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Bullet #1096: A View from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

by Brad Hornick | March 27, 2015

The recent Vancouver panel discussion on Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything, from which this article took form, was organized weeks before a local Blockadia event took place. By the time the five panelists came together, two had been arrested for defying a court injunction



What's New: Unite Against Austerity

| March 26, 2015

Unite Against Austerity is a campaign initiated by SmartChange.ca with the following goals: To make the austerity agenda the primary lens through which Canadians understand the country's political landscape and make political decisions; To support the expansion of alliances and strategic action in anti-austerity work in Canada.



What's New: Greece and the European Neoliberal Cage

by Dimitris Pavlopoulos and Yiorgos Vassalos | March 26, 2015

SYRIZA's victory in the Greek elections of 25 January raised a wave of hope across Europe. The dominance of the austerity-oriented conservative and social democratic parties was at last challenged by the victory of a leftist anti-austerity party, signalling a possible change of course in Europe.



Bullet #1095: The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

by Jeff Noonan | March 25, 2015

The essence of an unjust society is to continually demand and take from those with the least the little that they have to support their lives and life-goals and add it to the money-value hoards of those who have the power to restructure public life to serve their limitless appetites. So we see a recurrent pattern of struggle across history: those with the least power are forced to fight the hardest just to maintain what little they have.



What's New: Remember When -- Strategy for a Living Revolution

by Steve Caines | March 24, 2015

Has there ever been a more pressing time to find economic and political alternatives? The left has long opposed capitalism from the perspective of labour. But now with knowledge of climate change and the imminent threats it brings, the situation has never seemed so urgent. Whether one views the social consequences of a capitalist-framework economy as fundamentally positive or fundamentally negative, the real inconvenient truth is that capitalism cannot be made environmentally sustainable.



Bullet #1094: Toronto's Plan to Push Out the Homeless

by John Clarke | March 24, 2015

The Mayor's Office in Toronto is today occupied by a much slicker operation than it was during the years of dysfunctional, bigoted buffoonery that unfolded under Rob Ford. Mayor John Tory has resumed the drive toward a fully fledged neoliberal city but has the basic political skills to frame his twin agendas of austerity and upscale redevelopment in the language of inclusiveness. He has been sufficiently proficient at this to rapidly create what Michael Laxer has termed an 'austerity consensus' supported by the overwhelming majority of the Council, including its left wing.



What's New: Alternative Federal Budget 2015

| March 23, 2015

The Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good demonstrates that the federal government's continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth. The AFB, now in its 20th year, delivers a plan that would lift 893,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create or sustain 300,000 jobs a year, bringing Canada’s employment rate back to its pre-recession level.



Bullet #1093: Wynne Gives Big Retail the Gift of Beer

by Gavin Fridell | March 23, 2015

The heads of big retail might be walking with a spring in their step this week due to a potentially generous gift from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. After months of wrangling over what to do with The Beer Store (TBS) semi-monopoly, granted by the Ontario government to some of the world's largest beer companies, Wynne has decided to open things up - to a select group of giant retail chains.



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No GRexit but default within the Ezone March 17, 2015

ETUC declaration: Greece after the election - an opportunity for Europe March 17, 2015

Avoid chaos by negotiating a fair deal, urges union March 17, 2015

Greece: Keynes or Marx? March 17, 2015

El Salvador: Left wins national elections, right blocks final results March 17, 2015

TA compensation, the argument for a competitive institution March 17, 2015

Chris Hedges on Bill C-51 and the corporate state March 17, 2015

Germans tired of demands from Athens want Greece to leave euro March 17, 2015

ZeroTuition: An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Main Federal Parties March 17, 2015

Government gives green light for Regina Civic Pension Plan - workers thrilled March 17, 2015

Crisis in academic labour puts Canadian universities on the brink March 17, 2015

Greece's real problem March 17, 2015

Stop C-51 March 17, 2015

National union demands changes to economics department March 17, 2015

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9:00am, Friday March 27, 2015
Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St West, Toronto.



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Conference: Labour Pains, Capital Gains: The Paradox of Low-Wage, No-Wage Work

Labour Pains, Capital Gains: The Paradox of Low-Wage, No-Wage Work
This conference will explore how precarious labour market arrangements and changes to social policy have exacerbated low-waged and no-waged work. Presentations will advance or challenge theoretical approaches, explore the intersections of race, class, gender and other subjectivities in the context of full-time, part-time and casual work, the experiences of migrant and undocumented labour as well as unpaid work in the sphere of social reproduction, voluntary and probationary work. Other topics from a broad range of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches include:

• Job insecurity in the context of youth, students and labour unions
• Public sector austerity and marketization
• New forms of paid/unpaid workplace and community organizing
• Low-waged workers in private services and manufacturing
• Self-employment, apprenticeship labour and paid/unpaid internships
• Alliances with non-governmental organizations, community researchers and social movements
• Changes in labour law and labour relations
• Questions of political strategy and campaigning

The above list is not exhaustive and we welcome proposals that explore work and labour from a broad range of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches.

Registration: 8:30 - 9am | Conference: 9am - 4:15pm | Reception: 6pm at the Imperial Pub

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