Canada

This afternoon, the members of CUPE 3902 met to discuss a possible bargaining position. The union’s bargaining team had worked out a way to reorganize the offer last made by the university, the rejection of which began the strike. As re-organized, the deal would raise the funding package from $15,000 to $17,500. It would also […]

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Today’s 1pm – 5pm picket shift was good fun. We occupied the Munk Centre, where President Gertler was meant to be taking part in an event: Then we marched all over campus: to the administration offices at Simcoe Hall, over to Queen’s Park, through University College, around Robarts, and back to Munk: The university has […]

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Mid-February

February 16, 2015

in Canada, Daily updates, Toronto

The last couple of days in Toronto have been a reminder of winter in Ottawa. That’s particularly true of the importance of going out in an extra-warm double-layered toque and wool scarf; merino wool top and bottom long underwear; a t-shirt, long-sleeve fleece, and down vest; a long jacket with extra insulating liner; fingerless inner […]

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Today Toronto350.org was at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) to call attention to the need to shift investment away from fossil fuels. We can’t build a prosperous future with fuels that wreck the climate, and the billions we are putting into fossil fuel development now will prove wasted in the long term. My photos from […]

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First Nations, with our constitutionally protected aboriginal and treaty rights, are Canadians’ last best hope to protect the lands, waters, plants, and animals from complete destruction – which doesn’t just benefit our children, but the children of all Canadians. Palmater, Pamela. “Why are we Idle No More?” in The Kino-nda-niimi Collective. The Winter We Danced: […]

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The creation of Canada was only possible through the negotiation of treaties between the Crown and indigenous nations. While the wording of the treaties varies from the peace and friendship treaties in the east to the numbered treaties in the west, most are based on the core treaty promise that we would all live together […]

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Before this week’s meeting, we got a photo in solidarity against the Keystone XL pipeline.

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An excellent panel about First Nations reconciliation in Canada tonight has left me wanting to read a whole lot of things. To begin with, that includes The Winter We Danced, especially the chapter by Pamela Palmater. I also need to read a lot more about the Tsilhqot’in ruling.

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To generate exuberant diversity in a city’s streets and districts, four conditions are indispensable: The district, and indeed as many of its internal parts as possible, must serve more than one primary function; preferably more than two. These must insure the presence of people who go outdoors on different schedules and are in the place […]

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