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May 16, 2019


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Boycott CNH
Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. needs a wake-up call. Guests at their facilities in Niagara Falls, Ontario have complained about their treatment.

CNH employees also say they are being treated unfairly. They said “enough is enough” and decided to form a union when their employer forced them to give back more of their tips and include their managers in the tip-out. Now they have been seeking a contract for over a year and have been out on strike since April 7.

These criticisms are being picked-up by major media outlets including the CBC, Toronto Star, and Niagara Falls Review. Until CNH does better, we ask that you spend your hard-earned money somewhere else.


Mercury Justice for Grassy Narrows
The devastating mercury crisis in Grassy Narrows First Nation has persisted for decades. Join us as we take action for mercury justice and demand:

* Compensate everyone in Grassy Narrows!
* Build the Mercury Home now!

This June, we will be travelling to Toronto for events to raise public awareness about our struggle for justice and water protection. But we need your support to make this happen!



May 16, 2019 - Precarious Workers Organizing in Canada and the Americas
When: Thursday May 16th, 3-5pm, followed by reception.
Where: 305 Founders College, York University

Join us for a conversation on the rise of precarious and informal work, the survival strategies of precarious workers and the ways in which they have been organizing across the Americas.

The discussion will be facilitated through presentations by Chris Tilly, Connie Sorio, Carolyn Egan, and Marcelo Manzano.

May 16, 2019 - Expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne: Community Planning
When: Thursday, May 16th, 6pm
Where: CRC, 40 Oak St.

We've teamed up with planners and architects to create a model for public housing that can be built at 214-230 Sherbourne. With your help, we can finalize the design and fight for its implementation.

214 – 230 Sherbourne are 7 adjacent properties located at the southwest corner of Dundas and Sherbourne. For 50 years, houses on this lot provided homes for poor people. 10 years ago, 2 of those houses were demolished, leaving just one 30-room house standing.

A decade later the lot remains empty and the house abandoned. Meanwhile, the number of people left homeless in the area continues to swell. The neighbourhood desperately needs housing that poor people can afford.

27 organizations have signed a letter demanding the City acquire these properties. If the owners refuse to sell to the City, the City must take the properties over – expropriate them – to build social housing. Join us.


May 16, 2019 - [Oshawa] We Are Oshawa - AGM
When: May 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: UOIT Downtown Campus, 61 Charles St, Room 220, Oshawa

We Are Oshawa is holding its Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2019.

At this meeting, an election will be held for the Executive. There are five positions to be filled. If you are interested in running, please arrange to have someone nominate you and second your nomination. Also, we suggest that you be prepared to put forward your vision and priorities for the coming year.


May 16, 2019 - Stop the Cuts: Access to Justice for All
When: Thursday, May 16th, 7pm
Where: Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Join the Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS) for a public forum on funding cuts to Legal Aid and Community Legal Clinics. Get the most up-to-date information and discuss how to stop the cuts.

Facebook event

May 18, 2019 - Nakba Day - End Israeli Apartheid
When: Saturday, May 18th, 2pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street E.

Join us in Toronto to show solidarity for the Palestinian people. In remembrance of the Nakba, let us gather in a show of strength and solidarity.

The Nakba was a day of catastrophe that marked the beginning of the violent ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestine in 1948, which rested on the racist belief that Jews alone belong in Palestine.

The Israeli army and government have continued - even until now, 71 years since the Nakba - to steal land, murder and displace Palestinians, occupy Palestinian territory, and implement an apartheid regime.

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May 19, 2019 - Ontario Calls BS: Anti-Public Sector Cuts Rally
When: Sunday May 19th, 12noon
Where: Queen's Park, Toronto

SAPEC invites you to a rally, at Queen's Park, against public sector cuts on May 19th. This is a protest to raise awareness for ALL cuts being made by the Ford government.

This protest will send a clear signal to Doug Ford that the people of Ontario will never fall into infighting and will work together in unison to protect the province they love.


May 21, 2019 - Green New Deal Town Hall
When: Tuesday May 21st, 12:45pm
Where: CSI Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave, Ground Floor

This event is one of many Green New Deal town halls being held in communities across the country in May 2019. The conversation is being led from the ground up through town halls bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss our vision for a new economy -- one that cuts global warming pollution; sees the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent, and the TRC recommendations, creates millions of green jobs; and makes sure no one gets left behind. The input from these town halls will be used to inform a vision for a Green New Deal for all.


May 21, 2019 - Toronto Airport Workers' Council Meeting
When: Tuesday May 21st, 2pm
Where: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), 1400 - 1530 in the Pyramid Room on the third floor of Terminal 3.
This meeting is open to all airport workers.

The Toronto Airport Workers' Council is a group of union reps and activists that are working to improve labour conditions at YYZ and beyond. The TAWC represents around 30,000 union members from Unifor, IAMAW, Teamsters 419, PSAC-CIU, CUPE, and SEIU, and many more non-union workers that make up Pearson's workforce.

