CSJ Newsletter

December 15, 2022



Child Care Now!

In 2021, the federal government announced it would spend $30-billion over the next five years to reduce parent fees dramatically and significantly increase the number of licensed programs. 

Good news: Fees have been reduced. 
Bad news: Demand for affordable licensed child care spots outstrips supply. 

The main obstacle to expanding licensed child care is a shortage of early childhood educators and other child care staff. It’s a problem that governments must fix urgently: better pay means better quality and better access.

Child Care Now will be submitting your e-signature, with thousands of others, to elected officials to demand better pay, better quality, and better access.



[Montreal] UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

When: December 7 – 19
Where: Montreal

Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as-usual scenarios. The UN Biodiversity Conference will convene governments from around the world to agree to a new set of goals for nature over the next decade through the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 framework process. The framework sets out an ambitious plan to implement broad-based action to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.

The Conference will also look at the implementation of the protocols of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that deal with the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of nature, and the safe transport, handling and labelling of Living Modified Organisms.


Our Jane Finch Hub

When: December 15th, 6pm
Where: Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane St.

Join the Hub Organizing Committee for our first IN-PERSON Town Hall, where we will be sharing updates about the JFCHCA’s development!


WTF is Going on in Latin America

When: December 15th, 7:30pm

Lawfare-Judicial and Legislative Coups in Argentina and Peru. Join this episode with co-host Raul Burbano of Common Frontiers in conversation with Anibal Ibarra, former mayor of Buenos Aires and Daniela Ortiz, Frente de Lucha Materna, Peru.


International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

When: Friday December 16th, 9pm
Where: Mandy’s Bistro, 123 Danforth Ave.

Every year on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Maggie’s Toronto stands up to mourn the lives of those we have lost, demand justice for the sex worker community, and push for the decriminalization of sex work and an end to the systemic violence and abuse that sex workers across the world are facing.

After the memorial, they will be turning up the music and celebrating sex worker resilience, beauty, and pride!! DJ Blackcat will be our DJ for the evening and there will be sexy performances from Mz. Lady Ice and Kage Wolfe.

This event is open to sex workers, allies, friends, family, and partners in community. Free admission and goes till 2am.


Photography Workshops with Terryl Knox

When: Friday, December 17th at 4pm – Photography
Saturday, December 18th at 11am – Editing

Join Corner Commons volunteer and local artist Terryl Knox on December 17th for a photography workshop and on the 18th for an editing workshop! These workshops will be in-person and also made available online. There is a limit of 4 participants for the in-person workshops. We will notify you to confirm your spot!


Cycling Good Cheer 2022

When: Sunday, December 18th, 12pm
Where: North York Civic Centre

Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition brings Santa back for the 3rd Annual Cycling Good Cheer on Yonge Street starting in the Far North aka North York

Facebook event

Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education

When: January 13th, 7pm
Where: 720 Bathurst St.

Curious about socialism? Interested in a discussion of whether it is really possible and a sober look at the problems it will face? Wondering why socialists put so much emphasis on the working class?

In these uncertain and dangerous times, the Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education is a space to listen, discuss and challenge the contemporary relevance of socialism. The school will provide an introduction to socialism, as well as a variety of courses and events that seek to expand on key aspects of socialist thought and practice. It will be a gathering place for both those already sympathetic to socialism but looking to learn more and those new to socialist ideas and full of questions.

As such, we are thrilled to officially announce the launch of the school at a very special event on January 13, 2023, 7pm. Featured will be an introduction of the school and a guest lecture by Bryan D. Palmer, Professor Emeritus at Trent University, on the topic of “Capitalism, Colonialism, and Canada: How the past is before us.”



Next To Starting a War The Worst Thing Is To Keep It Going

By David Mandel

The complex nature of the war in Ukraine, and especially of the question of the relative responsibility of the different parties, has made difficult the mobilization of a powerful antiwar movement. A part of the left even opposes an immediate ceasefire and the resumption of negotiations, which were cut short abruptly at the end of March. The object of this article is to shed additional light on the war with a view to helping the opponents of imperialism to adopt an enlightened position.

Source: The Bullet No. 2742

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: From UN Peacekeeper to US Sentinel State

By John Price with Noam Chomsky

In a recent article in the Ottawa Hill-Times, journalist David Crane asked an important question: “Is Canada trying to match or outdo American hostility to China?” Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy (CIPS), announced in Vancouver recently by Liberal foreign affairs minister Mélanie Joly and other ministers, answers that question unequivocally: “China is an increasingly disruptive global power” begins the CIPS assessment of China. True enough if taken in isolation. Insidious, however, in the way it is used in this report.

Source: The Bullet No. 2743

Why Workers Are Up in Arms Over the Rail Strike Intervention

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The United States Senate acted in a show of rare unity recently in voting 80 to 15 to pass a bill forcing rail workers to accept their employers’ contract offer without a strike. There was no such unity to pass an amendment introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, Vermont) that would have given rail workers seven paid sick leave days. That bill did not pass even though 52 senators voted for it, as it failed the requisite 60-vote threshold.

Source: The Bullet No. 2744

Education Workers Lead But Come Up Short: What Lessons for Labour?

By Sam Gindin

Education Workers lead but come up short: What lessons for labour? In early November of this year an all-too familiar story seemed to be unfolding in Ontario. In this case, the 55,000 education support staff workers who are members of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Canada’s largest union, were approaching a deadline. The government negotiators had presented their final offer. Workers were about to exercise their right to withdraw their labour. It could be assumed that the the Ontario Conservative government led by Doug Ford would do what other governments before it had repeatedly done: pass legislation to end the strike in the name of the ‘public interest’.

Source: The Bullet No. 2745

Capitalism Against Labour: Can We Re-Invent Work?

By Herman Rosenfeld

Mike Yates is a long time Marxist, socialist writer and analyst, and one of the editors of Monthly Review. Over the years he has written extensively about capitalism but particularly on the working class, its life, potential, and role in transforming society. His latest book, Work Work Work: Labor, Alienation, and Class Struggle (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2022), gathers a series of his essays and articles dealing with various aspects of work, the working classes, its institutions, its contradictions and potentials, and the broader social relations that form work under capitalism.

Source: The Bullet No. 2746


Administration Coordinator

Fernwood is an independent Canadian publisher with radically left political views. For thirty years we have sought social transformation through publishing books of non-fiction and fiction for general public, academic, and scholarly readers.

The ideal person for this position will have strong organizational and time management skills with an ability to prioritize work; proficiency with Microsoft Office, Filemaker Pro and QuickBooks Online; interest in social justice publishing; effective communication skills as well as the ability to work independently and in a collaborative work environment as part of the Fernwood team. This job involves lifting and moving boxes of books.

This is a full-time parental leave contract. The salary is $55,000 and includes health benefits. The start date is February 1, 2023. This is an in-office position located in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). We encourage and actively seek applications from BIPOC communities.

Please send your resume and cover letter as a single PDF file to scotia@fernpub.ca by January 5, 2023.


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