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October 2018

Amazon Is the New Factory: Warehouse Labour in the Digital Economy

October 24 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
WAC, 720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor (suited 202)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Between your Amazon home delivery and Jeff Bezos’ bottom line is a platform-based system that organizes a massive workforce, speeds up work, and contributes to making jobs more precarious and unstable. At this session of The Capitalism Workshop, Alessandro Delfanti discusses the changing nature of work, class composition, and the evolving relation between capitalism and technology, based upon his recent study of an Amazon warehouse in Italy. RSVP to Attend Materials:  Alessandro Delfanti (2018) Amazon is the New FIAT Rand Wilson…

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Action Keele

October 25 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Keele and Wilson (north east corner), Keele and Wilson
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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JOIN THE FIGHT FOR BETTER PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR ALL! The bus service along the Keele corridor, especially the #41, is ranked among the worst in the city. It is too crowded, the service is far too infrequent, and the TTC keeps raising fares – even as taxes on the wealthy are cut. And if plans to privatize the transit system are realized, this will only get worse. The working class people who use the Keele route deserve better. Come canvas…

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November 2018

Book Launch: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life

November 7 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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A book launch, reading and discussion, with Matt Hern and Shiri Pasternak. Matt Hern is a community organizer, independent scholar, writer and activist based in East Vancouver, British Columbia who is known for his work in radical urbanism, community development, ecology and alternative forms of education. Shiri Pasternak is Assistant Professor in Criminology at Ryerson University. Shiri teaches courses in the Indigenous Justice and publishes in the fields of legal and historical geography, settler colonial studies, political economy, and critical…

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The Fight to Rebuild and Improve Public Health Care

November 18 / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1N1 Canada
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On the campaign trail in the lead up to the 2018 Ontario election, the right-wing conservative Doug Ford raised problems with the provincial health care system and promised his constituents that "help is on the way." Now that Ford is Ontario's conservative Premier, he is not helping the health care system, but putting it--and this vital public service--on the chopping block. Ford is placing our health and the health of our families in the hands of those whose primary concern…

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Hotels vs Housing? Platforms, Rent and Resistance in Toronto

November 21 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
CSI Annex, Room #1 (2nd flr), 720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or ‘sharing’ economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges raises important questions for workers and unions. Do emerging platforms such as Uber and AirBnB mark a significant shift in rent-seeking production and distribution systems? Are they emancipatory or exploitive? How can they be regulated across multiple jurisdictions and multiple platforms (e.g., AirBnB, Homestay, Uber, Lyft)? Despite the early success of these services with consumers, there are contradictions for the future of work. New…

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December 2018

Book Launch: The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx

December 5 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Z5 Canada
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There are very few figures in history that have exerted as much and as varied an influence as Karl Marx. Edited by Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, and with 74 chapters by significant Marx scholars from around the world, The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx is an incredible reference guide to Marx's life, work, sources, concepts, reception and influence. Join us in celebration of the Toronto book launch of The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and take in a night…

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