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September 19, 2019


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Election Reality Check: Refugees Explained
Well known anti-immigrant leader Maxime Bernier has been invited to the Federal Leaders’ debate. Soon his racist views will be televised across the country. Already, we saw Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer use a well-worn lie about refugees in the first leaders debate on Thursday. Many of our friends and family members are listening and might find these untruths convincing.

Here’s what you need to know when you talk to them:

1. Refugees aren’t responsible for cuts to services or low-wages, the super rich are – Many people are feeling like they don’t have enough to take care of their families, or save for retirement. We are being convinced that there is not enough for everyone. In this climate, arguments that blame refugees for taking services are gaining traction. This is why we must remind our friends and family members that while refugees take very little the super rich in Canada have stashed $353 Billion in offshore tax havens, and nearly 27% of corporate taxes went unpaid according to the CRA.

2. Canada doesn’t take its fair share of refugees – Of the over 70 million people globally forced out of their homes, Canada will let in less than 50,000 in 2019. That’s 0.07% of displaced people, despite Canada making up 1.36% of total global wealth (GDP). In Lebanon on the other hand, which has the world’s third highest debt, 1 in 4 people are refugees.

Read full list at migrantrights.ca, pledge not to let politicians use racism to divide us!

Governments Must Act to Ensure GREEN JOBS for OSHAWA
To: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May, Premier Doug Ford, MPs, MPPs

All levels of government must take action to protect jobs and preserve the manufacturing capacity in the Oshawa GM plant. Despite receiving $10.8 billion in public handouts, and making record profits ever since, General Motors has decided to leave Oshawa, causing 5,000 workers at GM and supplier companies to lose their jobs, and 20,000 jobs being taken out of the community.

It is time to reimagine what the plant could do. Climate change presents both an urgent threat and an opportunity to transition off fossil fuels to an economy with good green jobs. We demand that governments step in to ensure that the Oshawa plant is converted into a Canadian manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and other sustainable energy products.

Sign petition.


Sep 19, 2019 - Rally for Locked-Out Janitors
When: Thursday, September 19th, 8:30-9:30am
Where: 250/270 Wellington Street W.

The janitors who keep 250 & 270 Wellington Street clean are close to ending the lockout that has kept them from working for over two months. They have struck a deal with their employer, Luciano Janitorial Services, but the agreement can't go forward without the approval of the condominiums board of directors. Stand with SEIU Local 2 janitors to end the lockout!

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Sep 19, 2019 - TTCriders Volunteer Afternoon
When: Thursday September 19th, 1pm
Where: TTCriders.ca, 720 Bathurst Street

Volunteer with TTCriders to support our campaigns for a fairly funded public transit system. Snacks provided and tokens available.

What to bring: phone and laptop (If you don't have a phone or laptop, please email us at info@ttcriders.ca so we can borrow one for you).

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Sep 19, 2019 - [Oshawa] Future Possibilities for the GM Plant
When: Thursday Sept 19th 7pm
Where: Unifor Local 222, 1425 Phillip Murray Ave., Oshawa

We believe that Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other government bodies. Government action and a public ownership model would be required. There is growing support for this proposal from unions, community activists and environmentalists. It would keep good jobs for the community, maintain manufacturing capacity for the province and country, and help us move towards a green economy.

On September 19 we will be releasing an independent feasibility study into the possibilities of electric vehicle production in Oshawa under public ownership. Please come out and join us – we can imagine and create a better future for workers and the community.

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Sep 19, 2019 - 1919 Winnipeg Strike: The Story of Jewish Involvement
When: Thursday September 19th, 7pm
Where: The Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave.

Both speakers have family connections to the strikers.

* Roz Usiskin’s father, Joseph Wolodarsky, was a strike participant whose archival documentation states “...someday, [a] historian may look into my archives as a record of our history.”

* Harriet Zaidman’s family members were Winnipeg workers affected greatly by the strike. They are depicted in her novel City on Strike. Copies will be available at the event. She is an author and former teacher-librarian who writes for CM: Review of Materials and for The Winnipeg Free Press.

Moderated by Leo Panitch.


Sep 20, 2019 - Mass Transit Leafletting for Climate
When: Friday, September 20th, from 7:30-9:00 am
Where: Transit stations in the GTA

Friday is Global Climate Strike Day, which will kick off one week of climate justice activities in Canada and beyond. Labour Council and affiliates will be staging a mass-leafletting at transit stations around the GTA on the morning of September 20. We want everyone to know that labour cares – about our environment, about good jobs, and about making a just transition to a low-carbon future.

