April 28, 2010: Clayton Thomas-Muller

Click here to listen to the interview with Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network: 68-The_Shake_Up-20100428-1200-t1272452400

Clayton Thomas-Muller Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign – “Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. He has been on the front lines of stopping industrial society’s assault on Indigenous Peoples lands to extract resources and to dump toxic wastes. Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement for Energy and Climate Justice. Recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero” 2009 by Yes Magazine, Clayton is the tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He works across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states with grassroots indigenous communities to defend against the sprawling infrastructure that includes pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the tar sands, the largest and most destructive industrial development in the history of mankind.”


“Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.”


Brazen Posturing

Marathon Oil to Expand Refinery in Detroit for Tar Sands




Annual Rug Event – May 7 to May 16, 2010

Springtime Sale of Fair Trade Oriental Rugs

Cherish the exceptional appeal of fairly traded oriental rugs with sumptuous natural fibres; singularly timeless designs; hand-knotted by gifted artisans. The high quality of fairly traded oriental rugs is born out of the principle of allowing artisans the freedom to design and craft their rugs allowing them to create their own patterns, choose their colors and determine the number of knots per square inch for each rug. The designs and quality are not often found in stores in the Windsor area, so you are invited to take advantage of this special limited time event at Ten Thousand Villages.

Rugs 101 – Friday, May 7, 2010 – 7:00 pm

Our Rug Seminar – Introduction to Oriental Rugs

Spend an evening learning more about this fascinating process, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes, and hear how Fair Trade works to produce high quality products while still offering competitive prices for North American consumers. Seminar leader, Lori Sager from Ten Thousand Villages Canada. Lori has visited Pakistan and met with our artisan partners who make these rugs.
An event not to miss! Take time to learn more about how Oriental rugs are made, how fair trade impacts quality, different designs and styles, frequently asked questions and more. Enjoy!

World Fair Trade Day May 8, 2010


World Fair Trade Day is your day. Join millions of people celebrating and become the change you seek by voicing your support for Fair Trade. Help to spread the message around the world, and participate in the Ten Thousand Villages Windsor BIG Bang World Fair Trade Day event on May 8th, 2010, 12 noon until 2:00 pm.

Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Ten Thousand Villages Windsor store has some great fair trade gifts for Mom, there is lots of choice in all price ranges. You can get some ideas by clicking here >> Mother’s Day | Ten Thousand Villages Canada . Better still why not drop into the store now, while the selection is still good? Our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff can help you find something special.

Ten Thousand Villages Canada – 2010 visit to Peru & Columbia

Ten Thousand Villages’ Learning Tours are semi-annual trips undertaken by selected Ten Thousand Villages personnel to gain a better understanding of the social, economic, political and environmental context in which our artisans work.

It is the goal of the Learning Tours to provide both insight and motivation to our staff for the work we perform on our artisans behalf.

This year’s learning tour started last week, on Friday, April 23, 2010 and is taking twelve Ten Thousand Villages employees from across Canada to South America … to Peru and Colombia. The purpose of the blog is to capture some of the stories, sights and sounds we are experiencing during our travels and share them with you.

Follow this interesting journey here>>Learning Tour 2010: Peru and Colombia


MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2010 (from www.artcite.ca)

For May 2010, Windsor Ontario’s labour and arts communities will join
with other cities across Canada to present our first labour-focused cultural
MayWorks festival in Windsor.

Artists, workers, and students have met over many months to organize
a collection of exhibitions, projects, events, a rally and a parade, to celebrate
our creativity as a community, our dedication to the values of workers’ solidarity,
social justice and human rights.

Our various activities will highlight our support for our city core,
our old Sandwich Towne community and our history of solidarity,
concern for social justice and our trasition of labour arts.

MayWorks Windsor 2010
A Festival of International Workers’ Solidarity,
Social Justice and Community Cultural Projects

(all events listed are free)

28 April -Day of Mourning; honours workers injured or killed on the job,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 834 Raymo (and Wyandotte), 5:30 PM

29 April – Stitch & Bitch; Last Chance to make ATCs for MayWorks’ Artist
Trading Card Big Trade, Windsor Workers’ Action Centre, 328 Pelissier,
6:30–9 PM.

1 May – Building Bridges; Group Exhibition, Common Ground Gallery 12-4 PM
reception Bar-B-Q, Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St.

