What's New: On Melting Ice: Inuit Struggle Against Oil and Gas in the Arctic
The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic are engaged in a centuries-old fight to retain their culture and reestablish self-determination and genuine sovereignty. In particular, Inuit in the autonomous territory of Nunavut are resisting what American Indian studies scholar Daniel R. Wildcat has described as a 'fourth removal attempt' of Indigenous people, coming on the heels of failed efforts at spatial, social and psycho-cultural deletion.
What's New: transform! newsletter October
Conference Report - Writing Feminism into Marxism; The limits of Corbyn’s Labour: social democracy and the radical left; Hegemony or Negotiated Consensus?; Europe Deserves Better: Building Alliances Toward a New Model of Development.
In The News Today
Neoliberalism's Deadly Experiment
Over the past year, media reports and op-eds have examined the lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan, from a variety of angles. Some focus on Michigan’s emergency manager laws, which the Republican-dominated legislature has used to suspend democracy in majority-African-American cities, including Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Highland Park, and Benton Harbor.
www.jacobinmag.com | 24 Oct 2016, 6:00pm
More Than Two Dozen Alaskan Native Villages Face Relocation
When President Barack Obama visited the tiny northern Alaskan coastal village of Kotzebue in 2015, it brought international attention to the fact that this Native community was directly threatened by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).
www.truth-out.org | 24 Oct 2016, 5:00pm
Why is Trudeau Backtracking On B.C.'s Oil Tanker Ban?
Since the Liberals formed government last November, Enbridge and Northern Gateway Pipeline have lobbied Ottawa an astounding 86 times, federal lobbying reports reveal.
www.desmog.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 4:30pm
Charlie Angus Blasts Feds On Indigenous Issues File After Liberal Government's 1st Year
NDP MP Charlie Angus marked the Liberal government's first year in power by blasting its track record on indigenous issues so far. During Wednesday's question period, the MP for Timmins-James Bay took aim at Justin Trudeau and some of his cabinet members, including Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who Angus criticized for reversing her stance on B.C.'s contentious Site C dam project.
www.huffingtonpost.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 4:00pm
Muskrat Falls resistance inspires powerful new music video
St. John’s artist Liz Solo has released a music video that depicts events still unfolding on the ground in Labrador, where land protectors and people from across the Big Land continue flocking to the Muskrat Falls construction site in an effort to stop the imminent flooding of the hydro project’s reservoir.
theindependent.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 3:30pm
The U.S. is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of 'war'
The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word "war" was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant: "We're engaged in a major counterterrorism operation," he told CBS News on Sept. 11. "I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity... I don't think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity."
www.pri.org | 24 Oct 2016, 3:00pm
Essex County council no longer listening to constituents regarding 100+ day library strike
Council has responded by cancelling its regular meeting, citing a “light agenda,” even as residents were preparing to speak to the library strike at the meeting.
cupe.on.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 2:30pm
How U.S. universities became IP-based capitalists
As modern American universities compete to amass mountains of lucrative intellectual property, it is easy to forget that it was not always like this. The heyday of the modern US university coincided with the Cold War. The period between 1945 and 1980 was marked by massive financial support from state and federal governments and, especially, the military, enabled by the enormous wealth that post-war capitalism generated.
www.timeshighereducation.com | 24 Oct 2016, 2:00pm
Government repeals anti-union legislation
On Wednesday, Parliament voted to adopt Bill C-4, a government bill that repeals the previous Conservative government’s controversial anti-union bills C-377 and C-525. Earlier this year, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk made good on the Liberals’ election promise to repeal the bills.
canadianlabour.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 1:00pm
Revenge of the white working-class woman
If you’ve read anything about this unprecedented 2016 campaign, you know this: Donald Trump’s solid core of support comes from white working-class America. As the blue-collar voter has become central to the political conversation, a clear picture of who we’re talking about has emerged.
www.politico.eu | 24 Oct 2016, 12:30pm
Disabled people lead the fight against austerity
What was termed as ‘structural adjustment’ in the Majority World phase, was now being called ‘austerity measures’ in the Minority World phase, though the con-trick was essentially the same.
newint.org | 24 Oct 2016, 11:00am
CETA Failure Reflects Public Rejection of Sweeping Trade Deals
International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of talks aimed at addressing Belgian opposition to the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) on Friday. Agreement appears impossible, she said.
ecocidealert.com | 24 Oct 2016, 10:30am
Flimsy CETA declaration leaves public services, water policy vulnerable in Canada-EU deal
After a year of large public demonstrations against Canada-EU free trade, which have—refreshingly—given some European politicians cold feet, the Canadian government and European Commission have been scrambling to make CETA more palatable to EU member states before an important October 18 vote on the deal.
behindthenumbers.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 10:00am
We hold Muskrat Falls
An ongoing blockade against the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador took a dramatic turn on Saturday as land protectors stormed and occupied the Muskrat Falls work site itself. As about 200 people gathered at a Nunatukavut rally early in the afternoon, about 60 land protectors cut the lock on the site’s gate and entered the site.
theindependent.ca | 24 Oct 2016, 9:00am
Rojava Coordination: Our fight will go on until all Syria is cleared off ISIS
The Coordination statement reads: “The Rojava Cantons General Coordination convened on October 10, 2016 to assess the political developments in Syria and the region. We would like to share our views and the political situation in the region in the face of the historic weight placed on our shoulders by the developments.
links.org.au | 24 Oct 2016, 4:00am
A far-reaching conversation with Dr. Philip Berger, Medical Director, Inner City Health Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dissent, advocacy and a citizen’s responsibility have historically played a pivotal role in bringing about social and political changes. We are delighted to have Dr. Berger share with us 40 years of experience, which show how health care workers can confront and remedy inequities and unfairness in the health care system.
Monthly thematic Conversation Circles are organized by volunteer labour, supported by the Seeds of Hope Foundation, to generate discussion on issues of interest to wider Danforth neighbourhood under thematic topics. For Further information, please contact: Organizer and Facilitator: Khan Rahi | Conversation.Circles@gmail.com | (416) 406-5517
7:30pm, Monday October 24, 2016
Carrot Common Meeting Room Rm 212, 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto.