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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!

Sign our petition here.



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 
300. 28 February 2016 Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing
Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Recorded in Toronto, 21 February 2016.
299. 21 February 2016 Launching the Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right
The 52nd volume of the Socialist Register, addresses pivotal questions in the reordering of the balance of political forces today and the political mapping of the new right. Recorded in Toronto, 14 January 2016.
298. 14 February 2016 Postal Banking: Not your Predatory Lender
This panel discusion is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them! Predatory lenders are draining money out of low-income communities; could postal banking be a public alternative? Recorded in Ottawa, 26 January 2016.
297. 7 February 2016 Rally to STOP Devastating Hospital Cuts
Hospitals in crisis, hydro privatization, mounting student debt and rising inequality! Stop devastating cuts to public services and social programs that are hurting our community -- the rallying cry outside the Ontario Pre-Budget consultation at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, February 1, 2016.
296. 31 January 2016 Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building (BDS)/ Student Movement
A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Recorded in Toronto, 12 January 2016.
295. 24 January 2016 Dissenting Traditions: Closing Remarks
This was the last session of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference with presentations by Greg Kealey, Stephen Brier and Bucky Halker. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.
294. 23 January 2016 France: The Radical Left in the Maelstrom
With the November 13th terrorist attacks, the strong showing of the far-Right Front National in regional elections, and the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France has been in the headlines a great deal in recent weeks. Yet we rarely hear about how the radical Left fits in to the evolving situation there. Recorded in Toronto, 10 January 2016.
293. 17 January 2016 Socialism and Intellectuals
Moderated by Linda Kealey. Presentation by: Leo Panitch. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
292. 10 January 2016 Marginality as Historical Subject
Moderated by Gillian Balfour. Presentations by: Ted McCoy, Annalee Lepp and Roger Neufeld. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
291. 3 January 2016 Uprisings of the Dispossessed and Protests in the Street
Moderated by Christine McLaughlin. Presentations by: David Thompson, John Clarke, Andrée Lévesque and Sean Purdy. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.
290. 27 December 2015 Its About Time: Remembering Reproduction in 1930s Women Writers
The Keynote Address of the "Dissenting Traditions" conference by Rosemary Hennessy. Recorded in Peterborough, 24 October 2015.
289. 20 December 2015 The 'Labour Question' in Our Times
Presentations by: Stephanie Ross, Marcel van der Linden and Alvin Finkel. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
288. 19 December 2015 Approaching the Revolutionary Left
Presentations by: Paul LeBlanc, James Barrett, Michael Goldfield and Ernie Tate. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
287. 13 December 2015 Perspectives on E. P. Thompson
Presentations by: Nicholas Rogers, Marcello Badaró Mattos, Russell Jacoby and Bryan Palmer. Recorded in Peterborough, 23 October 2015.
286. 6 December 2015 Canadian Working-Class History
This was Session I of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference to Address the Intellectual and Political Interests of Canada Research Chair, Bryan D. Palmer at Trent University, 23-24 October 2015. Presentations by Wayne Roberts, Kirk Niergarth, Julia Smith and Sean Carleton.
285. 22 November 2015 Building Power in Our Communities
The Fight for Racial and Economic Justice with Kali Akuno, a founder of Cooperation Jackson and a key member of the late Chokwe Lumumba's successful election campaign for the mayoralty of Jackson, Mississippi, discusses integrating strategies in the fight for racial and economic justice, including popular assemblies and neighborhood defence committees. Recorded in Toronto, 30 October 2015.
284. 15 November 2015 From Greece to Portugal to Corbyn's Labour Party
After decades of uninterrupted neoliberal austerity across Europe, in recent years a new left alternative has begun to take shape. Today working people have once again turned to confront the capitalist classes in their own countries, and to challenge the vision of a neoliberal Europe with a reinvigorated left politics that seeks to build social movements by working both within and outside the state. Three of the most prominent examples have been Syriza's meteoric rise in Greece; the continuing electoral gains of Portugal's Left Bloc since its formation in 1999; and most recently the victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the British Labour Party leadership elections.
283. 8 November 2015 Climate Crisis and Climate Realism Parenti, Christian
Mass migration, civil war, banditry, imperial military adventures – all these are current responses to the climate crisis. These and other impending dislocations from climate change intersect with the already-existing crises of poverty and violence in “catastrophic convergence” that demands immediate action and longer-term social change. Christian Parenti, journalist and professor at New York University, discusses these and other questions that draws from his current research into economic and environmental history.
282. 1 November 2015 Palestine: A Political Travelogue
Palestine has long been central to colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries – of the Ottoman and British empires, and Zionist and Arab nationalisms, before becoming a key site of inspiration for left and anti-colonial internationalism and recent scholarship on decolonial resistance. The International Conference of Critical Geography in Ramallah, Palestine, in July 2015, extended this trajectory of anti-colonial internationalism by enriching our historical and political understandings of Palestine.
281. 25 October 2015 The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery
A roundtable discussion with Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and York University scholars focusing on her latest book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2015.
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