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September 22, 2016


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Wynne's Hydro Shell Game
Don't be fooled by Kathleen Wynne's latest gambit - There's no relief for your summer bills, and rate hikes and her carbon tax are still coming.

Kathleen Wynne's corruption and mismanagement of the province's hydro are hurting family budgets and pushing jobs out of Ontario.


So Efficient It Hurts
TTCriders has launched the "So Efficient It Hurts" campaign to help Mayor John Tory make North America's most efficient transit system even more efficient.

TTCriders will be releasing memes, short videos, and crowdsourced ideas on Twitter, Facebook, and the website soefficientithurts.com until the 2017 TTC budget reaches the TTC Board meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

TTCriders is calling on transit riders to submit their own efficiency ideas via the website soefficientithurts.com. We'll be submitting the best ones to John Tory.


Sep 22, 2016 - Toronto Rising!
When: Thursday September 22nd, 5:30pm
Where: Trinity-St Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

On Sept 22nd, hospitality worker activists and allies will gather to celebrate past victories and to look to the future; to vision a healthy future for the City and Hospitality industry.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the continent-wide Hotel Workers Rising campaign, so this is the launch of UNITEHERE Local 75’s next ten years of activism! Good Jobs + Living Wage + A City for Young People + Celebrating Diversity

RSVP to rsvp@uniteherelocal75.org | Facebook event

Sep 22, 2016 - TPFF Concert: Rafeef Ziadah
When: Thursday, September 22nd, 9pm
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Toronto
Tickets: $25 Reg. $20 students/seniors (in advance) $30 at door (subject to availability).

Rafeef Ziadah: We Teach Life with special guest Phil Monsour

Critically acclaimed Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah returns to Toronto for the opening night concert of TPFF. We Teach Life, her second album, features a powerful blend of poetry and music which she will bring to the stage with special guest musician Phil Monsour. Rafeef, now based in London, is one of the founders of TPFF.


Sep 23, 2016 - Intersection
When: Friday, September 23rd, 6pm
where: Dylan Ellis Gallery, 1840 Danforth Avenue

Intersection is a four-person photographic exhibition with two artists from Ontario and two from Quebec. Join Photographer Raul Rincon for the Opening Night on September 23, 2016 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Artist talks on September 24, 2016. Exhibition will run until October 31, 2016.

Facebook event

Sep 23, 2016 - Maude Barlow & Sarah Harmer discuss Canada's water crisis
When: Friday, September 23rd, 7pm
Where: Trinity St. Paul United Church 427 Bloor St West

Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada's Water Crisis, Written by Maude Barlow, September 2016

Join Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer for a discussion of Canada’s water crisis

Please RVSP if you would like to confirm a seat for this event. Alternatively, seats will be available in the order of arrival.

We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change.

canadians.org/event/toronto-boiling-point | Facebook event

Sep 24, 2016 - Young Workers Canvass for the Oct 1 Rally for Decent Work!
When: Saturday, September 24th, 12pm
Where: Corner of Queen and Yonge (Queen TTC Station)

On October 1, workers in Ontario will converge to Queen’s Park for a rally for DECENT WORK. This Day of Action will call for safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more!

To promote the day of action, young workers will hit the streets to canvass the general public and invite people to take part in the rally. Join us to raise awareness and practice your canvassing skills!

Facebook event

Sep 24, 2016 - 6th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March
When: Saturday, September 24th, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Starting at Queen's Park and marching to the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson, 99 Gerrard Street East

Why we’re Marching:
* To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression.
* To be visible and show that we have a voice in our community and a right to be heard by taking to the streets.
* To celebrate and take pride in ourselves as a community of people with disabilities.

Be Loud, Be Proud, Come March with Us!


Sep 24, 2016 - TPFF Panel: Boycott, Censorship and the Arts
When: Saturday, September 24th, 1pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto

A panel of artists discuss questions related to boycotts, censorship and the role of art in activism, with a focus on the BDS campaign.

