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June 16, 2022

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CALLS TO ACTION

#GenClimateAction

Seven young climate leaders, backed by Ecojustice, are taking the Government of Ontario to court. You can help them demonstrate that their case is in the public interest.

Sophia, Zoe, Shaelyn, Shelby, Alex, Madison, and Beze — who brought this lawsuit on behalf of concerned Canadians like you — say that when the Ontario government weakened its climate targets it violated the constitutional right to life, liberty, and security of every person in Ontario.

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EVENTS

Book launch: Rehearsals For Living

When: June 16th, 7pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street (at St. Clair)

Another Story Bookshop, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto and Scholar Strike Canada present:

In-person Toronto book launch for Rehearsals for Living, with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Hosted by Beverly Bain.

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Book club: Bomb Girls

When: June 16th, 7pm

Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal, and detailed review of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, situated in Scarborough, Ontario. First-hand accounts, technical records, photographic evidence, business documentation, and site maps all come together to offer a rare, complete account into the lives of over twenty-one thousand brave men and women who risked their lives daily while handling high explosives in a dedicated effort to help win the war.

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IWOC 2022

When: June 18th, 9am

The Indigenous and Workers of Colour Conference is back with more action-packed workshops, inspiring speakers, and opportunities to connect with other union members across all sectors of the economy. IWOC is brought to you by the Equity Committee. The committee felt strongly that this IWOC must be about taking action. The time for talking about injustice is past. Now, we are building power to make change a reality – and we’re doing it on our own terms. That’s why this year’s theme is “The Racialized Majority – Know our worth, normalize our power, and take what’s ours.”

labourcouncil.ca

Black York Region Youth Conference

When: June 18th, 10am – June 19th
Where: BMO IFL, 3550 Pharmacy Ave

This leadership conference is designed for Black youth and allies across the Greater Toronto Area to address anti-Black racism. Youth will be given opportunities to network and attend workshops about various topics, such as Black Student Alliances, public speaking, mental health, and intersectionality.

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Summer Picnic and Social

When: Saturday June 18th, 1pm
Where: Christie Pitts Park (southeast corner), 750 Bloor St W

We’ll bring the snacks and all you need to bring is yourself and your friends. This will be a great time for us to reconnect, get caught up, and dream big about how we want to organize the decent work movement over the summer months.

We’ll meet at the southeast corner of the park, across from Christie Station. Look for the J4W signs and banner!

justice4workers.org

Canadian Foreign Policy Hour with Yves Engler

When: June 20th, 6pm

Join author Yves Engler on Mondays for a weekly news roundup and interactive discussion about Canada’s role abroad. This weekly session will delve into the latest developments on subjects ranging from military affairs and Canada’s role in Ukraine to its contribution to Palestinian dispossession and exploitation of African resources. Join Yves for a critical take on Canada’s foreign policy. Questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome.

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What is the CPPIB really up to?

When: Wednesday June 22nd, 7pm

The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) manages a large and rapidly growing fund. The CPPIB, however, is accountable first and foremost to the federal and provincial governments, not the contributors and beneficiaries. Over the years, the CPPIB has moved from real assets to equities, and from investments in Canadian infrastructure to foreign investments. With over $539B of our public pension at stake, we need to be aware of “What the CPPIB is up to.”

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ARTICLES

We Have a Problem

By Joan Benach

It is July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 manned space mission lands on our Moon, and a few hours later, Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on the lunar surface, filling the world with amazement and admiration. With this accomplishment emerges the deep emotion of feeling an intimate union with an Earth that impels us to love and protect it, the home of all the humans we have known and, in all probability, will know. Four years earlier, Aleksei Leonov, the Russian astronaut, made the first spacewalk in history, expressing that the Earth is “our home, small, blue and touchingly lonely,” a point lost in the enveloping cosmic darkness.

Source: The Bullet No. 2634

Precarity and Green Unionism

By Steve Ongerth

In a real sense, under capitalism, all workers are precarious, meaning that they can be downsized, replaced, deskilled, outsourced, and so on. It’s simply a matter of degree. The latest peak in precarity is “gig work,” which has always existed; the names simply keep changing, but the concept is the same. Unions represent a check against precarity, though this occurs on a graduated scale. The stronger the union, the less the workers’ precarity.

Source: The Bullet No. 2635

Trade Union Activists Arrested in Iran

By International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

Since May Day 2022, a number of trade union activists, especially related to the teachers’ unions and the bus workers’ union, have been arrested in Iran, and are being interrogated and charged with serious but completely false and baseless national security charges. We are asking all labour, human rights’ and workers’ rights’ defenders around the world to strongly condemn the Iranian government’s escalating violation of workers’ rights, right to organize and the freedom of association.

Source: The Bullet No. 2636

Farming and Food Struggles in Palestine

By April M. Short

Food sovereignty is an urgent issue in communities around the world, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic led to further disruptions in the already fragile global food-supply chains. In Palestine, where traditional farming has been a way of life for millennia (and perhaps where farming began, according to historians), connections with land and food sovereignty are intrinsic to cultural identity.

Source: The Bullet No. 2637

The Eighteen Percent Tory Majority

By William Paul

There’s something happening here. But it’s not Buffalo Springfield singing the song and it’s not 1967, another dire time in history – it’s now and it’s Ontario where we have elected the same right-wing government for the second time in a row. It doesn’t seem to matter that Doug Ford and his friends fiddled with local municipal elections and then made it much harder to fight back with Bill 254. It makes no difference that his government addressed the devastation in long-term care homes by throwing more money at companies profiting from their neglect. Cuts to health, social services, and education are not worrisome enough to keep this government from an increased mandate to do more of the same.

Source: The Bullet No. 2639
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