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August 25, 2016


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Delivering Community Power
As you read this, the government’s task force is putting together a list of “viable options” for the future of Canada’s postal service.

While Canada Post’s Harper-appointed CEO, Deepak Chopra, pushes to cut services, we’re proposing a different vision.

It’s time to use our postal network to help build Canada’s next economy, with postal banking, green infrastructure, and community services.


A Path Toward Abolishing Nuclear Weapons
To: The governments of the United States, Russia, China, France, UK, India, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Japan.

- Take up the Russian and Chinese proposal since 2008 to ban weapons in space.
- Take up the Russian and Chinese proposal to negotiate a cyberwarfare ban.
- Take all nuclear weapons off high-alert and separate the warheads from their delivery systems.
- Reinstate the ABM treaty and get U.S. missiles out of Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
- Dismantle NATO, and pull it back from Russia’s border immediately.
- Remove U.S. nuclear weapons from Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
- Support the treaty being proposed by 127 non-nuclear nations to ban all nuclear bombs.


Support Nadia Shoufani
As teachers and educators committed to the values of free speech, civic engagement, social justice, and respectful dialogue across difference, we are deeply alarmed by the smears and libelous accusations against ESL teacher Nadia Shoufani by conservative pro-Israel lobby groups – accusations that have been uncritically repeated by irresponsible journalists at the CBC and The Toronto Star and have resulted in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s cowardly decision to suspend Ms. Shoufani from her job.

We call on the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to immediately reinstate Ms. Shoufani, who was simply expressing as a private citizen lawful calls for justice, and to not allow itself to be bullied by organizations that purport to represent the Jewish community but who push a narrow political agenda that is not shared by all Jews and who use their platform to silence and intimidate views they disagree with. This is behaviour we discourage in our students. It should not be tolerated by school boards.



Aug 26, 2016 - Yeonsu Lucia Park and bonaventure saptel
When: Friday, August 26th, 7pm
Where: Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Toronto-based poets Yeonsu Lucia Park and bonaventure saptel will read from their forthcoming works, to be released this winter. Both writers examine the gamut of sense and feeling.

Lucia Park, a young and naturally-gifted poet speaks intensely and piercingly about her experiences. This is Park’s first reading from her first book.

Facebook event

Aug 27, 2016 - Keep Hydro Public Scarborough Rouge River By-Election
When: Saturday, August 27th, 10am
Where: 4651 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough

Keep Hydro Public needs your urgent help!!

Scarborough Rouge River by-election is on September 1, 2016. We need to help elect a leader who will stand against Kathleen Wynne’s disastrous plan to sell Hydro One and further privatize local electrical utilities. This is your chance!

Join us to rally and canvass for Neethan Shan, the NDP candidate who is running on a platform to Keep Hydro Public.

Premier Wynne has sold about 30% of Hydro One and wants to continue. This by-election, tell Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Government that you do not support their plan to privatize Hydro.

Facebook event

Aug 28, 2016 - Hydro One Not For Sale
When: Sunday, August 28th, 10am
Where: Leaside High School, 200 Hanna Rd, Toronto

Councillor Burnside's environmental day is on Sunday, August 28, 2016, and Hydro One Not For Sale and Keep Hydro Public will have an information booth. It is located in the Leaside High School Parking Lot at 200 Hanna Road. Hanna Road is east of Bayview Ave and west of Rumsey Rd. Entrance to the parking lot is one block south of Eglinton Avenue East on the west side of Hanna Rd.

This will be a great event because it is located in the heart of Premier Kathleen Wynn's riding.

Facebook event

Aug 28, 2016 - Fight for $15 & Fairness Sharing Skills - Building Skills
Fight for $15 and Fairness!When: Sunday, August 28th, 12:30pm
Where: OPSEU Toronto Office, 31 Wellesley Street East

The Toronto Fight for $15 & Fairness network is planning a skills-building / skills-sharing workshop.
- Would you like to share your success stories in getting new people plugged into the campaign in your community?
- Would you like to have a few more snappy answers to tricky questions about wages and the economy?
- Do you want to know more about using social media to build the campaign?
- Are you bursting with creative ideas for actions and outreach?
- Have you persuaded your MPP to read and submit petitions to the Ontario Legislative Assembly?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, save the date so we can pool our collective knowledge and get ready to kick into high gear in September.

