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June 20, 2019


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Block Pharma Lobby
This is big. The government’s advisory council on pharmacare just made their long-awaited recommendation: Canada needs a universal, single-payer prescription drug program.

Now, the Liberals are deciding whether or not to adopt the recommendation.

A single-payer system would mean medication will be available based on need -- not on the ability to pay. It means families won’t have to keep making impossible decisions between putting food on the table or paying for essential medication.

Will you send a message to the Health Minister to drown out the corporate lobby -- asking her to follow the recommendations and implement a single-payer “medication for all” system?



Jun 20, 2019 - Grassy Narrows River Run 2019
When: Thursday June 20th, 12noon
Where: begin at Queen's Park, march to 655 Bay Street

Walk with Grassy Narrows for Mercury Justice!

Come walk with Grassy Narrows community members who will travel 1,700km to Toronto to demand:

* Build the Mercury Home and Treatment Centre
* Compensate everyone in Grassy Narrows for the mercury crisis

freegrassy.net | Facebook event

Jun 20, 2019 - Our water is our gold
When: Thursday June 20th, 6:30pm
Where: 100 St George St.

The Comite for the Defense of Water and the Santurbán Paramos will speak about defending water against multiple fronts in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

The Comite is a civic platform composed of Colombian civil society organizations who work to protect the “Páramo” ecosystems in Santurbán, Colombia, defending the environment and the right to water. Centred in Bucaramanga, Colombia, the Comite is made up of about 40 civil society organizations that in turn represent around seventy-five thousand people.

For the past decade, the Comité has been organizing to protect this Andean highland watershed, for future generations, against mining activities, Canadian and otherwise.

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Jun 20, 2019 - Cracking Labour’s Glass Ceiling
When: Thursday June 20th, 7pm
Where: United Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.

Join the Toronto launch of Cracking Labour’s Glass Ceiling: Transforming Lives through Women’s Union Education from Fernwood Publishers.

This original collection contains vibrant example of women-only labour education events in unions across Canada, the United States and the world, and offers practical guidance and inspiration for all who create and support activist learning within social-justice organizations.


Jun 21, 2019 - #FridaysforFuture: We Will Not Give Up
When: Friday June 21st, 2pm
Where: Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St.

Our last weekly protest for the school year! Make sure to come, we must keep the energy going!! Bring lots of amazing signs and energy! #WeWillNotGiveUp

The 21st is what is still legally called "National Aboriginal day". We will therefore be focusing our conversations, signs and chalking to addressing the ongoing genocide happening in Canada, as well as learning more about the land on which we operate.

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Jun 22, 2019 - Kitchen Table Climate Conversations
When: Saturday June 22nd, 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther

Time to have a conversation! What does it mean to be in a 'climate emergency' and how do we respond, as individuals, as a community? What do we expect of our politicians? Scientists tell us we have 11 years to cut 45% of our fossil fuel emissions. How can we do this? We are encouraging everyone to host a discussion at their kitchen table, or other community location, inviting family, friends and neighbours to participate. On June 22nd ClimateFast and the GTHA Climate Hub will provide a training day for potential hosts and facilitators at Friends House in Toronto. Please register if you can join us! Our goal is to see dozens, hundreds, even thousands of conversations spread across the province this summer and fall. Working together we can make this happen!

Registration: $20 requested donation which will cover all expenses for the day including handouts, refreshments and a vegan lunch. If you can afford an additional donation, we will add it to our travel fund to enable volunteers from other parts of Ontario to come to Toronto. Please note: pay what you can tickets are available. If cost is a barrier, please ask. To register please email lyn@climatefast.ca so we can send you a registration form and can provide you with more information about the day.


Jun 24, 2019 - Parents for Public Education
When: Monday June 24th, 6:30pm
Where: Fieldstone Co-Op, 135 Bleeker St.

Come out to a meeting of the Toronto Centre Parents for Public Education! All welcome. We will be building on our momentum from the walk-INs to put together a plan to reach more parents/guardians over the summer to build our power to force the provincial government to re-invest in public education. Kids welcome. Light refreshments.

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Jun 25, 2019 - 4 Corners Climate Circus
When: Tuesday June 25th, 8am – 6pm
Where: Bay And King

Let's stand up! Canadians (in particular, the BIG BANKS), are having a huge hand in the CLIMATE CRISIS.

Extinction Rebellion and allied organizations including artists, activists, and community members plan to carry out NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION on June 25, 2019 to disrupt the daily activity of the TOP CANADIAN BANKS at the four corners of King St. and Bay St. from 8AM to 6PM.

These banks are complicit in the climate crisis, and it is urgent that they take responsibility for the catastrophic impact their fossil fuel investments have on the natural world.

