is not just attacking the compensation of its workers. Vale is also challenging the very quality of life that has been built up over decades in Sudbury.

“The ads remind Sudbury citizens that Vale is massively profitable, currently has huge cash assets, and increased its executive compensation by 121% in the last two years. Yet Vale is demanding drastic concessions from the Sudbury workforce,” said John Fera, President of USW Local 6500.

The ads publicize an International and Community Support Rally that is taking place on Saturday, Sept 19 at 11am at the Sudbury Arena.

The rally will have guests from around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, UK, Switzerland, USA, and others. The rally was the brainchild of international supporters of the Vale Inco strike.

“The international community is closely monitoring the Sudbury strike against Vale Inco in what has become a battle between a massively profitable multinational corporation and a committed workforce joined by a strong union and supportive community,” added Fera.

For further information: John Fera, USW President Local 6500, (705) 675-3381 x238 / (705) 561-3093; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, (416) 434-2221

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JOSSEY-BASS ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING – ONLINE CONFERENCE

The conference comes to you.

The most popular guidebooks on Online Teaching and Learning come to life as an Online Conference. Join us OCTOBER 6-8, 2009. Interact with over 20 authors and hundreds of colleagues, right from your desktop. And every participant receives a choice of 3 books.

To learn more, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/program
To register, click here: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/register

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SEIZE THE MOMENT!

Seize the Moment (STM) is a method of democratic critical thinking used in community building and development for positive social change.

STM is a democratic way for community organisations to do problem solving around issues that affect the communities they serve. Using STM leads to stronger collective abilities to do social analysis for action, more efficient delivery of services to people in need, a more interconnected service and social movement sector, and a more informed and involved public amongst other things.

Based on the process Naming the Moment, an innovative method developed in the 1980s that incorporated the then current learnings from the fields of organizational development, adult education, skills training, conflict resolution, coalition building and more, STM builds on this history and, like its predecessor, builds on the best practices available both in the above-mentioned fields as well as drawing on the unique experiences of participating organizations.

The Catalyst Centre designs and facilitates STM processes in collaboration with a volunteer steering committee (representative of the participating organizations or communities) that shares responsibility for design, outreach and facilitation. Once designed the Catalyst Centre with the steering committee conducts a series of workshops (e.g. five to eight 3-hour evenings over a few months or two to three full days over a weekend or a few half days) to which participating community members and organizations are invited.

For more information, contact The Catalyst Centre at (416) 516-9546, email catalystcentre@web.net, or visit their web site at http://www.catalystcentre.ca

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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING

From COMM-ORG, the On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development. The list is moderated and maintained by Randy Stoecker at the University of Toledo.

http://ourblocks.net/neighborhood-resources-from-bill-berkowitz/
http://ourblocks.net/built-environmental-justice/

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THE PROBLEM WITH ECONOMICS

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

What economics has to offer is rich and varied. What has to be avoided is what did in the American profession, and is always a threat to any academic pursuits: conformity to prevailing norms.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2009/09/problem-economics

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A LIFELONG SEARCH FOR REAL EDUCATION

by Julia Putnam

Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.

To read more:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/a-lifelong-search-for-real-education?utm_source=sep09&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14_Grace

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR CO-OP WEEK? LET CCA KNOW!    

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) wants to know about the activities co-ops and credit unions across Canada are planning for Co-op Week, October 11-17, 2009.

CCA will be posting a day-by-day listing of Canadian Co-op Week events on its website, in an effort to create an inventory of Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day activities taking place across the country.

CCA will be also be hosting a Co-op Week blog in which co-operators and members of the public can write about what co-operatives mean to them.  They are looking for guest bloggers from different parts of the country to talk about their own experiences in the co-operative sector and how their co-ops contribute to the economic and social lives of their communities.

