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The Cuban Five Freed:
Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández

Toronto — 3 April 2016.


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Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. The release of the three was part of the agreement negotiated between the U.S. and Cuban governments concerning future relations between the two countries. Two of the Cuban Five, René González and Fernando González were released in 2011 and 2013 after serving their full sentences. Cuba maintained its absolute insistence that the remaining three prisoners be freed and as the international protests continued to grow, freedom for Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio became a vital issue in the negotiations.

Introduction by Heide Trampus and MC'ed by Juan Carranza. Presentations by:

Sponsored by: United Steelworkers, Canada; Co-sponsored by: Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour Solidarity Network, Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association, Toronto, and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade.



After the Sands:

Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

Toronto — 7 April 2016.


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The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau's claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper's pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each country must find its own unique road map. Canada doesn't have one. Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right.

Moderated by Angela Bischoff. Presentation by:



The BRICS:

An Anti-Capitalist Critique

Toronto — 31 March 2016.


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The relative economic decline of the United States, Europe and Japan is often linked to the rise of an ‘emerging’ bloc comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa demanding ‘a seat at the table’. Yet as many of the world’s leading left thinkers demonstrate in this important new book, the BRICS seem to be not so much overturning the tables of global capitalism, but as collaborating in holding them up.

The book's co-editors Patrick Bond from South Africa and Ana Garcia from Brazil are joined by the two Toronto authors of chapters in the book in discussing how to understand where the BRICS fit on the most crucial global issues ranging from world finance to climate change.

Moderated by Stephen Maher. Presentations by:


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