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November 14, 2019


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Support life-saving harm reduction services
We're facing a crisis. And our response will determine life or death for some of our friends, family, colleagues and community members.

The overdose crisis, fueled by a contaminated drug supply, is killing at an alarming rate. In the past four years, more than 12,800 people have died. And there’s no end in sight.

If our political party leaders are serious about saving lives and curbing the overdose crisis, they should immediately commit to supporting harm reduction services — especially supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites.

Please add your voice and demand a commitment from all political party leaders to support supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites. It's time to step up and save lives.



Nov 14, 2019 - Rally at Doug Ford's office
When: Thursday, November 14th, 12noon
Where: 823 Albion Rd, Etobicoke

Join us for a rally outside Doug Ford's constituency office to protest the Conservatives' terrible record on workers' health and safety issues.

Facebook event. Sign the petition to keep Health and Safety Member Certification in class.

Nov 15, 2019 - IGNITE Global Feminist Collective: Intersectionality. Decoloniality
When: November 15th, 9:30am
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

“Another world is possible. How are we creating it together?”

On November 15, 2019, from 9:30am to 3:00pm join us in an all-day event to discuss how to shape our world with intersectional, decolonial, feminist activism.


Nov 15, 2019 - [King City] Rally for Education
When: November 15th, 3pm
Where: 2220 King Rd, Unit #1, King City

Join OSSTF District 16 and other education unions at a rally for education outside the office of Minister for Education Stephen Lecce. This is the perfect opportunity to show solidarity across labour. It’s our kids and grandkids who will bear the brunt of the massive cuts to education. Let's remind the Minister that investment in public schools is something we can all get behind.


Nov 16, 2019 - The Talking Back Feminist Media Conference
When: November 16 – 17th
Where: Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St.
Tickets: $10 - $25

Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth, covering issues that matter to young women and trans youth since 2004! It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers’ interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth.

In celebration of our 15th year of independent feminist publishing for teens, Shameless will host the first ever Talking Back Feminist Media Conference on November 16th and 17th, 2019. This conference is funded by the Toronto Arts Council.


Nov 18, 2019 - Flu Fighter Outreach Blitz for Paid Sick Days
When: Monday, November 18th, 12noon
Where: South-west corner of University Ave and College

As Health Minister Christine Elliott kicks off this year's flu shot campaign amid hospital overcrowding and predictions of a severe flu season, we want her to know that fair labour law is an essential part of keeping Ontarians healthy. Last year, Elliott's government took away paid sick days and brought back sick note requirements. That means we can expect a more severe flu season and increased strains on our emergency health care system.

The flu shot is an important step, but it isn't enough. This flu season, we know that in order to stay healthy, we need the Ontario government to bring back our paid sick days and scrap sick note requirements. If you agree, join us to spread the word and grow the movement.


Nov 18, 2019 - Mining, Injustice, and Women: Issues for Canadians
When: Monday November 18th, 1pm
Where: Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street W

Almost half of the world’s head offices of publicly listed mining operations are registered in Canada. Widespread, well-documented abuse and injustice associated with mining have a negative impact on the lives of women, particularly in mining communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

To learn more, come hear the program's panel consisting of:
* Rachel Small, Community Organizer with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
* Jim Davis, Africa Partnerships Coordinator at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
* Erin Simpson , Past legal counsel to the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA)


Nov 19, 2019 - No Pipelines!
When: Tuesday November 19th, 8am
Where: 200 Bay St.

In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint.

Meeting outside TC Energy Office (Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St) outside Union @ 8am, march to TD (TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington St W) and march to BMO (BMO Bank of Montreal, 100 King St W).

Facebook event

Nov 19, 2019 - The art and politics in imagining a free Gaza
When: Tuesday November 19th, 12:30pm
Where: HNES 142, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Justin Podur is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES). In his new thriller novel, Siegebreakers, a group of heroes from Palestine, Israel, and the US team up to break the siege on Gaza. As a political work of fiction, the book is a chance to think about whether art can challenge the way we think or feel about a political status quo. FES has gathered an interdisciplinary panel to talk about this intersection of art and politics, fact and fiction, peace and conflict.

Facebook event

Nov 19, 2019 - Women's Words, Women's Work
When: Tuesday November 19th, 5:30pm
Where: Burdock, 1184 Bloor St W.

Women’s work is unique because it is not always clearly defined. There tends to be more emphasis on paid labour, rather than the invisible work associated with housework, parenting and caregiving. Many women are working a double day. This is not always valued or recognized.

This issue of Sister Writes pays attention to women’s experiences of work.


Nov 19, 2019 - International Law and World Order
When: Tuesday November 19th, 7pm
Where: 15 King's College Circle, UC 144

Recently the bulletin of the atomic scientists set the doomsday clock to the closest point to midnight it has ever been. This was justified by the triple threats of nuclear war, climate change, and the decline of democracy. In this talk I would like to suggest a fourth justification for this reset: The precipitious decline in the effectiveness and respect for international law over the last two decades culminating with the election of Donald Trump.


