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October 20, 2016


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Urban workers need security to thrive
Sometimes I feel pretty lucky about my job. As contract faculty, an average day for me involves talking with university students about politics, power and the future of Canadian democracy. It’s a pretty good gig.

But wow, there are things about life as contract faculty that just aren’t so great. It’s pretty stressful having no job security, especially with two school-aged kids to support. I have to apply for teaching contracts every term and it’s a scramble to find courses. So, I’m teaching at two universities in two different cities. I wish I could spend my time researching and writing, or being available to my students, rather than commuting.

For those that are self employed and working freelance, there are very few protections and benefits that can be accessed. This makes work precarious when it doesn’t need to be. Government needs to recognize the changing nature of work and extend protection and benefits to contract workers.


Universal Access to Education
We passionately believe that at the core of a just, equitable and fair society is a system of public postsecondary education that is accessible to everyone. A key part of our vision is for the Government of Canada to act on the internationally recognized right of all people to education.

Generations of students in Canada have taken up this fight. We are stronger together and have achieved important victories for accessible education. Join us and unite the fight by connecting the struggles from British Columbia all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador.



Oct 20, 2016 - A Future Without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada
When: Thursday, October 20th, 4pm
Where: OISE, Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor

A Future Without Hate or Need brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community. Many of the women in this secular Jewish community were activists who attempted to weave together their ethnic particularity – their identity as Jews with their internationalist class politics. They created, lives filled with song, dance, literature, culture, politics, and concern for working people all over the world in their commitment to a just world and lasting peace.

Ester Reiter is a Senior Scholar in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

Sponsors: Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research, York University; School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University | oise.utoronto.ca

Oct 20, 2016 - Out in the Cold
When: Thursday, October 20th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)
Free Event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens.

OCAP's monthly Social Justice Speaker Series continues with our tenth event on -- this month's topic is: Out in the Cold: The Crisis in Toronto's Homeless Shelters.

As the dangerous levels of overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters worsen, the City is moving in to close one of the largest shelters in the downtown in an effort to clear the area for upscale redevelopment. What happens next depends on us. Join us at our October Speakers Series to find out!

* Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse & long-time organizer against homelessness, along with
* Lindsay Windhager, long-time OCAP organizer and drop-in worker.


Oct 20, 2016 - Hearts and Mines: The US Empire's Culture Industry 
When: Thursday October 20th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

* Tanner Mirrlees, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and
* Scott Forsyth, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, York University.

From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it's clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is this so? 

Please join us for a discussion about the production, profit and  power of US Empires culture industry -- a nexus between the US state and globalizing media firms and the source of entertainments that promote US Empire as a way of life around the world. 

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Free.

The event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, the Global Labour Research Centre, the Socialist Project, and Union for Democratic Communication | Facebook event

Oct 21, 2016 - A Propaganda System
When: Friday, October 21st, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

In A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation, Engler reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.


Oct 21, 2016 - 21st Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day
When: Friday Oct 21st, 7:30pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Celebrating Fidel's 90th Birthday


Oct 22, 2016 - West Toronto Canvass for $15 & Fairness
When: Saturday, October 22nd, 12noon
Where: Corner of Dundas St W and Bloor St W

Do you live in the West End? Join us in the neighbourhood to spread the word and build a movement in the Fight for $15 & Fairness!

Our summer canvasses at Dufferin station and in Parkdale were a huge success (over 950 signatures on our petition!), so we're doing it again. And, this time we're taking the campaign to Dundas West TTC station!

Come out and bring a friend:) We'll have petitions and leaflets ready to go, and together we'll talk with passerbys about the fight for decent work for all.

For more information about the campaign, visit 15andfairness.org | Facebook event

Oct 22, 2016 - Ethnocracy – Israel’s African Refugees
When: Saturday October 22nd, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

Ethnocracy tells the story of African refugees in Israel during the last 10 years culminating in their deportation. It shows how the government of Israel ended African refugee migration to the country in the name of Jewish ethnocracy. Using imprisonment, deportation, and constant harassment, it encouraged the remaining refugees to self-deport to Uganda and Rwanda after striking deals with those countries. Finally, it built a massive 240 km fence that for the first time in history, cut off Africa from Asia. Followed by conversation with the Toronto-based filmmaker, reporter and activist, Lia Tarachansky.

Oct 23, 2016 - Talk on Palestine
When: Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 12:45 pm
Where: Quaker House, 60 Lowther Ave.

Elizabeth Block will talk about her trip to Palestine with Christian Peacemaker Teams, illustrated with photos and perhaps a song.

