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by Michal Rozworski | April 24, 2015
I've been banging the drum of 'slow-motion austerity' for a while and little in the 2015 federal budget suggests any change from the pattern of death by a thousand cuts. This budget is another is a series of unspectacular austerity budgets. Taken together, however, the cuts rapidly add up and budgets become more remarkable for the tenacity with they've made us pay to get to the present.
Bullet #1109: The Armenian Genocide: An Open Wound
by Sungur Savran | April 24, 2015
On April 24, 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, politicians and community leaders were rounded in Istanbul by the Ottoman state, to be subsequently sent to exile from which most never returned. This was the signal that set off a chain of events that ended in a tragedy the like of which has rarely been witnessed in the annals of modern history.
by Adam Vaughan | April 23, 2015
Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day. Spelling out what a global deal at the UN climate summit in Paris later this year should include, the group demanded governments adopt a goal of reducing economies’ carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, put a price on carbon and that the richest take the lead with the most aggressive cuts.
by Tim Heffernan | April 23, 2015
Monday was the start of an important strike by secondary school teachers in the Durham District School Board. Six other boards could soon be joining them on the picket lines, depending on the speed of the negotiations. Together they, make up what the OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation) has called 'the magnificent 7'.
Books: Why Everything Sucks
review by Gregory Beatty | April 23, 2015
If a Canadian from the 'Just Society' era of the Pierre Trudeau-led Liberals in the late 1960s was magically transported to present day they might not recognize their country. Since that halcyon period of counter-culture ferment, there’s been a huge shift to neoliberalism, an economic system that puts the economy before everything else.
What's New: Earth Day 2015
by Mike Constable | April 22, 2015
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by Cinzia Arruzza | April 22, 2015
In the night between April 18th and April 19th a boat filled with up to 950 migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, 70 miles north of Libya, while trying to reach the southern European border. This was not only the greatest tragedy to date involving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, it is also the latest in a long series of deaths.
What's New: Bandung Conference at 60
by Norman (Otis) Richmond | April 21, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival in Canada is major news. Modi is being greeted like he is a musical star like Bob Marley or Bruce Springsteen. India has a long history of leaning left and not being a servant of Western interest. It is no surprise that this Asian nation is a foundation member of BRICS.
Striking for school funding May 22, 2015
Time for Constructive Divestment May 22, 2015
Bleak Times for Refugees on Samos May 21, 2015
Inge Graessle. So why so fake? May 21, 2015
Wall Street Is Back, Almost as Big as Ever May 21, 2015
Halifax Water Workers Locked Out May 21, 2015In The News archive:
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| 1:00pm, Sunday May 24, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.
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In April it was announced that Ontario would be joining Quebec in implementing a cap and trade system on carbon emissions. While the Ontario government has presented this development as a positive step for the climate, critics of cap and trade point out that the mechanism often does not lead to lower green house gas emissions. Instead, it creates another market to commodify nature and allows corporations to continue profiting from environmental destruction for a small financial fee.
Please join us to hear an overview of the development of cap and trade systems, their track record in other parts of the world, an assessment of the Ontario plan, and ideas on other avenues we could be exploring to reduce emissions and limit climate change.
* Romain Felli is a senior researcher in political science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and is currently a visiting fellow at York University. He works on environmental governance and the political economy of climate change.
The talk is free. The space is accessible by mobile ramp upon request in advance. Washrooms are downstairs and not accessible, unfortunately.
Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster
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