Single parents with two children are up by just $10 a month in Ontario, thanks to the McGuinty government's Budget on March 25. This was their response to Dalton McGuinty's re-election campaign promise to reduce poverty in the province -- the raising of social assistance rates by 1 per cent.
Rachel Gurofsky was working late one night, trying to meet a deadline. In the morning she was going to jump on the TTC and meet her boss at Union Station on Front Street in Toronto and hand over the research she was doing.
Although it was only partly finished, she knew that the new anti-racism website plan was going to be a great resource. She had sifted through hundreds of similar sites that dealt with issues relating to racism and diversity, and what struck her most about these sites was how un-user-friendly they were, how difficult to navigate, and how information was often not well organized and scattered across numerous sites. She promised herself that the website she had in mind would be better.
The Toronto Star's 2010 investigative series on racial profiling proved the black community right. It is not often that disputes about perspective are conclusively settled with one side clearly right. However, the difference of opinion between the black community and the police force over whether the Toronto police engage in the practice of racial profiling may finally be settled.
What happens when the political becomes personal? Then who has the power?
Does Stephen Harper because he's our prime minister? For sure. Does Oprah Winfrey because she's a billionaire media celebrity who likes to share her political views and ideas? Yep, she's got some sway. How about ordinary citizens who come together to champion certain causes, or try to tackle certain socio-economic problems? Do they have any political power? Darn right they do. And they're what Maker Culture politics is all about. People, united in cause, working together to spread a message and set changes in action.
Whether at the local, provincial, national or global level, examples of Maker Culture politics are everywhere.
London Activism: Empowerment Infoshop
In a surprise announcement yesterday, Ontario's Beer Store says that smaller Ontario brewers will gain greater access to both the Beer Stores' stock shelves and boardroom.
UFCW Canada, which represents Beer Store workers, says that it approves of the changes, calling it a "new era" for the Beer Store.
"The changes mean more input and opportunity for Ontario-brewers and more choice for Ontario consumers at the lowest average retail beer prices in Canada," said Rob Edwards, president of UFCW Canada Local 12R24, which represents more than 6,000 Local 12R24 members work at The Beer Store retail and warehouse locations in Ontario.
Hundreds of Seneca College teachers may lose their jobs or have them downgraded to non-union positions this January.
As the college proceeds with cuts, hundreds of "partial load" unionized jobs will be replaced with non-unionized part-time positions. Part-time faculty do not have office hours, are not paid for student contact time, and often work two or three jobs to make ends meet.
"English and liberal studies have been especially hard hit," said OPSEU Local 560 President Jonathan Singer, "but there are drastic cuts across the board."