Quebec Solidaire Congress: United Front Against Austerity and For Independence
As expected, the 500 delegates to the congress of Québec solidaire (QS), held in Montréal on May 19-22, voted to work toward a fusion with Option nationale, debated and adopted the remaining part of the party's draft program with few major amendments, and elected a new leadership headed by 'co-spokespeople' Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. Most of these achievements, however, were overshadowed by the debate on a proposal by some of the outgoing leadership that the party attempt to negotiate an 'electoral pact' with the Parti québécois.
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How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think
Facebook's collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look 'under the bonnet' at the tech giant's algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company.
www.bbc.com | 29 May 2017, 6:00pm
Trump's crisis and the feeble 'opposition'
Should Trump be dumped? You'd think that question would be a no-brainer for the Democratic Party after the 2016 election sent it packing from the White House and consigned it to minority status in both houses of Congress.
socialistworker.org | 29 May 2017, 5:00pm
NYC Fair Scheduling Laws Advance Workers' Rights, Lift Spirits Nationwide
Economic and social justice will not wait. That was the defiant message the New York City Council sent on Wednesday when it passed some of the country's strongest labor protections, guaranteeing access to fair schedules for thousands of workers in the nation's largest city.
www.clasp.org | 29 May 2017, 4:00pm
One in three U.S. manufacturing workers is on public aid, study shows
Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation's manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education.
news.berkeley.edu | 29 May 2017, 3:00pm
Postal banking will serve Canadians better than the big banks
'Canadians are well-served by their banks' - that's what a spokesperson for the Canadian Bankers Association said in response to a news report that the federal government's finance committee will hold new hearings into banking practices in Canada.
www.postalbanking.ca | 29 May 2017, 2:00pm
Sky-high condo prices aren't a supply problem
Have you heard the one about how supply is going to solve the great Canadian housing crisis? If you've listened to the real estate industry or our political leaders, you likely have. A lack of supply is the great culprit behind soaring prices and the lack of affordable homes. Just build more condo towers and presto, problem solved.
www.theglobeandmail.com | 29 May 2017, 1:00pm
Gallery TPW, Toronto, Does the oyster sleep?
The concept of self has changed through history, in correspondence with other cultural determinants. The subjectivity demanded by today's dominant economic system -- capitalism -- is characterized by competitive individualism.
esse.ca | 29 May 2017, 12:00pm
Economists are puzzled about why incomes aren't rising -- but workers have a good hunch
Yet anyone who has applied for a job in the last couple of years knows that, while the U.S. unemployment rate is historically low at 4.4%, the labor market isn't exactly bustling.
www.businessinsider.com | 29 May 2017, 11:00am
Why I Decided to Stop Paying Rent
What it's like to risk eviction fighting one of Toronto's worst landlords. When my girlfriend and I first moved into the place we live now, I didn't know the landlord had earned a reputation as one of the worst in the city of Toronto.
www.vice.com | 29 May 2017, 10:00am
Gains and challenges for the left in Portugal
The austerity policy of the Troika and the right-wing government destroyed jobs, forced thousands of young people to leave the country, ransacked the pension system, depleted public assets and services, privatized essential services and diverted all resources into paying a debt that, nonetheless, did not stop growing.
www.greenleft.org.au | 29 May 2017, 4:00am
* UGO LAPOINTE, Canadian Programme Coordinator, MiningWatch, Canada
* RICHARD HOLMES, Fisheries Biologist, Likely BC (community affected by Mt. Polley)
* BRUNO MILANEZ, researcher, Brazilian Network for Environmental Justice
* JOAN KUYEK. Founding National Coordinator, MiningWatch Canada
* JUDITH MARSHALL, CERLAC, York University (Moderator)
Sponsors: MiningWatch Canada, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN), Latin American Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean (CERLAC), York University, Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. | PDF poster
7:00pm, Monday May 29, 2017
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre 777 Bathurst Street, Toronto.