For more information visit: 15andFairness.org | Facebook event

Aug 28, 2016 - Solidarity With Standing Rock Toronto
When: Sunday, August 28th, 4pm
Where: Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto

Supporting our relations! Protecting the waters! We stand in solidarity with Standing Rock!

This is a call out for all drummers, dancers, water defenders and allies to a rally in support of the Sioux Nation at Standing Rock!

Bring posters that show your support for Standing Rock in their fight for clean water and no Dakota Access Pipeline through their territory!

Facebook event

Aug 29, 2016 - Protect Job Action Centre
When: Monday August 29th, 12Noon
Where: 900 Bay Street, Toronto

Despite the manufacturing sector seeing unprecedented job loss the USW Job Action Centre is scheduled to close permanently – UNLESS – workers come together August 29th at 12 Noon (900 Bay Street) to protest the proposed shut down.

For more info call Carolyn Egan 416 806 7985 or email c.egan@sympatico.ca

Aug 30, 2016 - Pride Toronto
When: Tuesday Aug. 30th, 6:30 -- 9pm (OPEN MIC) or
When: Wednesday Aug 31st, 6:30 -- 9PM (ROUNDTABLE)
Where: Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto

Pride Toronto invites you to share your comments and feedback on Toronto's first-ever Pride Month and ideas to create a safe and inclusive Pride festival in 2017 and beyond. This event is open to all interested community members. The discussion on Tuesday will be facilitated in an open-mic format. Wednesday's discussion will be facilitated in small groups.

We're hosting two evenings to hear from our community. The discussion on Tuesday will be facilitated in an open-mic format. Wednesday's discussion will be facilitated in small groups.

ASL interpretation, child minding services and refreshments will be provided. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, registration is required. Space will be reserved to accommodate those in our community who cannot register online. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please register for your preferred format.


Oppose the Energy East Pipeline
TransCanada’s Energy East project is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet. Stretching from Alberta to New Brunswick, Energy East could carry over 1 million barrels per day of tar sands crude to the Atlantic coast. Despite TransCanada’s promises that Energy East is for domestic gain, they are making plans to export the vast majority and leave us to bear the real costs of climate change, spills and clean-up. Fighting Energy East is crucial in stopping renegade tar sands expansion that is violating Indigenous rights, threatening frontline communities along the pipeline route and driving dangerous climate change.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 319

What Happened to the Pink Tide?
By Kyla Sankey

When the ‘pink tide’ of left-leaning governments first rose to power on the back of anti-neoliberal protests across Latin America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the initial reaction from the Left was euphoric. Striving to move beyond the "there is no alternative" mantra, many pinned their hopes on what seemed to be a new wave of actually existing alternatives to neoliberalism. Amidst the revolutionary fervor of social forums, solidarity alliances, and peoples’ councils, it appeared an epochal shift was underway, which Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa optimistically dubbed "a genuine change in the times."

Source: The Bullet No. 1293

Razem: New Left in Poland
"We are not the old Left. It is more than clear if you look at our faces, our age, the way we speak and our new way of making politics." In ultra-conservative Poland, something is moving. We meet some of the founders of Razem ("Together") a new political party emerging from social movements and strongly inspired by the experience of Podemos in Spain. We discuss their project and the Polish scenario: from the surprising social policies of the current authoritarian government to the liberal opposition defending freedom of information but forgetting about inequalities. And the meaning of launching a new party from the bottom-up today.

Source: The Bullet No. 1294

Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance
Confronting Canadian capitalism necessarily means a confrontation with the
Canadian mining sector. Solidarity with First Nations people requires support for struggles with the mining corporations. Ecologically-responsible production can only occur with democratic and social control of the mining sector.

Source: LeftStreamed No. 320


Line Cook
The CSI Café is an open kitchen inside a busy office building for entrepreneurs and charity/non-profit organizations and we pride ourselves to not just serving this community but being and integral part of it and representing all its values. The right person for this position will benefit from not only gain valuable and varied experience but have the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful and very social community. Tasks will be varied and the menu will change and evolve over time, the right candidate must be both eager to gain valuable cooking experience and be a part of a very friendly and constantly changing environment.

Closing date: 2016-08-26
Position Type: Part-time
Compensation: $16/hour + CSI Membership




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