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January 17, 2019


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Stop Bill 66
In May 2018, Caroline Mulroney promised the voters of York-Simcoe that she would protect and preserve the North Gwillimbury Forest and the Greenbelt in its entirety. According to Ms. Mulroney, as “your PC candidate, and hopefully MPP, you will always have my commitment on this.”

But contrary to this promise, in December the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 66, theRestoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act which, if passed into law, will permit municipalities to pass special zoning bylaws allowing office buildings, factories, stores and houses to be built anywhere in the North Gwillimbury Forest and within the Greenbelt Protected Countryside. Unbelievably, these special bylaws could be passed without public notice, without a public meeting, and without any opportunity for appeal.


Stop the Subway Rip-Off
The TTC belongs to Toronto.

Premier Doug Ford's plan to break apart the TTC will create a two-tier system with higher subway fares, less say for riders, and worse service. It also opens the door to privatization.

Tell Premier Ford to fund the TTC, not break it apart. Enter your information below to send a message directly to Premier Doug Ford, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, and your MPP.



Jan 17, 2019 - Speak Out To End Deadly Housing Crisis
When: Thursday, January 17th, 12noon
Where: 165 University Ave (Uni/Adelaide)

The death of the homeless woman this morning comes just a week after another homeless woman, Crystal Papineau, died near Dovercourt and Bloor after getting trapped in a clothing donations bin in the middle of the night. That same night, a young homeless Indigenous man was also found dead.

Much like the night Crystal died, Toronto's emergency shelters were full across all sectors last night, the sub-standard backup respites centre were packed, and the closest women's drop-in, which offers no sleeping space, was overcapacity. The City's nightly shelter census data demonstrates that the situation remains virtually the same almost every single night of the year.

Facebook event

Jan 17, 2019 - Injured Workers Fighting Back
When: Thursday January 17th, 6pm
Where: CRC at 40 Oaks, 40 Oak St.

Over the past several years, injured workers have felt the cutting edge of austerity at the hands of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). Since 2010, compensation benefits provided to injured workers have been cut in half. In that same time period, the WSIB’s own bank account has doubled in size.

Injured workers are seeing an increase in forced return to work, and their treating doctors are being ignored. With their compensation denied, many are forced onto social assistance, and given its severe inadequacy, into poverty. However, the injured worker movement is growing across the province. Communities are becoming more organized and are fighting back. Come hear from injured-worker activists in Toronto about their campaigns and how they are organizing for justice.

Facebook event

Jan 17, 2019 - Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain
When: Thursday January 17th, 7pm
Where: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst St.

Poetic, confrontational and radical, Decolonizing Academia speaks to those who have been taught to doubt themselves because of the politics of censorship, violence and silence that sustain the Ivory Tower. Clelia O. Rodríguez illustrates how academia is a racialized structure that erases the voices of people of colour, particularly women. She offers readers a gleam of hope through the voice of an inquisitorial thinker and methods of decolonial expression, including poetry, art and reflections that encompass much more than theory.

In Decolonizing Academia, Rodríguez passes the torch to her Latinx offspring to use as a tool to not only survive academic spaces but also dismantle systems of oppression. Through personal anecdotes, creative non-fiction and unflinching bravery, Rodríguez reveals how people of colour are ignored, erased and consumed in the name of research and tenured academic positions. Her work is a survival guide for people of colour entering academia.

Jan 17, 2019 - Defend Toronto: Ontario Place and Subway Takeover
When: Thursday January 17th, 7pm
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square

We'll be discussing future action against the subway takeover, as well as what is going on with Ontario Place and the Waterfront.

The second part of the meeting will address the future of Ontario Place and the Waterfront in the face of what Premier Ford plans to do. Chris Glover, the MPP for the area and Councillor Joe Cressy will both speak, and they will help us determine what actions we can take to ensure the planning for Ontario Place and the Waterfront meets city expectations.

And the Raging Grannies will sing for us in their satiric tone.

Facebook event

Jan 18, 2019 - Book launch: Annotations w/ Hatem Bazian
When: Friday January 18th, 7pm
Where: Nexus Lounge (12th floor), OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

Join us for a book launch featuring Dr. Hazem Bazian a leading scholar, activist, and public intellectual. He will be discussing his book Annotations on Race, Colonialism, Islamophobia, Islam and Palestine. Copies of the book will be available for sale by Another Story.


Jan 19, 2019 - Women March On Toronto
When: Saturday, January 19th, 12pm-3pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall

On January 19th, Women March On: Toronto invites you to join together in marching, resisting and making it clear to policymakers that we will not accept rollbacks and attacks on our communities.

This march, and this movement, began in solidarity with our sisters in the United States as they demonstrated their resistance to their country’s new leadership. We march to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto. We are doing it again this year.

Facebook event | Meet at 11:40 at the North side of Nathan Phillips Square outside the main doors to City Hall. Look for the pink CUPE flags.

