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October 11, 2018


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Workers’ Bowl bowl-a-thon
All funds raised at the Workers’ Bowl go directly to the OEERC Education and Leadership Fund for Workers in Precarious Employment, to create collaborative community leadership development and educational projects with the Workers’ Action Centre (WAC), an organization committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and precarious employment in Ontario.

The Workers’ Bowl will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Bowlerama Rexdale in Etobicoke. We are expecting over 200 participants from the union, social justice and labour law communities. Everyone has such fun while supporting this important charity event.


Stop the Subway Upload
The TTC belongs to Toronto.

Premier Doug Ford's plan to break apart the TTC will mean higher fares, less say for riders, and worse service, and opens the door to privatization.

Tell Premier Ford to stop the TTC subway upload. Enter your information below to send a message directly to Premier Doug Ford, Transportation Minister John Yakabuski, and your MPP.



Oct 11, 2018 - Expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne!
When: Thursday, October 11th, 1pm
Where: Dundas St. E. & Sherbourne St.

214 – 230 Sherbourne are 7 adjacent properties located at the southwest corner of Dundas and Sherbourne. For at least 50 years, three big houses on this lot provided housing for poor people. About 10 years ago, two of the houses were demolished, leaving just one 30-room house whose residents were then pushed out.

A decade later the lot remains empty and the house vacant. Meanwhile, the church across from it struggles to shelter the escalating numbers of people dumped on the streets by Toronto’s deadly housing crisis. The neighbourhood desperately needs housing that poor people can afford. So when the properties were listed for sale earlier this year, OCAP mobilized to get the City to purchase them. But the owners took the properties off the market, preferring to sell to condo developers willing to pay more than the already inflated market price.

If the owners won’t sell to the City, the City must take the properties over – expropriate them – and build social housing. The owners still get paid but the end result is housing for poor people, and not another gentrifying condo. 23 organizations have signed an open letter calling on the City to expropriate. It’s time.


Oct 12, 2018 - Kurds, Displacement and Resilience
When: Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14
Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West

Forced displacements have long characterized the everyday experience of Kurds. From Syria and Turkey to Iraq and Iran, Kurds have been displaced, exiled and dispossessed by the dominant national states. However, Kurds have resisted the violation of their rights through a complex political and cultural processes. Having been forcibly displaced and exiled, Kurdish communities have struggled to re-establish their lives in shantytowns of cities or refugee camps. Some have been forced to leave their countries and seek refuge in Western Europe and North America. While displacement has caused dispossession, violence and suffering, Kurdish communities have developed various forms of resistance and/or resilience that range from economic support networks to community organizations providing cultural and educational services in counteracting the regimes of displacement.

The inaugural meeting of the International Kurdish Studies Symposium at the University of Toronto will explore displacement, resistance and resilience in Kurdish context(s).


Oct 12, 2018 - IJV: 10 Year Anniversary
When: October 12th, 6pm to October 14th, 4pm
Where: Beverly Hall (Polish Combatants Centre), 206 Beverley St.,
(Friday and Saturday open to non members. Sunday: General Members Meeting - members only.)

Program Highlights:

* Rebecca Vilkomerson: Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
* Diana Buttu: Palestinian Canadian lawyer, former spokesperson for the PLO
* Hannah Gold: Writer, Youth Worker, Community Organizer with JEWDAS - Radical Diasporist Collective, U.K.
* Mark Tseng-Putterman: Writer, Phd candidate Brown University, founder Jews of Color & Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus of JVP


Oct 13, 2018 - Teaching for Justice 2018
When: Saturday, October 13th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: ETFO Provincial Office, 136 Isabella St.
Tickets: $45.00

This conference is a gathering of teachers and educators, students and community partners whose mission is to create a space for educators and activists to share ideas and resources. We aim to build community and to foster courage among those who are challenging systems of oppression. The conference has a focus on inquiry, activism, and student empowerment. Participants will meet allies and learn strategies to support their teaching practice.

