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May 28, 2020


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Fix Long-Term Care
Residents and workers deserve a long-term care system that puts their health, safety, security and dignity first. Join the call to replace our current patchwork, for-profit system with a well-funded, well-staffed public long-term care system.

Send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau and ask him to fix long-term care, now.


May 28, 2020 - Emergency Transit Funding Now
When: Thursday May 28th

Essential workers -- like nurses, doctors and sanitation staff -- rely on transit to get to work.

But public transit systems across Canada are facing service cuts and driver layoffs, because they depend mostly on fares for funding.
Right now we need more service, not less, for safe physical distancing on transit!

Join the cross-Canada day of action and share why public transit is important to you!

keeptransitmoving.ca | Facebook event

May 28, 2020 - Anti-Asian Racism and The Pandemic
When: Thursday May 28th, 4:30pm

Solidarity In A Time Of Crisis

The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Labour Workers of Colour Committee, OPSEU Coalition of Racialized Workers, OPSEU Provincial Human Rights Committee, and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council's Chinese Workers Network invite you to join a conversation and hear from workers experiencing racism during the pandemic.

- Tony Wong, Columnist, Toronto Star
- Jennifer Mak, Workplace Human Rights Investigator
- Elene Lam, Executive Director, Butterfly - Asian and Migrant Worker Sex Workers Support Network
- Justin Kong, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter
- Jollene Levid, Regional Organizer, United Teachers Los Angeles


May 28, 2020 - Housing and a People's Bailout: From Relief to Reimagining
When: May 28th, 7pm

This pandemic has exposed the foundations of deadly, long-standing inequality in housing. As lockdown continues, the rich shelter in second homes while senior, working-class, incarcerated and street-based people in overcrowded or inadequate housing situations face a death sentence.

The People's Bailout demands a response to Covid-19 that builds from emergency relief to a transformation of our entire society that prioritizes safety and stability for all. Everyone deserves a place to live -- in the pandemic and beyond.


May 29, 2020 - Let's talk about protecting renters
When: Friday May 29th, 12 pm

Renters across Canada have been feeling squeezed since COVID-19 hit. As provinces begin to re-open, what comes next?

Will we see large-scale evictions post-COVID-19? While provinces enacted eviction bans that protect people from the imminent threat of homelessness, residential tenants have not received targeted supports to help with the high cost of rent across the country. Without additional government measures, tenants who fall in arrears will be at risk of losing their homes during the reopening. Adequate housing is not only a fundamental human right, but as this pandemic made clearly evident, essential for public health.

This Friday, join CCPA-Ontario Senior Researcher Ricardo Tranjan and Maytree Foundation Research and Policy Analyst Hannah Aldridge as they detail their latest work exploring eviction prevention measures that governments can and should enact to ensure tenants remain safely housed.

RSVP | Live on YouTube

May 29, 2020 - The New Authoritarians and COVID-19
When: Friday May 29th, 1pm

The New Authoritarians and COVID-19: a discussion with David Renton and Sita Balani about the rise of the far right in a time of crisis.

The years since the 2008 crash have seen a rise of authoritarian, right-wing politics across the globe. The many representatives of this ascendent current include Trump in the US, the UK's radicalized Conservative Party, Modi in India, Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Orban in Hungary.

Drawing on strands of multiple traditions, from traditional conservatism to fascism, this remains a novel and still-evolving formation, differing across national and regional contexts. Now, its representatives are faced with a pandemic, the impacts of which on our social, economic, and political systems – as well as on human life itself – are already vast.


May 30, 2020 - Workers' Struggle in Palestine
When: May 30th, 1pm

Join Labour4Palestine – Canada for a webinar with labour leaders and activists in Palestine about the conditions of workers, the impact of the Coronavirus on them and their families. Hear directly from Palestinian activists about what you can do to support their ongoing struggle against Israel's land grab and continuing ethnic cleansing.


May 31, 2020 - Marx, Nature and the Metabolic Rift
When: Sunday May 31st, 2pm

Martin Empson - author of Land and Labour - Marxism, Ecology and Human History and editor of System Change not Climate Change
Merv King - Indigenous activist and member of the United Steelworkers

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the many failures of capitalism. Not only is the system incapable of taking care of those who need it during a crisis or of paying "essential workers" a living wage, it has also exposed that the relationship with the natural world is devastatingly skewed. The pursuit of profit, above all else, has destroyed the natural balance in the global environment. Marx described this phenomena as the metabolic rift.

In Canada this can be seen clearly as our politicians spend billions to prop up a dead industry in the tar sands while the basic needs of most people are not met.

Please join us on Sunday May 31 for this important forum where we will dig into the politics of why and how capitalism has created this dangerous imbalance and what we can do together to stop the destruction of the planet.

For more information contact reports@socialist.ca for the zoom link.

