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Oct 22, 2018 - Social Justice Week at Ryerson University

When: Oct 22 - Oct 26
Where: Ryerson University

The 8th Social Justice Week at Ryerson University highlights the inspiring, and often under-appreciated, efforts of grassroots organizations and community members currently involved in social justice activism. As a multi-disciplinary week of events, this year's program celebrates the power we have - on campus and beyond - to collectively transform ourselves and society.

Details on all events will be available on our website | Facebook event
Oct 19, 2018 - [St. Catharines] A Bicentenary Conference : Karl Marx at 200

When: Friday, October 19th, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Where: Pond Inlet, Brock University, St. Catharines

A conference to celebrate Marx's Bicentennial will feature an academic panel examining the past and present of socialist politics and an activist panel debating the way forward, with acclaimed Marxist economist Michael Roberts. Roberts spent decades as a macroeconomic analyst in the City of London and is the author of three books about the recent economic downturn including The Long Depression.

Also featuring:
* Raju Das - York University
* Sandor John - City University New York

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Oct 18, 2018 - [Hamilton] Gender at Work: The status of women in Canadian arts & culture

When: Thursday, October 18th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: L.R. Wilson Hall Room 5001, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

A talk by Dr. Amanda Coles, Arts and Cultural Management / Employment Relations, Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Australia.

A growing body of scholarly and industry research demonstrates that gender inequality is a defining feature of work in the creative economy. However, the majority of this research is sector-specific (film, dance, theatre, visual arts, etc.). This approach has been determinate in focusing industry and scholarly attention on the dynamics, and pressure points/change levers to promote gender equity specific to the sector under study (#metoo, #oscarsowhite, #oscarsomale). However, sector-specific approaches have two key shortcomings. First, sectoral studies fail to capture commonalities and/or differences in the gendered dynamics of work and careers for professional artists and cultural workers across sectors. Second, and consequently, we fail to capture the systemic nature of the ways in which gender shapes the individual and collective experiences of artists and cultural workers as a whole.

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Oct 17, 2018 - Etobicoke Townhall on Transit

When: Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm
Where: Martin Luther Church, 2379 Lake Shore Blvd West

Join your neighbours in Etobicoke Centre and Lakeshore on October 17th to talk transit. Hear from community leaders and transit riders about the issues, and how you can get involved.

Elected officials and municipal candidates are invited to attend the townhall. Public transit connects our communities and is the top issue in the municipal election on October 22nd.

Event sponsors: LAMP Community Health Centre, South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee, TTCriders | Facebook event
Oct 17, 2018 - Social and Global Peace

When: Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm
Where: Ramsay Wright Laboratories, Room 110, 25 Harbord Street (Univ. of Toronto)

Does Philosophy Have Anything to Contribute?

Steven Pinker claims to detect and explain long term trends towards a more peaceful world. Of central importance to his argument are the universalist values that emerged during the Enlightenment: human rights, moral equality, and the use of evidence and reason (as opposed to culture and superstition) to support public policy and international relations. The paper will accept, for the sake of argument, that the long-term trend towards peace that Pinker's statistics find. However, it will argue that peace is not the necessary outcome of liberal humanism. Science, human rights, and liberal democracy can also be used as justifications for war. Whether humanity develops along peaceful or warlike paths is not a mechanical product of the values of one historical period, but whether and to what extent people and policy focus on our shared vulnerabilities and needs. Philosophy's role in the promotion of peace is to defend the reality of shared human interests and needs and to challenge any impediment to their satisfaction, including those that are generated by liberal-democratic capitalism.

Jeff Noonan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. While his interests have always been broad and interdisciplinary, his areas of specialization are in Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Contemporary European Philosophy. His current book project is examining the existential dimensions of human finitude, defending the life value of human limitations against a naive and potentially destructive technotopianism.
Oct 17, 2018 - Jane Finch Action Against Poverty

When: Wednesday, October 17th, 6pm
Where: Yorkgate Mall, 1 Yorkgate Blvd., North York

JFAAP's 10th Anniversary, Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 to 8:30 pm. All community members and allies invited!

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Oct 16, 2018 - Capitalism: a Crime Story

When: Tuesday October 16th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Book Shop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.

Booklaunch: Capitalism: a Crime Story by Harry Glasbeek.

Our assumptions about the world condition us to see these situations as legally different from one another. But what if we, the critics of corporate capitalism, instead insisted on taking the spirit of law, rather than its letter, seriously? It would then be possible to describe many of the daily practices of capitalists and their corporations as criminal in nature, even if not always criminal by the letter and formality of law.

In Capitalism: A Crime Story, Harry Glasbeek makes the case that if the rules and doctrines of liberal law were applied as they should be according to law's own pronouncements and methodology, corporate capitalism would be much harder to defend.