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What's New: Why $15 matters for Ontario's unions

by David Bush | May 27, 2016

In the spring of 2015, a coalition of labour and community groups launched the $15 and Fairness campaign in Ontario. The campaign was shaped in part by the Ontario governments’ Changing Workplaces Review, a full-scale review of both the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) announced in February of 2015.

Books: We can dream, or we can organize

review by Systemic Disorder | May 27, 2016

The swift rise, and swift crumbling, of the Occupy movement brings to the surface the question of organization. Demonstrating our anger, and doing so with thousands of others in the streets, gives us energy and brings issues to wider audiences. Yes spontaneity, as necessary as it is, is far from sufficient in itself. For all the weeks and sometimes months that Occupy encampments lasted, little in the way of lasting organization was created.

Bullet #1261: Federal NDP's Pact With Satan Implodes

by J. F. Conway | May 26, 2016

The years of compromise and moderation were about to bear fruit in 2015. In 1933 the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) proudly declared itself a socialist party dedicated to the eradication of capitalism and building a socialist economy and society. Voices of moderation within the party appealed to the party's rank-and-file to be more pragmatic, less ideologically pure.

What's New: The Next System Project

| May 25, 2016

There Are Real Alternatives: We can create the kind of society -- and world -- we’d like now and for future generations. The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring.

What's New: Leaked treaty texts confirm it: TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy

| May 25, 2016

The secret draft texts of the proposed US-EU 'free trade' agreement TTIP released by Greenpeace Netherlands on May 2 confirm what critics have maintained from the outset. TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy. The treaty negotiations were never centered on reducing tariffs between the US and the European Union, which are at historic lows.

What's New: Parables of privatization: A cautionary tale of two telcos

by Toby Sanger | May 24, 2016

At a time when the Ontario Liberal government is planning to privatize Hydro One and other provincial governments are also planning significant privatizations, it's instructive to look back and see what the impact of earlier privatizations has been. There's an excellent example right here in Canada of two neighbouring jurisdictions of a similar size, one of which privatized a utility and the other that kept its similar utility under public ownership. It should be seen as a cautionary tale and an indication of what is likely to happen with other privatizations.

Bullet #1260: Mobilizing Workers at Toronto Airport

Sean Smith interviewed by Tim Heffernan | May 24, 2016

Toronto's Pearson International Airport is Canada's busiest hub and is crucial to the economy. There are more than 40,000 employees working for over 400 employers at the airport, making it the largest workplace in Canada.

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May 28 - May 28, 2016

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: Ontario-wide Referendum

Ontario-wide Referendum
All across Ontario hospital beds, emergency departments, birthing and surgical units, palliative care and even entire hospitals are being closed down. Hundreds of nurses have been cut, along with the thousands of hours of hands-on care that they provide for patients. Public laboratories, diagnostics, outpatient clinics are being shuttered and privatized. Vital housekeeping and support services have been cut to the bone and privatized.

It is beyond time that the cuts to our community hospitals stop. We are calling for Ontarians to join a province-wide vote to make Ontario’s government listen to the concerns of our communities & restore our local hospital services.

What you can do:
* Host a voting station in your community
* Hold a workplace vote in your workplace
* Drop leaflets off in your neighbourhood or help deliver them to other towns |
May 27 - May 29, 2016

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: Public Exposures Symposium

The Public Exposures symposium (May 27, 28, 29) is bringing together participants from diverse communities and working sectors — practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators, students, and more. Inspired by Condé and Beveridge’s innovative art, and their strategic activism, the broad aims of the symposium are:

• To reflect on issues and strategies that they and many others are engaging -- specifically in the areas of artists’ rights, and art and labour -- and more broadly around needs for social, economic, and environmental justice.

• To energize grassroots collaborations -- renewing/strengthening existing links -- seeding new possibilities for artists and activists working in the public sphere.

The symposium will have local, national, and international scope, with guest-participants from across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Scheduled events will be hosted in three locations -- at the exhibition site in the 401 Richmond building; at OCAD University; and the United Steelworkers’ Hall -- all within walking distance. Each day of the symposium will engage participants differently.
May 14 - June 25, 2016
Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond West, Toronto.

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Public Exposures: The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)

The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)
This multi-gallery survey spans the career of the political-art duo, from their rejection of the New York art scene in the 70s and move to Canada, where they've collaborated with unions, communities and artist-run centres, to a recent work about climate change and hockey. They originally adopted the staged-photo format to protect unionists who feared identification by management, but soon found the strategy allowed them to push their social justice message further. They've devoted their life's work to exploring the intersections of wage labour and creativity.

Exhibition runs May 14 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception at Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond St W. Suite 121), Saturday May 14, 2-4 PM |
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