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July 19, 2018


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Petition to End Housing Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

* 20% of Canadians are reported to have a disability, including 200,000 Canadian children;
* This is predicted to rise to 25% by 2031;
* People of all ages have disabilities of many types;
* There is no building code in Canada mandating that housing be made accessible to people with disabilities;
* Universal design will accommodate anyone of any age or ability, going beyond mere accessibility, and demonstrating an underlying commitment to including as wide a range of users as possible; and
* The Canadian Human Rights Code and Charter of Rights and Freedoms forbid discrimination on the basis of disability.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:

1) Immediately amend the National Building Code of Canada, making it mandatory that all housing in any way under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada be universal design;
2) Ensure that the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and CMHC collaborate on defining in the Building Code what is visitable, adaptable, accessible, barrier-free, and universal design;
3) Ensure that specifications for visitable, adaptable, accessible, barrier-free and universal design for the residential sector be clearly illustrated in the National Building Code,
4) Comply with United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities on accessibility of housing;
5) Disaggregate Statistics Canada data on disability; and
6) Require that any federal funds transferred to provinces, territories, or any other organization for housing fund only universally designed housing.



Jul 19, 2018 - Authoritarian Drift: Turkey After the Elections
When: Thursday July 19th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, entrenched his increasingly authoritarian power in a snap election on June 24th, winning a majority government in alliance with the neo-fascist Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP). The election, marred by repression and irregularities, was held amid a State of Emergency that has seen the unprecedented jailing of journalists, scholars, and political opposition. Nevertheless, the pro-Kurdish, radical left People’s Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi, HDP) won enough seats to enter parliament, despite widespread repression and exile, which includes the HDP’s presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been a political prisoner for 20 months. What does the election mean for the Turkish people and the Kurdish resistance movements? How does Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarianism, including the alliance with a fascist party, relate to the international resurgence of the radical right? What can the HDP, the resistance movements, and international allies do in these rapidly changing conditions? Join us for a RedTalks for answers to these questions!

Presentations by: Erdem Yörük, Elif Genc and Baris Karaagac.


Jul 21, 2018 - March for Our Education
When: Saturday, July 21st, 11am
Where: Queen's Park, Toronto

In an effective backlash against the #MeToo and gay #Pride movements, Doug Ford today announced that he is trashing the updated, well-researched 2015 Sex Ed Curriculum and replace it with the previous 1998 curriculum. Ford also CANCELLED Plans to update the curriculum with Indigenous Content. This is an unprecedented assault on students' right to a fair and up to date education and is a deliberate insult to the LGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities of Ontario.

This decision effectively prevents teachers from teaching about CONSENT, Online Bullying and Sexting, Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity. These are issues that can affect the LIFE AND DEATH of students across the province and need to be addressed. Instead, the old 1998 curriculum is older than any student that currently attends school in Ontario and existed well before the smartphone, personal laptop and internet age.

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Jul 22, 2018 - Celebrate Moncada Day
When: Saturday July 22nd, 12noon to 7pm
Where: Christie Pitts, Area 1 (across from Christie Subway)

BBQ picnic and cultural activites.


Jul 24, 2018 - 235th Anniversary of the Birth of Simon Bolivar
When: Tuesday, July 24th, 6pm
Where: Meet at the Statue of Simon Bolivar, Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Dundas St W & Crawford

Celebrate the 235th anniversary of the birth of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.

Aniversario del natalicio del Libertador Simon Bolivar.

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Aug 18, 2018 - Run for Palestine
When: Saturday, August 18th, 9am
Where: Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd W

Run for Palestine (RfP) is a family oriented, fun filled day that welcomes all memebers of the community where participants can walk or run 5 Km our newly introduce 10 Km walk or run to raise funds for much needed humanitarian projects helping the Palestinian people.

The event will take place on Saturday August 18, 2018 along the beautiful sceneries of Martin Goodman Trail (Sir Casimir Gzowski Park), located on the Humber River in Toronto. After the run, there will be food available, a bazaar, and entertainment. The trail accomodates wheelchairs and strollers.

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Slovenia’s Parliamentary Elections
By Nejc Slukan

The outcome of the recent Slovenian elections shows a fragmented political landscape, a worrying increase in support for right-wing populism and luckily, an electoral gain for the left’s Levica party that has strengthened its position and improved its manoeuvring space. On 3 June, Slovenia went to the voting stations to elect a new parliament. The vote took place about a month before the planned ordinary elections, almost three months after the SMC-led government resigned in a tactical manoeuvre after seeing its support dwindle.

