The Peoples Social Forum was held in Ottawa August 21-24, 2014. The following includes reports from the 17+ movement assemblies that took place over the week-end.
Social movement leaders Clayton Thomas Muller, Brigette DePape and Harsha Walia came together to discuss how to bridge our movements.
Harsha is a social justice activist, journalist, and co-founder of the Vancouver chapter of no One Is Illegal and author of the book “Undoing Border Imperialism”. Her work has appeared in over 50 publications.
Clayton is from mathias Colomb Cree nation in northern manitoba. He works tirelessly as an activist, writer, public spea-ker, facilitator for Indigenous self-deter-mination and environmental justice. He is the co-director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute.
Naomi Klein was the opening keynote speaker at the Peoples' Social Forum last August. Introduced by Gabriel Nadeau Dubois, Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author and one of the most influential voices on our political and cultural environment, nationally and globally.
Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate was released in September 2014.
Note: this is the unedited rebroadcast of Naomi Klein's speech. Fast forward to 16 minutes in to begin watching.
To listen to an audio-only version of this event, click here.
Viola Thomas (Anemki Wedom) spoke on reconciliation at the Peoples Social Forum in August.
Viola Thomas is a residential school survivor and sat on the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
This is the rebroadcast of that live event.
In late August thousands rallied on Parliament Hill, as part of the People's Social Forum.
The third Women's Forum, hosted by MP Niki Ashton, will be taking place in Ottawa on October 30th. Women from across the country will gather in person and online to work on building the feminist agenda.
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Heading into the final two weeks of Toronto's municipal election we are faced with the sad reality that it seems that two right wing candidates are the front-runners for Mayor.
Olivia Chow's campaign, which started with such great promise and was well ahead in the polls initially, has fizzled out terribly and its own logic of presenting itself as the only "winnable" alternative to Ford, as it did for many months, has come back to haunt it.
Sex workers and sex buyers aren’t who we thought they were, the first national report on the Canadian sex industry has found, only one of the findings from the five-year study, led by Cecilia Benoit of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).
Evidence from the six surveyed sites (St. John’s, Montréal, Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Calgary, and Victoria) suggests that the majority of sex workers — most of whom are Canadian-born, Caucasian, in their 30s or 40s and have some form of education or training beyond high school — do not feel exploited and say that most buyers are not oppressors.
Palestine House, in collaboration with Sarah Abu-Sharar, an Expressive Art Therapist, will stage an autumn Art Camp over the Thanksgiving long weekend for a group of Palestinian Canadian children aged seven to 13 years.
The camp will bring together 20 Palestinian Canadian children to introduce them to the “discourse of the political situation in Palestine, through their own language, which is the language of art, magic and play.”
Children will have the opportunity to meet other Palestinian children while creating art with them on the topic of Palestine. The camp will be facilitated by a trained Expressive Art Therapist and a group of artists.
In his book, Don’t Even Think About It, long-time British environmental activist George Marshall explores the psychological mechanisms that lead to people refusing to take climate change seriously. Redeye caught up with Marshall on his way to New York for the major climate change actions of September 21 and 22.
Marshall speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
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We all know Harper has transformed Canada, but how did it happen? Donald Gutstein has been following Canada's backroom political dealings for decades. In this podcast he discusses his new book: Harperism - How Stephen Harper and his think tank Colleauges have transformed Canada"
What is Harperism? We've seen the effects of Harperism across our country. Today's discussion is a definition .. or several definitions .. of how Harper and his ideas have changed our society.
Today we present a discussion from the book launch - “Harperism - How Stephen Harper and his Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada”. The launch was held at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre Campus just a few days ago, October 8, 2014.
For a second day in a row, striking workers and their supporters at the NGF Canada plant in Guelph have succeeded in blocking replacement workers from crossing the picket line.
The 28 members of Workers United Local 2641 have been out on strike since September 30 after failing to reach an agreement with their employer, Japanese-owned NGF Canada.
I once crisscrossed Canada during an election to explore what politics means to people. A toy shop owner in Edmonton said she had no idea what led her to vote as she did. "Maybe it was something I heard, while driving, about a leader's wife making a fuss over a seat on a plane," she said. "It scares me, not knowing." Here are some potential incitements from the mayoral race.I once crisscrossed Canada during an election to explore what politics means to people. Here are some potential incitements from the mayoral race in Toronto.
Just a short post ahead of the job numbers that come out from Statistics Canada today. Five years after the end of the last recession, and Canada's labour market is still limping along. And it seems to have taken a turn for the worse recently.
While the Conservative government crows about one million net new jobs, they conveniently forget to mention that we would need to add another 880,000 new jobs to the Canadian economy to catch up to our pre-recession employment rate.
On average, that's about 73,000 jobs per month, every month, for a whole year. This is unlikely to happen given our current job creation trends. Over the past year, we've added fewer than 7,000 jobs per month, which is only about one-tenth of what we need to put unemployed Canadians back to work.
Recently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business received some media attention for their report on the relationship between residential and business property taxes in Ontario.
While a step up from the norm (this report is based on some actual data as opposed to a survey of the views of its members) that the CFIB would whinge about taxes is not new, nor is the fact that their results are misleading and contradictory.
Essentially, the CFIB makes one point: that business (commercial and industrial) property tax is higher than residential property tax.
Alberta Health Services has thrown in the towel on a key point of the legal dispute with Allaudin Merali and offered to pay its fired executive vice-president and chief financial officer the full severance agreed to in his contract.
For years, the Saskatchewan General and Governmental Employees Union (SGEU) has been arguing that the provinces prisons are overcrowded. Now a study into the human effects of prison overcrowding is backing up that assertion.
The study, Warehousing Prisoners in Saskatchewan, was authored by Jason Demers for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. It found that Saskatchewan’s prisons currently house twice as many prisoners as they were designed to hold.
Presentation by Roger Annis in Vancouver, Canada on Sept 29, 2014
On September 29, 2014, The Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University hosted a talk by Roger Annis on the war in eastern Ukraine and the accompanying political and military threats by NATO and the Kyiv government against Russia. Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based writer and antiwar activist who has written extensively on Ukraine. He attended the antiwar conference held in Yalta, Crimea on July 6, 7, 2014. (Introduction continues below).
The themes covered in the one-hour talk included: