CSJ Newsletter

September 28, 2023



We need a strong Sustainable Jobs Act

After a summer of devastating wildfires, Parliament has a chance to respond with the bold climate action we need. Unfortunately, the legislation that’s currently on the table – the draft Sustainable Jobs Act – has no urgency, no specifics, and doesn’t mention “just transition” once.

The government’s weak climate response has everything to do with Big Oil’s toxic influence on our politics. It’s time to fight back.



Toronto Palestine Film Festival

When: September 27th to October 1st

This is the 16th Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Check out the program over five days.

tpff.ca | eventive.org/tpff

Decolonizing Hearts and Minds

When: September 29th, 6:30pm to September 30th, 4:30pm
Where: Bloordale United Church, 4258 Bloor Street W
Suggested $25 (includes lunch)

What do the struggles of Palestinians, Indigenous South Africans and Indigenous peoples in Canada have in common? Join us for a photo exhibit, workshops and storytelling in defiance of colonization with Canadian-Palestinian author Saeed Teebi and representatives from Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre and more.

Friday kicks off a week-long photo exhibit with story telling from KAIROS Women of Courage partners from Wi’am: Tarek Al-Zoughbi and Hana Kare in Palestine. They are part of the Climate, Conflict, Gender: KAIROS Canada’s Women of Courage Visit 2023. All eight partners, from South Sudan, the Democratic Replublic of Congo and Colombia, in addition to Tarek and Hana from Palestine, will return Saturday morning to share their stories in a more intimate setting.

The afternoon will be devoted to a public gathering to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with speaker Monica McKay, Director Aboriginal Initiatives, Toronto Metropolitan University; followed by a KAIROS Great Lakes-St. Lawrence network meeting for members like you of the KAIROS network.


Peace Now! Stop the War!

When: October 1st to 8th
In Toronto: Meet at Spadina and Bloor at 1pm.

The Canada Wide Peace and Justice Network, which is comprised of approximately 50 peace groups, is planning cross-Canada actions “Peace Now! Stop the War! Stop NATO!” from October 1-8 in solidarity with the Global Mobilization to Stop the War in Ukraine called by the International Peace Bureau.

You can find our placeholder at peaceandjusticenetwork.ca | International events

End NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine

When: Sunday October 1st, 1pm
Where: 344 Bloor St W

Rally at Spadina and Bloor to end NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine.

Facebook event

Bike Ride

When: Sunday October 1st, 4pm
Where: northwest corner of Christie Pits Park

This is a fundraiser of CycleTO. Fundraise and ride with us on a ~12km ride to celebrate our big wins and help us continue our work to bring tangible change to Toronto’s cycling culture and infrastructure projects.

In order to take part in the Big Toronto Bike Ride and the post-ride social, participants need to purchase a non-tax receiptable ticket for $30 and fundraise at least $150 (Fundraising donations are tax receiptable).


TPFF: We No Longer Prefer Mountains

When: Sunday October 1st, 4:30pm
Where: TIFF Bell Light Box

We No Longer Prefer Mountains begins with an ascent of Mount Carmel upon which the Druze towns of Dalyet el Carmel and Isfiya are located, drawing the viewer into a world of geographic isolation and a locale shaped by coercion and control. Weaving together intimate engagements with members of the community in shared domestic spaces and outdoor environments, the film explores how the inner politics of the Druze have been reconfigured and reshaped since 1948; whilst opening up possibilities for imagining alternative futures.

Co-sponsored by Mayworks.

No Demovictions

When: Monday October 2nd, 5pm
Where: Meet at City Hall, 100 Queen Street W

We are coming together on International Tenants Day, on Monday, October 2nd at 5PM, to demand immediate action from the City of Toronto to address profit-driven demovictions and tenants rights.

There are over 70 building applications in the City of Toronto that will demolish dense purpose-built rental buildings to build luxury condominiums.


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.


We won’t be pushed out

When: Tuesday October 3rd, 7pm
Where: Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave.

Across Toronto, we have seen the damaging impact on housing as developments displace communities in the interest of profits. Organizations across the city are fighting back against these developments, making demands for social housing and placing people over profit.

This event will bring together community members working with various organizations to unite in our shared struggle for the city. We will share the space to learn from each other so we can be empowered to win our fights collectively.

In partnership with 230 Fightback, Justice for Queen and Close, South Junction Triangle Grows. With: Parkdale People’s Economy.



The Diab Affair: Why Canada Must Say No to France

By Michelle Weinroth

The fate of Dr. Diab hangs in the balance. More than four months have elapsed since France sentenced him to life in prison. France has most likely submitted its second extradition request. Will Canada accept or refuse it? Will Trudeau honour his commitment to ensure that Hassan Diab does not suffer the ordeal into which he was plunged in 2014? It’s impossible to say. Throughout these past months, Trudeau and his Liberal government have remained tight-lipped.

Source: The Bullet No. 2876

The Korean War Continues With Biden’s Renewal of Travel Ban

By Amanda Yee

On August 22, the US State Department renewed its ban on the use of US passports for travel to North Korea. This travel ban prohibits as many as 100,000 Korean Americans living in the United States from visiting their relatives in North Korea. The ban was first set in place by the Trump administration in 2017, and – in spite of Korean American activists’ repeated calls to lift the draconian ban – has been renewed annually since.

Source: The Bullet No. 2877

Recent Subsidies: The Deification of Capitalism and the assault on all that Matters

By Harry Glasbeek

On 6 July, 2023, Canadians watching the news were regaled with pictures of beaming federal and provincial politicians, flanked by some rich people who looked sober and content. The viewers were advised that the governments had just agreed to give the last tranche of gadzillions of those viewers’ monies away and told them they should be happy about this. Just under $30-billion of their money (no one said that this was the final bill, of course) was to go to two corporate groups, Volkswagen and Stellantis (merger of Fiat and Chrysler). While these corporations had nothing, nothing to do with Canada, they had been cajoled (with only $13 something and $16 something billion respectively) into committing themselves to the well-being of Canadians.

Source: The Bullet No. 2878

Decolonising Development with Frantz Fanon

By Benjamin Selwyn

The great cultural theorist Stuart Hall called Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth “the bible of decolonisation” as it encapsulated the urge for freedom across the colonial world. Fanon illuminates how racism represented an organising principle for capitalist classes by systematically devaluing the lives of the majority of the world’s population. “For centuries the capitalists have behaved like real war criminals in the underdeveloped world,” he wrote. “Deportation, massacres, forced labour, and slavery were the primary methods used by capitalism to increase its gold and diamond reserves, and establish its wealth and power.”

Source: The Bullet No. 2879

System Change: An Ecosocialist Discussion on Environmental Crisis

The worst wildfire season in Canadian history, worsening environmental degradation, and the hottest week ever recorded. Amid the consequences of human impact on our planet becoming increasingly dire, large corporations – including the fossil fuel industry – continue to hold enormous sway over environmental policy and enjoy record levels of profit. Despite numerous international climate agreements and corporate pledges, market based solutions have failed at every stage to offer a credible way out of our current crisis.

Source: LeftStreamed

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