To send in a Co-op Week event listing, or to volunteer to be a guest blogger, contact Donna Balkan, CCA communications manager, at donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop

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FRIENDING A STRIKE

From Insider HigherEd

When Oakland University, in Michigan, and the union that represents 600 of its faculty members failed to reach labor agreement last week, the professors went on strike and the university shut down — while representatives from the opposing sides went behind closed doors in downtown Detroit to negotiate. At the same time, a much larger and more eclectic group began discussing the issue in a space that had no doors — just walls. At Oakland U., the action isn’t just on the picket lines. It’s on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/10/facebook

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AGM: METRO TORONTO CHINESE & SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:00 – 8:00pm
University Settlement House, 23 Grange Road, Toronto

Presentation: The Economic Crisis: What caused it and how does it affect racialized communities and other marginalized groups?, by Jim Stanford, Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers

This special presentation is co-sponsored by the Colour of Poverty Campaign

Light refreshments will be served! (No pre-registration required. Just show up!)

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JOURNALISM IS DEAD; LONG LIVE JOURNALISM – HOW THE WEB IS REINVENTING JOURNALISM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

There’s no debate that journalism is in the midst of an alarming transition. Newspaper circulation figures, advertising revenues, job openings and journalists’ wages have been in a downward slide for several years. At the same time, the internet has given birth to new forms of journalism. Green shoots are emerging in the form of online news gathering and reporting, the rise of social media, citizen journalism and crowdsourced news.

This is where the debate begins. What will these changes mean for democracy? Is there a business model for quality journalism? And what will the jobs of the future look like?

Join Rem Rieder, editor and publisher of the American Journalism Review, in conversation with Ira Basen, CBC writer and producer of “News 2.0: The Future of News in the Age of Social Media”, as they explore these questions and more.

Sponsored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

*The consequences of caring: skills, regulation and reward among early years workers
Patricia Findlay, Jeanette Findlay, and Robert Stewart
Work Employment Society 2009;23 422-441
http://wes.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/3/422

*A cross-cultural examination of student volunteering: Is it all about résumé building?
Femida Handy, Lesley Hustinx, Ram A. Cnaan, and Chulhee Kang
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 3 September 2009, 10.1177/0899764009344353
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764009344353v1

*A feminine perspective of giftedness
Linda Kreger Silverman and Nancy B. Miller
International Handbook on Giftedness
http://www.springerlink.com/content/u028h31368580278/

*Financialization and changes in the social relations along commodity chains: The case of coffee
Susan A. Newman
Review of Radical Political Economics published 1 September 2009, 10.1177/0486613409341454
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613409341454v1

*The limits of black activism: Philadelphia’s public housing in the depression and World War II
James Wolfinger
Journal of Urban History 2009;35 787-814
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/6/787

*Satisfaction with spirituality, satisfaction with religion and personal well-being among Spanish adolescents and young university students
Ferran Casas, Mònica González, Cristina Figuer, Sara Malo
Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 4, Number 1 / March, 2009
http://www.springerlink.com/content/d5228j0520621383/

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Co-operation

Co-operation

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF WORK AND EDUCATION UPDATE 5 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.

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

***HAPPY LABOUR DAY!***

RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW – WORKPLACE LEARNING: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION

By J. Bratton, J. Mills, T. Pyrch & P.H. Sawchuk

Covering the multi-disciplinary nature of workplace learning research, this book offers introductions to matters of organizational studies, adult education, union education and leadership in order to support either the student or experienced scholar seeking to further enhance their critical appreciation of this complex field of study.
Broadview Press, 2004. Available online from publisher, UTP: http://www.utphighereducation.com or online at http://www.amazon.com

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 2009-2010 WORKSHOP SERIES

October Workshop: Financial Management in Community Organizations, with Eric Plato, Director of Finance, Frontier College

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
 
DATE:  Friday, October 2, 2009 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca 416-978-0022

LOCATION:  Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES

September Speakers’ Panel: Water Justice

When:  Wednesday, September 24, 2009, noon – 1:30 pm
Where:  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto,
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 12-199

Speakers:

*Joe Cressy is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Polaris Institute. He will discuss the issue of bottled water and the need for public water infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally.
*Nancy Goucher is the Program Coordinator for the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW). She will discuss efforts to protect our critical fresh water resources, emphasizing the necessity of having all levels of government work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy to effectively address current and emerging threats to fresh water security.
*Mark Cazavara is the regional organizer (Ontario/Quebec) for The Council of Canadians, and he will talk about Dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates to water source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water.

