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What's New: The Fruits of Unpaid Labour
by Natalie Childs | November 27, 2015
When I decided that I wanted to be a farmer, organic farms were the obvious place to look for work. Conventional farming aspires to produce the cheapest possible food for a globalized system, which I believe severely undermines the health of the soil, the health of farmers and eaters, and the resilience of communities. I felt that small-scale organic farms were working towards a more just and sustainable food system, undoing (or challenging) the conventional farm system. Overall, I still believe this to be true, and I’m proud to be a part of the steady rise in young organic farmers in Canada.
Bullet #1190: The Tragedy of the Commons, the Pope, and the System
by Michael A. Lebowitz | November 27, 2015
There's an old argument that common property inevitably leads to exhaustion of resources. In the parable of “the tragedy of the commons,” the story is told that, given the absence of private property, everyone had an incentive to graze his own animals on the common fields without limit with the result that overgrazing destroyed the land. No matter that, historically, individual communities have always found ways to manage their common property; nevertheless, the story continues to be told.
What's New: The labour movement should say NO to war!
| November 26, 2015
Support for resettling Syrian refugees from the Canadian Labour Congress and the wider labour movement is to be commended. The Labour movement has stood strongly against the Islamophobia and racism that reactionary forces inject into the issue. But the calls to welcome refugees and fight racism aren’t enough. The labour movement must take a principled position against Canada’s war in Iraq and Syria and take the lead in rebuilding the anti-war movement.
What's New: Capitalist Production vs. The Earth
by Umair Muhammad | November 26, 2015
In a short story titled “Sally,” science fiction writer Isaac Asimov describes a world in which cars are endowed with artificial intelligence. The mass adoption of “automatobiles,” as they are called in the story, makes travelling easy: “You got in, punched your destination and let it go its own way.” What is more, the intelligent cars helped bring an end to the tens of thousands of road fatalities that were caused by human error each year. But all is not well in this world of intelligent cars.
What's New: TTC votes to increase cash fare, cost of tokens
| November 25, 2015
The Toronto Transit Commission voted on Monday to increase cash fares and the price of subway tokens to help fill a $58-million deficit heading into 2016. The cash fare will jump by 25 cents to $3.25 and the cost of tokens and tickets will go up by 10 cents to $2.90. The price of the monthly Metropass will remain frozen at $141.50.
by Jeffrey Henderson | November 25, 2015
At first glance it seems an almost inexplicable paradox: probably the most right wing British government since 1945 inviting, against the advice of the security services, the military and the U.S. Government, companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party -- and in one case the Chinese military -- into the heart of our strategically vital energy infrastructure.
What's New: Keep transit public in the age of Justin Trudeau
by Vincent Puhakka | November 24, 2015
Although the dust has only just settled on the longest election campaign in recent Canadian history; it's time we took stock of our Prime Minister-elect and his plans for public transit. On the surface, things look good: the Liberal Party's signature promise to run three years of deficits to fund infrastructure investment stands in stark contrast to the previous government’s record of piecemeal, project by project spending.
Bombing ISIS Into the Heart of Europe: the New Face War November 17, 2015
Women who conquered macho world of Portuguese politics prepare for power November 17, 2015
The Attacks in Paris Reveal the Strategic Limits of ISIS November 17, 2015
To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia November 17, 2015
France's aggressive foreign policy November 16, 2015
Isis Inc: how oil fuels the jihadi terrorists November 16, 2015
The TPP is about entrenching corporate power, not 'free trade' November 16, 2015
Hell Comes to Paris November 16, 2015
Shadow Foreign Secretary says Labour won't back air strikes on Syria November 16, 2015
We are in pitiless times November 16, 2015
Charting corporate connections in the new Liberal cabinet November 16, 2015In The News archive:
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| 7:00pm, Saturday November 28, 2015
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
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|: Celebrate With Us When OCAP Turns 25|
On November 28,the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty will mark 25 years of challenging those who impose poverty on our communities. Twenty five years is a long time but we're not putting on a party to mark the end of OCAP. Just the opposite, the need for community based resistance in the face of mounting austerity is greater than ever. We'll be having a major celebration to look back on the actions we've taken, the victories we've won, the lives we've impacted and the enemies we've made.
| 9:00am, Saturday November 28, 2015
Haultain Building, Univ of Toronto, 170 College St., Toronto.
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|: Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice 2015|
As part of a global call for actions on climate justice, the Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice 2015 will bring together activists, organizations, people from all walks of life for an open forum to discuss community-based responses to the climate crisis. This event is also a direct response to the 2015 United Nations Conference of the Parties talks on the climate in Paris (November 30th to December 11th), and seeks to find alternatives outside of government and industry initiatives, which have served the interests of the rich, rather than people today or our collective future.
Several People’s Assemblies on the Climate were held in Toronto between 2010 and 2012. This 2015 gathering seeks to re-catalyze, revitalize, and revision strength for our collective fight for climate justice.
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