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October 22, 2020


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Stop investing the Canada Pension Plan in fossil fuels
How is your pension investing your retirement savings in the face of the climate crisis? That's a critical question. Ensuring a prosperous retirement and a healthy planet requires ambitious action from your pension plan now.

Canada's top ten pension funds alone manage over $1.5-trillion. How these funds invest your retirement dollars is a major factor in how quickly we can transition to a low-carbon economy while growing your pension in a warming world.



Oct 15, 2020 - New Voices in Work and Labour Studies
When: October 15 - November 12

Building on the GLRC's annual Graduate Student Symposium and the New Voices in Work and Labour Studies stream of the annual CAWLS conference, this online series of 12 interdisciplinary panels is designed to promote the scholarship of new scholars (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty/researchers in the first five years of their appointment), reflective of the wide range of themes and methodological and theoretical approaches pertaining to the study of work and labour. Given the unprecedented hardship presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that this series can mitigate some of the isolation we are experiencing and offer a space of encounter for emerging scholars to come together and think through their work.


Oct 16, 2020 - Canadian Labour Film Festival
When: October 16 - November 30

Canada's national labour film festival celebrates the stories of workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives! Now in it's 12th year, CLIFF has gone virtual and features a range of on-demand screenings and special events including watch parties, Q&As with filmmakers and more.


Oct 22, 2020 - Save Our Stops
When: Thursday October 22nd 5:45pm
Where: South-East corner of Brimley and Eglinton East

Join our poster team this Thursday! Help us reach more transit riders about the removal of 24 local bus stops on the Eglinton East RapidTO corridor.

We're meeting on Thursday October 22 at 5:45pm at the South-East corner of Brimley and Eglinton East (Shoppers Drug Mart corner). We'll bring tape, posters and have TTC tickets available: You just need to show up! PLEASE WEAR A MASK! We plan to put up posters from 6pm until 7pm in groups of 2, and be physically distant.

www.ttcriders.ca | Facebook event

Oct 22, 2020 - Toronto Jewish Film Festival
When: October 22 - November 1

The fall edition of TJFF2020 Online presents over 50 films, including 1 World Premiere, 22 Canadian Premieres and 12 Toronto premieres.... offering larger-than-life tales from around the world about dreamers, troublemakers, heroes, revolutionaries, outsiders and outliers. All films available to view for 48hrs (as per schedule). All Festival films are accessible to view in the province of Ontario. All free events require tickets that may be ordered from tjff.com.

Oct 22, 2020 - Fight for Housing Justice
When: Thursday October 22nd, 7pm

Join the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council in conversation with activists working to halt Covid evictions in Ontario, and to improve access to housing for all in the midst of a global pandemic.

Facebook event | zoom.us

Oct 22, 2020 - Canada's silence on India's colonization of Kashmir
When: October 22nd, 8pm

Kashmir is one of the world's longest outstanding international conflicts. The world's most militarized zone is under a serious threat of demographic change that is aimed at altering the final resolution of the disputed territory. With the introduction of the new Domicile Law by the government of India on March 31, 2020, the project of intentional demographic change, in clear violation of international law, is underway. There is urgency for the international community to intervene as the Indian Government claims it has already issued close to two million Domicile certificates to non Kashmiris, a step that has grave implications for the final resolution of the issue of Kashmir.


Oct 23, 2020 - Covid -19 and Cities
When: Friday October 23rd, 3pm

Speaker Dr. Roger Keil is a professor with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. This talk will explore how COVID-19 is shaping the future of our cities. After Dr. Keil's talk there will be a Q&A period.

Moderated by: Dr. Bryan Evans, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.


Oct 24, 2020 - Expropriate Now! Rally
When: Saturday October 24th, 11am
Where: Allan Gardens Park, 19 Horticultural Ave

For the 11th year in a row 214-230 Sherbourne sits empty! It should be social housing!

Food will be provided. COVID protocols will be followed. Please wear a mask, keep 2 meters apart.

ocap.ca | Facebook event

Oct 25, 2020 - Justice and Dignity for All
When: Sunday October 25th, 4pm

CUPW is proud to share its latest documentary, Justice and Dignity for All: Stories from the Struggle for Pay Equity, and invites all members to a special premiere screening of the film on Sunday, October 25th at 4 pm ET on Zoom.

This is the inspiring tale of the forty-year effort by the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers to gain the most significant pay equity settlement in Canadian history – from poverty wages and no benefits, to more respect and dignity at the workplace.

Among the many proud achievements of CUPW in its long history, the unionization of RSMCs in 2003, and the pay equity agreement the Union forced from a reluctant employer two years ago, are among our proudest.


Oct 26, 2020 - Ryerson Social Justice Week: Beyond Walls, Beyond Borders
When: October 26 - October 30

2020 marks Social Justice Week's 10th anniversary.  Since its inception in 2011, SJW has brought together Ryerson students, staff and faculty, and the broader community on topics related to social justice and solidarity. This year under the theme “Beyond Walls, Beyond Borders,” SJW features ten events focusing on justice, critical geography, democracy, political mobilization, labour, global resistance, and feminist activism.

The full schedule can be viewed at ryerson.ca

Oct 26, 2020 - Global Efforts
When: Monday October 26th, 2pm

Ray Acheson of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will update us briefly on global efforts on nuclear disarmament.

eventbrite.ca | Facebook event

Oct 27, 2020 - Global Black Resistance
When: Tuesday October 27th, 2pm

Through direct action, art interventions, protests, rallies and other forms of mobilization, Black people globally are resisting state sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism in all spheres. The status quo is no longer viable. Black feminists are (re)building a world for us, by us. This panel features freedom fighters advocating for justice across the globe. In this session, we will be sharing the different (and similar) human rights priorities are for Black people working in movements in different countries and examining the elements needed for greater and more effective international solidarity among peoples of African descent -- particularly as we collectively confront the challenges of the ongoing global pandemic.


Oct 28, 2020 - End the Digital Divide!
When: Wednesday October 28th, 1pm
Where: 299 Queen St W.

Internet is a lifeline during this pandemic yet many can't afford it. Meanwhile, the Telecom Industry continues to make sky-high profits.

Join the social distance protest on Wednesday, October 28th, at 1pm outside of Bell headquarters.

Wear a mask, social distance. Masks, hand sanitizer, and social distance rules will be in effect.

Facebook event


Why We're on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccines
By Prabir Purkayastha

As the pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, many countries seem to have given up the fight against COVID-19 and are now waiting for a vaccine to protect against the virus. With cases exceeding 37 million, and more than a million dead, the world economy has taken a bigger hit than at any other time since the end of the Great Depression of 1929-39.

Source: The Bullet No. 2213

Not Completely a Company Town
By Herman Rosenfeld

Peter Findlay's documentary film Company Town provides a welcome opening to initiate discussion and debate about the closure of General Motor's once massive (it had 23,000 workers at one time) and historically central auto and truck complex and supplier plants. Behind the film's basic narrative is a countdown from the period between the announcement (November 2018) of the closure and the actual end of production (December 2019). It creates space to raise issues such as the power and strategic orientation of the union and its leadership, the nature of the industry and competition in this era of late neoliberal capitalism, the consciousness and lives of auto and parts workers, and the possibilities of alternatives.

Source: The Bullet No. 2214

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Donald J. Trump
By Clyde W. Barrow

Bryan Palmer's recent contribution to The Bullet (September 28, 2020) offers an interpretation of Donald Trump's class politics, which purports to challenge my comparison of Donald Trump and Louis Napoleon III as Emperors of the Lumpenproletariat (August 30, 2020). Palmer argues that Trump is better understood as the Stalin of Capitalist Counter-Revolution. Despite our different choice of dictators as competing points of comparison, Palmer agrees that "there is much in The Eighteenth Brumaire, as Barrow insists insightfully, that translates easily into an assessment of Donald Trump."

Source: The Bullet No. 2215

The Electric Car Comes to Oakville: A Closer Look at a Feel-Good Story
By Sam Gindin

Major auto bargaining has long been one of the most-hyped events in Canada's labour calendar; historically rich in drama and closely watched for shifts in the flow of class conflict. Opening the latest round this summer, Jerry Dias, the head of Unifor, worked again to rev up interest in the negotiations, pugnaciously warning the ‘Detroit Three' (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) that the recent history of repeated concessions was over.

Source: The Bullet No. 2216

The Events of October 1970: From Yesterday to Today
By Marc Bonhomme

In 1970, the national question and the social question were merged (especially in Montreal). The big "bosses" were English. The overwhelmingly francophone working class was exploited as well as oppressed and vice versa. Language on signs and in the workplace, and the names of companies, were predominantly in English. A petty-bourgeois "Quiet Revolution" (1960-1966) was followed by a proletarian "Quiet Revolution" (1966-76), the zenith of which was the general strike of 1972 with its brief pre-revolutionary moments. The latter was defeated by the hegemony of the petty-bourgeois Parti Quebecois (PQ) whose social project was the construction of Quebec Inc., which enjoyed temporary success with Ottawa's help, for example, in supporting Bombardier and SNC-Lavalin.

Source: The Bullet No. 2217

The Sanders Moment and After: Socialist Strategy and State Crisis
Bernie Sanders' campaigns were seen as an apparent breakthrough for the left, allowing the widespread delegitimation of neoliberal ideology to be expressed within the parameters of the party system. Their failure compels socialists to return to difficult organizational and strategic questions – and the answers are as uncertain as ever. As contemporary analyses of this period, these essays both shed light on the forces that led to the present conjuncture, and illustrate the political and organizational challenges that are relevant in the post-Sanders moment. Edited by Stephen Maher and Rafael Khachaturian. Essays by Seth Adler, Eric Blanc, Alleen Brown, Jane McAlevey, April M. Short, Jane Slaughter, Ingar Solty, and others.

Source: Socialist Interventions Pamphlet No. 20


2 Job Opportunities at EcoSchools Canada
EcoSchools Canada is hiring for two full-time positions available remotely across Canada. We are seeking a Data Analyst and Marketing Assistant to join our team and help with our new national program. To learn more about EcoSchools Canada and see more details of these positions, please visit ecoschools.ca.

Deadline for applications is November 6th, 2020.

Position: Data Analyst
Compensation: $45,000, plus a generous benefits package

Position: Marketing Assistant
Compensation: $45,000, plus a generous benefits package

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