This year's conference theme is Engaging Controversy, inspiring educators to enter into vital conversations with and about the communities that they serve.

www.teachingforjustice.org | www.brownpapertickets.com

Oct 13, 2018 - Transit Justice in the Inner Suburbs
When: Saturday October 13th, 1pm
Where: Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele Street

Transit in Toronto is in crisis. While the population continues to grow, there are no planned expansions to the transit infrastructure. And yet, transit is essential for people to access the city’s social and cultural life. It is particularly troubling that many working-class communities currently suffer from inadequate transit service. Moreover, if current plans for privatizing transit are realized, this crisis will only become more acute. And yet, various plans for transit reform promising better service have also been floated. What should working-class communities make of these proposals? What are the key issues related to transit in the city, and the possibilities of mobilizing for change?


Oct 13, 2018 - Burkinabè Rising
When: Saturday, October 13th, 6:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St.

Burkinabè Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide inspiration to the rest of Africa and the rest of the world. Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, the people featured in this film are carrying on the revolutionary spirit of martyred Burkinabè President Thomas Sankara (1949-87).

Endorsed by: Socialist Project, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Action | Facebook event

Oct 14, 2018 - Corbynism and the Labour Party
When: Sunday October 14th, 3pm
Where: WAC (second floor), 720 Spadina Ave, Toronto

The leadership of the UK Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn continues to enjoy enormous popularity across the UK. This even despite continual attacks from the corporate press, the Conservative Party, and opposition from within the Parliamentary Labour Party itself. Indeed, under Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has once again become a mass party, with a larger membership than any other social democratic party across Europe. Moreover, grassroots activism and direct participation in the party by members has grown to levels not seen in recent history, especially since the party’s centralization under the “Third Way” leadership of Tony Blair. This active engagement has helped Corbyn and the party’s socialist left capture key institutional positions, and to consolidate their power within the party to some extent. Yet serious challenges remain – and even though the recent Labour Party conference saw some gains accrue to Corbyn and the left, so too were there trade-offs and setbacks.

Leo Panitch, who was in Liverpool to observe developments at the Labour Party conference and to speak and participate in Momentum’s “The World Transformed” festival there, will assess the opportunities and challenges faced by Corbyn and his social movement supporters in pursuing the project to democratize the UK Labour Party – and transform British politics. Moreover, what are the implications for an international left largely in retreat?

Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project | socialistproject.ca

Oct 15, 2018 - Day of Action: UofT stands for Decent Work!
When: Monday, October 15th, 11:15am
Where: Sidney Smith Hall St George Campus, 100 St. George Street

Doug Ford's PC government says it wants to cancel the $15 minimum wage and roll back all of the Bill 148 labour law reforms. That includes paid sick days for all workers, equal pay for equal work, fairer schedules laws, and much more. Ontario workers are expecting a $15 minimum wage on January 1st 2019. We are ready and organized to defend the rights what we won, and push for more.

Join $15 and Fairness UofT for the province-wide Day of Action on October 15th! We will be petitioning and leafletting in front of Sid Smith (east side) from 11:15am-12:15pm. We'll have some games/prizes, free food, and some great discussions about fair wages and working conditions with UofT students and staff.

Afterwards, we'll all head together to the Day of Action rally in front of the Ministry of Labour at 12:30pm to defend our labour rights.

Facebook event

Oct 15, 2018 - October 15 Day of Action!
When: October 15th, 12:30pm
Where: 400 University Avenue, Toronto

Organized by the Labour Council in partnership with the United Steelworkers, this is an opportunity to send a loud message to the Minister of Labour (and Queen's Park) that Ontario needs to keep strong labour and employment laws. Doug Ford's government has said that it will stop the minimum wage increase to $15 (scheduled for Jan 1, 2019) and roll back other key pieces of the hard won Bill148. It took the labour movement over a decade to get the minimum wage raise, emergency leave, scheduling rights etc. We cannot lose it all to a regressive agenda from Queen's Park.

