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June 22, 2017


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Keep Transit Publically owned and operated in Hamilton
Metrolinx, the provincial arm’s length transit planning organization, is only accepting bids from companies that can supply ALL components of the new Hamilton LRT line.

The components of the bid are: Finance, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain. (FDBOM).

Because the HSR doesn’t Finance, Design or Build, they are ineligible to compete in the tendering process, and are out of the running to Operate and Maintain the LRT. This effectively means that only large groups of private companies may even bid on the project. The current procurement process leaves the door open to the new LRT line being entirely privatized.



Jun 22, 2017 - OPSEU Rally
When: Thursday, June 22nd, 11:45am - 1pm
Where: LCBO Head Office, 43 Freeland St at Lakeshore Blvd (east of Yonge)
** Free ice cream treats for the first 300 members at the rally

Join OPSEU President Smokey Thomas, 1st Vice-President Eddy Almeida and the leaders of OPSEU Locals 5109, 5110 and Region 5 to launch OPSEU's Strike HQ at LCBO Head Office!

With bargaining continuing between OPSEU and the LCBO, and the clock ticking down toward a possible strike at 12:01am on Monday, June 26th, it’s time to send a clear message to LCBO management: We Want a Fair Contract! We Want It Now! And We're Prepared to Do What It Takes to Ensure Good Jobs and a Better LCBO!


Jun 22, 2017 - Social Justice Picnic
When: Thursday, June 22nd, 12noon
Where: Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street

Come out and enjoy a free lunch on us! Learn about the great social and environmental justice initiatives and opportunities open to students at UofT and the broader community. Come hang out on a blanket and munch on some tacos and sip lemonade while chatting about whats going on at OPIRG Toronto and Tools for Change and the latest intiatives taking root in the UofT community ~ AND there will be prizes.

Facebook event

Jun 22, 2017 - Good Hotel Jobs
When: Thursday, June 22nd, 4:30pm
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West

Over the last decade, through the Hotel Workers Rising campaign we have built hotel jobs into good stable jobs for thousands of Toronto residents, most of whom are immigrants, women and people of colour. Join UNITEHERE Local 75 as we organize together to take the next step forward, and help kick off the 2018 round of hotel bargaining. March to the Renaissance Rogers Centre, where new members of Local 75 are fighting to win their first union contract!

Thursday, June 22nd at 4:30pm at Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front Street West) at 4:30pm, then march to the Renaissance Hotel Toronto Downtown (Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way)

Email info@uniteherelocal75.org for more information.

Jun 24, 2017 - Bells on Danforth
When: Saturday, June 24th, 10:30am
Where: Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette, 725 Bloor St E

A Pedal Powered Bicycle Parade on the Danforth!

Bells on Danforth returns for our 6th annual family-friendly bicycle ride across the Danforth. Again this year the parade starts with a rally at Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette and wheels east to Danforth and Danforth Road, the Crossroads of the Danforth.

Facebook event

Jun 24, 2017 - 150 Years of Migration on Stolen Land
When: Saturday, June 24th, 4pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Street

As part of the Canada 150 "celebrations," many narratives celebrate the history of immigration as part of Canada's history. Canada's boosters will revise violent settler history as one of multiculturalism and tolerance, erasing Canadian genocide, slavery, and racialized hyper-exploitation in the process. We aim to shine a light on the living legacies of that history, and look at ways we can connect struggles against Canada's continuing colonial and imperial project.

As a migrant justice organization also dedicated to indigenous sovereignty and solidarity, we bring three speakers to discuss the tensions, contradictions and possibilties for solidarity when it comes to indigenous sovereignty and migrant justice. We are proud to host:

* Kanahus Manuel is an Secwepemc and Ktunaxa indigenous activist, birth keeper, and warrior. She is well known for her organizing against corporate development projects in British Columbia, Canada. She has been involved in activist movements against: Sun Peaks Ski Resort, Imperial Metals, and the Mount Polley mine spill.

* Russell Diabo is a member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake, Québec. An experienced policy analyst, Russell worked as an adviser to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. He was a founding member of the Defenders of the Land Network and is an editor of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin.

* Justice for Migrant Workers is a volunteer run political collective comprised of activists based in Toronto and Vancouver. J4MW strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers (participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Low Skilled Workers Program) and farmworkers without status.

This event is part of Unsettling Canada 150. For more information on their call to action, check out the Facebook event | Facebook event

Jun 26, 2017 - UK Election - Lessons for the Left in Canada
When: Monday, June 26th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.

The UK election proved the pollsters and prognosticators wrong once again. The "un-electable" Jeremy Corbyn won the largest increase in Labour votes since WWII based on a clear left platform of opposition to war and austerity. The Tories, meanwhile, have lost their seemingly solid majority and are now in disarray. What are the lessons of the UK elections? What should candidates in the NDP leadership race learn from the outcome?

Organized by the International Socialists | mailchi.mp

Jun 27, 2017 - Korean Workers' Struggle Against Precarious Work
When: Tuesday, June 27th, doors open at 6pm and event will start at 6:30pm
Where: 720 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Join us for an evening with Aelim Yun, to talk about Korean precarious workers' struggle and labour unions' initiatives for securing fundamental labour rights for all workers. Part of this agenda includes strategies such as organizing for higher minimum wages.

