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January 18, 2018


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Keep the Moss Park Armoury open and open Fort York Armoury too
Over 700 people are now relying on winter respite centres including the armoury. Last night Toronto hit a record high of 716 people who were forced to sleep in emergency winter respite centres, warming centres and the Out of the Cold because the city's reals shelters are full. We can't let Moss Park Armoury close on January 29.

The city must fund real shelters in its 2018 budget! We're calling for 1500 real shelter beds. Let your city councillor and the mayor know.



Jan 18, 2018 - Precarious Employment
When: Thursday, January 18th, 5pm
Where: 297 Victoria St., 7th Floor Heaslip House, Ryerson University

Causes, Consequences and Remedies

Edited by Stephanie Procyk, Wayne Lewchuk & John Shields. Published by Fernwood

Please RSVP to Jessica Praznik at jpraznik@ryerson.ca | fernwoodpublishing.ca

Jan 18, 2018 - Policing Bodies and Borders
When: Thursday, January 18th, 5 - 8pm
Where: University of Toronto - Scarborough (UTSC), 1265 Military Trail, Ralph Campbell Lounge (BV-380)
Note: This free event is open to students and members of the community.

The Students of Sociology, the Scarborough Campus Students' Union, and the Caribbean Solidarity Network present Policing Bodies and Borders, a panel event that will delve into past and present forms of policing, pinpoint similarities, and present alternatives. Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion lead by a diverse group of academics and community organizers. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and Mix & Mingle. Food will be served!

The issues that characterize policing are too often minimized by the “bad apple” narrative, which tends to derail dialogue and quell the potential for meaningful change. In recent years, awareness-raising movements (e.g. Black Lives Matter and Idle No More) that openly recognize the harmful practices of policing as systemic and innate have made it increasingly clear that we need to move beyond individualistic narratives if we are to get to the root of the problem and rectify it. Understanding policing as a patterned and replicated institution will ultimately allow us to imagine new ways to address the various forms of racialized, classed, and gendered oppression that past and present law enforcement entities have facilitated.

Moderator: Dr. Shiri Pasternak: Associate Professor, Ryerson University’s Department of Criminology. Panelists:
* Erica Violet Lee: Nehiyaw writer and Indigenous community organizer
* Dr. Rinaldo Walcott: Director, University of Toronto’s Women & Gender Studies Institute
* Syrus Marcus Ware: Organizer, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Yes: Organizer, No One Is Illegal and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

Jan 18, 2018 - The Fight for Housing and Shelter
When: Thursday, January 18th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)

Toronto is in the midst of a deadly crisis of homelessness. We know all three levels of government are responsible for creating the housing crisis and then refusing to deal with the consequences. But how exactly have they done this? What precisely is wrong with the Canadian housing policies? How to we make sense of the claims of "historic investments" in housing that the Liberals made when they announced the National Housing Strategy last November? Will the strategy help poor and low-income people?

Over the past month we've won the opening of the armouries to provide immediate respite to the homeless but the fight for shelter is far from over. How do we build on the gains made to win adequate shelter in the coming months and housing for all?

Join us as discuss these and other important questions to understand the current crisis and strengthen the fight for shelter & housing.

* David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
* Gaetan Heroux is a long-time member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, a front-line worker who has worked in the downtown east neighbourhood for three decades, and author of Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History.


Jan 18, 2018 - American Imperialism in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
When: Thursday, January 18th, 6pm
Where: University College, 15 King's College Cir,

This event will be a short speech and discussion about American Imperialism in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

The event will be held in UC 67.

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Jan 19, 2018 - Stand with Tim Hortons workers: Canada-wide Day of Action
When: Friday, January 19th, 8am - 9am (most locations - see individual times below)
Location 1: 91 Danforth Ave, Toronto
Location 2: 2575 Danforth Ave, Toronto
Location 3: 481 University Ave, Toronto
Location 4: 2150 Bloor St W, Toronto (9am)
Location 5: 1094 Bloor St W, Toronto
Location 6: 100 St. George St (Sidney Smith Hall), Toronto (12noon)
Location 7: 4700 Keele St (Central Square, near Curtis Lecture Halls), Toronto (1pm)
Location 8: Jameson Ave and Queen St W, Toronto (5pm)
Location 9: 65 Ottawa St, Hamilton
* Midland & Steeles (4228 Midland Ave) 8am
* Kingston & Midland (2294 Kingston Rd) 8am
* Rexdale & Hwy27 (116 Queens Plate Dr) 8am
* College & Spadina (455 Spadina Ave) 8am
* Leslie & Hwy7 (9005 Leslie St) 8am MARKHAM
* Yonge & Millard (17310 Yonge St) 8am NEWMARKET
* Langstaff & Weston (3650 Langstaff Rd) 8am VAUGHAN
* Yonge & Eglinton (2245 Yonge St) 4pm afternoon
* 6767 Airport Rd (south of Derry), Mississauga (12noon) (Peel Region Labour Council)

Join us and show your support for all workers at Tim Hortons. Let them know that we have their backs against bullying and greedy employers.

