CSJ Newsletter

April 14, 2022


Fightback Against Health Care Privatization

The Ontario Health Coalition and Local Health Coalitions across Ontario are building the biggest fight-back we have ever mounted against the Ford government’s unprecedented health care privatization plans. Our goal is to protect and improve our vital public health care services and stop health care privatization. We are a non-partisan public watchdog for health care and intend to set the threat to our public health care as a key election issue and push all political parties to make commitments to safeguard public health care, stop privatization and address the urgent needs to improve care and staffing. We will also be putting out health care platform comparisons and analyses once they are released.


Dental care must be universal

The Liberals and the NDP have promised to deliver dental care by the end of the year for low-income communities as one of the conditions of their Supply and Confidence Agreement (SACA).

Advocates and medical experts agree that preventative and universal healthcare is a more effective system and is better for everyone. By ensuring everyone can get the dental care they need before it leads to worse health problems, our entire health care system would be stronger.



How to Make Gig Work, Work for You

When: April 14th, 2pm

A student bike courier was recently awarded an additional $1000 in wages for hours he had worked. Gig workers are regularly underpaid for all the hours they work. Hear what happened, and what you can do to protect yourself, from the student bike courier, a gig worker organizer, and a lawyer. Get ideas, advice & networks to make gig work better.


Disarm, Defund, Dismantle

When: April 14th, 7pm

Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada is the first collection in so-called Canada about the #DefundThePolice movement since it was popularized in 2020.

Tune into the free launch event to learn more about the multi-faceted politics of police abolition in Canada. We’ll touch on abolition as a response to settler colonialism and as integral to Indigenous sovereignty, as a response to anti-Black racism in the context of Black revolt today, as part of the struggle for sex worker safety, as a movement against migrant detention, as critical to harm reduction, and more.

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Off the Hill live

When: April 14th, 7:30pm

Off the Hill is a fast-paced live panel on current issues of national significance. It features guests and a discussion you won’t find anywhere else, centered on the impact politics and policy have on people, and on ways to mobilize to bring about progressive change in national politics — on and off the hill.

Guests: MP Leah Gazan, rabble’s senior parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg, food security activist Paul Taylor, and environmentalist Avi Lewis with hosts Robin Browne and Libby Davies.


The Christie Pits Riot

When: April 18th, 7pm

On August 16, 1934, a riot broke out in Christie Pitts between Nazi supporters and members of Toronto’s Jewish community and their supporters. Three novelists and a graphic artist produced books looking at the background, events and characters associated with the event. Join us for a lively and fun discussion with the authors.

The authors and their books:
– Genevieve Graham: Letters Across the Sea
– Steven Hayward: The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke
– Josh Rosen: The Good Fight
– Aren X Tulchinsky: The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky


Exploring the Field of Labor Studies

When: April 19th, 5:30pm

This program will feature two suest speakers from Canada – Stephanie Ross and Cindy Hanson. Hosted by University of Illinois’s series on Critical Interventions in Labor Studies.


Half Earth Socialism

When: Thursday Apr 21st, 12noon

Animal Liberation Currents and Verso Books, in cooperation with Canadian Dimension, present the book launch for Half Earth Socialism.

In their new book, Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergras have asked “the hard questions about politics in an age of ecological collapse: How does socialist democracy work? What does a truly environmentally stable society look like? How could an eco-socialist coalition take power?”


Live: Ben Burgis

When: April 21st, 7pm
Where: Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave

The case for the enduring relevance of the incarnation of Hitchens is made in Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, How He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters. The author, Ben Burgis, is a columnist for Jacobin magazine and host of “Give Them an Argument”, a politics show on YouTube.



Social Housing for All

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Is housing a human right? Or is it a privilege affordable only to those who have made it under our unfair system of market capitalism? If you read CNBC’s recent financial advice column, you may come away believing the latter to be true. Economist and CNBC contributor Laurence J. Kotlikoff said Americans “are wasting too much money on housing,” and in order to be more financially savvy about housing he offered such innovative ideas as moving in with one’s parents, renting out part of one’s home to visitors through Airbnb, selling one’s home altogether in favor of a smaller, cheaper one, or – and this is my favorite – moving to a cheaper state.

Source: The Bullet No. 2594

Social Commons and the Housing Crisis

By Doreen Nicoll

The Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. It’s not simply a matter of insufficient supply, but rather a deficit of affordable housing for renters and purchasers. The Doug Ford government’s document A Place to Grow: Growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe defines affordable housing, whether renting or buying, as accommodation that costs no more than 30 per cent of the gross annual household income for low and moderate households.

Source: The Bullet No. 2595

Workers’ Rights and Chile’s Constitutional Convention

By Taroa Zuniga Silva

On March 13, 2022, two days after Gabriel Boric was sworn in as the president of Chile, Minister General Secretariat of Government Camila Vallejo told 24 Horas during an interview that her duty is “to accompany and support the constitutional process,” when asked about the government’s priorities during 2022. These two processes – the formation of Boric’s government and the writing of a new constitution – run parallel to one another and are important to the shaping of a “new Chile.”

Source: The Bullet No. 2596

Canada’s Spiralling Cost of Living Crisis

By John Clarke

As we purportedly emerge from the pandemic, one of the immediate challenges that confronts us is a global cost of living crisis. There has been a sharp round of inflation which, even if we optimistically imagine it will be rapidly contained, has already had a very serious impact on the living standards of masses of people. As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports, global food prices reached an all-time high in February. They have risen by an astounding 24.1 percent over the last year and by nearly four percent in the last month. This is an absolutely devastating development for people in poor countries, where the effects of pandemic-induced “economic scarring” are already having a terrible impact. Even those of us in the richest countries, however, are facing a grim reckoning.

Source: The Bullet No. 2597

The Hard Right and the Political Parties of Capital

Moderated by Michael Lardner, Marxist Education Project, and introduced by Greg Albo, co-editor of Socialist Register. Presentations by Ingar Solty, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Samir Gandesha.

Source: LeftStreamed


Decent Work and Health Organizer

The Decent Work and Health Network (DWHN) is a group of health workers organizing for improved working conditions as a means to improve individual and community health. Currently, we are advancing a campaign to win legislated paid sick days for all workers, as well as expose precarious work as a health hazard in the context of a global pandemic.

Start date: As soon as possible, as determined with the successful candidate
Salary range: $51,312 to $63,306 based on prior experience (plus 10% in lieu of benefits)
Submit cover letter and resume by email to info@decentworkandhealth.org by May 1, 2022.


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