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November 19, 2015


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No one deserves this in their backyard.
No one deserves a tar sands mine in their backyard.

But right now, Suncor -- the same company that's draining the Athabasca River even when water levels are dangerously low -- is trying to build a mine and toxic tailings pond dangerously close to the city of Fort McMurray.

The dangerous project would be just FIVE KILOMETRES from where families live.

Suncor just started conducting public hearings into the proposed project -- so now is the moment to stop this ludicrous project before it ever gets built.

Sign the petition to Suncor: stop the Voyageur South tar sands project now.

Freeze the Tar Sands!
Climate change demands urgent, decisive action.

As we approach the most important round of international climate negotiations of the decade, we need a deliberate, steady plan to wean Canada off volatile boom-and-bust oil revenues, and reorient our economy toward 21st -- not 19th -- century technology.

When you find yourself in a hole like this, the first rule is simple: stop digging. This is literally what we need Prime Minister Trudeau to commit to. Freeze the expansion of the tar sands and commit to a justice-based transition to a clean energy economy. No huge new mines on top of the ones that already scar the landscape, poison the environment, and violate Indigenous and treaty rights. Instead, build a just, clean energy economy that works for people and the planet.

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau that climate action and the tar sands just don't mix.


Nov 19, 2015 - Great Lakes Commons Charter
When: Nov 19 and December 17

Join others from around the bioregion who are making the Great Lakes Commons Charter alive. Why just fight the waves of threats to the waters when you can work to change the tide? These Campfire gatherings want to ignite stories, questions, and proposals for protecting the waters as a shared and sacred commons. Join one or both.

You can read about our summer series on the Charter and see/share this new Commons agreement.

RSVP and we'll send you the needed connect information. We use an easy and effective video conferencing platform so you can join with the video/audio of your computer. You can even join by phone if you like.

We hope you can participate since there is no other bioregional agreement (and organization) that seeks to re-connect our relations and commitments to the waters as a commons community.


Nov 19, 2015 - Reel Awareness Film Festival
When: Nov 19 to Nov 22
Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
Tickets for each film is $10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Amnesty International's REEL AWARENESS Human Rights Film Festival.

REEL AWARENESS brings together inspiration and information in a collection of must-see films. From November 19th to the 22nd, join Amnesty International in protecting and promoting human rights! Worldwide, talented filmmakers brave threats and danger to capture moving stories about human rights abuse, resistance and struggle. Their films have the power to take us away from our own lives and examine the complexity of the human condition. These are stories that simply have to be told - these are the stories told at REEL AWARENESS.


Nov 19, 2015 - Labour and the Media
When: Thursday, November 19th, 12pm
Where: Ross Building S701, York University

The Global Labour Speakers Series is pleased to host a panel discussion on Labour and the Media / Labour in the Media with:

* Sara Mojehedzadeh, Toronto Star
* David Bush, RankandFile.ca
* Nora Loreto, Canadian Association of Labour Media
* Nadine Tkatchevskaia, Canadian Association of Labour Media

Join us for a panel discussion that will explore media reporting on labour issues. In what ways does the media cover the dynamics of the workplace and the labour market? What is and what should be the role of the media in reporting on work? What impact can media reporting have on raising awareness about critical issues in the workplace and in effecting progressive social change?

Facebook event

Nov 19, 2015 - Peace, Victims, & Corporate Interests Colombia at the crossroads
When: Thursday, November 19th, 6:30pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto

Colombian labour and Indigenous leaders will discuss the peace process in Colombia and share their stories of resistance to multinational corporate plunder.

In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s new “Americas Policy,” through which Canada would build trade ties with governments that shared Canada’s values of “democracy, human rights, rule-of-law and good governance.” The Canadian government then announced negotiations for a free trade and investment deal with Colombia, the country with the worst human rights record in the hemisphere.

Facebook event

Nov 19, 2015 - Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism
When: Thursday, Nov 19th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St.

Join a conversation about Peter Drucker’s new book Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism (from Haymarket Books). This important book will provide a way into discussion and debate about the future of gender and sexual liberation struggles in the wake of important victories for LGBT rights.

