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February 26, 2015


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Feb 23, 2015 - Demand the City of Toronto to stop the implimentation of Community Mail Boxes
We want the City of Toronto to conduct a study on the effects of Community Mail Boxes in the City of Toronto and impact on City Resources and the downloading of these costs to Taxpayers.To Lobby the Federal Government to maintain Door to Door Mail Delivery.

Why is this important?

Taxpayers must know the costs around the installation of Community Mail Boxes. The City of Hamilton just put out a report on the costs. Its going to cost taxpayers $522/Site and a overall cost of 2.1 Million that the Taxpayers of Hamilton will have to pay. When Community Mail Boxes are installed near a Home Owner, studies have shown it decreases property values. The City of Toronto shouldn't have to be burdened with additional costs and decreased service.


Feb 23, 2015 - Unblock Canada
It's Time to Unblock Canada

Revealed: Big Telecom giants have been caught blocking Canadians from affordable services – so they can price-gouge you and your family. They're even taking individual Canadians to court to do it.

AND: As if that isn't enough, the Big Three wireless providers have threatened to provide further “reduced service quality”.

A lawsuit is about to take place that could let companies like Bell make the Internet look more like cable TV. Enough is Enough -- Send a message while we have decision-makers’ attention.



Feb 26, 2015 - Rally for better education
When: Thursday, February 26th, 3pm
Where: Simcoe Hall, University of Toronto

On February 26, 2015 at 3 pm join members of CUPE 3902 in front of Simcoe Hall as we rally for better education. Come out and show your support for educators at the University of Toronto and York University!

#WeareUofT #BetterYork

Facebook event

Feb 26, 2015 - Another Politics
When: Thursday, February 26th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue (at Grenadier)
Our entrance is wheelchair accessible but not our bathroom.

Join author and activist Chris Dixon for a presentation based on his new book Another Politics. This event will also include a talk by Sharmeen Khan.

Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

Facebook event

Feb 27, 2015 - Policies that Build Community
When: Feb 27th, 9:30am-3:30pm
Where: Ryerson University, Jorgenson hall - Room POD250 (380 Victoria Street Toronto)

Is current Public Policy effective in helping to create a community where people belong?

Community Living Ontario, in collaboration with the Ryerson School of Social Work, the Ryerson School of Disability Studies and the CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy is hosting a forum to explore this question. Through our discussions, we hope to help identify some priority issues that could be the focus of Community Living Ontario’s advocacy agenda.

Come and spend a day with some of Canada’s best thinkers on public policy and inclusion, including two leading experts: Sherri Torjman and Michael Prince.

communitylivingontario.ca | Register

Feb 28, 2015 - Postal Door-to-Door Canvass
When: Saturday February 28th, 9:30am
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Hall 35 Front Street North in Mississauga
Where: CUPW Scarborough Office 130 Dynamic Dr. Unit 12, Scarborough

On Saturday February 28th, join the CUPW activists going door-to-door to save home mail delivery. This week they will be hitting ridings held by Conservative MPs who are vulnerable in the next election:
* Scarborough-Pickering and Mississauga. Canvassers will gather at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall 35 Front Street North in Mississauga (contact Angela 647 909-7484) and
* CUPW Scarborough Office 130 Dynamic Dr. Unit 12, Scarborough (contact Derek 416 809-7632).


Feb 28, 2015 - The Legacy and Future of the Cuban Revolution
When: Saturday, February 28th, 2pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

On December. 17, 2014 simultaneous announcements were made by the presidents of Cuba and the US, Raúl Castro Ruz and Barak Obama respectively, to establish full diplomatic relations between them. Understandably it raised many concerns and questions among friends of Cuba and the general public regarding the legacy of the Cuban Revolution. This surprising development deserves support since it is based on mutual respect which has always been one of Cuba’s requirements. At the same time, the criminal illegal economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on Cuba by the US is still in place and it continues to hurt Cuba immensely.

To understand the new relations, as well as the opportunities for advancing the Cuban Revolution at home and in other counties through Cuba’s internationalist commitments, we need to continue building the solidarity movement with the socialist project of Cuba. Please join in this forum seeking a perspective on the legacy and future of Cuban Revolution. There will be ample time available for Q&A.

* Dr. Keith Ellis – The History of Cuba’s Struggle for Independence. Award winning Author, Poet; Professor Emeritus – Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Former Chair Latin American Studies Committee, University of Toronto

* Arnold August – Cuba’s Approach to Democracy and Cuba-US Relations. Journalist, author of Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion and the Spanish version Cuba y sus vecinos: Democracia en movimiento. Copies of the book in both English and the new Spanish Cuban version will be available for purchase and signing.

* The Honourable Consul of Cuba in Toronto – An Update on the Recent Developments.

Organized by Toronto Forum on Cuba.

Feb 28, 2015 - Haiti: The Revolution Continues and your Solidarity is Needed
When: Saturday, February 28th, 7pm
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-250
Free public event (donations will be accepted)

2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake, 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination and the 100th anniversary of the American occupation of Haiti.

