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July 11, 2024

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CALLS TO ACTION

Save the Science Centre

We need your help to send a message that Ontarians care about the Ontario Science Centre. Send a message to the Premier, provincial Ministers of Infrastructure and Tourism, Members of Provincial Parliament, and the City of Toronto’s Mayor and City Councillors today.

Demand that proper investments are made in the Ontario Science Centre so that it continues to be a world class educational institution that Ontarians can be proud of and enjoy for decades to come.

savesciencecentre.com

EVENTS

Day of Action for FULL Rent Control

When: July 11th
Where: various locations

Ontario ACORN members are organizing local actions in 5 cities across the province in protest of Above-Guideline-Increases in rent (AGIs), renovictions and skyrocketing rents. ACORN is demanding the Ontario Government protect affordable housing, and stop placating for-profit corporate developers and their desire for maximum profits.

ACORN is calling on the Province to:
1. Expand Rent Control to ALL buildings, not just those built prior to 2018
2. Introduce Vacancy Control to stop exorbitant rent increases between tenants
3. Ban AGIs

acorncanada.org

LCBO Workers on Historic Strike

When: July 11th, 5pm
Where: 2963 Kingston Rd (near McCowan)

The LCBO generates $2.5-billion annually, funding vital sectors like healthcare, education, and public transit. However, with the push to hand over the alcohol market to grocery and convenience store chains like Loblaws and Circle K, we’re seeing a dangerous diversion of public revenue into corporate profits. This shift not only jeopardizes public funds but also threatens to cut jobs and drive down wages and working conditions for LCBO employees.

The ongoing strike by LCBO workers is a crucial stand against these detrimental changes. Their fight is not just about fair wages and decent working conditions; it’s about ensuring that these essential jobs remain for future generations and that we continue to have the necessary funds for our public services.

justice4workers.org | opseu.org

Advocating for Healthcare for All

When: July 13th, 1pm
Where: Workers’ Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave

It has been just over a year since the Ontario government cut access to healthcare for migrants.

Since then, we have been sending emails and letters to the Premier and the Minister of Health to demand healthcare for all, regardless of immigration status.

It’s time to increase the pressure!

decentworkandhealth.org

Disability Pride March

When: July 13th,1pm
Where: Queen’s Park to Grange Park

Marching 2 km from 110 Wellesley Street W to 80 Beverley St. Accessible van, ASL interpreters, and Sighted Guides will be available.

Email any access questions/requests to accesstdpm@gmail.com.

torontodisabilitypride.wordpress.com

Gaza Square

When: Every Sunday, 11am to 1pm
Where: 371 Wallace Ave

We’ll be at Gaza square once again this Sunday morning with hot chocolate and coffee, buttons and posters, lawn signs and colourful chalk! Come say hi and meet your fellow neighbours/organizers as we make our presence known and continue to build safety in our community!

Instagram poster

Rally for Ontario Science Centre

When: July 14th, 12pm
Where: Ferrand Park, 251 Ferrand Dr

The engineering report cited a need for roof repairs, NOT immediate closure.

The OSC belongs to Ontarians! We will fight to keep it in public hands.

Poster

Arms Embargo Now!

When: July 14th, 2pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 15 York St

Take to the streets on July 14 and demand an arms embargo!

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Weekly Phone-zap for Palestine

When: Mondays at 12pm

Week after week, we’re keeping the momentum going with our Monday lunchtime zaps.

Our collective action is making waves, but we need to ensure our elected officials continue to feel the pressure until real change happens.

Instagram poster | Register at zoom

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.

zoom.us

Rock Painting for Palestine

When: July 16th, 6:30pm
Where: Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas St W, Mississauga
$15 CAD for 1 parent +1 child — $5 CAD per additional child OR $10 CAD for a single ticket for individuals 18 years or older

Join us for a fun day of rock painting at Erindale Park! Show off your creativity, and support a great cause! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Let’s come together to create beautiful pieces of art while raising awareness for Palestine!

eventbrite.ca

Run For Palestine

When: Sunday, July 28th, 9am – 5pm
Where: Budapest Park, 1575 Lake Shore Boulevard W

All proceeds will be donated to Islamic Relief Canada to support the Provision of Emergency Food and Health Services in the Gaza Strip.

Run for Palestine (RfP) is a family-oriented, fun-filled day that welcomes all members of the community where participants can walk or run 5 Km to raise funds for much needed humanitarian projects helping the Palestinian people.

eventbrite.ca

ARTICLES

Water, Climate, Violence

By Judith Deutsch

Weather whiplashing, unprecedented heat waves, drought, and forest fires, are in the news. Storytelling may begin in the middle of an action such as in John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost,” in media res (into the middle of things), as in common reporting about climate change. In this essay I will focus on what is often left out and try to resuscitate some of the beginnings of the story about water and climate change, especially the siloed, intermeshed systems that Nigerian scholar Achille Mbembe calls “necropolitics.”

Source: The Bullet No. 3013

Whose Side is the Law Always On?

By Harry Glasbeek

The University of Toronto won an injunction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (on Tuesday July 2nd) which requires pro-Palestine demonstrators to take down the physical structures they erected on campus (by 6:00 p.m., July 3rd), and in which they have camped since early May. The decision is a narrow one. It requires the dismantling of tents and other barriers to movement. It does not require the protestors to stop their protests on campus, unless they occur during the night (from 11 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). In the end, the judge balanced the rights of the owner of the land against the rights of non-owners to use that land to protest.

Source: The Bullet No. 3014

Myanmar: The Coup, Resistance, and Global Solidarity

By Kurt Stand

Three years ago, on February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup, ending nearly a decade of civilian rule, arresting countless numbers in a brutal crackdown on popular protest. The military used the unrestrained power of the army to intensify an ongoing genocidal war against the Rohingya – a Muslim minority living within a predominately Buddhist society – forcing hundreds of thousands into exile and refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Source: The Bullet No. 3015
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