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Sheila Copps Come-Back

Seems no-one has commented on this in Babble yet.  I see this as big news and bad news for the Conservatives and NDP.  Sheila's maybe the one to bring the Liberals back. I saw her last at a banquet of the Canada-China Friendship Association in Ottawa.  Can't imagine Bob Ray there. Sheila may not be a R2Per (Resp. to Protest) and I can't imagine her writing a book "Exporting Democracy".

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Halo-halo: A workshop series for newcomer queer and trans youth

Aug 4, 2011 to Sep 17, 2011
519 Church Community Centre
519 Church St.
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 59.094" N, 79° 22' 52.0536" W
Ontario CA
‘Halo-halo’, a workshop series for newcomer queer and trans youth to understand the issues that we & our communities experience, and build our skills in community organizing.
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NDP Socialist Caucus Releases New Website

The NDP Socialist Caucus is a group of party members aiming to build a more participatory and socialist NDP. We have enjoyed a rapid increase in popularity, media coverage and support during the past few months. With successful interventions at the recent NDP Convention in Vancouver and the publishing of Turn Left, our official magazine, the Socialist Caucus is proud to announce the release of our new website (www.ndpsocialists.ca).

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Day Three of Global Fleshmapping: Prostitution in a Globalized World

Global Fleshmapping: Prostitution in a Globalized World/ Les Draps Parlent: Prostitution dans un monde globalisé / La Resistencia de Las Mujeres: Prostitución en un mundo globalizado

July 6th was the second-last day of the 11th Women’s Worlds conference, held this week in Ottawa with the attendance of thousands of feminists from around the world. The conference hosts a variety of workshops, presentations, conversations, art installations, actions and more.

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Day Two of Global Fleshmapping: Prostitution in a Globalized World

Yesterday morning, hundreds of participants from the 11th international Women’s Worlds conference marched to Parliament in solidarity with the Sisters in Spirit initiative to condemn the unacceptable number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The feminist conference is held this week in Ottawa until July 7th and will host a variety of workshops, presentations, conversations, art installations, actions and more.

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Toronto Police Riot: Must We Too Wait 10 Years?

 

It has been a source of wonder how Hitler, the inept water colour dabbler, could rise to such heights and commit so much evil for just one little psychotic man. How was it possible that over a civilized people, who had given the world a Mozart, a Goethe, a Beethoven, that they sat silent while the Nazi horrors arose around them.

No need to wonder. We have seen the answer right here in Toronto.

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Think Tanks/Activist Groups/Politically Minded Young Folk

Does anyone from BC know of any groups I could join? I feel alienated holding the political beliefs I do in this world of dumbed-down, sound-bite style discourse. None of the young people I know have any interest in politics and they cannot stand politically charged conversations. During election time it's ok, but then it's simply a whole load of championing this party or that.

Maybe I should go back to school and take up poly sci, hehe. Cool

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Lamumba & Hammarskjold to Gen. Zia & Jack Layton

¿Cuáles son las probabilidades?

A number of left wing politicians as well as friendly dictators have met with bad luck over the years. Some have "passed on" under mysterious circumstances and-or had their political aspirations dashed by unfortunate incidents. For some there was no real rhyme or reason to their untimely deaths as they were viewed to be fully cooperating with their good friends and associates here in the west at the time. But then again as Noam Chomsky has said about it, the world is run like the mafia. And that bunch often whacked one another for reasons that were not apparent to most people. The mafia and Murder Incorporated were a treacherous and conniving bunch, too.

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Youth dialogue workshop: On peace and reconciliation

Jun 25, 2011 to Jun 26, 2011
OISE/UT, rm. 2-212
252 Bloor Street West rm.2212
M5S 1V6 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 3.7416" N, 79° 23' 57.6852" W
Ontario CA
The second in a series of workshops sharing youth perceptions across East Asian communities. This workshop is intended to create a shared vocabulary for cultural exchange
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National asbestos delivery day!

Jun 18, 2011
Your Conservative MPs office and Stephen Harper's home Various
Canada
CA
We're re-installing asbestos into your local Conservative MPs office and the Prime Minister's home.
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Building on the orange surge: Socialist perspectives

Jun 18, 2011 to Jun 19, 2011
SFU Harbour Centre, room 2280
515 W. Hastings St. at Seymour St. 10 minute walk from Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 17' 3.0084" N, 123° 6' 43.4988" W
British Columbia CA
A discussion of socialist perspectives in the wake of the NDP surge in the May 2 federal election.
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NDP Socialist Caucus Presents Summer 2011 Edition of Turn Left Magazine

The NDP Socialist Caucus (SC) is happy to present the Summer 2011 edition of Turn Left Magazine, in preparation for the 2011 NDP convention in Vancouver.

Articles include interviews with CAW economist Jim Stanford and Scarborough Southwest MP Dan Harris, opinions pieces on NDP communications strategy and economic policy, pensions and Quebec independence, news on the postal strike and the global food crisis, book reviews and texts of SC resolutions submitted for debate at convention.

See the Summer 2011 edition at http://bit.ly/jCEY1P.

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New Socialist Party of Ontario Officially Founded

It appears that a new left-wing party has now officially come into existence in Ontario.  

 

The group so far seems like they are trying to avoid a kind of top-down hierarchical approach to their structure, in favour of something a bit closer to Quebec Solidaire.  I think, in the short term, it's a bit too close to the election for them to have a major immediate impact.  But, it will be interesting to see if they are able to organize effectively after October, 2011. 

 

 

 

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Public Understanding of Parliament

New here. How goes it?

 

I'd like to know if anyone else is with me on this. I can't speak for other provinces but in B.C. there is a severe lack of understanding of how our political system works - at all levels. I imagine this is due to the wide-scale political apathy, caused in part by becoming disillusioned with the political process. People just aren't interested if drama and complications are involved. At least the young people I know...

 

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NDP Star Candidate Recruitment for 2015 Part 2

Add Bridgette DePape to the list of whom the NDP should approach about becoming a candidate in the next election.

What courage she showed.

She would certainly feel welcome in the NDP given their ranks of younger MPs who want to make a difference!

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