Nov 19, 2019 - Making the right choice for Pickering's waterfront
When: Tuesday November 19th, 7pm
Where: George Ashe Library & Community Centre, 470 Kingston Rd, Pickering

Join the discussion about revitalizing the 600-acre waterfront site currently occupied by the Pickering Nuclear Station.

The 53-year-old Pickering Nuclear Station with its 8 reactors is one of the world's oldest and largest nuclear stations. Just 30 km from the centre of Toronto, the plant is surrounded by 2.2 million people (within 30 km). It is scheduled to close in 2024.


Nov 20, 2019 - All Out! No IDF on Campus
When: Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30pm
Where: Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University - SAIA York, Vari Hall, Room C

On Nov 20th, Herut Canada with the permission of York University will be hosting an event from 7-9 pm in Vari Hall Room C.

The event will have IDF soldiers/reservists coming to speak to students on campus. This is a shameful moment for the York University administration, to be allowing the soldiers of a foreign military on our campus. The Israeli army is responsible for dozens of human rights violations, the killing of Palestinians on a daily basis, and the continued ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Facebook event

Nov 20, 2019 - What's next for the Kurds, Syria and Turkey
When: Wednesday November 20th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.

The US troop pull out from the Kurdish area of northern Syria in October prompted an immediate invasion by Turkey claiming self-protection and scapegoating Syrian refugees. But this attack on the Kurdish people is part of a long history of Kurdish repression. The Kurds are stateless but live in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Their fight for self-determination has also produced a history of treachery by imperial powers offering protection for Kurdish support only to betraying them. Join us for this discussion.

* Gülay Kilicaslan, PhD student at York University, and a member of both the Kurdish Community Center and Rojava Solidarity Collective in Toronto.
* Canan Sahin, PhD student at Queens University, a member of the International Socialists, in Canada and her sister organization DSIP, Revolutionary Socialist Worker Party, in Turkey.

Hosted by the Toronto East and West branches of the International Socialists.


British Labour: The Future is Ours to Make, Together
By Jeremy Corbyn

Today we are launching the most ambitious and radical campaign our country has ever seen to bring real change to our country. If you want to live in a society that works for everybody and not just the billionaires, if you want to save our hospitals, schools and public services from Tory cuts and privatisation, if you want to stop the big polluters destroying our environment then this election is your chance to vote for it.

Source: The Bullet No. 1924

California of Fire and Profit
By Luca Celada

California is burning. This sentence is all too familiar by now, a kind of mantra that is repeated every year with the onset of "fire season," when live television broadcasts start to show homes threatened by flames and the wails of fire sirens cutting through the sweltering air. This year as well, the fires have targeted mainly the cities of wine country above San Francisco and the upscale neighborhoods on the west side of Los Angeles.

Source: The Bullet No. 1925

The GM Strike and the Historical Convergence of Possibilities
By Sam Gindin

On September 16, 2019, forty-six thousand defiant General Motors (GM) workers streamed out on strike. This eruption of long-festering worker anger and frustrations was directed not only at a corporation that had treated its workforce so shabbily, but also at the often-complicit role of their own union. The strike call came from the UAW’s top officers, but it was clearly the rank-and-file who were in the lead. Nothing GM was ready to offer before the strike could have met the workers’ goals, and a strike was virtually inevitable. The strike lasted six weeks, the longest at GM’s US operations in half a century.

Source: The Bullet No. 1926

How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change
By Alain Savard

With a crowd of 500,000, Montreal’s march for the climate was the largest in the world during the September 20-27 week of climate action. Yet it was also noteworthy for another reason. Despite provincial labour laws preventing unions from striking over political issues, 11 locals representing 7,500 workers formally voted to go on strike for a day. Organizing for the strike began in January with a handful of rank-and-file teachers who were also involved in grassroots ecological movements.

Source: The Bullet No. 1927

Chicago Teachers Transform the City and the Labor Movement
By Rebecca Burns

Chicago teachers and staff returned to the classrooms Friday November 1st, after more than two weeks on strike. Their walkout lasted longer than the city’s landmark 2012 strike, as well as those in Los Angeles and Oakland earlier this year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike also lasted long enough for the season’s first snowstorm to blanket thousands of teachers and staff who surrounded City Hall Thursday morning to demand Mayor Lori Lightfoot agree to restore missed instructional days as a final condition of their returning to work.

Source: The Bullet No. 1928


What's New in GIMP 2.10.14
The latest release version from the GIMP team - including the boundless canvas (i.e. the out-of-canvas viewing and editing feature via the Show All button), the new "Image" mode for transform tools, the ability for filters to extend beyond layer boundaries, editing invisible layers, upgrades to 3 select tools (free select tool, foreground select tool, and a universal selection tool update), as well as additional new filters and performance improvements made to GIMP!

YouTube tutorial | Get GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)


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