Canadian Aid to Africa under Justin Trudeau
The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is attempting to alter the narratives about our country's relationship with the African continent. Be aware the initiative is largely ideological chimera void of concrete action, but even worse, it is blatant hypocrisy. The purported 'new agenda' for Africa began with a trip to Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia by Foreign Affairs minister, Stéphane Dion in November of 2016.
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The Mathematics of Evolution: Q&A with Biologist Marcus Feldman
Marcus Feldman never planned to end up on the front lines of evolutionary biology. 'I always wanted to do mathematics, as much as I could,' he said. 'There was a little bit of time when I flirted with the idea of being a psychiatrist.'
www.scientificamerican.com | 17 Jan 2017, 6:00pm
Canada's new foreign affairs minister is on 2014 Russia travel ban list
The ban measure nearly three years ago was a retaliatory measure against the decision of the Canadian government then led by Stephen Harper to join economic and political sanctions against Russia and Crimea that were levied by the United States and the European Union.
rogerannis.com | 17 Jan 2017, 5:30pm
Bangladesh: Campaign to Silence Garment Workers
The Solidarity Center warns that the broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in Bangladesh marks a troubling escalation of efforts to silence garment workers and criminalize their fundamental rights to organize, speak to power and improve their lives and livelihoods.
www.solidaritycenter.org | 17 Jan 2017, 5:00pm
The $9 trillion sale
Imagine you were heavily in debt, owned a large portfolio of equities and under-used property and were having trouble cutting your spending--much like most Western governments. Wouldn't you think of offloading some of your assets?
www.economist.com | 17 Jan 2017, 4:00pm
How TIAA Funds Environmental Disaster in Latin America
If you are in U.S. academic, research, medical, or cultural fields, your assets are likely managed by pension fund giant TIAA. Though frequently neglected, pension funds constitute the largest sector of the financial industry. TIAA is among the 100 largest corporations in the United States, serving over five million active and retired employees from more than 16,000 institutions.
nacla.org | 17 Jan 2017, 3:00pm
MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever
The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are).
www.theguardian.com | 17 Jan 2017, 2:35pm
Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries
We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nationcheats of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder.
www.theguardian.com | 17 Jan 2017, 2:00pm
Canadian universities shifting to top-down, corporate governance are literally all reading from the
On June 28, 2013, the then-president of Brock University, Jack Lightstone, posted an open letter online and via email to the Brock community titled 'The Need for a Program Review.'
rabble.ca | 17 Jan 2017, 1:00pm
Americans overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders' economic policies -- so how'd we end up here?
During a CNN town hall held by Sen. Bernie Sanders last Monday, the Vermont senator and progressive icon tried to drive home a point that he has frequently made in the past: There is widespread support for most of the economic policies that he ran on, even if they were often portrayed as radical and divisive by the media.
www.salon.com | 17 Jan 2017, 12:30pm
Union fills Gatineau hospital floor with 900 balloons for 900 grievances
The move was intended to draw attention to the deteriorating state of labour relations between administrative and support staff in various hospitals and health institutions across the Outaouais region, a spokeswoman for the Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux Josée McMillan said.
ottawacitizen.com | 17 Jan 2017, 12:00pm
Nova Scotia Can Afford to Respect its Public Sector Workers
One of the best parts of being a teacher is when students let you know they appreciate the work you do. It happens more than you might think.
behindthenumbers.ca | 17 Jan 2017, 11:00am
How did the Syrian uprising become dominated by jihadists?
The fall of Aleppo marks the beginning of the end of a revolution that began with peaceful slogans and citizen marches. In a few weeks, the Syrian war will have lasted for six years. In that time, the revolution has spiralled into a civil war fought by local proxies of regional powers and characterised by virulent sectarianism.
www.thenational.ae | 17 Jan 2017, 4:00am
Thanks for those who joined for the launch of Gaetan Heroux and Bryan's Palmer book, Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History in December. For those that couldn't, here's your second chance. The Toronto Public Library is organizing a talk featuring both Gaetan and Bryan discussing their book.
The book reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present. It is about men, women, and children relegated to lives of desperation by an uncaring system, and how they have refused to be defeated. In that refusal, and in winning better conditions for themselves, Toronto’s poor create the possibility of a new kind of society, one ordered not by acquisition and individual advance, but by appreciations of collective rights and responsibilities.
Written by a historian of the working-class and an anti-poverty activist, this rebellious history links past and present in an almost two-hundred year story of struggle and resistance, inspiring a sense of what can be accomplished when poor people fight to win.
7:00pm, Tuesday January 17, 2017
Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hal 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.