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October 16, 2014


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Oct 14, 2014 - Support Deepan Budlakoti
The case of Deepan Budlakoti exposes the injustice of double punishment in an extreme way. Deepan was born in Canada. His entire family lives in Canada. He grew up believing he was a citizen and held a Canadian passport stating he was Canadian. However, an obscure part of Immigration law allowed the Canadian government to contest his citizenship because of his parents' alleged status at his birth and thus, when he got in trouble with the law, to punish him twice for the same thing.

Deepan is now facing deportation to India, where he has never lived, has no family, no ties and of which he has little knowledge. Moroever, India does not recognize him as a citizen and has refused to issue a travel document for him.


Oct 15, 2014 - Nomination Period for Media Co-op Board Extended
The Media Co-op Board met this weekend and decided to extend the nomination period for a few more days to make sure all you fence-sitters get a chance to send in your nominations.

Current openings are for:
* One Toronto Media Co-op Local representative (live in the GTA? This is the spot for you.)
* One Montreal Media Co-op Local representative (Live in the Montreal area? This is the spot for you.)
* One Halifax Media Co-op Local representative (Live in the HRM? This is the spot for you.)
* 3 Editor representatives (had to have worked or volunteered at least 10 hours/week for the Media Co-op)
* One Reader representative (Do you subscribe to The Dominion or sustain our work with a monthly payment? This is the spot for you)

Please submit your nomination and a 200-word explanation of why you rock, along with a photo of yourself (optional) to info [at] mediacoop.ca by Tuesday October 21 at 5pm (EST). Elections will take place during the AGM. We'll post your photo and write-up on the site to introduce you to our other members before the AGM.



Oct 17, 2014 - The Global Development Crisis and the Possibilities of Labour-Centred Development
When: Friday October 17th, 1:30pm-5:30pm (reception to follow)
Where: York University, HNES 140

The Global Labour Research Centre and the journal Studies in Political Economy are pleased to present the following symposium:

The Global Development Crisis and the Prospects for Labour-Centred Development

Keynote address:
Ben Selwyn, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, and visiting professor of Political Science at York University, Fall 2014. He is author of Workers, State and Development in Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value (2012), and The Global Development Crisis (2014). He has conducted field research in Brazil and has written widely on development theory.

yorku.ca/glrc | www.facebook.com/glrcyork

Oct 17, 2014 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
When: Friday, October 17th, 4pm
Where: South East Corner of Jane and Finch, Toronto

Join Us on Friday, October 17th for: Eradication of Poverty, Dancing, Drumming, Food, Good people, Fun and Celebration

Jane-Finch and other Communities living in poverty know from bitter experience that the reality we face is very different:
• The minimum wage has been set at a level that leaves people in poverty
• Those on Ontario Works (OW) and ODSP are living on incomes that leave them unable to feed themselves and pay the rent
• The real value of social assistance payments has fallen by some 55% since 1994 and people have continued to get poorer during the years the Liberals have been in office despite all promises
• The vital Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefits that kept people housed has been taken away
• Many people on ODSP are now facing medical reviews that threaten to take away their income


Oct 18, 2014 - Visioning the Future
When: Sat. October 18th, 1 - 6pm
Where: WoodsWorth College, 119 St. George Street, Room 119

Join us for Toronto350.org's first vision and values seminar for the upcoming 2015 year. This is a great way to get more involved with the group, as we'll be launching new campaigns, and creating strategic plans for our existing campaigns.Through a series of breakout workshops and "assemblies" we you will set operational goals for 2015. Together, we will plan out the path for achieving strategic objectives on the road to a better, greener future.

toronto350.org | Facebook event

Oct 18, 2014 - Poetry Politics Revolution
When: Saturday October 18th, 4pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

“…Poetry is not a luxury" wrote Audre Lorde. Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence.

Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence.

Join us for radical political poetry with Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran, and Himani Bannerji.

Oct 18, 2014 - Tainted
When: Saturday October 18th, 7pm
Where: The Foundery, 376 Bathurst St., Toronto

This is a free event, donations will be requested to support the Ontario Health Coalition.

Join us on the weekend of the Ontario Health Coalition's Annual Assembly and Conference for this special event - The Moyo Theatre will present a public reading of the new play Tainted on the evening of Saturday October 18 (see details below). This is a free event, donations will be requested to support the Ontario Health Coalition.

Set against the backdrop of the tainted blood crisis, a family fights to stay intact when the unimaginable happens. Tainted is an unforgettable story about love, loss, justice and the enduring power of forgiveness.

"...promise me you'll tell them what this really cost us, so they don't forget - so it never happens again..."

Sponsored by: OPSEU, Moyo Theatre and the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Oct 19, 2014 - Health Coalition Mini-Conference
When: Sunday, October 19th, 9am to 1pm
Where: St. Stephen's Community House, 91 Bellevue Ave. (in Kensington Market), Toronto

Harper and the Assault on Everything Progressive: Medicare in the crosshairs and how the rich are taking over the country

Linda McQuaig, Journalist and Author

Feisty, provocative, compassionate and uncompromising; Linda McQuaig is a journalist, columnist, and non-fiction author. The National Post has described Linda as Canada's Michael Moore. She has authored more than 11 books. As a journalist she has covered everything from the Iranian revolution and the war in Lebanon to the fraying of Canada's social fabric. Her latest book is Billionaires' Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality.

And many more presentations, see www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca.

Oct 22, 2014 - Big Business and the Re-shaping of North America
When: Wed. Oct. 22nd, 4pm
Where: Room 140, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto

"Big Business and the Re-shaping of North America" by Richard Roman, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto.