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Take urgent action for $15 and decent work laws!

The $15 minimum wage and decent work legislation, such as paid sick days, equal pay rules and laws to make it easier to join a union, are all up for grabs. The minimum wage increase is currently scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2019. Now more than ever, we need to continue to campaign to keep it from the hands of the big business lobby.

Join an action near you and tell Doug Ford: Hands Off Workers' Rights!

On October 15, we will be taking action in PC ridings. Sign up to join an action. Be sure to include your city. As soon as we have the details, we’ll send you the location and time! The actions are being organized across Ontario.

Select a PC MPP riding near you: oflevents.ca/october_15_day_of_action

Oct 15, 2018 - Art After Money, Money After Art
When: Monday, October 15th, 7pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.

Between the Lines and the Art & Social Change program at OCAD University present a book talk by Max Haiven, author of Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization.

We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually helps to reproduce a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives. By exploring the way over 50 radical contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Art After Money, Money After Art identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today. Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.

Facebook event

Oct 16, 2018 - Capitalism: a Crime Story
When: Tuesday October 16th, 7pm
Where: Another Story Book Shop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.

Booklaunch: Capitalism: a Crime Story by Harry Glasbeek.

Our assumptions about the world condition us to see these situations as legally different from one another. But what if we, the critics of corporate capitalism, instead insisted on taking the spirit of law, rather than its letter, seriously? It would then be possible to describe many of the daily practices of capitalists and their corporations as criminal in nature, even if not always criminal by the letter and formality of law.

In Capitalism: A Crime Story, Harry Glasbeek makes the case that if the rules and doctrines of liberal law were applied as they should be according to law’s own pronouncements and methodology, corporate capitalism would be much harder to defend.


Oct 17, 2018 - Jane Finch Action Against Poverty
When: Wednesday, October 17th, 6pm
Where: Yorkgate Mall, 1 Yorkgate Blvd., North York

JFAAP's 10th Anniversary, Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 to 8:30 pm. All community members and allies invited!

Facebook event

Oct 17, 2018 - Etobicoke Townhall on Transit
When: Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm
Where: Martin Luther Church, 2379 Lake Shore Blvd West

Join your neighbours in Etobicoke Centre and Lakeshore on October 17th to talk transit. Hear from community leaders and transit riders about the issues, and how you can get involved.

Elected officials and municipal candidates are invited to attend the townhall. Public transit connects our communities and is the top issue in the municipal election on October 22nd.

Event sponsors: LAMP Community Health Centre, South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee, TTCriders | Facebook event

Oct 17, 2018 - Social and Global Peace
When: Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm
Where: Ramsay Wright Laboratories, Room 110, 25 Harbord Street (Univ. of Toronto)

Does Philosophy Have Anything to Contribute?

Steven Pinker claims to detect and explain long term trends towards a more peaceful world. Of central importance to his argument are the universalist values that emerged during the Enlightenment: human rights, moral equality, and the use of evidence and reason (as opposed to culture and superstition) to support public policy and international relations. The paper will accept, for the sake of argument, that the long-term trend towards peace that Pinker’s statistics find. However, it will argue that peace is not the necessary outcome of liberal humanism. Science, human rights, and liberal democracy can also be used as justifications for war. Whether humanity develops along peaceful or warlike paths is not a mechanical product of the values of one historical period, but whether and to what extent people and policy focus on our shared vulnerabilities and needs. Philosophy’s role in the promotion of peace is to defend the reality of shared human interests and needs and to challenge any impediment to their satisfaction, including those that are generated by liberal-democratic capitalism.

Jeff Noonan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. While his interests have always been broad and interdisciplinary, his areas of specialization are in Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Contemporary European Philosophy. His current book project is examining the existential dimensions of human finitude, defending the life value of human limitations against a naive and potentially destructive technotopianism.


