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What's New: First Nations struggles in Canada
| November 28, 2015
The new Liberal government comes to office with enormous expectations and demands that it take decisive action to respond to the needs and interests of First Nations peoples. Top of list is that the government address the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, and that it act to reduce Canada's oversized culpability in the global warming crisis. Meaningful action on global warming necessarily means meaningful, equal status for First Nations peoples, and not just in Canada but on a global scale.
What's New: The Fruits of Unpaid Labour
by Natalie Childs | November 27, 2015
When I decided that I wanted to be a farmer, organic farms were the obvious place to look for work. Conventional farming aspires to produce the cheapest possible food for a globalized system, which I believe severely undermines the health of the soil, the health of farmers and eaters, and the resilience of communities. I felt that small-scale organic farms were working towards a more just and sustainable food system, undoing (or challenging) the conventional farm system. Overall, I still believe this to be true, and I’m proud to be a part of the steady rise in young organic farmers in Canada.
Bullet #1190: The Tragedy of the Commons, the Pope, and the System
by Michael A. Lebowitz | November 27, 2015
There's an old argument that common property inevitably leads to exhaustion of resources. In the parable of “the tragedy of the commons,” the story is told that, given the absence of private property, everyone had an incentive to graze his own animals on the common fields without limit with the result that overgrazing destroyed the land. No matter that, historically, individual communities have always found ways to manage their common property; nevertheless, the story continues to be told.
What's New: The labour movement should say NO to war!
| November 26, 2015
Support for resettling Syrian refugees from the Canadian Labour Congress and the wider labour movement is to be commended. The Labour movement has stood strongly against the Islamophobia and racism that reactionary forces inject into the issue. But the calls to welcome refugees and fight racism aren’t enough. The labour movement must take a principled position against Canada’s war in Iraq and Syria and take the lead in rebuilding the anti-war movement.
What's New: Capitalist Production vs. The Earth
by Umair Muhammad | November 26, 2015
In a short story titled “Sally,” science fiction writer Isaac Asimov describes a world in which cars are endowed with artificial intelligence. The mass adoption of “automatobiles,” as they are called in the story, makes travelling easy: “You got in, punched your destination and let it go its own way.” What is more, the intelligent cars helped bring an end to the tens of thousands of road fatalities that were caused by human error each year. But all is not well in this world of intelligent cars.
What's New: TTC votes to increase cash fare, cost of tokens
| November 25, 2015
The Toronto Transit Commission voted on Monday to increase cash fares and the price of subway tokens to help fill a $58-million deficit heading into 2016. The cash fare will jump by 25 cents to $3.25 and the cost of tokens and tickets will go up by 10 cents to $2.90. The price of the monthly Metropass will remain frozen at $141.50.
by Jeffrey Henderson | November 25, 2015
At first glance it seems an almost inexplicable paradox: probably the most right wing British government since 1945 inviting, against the advice of the security services, the military and the U.S. Government, companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party -- and in one case the Chinese military -- into the heart of our strategically vital energy infrastructure.
Rojava's Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror November 28, 2015
An Exchange of Views on the Situation in Portugal November 28, 2015
Canada's deluded wars of November November 27, 2015
After Keystone XL: Why the Paris climate summit could be different November 27, 2015
Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey List November 27, 2015
TPP would let foreign investors bypass the Canadian public interest November 27, 2015
A racist attack on Black Lives Matter November 27, 2015
Looking under the hood of Alberta's new climate plan November 27, 2015
Don't cheer Alberta's premier November 27, 2015
Walmart Spied on Workers With FBI, Lockheed Martin's Help November 27, 2015
Who owns our cities - and why this urban takeover should concern us all November 27, 2015
Another big corporation is flagrantly dodging tax. This must be outlawed November 27, 2015In The News archive:
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| 7:00pm, Saturday November 28, 2015
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
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|: Celebrate With Us When OCAP Turns 25|
On November 28,the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty will mark 25 years of challenging those who impose poverty on our communities. Twenty five years is a long time but we're not putting on a party to mark the end of OCAP. Just the opposite, the need for community based resistance in the face of mounting austerity is greater than ever. We'll be having a major celebration to look back on the actions we've taken, the victories we've won, the lives we've impacted and the enemies we've made.
| 9:00am, Saturday November 28, 2015
Haultain Building, Univ of Toronto, 170 College St., Toronto.
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|: Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice 2015|
As part of a global call for actions on climate justice, the Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice 2015 will bring together activists, organizations, people from all walks of life for an open forum to discuss community-based responses to the climate crisis. This event is also a direct response to the 2015 United Nations Conference of the Parties talks on the climate in Paris (November 30th to December 11th), and seeks to find alternatives outside of government and industry initiatives, which have served the interests of the rich, rather than people today or our collective future.
Several People’s Assemblies on the Climate were held in Toronto between 2010 and 2012. This 2015 gathering seeks to re-catalyze, revitalize, and revision strength for our collective fight for climate justice.
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