Jan 20, 2019 - Volunteer Training to Stop the Subway Rip-Off
When: Sunday, January 20th, 1pm
Where: 34 St Patrick St.

The province has threatened to break apart the TTC by taking over the subway system we paid for and maintain. Will the province sell off subway assets, like Jeff Yurek, the Transportation Minister, promises and as it did with Highway 407 and Hydro One? The province has already contracted out aspects of transit, like the Presto system and the maintenance of new LRT lines. If they rip-off our subway system, we could see higher fares, reduced service, and less democratic control by Toronto’s residents.

But we can still do something about this. TTCriders is ramping up the campaign in the new year by organizing subway stop canvases, door knocking, and lit drops. Will you join us?

Facebook event

Jan 23, 2019 - 2062: Beyond a Cartoon Future for Millennials
When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: Isabel Bader Theatre at Victoria College, U of T, 93 Charles Street W.

Join U.S. comedian and podcaster Hari Kondabolu in a seriously funny conversation about the future of work with the Atkinson Foundation’s Ausma Malik, and the Canadian Roots Exchange’s Max FineDay. They’ll be talking about how to get a future that’s fair and work that’s decent. The cast of The Jetsons, the first colour cartoon series aired in 1962 and set 100 years in the future, will make a cameo appearance. Hari, Max and Ausma will riff about bosses and workers, tech for lifestyles and livelihoods, and how race, money and gender colours everything for millennials.


Jan 24, 2019 - How to Criticize Israel w/o Being Antisemitic
When: Thursday, January 24th, 6:30pm
Where: UJPO / Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave.
$5 or PWYC — no one turned away.

White nationalism and antisemitic rhetoric and actions are on the rise in Canada and throughout the world.

For Jews who support justice for Palestinians, how do we also recognize and address antisemitism? What is and what is not antisemitism in the context of working in solidarity with Palestinians?

At the recent Independent Jewish Voices conference in Toronto, Hannah Gold of the UK group, Jewdas, led a stimulating session on this topic and shared the Jewdas materials so that others could reproduce the experience.

Facilitated by Rachel Epstein, Anton Guz, and Marylin Kanee.

Facebook event


Hotels vs Housing?
This session of The Capitalism Workshop explores not only the impacts of platforms such as AirBnB on workers but also how unions are in the midst of a period of unilateral experimentation with how to address digital platforms ranging from cross-class alliances to broader coalition building.

Moderated by Tanner Mirrlees. Presentations by Steven Tufts (York University) and Thorben Wieditz (Unifor Local 7575).

Source: LeftStreamed

Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed
Nathan Legrand and Éric Toussaint

The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice-president Rosario Murillo. The Left has many more reasons to denounce the policies of the regime. To understand this, we must go back to 1979.

Source: The Bullet No. 1736

A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from Necessity?
Judith Deutsch

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities famously opens with the lines "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…" Reflecting extremes in wealth and well-being, a number of current publications mirror Dickens: Andrew Levine's "A Tale of Two Cities," Mike Davis’ "A Tale of Two Wildfires," James McAuley's "A Tale of Two Killings," Juan Gonzalez’ Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities. Nowhere is "a tale of two" more fitting than the world of toilets. Indoor plumbing arrived in the U.S. in the 1840s. Dr. John Snow's treatise on sewage-contaminated water causing cholera came out in 1855, and A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859. The current global toilet situation cannot be attributed to lack of knowledge, technology, or resources.

Source: The Bullet No. 1737

Sugarcane and Steelworkers’ Strikes in Iran
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

In the past two months, two major strikes by the workers of "Iran National Steel Industrial Group" (INSIG) in the city of Ahvaz and "Haft Tapeh Cane Sugar Agro-Industrial Company" in Shush, took place simultaneously. Workers in both industries have been fighting against privatization of their respective companies and unpaid wages. In addition, workers have been calling for the removal of corrupt management and domination of what steelworkers have called "The Mafia" in their industries. Workers are also protesting against the government’s "free market" policies, which have led to austerity measures, massive corruption and ever-increasing job insecurity.

Source: The Bullet No. 1738

Resist Doug Ford!
Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, Calls on Workers to Resist Doug Ford. To discuss the resistance to Doug Ford with other labour movement activists, attend the next meeting of the Toronto Labour Committee. Contact: torontolabourcommittee@gmail.com

Source: LeftStreamed

Action Keele newsletter No. 2
After months of research, planning, and most importantly, surveying the 41’s riders, the Action Keele Campaign officially launched on Dec. 12! The campaign’s first demand is that the 41 Keele gets added to the TTC’s Ten Minute Network. A bus every ten minutes would mean a more reliable schedule and less crowding when the bus does show up. Most importantly, it means less time waiting for the bus and more time living our lives.

Source: Action Keele


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