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Oct 17, 2016 - Understanding the 'Gig Economy'

When: Monday, October 17th, 12:30pm
Where: York University, 4700 Keele Street, York Lanes 280N, Toronto

The Global Labour Research Centre (York University), the Socialist Project, and the Centre for Social Justice are pleased to host a talk on "Understanding the 'Gig Economy': the Political Economy of Platform Capitalism."

with Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire.

The recent explosive growth of online platforms for managing labour has brought mixed responses. Is it a prefigurative model of a new post-capitalist form of work organisation? Or is capitalism up to its old tricks? Drawing on recent research on 'crowd work' in Europe, Ursula Huws will provide a critical analysis of platform capitalism, placing it in the context of the new wave of restructuring and accumulation following the 2007-7 financial crisis.

Please RSVP | Facebook event
Oct 20, 2016 - Book Launch: Hearts and Mines: The US Empire's Culture Industry 

When: Thursday October 20th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

* Tanner Mirrlees, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and
* Scott Forsyth, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, York University.

From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it's clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is this so? 

Please join us for a discussion about the production, profit and  power of US Empires culture industry -- a nexus between the US state and globalizing media firms and the source of entertainments that promote US Empire as a way of life around the world. 

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Free.

The event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, the Global Labour Research Centre, the Socialist Project, and Union for Democratic Communication | Facebook event
Sep 28, 2016 - Stop the race to the bottom

When: Wednesday, September 28th, 12noon
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission is facing serious budget cuts and an important decision to make over approving a low-income pass.

"The TTC is facing a budget crisis. Our transit system needs $178 million just to maintain current service levels for next year, and City Hall just slapped the TTC with a 2.6 per cent budget cut."

"Across the country, municipalities are showing real leadership. Last month Calgary joined Vancouver, Niagara Falls, Edmonton, Halifax, Brampton and more in offering discount fares to low income riders. It's Toronto's turn."

We're organizing a "race to the bottom" rally at noon on Wed. Sep. 28 for more service and lower fares, including a low income pass, and two hour fare transfers. | Facebook event
Sep 28, 2016 - The Supine Cobbler

When: Wednesday, September 28th, 7:30pm doors; 8:00pm reading; 9:30pm Q&A and cash bar
Where: Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St, Toronto

After two successful runs in Toronto and Edmonton, the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics is pleased to co-sponsor a reading of The Supine Cobbler by Jill Connell - a play about the experience of clinical abortion, set in the spirit of a Western. This event is also co-sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Institute and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. The reading will be at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on 28 September 2016, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. Co-sponsors and producing theatre company It Could Still Happen see this reading as an opportunity to bring feminist communities together to raise awareness about Canadian abortion politics and to celebrate outsiderness and the transgression of gender norms.