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September 8, 2022

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CALLS TO ACTION

Tell Metrolinx to Bargain for a Fair Contract!

Send a letter to Metrolinx’s Board of Directors, COO, and CEO. Tell them to stop stonewalling negotiations and to bargain a fair contract!

On August 4, 93% of Go Transit’s 2,200 workers voted in favor of authorizing a strike after months of being forced to work without a contract. Click the “Start Writing” button to send a letter telling Metrolinx leadership that you stand in solidarity with the members of ATU Local 1587!

actionnetwork.org

Take Action for OPSEU Local 546

In Ontario, people are supposed to be able to join a union and work with respect and a fair contract. But Premier Ford is making that impossible for the safety inspectors and support staff who work for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). These workers need your help to end their strike and get a first contract.

If you think people deserve respect at work, union standards, and fair treatment – send a message to the Premier now!

Ask your co-workers to help too – text SAFETY to 55255.

labourcouncil.ca

EVENTS

Capitalism: Another World is Possible

When: September 8th, 7pm

Capitalism is causing immeasurable human suffering. There must be a better way. Join us for a discussion on alternative ideas and help us plan local actions that will put us on a path to a better future. Discussion facilitators: Raul Burbano, John Clarke, and Flo Schade. Contact jeffryhanks@gmail.com to register.

Facebook event

Fix Employment Insurance Now!

When: Saturday September 10th, 1pm
Where: Matt Cohen Park, 725 Spadina Ave

Tell Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to preserve access to Employment Insurance! Stop the September 24 Benefit Cliff!

If we don’t act now, Employment Insurance (EI) is going to be much harder to access from September 25 onward.

justice4workers.org

Rally for Climate

When: Sunday September 11th, 2pm
Where: Queen’s Park

Our youth-led climate case, Mathur et. al. v. Her Majesty in Right of Ontario, is finally reaching its full hearing. But before that, the team needs your support. Will you show up for the young people suing the Ford government?

ecojustice.ca

Militarizing the Sky: Opposing Canada’s Armed Drone Purchase

When: Sunday September 14th, 1pm

Join a panel and Q&A on Canada’s proposed armed drone purchase. The Canadian military is currently picking a contender for up to 5 billion CAD worth of armed drones. Join us to learn more from experts in the field and speak out against the government’s attempt to purchase and deploy a fleet of armed drones under our noses. Presented by: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, Just Peace Advocates, World BEYOND War

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Parkdale Tower Rental Housing Study

When: Thursday September 15th, 6pm

Almost three years of community organising has finally resulted in a report exploring the effects of financialisation of rental housing in Parkdale. Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust organised local tenants in helping design a detailed comprehensive 85 question survey and then paid tenants to administer that survey to hundreds of their neighbours, all during a serious pandemic!

After months of data crunching and report drafting, we went back to tenants to receive feedback on our recommendations, and after all this collaborative community effort we are now ready to make the results public!

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Rights, Regularization, Status for All!

When: September 18th, 2pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St W

On September 18 – one day before the Canadian Parliament returns – we will gather in the thousands to demand equal rights and permanent resident status for all undocumented people, migrant workers, students, families and refugees. A historic regularization program is on the horizon, but we need to take to the streets to ensure that no one is left behind. This is the one! ALL OUT!

actionnetwork.org

ARTICLES

Remembering Aijaz Ahmad: Marxist Scholar, Philosopher, Teacher

On March 9, 2022, the world lost a great mind as the renowned author, literary critic, professor, and Marxist Aijaz Ahmad passed away at the age of 81. Throughout his life, Aijaz closely studied right-wing politics, chronicled the wave of imperialist assaults worldwide, and stood firm on his conviction in the Marxist method. Besides in India, Aijaz taught in North America for many years, including for an extended period as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto.

Source: LeftStreamed

Ontario’s Bill 7 Rife with Discrimination Against the Elderly

By Ontario Health Coalition

At a press conference held on August 31st, the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced they are escalating their call for the Ontario Human Rights Commission to launch a formal inquiry into systemic discrimination in the provision of healthcare in Ontario against the elderly based on age. A public inquiry under the Human Rights Code has long been needed, however it has become even more urgent given the Ford government’s introduction of Bill 7, the More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022, which permanently suspends the right to consent for the elderly.

Source: The Bullet No. 2678

UPS Risks Major Strike: Refuses to Prioritize Driver’s Safety

By Sonali Kolhatkar

In late August, as temperatures soared around the United States, a driver for United Parcel Service (UPS) took before-and-after photos of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet. The delicious-looking confections were baked on the dashboard of a UPS truck whose internal temperatures shot to dangerous levels – not in an oven. It was an ingenious way to showcase the modern-day horror of the climate crisis intersecting with corporate greed.

Source: The Bullet No. 2679

Debating the Future of Die Linke

By Working Group on the Future of Die Linke

When it was founded 15 years ago, on 16 June 2007, the German socialist party Die Linke inspired socialists and progressives across Europe as a chance to reunite and rebuild the Left in the European Union’s most populous and most powerful country. Today, however, the party finds itself in a deep crisis, with its electoral fortunes and, increasingly, its future existence as a nationwide political force on the line. In order to facilitate strategic discussion and political clarification within the party, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, as Die Linke’s affiliated political foundation, established a Working Group on the Future of Die Linke to take a closer, empirically guided look at the party’s problems and potentials.

Source: The Bullet No. 2680
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