1 May – May Day Rally and March; down University,starts at 4:30 PM, City Hall Square;
speakers’ box and musician Travis Reitsma

1 May – SmogFest; opens at Milk Coffee Bar, 68 University Ave. W. Silent bidding
on art throughout the month of May. Submit artwork to Citizens Environment Alliance
1950 Ottawa St. before April 27th (ceaadmin@cogeco.net.)

1 May – Windsor Workers Action Centre Open House; open before and after the
MAY DAY Rally, 2– 7 PM for coffee, tea and sign making, 328 Pelissier.

1 May – 3rd Annual May Day Celebration; dinner and entertainment, 8 PM
CAW 444 Union Hall, 1855 Turner Rd. (contact: bmcnamara4@cogeco.ca)

1 May – Windsor Fights Back; Exhibition opening reception,
Bringas, Fall-Conroy, Howe, Moores, Seoane, Smith.
7-10 PM , Artcite Inc., 109 University West.
Exhibition runs throughout May (www.artcite.ca)

2 May – MayWorks Artist Trading Cards’ Big Trade; 2-4 PM
reception and local trading, Ten Thousand Villages, 624 Chilver off
Wyandotte. (sgold@uwindsor.ca)

2 May – Cuban Labour/Arts Solidarity event;
“From Crisis to Alternatives; The Example of Cuba.”
12 noon – 2 PM, Art Gallery of Windsor. 3rd floor Rodzik Gallery.
The Consul General of Cuba at Toronto, Jorge Soberon will discuss Cuba’s experience.

6 May – Château des photos: a community pARTnership; 7-9 PM reception,
Château Park Nursing Home, 2990 Riverside Dr. W. Unit B, Lindsay
Hanaka, Linda Renaud Fisher, Sandi Wheaton. Music by No One Special.
(Note: exhibit only open to public for the reception)

7 May – Unity in the Community BBQ; Music from Kero and Flow,
Art from D3N1@L and others, 12–5 PM, Print House, 510 Pelissier Street Gallery

7 May – Working on Foreign Land; exhibition, stories about work
from the perspective of students who are recent immigrants to Canada
and are enrolled at Catholic Central High School, 7-10 PM closing reception,
Artspeak Gallery, 1942 Wyandotte East; exhibition runs one week prior to
closing reception
8 May – Radical Slam; open mike poetry, 7 PM
Windsor Workers’ Action Centre, 328 Pelissier.

8 May – Not To Train in Vain; students of the University of Windsor
School of Visual Arts envision positive retraining options for Windsor’s
workers in a public art project, 7-10 PM reception, 400 block of Pelissier.

8 May – Resonation II; Installation by Dong-Kyoon Nam and Paul Breschuk,
400 block Pelissier, reception 7-10PM.

8 May -Remorse; Text work by Amin Rehman on view on 400 block Pelissier,
reception 7–10PM.

9 May – UFCW Agricultural Workers Alliance Band; playing in Leamington,
Details TBA

12 May – The New Normal exhibition; Wednesdays are free at the Art Gallery of
Windsor, exhibition runs throughout May.

14 May – MayWorks Film Night and discussion; WWAC, 328 Pelissier, 7PM.

17 May – International ANTI Homophobia Day; “Homophobia and Me”
postcard project on Artcite Inc.’s windows, Music at Phog,
Poetry Slam at Milk Coffee Bar.

20 May – Broken City Lab:How to Save a City; http://www.brokencitylab.org/savethecity.
22 May – Artists’ Parade; starts at 9 AM through Olde Sandwich Towne.

22 May – Live Graffiti Painting and Music; 12–5 PM, Print House, 510 Pelissier
(behind the Gallery in the Alley)
22 May – Art Show, Sandwich Towne Art Festival; 11 AM–6 PM.

23 May – Art Show, Sandwich Towne Art Festival; 11 AM–6 PM.

26 May – Art Gallery of Windsor and the 16th Media City Experimental Film and
Video Festival present Friedl vom Göller (Kubelka);
Wednesdays are
free at the Art Gallery of Windsor.

May 26 – 29 Media City 16th Experimental Film and Video Festival;
Pay what you can. Performances at 7:30 and 9:30 each night, Capitol Theatre.