Speakerss include:
* Peter Drucker - Long-time socialist and activist, author of Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism
* Dan Irving - Teaches at Carleton University in Ottawa. Co-editor (with Rupert Raj) of Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader, published by Canadian Scholar's Press
* Natalie Kouri-Towe - Toronto-based academic and activist working on transnational solidarity and queer politics
* Jamie Magnusson - Teaches at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education • Studies the impact of precarity and dispossession on urban life LGBTq communities
* Tim McCaskell - Long time Toronto gay activist and writer

Sponsored by Toronto New Socialists, Ideas Left Out, Historical Materialism Toronto.

Nov 19, 2015 - "He Ain't Dead": Remembering Joe Hill
When: Thursday, November 19th, 7:30pm
Where: Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
PWYC - proceeds to Workers' Action Centre

An evening of working class culture to remember the great labor organizer and troubadour Joe Hill, who was framed and executed by the state of Utah one hundred years ago today (Nov 19,1915) for a crime he did not commit. Performers confirmed so far: Wally Brooker, The Common Thread Sing-alongers, The Justice Singers, Mama Conway & the Christie Pits Pickers, Lynn Mantle, Tim Maxwell, Zach Morgenstern, & Tony Quarrington.

Endorsed By: Injured Workers Consultants, Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services, and the Workers' Action Centre | Facebook event

Nov 20, 2015 - National Housing Day
When: Nov 20th, 11:00am - March
Where: meet outside the Superior Court of Justice, 361 University Ave

When: Nov 20th, 12:30pm–3:30pm - People’s Assembly!
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square

Rise up, speak up! Be a “spect-actor” in our legislative theatre chambers and join our collective voices for an end to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis! Our collective ideas on the policies and laws that affect our communities will be shared with policymakers and legislators. Theatre of the Oppressed performance by Branch Out Theatre.


Nov 20, 2015 - Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants
When: Friday, November 20th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

A Quebec missionary fighting for social justice in Haiti, Ecuador and Chile

This is Claude Lacaille’s first-hand account of the extraordinary oppression and poverty he witnessed in Haiti, Ecuador, and Chile between 1965 and 1986 where thousands shed blood simply for resisting oppressive regimes, politics and economic doctrines. The men and women featured in Lacaille’s story are an inspiration for those who still believe in a better world. This is an impressive story of courage and solidary, inspired by a left-wing Christianity truly faithful to the Gospel.


Nov 21, 2015 - OHC Annual Action Assembly and Conference 2015
When: Sat, November 21st, 9am – 4pm (Assembly); Sunday November 22nd, 8:30am – 1:00pm (Conference)
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto

Our annual information sharing, strategy-setting meeting is back this year! Register now for our Annual Health Action Assembly and Conference!


Nov 21, 2015 - Wars, Refugees and Revolutions: Addressing the Fears and Fanaticism of our Age
When: November 21st, 7:30pm
Where: OISE Auditorium, Room G162, 252 Bloor St W
Tickets: Students: $10 Advance / $15 At the door; Non-students: $15 Advance / $20 At the door

CJPME is pleased to invite you to a lecture in Toronto, Saturday, Nov. 21 by author and academic Tariq Ramadan. Prof. Ramadan's talk is entitled, "Wars, Refugees and Revolutions: Addressing the Fears and Fanaticism of our Age." Join us, as Ramadan delivers a political talk which centers on the upheavals facing the Middle East and the West: e.g. the ongoing conflicts, the massive refugee movements, the shifting alliances, the East-West perceptions, etc.

Ramadan's address will be followed by a Q&A period.

This event is co-sponsored with the U. of Toronto Dept. of Near & Middle East Civilisations, and the U. of Toronto Institute of Islamic Studies | cjpme.nationbuilder.com/rama_tor_2015

Nov 23, 2015 - Stand up for transit
When: Monday November 23rd, 12noon
Where: City Hall

Did you know...
* The TTC is considering ANOTHER fare increase of up to 25 cents per ride in 2016?
* Toronto is facing service cuts unless the City gives the TTC about $95M more than budgeted?

And did you know...
* If TTC fares had increased only as fast as inflation since the subway started running in 1954, a single fare would cost $1.30 today?

