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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 
220. 31 May 2014 Building Solidarity Against Austerity: Learning From Our Past
Moderated by Simone Powell. Presentations by: Rosemary Warskett, a former PSAC Staff Rep. and Jean-Claude Parrot, the former National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and is the author of My Union, My Life.
219. 25 May 2014 A Women's Labour History Walking Tour
We bring back to life vibrant and committed women union leaders like Grace Hartman and Madeleine Parent; international figures like Emma Goldman and Amelia Earhart, and lesser-known Toronto women like Lily Ilomaki and Annie Buller, Depression-era union organizers and Communists. The tour celebrates the work of women in unions, the arts and the community who created the seeds of our social safety net and the Canadian educational system.
218. 24 May 2014 Global Austerity and Global Resistance McNally, David
Moderated by Shellie Bird. Presentation by David McNally teaches political science at York University, Toronto. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity -- A Dayschool on Past and Current Struggles. Recorded in Ottawa, 26 April 2014.
217. 18 May 2014 Challenging the Leadership of the Canadian Labour Congress Husseini, Hassan; Herman Rosenfeld
The GTWA presents a forum with Hassan Husseini, candidate for the Presidency of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Husseini is a long-time social justice activist and trade unionist with roots in CUPE and Unifor. Husseini shared his views on how to make the CLC a strong and militant leader of the trade union movement in Canada and organize the wider working class to fight effectively for social and economic justice.
216. 3 May 2014 Oil, Tar Sands, Coal, Natural Gas Annis, Roger
What's behind the expansion drive of Canada's and North America's fossil fuel industries? Presentation by Roger Annis. Recorded in Santa Barbara, California, 11 April 2014.
215. 27 April 2014 Syriza and European Elections Panitch, Leo
The Possibility and Challenges of the Left in Government in Greece and the May 25 European Elections. Presentation by Leo Panitch. Recorded in Toronto, 21 April 2014.
214. 13 April 2014 Capitalism in the Classroom
Neoliberalism, Education and Progressive Alternatives. Opening remarks by Carlo Fanelli. Keynote presentation by Dr. James L. Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Recorded in Toronto, 4 April 2014.
213. 30 March 2014 Left Alternatives to Social Democracy
Discussion with three prominent left activists (Leo Panitch, Roger Rashi and Adolph Reed Jr.) about Left Alternatives to Social Democracy. Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly and recorded in Toronto, 16 March 2014.
212. 23 March 2014 New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa Jim, Irvin
NUMSA, National Union of Metalworkers with over 340,000 members, under the leadership of its General Secretary, Irvin Jim, has heralded a new socialist political direction for South Africa. This forum was recorded in Toronto, 6 March.
211. 22 March 2014 The Systemic Crisis of Financialization Lapavitsas, Costas
Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. During the last three years his interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis, and he has undertaken research on it with a group of researchers associated with Research on Money and Finance at SOAS. His most recent book Financialization in Crisis. Recorded in Toronto, 3 March.
210. 16 March 2014 Organizing Against Multiple Oppression in Our Time
A GTWA coffeehouse forum with Steven Tufts, Winnie Ng and Ajamu Nangwaya. How does class exploitation intersect with racism and hetero-patriarchy to sustain and reproduce capitalist rule? Are forms of oppression predicated upon race or gender necessary to capitalist social relations? How does our analysis influence our organizing?
209. 9 March 2014 Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) McAlevey, Jane
A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2014.
208. 8 March 2014 Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto Heroux, Gaetan
For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go?
207. 2 March 2014 The Coup D'État in Haiti: Ten Years Later
Presentations by Mario Joseph -- a Haitian human rights lawyer; and Dr. Melanie Newton -- a professor at the University of Toronto specializing in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean.
206. 16 February 2014 The Turkish Summer
Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance. This forum features a wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and international left. Recorded in Toronto, 31 January 2014.
205. 13 February 2014 History and Crisis of the Left Cristall, Gary
Gary Cristall, one of the organizers of the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, Canada, presents a history of the Left movement. He concludes with a series of questions about what to do to revive socialism. Recorded in Vancouver, November 2013.
204. 9 February 2014 Can We Afford FORD More Years?
This forum was part of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly GMM. A broad-ranging discussion that shifts the focus away from Mayor Ford's personal failings and toward an analysis and critique of austerity policies, as well as the class dynamics that underpin Ford's continuing popularity.
203. 2 February 2014 Building New Parties or Building Direct Democracy?
This forum was part of the 2013 World Peace Forum in Vancouver. Chaired by Ingo Schmidt. Presentations by: Michael Lebowitz, Roger Rashi and Tara Ehrcke. Recorded in Vancouver, 2 November 2013.
202. 26 January 2014 Book forum: Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan
This forum was part of the Canadian Peace Alliance convention weekend in Toronto. Chaired by James Clark. Presentations by Greg Albo, Todd Gordon, Angela Joya and Jessica Squires.
201. 19 January 2014 Trade Unions, Pensions, Corporations, and the State
Given the labour movement's opposition to privatization and positive support for significant public infrastructure renewal, how can labour movement pension activists and trustees support an agenda that actually shrinks the power of private finance in shaping such investments and expands the role of public and democratically accountable institutions to play this role instead?
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