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Jun 25, 2019 - Anti-69 Community Forum
When: Tuesday June 25th, 6:30pm
Where: Location: OPSEU – Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Membership Centre Meeting Room, 31 Wellesley Street East, South side of Wellesley, half way between Yonge and Church. A wheelchair accessible location -- The wheelchair accessible doors are about 10 steps to the west of the membership centre doors.

Against the Mythologies of the 1969 Criminal Code Reform.

* What was the relation between the 69 criminal code reform and the 1969 White Paper extinguishing Indigenous sovereignty?
* Why is the federal government claiming that homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969?
* Why did charges for consensual 'homosexual' sex escalate after 1969?
* How was access to abortion still so restricted after the 69 reform?
* How was the policing of 'public' sex used against sex workers?
* How was racism and Anti-Black racism mobilized as part of Pierre Elliot Trudeau's "Just Society."

Speakers: Rinaldo Walcott, Judy Rebick, Valerie Scott, Tom Hooper, Gary Kinsman, Christopher Karas.


Jun 26, 2019 - Worker Rights in the Gig Economy
When: Wednesday June 26th, 6:30pm
Where: New Horizons, 1140 Bloor (at Dufferin)

Join Urban Worker Project, Justice for Foodora Couriers and allies on June 26th for a panel discussion.

Hosted by: Andrew Cash – Co-founder, Urban Worker Project

* Jan Simpson – CUPW National President
* Couriers from the Justice for Foodora Couriers Campaign
* Stephanie Procyk – Public Policy and Research, United Way, Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario Research Group (PEPSO)
* Lise Lareau – Canadian Media Guild
* Nadira Begum – Workers’ Action Centre

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Jun 27, 2019 - Transit Consultation: Downtown
When: Thursday June 27, 6:30pm
Where: City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Queen St. W.

The provincial government rushed to pass its transit takeover legislation this week. Bill 107 opens the TTC up to privatization and gives the province the power to dictate rapid transit plans and take over TTC and City of Toronto assets without compensation. But the fight to keep the TTC fully funded, publicly owned, and accountable is far from over. We have a big opportunity to show just how many people care about keeping the TTC under local control. In the coming weeks, the City of Toronto will hold public consultations about the province's transit takeover. MPPs and City Councillors will be watching closely.

If you can't make it in person, can you fill out the online transit survey on the City of Toronto's webpage.



One Million More Reasons to Mobilize Against Ford
By Jeff Noonan

The public sector "salary restraint" legislation expected by public sector union leaders was formally introduced on June 5th (Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019). I will get to the criticism in a moment. First, I have to acknowledge the Orwellian chutzpah of this government: without a climate change plan, it cheekily appropriates the language of "sustainability" and concern for "future generations." They could have topped themselves by tipping their hat to the indigenous traditions they are also ignoring by adding "seven" in front of "generations." Perhaps the next spending restraint bill can be more inclusive.

Source: The Bullet No. 1842

Canada’s ‘Liberals’ Have a Disturbing Imperial Streak
By Vijay Prashad

Canada’s embassy in Venezuela has just been closed. The spur for this closure is an open attempt by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to overthrow Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Canada is one of the leaders of the Lima Group, a network of countries that came together in 2017 with the express purpose of regime change in Venezuela. Canada’s diplomatic corps has played the role of facilitator for the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Trudeau and Guaidó speak regularly. Their plot against Venezuela thickens.

Source: The Bullet No. 1843

Manifestos and Socialisms for the 21st Century
By Chris Wright

The title of Bhaskar Sunkara’s new book is both bold and smart. It’s eye-catching in its reference to The Communist Manifesto. It is a little surprising that apparently no previous book has had that title, since it seems so obvious. Other writers have likely been less willing to elicit the inevitable comparisons between their work and Marx and Engels’ great pamphlet. For no writer will fare well under such scrutiny.

Source: The Bullet No. 1844

Bernie Sanders Defines his Vision for Democratic Socialism
By Bernie Sanders

My friends, we are in the midst of a defining and pivotal moment for our country and our planet. And, with so many crises converging upon us simultaneously, it is easy for us to become overwhelmed or depressed -- or to even throw up our hands in resignation. But my message to you today is that if there was ever a moment in the history of our country where despair was not an option, this is that time. If there was ever a moment where we had to effectively analyze the competing political and social forces which define this historical period, this is that time.

Source: The Bullet No. 1845

Transit as a Human Right w/Judith Dellheim
In this episode, we sit down with Judith Dellheim, an author, activist, and consultant at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Judith argues that public transit is a fundamental human right and an essential tool in pushing forward a progressive political agenda.

Source: Oats for Breakfast


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