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September 11, 2014


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Sep 8, 2014 - Stop The Internet Slow Down
Big Telecom conglomerates are about to force many of your favourite websites into an Internet slow lane, making them buffer sporadically, and return errors.

The clock is ticking: Key decision-makers are about to make a landmark ruling on this Internet slowdown – we have to raise a loud global call by the crucial September 15th deadline for public input.


Sep 8, 2014 - Does the City Value the Lives of Homeless Women?
As City Council meetings come to a close, we are faced with the delay of an important service that we have fought long and hard for: 24 hour drop-ins for street involved women. In light of this news, we delivered a message to City Hall councillors and staff this week: open 24 hour drop-ins for women in 2014 (as was previously decided on), or we will.(See the full letter below).

Keeping up the pressure: We are asking people to please contact City staff to speak out for immediate action on this issue - tell City managers that 24 hour drop-in services for women need to be opened NOW! No delays to 2015!

City Manager, Joseph Pennachetti
ph: 416-392-8673 | talktoCityManager@toronto.ca

Brenda Patterson, Deputy City Manager
ph: 416-338-7205 | bpatter2@toronto.ca

Phillip Abrahams, General Manager
Shelter, Support & Housing Administration
ph: 416-392-7885 | pabraham@toronto.ca


Sep 10, 2014 - Support Dr. Steven Salaita
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just severed their contract of employment with the brilliant, ethical, and prolific Dr. Steven Salaita for his political views on Israel, effectively firing him the very month he was to take up a tenured position there. This is also an insult to the Department of American Indian Studies that was not consulted in this administrative decision.

It appears that we live in a world where students get paid to post state propaganda while professors/journalists get FIRED for exposing it in the name of truth and justice.

We demand his immediate reinstatement.



Sep 12, 2014 - Save Canada Post - Rally at Raitt's Office
When: Friday, September 12th, 3pm
Where: Lisa Raitt's constituency office, 86 Main Street East, Milton
Busses depart Toronto at 1pm, Ottawa at 9am. To get on a bus, contact sferland@cupw-sttp.org

Join Milton's postal workers as we call for real consultation from Canada Post at the office of Lisa Raitt, Minister responsible for Canada Post. September 12 is the 5th anniversary of the Canadian Postal Service Charter.

The Conservatives should hold a public and accountable charter review before rushing to gut public postal services. Help us deliver this message!

Facebook event

Sep 12, 2014 - Too long, too wrong, Free all Cuban Five, NOW!
When: Friday, September 12th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: across the U.S. Consulate on University Ave, Toronto

Joining in activities with other cities in Canada, cities in the U.S.A. and cities around the world, we will be holding a protest rally across the U.S. Consulate on University Ave. in Toronto, on Friday, September 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, marking the 16 years of unjust incarceration of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino.

Organized by the friends of the Cuban Five Committee, Toronto, supported by the Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour Solidarity Network, by the Canada - Cuba Friendship Association, Toronto and Toronto Forum on Cuba, we hope you will join us and demand.


Sep 12, 2014 - Global hack against climate change
When: Friday September 12th, 7pm
Where: Bitmaker Labs, 220 King St. W., Toronto

Hackers and problem solvers needed!

Passionate about solving problems? Concerned about the environmental impact of climate change? Come join us THIS WEEKEND/Sept 12-14 to help produce some amazing software in the fight against climate change.

We'll have presentations and discussions about climate change with industry experts as well at 7pm on Friday. All are welcome!

How does #hack4good work?
Teams respond to problem statements and challenges set by Challenge Partners - NGOs, government organisations and subject matter experts, collaborating intensively over a 48-hour period. The result is 100s of prototype projects that demonstrate innovative technology solutions to have a positive impact for humanity.


Sep 13, 2014 - BBQ in support of Minga
When: Saturday, September 13th, 1pm
Where: We will gather to share food in Ivan's backyard at 193 Dowling Avenue near Queen and Landsdowne.
$10 for a plate of delicious food; $4 for drinks; non-alcoholic drinks are free.

Come join our annual LACSN end of summer community dinner! As we bring friends and family together, we would also like to support a Minga* that is being organized raised funds for ‘Lucha Indigena,’ a ten-year running monthly publication that has been written and distributed by Peruvian political figure and leader of th...e Confederacion Campesina de Peru Hugo Blango Galdos. ‘Lucha Indigena’ informs collective resistance processes in Latin America and the world against the neoliberal model.

A minga is an ancestral practice of the Indigenous peoples of the Andes where communities gather together to achieve a common goal. Hugo Blanco Galdos is a Peruvian political figure, leader of the Confederación Campesina del Perú, leader of Trotsky's Fourth International and a writer.


