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February 16, 2017


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It’s time to re-invest in Our Public Library
Mayor Tory has not backed down from his demand for an across the board 2.6% cut to the budgets of all city services and agencies including Our Public Library.

With the draft city budget for 2017 heading into is next critical phase today when it is referred to the Executive Committee of Council, we need to signal our opposition to Tory’s plan.

Sources at City Hall are telling me that a compromise may be in the works that would see the Mayor’s cuts to the budget of the Toronto Public Library replaced by a very small increase of less than 1%.


Tweets Are Not Enough
The tweet prompted glowing headlines around the world, including the one above from PBS.org stating: “Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by the U.S.”

The problem? It’s not true. The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement means that most asylum seekers travelling from the United States cannot claim refugee status here, and our government’s actual plan is to accept 15,000 FEWER refugees and protected persons in 2017 than it aimed for last year.

This is unacceptable. Send a letter to your MP asking them to denounce the Muslim ban, rescind the Safe Third Country Agreement and welcome more refugees to Canada this year, including those left stranded by Trump’s ban.



Feb 13, 2017 - [Your Computer] Working While Black
On February 13, 2017 in honour of Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress is launching “Working While Black”, an educational and interactive webinar series for workers of colour and allies.

The series will celebrate the contributions of Black activists and organizers in Canada, strengthen solidarity across movements, and build skills and knowledge for confronting anti-Black racism in workplaces and communities today. Participants will be able to engage with speakers and share lived experiences with each other.

February 13, 7-8pm: Webinar #1: Anti-Black Racism and Labour

February 22, 7-8pm: Webinar #2: Recognizing Systemic Barriers and Work

February 27, 7-8pm: Webinar #3: Collective and Community Organizing

Register by February 12, 2017 canadianlabour.ca/WWB

Feb 15, 2017 - Toronto Black Film Festival
When: February 15 to 19, 2017

Cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about discovery. TBFF will showcase the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues.


Feb 16, 2017 - Bursting at the Seams
When: Thursday, February 16th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)

Join us for our monthly speaking series focusing on topics central to poor people's issues and organizing. A new topic is presented every month and all events are open to the public.

Bursting at the Seams is the title of a 20-minute film on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters. We premiered the movie outside Mayor John Tory's luxury condominium in November. Come watch the movie and hear updates on the fight to win desperately needed shelter and housing in this city.

Come for the meal at 6pm and stay for what promises to be a a very informative and engaging session! Speakers: Beric German and Yogi Acharya.


Feb 17, 2017 - Privatization and Public Services
When: Friday, February 17th, 6:30pm
Where: 519 Church Street Community Centre

Join the We Own It campaign and our labour and community allies for two community forums on public services, the campaign against privatization and how each of us can help build the fightback. Let’s remind Kathleen Wynne of the value of public services. Ontario is not for sale. We built it! We paid for it!

Featuring speakers:
* Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
* Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre/Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign
* Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP Toronto-Danforth
* Brenda Thompson, TTC Riders
* Dr. Danyaal Raza, Canadian Doctors for Medicare
* Domenic Maugeri, Outside Chairperson, CUPE Local 416

www.weownit.ca | Facebook event

Feb 18, 2017 - West Toronto $15 & Fairness Outreach Blitz
When: Saturday, February 18th, 1:30pm
Where: Tim Hortons, 1094 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Do you live in the West End? Join us in the neighbourhood to spread the word and build a movement in the Fight for $15 & Fairness! We need to send a message to our elected members of provincial parliament (MPPs) that we need $15 and Fairness in 2017!

Come out and bring a friend! We'll have petitions, leaflets and posters ready to go, and together we'll talk with passersby about the fight for decent work for all.

Facebook event

Feb 21, 2017 - Fight for $15: Toronto-wide Organizing Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Suite 223, 720 Spadina Ave.
Snacks served at 5:30 pm
Meeting begins at 6:00 pm, finishes at 8:00 pm

Join us for our next city-wide Fight for $15 and Fairness organizing meeting! We know we have the majority with us, but we need to organize this sentiment and put pressure on our MPPs to make sure we get the legislative changes we need in 2017!

Please RSVP so we know how many snacks to provide! And please share this event with others who may want to get involved.

Facebook event


Toronto Mayor’s Housing Policies Costs Lives
By Yogi Acharya

Eighty people have died in the last two years as a direct result of homelessness in Toronto. That's one homeless person dying every 10 days. In 1985, people fighting homelessness started keeping track of these senseless, and entirely preventable deaths. Since that time, they've recorded over 800 deaths -- lives sacrificed in service of a perverse economic logic that demands ever more cuts from the destitute and grants ever more comforts to the rich. Talk to anyone who has used the City's emergency shelter system, or anyone who works with people using shelters, and a grim picture emerges of chronic overcrowding, bug infested dormitories, the recurrent spread of contagious diseases, and the perpetual lack of sufficient beds.

Source: The Bullet No. 1366

Black Snakes on the Move: U.S. Pipeline Expansion Out Of Control
By Teressa Rose Ezell

A Lakota prophecy tells of a mythic Black Snake that will move underground and bring destruction to the Earth. The "seventh sign" in Hopi prophecy involves the ocean turning black and bringing death to many sea-dwelling creatures. It doesn't take an over-active imagination to make a connection between these images and oil pipelines and spills. It's troubling enough that the growing "Black Snake" has branched out at an alarming rate, forming a massive subterranean coast-to-coast web. But to make matters worse, the nefarious reptile seems to suffer from leaky gut syndrome, so that it functions as a toxic underground sprinkler system, spreading gas, oil, and poisonous by-products everywhere it goes -- including into waterways and drinking water sources.

Source: The Bullet No. 1367

Mapping the Canadian Left
By Andrea Levy and Corvin Russell

If there is a single theme that has distinguished left politics in Canada and Québec at least since the 1960s, it is the aspiration to national sovereignty. For both the social-democratic and radical left in Québec, the pursuit of social justice is inextricably bound up with national liberation and the creation of a sovereign state emancipated from the colonial chokehold of the Canadian federation. Meanwhile, a considerable part of the left in English Canada for decades similarly conceived the liberation of the Canadian economy and foreign policy from domination by the superpower to the south as the starting point of any viable left project.

Source: The Bullet No. 1368

If You Don’t Understand the Second Product, You Understand Nothing About Marx's Capital
The following talk by Michael A. Lebowitz was given at the International conference "150 years Karl Marx's Capital - Reflections for the 21st century" held in Athens, Greece on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Athens Office in cooperation with Theseis, the conference discussed the actuality of Marx's theoretical system of the critique of political economy 150 years on from the publication of Capital Volume I.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 341


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