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June 14, 2018


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Make this the last G7 summit
G7 summits are expensive, exclusive, and they promote harmful “free” trade agreements, tax cuts, deregulation and privatization. They also break government promises on the things that matter (like phasing out fossil fuel subsidies).

I support the G7 being folded into the G195 (the more inclusive United Nations General Assembly). The meetings should take place at the UN in New York and the billions now spent on the rotating summits should be reallocated to the public good, such as the provision of clean drinking water. Human rights, economic inclusion and environmental protection must be the foundation for any discussion among world leaders.



Jun 14, 2018 - TTCriders Annual General Meeting
When: Thursday, June 14th, 6pm
Registration begins at 5:45pm. Meeting begins at 6:30pm and runs until 8:30pm.
Where: 452 College Street

Hear from special guest speaker Deena Ladd, Coordinator of the Workers' Action Centre. Read more.

Learn about our accomplishments and our plans for the year ahead.

Give us feedback so we can do better.

Delicious food & cash bar, with beer from Henderson Brewing!

Vote for new board members.


Jun 15, 2018 - Die-in for Fallen Cyclists
When: Friday June 15th, 8:30am
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.,

Please join us Friday morning at 8:30am at Nathan Phillips Square and show solidarity with fellow cyclists demanding an end to road fatalities of vulnerable road users in Toronto. Together, we'll lie down with our bicycles in silent protest.

Bring flowers, signs, memorial items to post on the TORONTO sign in memory our fallen cyclists.

Facebook event

Jun 16, 2018 - Bells on Danforth
When: Saturday June 16th, 10:30am
Where: Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave

A family-friendly, pedal-powered parade to celebrate cycling on the Danforth.

Bells on Danforth returns for our 7th annual family-friendly group ride on the Danforth. This year the ride starts at Withrow Park (near Wolfrey Ave - one block south of Danforth & Logan) and travels east to the "Oakridge CRC Fun Fair" hosted by Oakridge Community Recreation Centre at 63 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough.

bellsondanforth.ca | Facebook event

Jun 16, 2018 - Rally for Decent Work!
When: Saturday, June 16th, 1pm
Where: Ministry Of Labour, 400 University Ave

More than 60% of voters rejected Doug Ford and his plan to scrap the $15 minimum wage. 60% of voters chose candidates who support a $15 minimum wage on January 1, 2019, equal pay for equal work, better protection for workers on the job, fairer scheduling rules, and easier access to union membership.

On June 16, let's show Doug Ford that Ontario will not allow our new labour laws to be rolled back and that we will fight to improve what we've won. We will start at the Ministry of Labour (400 University Avenue) then march to Queen's Park.

Special guest speakers include:
• Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and co-author of Canada’s Leap Manifesto
• Chris Buckley, Ontario Federation of Labour
• Sandy Hudson, Black Lives Matter Toronto
• Dr. Ritika Goel, Decent Work and Health Network & OHIP for All
• Gobinder Singh Randhawa, chair, Ontario Sikh and Gurudwara Council

Facebook event

Jun 18, 2018 - What's next after the election?
When: Monday, June 18th, 7pm
Where: Steelwokers' Hall, 25 Cecil St

The election of a Conservative majority in Ontario will be a challenge to all who want a progressive and just world. The Conservatives have already pledged massive cuts and rollbacks of workers rights and the right wing will be emboldened. But they can be beaten. Real political change comes from movements of working people in workplaces, classrooms and on the streets. Join us for a public forum to discuss how we push back against the Tories and to bring about real change in Ontario.


Jun 21, 2018 - Book launch: Free Public Transit
When: June 21st, 6pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St

Join us for the Toronto launch of a unique book: Free Public Transit – And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators, edited by Judith Dellheim of Germany’s Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Jason Prince, of Concordia University in Montreal. It is a collaborative result of an international network of scholars and activists working for fare-free public transit.

The book includes overall analysis of public transportation and describes and discusses various efforts in cities around the world to build movements for decommodified and accessible public transport. Examples include Toronto, Montreal, Bologna, Hasselt, Tallinn Stockholm and others.


Jun 21, 2018 - OCAP Speakers Series: Policing Black Lives
When: Thursday, June 21st, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street

Delving behind Canada's veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, this talk will trace the violent realities of anti-Black racism from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond, providing a comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

Speaker: Robyn Maynard

Robyn is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.



What's at Stake in the Ontario Election
By David Bush

With just days to go until Ontario voters go to the polls it is worth remembering what is at stake in this election. The Ontario Liberals have been in power since 2003. It is clear their government is well past its due date. Years of scandals, Bay Street policies and austerity have left a sour taste in the Ontario electorate’s mouth. Last Saturday, in an unprecedented announcement, Kathleen Wynne conceded that the Liberals will not be forming the next government. The question before the voters now is whether they will have a government led by Doug Ford and the Tories or the New Democrats (NDP).

Source: The Bullet No. 1617

Landslide Victory for Abortion Rights in Ireland
By Anne Conway

"A stunning victory" was how I described the results from the referendum on removing the constitutional ban on abortion in an Irish Times article on Monday 28th. The vote for lifting the ban was passed by a resounding two-thirds majority of 66.4 per cent for Yes. The Irish people have declared in this vote that the sanctimonious hypocrites of the pro-life campaign are no longer free to judge and shame women for deciding what is best for their lives.

Source: The Bullet No. 1618

This is How to Fight!
Women in West Virginia Teach Powerful Lessons

The recent wildcat strike by teachers and support staff in West Virginia is being called one of the most important events in the labour movement since the 1970s. We would like to take a closer look and examine its success and discuss its relevance to the situation here in Canada. Presenters: Kate Doyle Griffiths and David Camfield.

Source: LeftStreamed

New Governments in both Spain and Catalonia: Will the Impasse Persist?
On June 1, less than three weeks after a new government was finally allowed to take office in Catalonia, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy‘s People’s Party (PP) -- which had headed the central state’s harsh repression of Catalan self-determination -- was defeated in a parliamentary no-confidence vote prompted by a High Court conviction of leading PP officials in a public contracts corruption case. The vote, initiated by the Spanish social-democratic PSOE, was supported by the left party Unidos Podemos and Catalan and Basque nationalist parties in the Spanish parliament. PSOE federal secretary Pedro Sánchez became Spain’s new prime minister.

Source: The Bullet No. 1619

Letter to the People of Brazil
By Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

For two months now, I have been unjustly incarcerated without having committed any crime. For two months I have been unable to travel the country I love, bringing the message of hope of a better and more just Brazil, with opportunities for all, as I always did during 45 years of public life. I was deprived of my daily life with my sons and my daughter, my grandsons and granddaughters, my great-granddaughter, my friends and comrades. But I have no doubt that they have put me here to prevent me from being with my larger family: the Brazilian people. This is what distresses me the most, because I know that outside, every day, more and more families are back to living in the streets, abandoned by the State that should protect them.

Source: The Bullet No. 1620



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