Sign up now to help out! docs.google.com

Sep 20, 2019 - UofT Global Climate Strike Rally: No TMX, No TMT!
When: Friday Sept. 20th, 11am
Where: King's College Cir.

On September 20th and 27th, millions of people all around the world are walking out of their workplaces, classes and homes to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, UofT’s administration continues to be complicit in the climate crisis and in violence against Indigenous peoples, from its continued investment in the fossil fuel industry to its support for the Thirty Metre Telescope project threatening the sacred mountain Mauna Kea.

Join the UofT climate strike coalition at 11am on September 20th to bring the global climate strike action to the doorsteps of Simcoe Hall. From the fossil fuel industry driving pipelines through Indigenous territories, to the TMT project on Mauna Kea, to Ford's cuts to education here in Ontario and the UofT admin's own failure to address the campus mental health crisis, universities such as UofT are helping to perpetuate the crisis that makes our future unlivable. This week, students are pushing back!

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Sep 20, 2019 - Music for Climate Justice
When: Friday Sept 20th, 6:30pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave.
$15 - general; $20+ - generous donor; $5 - $10 - students, underemployed

A benefit for ecojustice and the 2019 Climate Strike Week

All Ages! Music, sing alongs, art, food, drinks, silent auction - please bring your own dish/cutlery and pen for the auction!

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Sep 20, 2019 - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
When: Friday Sept. 20th, 7pm
Where: AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas
Tickets: $17 - $40.

Join Naomi Klein in conversation with journalist Ishmael N. Daro exploring the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices. In her new collection of essays, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, Klein investigates the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one, as well. Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis.


Sep 21, 2019 - Good Food for All Festival
When: Saturday September 21st, 11:30am
Where: 1900 Davenport Rd.

Now in its 13th year, The Stop's Good Food for All Festival brings together hundreds of local residents in celebration and solidarity. All are welcome!

The day begins with a peaceful march to raise awareness of the critical role that food security and food justice play in the heart of any community.

Afterwards, we gather to enjoy a free feast of international street food, dance to live music, join fun and immersive activities for all ages, and hear passionate speakers from local social justice campaigns.

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Sep 21, 2019 - Heat Death in Kensington
When: Saturday Sept 21st, 12noon
Where: Alexandra Park (near the baseball diamond)

Extinction Rebellion Toronto will stage a die-in during Climate Strike Week on Saturday September 21st at Kensington Market, and we invite the public to join us in our performance. Improv training will be provided.

Toronto rebels will perform a dramatization of increasing levels of severe heat waves culminating in a die-in at the centre of Kensington Market during which they will observe a moment of silence for all of those who have been and are currently being impacted by this crisis.

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Sep 21, 2019 - Art show: Piranha
When: September 18 — 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, 2 — 5pm
Meet the Artist: Sunday, September 28, 2 — 4pm
Where: Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell St.

Piranha: Comic Art and Political Cartoons -- Michael Zaharuk and The Union Art Service


Sep 21, 2019 - When Algorithms Disrupt Social Justice
When: Saturday September 21st, 2pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W

As we move towards a world dominated by digital tech and artificial intelligence, understanding the intent, ethics and accountability of the computer algorithms that organize every aspect of our lives has become urgent. What if the new technologies that make our lives more convenient are also replicating or even deepening social injustices? How do we make sure that this new digital economy does not increase inequality, undermine labour protections, or usher in an age of big data surveillance?

This event is part of an afternoon of discussions about the impact of technology on civil society that the Library is hosting on Saturday, Sept 21 at the Word On The Street Festival.

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Sep 22, 2019 - Youth Climate Action Summit
When: Sunday Sept. 22nd, 1pm
Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.

More than ever, young Canadians are raising their voices to bring awareness to the climate crisis. But how can young people get their voices listened to in the halls of power? On September 22nd, young leaders will meet in Toronto to develop their skills as climate activists and advocates in their communities. The Youth Climate Action Summit will offer young people skills and guidance from a range of climate and advocacy professionals, providing them with tools to help make their climate leadership goals happen. You'll hear from other young organizers, attend skills workshops and get the latest science directly from climate experts. Most importantly, you will learn strategies for empowering decision makers to stand with young people at this critical time in our history.


