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January 29, 2015


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Jan 25, 2015 - Let Them Stay Week
In the last four months of 2014, an alarming number of U.S. Iraq war resisters in Canada received negative decisions in their immigration cases. Several of them have received, or are about to receive, removal orders from Canada.

This is despite the fact that a majority of Canadians support their stance against the illegal and immoral war, and despite Parliament having twice voted to let US war resisters stay.

The strong response of Canadians is what has kept U.S. war resisters in Canada – and out of U.S. military prison – for the past ten years.

Once again, US war resisters need their supporters to take action.

* Sunday Jan 25 – Profile Picture Day: Change your profile picture on Facebook in support of U.S. war resisters
* Monday Jan 26 – Media Outreach Day: Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
* Tuesday Jan 27 – Email/phone Blitz: Call or email Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander
* Wednesday Jan 28 – Mail-in Letters Day: Write and mail a letter to the Minister of Immigration
* Thurs Jan 29 – Social Media Day: Share, post, disseminate information on war resisters on social media
* Friday Jan 30 – Community Outreach Day: Call your local MPs office


Jan 26, 2015 - Stop the Pipelines
Calling all lovers of land and water: you are needed in Northern BC!

Grassroots Wet'suwet'en people have been blocking pipelines from crossing their land and rivers for over four years now. The Unis'tot'en Clan, their spokesperson Freda Huson, Chief Toghestiy, and their allies are occupying their territory square in the middle of the route for several tar sands and fracked gas pipelines, including Enbridge Northern Gateway and Pacific Trail Pipeline.


Jan 28, 2015 - Bring Back the Long-Form Census
Bill C-626 will be going for its second hour of debate this Thursday, January 29, 2015!

Evidence for Democracy (E4D) has signed a joint statement with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression calling on the federal government to support the passage of Bill C-626.

You too can take action today to bring back the long-form census!

* Share this web page on Facebook and Twitter
* Send a letter to your MP showing your support for Bill C-626 using our simple form below
* Keep the momentum of this national discussion going by informing your family and friends about the role of long-form census in smart decision-making



Jan 29, 2015 - What is "Barbaric"?
When: Thursday, January 29th, 5:30pm
Where: USW Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Feminist Reflections on Religion and Equality

On Nov. 5 2014, the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act. If this highly inflammatory and xenophobic bill is passed, it will deepen institutional barriers to immigrant and racialized women reporting violence and will prevent them from accessing support and services. In the interest of discussing this and other issues related to violence, religion, culture, equality, discrimination and women’s rights, LEAF presents a community panel featuring:

* Alia Hogben Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)
* Dawnis Kennedy Anishinabe Law Scholar
* Farrah Khan Coordinator of the Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Program, Counsellor and Advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic
* Shareen Gokul Manager, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
* Moderator: Sonia Lawrence Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School

Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

Jan 29, 2015 - [Hamilton] Book launch: Orchestrating Austerity
When: Thursday, January 29th, 7pm
Where: Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton
Refreshments and cash bar available.

The economic stimulus which followed the 2007-08 global financial crisis have been succeeded by what we now call “austerity” measures – characterized by a renewed assault on public spending and further restructuring of social and labour market policies.

Claiming no viable alternatives exist, neoliberal politicians are selling austerity to the public as a virtuous necessity in the face of government deficits. With insights and inspirational stories of resistance from a range of scholars, as well as labour organizers and activists, Orchestrating Austerity tries to determine if there is something new in this era of austerity or if it is a continuation and intensification of earlier of neoliberalism.

Jan 29, 2015 - Red Square on a Black Board
When: Thursday January 29th, 7pm
Where: Koffler House, Room 108, UofT

Red Square on a Black Board (2013) documents the 2012 student rebellion in Montreal that quickly expanded to a mass social movement that inspired folks across Canada. The movie is in French, with English Subtitles.

www.cinemapolitica.org | Facebook event

Jan 29, 2015 - In Search of the Steadfast Olive
When: Thur. Jan. 29th, 7 - 9:30 pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham (Bloor and Bathurst)

In the land sacred to three faiths, a group of Canadian Christians on a peace and justice pilgrimage search for signs of hope. An important eleement of the Kairos Palestine document (2011) is an open invitation to visit the Holy Land to witness the reality of life for Palestinians under military occupation. There are many tours, formal and less formal, offered by grassroots organizations, faith-based or not, in Canada and US. This is such a one taken in November 2014 and led by Father Bob Holmes with a small group mostly from Toronto. Once back home, sharing their witness and impressions is a large part of the experience and mission. With Bob Holmes, Briditte Hutter Schmidt, and Ted Schmidt.


