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October 23, 2014


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Oct 20, 2014 - Open Government Campaign
You can help push for key changes to end excessive secrecy in government – especially in the federal government.

Since 2012, the federal Conservative government has been claiming to have an open government plan. In fact, every independent report has shown more excessive secrecy in the federal government than any time since the so-called Access to Information law passed in 1983.

The law is so weak it really should be called the “Guide to Keeping Government Information Secret” law.

Please send your letter now calling on the federal Conservatives, and governments across Canada, to make key changes to laws to open up government and make it more accountable to you.


Oct 22, 2014 - Social Safety Net Fair
The Stitching our own Social Safety Net' campaign is inviting advocacy groups to participate in a "Social Safety Net Fair"

The Stitching our Own Social Safety Net campaign is comprised of low income consumer survivors and their allies. We are using art to advocate for a stronger social safety net in Ontario, and for more funding for social programs. For more info on the campaign, and to view pictures of our 'social safety net quilt' (to which 600 people from around the province have contributed) go here: stitchingoursocialsafetynet.webs.com

This fair is happening Monday November 10 to Friday November 14, from 10 - 5 pm each day. If your group is interested in having a table, or for more info, please contact Naomi at: 416-516-1422 ext 250 or naomibe@houselink.on.ca


Oct 23, 2014 - Dirty Hands in Politics – Stained with Blood in Kobane
When: Thursday, October 23rd, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

With the appearance of ISIS/ISIL on the scene since spring 2014, the bloodshed, the events and forces at play in the “Middle East” seem more puzzling than ever and the hope for a peaceful resolution ever more remote. This insanity can be witnessed in the intensifying conflict over the Kurdish city of Kobane in Northern Syria. What is going on? What is the strategic value of Kobane and this conflict? What has the Islamic State militants attacking it; the Kurds defending it; the Turkish army simply observing it; and the US and allies so intent on bombing it?

We examine the critical roles that each of these actors and the reasons that led to the extraordinary rise of ISIS/ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

This event is intended as a community conversation after opening remarks and contextualizing by our speaker, Kawa Jabary.

About speaker:
Kawa Jabary was born in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. He was forced to flee to Turkey as a result of his political activities and in 1997 settled in Canada as a refugee. Kawa has a graduate degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.

Oct 25, 2014 - Canada Out of Iraq - Stop Bombing Syria
When: Saturday October 25th, 2:30 pm
Where: U.S. Consulate, 360 University Avenue, Toronto

Why we say NO to Canada's war in Iraq. We have all seen the pictures and read the reports abut the brutal sectarian group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and many people want to “do something” to stop the terror. However, the U.S. led bombing campaign, that Canada has just joined, is not going to help. Here's why we say no to the war in Iraq and Syria.

It will make things worse
- Every bombing campaign kills civilians and every civilian killed means more recruits for ISIS.
- The actions of the US and its allies are legitimizing ISIS as an anti-imperial force to people in the region.
- Already, the airstrikes have led opponents such as the Jabhat al-Nusra to join in common cause with ISIS. Bombing is making these groups stronger.

Facebook event | www.nowar.ca

Oct 27, 2014 - Rebels With A Cause
When: October 27-31, 2014
Where: West-Side Arts Hub, York Woods Library Theater, 1785 Finch Ave W

The 4th Annual Rebels With A Cause Film Festival kicks off soon! Rebels With A Cause is a FREE annual 5-day film festival that showcases artistic reflections of social justice issues and critical documentations of unsung community work. All our screenings are followed by panels consisting of filmmakers, curators, and community organizers who unpack the works, share their experiences and discuss strategies in creating real social change.


Oct 27, 2014 - U of T Divest from Israel's War Crimes!
When: Monday, October 27th, 7pm
Where: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West

Learn more from the campaign organizers and an impressive panel of speakers which includes four divestment activists from the U.S., Canada, and Palestine to discuss the importance pressuring UofT to divest.

Speakers include:
* Hazem Jamjoum, Haider Eid, Nahida Gordon and Shourideh Molavi.

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Oct 28, 2014 - Troubling Pain and Prejudice
When: Tue, Oct 28th, 6:30pm
Where: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, Toronoto

Join Karen Messing and Pat Armstrong for the launch of two great books: Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People that Do It by Karen Messing (BTL), and Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices, Edited by Pat Armstrong, Susan Braedley (CSPI)

Karen Messing is an award-winning (including a Governor General of Canada award and internationally recognized expert on occupational health. She is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Pat Armstrong is Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and is the author, co-author, or editor of over 25 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles.

