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August 21, 2014


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Aug 19, 2014 - Support FoodShare
50 new supporters needed to launch 3 new Good Food Cafés

Will you help FoodShare raise an additional $5,000 a month to start three NEW Good Food Café healthy school cafeterias? We are seeking 50 new monthly donors to provide $10/per month to make a big impact.

Many doubted it was possible to create a healthy lunch program for high school students. But with your support FoodShare has created one of the most important food programs in Canada, proving every day that there is no better place to start fixing the many food problems that our children face than in schools. It's where we lay a foundation for a healthy future.

And that is why I'm turning to you, FoodShare's best and most cherished friends, at 'back to school time', to consider making a monthly donation of $10 or more to FoodShare to support our Good Food Café innovation.


Aug 19, 2014 - Approve the relocation of Cornerstone Shelter
Save The Cornerstone Shelter, Approve its relocation to 616 Vaughan Road

As long-time, new and old residents of the Vaughan-Oakwood community, we welcome everyone. For that reason, we ask Toronto City Council to support the relocation of Cornerstone Place shelter to 616 Vaughan Road without delay. Delaying the sale of this building will effectively terminate the possibility and 50 shelter beds will be lost at a time when Toronto’s shelter system is over capacity and turning away people in need of shelter. We believe this would be a catastrophic loss for Toronto’s most vulnerable residents. Moreover, it sets a dangerous precedent for other communities, since Council has the authority to approve shelter locations anywhere in the city.


Aug 19, 2014 - Stop the raids! Stop racial profiling
On Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at least 21 of our family members and friends were on their way to work when they were racially profiled, forcefully IDd, and arrested. They now face possibly endless detention and separation from their families simply for trying to put food on the table. Sign the petition to oppose racial profiling and anti-immigrant raids!

The Toronto Star and CBC have reported that OPP and Ministry of Transportation officers along with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) used the excuse of a "vehicle safety blitz," to stop cars full of immigrants in the Keele and Finch area, near Highway 401. All the passengers in the car were forced to show identification papers.



Aug 21, 2014 - [Ottawa] Peoples Social Forum
When: August 21 - August 24
Where: University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa

Build together, Win together! The Future is Ours!

A grassroots, historical gathering of progressives from Québec, Canada and First Nations, The Peoples' Social Forum wants to stimulate debate, discussion and further our sense of community and collective action.

www.peoplessocialforum.org | www.forumsocialdespeuples.org | Toronto caravan | Facebook event

Aug 21, 2014 - ACORN Digital Access to Opportunities Action
When: Aug 21st, 11am
Where: Bell Trinity Square, 483 Bay St. , Toronto

Soon it's Back to School and low income kids can’t afford high-speed internet that is needed to do their homework. ACORN members are fighting for affordable access!

Harper's plan to invest millions to expand internet access fails many low income urban families who can’t afford to get online. Nearly half of Canada's lowest income earners don't have broadband access, compared with 18% for Canadians as a whole. There's no reason to leave low-income families on the wrong side of the digital divide say ACORN members! ACORN Canada members are calling on the federal government and the CRTC to ensure home broadband prices are affordable for low income families. Specifically, households below the low-income measure should be able to access high-speed internet for $10/month along with measures to ensure families can afford computers at a reasonable price.


Aug 21, 2014 - New issue of cléo
When: Thursday, August 21st, 8:30pm
Where: Elevator, 1273 Queen St West, Toronto
PWYC at the door | Beer & Wine | Rad door prizes! | Wheelchair Accessible

Join us in raising a glass to the new issue of cléo, a journal of film and feminism, as we launch issue 2, volume 2 on Thursday, August 21st

In the LABOUR issue, we feature an essay by Sophie Mayer on the art of feminist film work and feminine time, interviews with activist and documentarian Alanis Obomsawin and British filmmaker Clio Barnard, and pieces on Michael Glawogger' "Whores' Glory," Ivan Reitman's "Junior," James Gray's "The Immigrant," and more!

www.cleojournal.com | Facebook event

Aug 23, 2014 - For Gaza
When: Saturday August 23rd, from 1pm-7pm
Where: Cahoots Theatre Company, 388 Queen Street East, Unit #3

Money raised will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians. This FREE event taking place on August 23rd from 1pm-7pm.

Massage for $10 only! | Arts and Crafts (Suggested Donation $5 or pwyc) | There will be art supplies for people to hone their creativity!

Silent Auction with items that include:
- 3 months martial arts training at Zirger Academy Of Martial Arts
- 6-class package with Cindy Tanas Actor’s Studio
- 4 hours of website technical consultation


Aug 23, 2014 - 19th Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day
When: Saturday August 23rd, 2pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

This year we are celebrating Cuban Culture and Sport, from 2 to 8 pm. We are featuring the Cuban Band - Grupo Moncada, direct from Cuba. As well we have Pablo Terry's Sold de Cuba band, Salsa lessons, Cuban Food, Sugar Cane juice, a beer garden and information tables, including about the Pan American Games in 2015. The official Cuban Flag Raising ceremony will be at 3 pm.