27 May – Materials Trade. ReUse. ReCyle; MayWorks Stitch&Bitch and Artist
Trading Cards, Windsor Workers Action Centre, 6:30-9PM, 328 Pelissier.

29 May – SmogFest LAST GASP; closing reception at Milk Coffee Bar, 7:30 PM, 68
University West, silent bidding on Smog Fest art work all during May.

Individual artists:
Sasha Opeiko, “Education Patchwork”, hand made book
marks made from unwanted paper collected from students
and academic institutions, will be given away at several
MayWorks venues, Artcite Inc., Common Ground, Windsor
Workers’ Action Centre, Ten Thousand Villages and Art Speak.
Amin Rehman, “Remorse”, Pelissier store front window
text works on view through May on 328 and 400 block
Dong-Kyoon Nam and Paul Breshuk , “Resonation II”, on
400 block Pelissier, reception 8 May 7-10PM

MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2010 Facebook Group page:
You can keep up with last minute Mayworks news,
see pictures and discuss activities HERE
or search in Facebook for “MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2010

MayWorks is brought to you by the following
participants & supporters:

CAW Local 444
CUPE Local 543
CAW Local 444 Retirees Committee
University of Windsor Labour Studies Programme
WWAC (Windsor Workers Action Centre)
Artcite Inc
Art Gallery of Windsor
Common Ground Gallery
Arts Council Windsor & Region/ Artspeak Gallery
WUFA (University of Windsor Faculty Association)
Windsor Peace Coalition
Canadian Cuban Friendship Association – Windsor
Print House
Olde Sandwich Towne Business and Improvement Association
CARFAC Ontario
Windsor Artists for Social Justice
Citizens Environment Alliance
Windsor Pride
16th Media City Experimental Film and Video Festival
Milk Coffee Bar
Phog Lounge
Ten Thousand Villages
Château Park Nursing Home
UFCW Agricultural Workers Alliance
Broken City Lab / Save a City
Save a City Project
Legacy Benefits Project


From FedUp


2. CEA and Smogfest at MayWorks 2010
The CEA is proud to announce our ninth annual Smogfest Art Exhibition will take place during the month of May at Milk Coffee Bar. This year Smogfest will be part of MayWorks 2010 (more on that at a later date). Currently we are putting out a call for submissions for Smogfest. If you or someone you know is interested in art, please get in touch with the CEA by checking heir website for specifics and contact info: http://www.citizensenvironmentalliance.org/.

CLUCK begins working to bring urban chickens to Windsor
Steve Green, whom many of you know from WECSA, has spearheaded a movement to bring chickens to Windsor. As Steve says, “It’s time to step up the pressure on the City of Windsor and put our voice where it needs to be heard! On the web, in the city council chambers, on the street and in the yard!”.  Join him by participaing in the Windsor-Essex chapter of CLUCK, the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub – more info is available through CLUCK’s facebook group, or by contacting Steve at wecsa@ymail.com.

4. Get Growin’ Classes and Workshops
“Passionate gardener, horticultural educator and yoga instructor” Mary-Jo Rusu will be facilitating a series of spring and summer courses and workshops at the Bloomin Gardener, located at 6673 8th Concession RR 1, Oldcastle.  Cash or credit card payment is accepted – you can contact Mary-Jo at 519-737-6548.  Topics, dates, times, registration deadlines, and costs are available from Mary-Jo, but the first course (on spring herbs) begins April 26.

5. ChangeCamp
Members of FedUp are invited to Windsor-Essex ChangeCamp on Saturday, May 8th, at the Windsor Public Library.

ChangeCamp started in Toronto in 2009 as a grass roots unconference led by citizens to create change. Since then, ChangeCamps have been held across Canada. The Windsor-Essex ChangeCamp is a free, day-long event in which we attempt to answer the question, How can we re-imagine Windsor-Essex as a stronger and more vibrant community? More information and registration for WEChangeCamp can be found at http://www.wechangecamp.ca/

While the day’s conversations and connections will ultimately be decided by the people who are in the room on May 8th, we are hoping that this event will bring people from all around Essex County.We already have people registered who have interests in strengthening Windsor-Essex’s food and agricultural heritage including Adriano Ciotoli from WindsorEats.com and Victoria Rose from http://mylocalfoodblog.com and we are hoping for more.

