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Pipelines, Tar Sands & the Environment

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm


918 Bathurst
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 6.6936" N, 79° 24' 46.0656" W

In the last year, Toronto residents have contested a plan to pump toxic tar sands oil through the city, while the Lac Megantic disaster makes us wonder what dangers lurk on our railway lines. Meanwhile, the city has been hit by two extreme climate events. We’re caught up in world climate change: What can we do?  At this Bagel Brunch, John Riddell and  Diane Meredith will share their  views on what has and can be done nationally and provincially. Diane Meredith has been active in the mining justice and Aboriginal sovereignty movement for many years and has been focusing on the issue of Tar Sands development nationally and specifically Line 9 provincially. John Ridell is a member of East End Against Line 9 and an ecosocialist activist.

Refreshments provided.

| March 6, 2014
Photo: Jennifer Castro/flickr
| March 4, 2014

Remembering the inspired vision of Chokwe Lumumba

Photo: Natalie Maynor/flickr

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. Lumumba died unexpectedly at the age of 66 of an apparent heart attack. Last June, he won the mayoral race in this capital of Mississippi, a city steeped in the history of racism and violence. He was a champion of human rights, a pioneering radical attorney, a proud Black Nationalist and a dedicated public servant. While his friends, family and allies mourn his death, there is much in his life to celebrate.

Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics

Photo: flickr/Atos International

The 2014 Winter Olympics contained many warm fuzzy moments for Canadians: the Dufour-Lapointe sisters topping the women's moguls' podium, speedskater Gilmore Junio giving his spot to a teammate who went on to win silver, repeat gold medals for men's and women's hockey teams. But these glittering moments are powerful distractions, clouding issues from the Games. Before Sochi's Olympics fade into a shiny memory, let's round up some of the darker issues:


February 21, 2014 |
We are facing an important moment in the history of public health care. On March 31, sound the alarm for public health care!
| February 20, 2014

The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary political group that formed in the United States in the late 1960s. The Black Panther Party advocated armed resistance and radical organizing to end black slavery and oppression across the country.

The group was formed in California in 1966 by Huey P. Newton, along with several of his close friends, Bobby Seale and David Hilliard. The organizing was a response to the assassination of Malcolm X, uprisings in California, and other tense, racially-charged incidents at the height of the civil rights movement.


Cal Best

One of the problematic aspects of Black History Month is that the teachings are often focused on very typical black activists and historical figures. This is not to say these incredible individuals don’t deserve the attention, just that it’s also important to
highlight lesser known people and groups.

One such person is Cal Best. He was born in Nova Scotia – as James Calbert Best to be exact - in 1926. Best grew up in an activist household. His mother, Carrie Best, founded and ran a community newspaper focusing on Black issues. Best
would go on to be a lifelong activist.


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