Sep 22, 2019 - Building the Solidarity Economy
When: Sunday Sept. 22nd, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St.

Brandon King and Abrianni Perry talk about how Cooperation Jackson is building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi.


Sep 23, 2019 - Mobilize Mondays
When: Every Monday, 5pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East

Weekly blockades organized by Extinction Rebellion faith-based affinity groups. All Extinction Rebellion Toronto rebels are encouraged to attend!

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Sep 23, 2019 - Group Ride to Mobilize Mondays
When: Monday October 7th, 5:30pm
Where: Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave.

Join an #eastTO crew of #bikeTO on a Group Ride to #ExtinctionRebellion's and Church of the Holy Trinity, Reverend, Cheri DiNovo's #MobilizeMondays - where we will join with a group of people for a police-permitted shut-down of the Yonge and Dundas intersection for 15 minutes between 6:00pm and 6:15pm.

The Ride will depart from TPL - Riverdale Branch at Broadview and Gerrard at 5:30pm sharp. We will take the safest route possible to Yonge-Dundas Square.

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Sep 24, 2019 - Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night)
When: Tuesday September 24th, 6:30pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave.
Admission: $7-10

Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen; we actively invite it.

Featured poets: Giovanna Riccio and Alvin Wong.
Hosts: Bänoo Zan and Terese Pierre.

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Sep 25, 2019 - Beyond NAFTA and CUSMA. Democracy Not Corporatocracy
When: Wednesday September 25th, 3pm
Where: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, 4700 Keele St, Kaneff Tower, Room 519

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) falls short of any real alternative. Rather it follows a long line of neoliberal trade agreements that have little to do with trade and everything to do with facilitating profit generation for multinational corporations.

Join us for a discussion about the trade agenda and the current political context in Mexico and Canada as well as to explore alternative forms of trade and how to build North-South cooperation.

Eladio Abundiz: National Coordinator of the Authentic Labor Front. Representative in the External Affairs Commission of the National Workers Union and workers in the hospitality and rubber sector.

Sam Gindin: Former research director of the Canadian Auto Workers from 1974-2000. Adjunct professor at York University in Toronto. Co-author of The Making of Global Capitalism (Verso).

Anna Zalik: Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where she teaches in the area of global environmental politics and critical development studies. Her research examines and critiques the political ecology and political economy of industrial extraction.

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Sep 25, 2019 - We All Belong: Labour's Commitment to Refugees
When: Wednesday, September 25th, 5pm – 9pm
Where: 585 Dundas St E

Join us for an evening discussion focused on the contributions of refugees in Canada and our role in welcoming refugees.

Light refreshments. Spoken word performance. Presentation and Community discussion featuring the following expert panel:
* Hassan Yussuf – President, Canadian Labour Congress
* Daniele Zanotti – President, United Way Greater Toronto
* Debbie Douglass – Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
* Kara Manso – Migrant Workers Alliance for Change


Sep 25, 2019 - Climate Strike Art Build: CJTO x Tea Base!
When: Wednesday September 25th, 5pm
Where: Tea Base, 222 Spadina Ave - unit C15

With the Global Strike for Climate Justice coming up on Friday 27 September, Climate Justice Toronto is partnering with Tea Base and Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty to host an open artbuild space on Wednesday 25 September! The space will open at 5pm, and anyone is welcome to drop in at any time until 8pm to help out with screen-printing banners, making and painting signs, and sharing in a free dinner.

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Sep 25, 2019 - Talking Circle: Democracy & Disobedience
When: Wednesday September 25th, 6pm
Where: Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen Street E.

A talking circle helps communication, decision-making, visioning, and builds community. We will use this model to focus on how we can activate ourselves and our networks to take action on the climate crisis. It will act as a foundation to move forward on citizens' assemblies and shape the cultural changes necessary to build the climate movement.

This event is open to XR members new and old and those participating in other groups within the climate movement.


Sep 26, 2019 - No Food For You: Ford's Attack on Ontario's Children
When: Thursday September 26th, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak St.
Free event with meal, child-minding, wheelchair access and tokens.

On November 1, Doug Ford’s government will eliminate food and clothing allowance for 32,000 of Ontario’s poorest children. The cut is a result of the cancellation of the Transition Child Benefit, which provides parents on social assistance up to $230 per month per child to take care of their kids. For a single parent with two kids on Ontario Works, the cut represents a loss of 30% of their already sub-poverty income.