Oct 18, 2018 - [Hamilton] Gender at Work: The status of women in Canadian arts & culture
When: Thursday, October 18th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: L.R. Wilson Hall Room 5001, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

A talk by Dr. Amanda Coles, Arts and Cultural Management / Employment Relations, Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Australia.

A growing body of scholarly and industry research demonstrates that gender inequality is a defining feature of work in the creative economy. However, the majority of this research is sector-specific (film, dance, theatre, visual arts, etc.). This approach has been determinate in focusing industry and scholarly attention on the dynamics, and pressure points/change levers to promote gender equity specific to the sector under study (#metoo, #oscarsowhite, #oscarsomale). However, sector-specific approaches have two key shortcomings. First, sectoral studies fail to capture commonalities and/or differences in the gendered dynamics of work and careers for professional artists and cultural workers across sectors. Second, and consequently, we fail to capture the systemic nature of the ways in which gender shapes the individual and collective experiences of artists and cultural workers as a whole.

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Accountable Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?
By Stephen Maher

Elizabeth Warren’s "Accountable Capitalism Act" promises the most radical shift in economic power since the New Deal. It contains four essential components, including campaign finance regulations, an attempt to limit corporate "short-termism" that has supposedly accompanied the rise of finance, and a requirement that corporations serve the "public benefit" rather than just shareholders. Most substantial, however, is the proposal that employees play an enlarged role in electing corporate boards of directors. As Seth Ackerman argued in calling for the left to "take Elizabeth Warren literally, but not seriously," the Act would in some respects be a step toward greater democratic control of the economy.

Source: The Bullet No. 1676

Participatory Socialist Economics: The Vision of British Labour
By Hilary Wainwright

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell can usually barely breathe a word about nationalisation without setting off a media frenzy, so it’s strange that his most interesting comments yet on the subject passed with so little comment. Speaking in February about the Labour Party’s proposed new economics, McDonnell said: "We should not try to recreate the nationalised industries of the past … We cannot be nostalgic for a model whose management was often too distant, too bureaucratic."

Source: The Bullet No. 1677

Public Ownership for Energy Democracy
By Johanna Bozuwa

Energy democracy -- a new idea from the ranks of community organizers, labour, and renewable energy advocates who see our current energy system as broken and destructive -- seeks to take on the political and economic change needed to tackle the energy transition holistically. A democratic energy system powered by renewables (and free of fossil fuels) would distribute wealth, power, and decision-making equitably. But, practically speaking: How can we redesign our energy system with energy democracy at its core?

Source: The Bullet No. 1678

Solidaires Score Important Breakthrough in Quebec Election
By Richard Fidler

The October 1 general election campaign in Quebec unfolded as two distinct contests. One was the competition between the Liberals and Coalition Avenir Québec for control of the government. The other was a battle between the Parti québécois and Québec solidaire for hegemony within the pro-sovereignty movement. In the end, the CAQ replaced the Liberals in government on a platform that claimed to offer "change" but in substance promises even more of the same capitalist austerity inflicted on the Québécois under successive governments since the mid-1990s. PLQ support is now heavily concentrated in its minority Anglophone enclaves of western Quebec.

Source: The Bullet No. 1679

Free Public Transit
Episode 6: Canadians consider healthcare to be a right -- we don’t think
the amount of money people have should determine whether they can see a doctor. Is it possible to think of public transit as a public good? We talk to Herman Rosenfeld, a member of Free Transit Toronto, to explore the idea of free public transit.

Source: Oats for Breakfast


Executive Director
The Toronto Environmental Alliance is seeking a senior non-profit leader and experienced campaigner to become its new Executive Director.

The Position:
Environmental Policies and Programming: In collaboration with the TEA staff and board, develop annual work plans based on the strategic plan, environmental goals and campaign strategies/plans. Provide leadership to fulfill TEA’s organizational mandate and vision. Develop and foster relationships with community allies, decision-makers and politicians.

Terms of employment:
Full-time permanent position. Salary is commensurate to experience.

Deadline: Oct 29th, 2018.



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