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What's New: Third nature: Edward Said on ecology and imperialism

by John Bellamy Foster | August 31, 2017

Naomi Klein’s wonderful essay on the numerous ecological implications that appear almost unconsciously in Edward Said’s texts, forming part of their structural background -- a perfect example of what he himself famously called a 'contrapuntal reading' -- demonstrates that ecological themes were always just below the surface in his work, conditioning his own sense of resistance.



What's New: Stop Bill C-27

by Mark Janson | August 30, 2017

On the one-year anniversary of their election, the Trudeau Liberals introduced a controversial piece of pension legislation, Bill C-27, to the House of Commons. They did this very, very quietly. They didn’t put out a press release, or tweet out a single tweet. Not even a selfie! When a government acts this quietly, it should set off major alarm bells. Bill C-27 would rewrite federal pension law that applies to federally-regulated workplaces (like Crown corporations, airlines, rail, telecommunications and banks). And it needs to be stopped.



What's New: A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

by Sandra Laville and Matthew Taylor | August 30, 2017

New figures obtained by the Guardian reveal the surge in usage of plastic bottles, more than half a trillion of which will be sold annually by the end of the decade. The demand, equivalent to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second, is driven by an apparently insatiable desire for bottled water and the spread of a western, urbanised 'on the go' culture to China and the Asia Pacific region. Most plastic bottles used for soft drinks and water are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet), which is highly recyclable. But as their use soars across the globe, efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are failing to keep up.



What's New: Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time to Talk About Climate Change.

by Naomi Klein | August 29, 2017

Turn on the coverage of the Hurricane Harvey and the Houston flooding and you’ll hear lots of talk about how unprecedented this kind of rainfall is. How no one saw it coming so no one could adequately prepare. What you will hear very little about is why these kind of unprecedented, record-breaking weather events are happening with such regularity that 'record-breaking' has become a meteorological cliché. In other words, you won’t hear much, if any, talk about climate change.



Bullet #1475: The NAFTA Consensus

by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui | August 29, 2017

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid of NAFTA entirely. But, considering the strength of corporate interests both in and outside the government, this seems unlikely. Big business, NAFTA’s political-intellectual author, remains committed to the agreement and the neoliberal agenda more broadly. The capitalist class simply wields too much power to make abolition possible at this time.



What's New: Why is Canadian labour so slow to support BDS?

by Hassan Husseini | August 28, 2017

At the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) convention held in Toronto in May 2017, an emergency resolution in support of Palestinian prisoners’ Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike received support from the CLC Canada Council (executive committee). The resolution was later adopted after a good debate on the convention floor. The significance of the resolution lies in its adoption and in the fact that, despite several attempts, we have not seen any Palestine solidarity debate on the CLC convention floor for many years.



What's New: The Portuguese Experiment

Catarina Martins | August 28, 2017

There is a living memory of what fascism meant in Portugal, which distinguishes us from countries where the experience of fascism ended with the Second World War. This is something that we share with Spain, of course. However, unlike Spain, our country experienced a revolution that put an end to the dictatorship; there was no stage-managed transition, but a clear rupture with the old regime.



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7:00pm, Tuesday September 26, 2017
Life of Pie, 1134 Bank St., Ottawa.



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Book launch: On Building a Social Movement

On Building a Social Movement
On Building a Social Movement focuses on the North American campaign for southern African liberation. It does so by first evoking both the region-wide battle for liberation from racial oppression that emerged in southern Africa between 1960 and 1994 and the world-wide mobilization of support for that regional struggle which emerged alongside it. It then examines in some detail the building of movements in both Canada and the United States designed to contribute to this notable global effort. These movements sought to publicize the positive goals and concrete undertakings of the liberation struggles on the ground in southern Africa while also focusing public attention on the policies of the governments and the corporations in North America that pulled the two countries to the wrong - the racist and exploitative - side of this African contestation.

Examining carefully both the successes and failures of this work, Saul also discusses the more general implications of such efforts to realize a broader global liberation from capital’s relentless logic; to craft current “anti-apartheid” work against comparable injustices in the relationship between Israel and Palestine; and to ground fresh efforts to renew solidarity with the peoples of southern Africa as they seek to renew the struggle against their own region’s “post-liberation” recolonization.

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7:00pm, Tuesday September 26, 2017
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.



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Public meeting: The Fight for 15 - What Next?

The Fight for 15 - What Next?
Jonathan Rosenblum, union activist from Seattle and author of recently published Beyond $15, will be talking about the lessons to be learned from the struggle for $15 in the USA. Rosenblum's experience will be of particular interest to activists in the $15 and Fairness movement in Ontario.

Deena Ladd from the Workers' Action Centre will be talking about the Ontario movement - its successes and what lies ahead. We've won $15 or have we? Where to next?

Sponsored by: The Toronto Labour Committee, Workers’ Action Centre, Global Labour Research Centre (York Univ.), Toronto Airport Workers Council | Facebook event | PDF poster
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