Oct 23, 2016 - Belongings: The Fight for Land and Food
When: Sunday, October 23rd, 4pm-6pm
Where: Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue

Belongings: The Fight for Land and Food by Sally Miller.

Land used to produce food is at the core of disputes, violent conflicts and despair across the world. As farmers increasingly can no longer afford to grow food and as one in ten Canadians faces food insecurity each year, it is clear that our culture-specific land systems lie at the heart of the current food and farm crises. Solutions must be implemented to ensure food security and food sovereignty in Canada and the world.

In Belongings, Sally Miller illustrates how food and farm crises result from adherence to the rules of private property. Miller looks at the state of farmland and farmers in Canada and across the world as a way of understanding ownership, land regulation and the dire situation of our ability to produce food. Hundreds of acres of prime farmland are lost each day to residential development, further restricting the ability of farmers to supply our food needs. Farmers face ever-increasing financial risks and often have to sell farmable land for commercial development to make ends meet.


Oct 24, 2016 - Migrant Dreams
When: Monday, October 24th, 7pm
Where: OCAD University, Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street

A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer.

Post Screening discussion with Director: Min Sook Lee, and Justice for Migrant Workers: Evelyn Encalada Grez.

Facebook event

Oct 24, 2016 - Confronting the State: Dissent and Advocacy in Healthcare
When: Monday, October 24th 7:30pm
Where: Carrot Common Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Room # 212, 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester Station, Entrance next door to Book City)
Free Admission, but donations appreciated! Coffee/Tea provided

A far-reaching conversation with Dr. Philip Berger, Medical Director, Inner City Health Program, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dissent, advocacy and a citizen’s responsibility have historically played a pivotal role in bringing about social and political changes. We are delighted to have Dr. Berger share with us 40 years of experience, which show how health care workers can confront and remedy inequities and unfairness in the health care system.

Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, 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 | (416) 406-5517

Oct 25, 2016 - Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) XLIV
When: Tuesday, October 25th, Doors open: 6:15pm, Open-mic sign-up: 6:30pm, Show: 7pm
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: Aparna Halpé & David Clink; Host: Bänoo Zan


Oct 26, 2016 - Time to stand up for affordable TTC fares
When: Wednesday Oct 26th, 12noon
Where: City Hall, 100 Queen St West

Fares are too expensive. We’ve had six fare hikes in six years, and City Council wants to hike fares for the seventh time. No one should have to choose between travelling and buying food or paying rent. But thousands of Torontonians are making this tough choice every day. Cities across Canada have cheaper fares for low income riders, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, and more.

After over a year of delays, the City will be releasing its recommendations on October 19, and the City Executive will be voting on a plan to make the TTC more affordable on Wednesday Oct. 26. This is our chance to fight for free fares for people on social assistance, $50 monthly fares/$1 a ride for people on low incomes, including low income seniors and students, and more.


Oct 26, 2016 - When Elections Fail and Democracy Wobbles
When: Wed, October 26th, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Where: Ryerson University, 340 Church Street/60 Gould Street, Kerr Hall East Room 119, Toronto

Wondering if the world has gone mad? Anxious to know how the US elections will turn out or if Brexit has signaled the end of the EU?

Join faculty and representatives from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The New School for Social Research, and Ryerson University as they discuss income inequality and its discontents, the rise of the Alt Right and Black Lives Matter in the US, violence and mobilization in the Arab Middle East, the decline of democratic capitalism in Europe, and the struggle here at home for social, economic, and environmental justice.

* Benoit Challand, Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research
* Bryan Evans, Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
* Trish Hennessy, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* John Shields, Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
* Deva Woodly, Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research

Brought to you by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, New School for Social Research | www.eventbrite.com

Oct 26, 2016 - Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits?
When: Wed. Oct. 26th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham, Toronto

Pickering is one of the world's oldest, largest and highest-cost nuclear stations. Its 6 operating reactors are surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 kms). Designed to last 30 years, it's now 45, and OPG is applying for a licence to run it till it's 57. To add insult to injury, Pickering's power is surplus energy, and we subsidize the station $900 million per year to keep open. Meanwhile, it has a long history of accidents.

What are the safety, health and economic concerns of running Pickering to the ground? Why would we risk an accident when we have lower-cost renewable options including conservation and water power from Quebec? What about thyroid cancer and the KI pills issued by OPG?

With speakers: Ian Fairlie, expert on radioactivity; Jack Gibbons, energy economist with Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and John Coo, Green Cross Canada.

Learn more and sign our petition to close Pickering.

