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May 23, 2019 - Dave Meslin on How to Rebuild Our Democracy

When: Thursday May 23rd, 7pm
Where: Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street

Our democracy is a trainwreck. Our elections feel hollow and our legislatures have become toxic. Fierce partisanship, centralized power, distorted election results and rigged systems all contribute to our growing cynicism. And yet, activist and community activist David Meslin thinks we can fix it.

Come to a discussion with David Meslin about his new book, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy From the Ground Up, on how we can take back our democracy.

Hosted by Buzzfeed News editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud.
May 23, 2019 - Zack Taylor: Who Runs Toronto?

When: Thursday May 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: Runnymede Branch Public Library, 2178 Bloor St W.

Given the structure of provincial-municipal relationships in Canada, Toronto and other Canadian cities often feel powerless to solve their own problems, like housing and transit.

Presenting his new book, Shaping the Metropolis, Zack Taylor explains the historical development of the relationship between provincial and municipal governments in Canada and compares it to the relationship between state and local governments in the United States. He argues that over the past century provincial intervention has saved Canadian cities from many of the problems that plague American cities.

In this talk, Taylor will put the Ontario-Toronto relationship in its historical and comparative perspective and talk about how we, as citizens and voters, should think about provincial authority and local autonomy in the future.

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May 21, 2019 - Community Power Mapping workshop

When: Tuesday May 21st, 5:30pm
Where: Unit 2, 163 Sterling Rd.

How do we cooperatively undermine the capitalist heteropatriarchy? Where are strategic locations in our neighbourhoods and cities to expose the underbelly of a deeply oppressive society? And, where do we have space to build worlds anew?

This workshop brings people together as co-conspirators in a plot to overthrow dominant actors through understanding the world around us. By working together, we will build cognitive maps and pinpoint sites of hegemonic power and means for us to disrupt and upend. The goal for this workshop is to empower queer and trans (especially queer and trans bipoc) in Tkaronto to see space differently and build strategies for direct action with community.

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May 21, 2019 - Toronto Airport Workers' Council Meeting

When: Tuesday May 21st, 2pm
Where: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), 1400 - 1530 in the Pyramid Room on the third floor of Terminal 3.
This meeting is open to all airport workers.

The Toronto Airport Workers' Council is a group of union reps and activists that are working to improve labour conditions at YYZ and beyond. The TAWC represents around 30,000 union members from Unifor, IAMAW, Teamsters 419, PSAC-CIU, CUPE, and SEIU, and many more non-union workers that make up Pearson's workforce.

At this meeting we plan to discuss a range of topics including upcoming events, worker education, TAWC structure and bylaws, communication tools, etc.

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May 21, 2019 - Green New Deal Town Hall

When: Tuesday May 21st, 12:45pm
Where: CSI Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave, Ground Floor

This event is one of many Green New Deal town halls being held in communities across the country in May 2019. The conversation is being led from the ground up through town halls bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss our vision for a new economy -- one that cuts global warming pollution; sees the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent, and the TRC recommendations, creates millions of green jobs; and makes sure no one gets left behind. The input from these town halls will be used to inform a vision for a Green New Deal for all.

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