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January 12, 2017


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Mayor Tory open the armouries for shelter
More than 2500 signatures are now on the petition asking the Mayor to open the armouries. There is no evidence the Mayor or the Shelter administration have even asked for use of one of the facilities. If not the armouries then what? The clock is ticking.



Jan 12, 2017 - Canadian Maritime Union's Day of Action
When: Thursday, January 12th, 1pm
Where: Matt Cohen Park (S.E. corner Spadina/Bloor)
Rally at the Constituency Office of Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland (344 Bloor Street W)

Ninety per cent of everything you use in your day-to-day work and home life is transported by ship. Despite this, the Canadian Maritime Industry and its union workforce are coming under continued attack by the government of the day. Bad Trade Agreements and pending changes to legislation threaten to destroy a proud industry that directly and indirectly employs 250, 000 Canadians.

Maritime Unions in Canada are going to STAND UP and FIGHT BACK.

To send a clear message, we need your support and your presence during our Day of Action. We invite you to participate in a 'Day of Action' being organized by the Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition. Rallies in support of the Canadian Maritime industry will be held simultaneously in the cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

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Jan 12, 2017 - Launching the SR-2017: Rethinking Revolution
Socialist Register 2017When: Thursday, January 12th, 6:30pm
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

Launching this year's SR2017: A discussion with Bryan Palmer, Joan Sangster, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo.

The main purpose of this SR edition—one century after “Red October”—is to look forward, to what might happen next.

Sponsored by York University Bookstore, Brunswick Books, Socialist Project, Socialist Register | Facebook event

Jan 14, 2017 - Wynne Levee - Speak up for Public Services
When: Sat., Jan. 14th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
Where: Toronto Botanical Gardens (Edwards Gardens), 777 Lawrence E at Leslie

It’s 2017. Let’s remind Premier Kathleen Wynne she can’t sell the public sector! We built it. We paid for it.

Join Us at Kathleen Wynne's New Year's Levee

Speak Up for Our Public Services | Say No to Privatization | Help us build this campaign!


Jan 14, 2017 - Continuity and Rupture
When: Saturday, January 14th, 5pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

Another Story Bookshop proudly presents the book launch for: Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain by Josh Moufawad-Paul.

A philosophical examination of the theoretical terrain of contemporary Maoism premised on the counter-intuitive assumption that Maoism did not emerge as a coherent theory until the end of the 1980s.

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Jan 16, 2017 - Toronto Workers' History Project presents: The Jewish Left
When: Monday, January 16th, 7pm
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Ester Reiter will speak about her recently published book, A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada. When Jews from Eastern Europe arrived in Toronto in the first decades of the twentieth century, most were very poor. Many arrived fleeing pogroms, anti-semitism, class, and the limitations of a narrow world governed by rabbis and the wealthy.

Life in Canada was free of pogroms, but not anti-semitism. Many worked in the needle trades, a particularly exploitive industry. Their identity as Jews was secular and socialist, rather than religious, and embraced an internationalist outlook. Ester will discuss just how the radicalism of these new immigrants was inseperable from the cultural life they collectively created and their trade union activism. She will also talk about the challenges they faced in dealing with the mainstream Jewish community and the Canadian state.

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Jan 17, 2017 - Toronto-wide Organizing Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 17th, 5:30pm
Where: Suite 223, 720 Spadina Avenue

Join us for the first city-wide Fight for $15 and Fairness organizing meeting of the year! We need your help to make sure that we win meaningful legislative change in 2017!. Please RSVP so we know how many snacks to provide!
Snacks served at 5:30 pm
Meeting begins at 6:00 pm, finishes at 8:00 pm

For more information: info@15andFairness.org | Facebook event

Jan 17, 2017 - Blood of Extraction - Toronto Launch
When: Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm
Where: The Steady Cafe & Bar, 1051 Bloor St W, Toronto

Join us for the launch of Todd Gordon and Jeff Webber's new book, The Blood of Extraction.

To read reviews or purchase: fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/blood-of-extraction

“This careful and comprehensive analysis of Canada’s economic policies and political interference in Latin America demonstrates in brutal detail the predatory and destructive role of a secondary imperialist power operating within the overarching system of subordination of the Global South to the demands of northern wealth and power. It also reveals clearly the responsibility of citizens of Canada and other dominant societies to join in the resistance of the victims to the shameful and sordid practices exposed graphically here.”
— Noam Chomsky

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Jan 17, 2017 - Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
When: Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall

Thanks for those who joined for the launch of Gaetan Heroux and Bryan's Palmer book, Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History in December. For those that couldn't, here's your second chance. The Toronto Public Library is organizing a talk featuring both Gaetan and Bryan discussing their book.

The book reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people's resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present. It is about men, women, and children relegated to lives of desperation by an uncaring system, and how they have refused to be defeated. In that refusal, and in winning better conditions for themselves, Toronto's poor create the possibility of a new kind of society, one ordered not by acquisition and individual advance, but by appreciations of collective rights and responsibilities.