Tim Hortons is a highly profitable corporation taking in billions of dollars, but none of these profits trickle down to the workers.

Come petition and leaflet with us in support of Tim Hortons workers and demand the reinstatement of hours, employee benefits and decent working conditions!

Bring supportive and creative signs! This is joining events across Canada in a National Day of Action.

www.labourcouncil.ca | act.leadnow.ca/tim-hortons-action

Jan 19, 2018 - [Oshawa] Stand with Tim Hortons workers: Canada-wide Day of Action
When: Friday, January 19th, 5- 6pm
Where: 1361 Harmony Rd N, Oshawa

We Are Oshawa and Durham Region Labour Council is holding a 5pm - 6pm demo and information picket on Friday, January 19 in support of Tim Hortons workers. Join us and show your support for all workers at Tim Hortons. Let them know that we have their backs against bullying and greedy employers.

Tim Hortons is a highly profitable corporation taking in billions of dollars, but none of these profits trickle down to the workers.

Come petition and leaflet with us in support of Tim Hortons workers and demand the reinstatement of hours, employee benefits and decent working conditions!

Bring supportive and creative signs! This is joining events across Canada in a GIANT Day of Action.

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Jan 19, 2018 - Alternative Shabbes and Potluck: Kairos Blanket Exercise
When: Friday, January 19th, 6:30pm
6:30 pm – Arrival, Candlelighting, Wine & Challah followed by a Potluck Dinner
7:30 pm – Blanket Exercise
Where: UJPO / Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples — which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

What to Bring: Potluck dish to share. Please RSVP to 416-789-5502 or info@winchevskycentre.org

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Jan 19, 2018 - Pundit: Stand-Up for Social Justice - Comedy Night
When: Friday, January 19th, 9pm
Where: The Cat's Eye Student Pub & Lounge, 150 Charles Street W,

At long last, SJWs have learned how to take a joke.

This January, OPIRG Toronto and VicPride are putting the spotlight on marginalized comedians—and off the ones that crack jokes at their expense.

It’s PUNDIT: a radical night of comedy celebrating local comics and their identities!

Entry is PWYC at the door, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds! All proceeds will go towards LGBTOUT and their federal court case for LGBTQ2SIAA rights in post-secondary institutions.

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Jan 20, 2018 - Women March On Toronto: Defining Our Future
When: Saturday, January 20th, 12noon
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Because we’re not done yet.

Across Turtle Island (North America) we continue to see a rise in acts of hate. On Saturday, January 20, join us for a march - Defining Our Future - to unite our communities in Toronto and discuss the future of our city, as imagined by young, local activists.

Speakers and performers are not listed in order of appearance: Dawn Maracle, Zanana Akande, Jessica Bolduc, Stella Skinner, Whitney French, Kassandra Neranjan, Zainab and Tasneem (Rohingya , refugees), Rana Nasrazadani, Janelle Hinds, Indigenous hand drummers, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Sing for Joy choir, GRRRL Justice.

We come together to recognize the steps that have been taken to make our city more inclusive but continue to resist the hate that threatens, demonizes and insults so many of us – Muslims, Jews, racialized people, Indigenous people, migrants and those with precarious or no legal status, members of the LGBTTQQ2SI communities, disabled people and women.

womenmarchontoronto.nationbuilder.com | Facebook event

Jan 20, 2018 - Vigil: 30+ Candles for Honduras
When: Saturday, January 20th, 5:30pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

A group of Hondurans have gathered in Toronto and in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network will jointly light 30+ candles to remember Hondurans that were killed during the current electoral crisis.

We want Canadians and all people living, residing and seeking refuge in this land to know that we do not want to light more candles for fallen ones in Honduras and are asking you to help us call on the Canadian government to denounce the dictatorship in Honduras, the repression and impunity AND to apologize for legitimizing the fraudulent elections in Honduras. (We will have a petition for you to sign.)

We invite you to join us as we respond to calls for solidarity coming from Honduras (remembering those that are no longer with us); Leading up to January 27th - when the fraudulent president and dictator of Honduras prepares not only to assume presidency again on January. 27th, but also to launch his presidential campaign for 2021 during a time of extreme state repression against the people of Honduras.

