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November 30, 2023

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CALLS TO ACTION

Reinstate Dr. Yipeng Ge

Dr. Yipeng Ge, a resident physician in his 4th year of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, was abruptly suspended from his program by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. The suspension of Dr. Yipeng Ge represents a violation of his rights as a University of Ottawa student and the selective silence of the University of Ottawa on violence in Palestine. Further, it is an affront to the values enshrined in the CanMEDS Framework, particularly the role of Health Advocate in the context of 11,078 Palestinians killed since October 7 and the attack of hospitals, physicians and patients, and of emergency medical service transportation vehicles and personnel.

The suspension of Dr. Yipeng Ge and the silencing of other Palestinian advocates on campus is a violation of Policy 121: Statement on Free Expression, Policy 130: Student Rights and Responsible Conduct and Policy 77: Occupational Health and Safety.

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Day of Action for Child Care!

Parents are forced to make difficult choices, such as juggling impossible schedules, delaying rejoining the workforce, or making informal child care arrangements. This is an unfair situation that disproportionately impacts women.

While the federal government promised to address the child care shortage in Budget 2021, they have yet to solve it, and families can’t wait any longer.

Following a morning press conference at Queen’s Park, the OCBCC, AECEO and CUPE Ontario will be holidng an in-person rally at 12pm-1pm on the Sourth Lawn of Queen’s Park.

Join the Worth MORE! rally at Queen’s Park (South Lawn) on Thursday, Nov. 30th at 12PM: More information here!

childcarenow.ca

EVENTS

Postering Indigo is not Antisemitisim

When: November 30th, 9:30am
Where: Indigo Books, 55 Bloor St

Jews say: Postering Indigo is not Antisemitisim.

Join Jews – say no to genocide.

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Day of Action for Early Learning

When: November 30th, 12pm
Where: Queen’s Park, south lawn

November 30th is the Canada-Wide Day of Action for Child Care, organized by Child Care Now and its provincial affiliates. Here in Ontario we will be bringing our demands to Queen’s Park with a press conference and noon rally on November 30th. Child care programs and communities around Ontario will be marking the day with rallies and events, MPP meetings and calls to raise the issues of those left behind by Ontario’s approach to CWELCC’s implementation – families on waitlists, RECEs and staff and operators on the brink.

Join our campaign for a child care system with better pay, better quality, better access.

childcareontario.org

Open House at Between the Lines

When: November 30th, 5:00pm–8:00pm
Where: Suite 281, 401 Richmond St W.

Between the Lines will be opening its doors for the annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at the 401 Richmond Building on November 30. Drop by our office in Studio 281, and come browse our expansive in-office book stock!

In addition to the BTL office, several suites, galleries, and shops will be open at the 401 Richmond Holiday Open House, including 17 galleries, 2 gift shops, and a licenced café with gourmet pantry. Find artwork, objects, books, toys, clothing, accessories, cards and much more.

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How To Talk About Gaza Right Now

When: December 1st, 3:30am

Gaza Teach-in with Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah and Dr Lana Tatour.

– How to speak about Gaza in this moment, and beyond.

– What does a ‘humanitarian pause’ mean? What is the way forward?

Bring your questions and join us in this safe learning environment.

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The Fight of Our Lives

When: December 2nd, 12pm

An O4P interview with Jane McAlevey, touching on her life story, organizing methods, biggest wins and losses, and theory of change for the world to come. También en español e português.

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Protest Against Wage Theft

When: December 2nd, 12pm
Where: Kingknoll Park, Brampton

Join us to discuss how to fight for your rights and stand with fellow workers exposing wage theft in the community. #LuttBandKaro #StopWageTheft

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Permanent #CeasefireNOW

When: December 2nd, 1pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

A ‘PAUSE’ IS NOT A CEASEFIRE

20,000+ Palestinians killed. 1.7 million displaced.

Permanent #CeasefireNOW – End Canada’s complicity – Lift the siege on #Gaza

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Save Ontario Place Telethon!

When: December 3rd, 12noon to 8pm
Where: 3 Bartlett Ave

On Sunday, December 3rd, West End Phoenix and Ontario Place for All are joining forces once again to organize, educate and rally as we continue our fight for the future of Ontario Place!

The Ford Government intends to turn over a sizeable portion of park space, cutting down over 1500 trees and destroying the beloved waterfront park in favour of a massive, unwieldly and unnecessary mega spa. This project, massive in scope and destruction, will also leave Ontario taxpayers footing the bill, with subsidies that could reach up to $650 million.