Hosted by Durham Nuclear Awareness and Ontario Clean Air Alliance | Facebook event

Oct 26, 2016 - Art Creates Change: Black Lives Matter Toronto
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 7pm
Where: OCAD University, (Room 190) 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

BlackLivesMatter - Toronto is a platform upon which black communities across Toronto can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, support black healing, affirm black existence, and create freedom to love and self- determine.

* LeRoi Newbold - a community organizer, parent, educator and art curator for BlackLivesMatter - Toronto (BLMTO). LeRoi is the director of BLMTO Freedom School teaching children about Black Pride and resistance through art based programming.

* Syrus Marcus Ware - visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus' work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program, part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-produces Blockorama at Pride.

Facebook event

Oct 26, 2016 - What’s in it for Parkdale?
When: Thursday, October 27th, 7pm
Where: 201 Cowan Ave, Toronto

Join us for a panel discussion and workshop the ways in which residents can influence the development process. Presented in collaboration with the Parkdale Residents Association.

Big development is coming to Parkdale. In the past year, 4 large condo buildings (totalling over 900 luxury units) have been proposed in Parkdale. While residents demand affordable housing and community spaces, these projects offer zero community benefits! This begs the question: what’s in it for Parkdale? How can we assure low-income and vulnerable community members are beneficiaries rather than the victims of neighbourhood development?

Speakers include community leaders from Kensington Market and West Queen West, who have successfully fought and won community benefits for their neighbourhoods.

Guest Speakers: Dominique Russell, Michelle Gay, Charles Campbell, Steven Wood.

Facebook event


The Struggle at Standing Rock
For the past few months, an encampment has sprung up on the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The resistance has been led by the Standing Rock Sioux opposed to the routing of the $3.8-billion pipeline transporting oil from the Bakken oil fields through burial grounds and sacred sites under the Missouri River. Any break in the line would do enormous damage to the water supply and the historical territories of the Sioux. Hundreds of First Nations and tribes from across North America, and also from other parts of the Americas, have lent their support to the struggle and come to Standing Rock. There has also formed a united front from some 50 First Nations against further pipeline development that would add to the development of the fossil fuel industry and the problems of climate change.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 325

Fifteen Years of Occupation: Afghanistan Since the Invasion
By Michael Skinner

7 October 2016 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Many Western leaders claimed the invasion, dubbed Operation Enduring Freedom, was a humanitarian intervention to liberate Afghans and especially Afghan women and girls from the brutal Taliban regime. However, the evidence demonstrates the results have been anything but humane or liberating. The people truly liberated by the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan are the wealthy investors in the military-industrial complex and those betting on successfully extracting Afghan resources and developing the infrastructure of the New Silk Road.

Source: The Bullet No. 1313

The Arctic Voyage of the Crystal Serenity
By J. F. Conway

Capitalism's four-century obsession with finding a more profitable route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is finally satisfied. The voyage of the Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage proclaimed the route open for routine, if still risky, commercial shipping. The ship left Vancouver on 10 August 2016, arriving in New York on 16 September. The Northwest Passage reduces the voyage by 7,000 kilometers and an average of 14 days, compared to the Panama Canal route. The Canal will eventually fall into relative disuse -- it will become too costly and too difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate the new increasingly gigantic ships, and often involves queues of up to 10 days.

Source: The Bullet No. 1314

Brexit and the Crisis of the Left
By Asbjorn Wahl

The British majority in favour of leaving the EU (Brexit) was surprising, even shocking, to many. The discussion runs high on both the result and the causes. The confusion seems to be extraordinarily high on the left, in Britain as in the rest of Europe. In reality, the result of the referendum reflects an EU in existential crisis, while the discussion reflects a Left in deep political and ideological crisis.

Source: The Bullet No. 1315


Union Staff Representative
CUPE 3902 is the trade union representing more than 8,000 part-time, contract academic workers at the University of Toronto (teaching assistants, sessional lecturers and post-doctoral fellows). We are looking for someone willing to commit to a democratic union culture while working with a diverse membership under the direction of, and in close collaboration with, an annually-elected Executive Committee.

Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Workplace Environment: Unionised, CUPE 1281
Workplace Location: 180 Bloor Street West with occasional location work at the St. George, Scarborough and Mississauga campuses of the University of Toronto
Salary: $70,000 - $80,000
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016



How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook -- and block them
Any app you've used with Facebook can still access your data, unless you restrict or delete it. And all the apps your friends use can also access your info. Here's how to take back your privacy.

Once you're logged in to Facebook, go to "Settings" and then "Apps". You will see all the apps that have access to your profile. You can customize the settings for each one, or you can delete them.

Watch this video to see the process of editing the settings.



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