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March 26, 2015


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Mar 23, 2015 - Nestle is sucking water from an Ontario watershed
Nestle's Chairman and former CEO once infamously declared that "access to water should not be a public right." And now his company is putting into practice its belief that every resource should be commodified and sold off. Nestle is sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during drought conditions -- to bottle and sell it off.

Nestle has won a permit to drain an Ontario aquifer whenever it likes. Meanwhile, the surrounding communities which rely on the aquifer have by-laws to restrict their access to their own water during dry conditions in the summer. This just isn’t right, and Maude Barlow, the Council of Canadians, and Ecojustice are fighting back against Nestlé and the Ontario government office that handed out its permit. It shouldn’t take a legal proceeding to force Nestlé to do the right thing. Let's tell Nestle that a community’s access to its own water supply is more important than any company's profits.

Tell Nestle: Stop bottling Ontario's water source during drought conditions.

canadians.org | action.sumofus.org


Mar 18, 2015 - Water Docs Festival 2015
When: March 18 - 28th
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario

A documentary film festival about all things water, Water Docs presents features and shorts, discussions with special guests and filmmakers, and opportunities to take action to protect water. The festival informs, educates and activates our audiences about water and water issues. The likelihood of having enough clean, fresh water is diminishing everywhere. Ontarians can no longer afford to be complacent about water. Attitudes and practices must change – now, not ten years from now. So, for the love of water, come join us!


Mar 26, 2015 - Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives
When: Thursday March 26th, 7pm
Where: Ryerson Uni, POD 358, 350 Victoria Street

Low-wages are increasingly a problem for workers in many parts of the world. In the past two years, wages have remained flat in most wealthy countries and in some countries average wages are still below the levels pre-financial crisis. Workers in some global south countries like China have seen average wages rise, but these are usually still far below a living wage. Opponents claim that raising wages can lead to unemployment and higher prices. What do we know about the impact of minimum wage and living wage laws? What is the potential for these policies, and movements, to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of low-wage workers? In this talk, I will review the situation for low-wage workers globally and discuss the increased activity seen to raise wages through legislation, worker organizing and strikes

Stephanie Luce is Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the CUNY School for Professional Studies, and member of the Department of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Luce received her both her Ph.D. in sociology and her M.A. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Labor Center, and has worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, a Congressional Commission on Agricultural Workers, the Center for Wisconsin Strategy and the Political Economy Research Institute. Best known for her research on living wage campaigns and movements, she is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, and co-author of two other books on wage standards: The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy, and The Measure of Fairness. Her current research focuses on globalization and labor standards, labor-community coalitions, and retail work. She is co-editor of What Works for Workers? Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage. Her most recent book is Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.


Mar 26, 2015 - Heavy Radicals
When: Thursday, March 26th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
Our entrance is wheelchair accessible, with regrets not our bathroom

Join Another Story Bookshop as we celebrate the book launch for Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists by Aaron Leonard. Published by Zero Books.

Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists is a history of the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party — the largest Maoist organization to arise in the U.S. — from its origins in the explosive year of 1968, its expansion into a national organization in the early seventies, its extension into major industry throughout early part of that decade, the devastating schism in the aftermath of the death of Mao Tse-tung, and its ultimate decline as the 1970s turned into the 1980s.

Aaron Leonard is a writer and historian. He is a regular contributor to Truthout, Rabble.ca, the History News Network, PhysicsWorld, and Canadian Dimension magazine.

Facebook event

Mar 27, 2015 - Labour Pains, Capital Gains
When: Friday March 27, 2015 | Registration: 8:30 - 9am | Conference: 9am - 4:15pm
Where: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St, Toronto
Reception: 6pm at the Imperial Pub

This conference will explore how precarious labour market arrangements and changes to social policy have exacerbated low-waged and no-waged work. Presentations will advance or challenge theoretical approaches, explore the intersections of race, class, gender and other subjectivities in the context of full-time, part-time and casual work, the experiences of migrant and undocumented labour as well as unpaid work in the sphere of social reproduction, voluntary and probationary work.

Co-sponsored by Centre for Social Justice | www.alternateroutes.ca | www.eventbrite.ca | PDF poster

Mar 27, 2015 - March to Unite the Fight
When: Friday March 27th, 11:30
Where: York University, Glendon Campus

Join striking workers of CUPE 3902 and CUPE 3903 in a historic march from York University's Glendon Campus to the University of Toronto.

Facebook event | twitter.com

Mar 28, 2015 - Defend Postal Services
When: Saturday March 28th, 9:30am

Join CUPW activists going out again into Conservative ridings to challenge the MP's who are complicit in the Harper plan to abolish home mail delivery. This is one of the most effective ways to ensure the Conservatives are defeated in this year’s election. Please bring a group from your union to help!

Canvassers will gather at the Spot 1 Grill, 289 Rutherford Rd. S, Brampton, and in Scarborough at the CUPW Scarborough Office 130 Dynamic Dr. Unit 12.

