CSJ Newsletter

December 9, 2021


Save the TTC!

Safe, accessible public transit is the backbone that keeps a big city like Toronto moving. It’s an essential part of our lives — enabling people who live and visit here to efficiently commute from home to work, to a doctor’s appointment, or to pick up food at the grocery store

Thousands of people rely on public transit every day in Toronto, especially those who are struggling the most to make ends meet and don’t have access to a car or taxi. But right now, the TTC is planning to slash services as soon as this month.

Imagine you’re a frontline worker. You rely on transit every day to get to work. Your daily commute usually takes you 30 minutes but lately it’s been taking you up to an hour to get to work. You have to wait in the freezing cold at a bus stop every day, because TTC services are being cut. This could be the reality for many of us if TTC service cuts go ahead.



Why We Need Feminist Political Economy Now More Than Ever

When: Thursday December 9th, 11:30am

Political economy in difficult times: revealing blind spots and reimagining theory and practice. Have the last couple of years of turmoil produced major changes in the global political economy? Have they revealed blind spots in our thinking about it? If so, how should we respond? If not, why not?

Chair: Jacqueline Best is a Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

– Genevieve LeBaron is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, and as of January 1st 2022 will be Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
– Shirin Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies.
– Katherine Scott is a Senior Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and serves as the director for its gender equality and public policy work.
– Elisabeth Prügl is Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.


IJV Indigenous Solidarity Workshop Series

When: Dec 9, Jan 20, Feb 24 at 8pm

In this three-part web series, we will gather to question what it means to be non-Indigenous Jewish people living in Canada — also known as Turtle Island. You can come with decades of experience in anti-colonial struggles or if you are just beginning to think about this. Attend one or all sessions!


The Truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder.

When: Thursday December 9th, 6:30pm

The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder – comes at an opportune time for our country, as we seek to understand how best to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations. In this keynote, The Honourable Murray Sinclair reminds us that reconciliation is not an act of forgiving past wrongs. It is a process of dismantling the ongoing colonial relationship that treats Indigenous people as less than human. It is not a matter of benevolence or charity. It is a matter of respect and rights.


Heading for Extinction

When: December 13th, 8:30pm

Join members of Extinction Rebellion from across Canada to learn about the climate emergency we are facing, why we should all be in the streets rebelling and why the past 30 years of climate activism has failed.

There will also be time to ask questions and connect with other people interested in taking action on the climate crisis.

The last 15 minutes of this talk will be reserved for those of you who are interested in learning how to give this talk yourself!


Homeless Memorial

When: Tuesday December 14th, 12 – 12:30pm

The link to watch the memorial will be on Church of the Holy Trinity’s Facebook page.


Responding to Biden’s Buy-American Auto Rebates

By Sam Gindin

The recently passed US “Build Back Better Act” includes a section that is causing great angst for America’s co-signers of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). Justified as addressing the environmental crisis as well as jobs, the US legislation provides for rebates on electric vehicles sold in the US – but only if the vehicles are also produced in the US.

Source: The Bullet No. 2516

The Dangers of Working-Class Women’s Football

By Kevin Skerrett

For many sports fans in Canada, the most memorable moment of this past summer’s Olympic Games in Japan was the triumph of the Canadian women’s soccer team, a heart-stopping penalty-shootout win over Sweden that garnered them an unprecedented gold medal. For followers of the team, and especially its veterans, there was additional relish in reaching that pinnacle after having already defeated the #1-ranked US team in the semi-final, a win that arguably avenged a crushing – highly contentious – semi-final loss to the US in the 2012 Olympic semi-final.

Source: The Bullet No. 2517

Why Amazon Is Terrified of Its US Workers Unionizing

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just ruled that a historic union vote held earlier this year among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) was not valid. The highly publicized vote, which took place over several weeks in February and March 2021, resulted in a resounding defeat for the union, with more than 70 percent of those voting choosing against union membership.

Source: The Bullet No. 2518

Ford Government’s Response on Long-Term Care is a Travesty

By Ontario Health Coalition

The so-called “new” long-term care legislation introduced by the Ford government is scheduled for third and final reading in the legislature today and it will be passed by the Conservative majority likely today or tomorrow. The bill, which is really just a series of amendments to the existing Long-Term Care Homes Act (2007), has been rushed through in advance of the provincial election in order to make the appearance of doing something, without crossing the vital interests of the for-profit long-term care industry, and without committing the funds and political will to the changes that are actually needed.

Source: The Bullet No. 2519

Neoliberalism’s Toll: Impacts on India’s Peasants and Workers

By Venkatesh Athreya

This article deals with the impact of the neoliberal policies pursued since 1991, on the working people of India, and in particular on poor peasants and wage labourers. It is now three decades since neoliberal policies – popularly known as LPG (Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization) policies have been in place, pursued vigorously by both the Congress Party-led governments and the BJP-led coalitions, at the Centre and in most of the States

Source: The Bullet No. 2520


Careers at Social Planning Toronto

Are you looking for a new opportunity to play a leadership role in shaping a more equitable Toronto?

Social Planning Toronto (SPT) is looking for a full-time Director, Engagement and Strategic Initiatives (one-year contract), with a high possibility of extension.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, January 9, at 11 PM.


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