Bring your lunch and a mug – coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa White at secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca or visit our website at http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our website for detailed instructions.

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NEW ONLINE LABOUR STUDIES COURSE AT ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY

Our new Labour Studies course “Workers and the Economy” is up and running now. The course denounces market philosophy as a means to disempower workers, explains the economy from a workers perspective and explores possibilities to build a strong labour movement. Particularly timely: The course also includes a section on economic crisis.

Please also forward this information to people you know and who might be interested. Your questions, comments and critique are welcome anytime.

To find out more, follow this link http://www.athabascau.ca/html/syllabi/lbst/lbst330.htm or contact Ingo Schmidt at ingos@athabascau.ca

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LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS OF CANADA (“LATUC”) CONFERENCE

This September 11, 12, 13 the first ever conference of Latin American Trade Unionists from across Canada will be held in Toronto.

LATUC is a new coalition of Canadian union members of Latin American heritage.  LATUC seeks to strengthen the voice of Latin American workers within the Canadian Labour Movement.

LATUC calls for all Spanish speaking sisters and brothers in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in the conference, which will take place on:

Date:  September 11, 12, 13 – 2009
Place:  Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON

For more information contact:  Edgar Godoy at president@cupe2191.org or at 416-979-9594

To see the agenda and registration forms, click here: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?document_id=919&lang=en

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LABOUR PHOTO OF THE YEAR CONTEST

Last year, LabourStart sponsored the first-ever international Labour Photo of the Year competition. It was a huge success. Photographers from all over the world submitted their pictures and a panel of expert judges selected a short-list of the five best. Our readers then voted in their thousands to choose the winning photo.

Today we’re very pleased to announce the second annual Labour Photo of the Year. We’re doing this because we want to encourage and recognize the talents of worker-photographers around the world, and at the same time to encourage them to tell the stories of our struggles in photos.  The deadline for submissions of photos is 30 September.

Full details are here: http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

Please share this message with your fellow union members — especially those with cameras!

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LABOUR DAY WEEKEND: A TIME TO BE THANKFUL FOR UNION POWER

By Gary Engler, rabble.ca

On Labour Day 2009 everyone should give a special thanks for union power and hope that it grows stronger.

Of course, this is not a message you read every day and some people may even be angered by it, but the truth is our society depends on unions to say “no” to the destructive forces unleashed by capitalism’s economic downturns.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2009/09/labour-day-weekend-time-be-thankful-union-power

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TORONTO – PARKDALE’S FOOD, EARTH AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave.
Our annual Fall extravaganza will be on Sunday, Sept. 27, in Masaryk Park.

For more info: http://www.greenestcity.ca

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TORONTO – HARVEST WEDNESDAYS: EAT GOOD AT THE GLADSTONE HOTEL

Gladstone Hotel Brings the Farm to Table Experience to Queen West

Every Wednesday July 08 to October 21, 2009

Every Wednesday the Gladstone Hotel and Chef Marc Breton offer urbanites farm fresh fare and an opportunity to experience the unparalleled flavour of foods harvested in the natural rhythm of our local growing season.

Each week Chef Breton’s menu is inspired by the fresh produce harvested by farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-a-Biddy Acres CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) as well as local meats, cheeses, wines and beers from our Harvest Wednesday Partners.

Events and menus vary by the week. To see the 2009 Harvest Wednesday Events Schedule, menus and prices: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/harvestwed2009.html

* To Buy Tickets for Tastings call (416) 531-4635 Ext 7100
* To Reserve for Prix Fixe Dinners or Purchase Tickets for Final Harvest Table Dinner call (416) 531-4635 Ext 7100

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BOOK LAUNCH: CITIZEN WEALTH – WINNING THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WORKING FAMILIES BY WADE RATHKE

September 16, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Hart House (UofT)
7 Hart House Circle (basement)

Wade Rathke is among the most prolific community and labor organizers of his generation. He is the founder of ACORN USA (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, USA), which has worked to build the largest community based organization of low and moderate income families in America fighting for social and economic justice. A 2006 report credited ACORN USA’s redistributive campaigns with returning $15 Billion to poor and working class families and their communities through higher wages, home ownership opportunities and new curbs on predatory lending over a 10 year period. Wade Rathke will be speaking about lessons learned from a life of community organizing, as well as signing copies of his new book and answering questions. For more information on the book and Wade, please visit here.

