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July 17, 2014


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Jul 16, 2014 - Free Alex Sodiqov
Alexander Sodiqov, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, was arrested on 16 June in Khorog, Tajikistan. Alexander remains detained in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, but he has not yet officially been charged with any crime under Tajik law. A video, heavily edited, of him describing his activities to authorities has appeared online. Thankfully, his wife has confirmed that she has recently been able to visit him, and that he did not display any signs of physical mistreatment. Alex is a valued member of the University of Toronto community. He and his wife have strong local connections in Toronto. Their daughter is a Canadian citizen.


Jul 16, 2014 - CBC: preserve your reputation for "fearless journalism"
In response to deep government budget cuts, the CBC is poised to dramatically scale back production of its cutting-edge documentaries. The quality, variety and political punch of CBC documentaries is about to plummet -- unless the national broadcaster takes steps now to safeguard in-house production.

Some of the CBC's most prominent on-air personalities have spoken out publicly against the cutbacks. It's hard to imagine the impact of downsizing the department that produces award-winning programming like The Nature of Things, Canada: A People’s History, The Canadian Experience and 8th Fire.

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Jul 17, 2014 - Provincial Election Debrief Forum - TAC NDP
When: Thursday July 17th, 6:30pm
Where: 25 Cecil St, Toronto

The provincial election has been an exciting and challenging time for our party. It's time we debriefed and discussed how we would like the Party to move forward and rebuild in Toronto. Doors open 6:30, 7pm Start. Building is accessible. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Toronto Area Council is an authorized local council of the New Democratic Party of Ontario formed to provide a vehicle for NDP members in Toronto to work together to develop and strengthen the party in Toronto and engage in the social issues of the day.

Facebook event

Jul 18, 2014 - Seed Save & Edible Musical Potluck
When: Friday July 18th, 5-8pm
Where: Free Food For All Community Garden (by shipping container greenhouse) @ Scadding Court Community Centre, Bathurst & Dundas.

What: A funthyme edible and musical potluck. Tend to the Free Food For All Plot while learning how to sow a seedy revolution, and enjoy some fresh potluck pleasures shared by fallow seedy gardeners.

Bring friends, a musical instrument and small potluck snack, (with local ingredients if possible).

All welcome no experience necessary!

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Jul 19, 2014 - Toronto Anarchist Bookfair
When: Saturday July 19, 10:30am – 8pm; Sunday July 20, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Where: Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto

Join us for a weekend full of anarchist-inspired activities, workshops, books, zines, food, friends, and good conversations.

There will be a great selection of workshops this year, with presentations from:
* Renana Jhabvala – National Coordinator of the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India
* AJ Withers – Disability activist and organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
* Justin Podur – Activist, blogger, and author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship
* JJ McMurtry – Activist with the Ontario worker cooperative movement, and Chair of Social and Political Thought at York University.
* Chris Ramsaroop – Activist with Justicia For Migrant Workers
* And many more!

We will also have an amazing group of tablers!


Jul 19, 2014 - Day of Action: Climate Change
“Taking action on climate change is not an option, it's a necessity. It's something that New Democrats know we need to do”
Matthew Kellway - from statement on his reintroducing the Climate Change Accountability Act - June 16th, 2014

Saturday July 19th - Join Matthew and member of Beaches-East York for a Day of Action on Climate Change ! We will be knocking on doors, picking up the phone, talking neighbour to neighbour and inviting people to sign petitions.

Two canvasses (both by phone and food) are planned - late morning and afternoon gathering at the office at 155 Main Street - call the office 416.467.0860 or e-mail matthew.kellway.c1a@parl.gc.ca for more information, get involved with the Day of Action or to sign up for a canvass shift.

Facebook event

Jul 20, 2014 - The Current Crisis in Iraq
When: Sunday, July 20th, 2pm
Where: 290 Danforth Avenue (just west of Chester), Toronto

Topic: The Current Crisis in Iraq
Speaker: Thamer Alsafar, an Iraqi ecologist, journalist and leading member of the Iraqi Communist Party.

A People's Voice Forum.

Jul 21, 2014 - WSIC about Canada's new prostitution laws?
When: Monday, 21 July from 7 to 9pm
Where: Duke of York, 36 Prince Arthur, Toronto

Why Should I Care?

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three provisions in the criminal code related to prostitution. The Supreme Court found the old laws, under which prostitution was legal while related activities were not, violate the right to security of the person which is protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Parliament had one year to come up with changes.

