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July 31, 2014


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Jul 29, 2014 - Mercury Action Alert
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of when Grassy Narrows people began being poisoned by mercury from a paper mill that contaminated their river upstream. Instead of helping, Ontario is planning for another decade of clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows' watershed – a practice that further increases mercury levels in the local food chain. Please take action now. Tell premiere Kathleen Wynne that you support justice for Grassy Narrows, an end to clearcutting in Grassy Narrows, and protection for water everywhere.

Please Call Now! 416-325-1941 – switchboard – if you stay on the line you get a receptionist. Ask for Kathleen Wynne. Leave a message. Speak from your heart, but please mention some of these points:

* The province must take swift and decisive to resolve the ongoing legacy of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows.
* Ontario must cancel the new plans for another decade of clearcut logging on Grassy Narrows Territory.
* Clearcut logging, which adds mercury to local lakes and rivers, must be banned forever on Grassy Narrows land.
* Ontario and Health Canada must acknowledge the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, and lower the safety guidelines for exposure to mercury.



Jul 31, 2014 - Walk with Grassy Narrows for clean water and Indigenous rights
When: Walk starts at 12pm July 31st.
Where: Grange Park.

Water is sacred. Defend indigenous sovereignty. Join Grassy Narrows familes and their supporters as they walk in Toronto for clean water and Indigenous rights this July.

FreeGrassy.net | Facebook even

Aug 1, 2014 - For Gaza – Vigil, Open Conversation, Sharing & Fundraising
When: Friday, August 1st, 6pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

A special event to remember, honour and raise funds for the people of Gaza. All are victims of cruel and immoral power and bankruptcy of western governments and media. While people in Gaza suffer the physical destruction of their lives; we here suffer the pain of the lie that enables it.

People of Toronto regardless of religion, colour or ethnicity have spoken and supported Gaza in its struggle in any way possible. The many demonstrations before the Israeli Consulate or at Queens Park and the recent 3-day continuous vigil are all events that rally our efforts for what is right and just.

Beit Zatoun

Aug 6, 2014 - Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration
When: Wed. Aug. 6th, 6:45pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square (Queen and Bay)

Join us for Toronto’s commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 69 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, over 17, 000 nuclear weapons remain. Join us for speakers, performances, and lantern ceremony. Performances by the Yakudo Drummers, Toronto Gospel Church Choir, the Raging Grannies and others plus talks by Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares and Setsuko Thurlow, peace activist and survivor. Poster display runs from August 4 - 10 in Toronto City Hall Rotunda. Free and open to the public.


Aug 6, 2014 - 2014 Toronto History Lecture
When: Wed, August 6th, 7:30pm
Where: City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd

Historian Craig Heron will explore the opportunities and challenges that members of the city’s working class have faced over the past 150 years


Aug 7, 2014 - DTE Community Forum – TAVIS in the Neighbourhood
When: Thursday August 7th,
6pm - Community meal
6:30 - 7:30 - Forum
7:30 – 8pm - Social - tea/coffee and desserts
Where: 40 Oak St - C.R.C., (this space is accessible and has accessible washrooms)

Toronto's Downtown East Community is currently being targeted by TAVIS (Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy) from June 18 -September 8. While governments pay to send additional police into the neighbourhood – they refuse to provide the resources for the things that are actually needed.

We need decent and affordable housing, jobs that pay a living wage and incomes for people on welfare and disability that enable them to live in health and dignity.
We need opportunities, training/education and jobs for youth.
We do not need to be traumatized and criminalized by police harassment.
We need an end to targeted policing, an end to racial profiling and an end to police violence.



Jul 28, 2014 - The Outsize (un)Importance of the Tar Sands
By Michal Rozworski

It's easy to overestimate the importance of the tar sands to the Canadian economy. Tar sands and their pipelines are, after all, hailed by the ruling Conservatives, sections of the business press and the ever-present oil lobby as this young century's "nation-building" project. Yet, a survey recently making the rounds highlights the relative unimportance of the tar sands to Canada's overall economy: while most Canadians overestimate the importance of the tar sands and 41 per cent guess that the tar sands account for 12 to 48 per cent of Canada's GDP, the reality is that they directly contribute a mere 2 per cent to our domestic output.

Source: The Bullet No. 1012

Jul 29, 2014 - From Bolivia, a Trade-Union Appeal for International Anti-Capitalist Solidarity
As a follow-up to the June summit meeting of the G77 + China leaders, held in Santa Cruz, the Bolivian government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) sponsored an "Anti-Imperialist International Trade Union Conference" in Cochabamba, June 30-July 2. The conference was attended by representatives of unions in 22 countries, affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). Founded in 1945 as a postwar international labour organization, parallel to the United Nations, the WFTU became during the Cold War years a federation primarily of unions led by members of pro-Moscow Communist parties. Although it declined precipitously after the fall of the Soviet bloc, in recent years the WFTU has experienced a certain revival, and now claims a membership of 86 million in 120 countries. The Cochabamba conference marked the integration of Bolivia's COB in the federation.

Source: The Bullet No. 1013

Jul 29, 2014 - Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers
By Salimah Valiani

While labour migration has been a recurring phenomenon in human history, what is new in the post-1970 period of restructuring in the world capitalist economy is the increased use of temporary migrant labour by employers around the world. The widespread rise of employer use of temporary migrant workers in various economic sectors internationally can be dated from circa 1990. As I argue at length elsewhere, the increased use of temporary migrant labour may be viewed as a more recent strategy of employers and states to shift power away from workers and unions following from the successes of worker and union power in both the global North and South circa 1950 to 1980.

Source: The Bullet No. 1014

Jul 30, 2014 - Fatal Advice for the NDP
By J. F. Conway

Murray Mandryk, the political columnist for Saskatchewan's capitalist pres (Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star Phoenix), once again gives the NDP free political advice regarding the dangers of toying with left-wing ideas. He represents a long tradition in Canadian political commentary -- the capitalist media have repeatedly warned the CCF (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation) and the NDP about the electoral folly of being too left-leaning. This advice, when followed, has rarely served the CCF/NDP well over the years. We can go back to the efforts to warn George Williams, the Saskatchewan CCF leader, chief organizer, and policy architect from 1935 to 1941, of the folly of ranting on and on about socialism and the eradication of capitalism.

Source: The Bullet No. 1015


Jul 28, 2014 - TTCriders is hiring
TTCriders is a grassroots transit advocacy organization that gives Torontonians who use the TTC a voice. It emerged as a response to the tens of thousands of transit users who said that they want better transit in Toronto.

The hiring committee of TTCriders is seeking a director who will oversee the growth and success of TTCriders’ organizational development so it can become a thriving, financially sustainable, democratic membership-based organization of TTC users.

This is a part-time contract position at $25 per hour for 20 hours a week starting September 3rd, 2014 – August 31, 2015. TTCriders is an equal opportunity employer. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 1, 2014 at 5:00pm.




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