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Bullet #1389: Building the 'Saskatchewan Advantage': Saskatchewan's 2017 Austerity Budget

by Charles W. Smith and Andrew Stevens | March 28, 2017

Saskatchewan's 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party's austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging from organized labour movement to small businesses. The government's budget has several fiscal goals: aggressively tackle its $1.3-billion deficit in three short years, overhaul the tax structure away from progressive forms of taxation to consumption taxes, and dismantle key aspects of the social welfare state.



What's New: What Budget 2017 means for working Canadians

by Canadian Labour Congress | March 27, 2017

Compared to the significant announcements made in the 2016 budget and fall economic statement, Wednesday’s federal budget is much more modest, lacking the same ambition to address the pressing challenges facing working Canadians. While it provides more details regarding multi-year investments in housing, public transit and other areas, it adds relatively little in the way of new spending.



Bullet #1388: BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti and Repress BDS

by BDS National Committee | March 27, 2017

On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours that first day. Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation.



LeftStreamed: Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine

March 26, 2017

The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles. Featuring Erica Violet Lee. Recorded in Toronto, 15 March 2017.



What's New: Extracted Carbon Re-examining Canada's Contribution to Climate Change through Fossil Fuel Exports

by Marc Lee | March 25, 2017

Canada helped usher in the Paris Agreement on climate change, but wants to continue reaping the economic benefits of being a fossil fuel exporter. A major shortcoming of the Paris Agreement is that countries have committed to reducing emissions within their boundaries, but not the carbon that is extracted at home and burned elsewhere. So if Canada expands fossil fuel exports, only the emissions from extraction and processing prior to export are counted in our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, not the much larger emissions when the fuel is combusted in the US or Asia.



What's New: The problem with the past is that it doesn’t pass: On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolutio

by Boaventura de Sousa Santos | March 25, 2017

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (RR)1 and also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Karl Marx’ Das Kapital. Combining the two historic dates may seem strange because Marx never wrote in detail about the revolution and communist society and, even if he had, it is unimaginable that what he might have written could bear any resemblance to what the Soviet Union (USSR) was, especially after Stalin took over the leadership of both the party and the State.



What's New: Playing Chicken: Discovering a Diverse Working Class in Trump Country

by Patrick Dixon | March 24, 2017

Since the election of 2016, much has been written about rural working-class voters who helped elect Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Most of those stories have assumed that the rural working class is overwhelmingly white. But if we look at one of the most significant parts of the rural economy - the poultry industry - we get a different picture. Not only do we see more workers of color, we also see more exploitation and greater potential for resistance.



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7:30pm, Tuesday April 4, 2017
Carrot Common, Room 212, 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto.

Free Admission, but donations appreciated! Coffee/Tea provided.

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Conversation Circle: Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History

Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History a wide-ranging conversation with the co-author Gaetan Heroux (with Dr. Bryan Palmer) exploring the history and the profile of poverty in Toronto and the struggles against it.

Given the current economic uncertainty and hard times that people living on the margins and the young people are facing, we are delighted to have the chance to share Gaetan and Bryan’s perspectives discussed in their remarkable book, documenting and demystifying poverty in Toronto. Gaetan and Beric German, Co-founder of Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, will lead the conversation and share their respective knowledge and years of anti-poverty grassroots organizing experiences across the city.

Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood.
6:00pm, Tuesday April 4, 2017
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Queen st. W, Toronto.



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Toronto's Climate Challenge
Special Forum with DIANNE SAXE, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO and

JIM BAXTER, Director of Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto on TranformTO's climate action plan coming out at the end of April 2017. Plus workshops!

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