Sonya JF Barnett, co-founder of After Bedford, and Rachel, a board member from Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project, will be joining us to discuss the impacts Bill C-36 on sex workers.

Register at eventbrite.ca

Jul 23, 2014 - Footage From G20 Detention Centre
When: Wednesday July 23, 6-9 pm
Where: Sanctuary, 25 Charles E, Toronto

Screening of footage from T.O.'s G20 detention facility by and for those who were incarcerated.
Discussion and evaluation of footage to follow. Pre-register 416-922-0628 ext 225, info@whatworldproductions.com


Jul 15, 2014 - The Commons As a Fount of Hope
By Richard Swift

The commons is not just a battlefield between corporate predators and those who resist them -- it is also a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. It represents a space between the private market and the political state in which humanity can control and democratically root our common wealth. Both the market and the state have proved inadequate for this purpose. In different ways, they have both led to a centralization of power and decision-making. Both private monopolies and state bureaucracies have proved incapable of maintaining the ecological health of the commons or managing the fair and equitable distribution of its benefits.

Source: The Bullet No. 1006

Jul 15, 2014 - Time for Canada to Honor its UN Obligations Toward Palestine
July 9th, 2014 marked a critical landmark for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli Apartheid as it marks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) opinion on the Apartheid wall in the West Bank as being illegal under international law. One year after the decision on July 9th 2005 the united Palestinian call for a movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was issued. Every day the urgency to build a pan-Canadian movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and to force the Canadian government to end its complicity in Israeli Apartheid is crucial as we have seen in the past days the brutality of Israeli aggression from air strikes that left 27 Palestinians dead in the last week, and more than 600 arrests.

Source: The Bullet No. 1007

Jul 16, 2014 - Breaking the Canadian University Links with Israeli Institutions
On June 12, Israel launched a massive military operation called "Operation Brother's Keeper." Since then, the Israeli state has bombed the Gaza Strip, killed a rapidly rising number of Palestinians, arrested more than 500 others, and violently invaded 1,300 Palestinian sites, including three university campuses. The immediate pretext for this brutality against Palestinians was the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. As the Israeli military's campaign continues, so too has racist rhetoric and Israeli violence on the ground escalated, including the June 30 kidnapping and murder of sixteen-year old Palestinian Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. On July 8, as this statement goes to press, Israel has increased the level of deadly violence and destruction on Gaza with the launch of its new bombing campaign, "Operation Protective Edge."

Source: The Bullet No. 1008


Jul 16, 2014 - Organizing Assistant
Part time – permanent position (21 hrs/week term)

Since 1985, the Council of Canadians has brought Canadians together to act for social, economic and environmental justice here in Canada and around the world. Our work is built on a strong foundation of timely and strategic campaigns to fight for the values, social programs and progressive policies that Canadians believe in.

Under the direction of the Political Director and working in close collaboration with the Regional Organizer and other members of the Organizing team, the Organizing Assistant (Regional) is responsible for providing regional administrative support to the Regional Organizer and the chapters, to ensure the administrative aspects of the Organizing team meets the needs of the Council of Canadians and ensures the effective and efficient functioning of the offices and chapters.As well the Organizing Assistant provides back up support to other members of the Organizing team occasionally , and to other teams, as assigned by the Political Director.

APPLICATIONS: Send your resume, in confidence, by 5:00 PM, July 20, 2014 to hr@canadians.org. Quote competition # CoC-2014-09 Organizing Assistant Regional Office (Ontario-Quebec-Nunavut) on application. | canadians.org/content/job-organizing-assistant-toronto

Jul 16, 2014 - Coordinator, Young Women’s Development and Youth Engagement Services
St. Stephen's Community House -- Coordinator, Young Women's Development and Youth Engagement Services

Summary: Develop, plan, administer and evaluate a variety of departmental programs and initiatives within the Youth Services and undertake responsibilities of staff supervision, coordination of partner’s sites and project partners, project budgeting, and reporting and record keeping. Youth Services under your coordination are Young Women’s Development, Arcade Afterschool Drop-in including social and recreational activities, health promotion program.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter describing how their experience and qualifications correspond to the outlined requirements in this job posting by Friday, July 18th 2014, by 12:00 noon to:

Youth Services Coordinator Hiring Committee
St. Stephen's Community House
E-mail: hr260a@sschto.ca, with the job title in the subject line of the posting.



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