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October 17, 2019


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Put Decent Work for ECEs in your Child Care Platform
Any federal child care platform must include a workforce strategy. What will your party do to ensure that there is decent work for early childhood educators across Canada?

Early childhood educators are the key to quality child care programs, but currently there is a recruitment and retention crisis in early learning and child care. While federal promises to create child care spaces are certainly important, they cannot be achieved without a solid strategy to recruit and retain more ECEs - and that means creating a child care system with decent wages and working conditions for educators. Remember: educators' work environment is a young child's learning environment.

We are calling on you to commit to creating a national child care strategy that puts decent work at its core.



Oct 9, 2019 - Condé & Beveridge: Early Work
When: August 10, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Where: AGO, first floor in gallery 142, the Esther & Arthur Gelber Treasury gallery

Known for their political activism through creativity, Toronto-based Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge create art that challenges the status quo. Their work, spanning over four decades, tackles issues of feminism, workers’ rights, and social responsibility, using imagery from their own lives. This dynamic selection highlights a new acquisition alongside the artists’ early abstract art.


Oct 17, 2019 - Resisting Revitalized Bigotry in the Downtown East
When: Thursday October 17th, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak St.
Free event with a meal, childminding, wheelchair access and tokens.

Toronto’s downtown east is changing rapidly. The historic Regent Park social housing is being reduced to rubble and the “mixed-income” imagination of politicians is coming alive. Towers with a combination of ownership condos and rental units for former social housing tenants have risen, with more on the way.

Mitchell Cohen, the president of Daniel’s Corporation, sold his company’s revitalization plan as one that would make “tenants and owners feel at home with each other and in their community.” But the residents of Daniel’s new building at Parliament and Dundas installed spikes on the large tree planters downstairs. Neighbours and passerby's would sit around those planters to rest, drink coffee or have conversations. Now they can’t.

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Oct 18, 2019 - Holocaust to Resistance: My Journey
When: Friday October 18th, 7pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.
Childcare available on request.

Suzanne Berliner Weiss offers a page-turning narrative about her remarkable life of survival, resistance and solidarity. Hidden as a Jewish child from the Nazi regime of Vichy France, Suzanne shares her childhood journey from fascism in Europe to adoption in an American home in Cold War USA.

Motivated by an unstoppable drive and experience of consistently standing with the oppressed Suzanne returns decades later to the town that protected her as a child. For everyone who wants to change the world, please, read this book. – Abagail B. Bakan, University of Toronto.

fernwoodpublishing.ca | anotherstory.ca

Oct 18, 2019 - Stories About Women
When: Friday October 18th, 8pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St.
Tickets: $10

Storytellers Erin Kang, Marsha Shandur, and Sage Tyrtle tell true stories about their experiences.

Erin Kang: Fifteen, dating a twenty-one year old, standing at the crossroads.

Marsha Shandur: 50,000 people were meant to show up. She was the only one who did.

Sage Tyrtle: On the planet Zablotz, bookish loner Sage would fit right in. Too bad she's stuck in California.


Oct 19, 2019 - [Sarnia] Toxic Tour of Chemical Valley
When: Saturday October 19th, 8am - 10pm
Where: Bus leaves Christie Pits and returns in the evening

The Toxic Tour is an opportunity to see and experience first-hand the pollution that Aamjiwnaang First Nation community members experience every day. Aamjiwnaang First Nation is located in the middle of Sarnia's Chemical Valley, the most polluted place in North America, according to National Geographic. The reserve is encircled by over 73 high-emitting facilities such as petrochemical refineries and various factories. The toxic operations and regular chemical releases are poisoning people in the community which faces high rates of asthma, cancer, miscarriages, stillbirths, and endocrine disruptions. The fact that an Indigenous community is being sacrificed for corporate profit and nothing is being done to protect community members is a clear sign of Environmental Racism. We can do our part by learning about this situation and supporting the grassroots groups raising awareness and trying to stop further contamination of the community's people and territory.

Register for the actual tour in Aamjiwnaang by filling in the form found at aamjiwnaangsolidarity.org.

Book the Toronto bus at eventbrite.com.

Oct 19, 2019 - Kashmir Solidarity Rally
When: Saturday October 19th, 2:30pm
Where: Queen's Park

The 8 million people of Kashmir have been under total lock-down since August 5. They remain without food, medicines and Internet connection or cell phones. Reports say that 13,000 and perhaps as many as 25,000 young boys have been kidnapped by the Indian occupation army.

Oct 20, 2019 - The British Political Crisis: Johnson Versus Corbyn
When: October 20th, 2:30pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St.

Having recently returned from the Labour Party Conference (and speaking there at The World Transformed, Momentum and UnIte the Union events), followed by his first hand observations of working class support for Brexit in the former mining communities of Yorkshire, Leo Panitch will address the strategic orientations, pitfalls and dilemmas of the left under Jeremy Corbyn leadership as the political crisis over Brexit in the UK comes to a head.

Leo Panitch is emeritus professor of Political Science at York University and editor of the Socialist Register.


Oct 22, 2019 - Gaza Fights For Freedom
When: Tuesday October 22nd, 6pm
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles

Join Abby Martin for the one-day-only theater screening in Toronto! Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Gaza Fights For Freedom on the big screen.

This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockade.

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Oct 23, 2019 - Tell Mayor Tory: Don't approve a bad deal!
When: Wednesday October 23rd, 9am
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Join the alliance of residents and organizations who will express concerns at the October 23rd Executive Committee meeting about the subway upload and Ontario Line.

Premier Ford is considering dropping his plans to take over the TTC subway. This could be a huge win for riders. But there’s a big catch.

In exchange, Premier Ford is pressuring Mayor John Tory to approve and spend billions on the Ontario Line. This is a problem because the Ontario Line will be a public-private partnership and questions about the cost of fares, construction timelines, community concerns, and capacity have not been fully answered.

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Oct 23, 2019 - Change and Continuity – Canadian Political Economy
When: Wednesday October 23rd, 4:30pm
Where: Global Labour Research Centre, Kaneff Tower 519, 4700 Keele St.

The Global Labour Speaker Series is pleased to host the book launch: Change and Continuity – Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium.


* Dr. Mark Thomas, Associate Professor and former Director of the GLRC, York University
* Dr. Leah Vosko, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, York University
* Dr. Carlo Fanelli, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Work and labour Studies, York University
* Olena Lyubchenko, PhD Candidate, York University

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Ontario’s Resource Revenue Sharing Agreements
By Matthew Corbeil

Announced last spring, Ontario’s new resource revenue sharing (RRS) agreements with three northern First Nations councils are set to come into effect this fall. The agreements were marketed with lofty rhetoric. The government press release described them as "an historic step on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples."

Source: The Bullet No. 1904

British Unions Vote to Boycott Israel
By Glen Davies

"At the moment we’re looking at a people lacking the control that allows them to function as a society -- water, the freedom to travel, the basic right to safety," said Martin Sundram, delegate for the Artists’ Union of England (AUE) at the annual congress of the British trade union movement. The AUE tabled Motion 75, titled "Palestine: supporting rights to self-determination," to the conference, stating unequivocally that "Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is an attempt to destroy core Palestinian rights." The AUE’s Palestine motion was passed unanimously on September 11, according to the TUC’s report.

Source: The Bullet No. 1905

Solidarity with UAW Strikers
A lively crowd of Unifor Local 222 members and retirees came out Monday night, October 7, to show their solidarity with the workers who are taking on General Motors (GM) in the US. Sean Crawford (UAW Local 598 -- Flint Truck) and Frank Hammer (past President UAW Local 909 -- Warren Transmission) made presentations about the battle that is being waged right now, and the rank-and-file determination to get rid of two tier agreements and win equality for temps. They also talked about the urgent need to convert GM plants to green sustainable production -- mass transit, electric vehicles, wind turbines.

Source: The Bullet No. 1906

The Saga of SNC-Lavalin: Quebec Inc. and the Canadian State
By Pierre Beaudet

For several months now the SNC-Lavalin saga has continued to unfold, although it has been displaced somewhat in the current election campaign. You will recall the small storm that arose when star cabinet ministers in the Trudeau government, Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould in particular, resigned over the refusal to prosecute some shady "cases." Trudeau, who has presented himself as "cleaner than clean," took a drubbing. Even more, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s departure appeared as a monumental slap in the face to the indigenous peoples who had heard the fine promises and crocodile tears of the Liberals.

Source: The Bullet No. 1907

The Use and Abuse of Identity in Public Life
The question of identity has become urgent for activism in the West though the issue has been important in many other parts of the world as well. Political identities form in opposition to oppression (or, reactively, as perceived victimization) and demand recognition, rights, and equity (or aggressively promote their denial). They also divide, become separated in privilege, get co-opted, and become instruments of domination. Can identity struggles lead to fundamental social transformation or must they necessarily be limited to the horizon of recognition and reform? Can the empowerment of identity be woven into solidarity or must it necessarily be doomed to fragmentation and the sustenance of the status quo?

Source: LeftStreamed


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