6. Campus Community Garden Project update

The CCGP at the University of Windsor is moving full-steam ahead, and has been featured in spots in the local media.  For those who are interested in taking part, Rita Haase (haaser@uwindsor.ca) is the person to contact, and she has asked to pass on the following info about upcoming events, projects, and needs:

  • CCGP’s next general meeting is on Thursday, April 29 @ 4:30 pm on campus (Chrysler Hall South, room 263)
  • Anyone who is interested in gardening an individual 5 x 12 ft plot (or share one) besides working on the communal plot, should contact Rita asap
  • CCGP needs more help with preparing the soil, constructing composters, and other tasks, and needs somebody with a truck to get top soil from Essex county as well – volunteers please contact Rita
  • The first planting/sowing event will be on Saturday, May 8, starting at 10 am.

7. Canadian Social Forum

Just a heads-up that the Canadian Social Forum will be held in Windsor June 18-21. The tagline for the event is “ANother World Is Possible / Another Windsor Starts Here,” and it will include input, events, and workshops from several grassroots community organizations from Windsor and beyond.  Please check the website at http://socialforum.ca/wordpress/ for more info and registration information. And on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=109185655766760

Brought to you by FedUp Windsor:

Sanctions-busting Telethon

in solidarity with Abousfian Abdelrazik and against oppressive “national security” logic.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

From anywhere, between 7pm and 9pm EDT:

Call toll free 1 877 737 4070

Tune in to live-broadcast on Rabble TV, www.rabble.ca

In Montreal:

Free dinner from 6pm; Telethon begins at 7pm

Georges Vanier Cultural Centre, 2450 Workman St. (metro Lionel Groulx)

Wheelchair accessible. Free childcare on site.

ALSO, tune in to Amandla on CKUT 90.3 FM for live reports.

Project Fly Home is organizing the first ever “Sanctions-busting Telethon” on April 28th to call people to donate to Abousfian Abdelrazik in open defiance of the United Nations 1267 regime, challenging the fear, racism and isolation it creates and feeds on. The evening will include a free spaghetti dinner and a host of poets, musicians and performers, including Hasan Abdulhai, Kader B, Al and Jess Blair, Ehab LotayefNorman Nawrocki and Jou Jou Turenne !

Two years ago, on April 28th, 2008, Abousfian Abdelrazik went public with his story of detention, torture and exile and claimed refuge in the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum. He lived in the Embassy for fourteen months, unable to leave the grounds, until the Canadian government was forced to bring him back to Montreal in June 2009. Now he is home, but still not free. Background on Abelrazik’s story.

In 2006, without his knowledge, Abdelrazik’s name was placed on the United Nations “1267 list”. The 1267 regime imposes financial sanctions that prevent Abdelrazik from earning a salary, receiving any money, or maintaining a bank account. This makes rebuilding his life impossible. It’s like “living in a prison without walls” – indefinitely, without charge or trial. There is little recourse. As the Federal Court of Canada wrote, “There is nothing in the listing or de-listing procedure [of the 1267 regime] that recognizes the principles of natural justice or that provides for basic procedural fairness.” (Justice Russel Zinn, 4 June 2009). Background on the 1267 regime.

Despite its official position that Mr. Abdelrazik should be removed from the 1267 list, the Canadian government has made no serious attempt to have him delisted. Nor has it made any move to lift sanctions from Mr. Abdelrazik in Canada, although it is within its power to do so immediately.

Under federal law, anyone who contributes money to Mr. Abdelrazik risks prosecution. Canadian regulations state that no Canadian shall “provide or collect by any means, directly or indirectly, funds with the intention that the funds be used” by someone on the 1267 list.

We did it before! In early 2009, a group stretching from Vancouver to Halifax, including people from all walks of life, banded together to buy Abdelrazik a plane ticket home for April 3rd, despite federal government insistence that financially supporting Mr. Abdelrazik could violate the law (see complete list). This powerful act of solidarity reflected a groundswell of support for Mr. Abdelrazik as well as growing outrage at the government’s abusive treatment of him.

We are calling on you to do it again! Restate your solidarity or join the long list of people who have defied the 1267 regime by contributing money to Mr. Abdelrazik as an act of solidarity.

On April 28th, between 7pm and 9pm, come out to the Telethon in Montreal or call 1 877 737 4070 to make a donation to Abousfian Abdelrazik. Tune in to watch the telethon live-broadcast on www.rabble.ca or listen to Amandla on CKUT 90.3 FM for live reports.

