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Nov 2, 2014 - Forum: The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left

When: Sunday, November 2nd, 2:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto

Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.

Sponsors: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly (GTWA) | Facebook event
Oct 31, 2014 - Looking Into the Corporate World

When: October 31st, 9:30am-4:30pm and November 1st, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Technology Enhanced Learning Building 2114 and 2116, York University, Toronto
Cost: $150 with institutional support, $50 without institutional support

The Global Labour Research Centre and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council are pleased to present a two-day workshop for union, community-based and environmental activists to learn the basic tools for how to look inside the corporate world. We will identify and explore public sources of information on a wide variety of firms, and how to use this information to build innovative and creative campaigns. There will be plenty of hands-on experience using major databases and working collaboratively to deepen our understanding of the corporate world.

The workshop will be taught by Tom Juravich, Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at UMass Amherst. Juravich has been conducting strategic corporate research for unions, community-based and environmental organizations for over two decades and teaches regularly on the topic. He is also the creator of, a comprehensive web site for conducting corporate research.

Deadline to register: October 24, 2014
Nov 4, 2014 - Save Our Community Hospitals

When: Tuesday November 4th, 1pm
Where: Seniors' Organizations Planning Meeting, Older Women's Network Co-op, 115 The Esplanade, Toronto

The government of Ontario is undertaking an aggressive plan to dismantle community hospitals and contract-out hospital surgeries and diagnostics to private clinics across Ontario. After five years of cuts they plan to close all of the outpatient services that they can and hive them off to private clinics, cut acute care beds, maternity and local care services and cut chronic care beds by as much as 50% even though there is nowhere for these patients to go. Every piece of hospital care that is being cut from our local community hospitals is being privatized and subject to new user fees for patients when they are sick and elderly and least able to pay.

Enough is enough.

We are organizing a giant rally at the Ontario Legislature to stop this and we are organizing and planning events in every community that we can. It is time for regular Ontarians from every part of our province to stand up and tell our government to stop the destruction of our community hospitals that we have funded and built for a hundred years.
Nov 4, 2014 - Panel Discussion: Occupy Now!

When: Tuesday, November 4th, 5pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, 4th floor, Toronto

Three years after Occupy took over our national conversation, what has changed? How has the movement grown? Join and THIS magazine for a panel moderated by Judy Rebick (activist and author of Occupy This!) to discuss Occupy's effects today: the gains it has made challenging the one percent, ongoing displays of protest and activism, plus its role in inspiring other, modern movements. Panellists will also discuss threats to Occupy's success, and to today's activism in general, and how we can sustain momentum.

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