Are you tired of waiting, being squished like a sardine and paying too much? We are too, and that's why we're asking that the City increase its share of TTC costs to $1.26 per rider in the 2016 budget.

TTCriders urges you to take action this month. Here's how:
1. Share your stories - talk about your sardine experience, your wait times from one of Toronto’s transit deserts, or the impact of Toronto’s high fares on your own household at our media conference on November 23 at noon and/or at the TTC Commission meeting at 1:00. We can help you prepare.

2. Show your support - come down to City Hall on November 23 at noon for our media conference and stay to fill the TTC Commission meeting at 1:00 where fare increases are on the agenda. TTCriders t-shirts and sardine props provided!


Nov 23, 2015 - Disarming Conflict
When: Monday, November 23rd, 7pm,
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

Award winning author Ernie Regehr says in his new book Disarming Conflict: Why Peace Cannot Be Won the Battlefield that wars fought over the past quarter century have been a spectacular failure. The overwhelming majority end in military stalemate and are settled at the negotiating table, with the grievances that led to the war still unresolved. In Disarming Conflict famed peace activist Ernie Regehr shows that force cannot simply override or transcend the social, political, and economic realities of conflict.

War prevention, Regehr argues, is more successful when security policies address the conditions that most directly affect people’s lives and that are most instrumental in generating deep grievances and the despairing conclusion that there are no alternatives to the violence. Disarming Conflict sets out approaches, initiatives, and policies that steer away from the futility of fighting and promote non-military efforts towards “winning the peace.”


Nov 25, 2015 - TTCRiders Fundraising Rendezvous
When: Wednesday, November 25th, 7pm
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street Toronto

Join us for a rollicking evening of transit-related fun and fundraising

* MC - Evalyn Parry, Toronto singer/songwriter/playwright/actor/director and the new Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
* Keynote Speaker - Former Mayor and WWF CEO David Miller
* Entertainment - TTC busker Shelley Coopersmith on fiddle
* Fabulous items to bid on in our silent action and live auction
* Door prizes and the prize draw for one lucky TTCriders member



Free Trade 101
Trade and investment agreements increase corporate power, erode state sovereignty, weaken democratic authority and are central to the neoliberal framework of privatization and deregulation. They do this by restricting government ability to regulate in the public interest, limiting progressive governance and public services, while at the same time protecting and privileging the interest of multinational corporations. This includes in many areas not directly related to trade like food production, access to medicines, health care, the internet, environment and labour regulations.

We call on the government to hold public hearings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in each province and territory across Canada as well as separate and meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities and First Nations. No agreement can be ratified without full consent.

Watch on YouTube.

The Politics of the Right and the Dilemmas of the Left
The Preface to the 2016 Socialist Register, The Politics of the Right, includes the following paragraphs: "There is a great strategic importance in a sober analysis of the strength of new right today, and the impasse of the left emerges here as a central concern. In confronting almost everywhere different permutations of right wing populism gaining further ground in this phase of neoliberalism, and the increasing state authoritarianism seen in new modes of surveillance and policing, we need to recognize the complicity of liberal and social democratic political agents in this. Both this and the limited political capacities of the radical left have provide space for the rise of the right and the new authoritarianism in the current conjuncture.

Source: The Bullet No. 1183

Climate Crisis and Climate Realism
Mass migration, civil war, banditry, imperial military adventures -- all these are current responses to the climate crisis. These and other impending dislocations from climate change intersect with the already-existing crises of poverty and violence in “catastrophic convergence” that demands immediate action and longer-term social change. What is the relation between the reformist project of short-term emissions redactions and a longer-term struggle to create a sustainable political economy?

Source: LeftStreamed No. 283


Admin and Communications Coordinator
The Toronto & York Region Labour Council is seeking to add a new member to its dynamic staff team. Reporting to the President, the successful candidate will be responsible for: office administration; communications; and support of diverse campaigns of the Labour Council.

Applicants are invited to send their resume and a short cover letter that highlights their relevant experience by November 23rd, 2015 to jcartwright@labourcouncil.ca. This position is within the bargaining unit of COPE Local 343. Labour Council is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from people of colour, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.




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