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Jan 21, 2018 - Iran Protests: Reflections, Discussions and Teach-In
When: Sunday, January 21st, 2-5pm
Where: OISE, Room 5-150, 252 Bloor St W

Following an engaging, dynamic, and inspiring Public Forum on January 7th, we are committed to build on this radical energy and therefore would like to invite you to the next meeting on Sunday, January 21st at OISE. Details of the content of the event will be announced shortly.

Hope to see you all.

This event is organized by students at York University and the University of Toronto, and it will be moderated by Prof. Shahrzad Mojab.

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Jan 22, 2018 - Media Labours of Love
When: Monday, January 22nd, 6pm
Where: McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, 39 Queen's Park Crescent East

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan's public seminars at the University of Toronto. This year's thematic is MsUnderstanding Media. All seminars take place from 6 - 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective.

Monday Night Seminar January 22nd: Media Labours of Love:

With special guests Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell University) featuring her new book (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work (2017), in conversation with Jenna Jacobson (Ryerson University) and Leslie Shade (University of Toronto.


Jan 24, 2018 - Homelessness Doesn’t End in April: Build Shelters!
When: Wednesday, January 24th, 8:30am
Where: Toronto City Hall (Bay/Queen)

We demand that the City Council:

1. Add at least 650 permanent new beds to the shelter system by April 15 to create space for those currently forced to stay in the respite centres. These centres must not be closed until every single person staying there is guaranteed a shelter bed. Furthermore, conditions within the respite centres must afford basic human dignity to its occupants.

2. Add at least 1500 permanent new shelter beds this year, primarily within the downtown core, close to TTC and other services, and in facilities that accommodate the needs of homeless people, particularly women and non-binary people.

3. Stop the closure of the hundreds of social housing units that still remain on track to be boarded up.

4. Budget enough resources to accomplish the above within the 2018 city budget.

5. Stop racist and disablist scapegoating of shelter users. The shelter crisis wasn’t created by refugees or mental health issues. This crisis is a direct result of the failure of all three levels of government to address the housing and income crisis facing poor people.


Jan 24, 2018 - Precarity and the Nonprofit Sector: Views from Social Work
When: Wednesday, January 24th, 1pm
Where: Global Labour Research Centre, Ross S802, 4700 Keele Street

The Global Labour Speaker Series returns for 2018 with a panel discussion on Precarity and the Nonprofit Sector: Views from Social Work with:
* John Shields, Ryerson University
* Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard
* Lynn Eakin, Policy Analyst

This panel will focus on professional precarity dealing with precarious lives in social work and the nonprofit sector.

RSVP via eventbrite.ca | Facebook event

Jan 24, 2018 - Unsettling the Commons
When: Wednesday, January 24th, 6:30pm
Where: Opirg Toronto, 563 Spadina Ave, Room 101, Toronto

Opirg Toronto in conjunction with Arbeiter Ring Publishing presents Unsettling the Commons.

Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigate what it means to struggle for “the commons” within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination—all in the name of the “struggle for the commons”, the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.

Part 2 of the Toronto Book Tour, this event will feature a panel discussion with Craig Fortier (the authour), and Sharrae Lyon (one of those interviewed in the book), Karl Gardner (from No One Is Illegal), and others.

Craig Fortier is an Assistant Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College, an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo. He holds a PhD in Sociology from York University. Craig has participated in migrant justice and anti-capitalist movements and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto (Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Wendat territories). Craig plays centre field for the Humber River Hustle in the Field of Dreamers Cooperative Softball Association and is the author of the cat blog Diaries of a Cat Named Virtute.

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Jan 24, 2018 - Savage & Birth of a Family Film Screening
When: Wednesday, January 24th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
FREE event, all are welcome. ASL interpretation provided. No tickets or registration required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Part 1 of the State Violence & Indigenous Resistance Film Screening Series, organized by the Indigenous Education Network at OISE - U of T.

Join us for a FREE screening of Savage (d. Lisa Jackson, 2009) and Birth of a Family (d. Tasha Hubbard, 2016) followed by a discussion and response by artists Lisa Myers and Anique Jordan.

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Jan 25, 2018 - Secure Web Browsing and Anonymity with Tor Browser
When: Thursday Jan 25th, 6:30pm
Where: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Room 200

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with a hands-on workshop with Toronto-based developer for the Tor Project, Sukhbir Singh. Mr Singh has been a software developer in the applications and community team of the Tor Project since 2012.

Come learn just how easy it is to use the internet privately! Whether you've never heard of Tor, or have only heard bad things about it, or are a long-time user of the best privacy tool out there, come out and learn from a seasoned Tor developer in a hassle-free, community setting.

Bring your device(s) for a hands-on experience! This event is part of TPL's Digital Privacy project.