Jan 18, 2017 - Exhibitions Opening Party
When: Wednesday, January 18th, 6pm
Where: Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, Toronto

Join us for the opening of our winter 2017 season, Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest, co-presented by Black Artist's Network Dialogue.

Exhibitions include:

* Attica USA 1971: Images and Sounds of a Rebellion
Including extraordinary photo-reportage alongside a range of popular art, this exhibition recounts the notorious 1971 insurrection at Attica Correctional Facility in western New York State, and the multivalent cultural response that followed. The exhibition is co-produced by Le Point du Jour (Cherbourg, France), with generous support at the RIC from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

* Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star
Dawoud Bey’s photographic portraits commemorating the victims of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, are contextualized alongside photojournalistic prints from the RIC’s Black Star Collection. and more...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Speaking effectively on Israel/Palestine
When: January 18th, 6:30pm
Where: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto
Registration is $10 or PWYC. St Stephen's has a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance, and a barrier-free washroom.

Independent Jewish Voices, in collaboration with St Stephen's, is offering a communication workshop for marginalized views on Israel/Palestine — how to communicate effectively across conflict.

Attendance at this workshop will be capped at 14 people — please register by e-mailing one of the facilitators, Emily Green, emily.green380@gmail.com, or Lia Tarachansky, liatarachansky@icloud.com.

We will gather to explore what feelings come up when we experience conflict, and talk about how we can work towards making space for open, authentic interactions when emotions run high and our sense of self feels threatened.


Jan 19, 2017 - OCAP Speaking Series: Under the Knife: Healthcare in Ontario
When: Thursday, January 19th, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak Street
Free Event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens.

Start the new year of resistance by joining us for our monthly speaking series focusing on topics central to poor people’s issues and organizing. A new topic is presented every month and all events are open to the public.

January's topic is: Under the Knife: Healthcare in Ontario
- How did we win universal healthcare?
- Why is it under attack?
- How are the changes impacting the poor?

Speakers: Wendy Forrest and Jessica Hales.

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Jan 19, 2017 - City View Alternative School Open House
When: Thursday January 19th, 7pm
Where: City View (Gymnasium), 38 Shirley Street (Brock & Dundas)

City View is a public alternative school in Toronto's west end, based on delivering the provincial curriculum through the lens of social justice and activism. We are a small school of 65 students and four teachers, for grade seven and eight only. Students in grade six (and their families) who might be interested for September of 2017 should join us at the open house to hear more.

Inquiries: 416-393-8708


Syria and the Antiwar Movement
By Judith Deutsch

The enormity, complexity and fall-out of the Syrian war calls for urgent attention. Current events in Aleppo bring to the fore the unreliability of information and dichotomous political positions that contribute to obstruction and paralysis in the antiwar movement. Conflicting reports make unclear the number of civilians and fighters who have been evacuated, their condition, their political beliefs, their situation as refugees in Idlib, the civilian toll perpetrated by all sides. Instead of verifiable facts and pertinent history, much that is said about Aleppo is speculation about the future, about whether the re-taking of rebel areas of Aleppo will consolidate Bashar al-Assad's hold or whether it will engender even worse violence.

Source: The Bullet No. 1348

Debating Syria Productively
By David Bush

The debate over Syria on the Left is toxic. I pulled together 13 points about the situation in Syria I hope can be useful in framing the discussion in a more productive way. The ultimate goal of these discussions in Western countries should be to have a clearer idea about how to strengthen antiwar movements to stop the madness of imperialism.

Source: The Bullet No. 1349

Unions and Climate Change
How do we build a trade union movement that promotes solutions to the climate crisis and responds to the attacks on workers' rights and protections? The unrelenting build-up of greenhouse gases has led to the jarring conclusion, drawn by climatologists, ecological militants and union activists, that an exit from reliance on fossil fuels for energy needs to occur with some urgency.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 336

Basic Income: Progressive Dreams Meet Neoliberal Realities
By John Clarke

Up until now, the concept of Basic Income (BI) has enjoyed a greater history of being proposed than of being implemented. We may well be approaching a period, however, when this changes. The Ontario Government is holding consultations on setting up a BI pilot project. The Legislature in another Canadian Province, Prince Edward Island, has agreed to test out a version of BI. Pilot projects are also impending in Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland.

Source: The Bullet No. 1350


CWTP @ York Co-Coordinator
Wage: $20.00/hour, 30 hours/week
Starting Date: January 30th, 2017

To apply, send the following info by January 12, 2017 11:59pm:
1) Cover letter
2) Resume
3) A 1-page statement about "Community organizing within the dynamics of power and privilege that also addresses the realities of being situated in a post-secondary institution."

By email: cwtphire2016@gmail.com

For full job posting PDF



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