Friday, 29 November 2013

People United follow-up to Push Back! Move Forward conference

Through a reference from Social Economy colleague Ushnish Sengupta on November 28th TorontotheBetter was able to attend an organizing session 
of Toronto's People United which took place at TorontotheBetter directory enterprise Beit Zaitoun. The event brought together city social justice activists to work on collaborative strategies for change, with a definite eye on upcoming elections at all levels of government in Canada.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Congratulations to the Community Bicycle Network on its 20th anniversary

TorontotheBetter invites all who can to attend the CBN bash on Friday Dec.6. See below for the details. CBN is one of our original TorontotheBetter directory partners.

TorontotheBetter - with our partners We Build Toronto's Social Economy.

CBN would like to cordially invite you to our 20th Anniversary Party Friday December 6, 2013 at 8pm at 761 Queen Street West.

This is an opportunity to celebrate something special in the Toronto cycling community; a 20 year old not-for-profit cycling organization!

There will be cake, music, door prizes, a silent auction, refreshments and special guests who will make nice, feel good speeches!!

Please save the date and join us for this special occasion.

Also, if you could help us spread the word, that would be great.

Thank you very much,

Community Bicycle Network
761 Queen Street West

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Micro-lending: Poverty Solution or Illusion? A Critical panel discussion

2013-14 / 9th Annual TorontotheBetter Action Learning Series
                                  ALL TorontotheBetter EVENTS ARE PAY WHAT YOU CAN                                                            - Proceeds to the Alliance for Toronto’s Social Economy [ATSE]

*Tuesday November 26,2013- 7pm at OISE 252 Bloor St. West. Toronto- Room #5-280     

“Micro-lending: Poverty solution or illusion?”  
Movie excerpt from Tom Heinemann's "Caught in MicroDebt"           and discussion. 
Speakers: Eugene Ellmen – Oikocredit Canada and rep from the Peel Poverty Action Group. 

The micro-loan revolution set in motion by Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunnus goes on, but does it achieve what it promises? And look who’s driving it. 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Short Notice for Event on 18th!


BUILDING SANCTUARY: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-73

Monday November 18th, 2013 
Steelworkers Hall 
25 Cecil Street, 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Programme 
$20 suggested donation 

Please join us... 

...for a discussion with author and anti-war activist JESSICA SQUIRES about her recently published book, BUILDING SANCTUARY: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada 1965-73. The history of the movement that fought for Vietnam War Resisters to win asylum in Canada has played an important role in the development of today’s movement in support of a new generation of U.S. War resisters. This event will be an opportunity to discuss some of the less-known aspects of that history, and its relevance to the struggle for asylum today. 

Jessica will be introduced by Vietnam War resister Tom Riley, and lawyer Alyssa Manning will provide a legal update. 


About the book: 
“Between 1965 and 1973, a small but active cadre of Canadian antiwar groups and peace activists launched campaigns to open the border [to draft resisters and deserters]. Jessica Squires tells their story, often in their own words. Drawing on interviews and government documents, she reveals that although these groups' efforts ultimately met with success and helped shaped debates about nationalism and Canada's relationship with the United States, they had to overcome state surveillance and resistance from police, politicians, and bureaucrats… By telling the story of the Canadian movement to support Vietnam war resisters, Building Sanctuary not only brings to light overlooked links between the anti-draft movement and immigration policy – it challenges cherished notions about Canada in the 1960s and Canadian-American relations today.” 
Building Sanctuary is a fascinating study of war resistance and the sixties in North America. Based on official police records as well as oral interviews and newspaper evidence, it not only tells the engrossing story of the immigration to Canada of about forty thousand US war resisters but also subtly analyzes the political and ethical issues raised by resistance to the War in Vietnam. At a time when a reactivated militarism once more challenges progressives throughout the world, Jessica Squires provides us with an inspiring, insightful account of how an earlier generation of activists fought the madness of war – and emerged with some precious, if fragile, victories. A must-read for students of modern Canada, antiwar activism, and the sixties.” – Ian McKay, Department of History, Queen’s University, co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety

War Resisters Support Campaign