Your donations will help challenge the oppressive “national security” logic which endangers all of us.

Build the pressure! Break the sanctions!

Sponsored by:

CKUT 90.3 FM

Project Fly Home


This telethon is part of a six-month campaign launched by Project Fly Home leading up to the first anniversary of Abdelrazik’s return to Canada. The six-month campaign demands that Canada: immediately free Abdelrazik from the 1267 sanctions; put pressure on members of the 1267 committee to delist Abdelrazik; and pull out of the 1267 regime. For more information, to download postcards and flyers, or to get involved:

April 21: Conversation with Al Sandine

Here the program by clicking here:

On April 13 I interviewed Al Sandine from his home in San Francisco. He is the author of The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees. We started off talking about his work as an independent researcher. His bio describes him as having been a”…millworker, freeway landscape groomer, claims examiner, free-clinic counsellor, information officer…among other things.” (Monthly Review Press)

We had a wide ranging discussion about how people have come together in the past to make change and that “the crowd” is a form of direct democracy that has been shaped, manipulated, and tamed over hundreds of years by business and political elites…



Peace Coalition’s April Discussion:
TOPIC:       The Troubles in Hebron  (flyer attached)
PEAKER:  Barbara Martens, member, Christian Peacemaker Teams – Hebron
Wednesday 21 April 2010
7:00 pm.
Windsor Workers’ Action Centre
328 Pelissier St.

Barbara, a resident of Ruthven, will speak about her experiences in the Palestinian city of Hebron where, on rotation over the past several years, she has spent time as a witness to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.  She has just returned from a tour of duty during the month of March, a tension-filled time in the area, and will share her experiences and impressions.
Everyone welcome.

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world.  To learn more about CPT’s peacemaking work, visit the website www.cpt.org Photos of projects can be seen at www.cpt.org/gallery


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Media Release
For Immediate Release
19 April 2010

505 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Weapons Treaty

(Ottawa) – In an unprecedented development, more than 500 recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada have come together to call on governments around the world, including Canada, to bring about the elimination of nuclear weapons.

“This is the first time that so many recipients of the Order of Canada have signed a common declaration,” said Murray Thomson, an executive member of the Canadian Pugwash Group and project organizer. “These are Canada’s top achievers, and they are calling on the government to take leadership on the greatest issue of our time: nuclear war.”

The statement urges United Nations members to “endorse, and begin negotiations for, a Nuclear Weapons Convention as proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his five-point plan for nuclear disarmament.”

Notable signers include:

Alex Colville, PC, CC, OBC, LLB, LLD. Wolfville, NS. Teacher, designer, painter.
Adam Zimmerman, OC, FCA, LLD, D.Sc. Toronto, ON. Businessman;
former Chairman of the C.D. Howe Institute.
Bruce Kidd, OC, PhD. Toronto, ON. Educator and Olympic athlete.
Marielle Fleury, CM, CQ Brome, QC. Fashion designer.
Michel Bastarache, CC, LLL, LLB, DES. Ottawa ON.
Former judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Joy Kogawa, CM, OBC, LLD. Toronto, ON. Poet.
Martin J. Légère, OC. Caraquet, NB. Founder, Féd. des caisses populaires acadiennes.
Pierre Jeanniot, OC, CQ, BSc, LLD. Montreal, QC.
General Manager of IATA; former President of Air Canada.
David Cronenberg, OC, LLD. Toronto, ON. Film producer and director.
Bruce Aikenhead, OC, BSc, AFCASI, P.Eng. Salmon Arm, BC.
Space engineer who designed the Canadarm.

Several signatories attended a press conference today on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to release the statement. They lauded U.S. President Barack Obama’s initiatives, including the recent Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, and now, they noted, attention is focusing on the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in May.

“It is vital that governments seize this new moment of opportunity and commit to start work now to prevent the 21st century from turning into a two-class world of nuclear haves and have-nots,” said Senator Doug Roche (ret.), former UN Ambassador for Disarmament. “The continued possession of more than 20,000 nuclear weapons by the U.S., Russia, the U.K., France and China, along with India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, must be dealt with if global cooperation to reduce nuclear dangers is to be achieved.”

The text of the statement and complete list of 505 signatories can be found at www.pugwashgroup.ca.