Panellists: Elle Flanders, Ru Freeman, Rehab Nazzal, Judy Rebick.

Free with ticket: Please order your free panel ticket online or at the box office.


Sep 24, 2016 - Colombians in Toronto say Yes to Peace
When: Saturday, September 24th, 3:30-6:00 pm
Where: Member Lounge, 3rd floor, City Hall, 100 Queen St W

We are a group of Colombians from different backgrounds who have come together to organize a cultural event marking a key historical moment for our country. The purpose of the event is to support the peace deal between the Colombian government and the The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the October 2 plebiscite. The event is open to all those who share the desire of Colombians to live in a country at peace and wish to join us in this expression of hope.

For further information please contact: esguerra@vif.com | Poster

Sep 25, 2016 - 50 Years of FarmWorker Resistance
When: Sunday, September 25th, 7am
Where: Ontario Food Terminal, 165 The Queensway, Toronto

Rise Up and Shine Toronto! Do you enjoy pancakes on a Sunday morning? How about seasonal fruit to go along with those pancakes? Then join us to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program with the Harvesting Freedom Campaign. Demand that the Canadian government provide Permanent Immigration Status to migrant farm workers in Canada-- the same workers who have been putting food on your table year after year!

Justice for Migrant Workers and the Harvesting Freedom Campaign will be embarking on a caravan starting in Leamington, Ontario on September 4th, 2016 and traveling to its final stop in Ottawa on October 2nd. The caravan, consisting of migrant workers and allies, will be making several stops and solidarity actions in towns across Southern Ontario along their route.

harvestingfreedom.org | Facebook event

Sep 25, 2016 - Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network
When: Sunday, September 25th, 9:30am
Where: 290 Danforth Ave, Toronto

We are pleased to invite you to become a Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN) member for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 term, starting September 25th, 2016.

As a pioneer network in Toronto, being a member of LACSN provides you with a stellar opportunity to continue bringing together the solidarity work of various organizations and individuals related to Latin American and Caribbean progressive and democratic transformative processes. LACSN is now looking for a new direction and VISION. A person/organization with your experience and insight would be perfect to help us determining ways to break new ground under current traditional activist territory.

Each participant must pay an Annual Convention registration fee of $15, to cover the costs of the day (breakfast, lunch and 2 coffee breaks). Please respond to this call with a RSVP to Beatriz Santiago, LACSN's Treasurer, beatrizsantiago03@yahoo.com to calculate how many lunches will be needed that day.


Sep 25, 2016 - Bells on Bloor - Victory Lap
When: Sunday, September 25th, 11am
Where: Christie Pits Park (Christie and Bloor)

Join us for our ninth annual ride -- this one to celebrate the installation of the Bloor Street Bike Lanes! We will follow the bike lane pilot along Bloor, then go to Sherbourne, south on Sherbourne, west on Wellesley, north on Jarvis, and back to Christie Pits along Bloor.

Fun for the whole family. Free bells will be provided to the riders. Stick around after for food, drink, and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra — part of David Suzuki Foundation's Christie Crawlfest.

You could win a bike courtesy of Cycle Couture and Dandyhorse Magazine at the Christie Crawlfest. Stop by the Dandyhorse table, pick up a free copy of the latest issue and buy a raffle ticket for $5 to win a beautiful PUBLIC bike. Raffle will take place at 5 p.m. at the Dandyhorse table!

Facebook event

Sep 25, 2016 - Facing the Anthropocene, Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
When: Sunday September 25th, 2pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto

Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun, the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.

Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism’s inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.

Ian Angus is editor of the online ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, and co-author of the Belém Ecosocialist Declaration. His previous books include Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis (with Simon Butler) and The Global Fight for Climate Justice.

