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The Neoliberal Writing on the Wall: Ontario's Basic Income Experiment

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1438 .... June 26, 2017
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The Neoliberal Writing on the Wall: Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment

John Clarke

Since 2010, the UK has endured a political regime that can be considered a cutting edge of the austerity agenda. Through the film, I, Daniel Blake, people around the world have become familiar with the institutionalized cruelty of the Country’s warped system of providing social benefits to those in need.

To those who endure sub-poverty misery, the humiliating intrusion of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and the ever present threat of the sanctions regime, the conclusion that anything must be better than the present set up is an easy one to arrive at. Disabled people who deal with a state bureaucracy that labels them scroungers and seeks at every turn to abandon...

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Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and the Future of the Labour Movement

LeftStreamed — Recorded in Toronto, 2 June 2017

Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and the Future of the Labour Movement

Bill Fletcher Jr. gave the keynote address at the 4th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies.

Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labour movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labour unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several...

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UNESCO: Protect culture, not coal

Coal is threatening the world's most precious heritage sites. r1

Dear friends,

Coal kills and coal speeds up climate change — that is clear to everyone. What may not be well known is that in many parts of the world, UNESCO World Heritage sites are also at risk, thanks to coal.

New coal power plants proposed in Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya and Turkey pose an enormous threat to some of the world’s greatest natural and cultural places. This is devastating. Precious sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Lamu Islands and the Sundarbans forest should be under strict protection.

Fortunately, UNESCO has a unique power to call out governments who fail to protect key places on this planet, but we must show that people all over the world are standing together in this global call. Call on...

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150 suicide attempts by First Nations youth?

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Take a stand against fake news


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Dear friend,

Like you, we hate it. "Fake news." We read about it every day. Trump rolls it out whenever he wants to dismiss and diminish media for simply covering stories he doesn't like. And you can be sure we'll be seeing more of this tactic in Canada with the new "Harper with a smile" Conservative leader Andrew Scheer – we know already his links to the self-acclaimed "Canadian Breitbart" of Ezra Levant and his Rebel Media.

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The whale & dolphin bill is safe - for now

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BIll S-203 lives to fight another day! r33

Dear PAOV, 

Thanks to thousands of supporters like you, the Senate bill to end whale and dolphin captivity is safe!

Earlier this week, we told you that Bill S-203 was at risk of being killed by the aquarium industry, which makes big bucks by keeping whales and dolphins in tiny concrete tanks. Some senators were trying to derail the bill behind closed doors at a Senate committee meeting.

But thanks to you, we saved Bill S-203. Our message of compassion was heard loud and clear—over 5,000 people emailed and phoned senators, swamping the Senate email server and making news headlines. This incredible...

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Climate Change Study Fails for the Worst Reason

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Open in a browser

  The Global Citizen Guide to Education  

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R&F.ca Weekly Update

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Trump's Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1437 .... June 23, 2017
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Trump's Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

Christoph Scherrer

President Donald Trump has been portrayed as a protectionist. His immediate cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon assuming the presidency, as well as his support for the border adjustment tax proposed by the Republican leadership in Congress, seems to confirm this portrayal of his foreign economic policy leanings. However, a different conclusion emerges from a closer reading of Donald Trump's business interests, of his trade agenda as published in the 2016 Annual Report on the Trade Agreements Program by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and of American trade negotiation history. Trump will use large trade deficits to pressure trading partners to open up their markets. Companies which are successful in exporting to...

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PAOV, bee a pollinator champion

Action Network Email r1 The way we produce food should keep pollinators, communities and farming economies strong — not undermine their health. ...

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540 workers dismissed for going on strike!

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BREAKING: C-51

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Hey Paov,

just wanted to make sure you saw my email from Tuesday. We need your help to push our elected officials to fight for privacy protections in Ralph Goodale’s new national security bill. Our friends at Private Internet Access will triple your donation if you donate today.

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Paov, Ralph Goodale has just FINALLY announced his government’s reforms...

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Uber

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Meet The Unsexy Climate Solution

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Keeping Europe's Police Accountable



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Last September, a university researcher entered a suburban rail station in Paris and heard cries of intense pain coming from a middle-aged black woman being roughly handled by police. The researcher began filming the incident with his phone, which is when, he says, the officers turned on him, grabbed his phone, tasered him, and threatened to rape and kill him. As shocking as the researcher’s story was, it was hardly the first time that a European citizen was harassed by officers while trying to document their behavior. Despite being a key safeguard of civil liberties and human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has yet to establish filming or photographing police as a general right. Doing so would not only be good for citizens but would help law enforcement by establishing an objective record of contested incidents and, ultimately, building public confidence in their work.

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ACTIVlist Update - June 21, 2017

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Trudeau breaks another election promise leaving 99% of lakes and rivers unprotected in Canada, says Council of Canadians



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Yulin officials: There is no dog meat ban

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Banking on Privatization: the Canada Infrastructure Bank

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1436 .... June 21, 2017
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Banking on Privatization: the Canada Infrastructure Bank

Canadian Union of Public Employees

The Liberal government is promoting the Canada Infrastructure Bank as a new way to provide financing for public infrastructure. But it’s really a new and dangerous way for corporations to profit from public infrastructure and services. The bank will allow corporations and private lenders unprecedented access to -- and power over -- the infrastructure that keeps our communities safe and makes them great places to live.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will support projects that generate revenue for private lenders and corporations, including water and wastewater systems, public transit, roads and electrical utilities. Privatization will lead to higher user fees and tolls. It will also divert significant public funds away from building...

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BREAKING: C-51

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BREAKING

Paov, Ralph Goodale has just FINALLY announced his government’s reforms to C-51.

This is a huge day for the C-51 fight. These reforms (officially now part of Bill C-59) are aimed at finally addressing the concerns we’ve raised about Bill C-51 since it was first brought in over two years ago.1

There’s some good news: new measures that we fought hard for have been introduced. But it still doesn’t address many of the fundamental privacy concerns Canadians voiced in the...

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ACTIVlist Update - June 20, 2017

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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South Shore hosts Rocky Jones autobiography discussion
On Friday June 16 our South Shore chapter co-hosted Lynn Jones in sharing her reflections on her brother Rocky Jones' revolutionary life, and her experience growing up in Nova Scotia.

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ACTION ALERT: Trudeau must stand up to Trump during NAFTA talks – July 18 deadline for public input



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