CSJ Newsletter

July 27, 2023



Wealthy Canadians should pay to save the planet

Canada is spending $88-billion over ten years to transition to a lower-carbon economy, but it needs to spend much more to save lives and the planet.

Experts project Canada will need to spend $570-billion over ten years on climate investments in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. We can raise that revenue by taxing corporations and their wealthy owners who have profited from climate change.

We need new fair taxes on those who have extracted resources and hoarded wealth from our planet.



Canada in the World /w Tyler Shipley

When: Every Wednesday, June 28 to August 30

Tyler Shipley will be offering a free, online course from June 28-August 30 (nine weeks) on Canada’s colonial history and present, both at home and abroad, following the structure of his book Canada in the World.

All are welcome. Please message him (tyshipley@gmail.com) if you’d like to be added to the email list!


Fascism, White Nationalism, and Xenophobia

When: Jul 27th, 7pm

Join us for Session 3 of the Fascism 101 8-part series. Session 3 will feature Ash-Lee Henderson, Steve Gardiner, and Greisa Martinez-Rosas, and moderator Malkia Devich Cyril to discuss the role of white nationalism and xenophobia in fascist ideology, historically and in the U.S. today. We’ll also examine how white nationalism and xenophobia are leveraged in contemporary culture wars and policy fights to mobilize the base.


Canadian Foreign Policy Hour with Yves Engler

When: Mondays at 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 the exploitation of African resources. Join Yves for a critical take on Canada’s foreign policy. Questions, comments, and criticisms are all welcome.


Freedom Train

When: July 31st, 10:30pm
Where: Union Station

The Emancipation Day “Underground Freedom” Train Ride is symbolic of the role of the Underground Railroad within Canada’s history. This train ride is a recognition of the historic date of Emancipation Day on August 1st when slavery was abolished in the British Empire.

Founded by the Blackhurst Cultural Centre, in 2013, the organization has partnered with the TTC to provide an actual underground experience via its subway system to represent the underground railroad journey.


Thorncliffe Park tenants rally

When: August 1st, 12noon
Where: Islington Subway Station (Meet up in front of 56 Aberfoyle Crescent)

Tenants at 71, 75, and 79 Thorncliffe Park Drive have been on rent strike since May 1 to protest rent hikes they can’t afford. Instead of dropping the rent hikes Starlight and PSP investments have filed to evict workig class families. Join tenants to demand Starlight and PSP withdraw the above guideline rent increases! All out on August 1!


Action Against Poverty at Corner Commons

When; Every Tuesday, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Corner Commons (northwest corner of the Jane Finch Mall parking lot)

JFAAP is continuing to hold space for the Jane Finch community to support residents, expand their network, collectively respond to issues, and build on their campaign efforts. They’re excited to build community with returning and new faces this season!

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to reach out about joining, you can contact them at – info@jfaap.com, or (416) 663-2733 ext. 307.

Run for Palestine

When: August 13th
Where: Budapest Park, 1575 Lake Shore Boulevard W

Our goal is to raise money for (CRA-approved) charities operating in Palestine and Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. Finally, we hope to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Run for Palestine has raised over $500,000 for various projects in the West Bank, Gaza, and the camps in Beirut, Lebanon.

runforpalestine.com | Facebook event | eventbrite.ca


The Impact of Plastics on Human Health

By Robin Scher

In 2019, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks published a statement that identified 14 emerging health and environmental issues. Right near the top of that list was plastic waste. The committee emphasized the “urgent” need “for a better assessment of hazard and risk” associated with exposure to plastics of different shapes and forms.

Source: The Bullet No. 2852

Can’t afford the rent

By David Macdonald and Ricardo Tranjan

This study examines the gap between the minimum wage and what it costs to rent an apartment in Canada. The rental wage measure provides a clear picture of the relationship between wages and rents because it calculates the hourly wage required to afford rent while working a standard 40-hour week and spending no more than 30 per cent of one’s income on housing. In other words, the rental wage is how much people need to earn to pay rent without spending too much of their income on it.

Source: CCPA


BTL is hiring

Between the Lines books is seeking a politically minded publishing intern to assist staff in each department at our nonfiction press, including: sales, distribution, and marketing; editorial, rights, and permissions; publicity and promotions; and production and design.

The position is 24 hours per week for 12 weeks, at $560/week ($6,720 total).

Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to info@btlbooks.com by 5pm on Friday, August 15. btlbooks.com

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