Jan 25, 2018 - FilmSocial presents THEY LIVE
When: Thursday, January 25th, 7pm
Where: Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor St. W.

Put on the sunglasses and cut through neoliberal ideology with John Carpenter and FilmSocial! In They Live, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David wage an epic battle against consumer culture and capitalist commodification that is not to be missed. In the context of rising inequality and political crisis, the populist message of this cult classic is as resonant today as ever. Following the film, there will be a brief discussion of populist politics and the rise of the right.



Renewals and Transitions: Socialist Practice and Vision
This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. Session 6 was moderated and introduced by Greg Albo (York University). Presentations by: Michalis Spourdalakis (University of Athens), Sam Gindin (York University), Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin magazine), Saeed Rahnema (York University).

Source: LeftStreamed

Whither Left Electoral Politics in Toronto?
By Tim Heffernan

On the international field, we’ve seen the rise of left wing movements such as Bernie Sanders (USA), Jeremy Corbyn (UK), Podemos (Spain). On Canadian home turf, there has also been the rise of Quebec Solidaire in Quebec. On the other hand, there has been right wing populism such as Donald Trump (USA) and the increased support for right wing nationalist groups in Europe (the Catalan nationalist movement being a notable exception). At the local level, in Canada, we’ve seen this year, the success (victory) of Valérie Plante and her party, Projet Montréal, in the mayoralty/Council elections in Montreal, plus the near victory of Jean Swanson in a Vancouver city council by-election. South of the border, on November 7, we saw another almost win from Ginger Jentzen, like Kshama Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative. On the same day, there were significant wins for candidacies of Left Democrats running with the endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Source: The Bullet No. 1536

Heyday for Nepali Communists
By Farooq Tariq

Communists have won a landslide victory in the elections for House of Representatives of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal held in two phases on 26th November and 7th December 2017. In a parliament of 275, the elections were held for 165 seats under the first past the post system (FPTP) and the rest, 110 seats, were by proportional system. Farooq Tariq visited Nepal for four days after the election results were announced from 13/17 December 2017 and reports.

Source: The Bullet No. 1537

Basic Income In The Neoliberal Age
From the very first days of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), at the beginning of the 1990s, we have found ourselves on the front lines of a war on the poor that has been of central importance to the implementation of broader neoliberal austerity. In Canada, the undermining of these income support systems, both at the federal and provincial level, has continued to be vigorously pursued and the poverty and insecurity that this has generated has created the vulnerability and desperation needed in order to weaken workers’ bargaining power, reduce the capacity of unions to resist and to facilitate a veritable explosion of low wage precarious work. In light of this dogged pursuit of austerity based agenda over so many years, news that the Ontario government was likely to set up a Basic Income (BI) pilot, supposedly so as to put in place a measure that would decrease poverty and provide more adequate and secure income, struck us as a gift horse whose mouth we should carefully examine. While our particular concern was to look at what was unfolding in Ontario, a critical look at the whole BI concept was also in order. As we began to explore the various versions of this social policy that are put forward, it became clear that the neoliberal right has its own sense of the possibilities of BI.

This pamphlet explores the concept of BI and particularly its deployment as part of state welfare policies today, and the challenges being posed for the struggles of the anti-poverty movement in Canada.



Cycle Toronto is hiring
Cycle Toronto and CultureLink’s cycling programs are collaborating in the selection and training of Cycling Educators and Ride Guides for the coming year (2018-2019).

For Cycle Toronto, Cycling Educators deliver safe cycling workshops to adults in workplaces, libraries, community centres and other similar venues. Workshops are generally scheduled during weekday lunch hours and evenings, or on weekends. Workshops are tailored to the experience level of attendees. Ride Guides act as marshals, leading group bike rides with participants of varying abilities, and sharing a narrative regarding cycling infrastructure in Toronto.

For CultureLink, Cycling Educators deliver workshops and programs for the Bike to School Project and Bike Host. School programs are presented to elementary and secondary school students during and after school hours. Programs include assemblies, workshops in the classroom, schoolyard skills activities, and rides off school property. For Bike Host, programs are presented to children, youth and adults in community venues, on weekday afternoons and evenings, and weekends.

Please apply by Monday, January 29th at 4:00PM using this link.

CUPE Ontario is seeking a Campaign Coordinator
If you have a deep sense of social justice, have experience or interest in the trade union movement, experience supporting senior elected officials, are a critical thinker and self starter who works well as part of a team and operates within an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework then this opportunity is for you.

External applicants are invited for the position by 5pm on January 26, 2018.

Weekly Salary: $2,016.77 per week. Benefits, pension and conditions of employment are set out in the Collective Agreement between CUPE Ontario and COPE Local 343.
Hours of Work: The successful candidate must be available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.




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