Hosted by Science for Peace.

Oct 23, 2014 - Dirty Hands in Politics – Stained with Blood in Kobane
When: Thursday, October 23rd, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

With the appearance of ISIS/ISIL on the scene since spring 2014, the bloodshed, the events and forces at play in the “Middle East” seem more puzzling than ever and the hope for a peaceful resolution ever more remote. This insanity can be witnessed in the intensifying conflict over the Kurdish city of Kobane in Northern Syria. What is going on? What is the strategic value of Kobane and this conflict? What has the Islamic State militants attacking it; the Kurds defending it; the Turkish army simply observing it; and the US and allies so intent on bombing it?

We examine the critical roles that each of these actors and the reasons that led to the extraordinary rise of ISIS/ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

This event is intended as a community conversation after opening remarks and contextualizing by our speaker, Kawa Jabary.

About speaker:
Kawa Jabary was born in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. He was forced to flee to Turkey as a result of his political activities and in 1997 settled in Canada as a refugee. Kawa has a graduate degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.


Oct 14, 2014 - Climate Justice Resurfaces Amidst New York's Corporate Sharks
By Patrick Bond

The world's largest ever march against climate change on Sunday (21 September) brought 400,000 people to the streets of New York, starting a lively parade at Central Park. On Tuesday, 120 of the world's political leaders -- notably not including the Chinese and Indians -- gathered 25 blocks away at the United Nations. The message they got from society was symbolized by the march route: instead of heading toward the UN building, the activists headed the other way, west. This directional choice reveals that hope for action on climate change comes not from the apparently paralysed heads of state and their corporate allies, who again consistently failed on the most powerful challenge society has ever faced: to make greenhouse gas emissions cuts necessary to halt certain chaos.

Source: The Bullet No. 1044

Oct 15, 2014 - Protecting European Democracy or Reviving the Cold War?
By Liz Fekete

A new report by Human Rights First on fascism in Hungary and Greece raises important questions. But its orientation toward U.S. national interests smacks of Cold War thinking. When we think of the leaders of Europe's far- and extreme-Right parties today, it is easy to ridicule them as fossils, nostalgic for days of Empire and white supremacy, or stranded on pre-second-world war shores, fighting the territorial fights of yesteryear. Yet despite the extreme Right's much-vaunted irredentism, it has also mounted strong critiques of the very modern phenomenon of globalization.

Source: The Bullet No. 1045

Oct 15, 2014 - Moving Forward After the People's Climate March
By Kamran Nayeri

The September 21 People's Climate March in New York City was a huge success. Over 310,000 people consisting of hundreds of contingents of various origins and interests marched in New York (some have put the number of marchers as high as 400,000). The organizers report that 2,807 similar actions took place in 166 countries during that weekend. In New York, contingents representing environmentalists, trade unionists, students and youth, indigenous activists, community organizations, religious and political groups and many others represented the breadth of support for immediate effective action to stop and reverse global warming and catastrophic climate change.

Source: The Bullet No. 1046

Oct 15, 2014 - How Bolivia is Leading the Global Fight Against Climate Disaster
By Richard Fidler

Bolivia goes to the polls on Sunday, October 12, in the country's third national election since the victory of Evo Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in December 2005 and the second since the adoption of its
radically new constitution in 2009. The MAS list, led by President Morales and his Vice-Presidential running mate Álvaro García Linera, is far ahead in the opinion polling over four opposition slates, all to the right of the MAS.

Although Bolivia's "process of change," its "democratic and cultural revolution" as García Linera terms it, is still in its early stages, the country's developmental process has already attracted considerable interest – and some controversy – internationally, not least because of its government's role as a leading critic of global climate change, which it forthrightly attributes to the effects and the logic inherent to the capitalist mode of production.

Source: The Bullet No. 1047

Oct 16, 2014 - Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto
Presentations by:

* Kamilla Pietrzyk of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign
* Ward 6 Socialist city council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit

Source: LeftStreamed No. 234


Oct 14, 2014 - Software Tester (QA Specialist)
360 Incentives we love taking it to a whole ‘notha level with our innovation and surprising our clients by over-delivering on their expectations. We pride ourselves in our start-up culture, our office space, and the variety of caffeinated beverages that we have readily available! One of the things that we are missing as we create awesomeness is a RockstarSoftware Tester.

Position Summary:
The Software Tester will participate in the testing of our enterprise B2B platform. They will be part of creating a testing strategy and execute on it to ensure that the software product meets user requirements and work closely the Development Team to understand requirements, estimate testing efforts and deliver an industry changing technology to our clients.

This is a salaried full-time position paid at a level compensate with the experience of the individual for our location. Benefits include group health insurance plan as part of the compensation package.



Oct 16, 2014 - Video rendering -- best practices
Many individuals and organizations are video-recording their events and sharing on their blogs and social media. Here are some best-practices suggestions from YouTube:

* Container: .MP4; other supported formats are: .MOV, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, WebM, OGV
* Audio Codec: AAC-LC; Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1; Sample rate 96 khz or 48 khz
* Video Codec: H.264; Progressive scan (no interlacing); Variable bitrate.
* Frame rates: should match the source material. For example, content shot in 24 fps should be encoded and uploaded at 24 fps.

You should render a short 1-minute clip to see how it compares to the original, and how it will be displayed on YouTube.

There are many video editing/rendering programs to choose from. A good free and open source video editor for Linux, Mac OS and FreeBSD is Kdenlive.



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