CSJ Newsletter

September 2, 2021

CALLS TO ACTION

Vote to stop Trans Mountain

The upcoming federal election is our last best chance to put cancelling the Trans Mountain pipeline back on the political agenda.

After Justin Trudeau’s government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in 2018, finding a political pathway to stop the project has been an uphill battle. But ultimately, the federal government still has the power to cancel this project and re-direct billions of dollars to accelerate the transition to clean energy. We need to make Trans Mountain an election issue – and prove once and for all that politicians will win or lose votes over this issue, and ultimately, their seats in Parliament.

act.stand.earth

EVENTS

Make Revera public

When: September 2nd, 5:30pm

Long term care homes are supposed to be about offering the best possible care to the elderly people and members of the disabled community who call them home but the reality does not reflect this.

A large part of the problem is companies such as Revera running them with the goal of making as much money as possible and making cuts to care in order to do so.

Facebook event

Book Launch: Code White

When: Thursday Sept. 2nd, 7pm

Join us for the launch of Margaret M. Keith and James T. Brophy’s groundbreaking new book, Code White: Sounding the Alarm on Violence against Healthcare Workers (Between the Lines, 2021).

We are celebrating the launch with a conversation between the authors and the author of the book’s foreword, Michael Hurley (Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / Canadian Union of Public Employees), moderated by Jane McArthur.

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Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy: A Critical Perspective

When: Thursday Sept. 2nd, 7:30pm

Join us for a critical discussion of Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy. From militarism to mining, Afghanistan and Haiti to China and the Middle East, this webinar will provide a far-reaching critique of Trudeau’s foreign policy record. Event is free and open to the public.

Featuring: Tamara Lorincz, Raul Burbano, Yves Engler, Bianca Mugyenyi (moderator).

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Stop Line 3

When: September 4th, 10am
Start: 97 Pachino Blvd
End: 500 Consumers Rd

Dancers, Singers, Drummers, Speakers.

Facebook event | stopline3.org

‘International Manifesto Group’ Launch

When: September 5th, 9am

The International Manifesto Group invites individuals and organizations to sign “Through Plurality to Socialism: A Manifesto.”

As the pandemic reveals capitalism’s profound inadequacies and the US launches a New Cold War on China, the cause of socialism stands at a critical juncture. “Through Pluripolarity to Socialism: A Manifesto” seeks to orient the struggles of classes and nations in this historical moment. Join an international array of socialists representing diverse currents in launching this appeal and opening discussions that are necessary to propel a left alternative, leading out of the social, economic and ecological barbarism that capitalism offers to more rational, solidaristic and scientifically advanced ecological socialisms.

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Fix LTC Now!

When: Sept 13th, 12noon
Where: Queen’s Park, Toronto (Masks are mandatory. Provincial guidelines will be followed.)

As the Ontario Legislature opens on September 13, let’s send the biggest message we can to the Ford government, which has done substantively nothing to improve care, hold LTC operators accountable, and is, in fact, expanding for-profit privatization.

The devastation in Ontario’s long-term care homes is a scar on the soul of our province. COVID-19 exposed conditions of care and living in long-term care that are completely unacceptable.

ontariohealthcoalition.ca

ARTICLES

In the Fight of Our Lives: Working for Change, Changing Work

By Carlo Fanelli and Heather Whiteside

The last province to join Canada, largely to settle its fiscal imbalance in a post-war world, is in trouble. Pandemic-related socio-economic issues, coupled with low per capita income, high debt, and a resource-dependent economy, continue to push the search for solutions in Newfoundland and Labrador, as elsewhere, in strangely familiar ways. ‘Last in’ might just prove to be ‘first out’ when it comes to Canada’s progressive hopes for the future. Premier Andrew Furey’s economic recovery team (PERT) released The Big Reset, with recommendations for deep cuts to health and post-secondary education spending, privatization of public sector pensions and provincially owned businesses, new public-private partnerships (P3s), taxes and user-fees.

Source: The Bullet No. 2446

All Must Change Utterly: We Need a People’s Green New Deal

By Judith Deutsch

Max Ajl has written an exceedingly important and powerful book, a uniquely comprehensive report about climate change, its politics and injustices. The book, A People’s Green New Deal, (Pluto Press, London, 2021), eloquently details how the predominant solutions, including the AOC-Markey Green New Deal, are not geared to the hastening pace of global climate change’s human impacts or the global political and economic hegemony of the capitalistic centre. These are enmeshed systems – how can there be eco-socialism under racist regimes, under settler-colonialism, or occupation by Israeli or US forces?

Source: The Bullet No. 2447

Could California End Up With a Trump-Like Governor?

By Sonali Kolhatkar

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election (September 14th) that, up until recently, the Democratic Party had brushed off as a frivolous inconvenience. Now, just days before the election, vote-by-mail ballots have been sent to California’s 22 million active registered voters in a statewide off-year election that offers a bewildering array of nearly four dozen alternate choices to Newsom if he were to lose. Polls show that even in a state with a clear majority of voters identifying as Democratic, Newsom is in trouble.

Source: The Bullet No. 2448

The Federal Election and Improving Accessible Transit

By Keep Transit Moving

The lack of accessible transit throughout our country creates barriers for people with disabilities and limited mobility who rely on transit to get where they need to go, especially as they grow older. This has been especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where people with disabilities faced even more barriers. For example, in Hamilton, people with mobility devices were forced to take transit with a companion as drivers were not permitted to deploy ramps themselves, essentiallystripping them of their own autonomy.

Source: The Bullet No. 2449

SR21: Community Restaurants / Postcapitalism: Alternatives or Detour?

Dual Presentation: Community Restaurants with Benjamin Selwyn /
Postcapitalism: Alternatives or Detour? with Greg Albo. Part of the Socialist Register series “Beyond Digital Capitalism.” Recorded online, 2 May 2021.

Source: LeftStreamed

EMPLOYMENT

Human Rights Officer

Under the direction of the Programs Coordinator and as part of a team that includes other programs, the Human Rights/Generalist Officer is responsible for the development and maintenance of the PSAC Human Rights Program which has the ultimate goal of integrating human rights issues into all areas of the union’s work and provide PSAC with expertise in all human rights matters. The Human Rights Program is dedicated to the promotion and coordination of equality issues within our union, the broader labour movement, within the workplaces of our members and in our communities. The duties of the program can overlap several functions (education, policy drafting, organizing political action, membership mobilization, collective bargaining, legislative reviews, problem solving, etc.).

Salary: $104,256 – $117,344
Location: Ottawa Headquarters
Closing Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:30 EDT

psacunion.ca

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