To find out more about the book and Wade, click here: http://chieforganizer.org/
To find out more about ACORN, click here: http://www.acorn.org/index.php?id=12389

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MONDRAGÓN WORKER-COOPERATIVES DECIDE HOW TO RIDE OUT A DOWNTURN

The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the largest consortium of worker-owned companies, has developed a different way of doing business—a way that puts workers, not shareholders, first.

Here’s how it played out when one of the Mondragón cooperatives fell on hard times:  http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1661/1/

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PODCAST – RADIO BASICS: UNIONISM AND THE FATE OF THE WORKING CLASS

Podcast in which labour studies Professor Stephanie Ross discusses the history of CUPE, the hypocritical nature of anti-union forces, the historical breakthroughs and strategic limitations of the current state of unionism.

Click here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/34695

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NEEDS YOUR ADVICE

We are speaking to 1000 women across Ontario about their needs when it comes to hospitals, healthcare and the care they receive. Join us and make your voice heard.

Women’s College Hospital in Toronto is building a new facility to achieve its vision of being the world’s pre-eminent ambulatory care hospital dedicated to women’s health. Join our online community forums to inspire new thinking and help WCH meet the needs of women (and their families). The more you share, the better WCH will be able to design their building, their programs and their health care practices.

It’s simple to get involved online: First, fill in a short survey of basic information to allow us to direct you to the forum that best meets your profile. Go to http://www.wch1000women.com to take the survey. (Note: To start the survey, click the “Submit This Page” button.) Secondly, share your views amongst like-minded women. Take part as much or as little as you want. We have a few questions to ask you to get the discussion started, but after you’ve answered those questions you’re free to share as much of your stories, hopes and dreams as you wish.

If you are unable to take part via the online study, all interested women in Ontario are invited to send an email or a letter describing your vision for the ideal women’s hospital. Describe how it might look, the interaction you would like to have with the people there and what is special about the care you receive in this hospital. Send your emails to:  WCH1000women@hotmail.com or mail us a letter at:  WCH 1000 WOMEN 2192 Queen Street East, Suite 62, Toronto , ON M4E 1E6.

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RALPH NADER AND SHIRLEY DOUGLAS: “PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTH CARE AND ITS PRESERVATION IN CANADA ”, TORONTO

When: September 24, 2009, Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto

Post-lecture VIP cocktail reception with Ralph Nader and Shirley Douglas (at a private home)

Lecture: $19.62
Lecture + VIP reception: $196.20 (including tax receipt)

Proceeds support the University College Health Studies Program

For more information and to buy tickets go to this webpage: http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/component/option,com_events/task,view_detail/agid,174/year,2009/month,09/day,24/Itemid,2541/

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LEADERSHIP FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – VITAL PEOPLE

Are you a leader who is making outstanding contributions working at a not-for-profit organization in Toronto? Does your not-for-profit have someone on staff who shows incredible leadership, and is poised to take on an even greater role in the sector?

If so – consider applying for VITAL PEOPLE, the Toronto Community Foundation’s award program that supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. Funded through our Vital Toronto Fund, Vital People grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable not-for-profit leaders to build their skills or knowledge or apply their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership contributions. Grants are available to those just taking on new leadership challenges as well as those with many years of experience.

Deadline for Application: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday September 30, 2009

For more information: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/communitynews/leadership-funding-opportunity-vital-people/

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THE END OF THE BUSINESS SIMILE

Insider Higher Ed, August 31, 2009

With so many companies collapsing, Daniel J. Ennis notices that academics are no longer being told that they need to learn management and strategy from the corporate world. As long as “business” represented competence and “university” represented inefficiency, then the Business Simile was able to win many an argument. But similes die, and they die when their referents stop making sense.

To read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/08/31/ennis

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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