A result of a seven-year interdisciplinary research project-in-progress, this book draws together the work of fourteen leading health researchers, including sociologists, medical practitioners, social workers, policy researchers, cultural theorists, and historians. Using a feminist political economy lens, these scholars explore and challenge the theories, work organization, practices, and state-society relations that have come to shape long-term care.


Oct 30, 2014 - What the Public Thinks About Unions and What the Labour Movement Should Do About It
When: Thursday, October 30th, 11:30am
Where: Global Labour Research Centre; Ross S701, York University

In this public talk, which is part of the ongoing Global Labour Speakers Series, Professor Juravich uses Gallop poll data from the US, as well as polling data collected in Wisconsin during recent labour struggles in that state, to examine public attitudes towards unions and the implications for labour movement strategy. For more details, visit our website.

Tom Juravich is a Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1984 to 1993 he was on the faculty of the Department of Labor Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed a workers' education program in the greater Philadelphia area. Juravich joined the UMass Labor Center in 1993, and from 1996 to 2007 served as Director of the Center.

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Oct 30, 2014 - "Big Numbers": Climate Change Is Spooky
When: Thursday, October 30th, 5:30pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Toronto 350.org invites you to participate in an exciting and iconic event!

Join us as we use our bodies (and FREE bike lights courtesy of our generous sponsors) to spell out the most important number in climate science for our newly elected Mayor and Council.

Bring your scariest climate-change themed costume and get ready for a climate action "spook-tacle" at city hall.

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Oct 30, 2014 - Captive Revolution
When: Thursday, October 30th, 6:30pm
Where: Beit Zeitoun, 612 Markham St

Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto Press)
by Nahla Abdo

Joined in discussion by Professors: Himani Bannerji, David McNally, Alan Sears.

Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their political activism and resistance.

Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on the stories of the women themselves, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their treatment as political detainees.



Oct 20, 2014 - Chicago Teachers' Strike
Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers' Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 235

Oct 21, 2014 - Cacouna, Couillard and the Ties that Bind
By Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

It's an evening like any other. The first item on the Téléjournal is about the controversial Cacouna oil port project. The journalist speaks to citizens in favour of and opposed to the project. Then the spokesperson for TransCanada, the project's sponsor, appears onscreen. His talking points aren't particularly noteworthy, but his face is strangely familiar. I've seen it before, but where? For hours, the question nagged at me. Later that evening, it came to me in a flash: we had crossed paths during the summer of 2012 in Quebec, during negotiations between the student movement and the Jean Charest government.

Source: The Bullet No. 1048

Oct 23, 2014 - Toronto Election Updates
Want to keep up with developments in the election that is only a few days away?

Like us at www.facebook.com/ourcityTO. You'll see profiles of candidates, current articles, pics and more.

Get the latest updates on our website www.ourcitymatters.ca, and follow us on twitter at @OurCityTO.


Oct 23, 2014 - Campaign Gears is expanding
Are you interested in helping progressive groups become more effective? Do you get excited about digital activist tools and campaigns? Do you like providing good service to people and groups that are making positive change in the community? Are you a freelancer?

If you’ve answered yes, then Campaign Gears Ltd is for you.

We are looking to hear from freelance developers, designers and organizers who want to help people win their digital campaigns.


Oct 23, 2014 - Interval House
INTERVAL HOUSE has positions available for: Employment Counsellor and Facilitator; Job Developer; Women's Counsellor/Advocate (Relief).

The Employment Counsellor & Facilitator helps clients by delivering job search workshops and by assisting them in identifying and marketing their work-related skills and competencies within the framework of the Building Economic Self Sufficiency (BESS) program through workshops and other learning initiatives. In addition, this function makes effective connections with other shelters and community based organizations to recruit appropriate clients into the program.

The Job Developer is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating programs that seek and find employers and work-related opportunities and connections so that BESS clients can re-build their lives productively within their communities. In addition, the Job Developer is responsible for continually expanding the networks and connections of employment opportunities, resources and contacts that will promote and support the efforts of Interval House clients to rebuild their lives within their communities.

Incumbents will be responsible for helping the women and children in our Residential Programs to deal effectively with the impact of violence on their lives. They will work cooperatively according to schedules that include day, evening, night and weekend shifts with duties at the Shelter and/or in the community.




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