Please join The Pan-African solidarity Network (U of T) for an interactive public forum focusing on the past and present legacies of the American Occupation of Haiti and the on-going struggle to rid the nation of all forms of oppression. Your active and principled solidarity is needed to rid Haiti of the current military occupation and its quest to control its destiny. Furthermore, a discussion centring on the continued relevance of the internationalist thought of Malcolm X will be held.

Screening of the film Fatal Assistance on the bungling and politics of aiding the people

Confirmed Speakers:
* Norman Otis Richmond - Connecting Haiti and the internationalist thought of Malcolm X
* Nydia Dauphin - Food Justice in Haiti
* Kevin Edmonds - Post-revolutionary Haiti, Latin American Independence and MINUSTAH's Occupation

Facebook event

Feb 28, 2015 - None is Too Many: Israeli Incitement to Racist Violence
When: Saturday, February 28th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

David Sheen presents a slideshow to demonstrate Israeli incitement to racist violence towards Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews. Sheen documents how top Israeli political and religious leaders inspired the vigilante attacks which spiked during last summer’s assault on the Gaza Strip. In addition to race and religion, the presentation touches on issues of gender and class. It includes material Sheen presented at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels, as well as new material that has not yet been made public anywhere.

Jen Danch from the Roma Community Centre will speak about recent changes to the Canadian immigration system and anti-Roma racism.

Organized by Independent Jewish Voices – Toronto. Endorsed by Canadian Dimension Magazine, the Socialist Project, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network IJAN, United Jewish Peoples Order UJPO.

Mar 1, 2015 - TRANSITogether: Building A Movement
When: Sunday, March 1st, 1pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

The election of John Tory creates new openings and challenges for the public transit movement in Toronto, as does the large vote for Ford in the city’s inner suburban areas. How are we to understand this moment, and how do we move forward as a transit movement? These are some of the questions posed at this forum. Invited is any one interested in public transit as well as organizations seeking to build, expand and defend the public transit movement. The forum will include speakers, small group discussions and a summary session.

Organized by TTCriders and the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign of the GTWA | Facebook event | PDF poster

Mar 2, 2015 - No To Maximus!
When: Monday, March 2nd, 11am
Where: Office of Maximus Canada, 56 Aberfoyle Crescent, at Islington Subway Station
If you need TTC tokens, meet at Bloor/Yonge Subway at 10am

Many people in Toronto have followed the UK Government's brutal implementation of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). Under this thousands of sick and disabled people have been recklessly denied benefits on the grounds that they are 'fit to work'. Many have faced hunger and homelessness because of this measure and thousands have died after being subjected to the WCA.

The hated Atos company that implemented the test has now been forced out but a new company, Maximus, has taken over. Our allies in DPAC are putting on a UK wide Day of Action on March 2. They understand very well that claims that the new outfit will be 'kinder and gentler' are entirely bogus. The whole idea of the WCA is to cut benefits and force disabled people to scramble for the lowest paying jobs on offer. DPAC is ready to challenged the new hired gun the UK Government intends to use to inflict misery and hardship on the disabled.


Mar 2, 2015 - Rally Against Police Violence in Toronto
When: Monday, March 2nd, 12:30pm
Where: 40 College Street, Toronto (1 block west of Yonge Street)

On Monday, March 2, 2015, stand with those organizing against police violence and speak out against the racial profiling and brutality that continues to plague our neighborhoods and communities.

Our struggles to be free from racist police harassment and violence has caused many studies to be discussed and press conferences to be held, but in the neighbourhoods, nothing has changed – police still harass, intimidate, illegally search, arrest, brutalize and murder our people.

The Toronto Police Services Board's words have proved empty and hollow, and the "new way of doing business" looks exactly like the old one.

Putting an end to police violence starts with organized communities. They can go on talking. We'll organize. On Monday, March 2, 2015, join us in saying – enough is enough!

Facebook event

Mar 3, 2015 - Born in Gaza
When: Tuesday March 3rd, 6pm
Where: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St West, Toronto

Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is proud to co-present the Toronto premiere of Born in Gaza directed by Hernán Zin with Cinema Politica. Following the screening there will be a special talk with Tarek Loubani.

www.cinemapolitica.org | Trailer

Mar 5, 2015 - Save Birthing Services
When: Thursday March 5th, 9:30am - 2:30pm,
Where: Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Queen's Park), 111 Wellesley St. W., Toronto.

Day of Action at Queen's Park (Ontario Legislature in Toronto) to Save Birthing Services in Leamington

Concerned residents from Essex County will carpool to Queen's Park in Toronto to participate in a Day of Action at the Ontario Legislature.



Feb 24, 2015 - The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now?
On January 25 2015, Greece elected a new government representative of a range of radical and left forces after years of protests and street battles against the extreme policies of austerity imposed by the so-called Troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Syriza represents the first and the strongest democratic response to the bizarre deepening of neoliberalism after the 2008 crisis.

This forum brings together two important commentators on the left, socialist strategies and Greece to comment on the openings and dilemmas now confronting the Greek, and indeed the European and international, left.