Organized by Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project | Facebook event

Sep 25, 2016 - The Climate Challenge: A Call to Action
When: Sept. 25th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto

Part of the Toronto Climate Film Festival. Short films, discussion, action. Join us to watch impactful and informative climate change documentaries. Have conversations with national and local activists that will inspire hope and meaningful action.

Kicking off the Festival are two films that help set the context for the climate challenge and are aimed at moving the climate debate forward:
* Bill Nye, the Science Guy: Climate Change – why should we care?
* Ice Melt, Sea Water Rise and Superstorms -- Dr. Jim Hansen, Director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program of The Earth Institute at Columbia University explores the consequences of continued greenhouse gas emissions.
* Restoration -- Produced by Green World rising, Restoration focuses on “how nature can protect the Earth from the harmful effects of climate change and how industrial design and science researchers can learn valuable lessons from natural systems.”

Discussion Focus: TransformTO initiative (the City’s Climate Action Plan).

Facebook event

Sep 26, 2016 - The Arc of History Bends Towards Justice in Palestine
When: Monday September 26th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street
Admission: $5 donation (suggested minimum)

The Hope for a Just Peace for Palestine

Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights attorney and peace activist who works and practices law in Israel and Occupied Palestine tells us that peace and justice are not only possible but inevitable.

Kuttab provides perspective on the current Zionist backlash against BDS and the Palestinian Solidarity in general. He consider what is happening to Palestinians in the occupied territories, Israel and diaspora, and to the global Palestinian solidarity movement, as he shares his perspective on the current context in many countries as well as here in Canada.


Sep 27, 2016 - Who Should Be Tested for Canadian Values: Immigrants or Kellie Leitch?
When: Tuesday September 27th, 7pm
Where: Carrot Common Meeting Room, Room 212, 348 Danforth Ave.
(Chester Station, Entrance next door to Book City)
Free Admission, but donations appreciated! | Coffee/Tea provided

A wide-ranging open conversation with Ryerson University Professor Myer Siemiatycki

Current public discussion about Member of Parliament Kellie Leitch's suggestion that prospective immigrants to Canada be screened for “anti-Canadian” values has encouraged us to have an open conversation on the topic. We will have Professor Siemiatycki, a well-known scholar and author, start the conversation."

Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, held to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood under thematic topics.

For Further information, please contact: Organizer and Facilitator: Khan Rahi | Conversation.Circles@gmail.com or Call (416) 406-5517

Sep 27, 2016 - Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) XLIII
When: Tuesday, September 27, Open-mic sign-up: 6:30 pm, Show: 7 pm
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto
Admission: $5

The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) we don't just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.

Featured poets: Liz Howard & Ali Ibrahimi, Host: Bänoo Zan.

LIZ HOWARD winner of 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Award for Poetry, MFA in Creative Writing
ALI IBRAHIMI anti-war activist, member of Art Bar revival and Change Artists, Master of Biotechnology from the U of T.

Facebook event

Sep 27, 2016 - [Hamilton] TPFF Concert: Rafeef Ziadah
When: Tuesday September 27th, 7pm
Where: St. Naum of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Church, 1150 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton
Advance Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Students/Seniors, $25 at the door and night of event.

Critically-acclaimed Palestinian performance poet Rafeef Ziadah will be in Hamilton for a stop on her first North American tour celebrating the release of her new album We Teach Life. Ziadah’s poetry and unique performance style has been praised by filmmakers Ken Loach and author Alice Walker. Loach noted “Rafeef ’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional and political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause”. Ziadah’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online within days of their release.

We Teach Life is Ziadah’s second album and features a powerful collection of spoken word with original music compositions on topics ranging from the current refugee crisis, to war, exile, and racism. Her new album, released in November 2015, features an exciting blend of poetry and music, which she will bring to the stage with special guest musician Brisbane based Phil Monsour (the album’s producer). Ziadah’s new poems continue to be a rally cry for action against injustice and a potent rendition of the everyday lives of ordinary people in the Middle East.