Feb 1, 2015 - Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights
When: Sunday, February 1st, 2pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. As a result of the toxic operations, some Indigenous communities are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and other illnesses. Traditional ways of life are also at risk as hunting, fishing, and collecting medicinal plants is becoming more difficult in polluted waters and lands.

These lands are the traditional territories of a number of Indigenous Nations whose right to hunt, fish, and live are protected by Treaties, which are currently being violated.

* Heather Milton Lightening, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
* Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada
* Anna Zalik, Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Recommended reading: A Line in the Tar Sands.

This is the second talk in the series: Capitalism vs. Ecology: We Need to Change Everything! Discussion series on ecology, economy, and social justice. Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project. | Facebook event

Feb 2, 2015 - Make 2015 the year of the rider
When: Monday February 2nd, 9:15am
Where: City Hall, Toronto

Join us at 9:30am, Monday February 2 at City Hall, as we fill the TTC Commission with passionate grumpy riders. Wear your TTCriders t-shirt if you have one. And we'll give you a T-shirt if you join us for the day.

Register here www.ttcriders.ca


Jan 26, 2015 - Why the Whole World is Watching Greece
By Lee Sustar

The Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, is favoured to win parliamentary elections on January 25, giving it a strong chance to form a new government that could confront the catastrophic austerity agenda that has plunged Greece into severe economic and social crisis. Here, Lee Sustar (from the Socialist Worker, where this article first appeared) answers questions about the rise of Syriza and what a victory for it on January 25 would mean.

Source: The Bullet No. 1070

Jan 27, 2015 - The Greek Election
By Leo Panitch

As we enter the eighth year of the long-lingering global economic crisis, it is sobering indeed that it is only in Greece that a political party putting forward a clear, radical democratic alternative to the perverse policies of neoliberal austerity stands on the doorstep of entering the state. Emerging out of a coalescence of people from the 1980s Eurocommunist left and alter-globalization social movements at the beginning of the millennium, Syriza had at one point reached as much as 15 per cent support in opinion polls before 2010. But it came to the brink of power only when its new leader, Alexis Tsipras, in the run-up to the spring 2012 election proclaimed that it was Syriza's immediate goal and duty to enter government in coalition with anybody who would join with them to stop the economic torture of the Greek people.

Source: The Bullet No. 1071

Jan 28, 2015 - Launching the Socialist Register 2015: Transforming Classes
This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year's volume. Deploying an understanding of class as an historical social process -- rather than an abstract sociological category or statistical artifact -- the essays here investigate the concrete ways that working classes are being made and remade in the struggles against neoliberalism, austerity and authoritarian governments. Taking stock of the changing balance of class forces as well as old and new forms of workplace, household and political organization, they uncover the class strategies being debated and adapted in different zones of the world.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 246


Jan 28, 2015 - Environmental Educator
Full-time, 35 hours per week, February – November 2015

Who we are: Ecosource is an innovative environmental organization that empowers the community to become more environmentally responsible through creative public education. We specialize in hands-on programming that aims to increase environmental sustainability in Peel Region and beyond.

The Position: Ecosource is seeking a passionate, creative, and self-motivated individual to support hands-on environmental education programming in Peel Region. The position will include the preparation, maintenance, and delivery of educational activities for teachers and students in Peel Region, as well as supporting community events and other Ecosource programming. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Application Information: This is a full time (35 hrs per week) contract position from mid-February to November 2015. Some evening and weekend work will be required. This position is paid at an hourly rate of $20-22/hr (depending upon experience).

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 30, 2015 at 6pm.


Jan 29, 2015 - Paid CNC Machinist Programme for Youth
Info session Thursday January 29th, 1:30pm
Labour Educa on Centre, 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 100, Toronto

Opportunies with leading industry firms located in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Newmarket for youth between the ages of 18-29.

This program is part of the Ontario Government's Youth Skills Connection program and is available to in dividuals between the ages of 18—29. Graduates will have the opportunity to be certified and start careers in the aerospace, tooling and machining, and nuclear sectors.

Please bring your resume and your SIN number.



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