Mar 28, 2015 - Bottles Not Cans
When: Saturday March 28th from noon to 2 pm
Where: At your local beer retailer
Come and show your support and solidarity for the 120 USW members on strike for more than 18 months at Crown Metal Packaging by spending a couple hours on Saturday, March 28th at your local beer retailer to remind the public to buy beer in bottles, not cans made by scabs!

www.surveymonkey.com/r/USWdayofaction | Facebook event

Mar 29, 2015 - Cuba-Palestine Friendship
When: Sunday, March 29th, 2pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto.

Guest Speaker: Professor Michael Keefer – Editor and co-Author of Antisemitism Real and Imagined: Responses To The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism.

Remarks by:
* Honourable Martha Pardo de Márquez, Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto
* Fr. Hernán Astudillo, Founder of the San Lorenzo Anglican Parish
* Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought
* and Spoken Word Performance: Husain Mojtahedy

Sponsored by Beit Zatoun. Organized by: Toronto Forum on Cuba

Mar 30, 2015 - #AmINext: Event on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
When: Monday March 30th, 9am - 4pm
(For a prompt start, we ask that participants be seated by 9am)
Where: Tecumseh Room, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street

An all-day event on Monday, March 30 in SCC 115, co-organized by the RFA, RSU, and the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto.

Speakers include Sharon Johnson, Krysta Williams, Blu Waters, and Shawn Brant. There will be a performance by ARTICLE 11 before lunch (lunch provided by NishDish). Please feel free to share with everyone who might be interested in attending.


Mar 30, 2015 - Delegation to City Shelter Administration!
When: Monday March 30th, 1pm
Where: Metro Hall, King and John Streets, Toronto

Join OCAP on Monday, March 30 as we send a delegation to the offices of the City's Shelter's Administration at Metro Hall to draw attention to the loss of 124 vital emergency shelter beds represented by the impending closure of the Hope Shelter!


Mar 31, 2015 - Still Working on the Edge Report
Rebuilding decent work from the ground up

When: Tuesday, March 31st, 9am
Where: Auditorium (2nd Floor),The Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto
Please RSVP by no later than Monday, March 23

The provincial government recently announced that the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act will be reviewed and has committed to undertake "consultations on the changing nature of modern workplaces." Members of the Workers' Action Centre have spent the past year building upon previous research to identify key problems workers are facing in the labour market and developing priorities for change. At this historic moment, WAC's new report, Still Working on the Edge, brings workers’ voices, experiences and recommendations to this conversation, contributing knowledge essential to updating Ontario's labour legislation from the ground up.

Joining us for our report launch will be:

* CATHERINE RUCKELSHAUS with the National Employment Law Project. For over 20 years, Cathy has litigated and advocated for policy reforms promoting the workplace rights of immigrant and part-time, temporary and subcontracted workers, enforcement of wage and hour and workplace laws in the US. She has recently published a co-written report called Who’s the Boss?: Restoring Accountability for Labour Standards in Outsourced Work.

* KENDRA COULTER is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. Her recently released book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change, focuses on strategies for improving retail work and retail workers' quality of life including organizing, public policy, and employment practices.

www.workersactioncentre.org | www.eventbrite.com

Mar 31, 2015 - Rally to Save Public Health Care!
When: Tuesday March 31st, 12 - 1 pm
Where: Roxanne James' Office, MP Scarborough Centre, 1450 Midland Ave., Scarborough.

This is important because the Canada Health Accord set national standards and provided stable health care funding to the provinces.
The Harper government is retreating from a federal government role in social programs and services that create equity and improve social progress. The Harper government will cut health care funding and let provinces go their own way. This will lead to 13 different health care systems, worse care, and more privatization. Additionally, Harper's planned cuts amount to a total of $36 billion over ten years - this year, they've already cut $987 million. These cuts will be devastating if they are not stopped.

We must stand up for the future of Medicare. Attached to this email is a fact sheet on the Health Accord that you can share with friends, family and in your community. We hope to see you at a local March 31st rally near you!

Sponsored by: Scarborough Health Coalition, CUPE, the Council of Canadians, and Canadian Health Coalition | Facebook event

Mar 31, 2015 - The Historic Feminist Victories of the 1980s on Reproductive Rights and Pay Equity
When: Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto (Bathurst and Bloor)
The talk is free. The space is accessible by mobile ramp upon request in advance. Washrooms are downstairs and not accessible.

Looking Back and Forward

This public meeting commemorates two of the greatest achievements of the modern Canadian feminist movement, when thirty years ago, working closely together with the labour movement, the historic legislative and judicial victories on pay and workplace equity and women's reproductive rights were both won. This meeting brings two of the leading feminists who acted as the link and buckle with the labour movement in those victories of the mid-1980s together with two women activists who are engaged in a new generation of struggles on women's reproductive rights and pay and workplace equity to discuss the legacy of these victories and assess their continuing impact and relevance today.

* Carolyn Egan was a founding member of the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics which sparked the campaign to overturn the federal abortion law by opening an illegal abortion clinic with Dr. Henry Morgentaler. She continues to be active in the struggle for reproductive justice for all women, and is president of the Steelworker Toronto Area Council.

