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September 3, 2015


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A strong democracy needs strong science
Canada's commitment to making decisions based on evidence, not politics, helped to build our prosperity and make our country one of the safest, healthiest, best educated and most compassionate countries in the world. Making evidence-based decisions requires investing in the science and research upon which they are founded but in recent years, our federal government has turned away from science, putting at risk the foundation of what makes Canada great.

This is your opportunity to restore the science needed for a strong democracy by taking the Science Pledge!

By taking the Pledge, you're showing your support for science and committing to support actions that put evidence before politics to uphold the security, health, and prosperity of all Canadians.


Take Action to Protect Public Healthcare
Key Points to Think About:

* The government’s plan to close hospital services and expand private clinics is not supported by the evidence. In fact, there is a significant body of academic research showing poor quality, safety concerns, higher user fees, cream- skimming of the most profitable and easiest cases at the expense of local hospitals, higher costs and a host of other problems associated with the fragmenting of community hospital services into private clinics.

* The plan to cut our local hospitals and contract out to private clinics will destabilize our local hospital budgets. Private clinics take the faster, easier patients from whom they can make the most money, leaving the complex, expensive and hard-to-serve patients behind for our local hospitals to take care of with less staff and fewer resources....

Send a letter to Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins to tell him to Stop cutting our local hospitals and contracting out clinical services to private clinics.



Sep 3, 2015 - Chris Hedges: The Great Unraveling
When: Thursday, September 3rd, 7pm
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto
General Admission: $25.00 (this is a fundraiser for Canadian Dimension magazine)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joins us for an evening in Toronto to speak about "The Great Unraveling."

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy Movement. In his newest book, Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians and literary figures, he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of mounting environmental destruction and grotesque wealth polarization.

The event is organized by Canadian Dimension magazine with support from Centre for Social Justice | www.eventbrite.ca | Facebook event

Sep 4, 2015 - Save Canada Post Caravan
When: Friday September 4th, 12pm
Where: in front of MP Roxanne James's office at 2641 Lawrence avenue East, Scarborough

We are the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

We're fighting for a public postal service with a future.

Canada Post belongs to the public. Everyone. Not just the federal politicians and the large corporate mailers, and certainly not post office management. It belongs to the people. All of the people.


Sep 5, 2015 - [Aamjiwnaang] Toronto Bus to Toxic Tour
When: Welcome Feast and Speakers Friday September 4th, 5pm
Toxic Tour, walk through Chemical Valley - Saturday September 5th 12:00pm
Buses leave Toronto at 7am Saturday morning (and stay tunes, if there is enough interest we will book a bus to go up the Friday evening so we can attend the Welcome Feast)
Where: Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Sarnia Ontario
Buses leaving Toronto from Christie Pitts Park and from Jane & Finch (register)

Chemical Valley is the climate and pollution crisis of Southern Ontario. It is where nearly 1 million barrels of tar sands are processed each day and where fracked gas is processed. It is a place of environmental racism: the Valley exists on stolen land, and its people are being slowly killed by pollution.

Ten years ago, a report surfaced that showed two girls were being born for every boy in Aamjiwnaang First Nation due to toxic chemicals emanating from industry in Chemical Valley. Since that time, more refineries have been built, more pipelines have spilled, and the community continues to be poisoned day after day, week after week, year after year. But Aamjiwnaang has fought back. Grassroots members have done speaking tours, petitions, lawsuits, rallies, blockades, scientific testing, and built networks of supporters to help share the story of what is happening to the lands and people. Join them in their fight against environmental racism, climate chaos, and extreme pollution.

aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com | Facebook event

Sep 5, 2015 - Demonstration to Condemn the Dirty War of Turkey!
When: Saturday Sept 5th, 7pm
Where: Yonge And Bloor, Toronto

We are gathering on Saturday, September, 5th to ask for an end to the dirty war that the president of Turkey has started against the Kurds. Every day, there are news of another innocent civilian and/or child being killed in South-Eastern Turkey by Turkey's security forces. We gather to mourn for the victims of this war.

The demonstration will begin at Bloor and Yonge at 7pm. We will be walking to Yonge-Dundas Square.

Facebook event

Sep 6, 2015 - Toronto International Poetry Slam
When: Sunday, September 6th, 8pm
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, Toronto

Witness some of the best poets in North America, battling it out for $1500 in cash!!

The Lula Lounge will be packed for the final edition of the Toronto International Poetry Slam, so get your tickets early!

Facebook event

Sep 9, 2015 - Theorizing Anti-Racism
When: Wednesday, September 9th, 2pm
Where: Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor St. W.

Join us to celebrate the launch of the edited volume, Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.

Panel discussion with Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua (editors), and Sedef Arat-Koc, Himani Bannerji and Anthony Bogues (contributors), followed by refreshments and book signing.

Sponsored by: Department of Social Justice Education (SJE), OISE, University of Toronto; and Centre for Feminist Research (CFR), York University | Facebook event


Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto
A forum to discuss the struggles over public transit in London, England and in Toronto, over P3s, privatization, funding public transit, and posing alternatives, such as reduced fares, free transit and increased accessibility. We are at a turning point in the struggle for public transit, particularly in Toronto. Although we have now won broad recognition of the need to expand public transit, the modes and organizational forms this will take, the fares that will be levied, the funding provisions and the operational practices remain completely unclear. There remains nothing in the way of a national public transit plan in Canada, and Ontario planning is both ad hoc and bent on privatization. There are important strategic lessons to be learned from the experience of London -- a system at the forefront of these kinds of battles over the neoliberalization of transit systems. As well, there is a growing national and international free public transit movement as a central means to address global warning and for transit justice to give equal access to mobility.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 276

Federal Leaders Must Come Up With a Substitute for Oil
By Amir Khadir

The longest election campaign in recent Canadian history is an opportunity to point to the contradictions of the major parties on the question of ecology. If there is one issue that touches simultaneously on economic development, the protection of ecosystems, public health, climate warming, transportation and the legitimacy of public institutions, it is the exploitation of the tar sands and the many pipeline projects for exporting the most polluting oil in the world.

Source: The Bullet No. 1156



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