Stories about the Greater Toronto Region
By a Common Cause Toronto member
On the eve of International Women’s Day, so-called men’s rights advocates at the University of Toronto hosted an event confronting women’s studies and academic feminism. This was a follow-up to their event in November featuring self-proclaimed ex-feminist Warren Farrell, author of the book the Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell is best known for his statements about women making false accusations of rape and his argument that incest can be a positive experience, if only women were not socialized to be victims. Though figures like this, who have written that, “before we called this date rape and date fraud, we called it exciting”, make it tempting to point to these inflammatory quotes to justify our outrage at these groups, it is their fundamental discourse that we must contend with.
By Paul M
The IWW and members of Common Cause Toronto have been hitting the picket lines in support of striking refuelers employed by Porter Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at the Toronto Island airport. The strike has been bravely fought by a mere 22 workers fed up with unsafe working conditions and low wages. Injuries due to poor training and heavy turnover have not been uncommon, and the workers currently earn an abysmally low 12 dollars an hour. As the workers continue their fight against their bosses at Porter, anarchists must keep up the support until the dispute is won.
By: Ann Beatty
On September 15, hundreds of women, trans people, kids and men supporters gathered in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto for the 30th annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) community fair, rally and march. The march was loud and spirited, marching on both major streets and quieter residential ones. The chants and music brought some residents out on to the sidewalks and waves from balconies of the many apartment buildings in the neighbourhood.
252 Bloor St West (OISE) Room 4414
An in-depth look at why radical politics in Quebec have taken the shape of a rank and file, direct action based movement capable of posing a very real threat to the state and its capitalist proponents. This event will look at “combative unionism” and the strategies it uses to fight legislation, repression and general anti-union approaches put forward against the struggle. Also, the tour will discuss an anarchist analysis of the struggle and why anarchists are involved as a whole.
This speaking tour will also serve the purpose of demystifying fetishisms of Quebec political culture as inherently combative by showing that the roots of successful struggle lies in organizing along directly democratic lines, and building combativeness, and solidarity.
By Owen Sheppard [Republished from the Dominion]
Interviews with Occupy Toronto participants have revealed a wide range of opinion on the effectiveness of the movement’s process for making group decisions.
According to Brandon Gray of Occupy Toronto, decisions are made through a consensus system where possible, with a 90% “supermajority” vote if consensus proves impossible.
[Republished from the Toronto Media Co-op]
Postal workers, sometimes known as 'posties' have been at the forefront of labour struggles this year. In addition to the well-publicized lockout this summer, rank-and-file Edmonton postal workers organized and won a victory in the fight against ‘forceback’ overtime. Rachel Stafford, a postal worker letter carrier organized with CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers), is on a speaking tour to share her experience in direct action and this struggle to end compulsory overtime. She spoke at the Steelworkers hall, 25 Cecil St. on Sunday. Approximately 30 people attended the talk hosted by Common Cause, some were postal workers looking for strategies n their own workplace, others were Occupiers who realise this was a fight that could provide examples for their own struggle.
By Alex Balch
According to the Toronto Star, I live in the worst neighbourhood in the city.
This past April, in an innocuously titled article “Dundas-Sherbourne poised for a surprising rebirth”, The Star's Robyn Doolittle pointed out that Toronto's downtown eastside “consistently tops every major Toronto police crime indictor list” — routinely beating the more notorious neighbourhoods of Jane and Finch, Rogers and Keele and Weston and Lawrence.
In the article Doolittle rightly — albeit disingenuously — attributes the area's high levels of criminality to its heavy concentration of poverty:
by Bruce 'the Bruiser' Darden
Before the Lockout
In the spring of 2011, during the rotating strikes and subsequent lockout of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), anarchists living in southern Ontario attempted to organize support and solidarity for their working class brothers and sisters. Specifically, members of Common Cause took an active role organizing community solidarity and fightback in Toronto and Hamilton. These members did not organize under the banner of Common Cause, but participated in the activities planned by the mass organizations that these members are a part of—especially Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP); the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly (GTWA); Steel City Solidarity (a solidarity network in Hamilton); and CUPE Locals 3902 & 3907.
Wednesday, June 22 · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Yonge + Dundas
At the legal offices of Canada Post
Called By: Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416
Mass Picket and Rally
To protest the collusion of Canada Post and the Conservative Government to strip workers of their legal rights to bargain in defence of working conditions, wages and benefits for the next generation of Canadians.
Bring your flags and banners, and signs of support for postal workers.
Saturday, June 18 · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Eastern Avenue postal sorting plant (969 Eastern Avenue East of Leslie St.. Closest TTC stop is Queen St. E and Connaught Ave.)
The public sector campaign of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly (GTWA) is holding a pamphlet drive in the neighbourhood surrounding the Eastern Avenue postal sorting plant (969 Eastern Avenue East of Leslie St.
Closest TTC stop is Queen St. E and Connaught Ave.) this Saturday.
All Workers’ Assembly members and supporters are encouraged to join us.
We will be meeting in the McDonald’s parking lot on Queen St. East at 9am to discuss talking points and our strategy for the day. At around 9:30am we will be going to the Eastern Avenue picket-line to discuss talking points and strategy with postal workers and we will also ask if some of them would like to help us pamphlet. At 10am, we will begin to pamphlet door-to-door and Queen St.