* Mary Cornish is a senior partner in Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre & Cornish, a Toronto public interest law firm. As a feminist human rights lawyer, she continues to chair the Equal Pay Coalition, a broad based Ontario civil society coalition which successfully lobbied for the implementation of Ontario's proactive pay equity laws.

* Anjali Kulkarni is a fourth year medical student at the University of Toronto. She is the current National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (NORSH) with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). Previously she was the co-president of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) at the University of Toronto.

* Stephanie Ross is Associate Professor of Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science and co-director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York University. She is president of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies and has edited two books: Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada and Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity.

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project | PDF poster | Facebook event


Mar 23, 2015 - Fundamental Rifts: Power, Wealth and Inequality in the Arab World
By Adam Hanieh

Over four years since mass uprisings ousted sclerotic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, it can seem that the initial hopes represented by these movements lie in tatters. Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq remain mired in bloody armed conflicts that have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more within and across borders. In the pivotal case of Egypt, military rule has returned through the violent crushing of protests, the arrests of an estimated 40,000 people and the rebuilding of the repressive structures of the [Hosni] Mubarak era. Elsewhere, autocratic governments look more secure in their rule today than they have for many years.

Source: The Bullet No. 1090

Mar 23, 2015 - #StrikeTown: Why Are Toronto University Workers On Strike?
CUPE 3903 represents contract faculty, teaching assistants (TA) and graduate assistants at York University in Toronto, Canada. In August 2014, their collective agreement expired. Since then, teaching assistants and graduate assistants went out on legal strike, which is in its third week as of March 16, 2015. There are three core issues they are striking for: 1) protecting tuition indexation, which means if the school raises tuition, it must, as an employer, raises wages in step; (2) better funding for Master's students, many of whom earn $0 dollar paycheques each month; and (3) LGBTQ employment equity.

Source: The Bullet No. 1091

Mar 25, 2015 - South Africa's Troubled Alliance and the Road Ahead
An Interview with Karl Cloete The expulsion of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) from COSATU in November 2014 was a watershed moment in the post-apartheid labour movement. The expulsion is a product of, and has deepened further, the crisis in the Alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), as well as the internal crises of each of the three component parts of the Alliance.

Source: The Bullet No. 1092

Mar 26, 2015 - Climate and Capitalism
Climate change is already catastrophic for countless people around the world, especially in parts of the Global South. Some residents of low-lying Island States in the Pacific Ocean are already having to move to other countries as a result of rising sea levels. Water is also rising in Bangladesh, swallowing up coastal areas and contaminating fertile land. In East Africa changing sea surface temperatures have disrupted seasonal rains and lead to severe droughts while West Africa is experiencing rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns which are threatening agriculture. Meanwhile, South Asia and South East Asia have been subjected to extreme weather events that have killed and displaced tens of thousands of people, with more severe climate impacts on the way.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 255


Mar 23, 2015 - Ontario Nonprofit Network is hiring!
Ontario’s nonprofit sector is diverse, with over 55,000 organizations in communities across the province. The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) plays a unique role: from public policy development and analysis, to connecting nonprofits across the province, convening shared opportunities and trends and channeling collective expertise for solutions-building.

What are we looking for?
* A creative and thoughtful evaluation expert (or team) to support the development of a sector-driven evaluation framework for Ontario nonprofits. The Evaluation Expert will have stellar expertise in nonprofit evaluation, a strong approach to shared leadership, experience working in networks and passion for strengthening Ontario’s nonprofit sector. 2 year advisory role (estimated 5-8 days per month for the project’s duration). Salary negotiable, based on a per diem, commensurate with experience. connectjobs.ca

* A creative and energetic coordinator to support the development of a sector-driven evaluation framework for Ontario nonprofits. The Program Associate will have strong experience with project coordination and community organizing across multiple fields or sectors, familiarity with nonprofit evaluation and passion for strengthening Ontario’s nonprofit sector. 2 year, full-time contract position. Benefits provided. $50,000/ yearconnectjobs.ca

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 27 at 4 p.m.


Mar 26, 2015 - How to send text message from email
Anyone can send a text message (SMS) from one smart-phone to another. But you can also send a text message if you don't have access to a smart-phone, but do have access to email. You just need to know the 10-digit phone number and the carrier of the recipient.

The general formula is this:
[10-digit phone number] @ [the carrier]

These are some of the more common carriers:
* Rogers Wireless: [10-digit phone number]@pcs.rogers.com, [10-digit phone number]@sms.rogers.com
* Fido: [10-digit phone number]@fido.ca
* Telus: [10-digit phone number]@msg.telus.com
* Bell Mobility: [10-digit phone number]@txt.bell.ca
* Koodo Mobile: [10-digit phone number]@msg.koodomobile.com
* MTS: [10-digit phone number]@text.mtsmobility.com
* Solo: [10-digit phone number]@txt.bell.ca
* Virgin: [10-digit phone number]@vmobile.ca

For example, to send a text message to someone with the phone number 555-123-4567 with the Rogers carrier:

And when they respond, you will get it in your email inbox.

Warning, enquire from your carrier about any charges. Some are free, but others may charge for this service.


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