May 31, 2020 - Revitalizing a Canada-Wide Peace Movement
Online: Sunday May 31st, 4pm

A strategy session was planned for Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Ottawa following the #NoWar2020/No CANSEC peace conference to focus on revitalizing a Canada-wide peace/anti-war movement. Because the conference is canceled due to Covid-19, we are hosting the conversation online instead. You are invited to join us for this strategy session to envision and co-create a revitalized Canada-wide peace movement.


Jun 4, 2020 - When Poverty Mattered: Then and Now
When: Thursday June 4th, 7pm

Author Paul Weinberg in discussion with David Buchbinder

How the RCMP Security Service, a prominent right wing columnist and the extreme right targeted the Toronto-based Praxis social research institute and anti-poverty activists in the late 60s and early 70s is the subject of Paul Weinberg's new book, When Poverty Mattered, Then and Now. The author engages in a conversation with musician David Buchbinder, whose father, social work professor Howard Buchbinder, moved from St. Louis to take up a poverty research job at Praxis, assuming it was all smooth sailing here after fleeing the political turmoil in America.

Hosted by the United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) | zoom.us


Washing our Hands of Financialized Pensions
By Socialists for Retirement Security

The unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has suddenly destroyed the earnings of hundreds of thousands of working people in Canada. For many jobless workers, the immediate scramble to make ends meet will be followed by a struggle to avoid downward mobility and poverty in the months ahead. But the crisis is also clouding the already uncertain retirement prospects for working people. Having experienced the second market meltdown in a dozen years, accompanied by a further collapse in interest rates, many workers confront growing financial insecurity and thwarted hopes of retiring.

Source: The Bullet No. 2098

Producing Medical Equipment for Social Need
By Green Jobs Oshawa

On April 24, the Canadian government announced a letter of intent to convert a portion of the GM Oshawa complex for the manufacture of much needed medical masks (personal protective equipment or PPE). Green Jobs Oshawa welcomed this important step forward. However, it soon became apparent that GM's plans for Oshawa are far short of what is needed. They are using only 50-60 workers and are making Level 1 surgical masks, not N95 masks (a higher level of protection needed especially by healthcare workers).

Source: The Bullet No. 2099

Cabin Fever: Hope on the Edge of Despair at YYZ
By Sean Smith

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman infamously defended globalization with the comment, "No, most of our political elite has not realised that the world is flat." His beloved neoliberal globalization has indeed helped flatten our world as we are all reading this in some form of quarantine. With lightning speed our lives came to a halt as COVID-19 arrived on planes from one country to another, making airline cabin crew and airport workers the first domestic workers exposed to its horrors. At Toronto's Pearson Airport (YYZ), we have already lost 13 co-workers, all precarious workers, with hundreds of other confirmed contacts and infections.

Source: The Bullet No. 2100

Don't Blame the Virus for Capitalism's Latest Crisis!
By Kim Pollock

Is corona-virus driving Canada into recession? Some people want us to think so. As early as March 27, CBC News referred to "the recession caused by COVID-19." The Toronto Star picked up the refrain April 9, referring matter-of-factly to "the recession brought on by COVID-19." The Globe and Mail repeated it on April 13. And as of May 1, says the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada is in a recession "due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Source: The Bullet No. 2101

Food Inequality, Covid-19 and the Community Restaurant
By Benjamin Selwyn

Far from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing us together, it has revealed and exacerbated existing and brutal social inequalities. The UK's food system was intensely unequal before COVID-19, but the crisis has exacerbated these underlying trends. Looking at the UK's socio-economic inequalities through the prism of its food -- the way it is produced, marketed, prepared and consumed -- offers us one way of thinking about what life might be like after COVID-19.

Source: The Bullet No. 2102

A New Lucas Plan for Post-Pandemic Socially Useful Jobs?
The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp focus the precarious nature of work and human lives upon which our neoliberal capitalist economies thrive. On the other hand, it has shown what type of work is essential to society such as work in health and social care, public transport and other public services, and in the food supply chain. This webinar discusses how we can learn from the Covid crisis to create workers and community plans for social and ecologically useful production as a way to address the pre-existing multiple crises of militarization, climate change, and robotization.

Source: LeftStreamed


Labour Community Services
Labour Community Services is looking for a full-time communicator with strong stakeholder relations experience. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can think creatively and strategically of ways to raise the organization's profile with its target audiences and the public at large. They are able to juggle many priorities comfortably, re-prioritizing as necessary to meet the demands of an ever-changing landscape.

While the incumbent will be a full-time employee of Labour Community Services, reporting to its Executive Director, they will be required to work closely with the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by June 2, 2020 to admin@labourcommunityservices.ca.


Post-Corona Starts Now!
New Online Course - launching date: June 1st, 2020

The Post-Corona Starts Now online course aims at supporting the debates about policy solutions and strategies to the main challenges exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19.

The mix of video lectures, webinars, readings, exercises and interaction with other course participants will enable you to engage in complex debates about the main challenges exposed by Covid-19 and policy proposals and strategies to overcome these challenges and push for an agenda of change.


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