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The Struggle for Decent Work and Wages


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Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (in Ontario, Canada), has been referred to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Over 10 days in July in 10 different cities, the Committee heard deputations on the Bill. In August, the Committee will review the Bill “clause-by-clause” to decide what, if any, amendments will be made to the legislation.

While supporters of the Fight for $15 and Fairness are calling for important amendments – such as eliminating the sub-minimum wage rates for students and liquor servers, strengthening the language for equal pay for equal work, improving the scheduling provisions, adding more paid leave days and simplifying the process by which workers join unions – the ruling class is not rolling over so quickly. “The Fight for $15 & Fairness isn’t over. It’s just gearing up” ... continue reading.

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Palestinian Dispossessions, Canada and the Jewish National Fund


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The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been the key tool used by Israel to dispossess Palestinians of their lands for over a century. It also discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the provision of land and housing, and appropriates lands in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law.

Canadian taxpayers subsidize these activities, as the JNF has a fundraising office in Canada that has had charitable status since 1967.

Join with Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) in calling on the Minister of National Revenue to revoke JNF Canada's charitable status NOW!

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Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary:

Socialism Historically and Today

Toronto – 1 June 2017


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This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario from May 30 – June 2, 2017.

The theme of the Conference for 2017 was “Liberation Here and Now: Continuity and Change in Socialist Studies at 50 Years and Beyond.” Diverging from the Congress theme, “From Far and Wide: The Next 150,” the SSS called upon participants to fundamentally ‘trouble’ Project Canada, to celebrate past and future resistances and solidarities, and to engage in dialogue on how to get to a decolonized praxis and collective liberation here and now.

The Committee on Socialist Studies was formed in 1967 at the Learned Societies Conference (now called the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Its current activities can be found at socialiststudies.ca.

The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies is published at socialiststudies.com.

A history of the Society for Socialist Studies can be found here: “Society for Socialist Studies: The Early Years, 1967 – 1978.” Also, see “Roundtable on the History of the Society of Socialist Studies.”

“Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions” was introduced and moderated by Abbie Bakan (OISE/University of Toronto), and Elaine Coburn (Glendon/York University). Participants:

This was recorded at the Society for Socialist Studies congress 2017, visit their channel.