Tickets online at thpff.ca

Sep 27, 2016 - Queer Progress: Homophobia to Homonationalism
When: Tuesday, September 27th, 7:30pm
Where: The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto

Join us for the launch of Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism by Tim McCaskell!

How did a social movement evolve from a small group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism?

Tim McCaskell contextualizes his work in gay, queer, and AIDS activism in Toronto from 1974 to 2014 within the shift from the Keynesian welfare state of the 1970s to the neoliberal economy of the new millennium. A shift that saw sexuality —once tightly regulated by conservative institutions—become an economic driver of late capitalism, and sexual minorities celebrated as a niche market. But even as it promoted legal equality, this shift increased disparity and social inequality. Today, the glue of sexual identity strains to hold together a community ever more fractured along lines of class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the celebration of LGBTQ inclusion pinkwashes injustice at home and abroad.

Queer Progress tries to make sense of this transformation by narrating the complexities and contradictions of forty years of queer politics in Canada’s largest city.

btlbooks.com | Facebook event

Sep 28, 2016 - Stop the race to the bottom
When: Wednesday, September 28th, 12noon
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission is facing serious budget cuts and an important decision to make over approving a low-income pass.

"The TTC is facing a budget crisis. Our transit system needs $178 million just to maintain current service levels for next year, and City Hall just slapped the TTC with a 2.6 per cent budget cut."

"Across the country, municipalities are showing real leadership. Last month Calgary joined Vancouver, Niagara Falls, Edmonton, Halifax, Brampton and more in offering discount fares to low income riders. It’s Toronto’s turn."

We’re organizing a ”race to the bottom” rally at noon on Wed. Sep. 28 for more service and lower fares, including a low income pass, and two hour fare transfers.

www.ttcriders.ca | Facebook event

Sep 28, 2016 - The Supine Cobbler
When: Wednesday, September 28th, 7:30pm doors; 8:00pm reading; 9:30pm Q&A and cash bar
Where: Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St, Toronto

After two successful runs in Toronto and Edmonton, the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics is pleased to co-sponsor a reading of The Supine Cobbler by Jill Connell – a play about the experience of clinical abortion, set in the spirit of a Western. This event is also co-sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Institute and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. The reading will be at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on 28 September 2016, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. Co-sponsors and producing theatre company It Could Still Happen see this reading as an opportunity to bring feminist communities together to raise awareness about Canadian abortion politics and to celebrate outsiderness and the transgression of gender norms.



Why We Shouldn't Pay $1-Billion for the Ring of Fire
By Matthew Corbeil

Hyped as "Northern Ontario's oil sands," the Ring of Fire mineral deposit is inching closer to development. Noront Resources, which now holds 75 per cent of the active mining claims in the area 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, has recently announced plans to begin mine construction in 2018. Developing North America's largest chromite deposit, the company claims, will create "jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Northern Ontario."

Source: The Bullet No. 1304

Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine
Ilan Pappé interviewed by Alejandra Ríos

The context is the phenomenon of settler colonialism: the movement of Europeans, because they felt unsafe or endangered, into non-European areas in the Americas, Africa, Australia and Palestine. These people were not only seeking a new home, but also a new homeland. Namely, they had no wish or plan to come back to Europe. The only problem was that the lands they coveted were already inhabited by other people. In most cases, their solution was the genocide of indigenous people. In two cases, the solution was different: apartheid in South Africa and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

Source: The Bullet No. 1305

Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class
Even as labour in the developed world seems to be in retreat, industrial struggle continues elsewhere, and with particular force in the Global South. In Southern Insurgency, Immanuel Ness provides a thorough and expert perspective of three key countries where workers are fighting the spread of unchecked industrial capitalism: China, India, and South Africa. In each case, he considers the broader historical forces in play, such as the effects of imperialism, the decline of the international union movement, class struggle, and the growing reserve of available labour.

With Immanuel Ness, Viviana Patroni, Kyla Sankey and Sam Gindin.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 322


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