Aelim Yun is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Labour & Welfare Law of Seoul National University. Since 1999, she has worked as an union educator for organizing precarious workers in South Korea, and served as the Research Coordinator of the Korean Committee of Precarious Workers Unions. She is an Advisory Committee Member at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, and a Public Interest Commissioner at Gyeonggi Regional Labour Relations Commission. She was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Labour Studies at the ILO in 2006. Her research program centres on precarious employment and industrial relations. Her research also seeks to extend workers’ rights and labour protections beyond employment-relationship and corporate boundaries.

Facebook event

Jun 27, 2017 - Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) LII
When: Tuesday, June 27, Doors open: 6:15pm; Open-mic sign-up: 6:30pm; Show: 7pm
Where: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St,
Admission: $5

Toronto's most diverse poetry reading and open mic -- Featured poets: Bunny Iskov & Takatsu

* I.B. (Bunny) Iskov founder of The Ontario Poetry Society, with several poetry collections, recipient of the Absolutely Fabulous Woman Award, Arts & Culture category, 2017.

*Takatsu poet, novelist, publisher, multimedia designer, event coordinator, founder of Inspiritus Press, Bring the Noise Street Poetry Tour, Crossroads Literary Festival, the Literary Fiction Network, and the Cell Phone Novel movement.

Host: Bänoo Zan | Facebook event

Aug 5, 2017 - Conscious Minds Camp
When: August 5th - 19th. Join us for 3 days, one week or the full two weeks.
Where: Cobourg Scout Reserve - Carpooling arranged.
Ages: 13-30 - Young families are welcome
Apply by July 5th

Conscious Minds Camp: A cooperative leadership experience created by and for youth and young adults who want to cultivate healthy and resilience communities. CMCamp is a space to ground ourselves in nature and community, visualize the kind of world we want to live in, and strategize how to get there at the individual and collective level. With the guidance of Elders, we play and experiment together, honing in on our individual passions and practicing the skills we need to step more fully into cooperative and respectful living.


Aug 18, 2017 - [Sarnia] Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour 2017
When: August 18th-20th
Where: Maawn Doosh Gumig, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia

The Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering focuses on the Anishnaabe culture practices towards water teachings. Happening August 19-20 a two day weekend with a full schedule. A free educational, family friendly event welcoming to every walk of earth. We have a responsibility towards our region’s fresh water and want to share that with people of all backgrounds.

Please fill out this form if you are planning on coming to the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering ft. Toxic Tour 2017. We will be sticking to Anishnaabe protocol which will be emailed to you after you register - registration begins June 1st.

aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com | Facebook event


Climate Vandalism and North American Capitalism
North America has been witness to two distinct forms of climate vandalism over the last year. In the case of the United States, it came from President Donald Trump's decision last week to formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord of December 2015, an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) set for 2020 to address greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, and adaptation, as well as proposals for financial assistance. The 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris was adopted by consensus on, and as of June 2017, 195 countries have signed the agreement, with 148 ratifying it with each country setting targets, making plans and reporting on its efforts to mitigate climate change. The Paris Accord is, to say the least, a weak agreement, with no mechanisms of enforcement, relies on market mechanisms, and only commitments to slow the rate of growth of GHG emissions and not reduce them. The country pledges so far, for the most part, have been vague and unlikely to meet targets. The American withdrawal makes a bad agreement and situation much worse, but the hard right and oil sector capitalists supporting -- and in -- the Trump Administration seem pleased.

Source: The Bullet No. 1427

$15 and Fairness Shakes Up Ontario
By David Bush

The Fight for $15 and Fairness scored a big victory on May 30 when the Ontario Liberals announced they would raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2019. The Liberals also announced a slew of other legislative changes they will introduce as part of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, such as two paid personal emergency leave days (as part of the 10 PEL days workers are already entitled too), equal pay for equal work for part-time workers, requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours, an additional week of paid vacation for employees who have been with a business for at least five years.

Source: The Bullet No. 1428

Sunday’s French Election
By Richard Greeman

The good news this May was that French voters rejected far-right Marine Le Pen by a two-to-one margin in the second round of the Presidential election. "At least the French are not schmucks as the Americans!" were the first words that passed the sweet lips of my Provençal partner Elyane when the radio announced Le Pen's defeat. As the Borowitz Report headlined: "French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority over Americans." Aside from this moral victory, the French people have little to be happy about.

Source: The Bullet No. 1429

UK Election: Labour Surge Gives Unions a Chance
By Gregor Gall

For the vast majority of unions in Britain, the idea of the Labour Party fighting a general election with a dream leadership team of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell was manna from heaven after the era of New Labour. From 1997 to 2010, many unions believed Labour governments were a case of "power without principles." The unions did manage to get Ed Miliband elected as leader in 2010, rather than his more centrist brother David, but that did little to shift the balance in the equation between power and principles come the 2015 general election.

Source: The Bullet No. 1430


Parkdale Community Legal Services
Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is both a teaching clinic for Osgoode Hall Law School and a poverty law organization in downtown Toronto. We serve low income clients in a culturally diverse community on the west side, particularly in the areas of landlord/tenant law, immigration law, workers rights, and social assistance, in conjunction with community development work to address systemic issues of poverty and social exclusion.

1. The Board is seeking an energetic and dynamic Operations Director to provide strategic leadership for PCLS. Reporting directly to the Clinic Director, the Operations Director is part of a two person management team that works collaboratively to provide leadership for the PCLS.

2. We are seeking an energetic and dynamic Clinic Director to provide strategic leadership for PCLS.

Submit your application in confidence with a cover letter and resume outlining how you meet the qualifications by Monday July 31 at 4pm.

Operations Director | Clinic Director


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