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For information, contact
Murray Thomson, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
t. 613 224-8155 c. 613 858-8155  e. mothom@sympatico.ca


OUR TIMES 2010 SPRING ISSUE http://www.ourtimes.ca/


This year Toronto’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary.
By deidre walton


Thanks to the workers at organizations like the Portland Hotel Society, people in Vancouver’s long-neglected Downtown Eastside are receiving services that help them find the stability, dignity, and support they need in order to turn their lives around. A photostory.
Photographs by Joshua Berson
Text by Carole Pearson

Sixty-one employees of Cadillac Fairview Corporation, a real estate developer in Toronto, lost their jobs after more than eight months on the picket line. Ironically, the teachers’ pension plan owns the company that issued the terminations. It was in no small measure the strong lobbying by teachers to their pension plan that helped the workers reach a settlement with the company.
By Robert Smol

A Story of International Solidarity

“We will show the Junta and the Canadian government that working people speak the same language even when they live thousands of miles apart,” said Enrique Tabak. “We have our picket line ready.”
Story compiled by Jorge Garcia-Orgales



Chance that an unemployed person in Canada today isn’t collecting unemployment insurance benefits: 1 in 2.
By Sean Cain

WEBWORK: LabourStart Conference
As I write this we’re in the early planning stages for our first-ever open-to-all global solidarity conference.
By Derek Blackadder

By David Day


In and Out of the Working Class is one of the few works on the left that examines the various ways that working-class people understand and engage with the world. A review of Michael Yates’ book.
Review by Herman Rosenfeld


By focussing our political will, like unions did before, we have the capacity to engage our communities; help people see their interconnectedness; and motivate responsible planning for a sustainable future.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Our Times
Canada’s Independent Labour magazine


special invite

Brian Masse
8 yrs Celebration of Teamwork

Friends of Brian Masse are putting on a gala evening recognizing Brian’s hard work over the last 8 years.

Saturday May 8th @ 6pm
Windsor Croatian Centre
5259 Tecumseh Rd. E.

keynote speaker
Leader of Canada’s NDP
Jack Layton. Other speakers such as
Joe Comartin, David Cooke, Ron Jones, Howard Pawley

Master of Ceremonies
John Fairley
Host of Face to Face on TV Cogeco

live entertainment with
the Van Dyke Ensemble

Great dinner & Cash Bar & Silent Auction

Tickets start at $60 each

$70 after May 2nd

Help support the cost of the event by contributing as a




great value as every ticket price includes a tax receipt (call for details)

don’t be disappointed, seating is limited, purchase your advance ticket now.
we can only accept personal cheques or credit cards
Call    Mariano 519-977-0729
or Ruth Ann 519-969-5747


Canadian Social Forum 2010

The US World Social Forum is being held in Detroit this June 22-30 (www.ussf2010.org). The Windsor Workers Action Centre and University of Windsor Labour Studies Programme are spearheading a companion Canadian Social Forum 2010 (CSF2010) that will lead up to the Detroit event. We are having a three day event (June 18-21st) with workshops, panel discussions, cultural events, and a possible march and rally.

Our mission is to pull together progressive groups and individuals locally and from across Canada concerned about meeting human needs over the desires of capital and business.  Our goal is provide the opportunity for debate, discussion and mutual education through panel discussions, presentations, cultural events and workshops. We are seeking proposals on every social issue imaginable –  food, workplace safety, poverty, housing, free trade, HIV/AIDs, racism, violence against women, unionization, climate change, great lakes pollution, air quality, migrant workers, international students, cultural hegemony, just to name a few.

What we want from you or your organization is a proposal to organize a particular workshop, panel or other event. If you have an idea, we want to hear it!

Anyone interested in organizing a panel, workshop or cultural event, or anyone who would like to join the CSF2010 Windsor organizing committee should contact us via registration@socialforum.ca. The deadline for submissions is April 9, 2010.