Sep 14, 2014 - Canvass for a Socialist Candidate!
When: Sunday, September 14th, 11am
Where: Campaign Office, 2858 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke

Earlier this year, Seattle elected socialist Kshama Sawant to council and she spearheaded a campaign to introduce a $15 minimum wage to the city.

If you think Toronto could do better with a socialist candidate who will also fight for a $15 minimum wage in Toronto (as well as many other important issues), come out to help us canvas for Michael Laxer, who's running in Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Ward 6).


Sep 14, 2014 - Bikestock
When: Sunday, September 14, Ride from around the city and converge at City Hall (Queen and Bay) for a 2 pm rally
1 pm High Park
12:15 from Yonge and Hendon
1 pm from Danforth and East Lynn Park (near Woodbine)
Or plan your own ride

BIKESTOCK is a big idea. BIKESTOCK is a big party. BIKESTOCK is a first step to solving a big problem.

Who – Anyone who owns a bicycle!
What – BIKESTOCK – Toronto’s biggest ride for cycling ending in a rally
When – September 14th 2014 with the rally at City Hall (Queen and Bay) at 2:00 pm

What are we talking about? Lots of people love to bike in Toronto but most roads are not safe for cycling. The gap between the number of people cycling in the city and the number of safe streets for cycling grows every year. Most politicians say they support bike lanes and other improvements for cyclists but the sad truth is that Toronto still lags behind other Canadian cities when it comes to bicycle-friendly streets. Toronto is therefore losing out on the contribution cycling could make to improving individual health, improving our air quality, and creating more vibrant communities.


Sep 15, 2014 - The Big Transit Mayoral Debate
When: Monday, September 15th, 5pm
Where: Ryerson University (the exact room location will be emailed to registrants)

60% of respondents to a recent Forum Research poll said they'd vote for the mayoral candidate with the best transit plan.

Join us at The 2014 Big Transit Mayoral Debate and hear what the mayoral candidates have to say about transit issues that you care about.

Co-Hosted by TTCriders and Ryerson Student Union | Regsiter at www.eventbrite.ca

Sep 16, 2014 - [Online] Taking Charge of Change
An online activist training course for young workers who want to lead, build, and organize for change.

Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is an intensive six-week activist training program for young workers and youth activists (age 30 and under) who want to lead, build and organize for change. This program takes place in a participatory online learning environment.

The program runs September 16 to October 23, 2014, with two sessions per week on each Tuesday and Thursday.

Applications are open from June 9, 2014 to July 9, 2014.


Sep 16, 2014 - New Directions in Indigenous Cinema
When: September 16th, 7pm (doors 6:30)
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St.
FREE event and open to the public. Please RSVP through our Facebook event.

Join us at a special pre-festival event - a conversation with TIFF programmers Jesse Wente and Rasha Salti on indigenous cinema. Our esteemed panelists will explore themes related to Aboriginal and Palestinian cinema and its role in reflecting identity and relaying the narratives of colonized peoples. The conversation will be moderated by professor, author and filmmaker Ali Kazemi.


Sep 17, 2014 - Growing Food Possibilities FoodShare Bus Tour
When: Wednesday, 17 September, 1:00 to 7:00pm
Where: FoodShare, 90 Croatia St., Toronto

FoodShare is inviting you to get on the bus! Come see great food possibilities on the ground. Hear from leaders about the impact the initiatives have, and our vision for the future together. Be inspired, challenged and ready to SAY YES!

We will be visiting FoodShare's Sunshine Market Garden at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a Good Food Market in Toronto Community Housing space, see FoodShare's Mobile Market Bus, hear from the leaders of the Balcony Garden Animation pilot project this year, and finish off with a great harvest meal together – location to be announced soon! Please RSVP to - space fills up quickly!


Sep 17, 2014 - Teachers Teaching Teachers
When: Wednesday Sept 17, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Preparing for Tough Negotiations with Jackson Potter, Chief of Staff, Chicago Teachers' Union

A public meeting organized for Teachers, by Teachers, Rank and File Education Workers of Toronto (REWT), Labour Committee of the GTWA | YouTube promo | Facebook event

Sep 17, 2014 - These Walls Will Fall
When: Wednesday, September 17th, 8pm
Where: Cloud Gardens, 14 Temperance Street, Toronto

On September 17, 2013, 191 migrants jailed in a Lindsay maximum-security prison went on hunger strike against their endless detention without trial or charge. Over the last year, despite being locked in cages, their resistance has continued. They have boycotted their detention reviews, refused to go on lock down, and refused unjust prison orders. As a result, strike leaders have been deported, faced coercion and fines while some have been released. They continue.

On the outside, we have mobilized to support. We have beaten down the doors of immigration enforcement headquarters, we have shown corruption in the detention review process, and we have even won a case at the United Nations.

On September 17th, we gather to celebrate and to remember. We will come together as families and friends of those jailed without an end in sight. We will express our outrage at the recent racist anti-immigrant raids in Keele-Finch. We will strengthen our struggle to overthrow prisons and border controls that separate, detain and deport us. We will pledge our commitment to fighting alongside Indigenous nations asserting sovereignty. We will insist these walls must fall. AND WE WILL DANCE.

No One Is Illegal! Freedom to Move, Return, Stay! Facebook event


Sep 8, 2014 - Working Class Politics After the NDP
By Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley

The issue that we can't ignore this Labour Day is the disorientation in our movement's politics. List the issues working people are most concerned about today -- whether deindustrialization, unemployment and underemployment; access to healthcare, childcare and pensions; poverty, racism, conditions of foreign workers and appalling levels of overall inequality; the environment, transit costs and transit services; another corporate-friendly trade agreement that is insensitive to workers and communities; or the horror of Gaza -- and two things especially stand out. First, how fundamental the actions of the Canadian state are to what is most important to us. Second, how distressingly unable we have been to influence those actions.

Source: The Bullet No. 1030

Sep 10, 2014 - Real Democracy and the Capture of Institutions
By Mario Candeias

It is no longer enough to win over civil society, occupy public spaces, take to the streets, carry out symbolic actions, prevent evictions, or to win plebiscites. In Spain movements for ‘real democracy’ are setting a course to capture institutions -- albeit with the aim to recreate these institutions in a constitutive process in the interests of ‘real democracy’.

Source: The Bullet No. 1031

Sep 10, 2014 - Déjà Vu in Edinburgh
By J. F. Conway

It was hard not to remember the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum as one walked the streets of Edinburgh in August. The Yes (Yes Scotland) and No (Better Together) sides campaigned relentlessly everywhere: tables in the streets; posters; TV ads; constant references during many Fringe performances. The city and the country were polarized. An 18 August poll gave the yes 45 to the No's 55 among decided voters, with the Yes closing the gap as the undecided vote, dropping from a high of 25 to 14 per cent, was breaking two-to-one in favour of Yes. 4.2 million are eligible to vote (everyone 16 and over). The Yes already has a pro-independence letter with a million signatures.

Source: The Bullet No. 1032

Sep 11, 2014 - Past and Present: Malcolm X in Ferguson
By Dimitris Fasfalis

Protests, riots and police violence in Ferguson (a suburb of St. Louis), Missouri, last August have laid bare "America's racial rift" says The Guardian Weekly. Mainstream opinion-makers have tended to interpret the Michael Brown case and the protests that followed his death in terms of police brutality, racial tensions, and legal responsibility (of the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown), showing these events as specific to American society. Their significance is however much broader. To capture this broader picture, one has to adopt a method of thinking which does not view Ferguson only empirically. Thinking these events as constituent parts, or outcomes, of a social and economic system is a necessary undertaking to those committed to social justice and emancipation. Such method of thought makes Malcolm X a contemporary of our problems even though his life and work were those of a Black nationalist of the 1960s.

Source: The Bullet No. 1033


Sep 10, 2014 - Graphic Designer
The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is an expanding community of Ontario-based international development and global education organizations and individual associate members working globally for social justice.

Position Description: OCIC is seeking to develop a roster of graphic designers for exciting new projects between October 2014 and May 2015.

Application deadline: September 23, 2014 - 5pm



Sep 11, 2014 - Fonts for beginners
Fonts (or typefaces) have come a long from the original bitmapped versions. There are two main types of fonts - computer-screen fonts (usually bitmap or more commonly TrueType fonts (TTF)) and printer fonts (usually PostScript (PS)). For most users today, the standard font format has become the TrueType font - they are compatible with all types of computer screens and printers, and they look smooth at any size. Essentially, TTF fonts are mathematical formulas defining a Bezier curve (see picture on right).

As for the look of the font face, there are three main categories. The main visual difference is whether the typeface has a serif or without serif (sans-serif):
* usually headline fonts are sans-serif like Arial, Helvetica
* body text fonts usually use a serif like Times-Roman
* the third category is a catch-all for all the special decorative fonts and symbols or dingbats

There are many free and non-free commercial fonts available on the internet. Once you download it, these fonts must be installed on your computer. Two words of caution -- too many fonts might slow down your computer, so one should only install a few basic fonts. Also, be aware that once these fonts are installed on your computer, you can use them as much as you like, but it is conceivable that when you share your documents, the person you share it with will not have the same fonts, and a substitution will occur which can radically change the look of your document. This is where PDF documents are preferred for sharing - just remember to embed the fonts into the PDF.

More information:
* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Font
* A vague beginners guide to fonts
* Typefaces: An Animated Infographic Guide


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