We say NO! and we know a lot of you share this sentiment with us!

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Disability Without Poverty

When: December 4th, 12:30pm

The theme for IDPD 2023 is “United in action to rescue and achieve the sustainable development goals for, with and by persons with disabilities”. These goals include: No poverty; zero hunger; improved health and wellbeing; gender equity; and reduced inequality. All which can be improved with a Canada Disability Benefit.

Join us to celebrate what went well, the challenges and the opportunities we faced these past 12 months. It has been quite a year! From getting Bill C-22 passed to launching Shape the CDB, our quest to get money into your pockets continues!

Register

Jane-Finch: Community Conversation

When: December 4th, 6pm
Where: EarlyON Centre, Jane Finch Mall

A Community Conversation driven by insights from 200+ #JaneFinch youth. Register

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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.

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No Pride in Genocide

When: December 4th, 7pm
Where: Bachir/Yerex Screening Room, 401 Richmond St. West, 4th floor

How can family memories inform solidarity? How can avant-garde voices engaging the past contribute to activism today? How can private archives queer public histories? How do yesterday’s photographs become tomorrow’s pictures? Foggy is a screening of recent short films that stage hybrid acts of montage, juxtaposition, re-enactment and dialogue, exploring the theme of solidarity as we make our way together through the fog.

queercinemaforpalestine.org

Nonviolent Social Action

When: December 5th, 5pm

Jill, an International Peace Specialist at the International Gandhi Institute for Peace and Nonviolence, has lived and worked with marginalized communities in India, as well as promoting international peace initiatives. She has learned from experience how nonviolent action inspires strategies and shifts in perspectives for meeting some of the most critical problems of our time.

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Feminist in Solidarity with Palestinian Women in the Gaza

When: December 7th, 6pm

An online conversation sponsored by Scholar Strike Canada on Thursday 7th. Follow the event on the SSC YouTube. A conversation not to be missed.

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ARTICLES

Palestine Genocide: Regressive Responses from Major Mental Health Organizations

By Judith Deutsch

Right now in Gaza, at least 40% of the casualties are Palestinian children. Israel justifies this atrocity as killing future terrorists, including even fetuses. How can this be? I am a psychoanalyst/psychotherapist and am outraged that the organizations representing my field (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers) are either silent, blind, or utterly unfeeling about this reality. Few people in my field sign statements protesting the genocide or the siege, or calling for a ceasefire. Protests from millions of ordinary people worldwide name this a genocide and demand a ceasefire and the end of the siege.

Source: The Bullet No. 2912

Physicists Call for Ceasefire Now!

By Particles for Palestine

To fellow physicists and other scientists around the world: We write with utmost urgency to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and the dispatch of long-term humanitarian aid. We also write to express concern about attacks on the freedom to protest violence against Palestinians, as well as attacks on academic freedom of students and faculty expressing their concerns through speech, protest, and participation in the boycott, divest and sanction movement popularly known as BDS. Moreover, we want to highlight the visible absence of Palestinian physicists in our community and urge scientists to consider the reasons for this.

Source: The Bullet No. 2913

Ontario Expands For-Profit Hospital in Violation of the Law

By Ontario Health Coalition

The revelation that former Health Minister Christine Elliott has registered as a lobbyist for a for-profit hospital known as Don Mills Surgical Unit, now owned by Clearpoint Health Network, has raised serious questions about ethics and conflict of interest. The Ontario Health Coalition has looked into the funding increases given to that for-profit hospital during Christine Elliott’s tenure as Minister, and the restrictions on expanding for-profit hospitals.

Source: The Bullet No. 2914

What’s the Count? Can We Compare the Ravages of Islamophobia with Antisemitism?

By Judy Haiven

It may seem crude to compare the ravages of Islamophobia with the problem of antisemitism in Canada. After all, both are despicable, and both must be fought, preferably together, along with other forms of bigotry and hatred. Nevertheless, I was prompted to write this by the recent gabfest on CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Magazine with Pia Chattopadhyay. She invited Deborah Lyons, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism and former Canadian Ambassador to Israel, and Amira Elghawaby, Canada’s Special Representative on Combating Islamophobia. Both women were appointed by the federal government prior to the events of October 7.

Source: The Bullet No. 2915
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