CSJ Newsletter

June 15, 2023



Reject fossil fuel subsidies

Tell the federal government to reject fossil fuel subsidies

Take action today and tell the federal government to stop using our public dollars to finance pollution, environmental destruction, and injustice. We need a just transition, not just more greenwashing.


TTCriders is seeking new Board members

Want to help build the transit movement? TTCriders is seeking new Board members! We’re looking for people passionate about transit justice with skills in fundraising, accounting, law, and/or non-profit governance.

Apply by June 27, 2023


Might the Ukraine Conflict Spark a Nuclear War?

When: June 15th, 5pm

Many analysts have expressed concern that the Ukraine war could escalate to a nuclear exchange, especially if Russia faces military defeat. How probable is this outcome, and how may the risk of such an eventuality be minimized?


– Arnd Jurgensen lectures in international relations at University of Toronto, and is an executive member of Science for Peace.

– Robin Collins is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Secretary of Canadian Pugwash Group. He has published short commentaries about UN reform, disarmament and a variety of global governance ideas.


IJV’s 15th Anniversary Conference

When: June 16th and 17th, 6pm
Where: Polish Combatants’ Hall, 206 Beverley St
Tickets: From $54.58 (For the PWYC option, please email conference@ijvcanada.org)

Mark your calendars to be in Toronto June 16-17 for IJV’s 15th Anniversary Conference: Anti-racist solidarity and the fight for justice in Palestine. The conference will take place Friday-Saturday (open to the public) followed by our 2023 IJV Annual General Meeting on Sunday, June 18 (IJV members only). The AGM will be hybrid in-person and online with the option to join via Zoom.

eventbrite.ca | Event page for Saturday Night Concert @ Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., $25 or PWYC.

Canadian extractivism in Peru

When: June 16th, 7pm

Six months after elected president Pedro Castillo was ousted, resistance continues in Peru. On June 16, president Castillo’s lawyer, Guido Leonardo Croxatto, will join us for a discussion about lawfare, repression and the ongoing resistance. We will also hear updates from the ground and delve into Canada’s role in these events, including its sale of weapons to Peru and its large mining presence.

Organized by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, and Quebec-Peru Solidarity Collective. zoom.us

Scarborough Postering

When: June 18th, 2pm
Where: Scarborough Town Centre

Join TTCRiders to poster the neighbourhood and spread the word to voters about the upcoming mayoral election!


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.


Climate Justice Through Indigenous Activism

When: June 19th, 6:30pm
Where: Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St

The climate crisis is here, and the end of this world – a world built on land theft, resource extraction, and colonial genocide – is on the horizon.

The authors of the newly released book The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-Called Canada envision a near future where oil and gas stay in the ground; where a caring economy provides social supports for all; where wealth is redistributed from the bloated billionaire class; and where stolen land is rightfully reclaimed under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples.

Join us for a discussion with authors Angele Alook, David Gray-Donald, and Bronwen Tucker.


Healthcare Summit

When: Tuesday June 20th, 6pm

Special “summit” meeting to plan next steps in the fightback to stop the Ford government from privatizing our public hospitals.


Making Peace with Russia

When: Tuesday June 20th, 7pm
Where: TBA, Hamilton
Tickets: $10, Students/seniors $5

Making Peace with Russia: One Handshake at a Time. Dimitri is reporting back! This is his official Hamilton stop.

In April 2023, Dimitri embarked on a self-financed trip to Russia where he lectured to students, presented at a think tank, gave interviews, met officials and peace activists, appeared on Russian media, wrote articles, and tweeted daily about what he saw and heard.

Now you can hear about Dimitri’s citizen diplomacy in person or online. Tour information.


Canada in the World /w Tyler Shipley

When: 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!



Winning Public Renewables

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy interviewed two Coalition organizers,
Michaelangelo Pomarico and Patrick Robbins.

Lala Penaranda (LP): Thank you, Michaelangelo and Patrick, for joining Trade Unions for Energy Democracy in this up close and personal interview on your incredible victory of the BPRA, the Build Public Renewables Act, in New York State. Let’s start with an introduction. How did you get involved in this work?

Michaelangelo Pomarico (MP): I’m the Engagement Coordinator for the mid-Hudson Valley, DSA, which is the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which organizes in Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess counties in New York. I am also one of the legislative co-chairs for the Public Power New York coalition.

Source: The Bullet No. 2836

Ontario’s Healthcare Capacity Crisis: Ford Government Plans to Make It Worse

By Doug Allan

Despite the current healthcare capacity crisis, the Doug Ford government in Ontario plans to cut healthcare service levels. The news is bad for hospital services. The new Financial Accountability Office (FAO) report on the government’s healthcare funding plan reveals that the government plans 3,000 new beds over the next decade – that’s about an 8.4% increase in capacity. Measured against need, however, this will mean a sharp decrease in service levels. The public wants improved service levels, but the opposite is planned.

Source: The Bullet No. 2837

Legal Brief Filed to Bar Former Israeli PM Naftali Bennett from Canada

Lawyers have filed a complaint on behalf of a Palestinian-Canadian and four Canadian organizations seeking to have the government declare former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett inadmissible to Canada before he is set to speak in Toronto on June 14. As lawyers Shane Martinez and Nicholas Pope have laid out in the complaint, Bennett should be denied entry to Canada pursuant to sections 35(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Source: The Bullet No. 2838

Let’s Rent a Train!

Let’s Rent a Train! Life in the Toronto Branch of the League for Socialist Action, 1961-1977 is an unprecedented historical film about the rise and fall of a militant revolutionary group that profoundly altered Canada’s political landscape. During the social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, several hundred highly disciplined activists led Canada’s antiwar movement against the US invasion of Vietnam, and exposed Ottawa’s financial and diplomatic complicity with the Pentagon.

Source: LeftStreamed

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