Sunday, 27 October 2013

Worker Control - the way to go for a social economy that cares about workers

In an increasingly corporate economy more, not less, of us are workers and suffering the consequences in various forms of stress. On Saturday October 26 TorontotheBetter members were among the audience at the 12th Annual Caribbean Studies Conference on Racism and National Consciousness with the theme of "Towards a Self-Caring Society." One important message that TorontotheBetter, a unionized worker co-op based programme, fully supports: a key aspect of self-care is a supportive workplace and the best way for workers to get one is to take control of it. In the afternoon panel discusssion pictured above educator Ajamu Nangwaya spoke about the need for intensified organization to expand worker co-ops, while Reba Plummer, of TorontotheBetter ally Urbane Cyclist explained the mechanics of operating a worker co-op and Lorenzo Fiorito of the Coalition for Tamil Rights and the Elimination of Police Violence spoke about the definitely "un-caring", i.e. racist, practices of police in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada.               

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Oct.29, 2013 - TorontotheBetter PWYC movie/discusssion series features Anarchosyndicalism:the other union tradition

*Tuesday October 29,2013-7pm at OISE 252 Bloor St. West. Toronto- Room#4422
- “Anarchosyndicalism: the other union tradition” 

Movie “Together We Win” from the  New York City Starbucks organizing campaign by the Industrial Workers of the World [The Wobblies] and discussion. Speaker: Marc Young Toronto IWW member

*Tuesday November 26,2013- 7pm at OISE 252 Bloor St. West. Toronto- Room #5-280 
“Micro-lending: Poverty solution or illusion?”  Speaker: Eugene Ellmen – Oikocredit Canada

*Saturday Dec 10-7pm at Good Times Bad Times Tea Shop 1421 Bloor St. W. Toronto                                    - “Stay In School? A Critical View of the Mantra” Speaker: Hector Bunyan - Playwright, Educator, Worker. 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Mall overwhelms shoppers

At a mall near you shoppers fall as mall triumphs. Another world is possible.

TorontotheBetter to partner with Peel Poverty Action Group

Following discussion with the Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG) in October, 2013 we are pleased to report that as part of our social economy outreach strategy we will be collaborating with PPAG on our social economy education initiatives, starting with a movie screening in Brampton or Mississauga in early 2014. The photo shows PPAG members and at bottom left the most recent issue of PPAG's Tough Times newsletter. More details of our Rethinking Social Enterprise programming to follow. 


Monday, 7 October 2013


Foodshare will be hosting a book launch and panel discussion on World Food Day (Wednesday, October 16th, 2013) to ask how industrial food influences the way we eat and other questions.

Panelists will include Anthony Winson, author of "The Industrial Diet" and Wayne Roberts, author of the "No Nonsense Guide to World Food." There will also be an opportunity to meet the authors of FoodShare's first cookbook and to purchase a signed copy.

For location, contact and more details visit the event listing here.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

TorontotheBetter supports workers in precarious employment

TorontotheBetter is pleased to support the Workers Bowl on November 2, 2013, a fundraiser for the Educational and Leadershiup Fund for Workers in Precarious Employment. Thanks to TorontotheBetter fellow-worker  Adam Perry for bringing this event to our attention. See Adam's.appeal below

On November 2nd 2013, I will be participating in the Workers' Bowl. This fundraiser benefits the "Education and Leadership Fund for Workers in Precarious Employment". This fund will support collaborative projects with the Workers' Action Centre to provide workers' rights education and one-on-one support for workers in precarious employment, as well as supporting their development as community leaders.
Please consider donating to this important cause. Use the link at the bottom of this email, and go visit my site.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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