Source: The Bullet No. 1638

Hassan Diab: Nothing Less Than a Public Inquiry Will Do
By Michelle Weinroth

He has been compared to Alfred Dreyfus, the iconic 19th-century French victim of false accusation and racism. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. His return to Canada from France in January 2018 was breaking news. An Ottawa sociology professor, Dr. Diab is the Canadian citizen who, at the behest of France, was sought for extradition. Subject to allegations of involvement in the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980, he was pursued and harassed by the RCMP in 2008. Arrested on November 13th of that year, denied bail, and jailed in the disreputable Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, he was then released in April 2009, only to be placed under the most draconian house arrest conditions. In 2014, after prolonged and suspect hearings, his extradition to France was sealed.

Source: The Bullet No. 1639

What’s Behind the Trade War?
By David M. Kotz

President Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the USA’s traditional allies, condemning their leaders for unfair treatment. The mainstream media warns of the erosion of the global order. President Trump threatens, and then imposes, high tariffs on Chinese products and other restrictions on trade relations with China. ZTE corporation, a leading state-owned, high-tech company in China, is barred on national security grounds from importing U.S.-made components that are essential to their products. Then the ZTE action is reversed, leading some Democratic senators to denounce Trump for going soft on China.

Source: The Bullet No. 1640

Border Capitalism, Disrupted
By Stephen Campbell

Through to the back of the cremation grounds where the fields of sugarcane begin, Ko Soe and I coast our bicycles to a stop. It is mid-December, and the sugarcane stocks are tall now, taller than us. Somewhere amid these fields Myanmar migrant workers from the nearby Apex garment factory are hiding. We know this because Ko Soe had only minutes ago been talking with one of them by phone, but then the connection had died; presumably this worker’s phone had run out of power. So now we dismount and look around for an entrance into the fields. The sugarcane is far too dense to walk through, even if we were to leave our bicycles behind. Uncertain how to proceed, we soon spot a man standing, looking at us from the edge of the fields where some car tracks come to an end. Ko Soe calls out and, as we approach, explains to the man that he, too, had worked at Apex, having quit only a few months prior. "We’ve come to see the workers’ situation," he adds.

Source: The Bullet No. 1641

Ontario Fights Back: Recalling the Harris years
Canada, and its industrial heartland and largest province of Ontario, is far from immune from the right-wing populist forces gaining electoral ground and organizational force around the world. The June 7th election of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PC), led by the politician, businessman and blowhard Doug Ford, to a majority government is an all-too-clear example.

This is an appropriate time to revisit some of the experience of the Harris years in Ontario, even if we would all rather not, to prepare for a new round of struggles and to move our politics beyond where we were then and, in a less combative period, where we are now.

Source: LeftStreamed


Mammalian is hiring
Mammalian Diving Reflex is hiring an Associate Producer and Communications Coordinator.

This position will involve 20 hours of work per week on administrative tasks outlined below, to support pre-production, communications and marketing, grant writing, as well as and creative collaboration on international performances (approximately 8-16 weeks per year, on 2-4 week long site-specific projects). When on tour, the Associate Producer & Communications Coordinator position will be full-time, with the expectation that administrative tasks are managed in addition to on-site project responsibilities.

Starting at 20 hours/week at $18/hour when in Toronto $750 flat fee/week when training (full-time) on tour (outside of Toronto), increasing to $850/week once training has ended, as well as a per diem of approximately $65/day.

Deadline: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 5pm EST.


Progress Toronto is hiring
Progress Toronto is looking for two new full-time organizers to join our team - Organizer and Digital Organizer.

You do not need to be a seasoned organizer to apply. We want this job to be an opportunity for you to grow and learn more about organizing at the municipal level. Progress Toronto Organizers will build power and mobilize people to help us reach deeper into communities across Toronto. This is a fun and inspiring opportunity. It requires a strong enthusiasm and readiness to do rewarding and sometimes hard work. Our organizers will gain a deep understanding of organizing tools and how to make change within our communities.

Interviews will take place at the end of July. The roles will begin in early August 2018 and run until December 14, 2018 (with a possible extension). The starting salary for this role is $40,000/year.

Deadline: 11:59pm Monday July 23rd, 2018.




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