At this meeting we plan to discuss a range of topics including upcoming events, worker education, TAWC structure and bylaws, communication tools, etc.

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May 21, 2019 - Community Power Mapping workshop
When: Tuesday May 21st, 5:30pm
Where: Unit 2, 163 Sterling Rd.

How do we cooperatively undermine the capitalist heteropatriarchy? Where are strategic locations in our neighbourhoods and cities to expose the underbelly of a deeply oppressive society? And, where do we have space to build worlds anew?

This workshop brings people together as co-conspirators in a plot to overthrow dominant actors through understanding the world around us. By working together, we will build cognitive maps and pinpoint sites of hegemonic power and means for us to disrupt and upend. The goal for this workshop is to empower queer and trans (especially queer and trans bipoc) in Tkaronto to see space differently and build strategies for direct action with community.

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May 23, 2019 - Zack Taylor: Who Runs Toronto?
When: Thursday May 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: Runnymede Branch Public Library, 2178 Bloor St W.

Given the structure of provincial-municipal relationships in Canada, Toronto and other Canadian cities often feel powerless to solve their own problems, like housing and transit.

Presenting his new book, Shaping the Metropolis, Zack Taylor explains the historical development of the relationship between provincial and municipal governments in Canada and compares it to the relationship between state and local governments in the United States. He argues that over the past century provincial intervention has saved Canadian cities from many of the problems that plague American cities.

In this talk, Taylor will put the Ontario-Toronto relationship in its historical and comparative perspective and talk about how we, as citizens and voters, should think about provincial authority and local autonomy in the future.

Facebook event

May 23, 2019 - Dave Meslin on How to Rebuild Our Democracy
When: Thursday May 23rd, 7pm
Where: Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street

Our democracy is a trainwreck. Our elections feel hollow and our legislatures have become toxic. Fierce partisanship, centralized power, distorted election results and rigged systems all contribute to our growing cynicism. And yet, activist and community activist David Meslin thinks we can fix it.

Come to a discussion with David Meslin about his new book, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy From the Ground Up, on how we can take back our democracy.

Hosted by Buzzfeed News editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud.



The Zizek/Peterson Debate
Slavoj Zizek and Jordan Peterson recently debated in Toronto. Oats sits
down with Brent, Karmah, and Blake to discuss what was supposed to be “the debate of the century.”

Source: Oats for Breakfast

Conservative ‘Blue Wave’ Sweeps Across Canada
By John Clarke

The federal system under which the Canadian state operates, places a great deal of decision making power in the hands of its provinces. While the dubiously progressive Trudeau Liberals run things federally (for the present), the provincial level of government is now dominated by the Conservatives and other hard right political parties. Ontario’s right wing Tory Premier, Doug Ford, recently greeted the electoral victory of his political co-thinkers in Alberta by declaring in the Legislature that, "We see just a blue wave going across this country from west to east."

Source: The Bullet No. 1817

An Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion
By Wretched of The Earth

Dear Extinction Rebellion, The emergence of a mass movement like Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an encouraging sign that we have reached a moment of opportunity in which there is both a collective consciousness of the immense danger ahead of us and a collective will to fight it. A critical mass agrees with the open letter launching XR when it states "If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak."

Source: The Bullet No. 1818

Time for the South African Government to Declare a Climate Emergency
By Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center and South African Food Sovereignty Campaign

On the 22nd of April, regions of Kwa Zulu Natal experienced heavy rainfall resulting in devastating flooding, washing away houses and claiming close to 80 lives. Currently, residents are living with relatives or in shelters where there are limited resources and not enough beds. Not too far away, in the aftermath of cyclone Idai, while residents of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are still trying to rebuild, another cyclone has hit Northern Mozambique and Southern Tanzania, cyclone Kenneth. This second cyclone comes just weeks after cyclone Idai devastated the region, killing over 1000 people and displacing about 3 million.

Source: The Bullet No. 1819

Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or 'Left Secularism'
By John Clarke

Western governments and the xenophobic far right are engaged in a veritable war on Muslims. One way in which this attack unfolds is an ongoing effort to force Muslims to embrace dominant ‘values’ and change their forms of dress or abandon religious observances. Though he was not speaking exclusively about Muslims, the infamous war criminal, Tony Blair, recently sounded off on this very theme of the obligation to ‘integrate’ and was challenged very powerfully by Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.

Source: The Bullet No. 1820

Extinction Rebellion: A Cause for Hope for the Planet and Maybe for Revolution
By Mike Shaughnessy

The worldwide protests organized by Extinction Rebellion (XR), have put the issue of the ecological crisis into mainstream political discourse. Non-violent actions have been carried out in more than 30 countries and within them, many more towns and cities. But it has been in the UK, the birthplace of the movement, that has seen the most spectacular actions, particularly in London. Four central London locations were held, and blockaded, three of them illegally, for almost a week, with over a 1,000 arrests being made by police.

Source: The Bullet No. 1821



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