Moderated by Paul Gray. Presentations by Leo Panitch and Peter Bratsis.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 249

Feb 24, 2015 - Hard Talk: Syriza's First Weeks in Power in Greec
By Sakis Gekas

On January 25th, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) formed a government in Greece with the help of the ANEL (Independent Greeks). Within 24 hours direct attacks, threats and provocations aimed at the Greek government, about to begin negotiations with EU and Eurozone leaders, began. The attacks were pre-emptive strikes against efforts to find a quick, viable and productive solution to the Greek debt problem that continues to strangle the Greek economy and society; time is very short and everyone is aware that it is working against the efforts of the Greek government that needs to reach an agreement by February 16 or February 28 at the latest.

Source: The Bullet No. 1082

Feb 25, 2015 - Syriza Can Show ‘Another Energy is Possible’
By Sean Sweeney

During its first days in office, Syriza has taken actions that suggest it is willing to confront the EU's neoliberal approach to energy and to embark on a new course. New Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has also stated his government will restore collective bargaining agreements and stop 300,000 planned layoffs. The Syriza government has said it will stop the proposed sell off of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) which is 51 per cent publicly owned but had been targeted for full-on privatization in 2016.

Source: The Bullet No. 1083

Feb 25, 2015 - Europe's Crisis and the Rise of the Right
Challenges for the Left

Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by:

* Geoff Eley Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan

* Gaspar M. Tamas Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary's dissident philosopher, ex-MP

* Liz Fekete Executive Director of the Institute of Race Relations, UK

Source: LeftStreamed No. 250

Feb 26, 2015 - Our Schools/Our Selves: Winter 2015
Challenging Society's Perceptions About Poverty

The harshness of the neoliberal agenda and the deep entrenchment of poverty and inequality was underscored earlier this year when several homeless people died on Toronto's streets in the bitter cold. It reinforced the desperate need for a drastic shift in our national priorities to develop an antipoverty strategy that ensures basic dignity, security and community for everyone, but particularly our most vulnerable.

This issue of Our Schools/Our Selves focuses on how we as a society perceive what it means to live in poverty, or our perceptions about poverty. It also looks at how surveillance is naturalized, the continuing debates over Teach For Canada, new curriculum for teaching about climate justice, and much more.



Feb 11, 2015 - Associate Publisher
Canadian Dimension is a Winnipeg-based progressive political and social issues magazine that publishes six issues per year. The magazine is looking for a dynamic hands-on individual to fill the crucial role of its Associate Publisher. The Associate Publisher is responsible for managing the business of the magazine, the coordination of the physical production and circulation and will work in conjunction with the editor and art director.

Commitment: 25-30 hours/wk | Salary: $15-$18/hour
Closing Date: March 23, 2015 | Start Date: April 2015

Please send resume and cover letter to editor@canadiandimension.com by March 23rd, 2015. No phone calls please.


Feb 23, 2015 - Canvass Director
Earthroots is seeking a door canvass director to build our outreach and fundraising door canvass.

Earthroots is a grassroots, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario's wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action. For over two decades our canvass team has played a vital role in helping the organization achieve its goals – we are currently looking for a new director to lead our crew. The canvass program focuses on engaging people in residential neighbourhoods in the GTA, increasing awareness about the organization and our campaigns, getting petitions signed, and raising much needed funds for our work.

If you are passionate about conservation issues, have previous canvassing experience, and would like to work with a group of politically active / like-minded individuals, this could be the perfect job for you! This position allows flexibility in terms of shift scheduling each week, and it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the non-profit sector. The successful candidate will become an essential part of a small, dynamic environmental organization.

* $67.50 per canvass shift + bonus above quota (3 full shifts per week minimum, 4:00 – 9:00 PM).
* $13.50 per hour (approximately 10 hours every 2 weeks) for administration on days when not canvassing.

Application: please submit a resume with cover letter and references by Friday, Febuary 27th, 2015 by email to: canvass@earthroots.org


Feb 23, 2015 - Public Relations Officer
ACTRA is a national organization representing over 22,000 professional performers working in film, television, radio, video and other recorded media. ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, enforce and administer collective agreements that guarantee performers fair compensation and equitable working conditions.

ACTRA is now seeking to fill the position of Public Relations Officer for the National Office. This position reports to and works under the direction of the Director, Public Policy, Research and Communications. ACTRA National is a not-for-profit trade union offering a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package.

Please submit your resume with cover letter no later than February 27, 2015.



Feb 26, 2015 - Video and voice conversations online
There's a new free option for real-time chats (RTC) with "Firefox Hello" which lets you make free video and voice calls directly from your browser. All you need are a microphone, a webcam (optional), and the latest version of Firefox to call friends who are on WebRTC-supported browsers like Firefox, Chrome, or Opera.

The main advantage of this new system is that it avoids closed proprietary software, and does not require you to install special software or setup an account.

If you need to record the conversation, you will need to install video capture software for your OS. For example: Tiny Take (for Win 7 and 8); QuickTime (for the Mac OS); Record My Desktop (for Linux).

www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/hello | support.mozilla.org | Youtube video


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