CSJ Newsletter

November 11, 2021


Restore and Extend CRB! Fix EI!

The Canada Recovery Benefit ended on October 23! Call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland to extend the CRB until the pandemic is over and Employment Insurance is fixed for good.

Take action now and send an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other federal representatives.



Climate – Indigenous Cities for a Sustainable Future

When: November 11th, 4pm

Climate change is having an incredible impact on cities around the world. As our elected leaders and scientific minds look to future technology to save us, is it possible the solution might be found in sacred knowledge from the planet’s Indigenous peoples?

In this panel conversation, we hear from Indigenous architects from Tkaronto/Toronto, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Rapa Nui/Easter Island, who are applying ancestral ingenuity to their craft.

About this event’s guests:
– Matthew PJ Hickey (Two Row Architect)
– Whare Timu (Warren and Mahoney)
– Hetereki Huke (Tepuku, Applied Research Center for Rapa Nui and the Pacific)


The Return of the Dialectics of Nature

When: Friday November 12th, 1pm

This session is a discussion of the Deutscher Prize Winning Book 2020 The Return of the Dialectics of Nature: Marxian Ecology and the Struggle for Freedom as Necessity – John Bellamy Foster. This is NOT the Deutscher Prize Lecture – it is a discussion of the prize winning book.


The Consequences of Capitalism with Noam Chomsky

When: November 15th, 5pm

Join Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone as they discuss their latest book, Consequences of Capitalism.

Consequences of Capitalism, a new book by Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone, exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal ‘common sense’ and structural power. In making these linkages, they will show how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we will see how we can fight to overcome these divisions. Is there an alternative to capitalism? Chomsky and Waterstone will chart a critical map for a more just and sustainable society.


The Climate Emergency and A Just Transition

When: November 15th, 7pm

The Good Jobs for All Coalition, the Labour Council and other sponsors are co-hosting a two-part forum on climate change and just transition this fall. Part 1 took place on October 13.

Presenters include:
– OFL Executive VP Janice Folk-Dawson
– Council of Canadians Chair John Cartwright
– GTA Community and Labour Representatives


ICL’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration!

When: November 16th, 6pm

The Institute for Change Leaders will be hosting a free online event to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary. We’re gathering an exciting group of changemakers and performers, including Samra Zafar, a bestselling author and educator for mental health and human rights; Janet Merlo, a former RCMP officer who spoke out against sexual harassment and misconduct in the ranks; and poet Randell Adjei, the first Poet Laureate of Ontario.

And we will present the 2021 ICL Alumni Awards, which recognizes the remarkable achievements of our community of change leaders and organizers.


Racial Justice Summit 2021

When: Nov 17th, 10am – Nov 18th, 8pm

The pandemic has shone a light on systemic inequities; growing awareness must compel change. How will community advocates, governments and institutions meet the moment?

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation have teamed up to present a special two-day virtual summit to explore the pressing issues impacting racialized communities.


Daring to Hope: My Life in the 1970s

When: Wednesday November 17th, 7pm UK (2pm EST)

In this powerful memoir Sheila Rowbotham looks back at her life as a participant in the women’s liberation movement, left politics and the creative radical culture of a decade in which freedom and equality seemed possible. She reveals the tremendous efforts that were made to transform attitudes and feelings, as well as daily life.


– Sue O’Sullivan joined the Tufnell Park women’s liberation small group.

– Sheila Rowbotham who helped start the women’s liberation movement in Britain, is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements.


Virtual Launch: The Lost Expert

When: November 17th, 6pm

Author Hal Niedzviecki will be discussing his new novel, The Lost Expert, in conversation with Veldon Coburn.



Toronto School Board Stifles Criticism of Israel

By William Paul

What’s going on with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)?! It looks like it’s teamed up with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) to outline what is okay to say about the state of Israel and what is antisemitism. According to TDSB spokesperson, Ryan Bird, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre is “one of a number of organizations/groups that has helped provide resources over the years with regard to Holocaust education and antisemitism” as the Board moves ahead “developing curated resources with staff and community partners.”

Source: The Bullet No. 2495

The US Has an Unhealthy Obsession With Cuba

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde

The piggy bank was rattled again. In September 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave $6,669,000 in grants for projects aimed at “regime change” in Cuba, a euphemism to avoid saying “direct intervention by a foreign power.” The United States’ current Democratic administration has especially favored the International Republican Institute (IRI) with a bipartisan generosity that Donald Trump never had. Other groups in Miami, Washington, and Madrid that have also received generous amounts have been among those calling for an invasion of the island. These groups paint an apocalyptic panorama in Havana to secure greater funding next year.

Source: The Bullet No. 2496

Deconstructing Boats on the Eve of Glasgow COP26

By Judith Deutsch

The images that first come to mind about “boat people” are of families in rickety little vessels fleeing from Vietnam in the last days of that war, and now the climate and war refugees capsized from similar boats and drowning in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and other waters. And emergency comes to mind when reading about the climate and its increasingly deadly human impacts. In contrast, for several weeks shortly before the Glasgow COP26 meeting (October 31-November 12), a pricey multi-page advertising supplement in the weekend edition of a major Canadian newspaper wants to lure us to join an Antarctic cruise serving another kind of boat people.

Source: The Bullet No. 2497

G20 States Scheme to Avoid Economic Commitments at COP26

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Heads of state from the world’s wealthiest countries gathered for the first time in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic at the recent G20 summit meeting in Rome, Italy. The two-day meeting culminated in a grand dinner at the Quirinale Palace, where the evening’s menu featured salmon with dill, pumpkin risotto, sea bass fillets, tomato and celeriac puff pastry, and for dessert, a “delicate” steamed mandarin cream. Guests sat around a large formal dining table in a high-ceilinged palatial room with an impressive crystal chandelier and window dressings of tasseled red drapes.

Source: The Bullet No. 2498

Neoliberalism, Unions, and the Left

We are joined by Sam Gindin, a legendary Canadian labour researcher, author, and organizer, to chat about a wide-range of topics involving the state of labour in North America. We try to dissect the pesky truth of neoliberalism, the limits of unions, and what is next for the left under Biden.

Source: The Scarlet Standard Episode No. 21


Job Posting: Organizer

The Toronto & York Region Labour Council is seeking an organizer to work as part of the leadership and staff team in a dynamic and fast-paced organization that is responding to a pandemic, a changing economy and new political realities in Canada’s largest urban centre. This will be a one-year full-time contract position with the possibility of becoming permanent.

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon, Friday, November 19, 2021 by e-mail to campaigns@labourcouncil.ca | labourcouncil.ca

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