Ford says he’s cutting the benefit because only people on social assistance get it. That’s like closing soup kitchens because only the poor use them. The cut is about scaling back Ontario’s social safety net and expanding the pool of workers in vulnerable situations who are forced to accept rock bottom wages and bad working conditions created by Ford’s corporate pals. It will also strip children seeking refuge in Canada of critical income support.

This government is prepared to subject Ontario's poorest parents and children to hunger and destitution to further its goals. Ford’s viciousness will only escalate unless it met with serious opposition. Let's build it, join us.

Speaker: Jackie Esmonde, Income Security Advocacy Centre.

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Sep 26, 2019 - The Use and Abuse of Identity in Public Life
When: Thursday, September 26th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst Street

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 in a variety of forms. 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?

Samir Gandesha has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (1995-97) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Universitat Potsdam (2001-2002). He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice and Socialist Project | Facebook event

Sep 30, 2019 - Secular Observances of The Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashonah – Monday September 30 @ 10:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur – Tuesday October 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Winchevsky Centre – 585 Cranbrooke Ave.

Join us for our community observances of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur with traditional shofar blowing, readings, and poetry. On Rosh Hashonah we'll focus on youth organizing and the climate crisis. On Yom Kippur, we look at Jewish organizing for justice — for the rights of refugees and against the U.S. concentration camps and for the rights of Palestinians. Both days feature Yiddish, Hebrew, and English music led by well-known Toronto musicians — David Wall (vocals) and Marilyn Lerner (piano) — including David Wall's haunting rendition of the Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur.

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The Brexit Crisis and British Labour
By Jeremy Corbyn

Congress, thank you for that warm welcome. It’s an honour to be asked to address you again. I’m proud that trade unions and the Labour Party are working as closely together now as we ever have. Because together we are one movement -- the Labour Movement, the greatest force for progressive change this country has ever known. So thank you to every single one of you for what you do, for your members and for our society.

Source: The Bullet No. 1891

Should GM Oshawa be publicly owned?
Oats for Breakfast interviews Tony Leah and Rebecca Keetch about GM’s decision to wind down vehicle assembly at its facility in Oshawa, Ontario. Tony and Rebecca work at GM Oshawa. They are also both members of Green Jobs Oshawa, an initiative calling for GM’s facility to come under public ownership and be directed toward producing electric vehicles.

Source: Oats for Breakfast

The Neoliberal University
By Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition

Announced in the Ontario Budget, the Ford government’s reckless new market-based approach to funding postsecondary education will fundamentally compromise the integrity of Ontario’s higher education system. This alarming shift in education funding will create greater inequity, hurt students, and threaten the quality of education in our province.

Source: The Bullet No. 1892

Take It Over: The Struggle for Green Production in Oshawa
By Linda McQuaig

In November 2018, Detroit-based General Motors dealt a staggering blow to 2,700 Canadian workers when it announced plans leading to the closure of a key automotive assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. In its heyday decades earlier, GM Oshawa had been the largest auto complex in North America and had employed twenty-three thousand workers. But those numbers had been steadily reduced over the years, and now it was to be shut down -- along with several GM plants in the United States -- as part of the ongoing move by the automaker to relocate ever more of its production to low-wage Mexico.

Source: The Bullet No. 1893


Executive Director -- Abortion Clinic
Choice in Health Clinic has been providing compassionate and client-centred abortion care to women and gender-diverse folks for thirty years. We are leaders in the delivery of accessible, high-quality abortion care provided through an anti-oppression model. We have an excellent client-satisfaction rate and a happy and engaged interprofessional staff team!

After ten years at the helm, our current Executive Director is leaving her role to pursue another opportunity. The Board of Directors is seeking another effective and visionary leader who can maintain the clinic’s values-based model and strong staff team while adapting to a changing healthcare landscape. The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the clinic’s values through care delivery and in the broader reproductive health sector.

HOURS: 37.5 hours/week (including some evenings and Saturdays)
SALARY: $93,000 to $97,000 plus competitive benefits
Choice in Health Clinic strongly encourages applications from members of equity-seeking groups.
Deadline: September 25, 2019 at 5pm.

All applications should be emailed to hiring@choiceinhealth.ca (no fax or phone inquiries please) | charityvillage.com



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