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May 5, 2017 - Bob White – Celebrating a Leader

When: Friday, May 5th, 3pm
Where: Room 106, Metro Toronto Convenion Centre, 255 Front Street W.

Bob White was a true working class hero. Founder and president of the CAW until he was elected president of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1992, he championed fairness for Canadian workers around the world. Please join Bob's family, and his labour movement family, to celebrate his life, his fearless leadership and his relentless commitment to social justice.
May 5, 2017 - CALM Conference

When: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto

Delegates are eligible for a preferred rate from the Ramada Plaza, so make sure you mention the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference when you book your room. The booking code will be sent once you submit this registration form. Rates start at $159.00 per night.

The conference begins in the early evening of Friday, May 5. Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and access to all workshops, panel presentations, networking events, and keynote presentations. There is an extra charge and registration process to attend the Advanced Communicators' Day. This event starts in the morning of Friday, May 5. To register for the Advanced Communicators Day (Friday, May 5 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM), please email editor(at) with your name and union. We will invoice you the extra fee of $200 + HST ($226.00).
May 4, 2017 - Book launch: Ottawa and Empire

When: Thursday, May 4th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d'etat. To the surprise of many, Canada implicitly supported the coup and assisted the coup leaders in consolidating their control over the country.

Since the coup, Canada has increased its presence in Honduras, even while the country has been plunged into a human rights catastrophe, highlighted by the assassination of prominent Indigenous activist Berta Caceres in 2016. Drawing from the Honduran experience, Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras makes it clear that Canada has emerged as an imperial power in the 21st century.

Tyler Shipley is professor of Culture, Society, and Commerce at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). He has written for academic journals and local and mainstream media across North America and Europe.

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May 4, 2017 - Documentary: It Takes a Riot

When: Thursday May 4th, 6:30pm
Where: 350 Victoria Street, Room Lib 72

Race. Rebellion. Reform.
A documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Yonge Street Uprising.

The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project, in partnership with the Social Justice Institute at Brock University, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Young Street Uprising. On May 4 we debut the long anticipated film "It Takes A Riot" followed by a panel discussion.
May 3, 2017 - Book launch: Queer Returns

When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 7pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Another Story Bookshop and Pages UnBound present the Toronto launch ff:

Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies by Rinaldo Walcott

Featuring a conversation with Rinaldo Walcott and Andrea Fatona.

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May 2, 2017 - Double Exposure: Art and Activism

When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street
$5 donation (suggested minimum)

The co-editors of the recent groundbreaking anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, will talk about their journey putting together this volume of seven plays that tackle the Palestine-Israel conflict. Written by Jewish and Palestinian playwrights in diaspora, it offers perspectives that turn the political into the personal. The evening will include readings from their plays Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi and Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov, followed by a conversation about the role and power of art in activism, and then open to Q&A.

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May 2, 2017 - DocX: The Maribor Uprisings

When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 6pm
Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

In the once prosperous industrial city of Maribor, Slovenia, anger over political corruption became unruly revolt. In THE MARIBOR UPRISINGS, which is part film, part conversation and part interactive experiment, you are invited to participate in the protests. Drawing on the dramatic frontline footage from a video activist collective embedded within the uprisings, you begin in Maribor as crowds surround and ransack City Hall under a hailstorm of tear gas canisters. As a group, you must choose which cameras you will follow and therefore how the events will unfold. Like those who joined the actual uprisings, you will decide between joining non-violent protests or following rowdy crowds towards City Hall and greater conflict.

These events stand as an example for any number of ideological stand-offs today. What sparks outrage? How are participants swept up in - and changed by - confrontations with police? Could something like this happen in your city? What would you do?

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May 1, 2017 - Mayworks2017 exhibition: Art and Tomatoes

Opening Reception & Festival Party: Monday May 1st, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Art and Tomatoes is a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on the Justice For Migrant Workers' Harvesting Freedom campaign. It was organized to mark the 50th year in which migrant farmworkers have come to Canada to feed our families yet have no access to citizenship. It was one of the most important workers' rights, anti-racist, migrant justice mobilizations of 2016. Exhibiting at three distinct spaces - a contemporary art gallery, an activist design studio and a workers union hall - this fluid intersection of art, design and activism carries a deep intentionality about the artworks and their impact. Art and Tomatoes also serves as a conduit for the unapologetic demand of its organizers - young, queer, gender nonconforming, Indigenous and people of colour - to be recognized as artists and leaders in their communities. | Facebook event
May 1, 2017 - Training for Climate Action in Toronto

When: May 1st, 7pm
Where: Quaker House, 60 Lowther Avenue

Learn how to make a deputation, write a letter to the editor and talk to your city councillor about climate change in preparation for the TransformTO 2050 Climate Action Report.
May 1, 2017 - May Day

When: Monday, May 1st, 5pm
Where: Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street

May Day was born out of militant working class struggle. First declared by the 2nd Internationale to commemorate the Haymarket Affair of May 1886, it is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day--not just in the centres of capital, but also in the peripheries (the so-called "Third World") where the contradictions between the exploiting class and the exploited are most often at their sharpest.

As the crisis of capitalism deepens, so increases the pressure, hardship, and violence upon the exploited and oppressed. Once again we find ourselves facing a resurgence of fascism. Let us gather this May 1st to affirm the unity of the international working class.


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May 1, 2017 - May Day at YYZ

When: Monday, May 1st, 1pm
Where: Toronto Pearson International Airport, 6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga

Spring is here and right around the corner is May Day, the day workers around the world come together to celebrate International Worker's Day.

Join us at Canada's largest workplace, Toronto Pearson International Airport, to celebrate our acheivements as co-workers. Together we power this huge workplace, sending people and their belongings across the country and out into the world. Our work also helps to welcome millions of travellers to Toronto and Canada.

Last spring thousands of you signed the TAWC "$15 and Fairness" petition calling for a living wage and improved working conditions for us at YYZ. Your incredible solidarity opened the door to meaningful discussions on the issues. Thank you!!!

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Apr 28, 2017 - Festival: MayWorks 2017

The 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts will take place from April 28 - May 7, 2017, at various locations in Toronto, and will feature multi-disciplinary events highlighting precarious work and collective struggle for decent wages and healthy working conditions. We invite you to download the Mayworks program here.

Register for Mayworks events:
All Mayworks events are free of charge. To guarantee a seat, get your tickets via Eventbrite now.

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For more information on this year's Festival, please visit