Aug 23, 2014 - Do The Right Thing
When: Saturday, August 23rd, 6pm
Where: The Whole Connector Room, Suite 120, CSI Spadina - 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

This month marks the one-year anniversary of The Wheelhouse's free screenings, so we'll be showing the film that started it all - Do The Right Thing!

This will be an opportunity for both supporters of the Wheelhouse and anyone with an interest in learning more about it can mix and enjoy the air conditioning. There will be light refreshments, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as snacks, with a suggested donation.

The event will start at 6pm, and the screening itself will start at approximately 8pm, to allow people time to talk and settle in. We will be accepting donations to cover the costs of this and future events, but as always, our screenings are free and fully accessible.

Facebook event

Aug 24, 2014 - Run For Palestine
Proudly presents its 6th annual Run, Walk & BBQ

Event: Bethlehem Run, Walk & BBQ
When: Sunday Aug 24, 2014
Where: High Park, Toronto

Registration Time: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Race Start Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the BBQ party after the run. The run will take place regardless of the weather conditions!

Every Confirmed Registrant will receive the official 2014 RFP t-shirt, drinks, fruits, and a complimentary BBQ Coupon.

Top finishers, males and females, will receive medals at the awards ceremony. www.runforpalestine.com

Aug 27, 2014 - The Law in These Parts
When: Wednesday, August 27th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

In “The Law in These Parts”, acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz has pulled off a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators. In a series of thoughtful and candid interviews, Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisers, who helped devise the occupation’s legal framework, paint a complex picture of the Middle East conflict and the balance among political interests, security and human rights that has come with it.



Aug 19, 2014 - 'Responsible Capitalism' is Nonsense
By Leo Panitch

Ed Miliband's challenge to "the manufactured, the polished, the presentational" practice of politics, where democracy is reduced to "showbiz, a game, who is up and who is down," deserves to be discussed in terms that go beyond the effect this may have on his own electoral prospects. It should open up a larger debate on what's wrong with the practice of democracy today. For it is indeed the case that "people's sense of the artificiality, the triviality, the superficiality of politics is more highly tuned than ever," not only in the UK, but in one country after another.

Source: The Bullet No. 1020

Aug 19, 2014 - Colonialism and the Working Class in Canada
By David Camfield

It's good news that in a number of cities people “are meeting together in growing numbers to explore what it means -- and doesn't mean -- to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples within Canada,” as journalist Meg Mittelstedt wrote recently. As Mittelstedt notes, this is happening because of the recent upsurge of protest and resistance by indigenous people. This includes Idle No More, campaigns around murdered and missing women, confrontations with companies that hope to make big profits from fracking, pipeline construction, mining and other activities on the traditional territories of indigenous peoples, and conflicts with governments that want to dismantle anything they see as barriers to corporate profit, including environmental regulations and indigenous rights.

Source: The Bullet No. 1021

Aug 19, 2014 - Not In My Name
By Suzanne Weiss

I am proud to join more than 250 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors in condemning "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and "the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people." Our statement of solidarity calls for "an immediate end to the siege against and the blockade of Gaza" and a "full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel." We believe that "never again," the often-repeated lesson of Hitler's Holocaust, "must mean never again for anyone!" -- especially the Palestinians.

Source: The Bullet No. 1022


Aug 19, 2014 - Public Engagement Officer (CUSO)
The Public Engagement Officer is CUSO International’s representative in the Greater Toronto Area and plays a pivotal role in building positive relationships with key stakeholder groups to advance the recruitment, communications and fundraising strategy. In coordination with the Manager of Communications and Marketing, the Public Engagement Officer develops targeted recruitment, public relations and fundraising strategies and engages with alumni, donors, community and diaspora groups, corporations and other key organizations to support Cuso International’s mission. He/she will apply their extensive knowledge and experience in recruitment marketing, media and public relations, community-based fundraising, special events planning, volunteer mobilization and partnership development.

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Status: Replacement; Temporary, full-time (approximately a one year term)
Bargaining Unit Status: Included
Classification: Band 4 (Annual salary range: $52,060.35 - $61,883.67)
Language requirements: English is essential
Deadline: August 21, 2014, 11:59pm EST


Aug 19, 2014 - Program Manager, Centre for Social Innovation
About the Centre for Social Innovation
The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. We provide our members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists working across sectors to build a better world.

About the Role
Are you obsessed with impact? Not just social do-goodery and good vibes - but measurable, meaningful impact? Do project plans, gantt charts and user feedback mechanisms make your heart sing? Are you equally at home making subtle tweaks to strong programs and revolutionizing those that aren't working? Are you passionate about large-scale systems and individual enterprises? Do you dream in systems and processes?

Organization name: Centre for Social Innovation
Closing Date: Sep 10 2014



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