LS #Date PublishedTitle 
180. 30 June 2013 Chapuling in Turkey
Occupy Gezi and Reflections from the Turkish Left. Presentations by Baris Karaagac, Ezgi Dogru and Balca Arda. Recorded in Toronto 23 June 2013.
179. 23 June 2013 The State and The Future of Democracy in Turkey Baban, Feyzi; Sabine Dreher; Mustafa Koc
In recent years Turkey has been presented as a "model democracy" for the Middle East. In recent weeks, what started out as a protest against the conversion of a park to a shopping centre in Istanbul, has evolved into a national protest movement about democracy and grievances related to neoliberalism, unfettered urban development, repression of political dissent and free media, state intervention into personal lifestyles, disregard for constitutional rights and freedoms and police brutality.
178. 22 June 2013 Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan Podur, Justin
A short documentary by Justin Podur about Afghanistan's perils and prospects leading up to the 2014 NATO withdrawal and election. Includes interviews with Afghan MPs: Ramazon Bashardost, famous for his anti-corruption politics, and Shukria Barakzai, famous as a writer of Afghanistan's constitution. Based on a visit to Kabul in March 2013.
177. 16 June 2013 The Crisis and Socialist Strategy Spourdalakis, Michalis
Lessons from the Greek Left with Michalis Spourdalakis. Spourdalakis is a founding member of Syriza and currently serves on its policy planning committee. Professor of Political Science at Athens University and current chair of the Hellenic Political Science Association, he is also on the Secretariat of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, and a corresponding editor of the Socialist Register.
176. 19 May 2013 Reportback from Ecosocialism Conference 2013
Taking place at New York's Barnard College, the Ecosocialist Conference drew some two hundred activists around the slogan "System Change not Climate Change." It was endorsed by numerous progressive organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, and featured speakers from a wide spectrum of organizations and perspectives. Introduced by Abbie Bakan and John Riddell. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 4 May 2013.
175. 12 May 2013 After the Canadian Jewish Congress Freeman-Maloy, Dan
Dan Freeman-Maloy talks about the deterioration of Canadian Jewish politics and implications for leftist strategy. It also outlines the broader politics of Western Zionism and identifies the relationship between the Palestine question and the rise of budgetary authorities within communal leadership structures.
174. 11 May 2013 Fighting Austerity
The panelists discuss the history and scope of the austerity agenda, its effects on the environment, indigenous peoples and working people the world over. Who and what is driving this agenda and how do we conceive of a fight back strategy that might begin to challenge the current hegemony of corporate power.
173. 5 May 2013 The Problem of Labour Imperialism
A forum with Kim Scipes and Marion Pollack to discuss the issues and challenges in building international labour solidarity. Moderated by Farid C. Partovi. Recorded in Toronto, 21 April 2013.
172. 4 May 2013 May Day 2013: Solidarity City
Solidarity City is a unified struggle for: Respect for Indigenous Sovereignty, Status for All, an End to Imperialism and Environmental Destruction, an End to Austerity and Attacks on the Poor and Working-Class, continued resistance against Patriarchy, Racism, Ableism and Homophobia and Transphobia. The march ended with a rally in support of the striking workers at Porter FBO. Recorded in Toronto, 1 May 2013.
171. 28 April 2013 Book Launch: Continental Crucible
The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.
170. 14 April 2013 No Tar Sands in Toronto! Stop Line 9 Bowman, Sabrina; Ron Plain; Ian Angus
Moderated by Bryan Dale and Emma Cane. Presentations by three activists talking about the struggle against tar sands pipeline: Sabrina Bowman, Ron Plain and Ian Angus. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2013.
169. 31 March 2013 Queerly Political: Activism, Feminism, Marxism and Queer Politics Black, Johannah May and Alan Sears
How can we build a united movement that respects difference and autonomy, and also advances common struggles against oppression and exploitation? What are the linkages, and tensions, between feminism and queer politics? And how can we understand women's liberation in the context of other movements against oppression? Presentations by Johannah May Black Alan Sears. Recorded in Toronto, 23 March 2013.
168. 24 March 2013 Amir Khadir: Quebec and Quebec Solidaire Khadir, Amir
Amir Khadir, member of the Quebec National Assembly (Mercier) and former co-leader of Québec Solidaire gave the 2013 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: Quebec and Quebec Solidaire: Linking Sovereignty, Equality and anti-Neoliberalism. Recorded in Toronto 18 March, 2013.
167. 17 March 2013 Book Launch: Boom, Bust and Crisis
Boom, Bust and Crisis: Labour, Corporate Power and Politics in Canada -- edited by John Peters. Part of the Labour in Canada Series, published by Fernwood. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2013.
166. 10 March 2013 Unity, Democracy, Militancy: New Trade Union Initiative in India Mody, Gautam
Gautam Mody is Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative, a trade union centre in India founded in 2002. NTUI proclaims itself as independent from political parties and it's slogan is 'Unity, Democracy, Militancy'. Its core constituent is the National Centre for Labour, a trade union of informal sector workers.
165. 9 March 2013 Austerity and Ontario's Universities
The contributors challenge the neoliberal mantra that there is no alternative but austerity to deal with the economic crisis and government deficits; in fact, austerity is shown to be counterproductive to the ostensible aim of fiscal prudence... not to mention the significant harm it does to our valued public services in general, and universities in particular. Recorded in Ottawa, 29 January 2013.
164. 3 March 2013 Class Struggles in Crisis: From Walmart to the State
A panel discussion introduced and moderated by Socialist Register co-editor Greg Albo. Presentations by Arun Gupta, Kevin Doogan, Jane Hardy and Charles Post. Recorded in Toronto, 22 February 2013.
163. 24 February 2013 Abortion Rights: Access and Barriers Johnstone, Rachael
Analysis of abortion rights at the federal and provincial levels, with a focus on New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Recorded in Toronto, 9 February 2013 as part of the GTWA anti-capitalism and feminism series.
162. 18 February 2013 Canada and the Palestine Question Freeman-Maloy, Dan
Dan Freeman-Maloy speaking at York University, February 7 2013. The talk situates Canadian policy within the context of Anglo-American imperialism on Palestine, reviews some of the mythology concerning Canada's 'liberal internationalist' past, and describes the basic development of Canadian Zionism, from the ethnic cleansing of 1948 to the war on terror.
161. 17 February 2013 Book Launch: Toward the United Front Riddell, John; David McNally, Greg Albo, Suzanne Weiss and Paul Kellogg
Book launch of Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922. The full congress record is now available for the first time in English and in paperback. Editor and translator John Riddell reflects on the lessons of translating the rich conversations and debates that shaped a generation of revolutionaries, and the implications for activists in current conditions of global capitalism.
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