The Canadian Social Forum is made possible by financial support from:

The University of Windsor Faculty Association (WUFA)

The University of Windsor Labour Studies Program

Organization Registrants (as of 7:00pm April 16th): Windsor Guerrilla Gardening Collective

Windsor Committee in Support of Colombian Political Prisoners & Liliany Obando

Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture

Awakening the Dreamer

CUPE Locals 453 & 82 – National Pension Reform Committee

Campus Community Gardening Project

April 14: Conversation with Justin Langlois of Broken City Lab

Listen to the program here: 68-The_Shake_Up-20100414-1200-t1271242800. (Originally broadcast April 14 on CJAM, 99.1FM)

Justin A. Langlois is an artist working in integrated media and social practice.  He has an MFA in Visual Arts and a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor. His major research project is currently situated in Broken City Lab , a creative research group focused on engaging and interrupting the city, its infrastructure, and its communities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. His creative activity has been featured on national television, broadcast on radio stations around the world, and presented, performed, and exhibited throughout North America. He currently teaches in the Department of Communication, Video, and Film at the University of Windsor. (Creative Cities Lexington)


Documentary Film “Repatriation”, and discussion on reunification of Koreas

6:30 PM Thursday, April 15th, 2010 Windsor Workers’ Action Centre

Everyone: the first meeting of the new board will be this Thursday, April 15 at 1pm at Dillon Hall

We’re Saving a Seat for You … at our Annual DinnerAn evening of Friendship, Fun & Food … Sat. April 17, 2010 … at St. Angela’s Hall, 750 Erie St. E., Windsor … cocktails at 6 pm … dinner at 7 pm … tickets $25 … great menu …music by: The James Gang … Silent & Penny Auctions … Door prizes
Please order tickets by Thurs. Apr. 15th … call: 519-255-1293 or e-mail windsor@villages.ca

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 00:21:49 -0500

Human rights in Colombia cannot  be played with by the Liberals dancing to the tune of Harper & Uribe’s songs composed in the White House.


The debate on the infamous proposal of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has continued for the third time in the Canadian Parliament.  Rejected twice already, BILL C-2 has been tabled again by the Harper Government, this time aided by the Liberal Opposition.

The Liberals added an amendment to come to the rescue of the Harper government as if human rights can be played with in discotheques by a Liberal MP (ex-Conservative) dancing to the tune of Harper & Uribe’s songs composed in the White House.  (“Dining, dancing, free trade deal-making” – Globe & Mail, 26 March 2010 – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/dining-dancing-free-trade-deal-making/article1513908/)

A conversation with Nancy Pancheshan: save Ojibway Prairie Complex

Click here to hear the program: 68-The_Shake_Up-20100407-1200-t1270638000

The following information is from the website: http://www.saveojibway.info/

The Ojibway Prairie Complex  in Windsor, Ontario is a rare five park system that holds some of Canada’s and the globe’s most endangered ecosystems.

The Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve is unique to Canada as it is one of the largest remnants of Tallgrass Prairie in Canada.  Tallgrass Prairie is one of the most endangered plant communities on earth.

Professor Larry Lamb of the University of Waterloo calls Ojibway Prairie an “important ecological reserve”, “it has greater biodiversity that Algonquin Park or the Bruce Peninsula” Harbouring more rare species than any other provincial park in Ontario.

Big Box Stores:

Four Big Box stores are being proposed in a 47 acre development that will total 500 000 sq ft. with  a 2 300 vehicle parking lot.

The City of Windsor gave approval in 2007 and the case is before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  Scientific evidence must be prepared to prove the Big Boxes’ negative impact on this provincially, nationally and globally significant landscape.  The hearing was to commence January 11, 2010 but has been delayed due to the developer’s Species at Risk Report.  The Hearing is now slated to occur Dec 6, 2010. The environmental case is likely to occur Jan 2011, and is expected to last 6 weeks.

Another proposed development is also proposed. It’s a 160 acre customs clearance centre for the new bridge to the United States (adjacent to Black Oak park). The customs centre is presently directly adjacent to Black Oak rated G1- occurring less than 5 times on the globe.   The new road also poses to impact eight threatened species, including 11 887 individuals.

Big Box Impacts

The Big Box proposal is directly adjacent to Ojibway Park and across the street from the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve.  Keep in mind, over        100 000 people from all over the world come to visit this rare area, researchers study here, top butterfly counts for North America are achieved here and endangered species cross Matchette Road.  Here are some of the negative impacts the proposed development will bring;

Construction of the four large big boxes is the beginning of  continual negative impacts to the ecological features and functions of Ojibway.  The noise, vibration, runoff and changes to the water table are just a few of the negative impacts this endangered ecosystem with 90 species at risk will incur

Parking Lot the 2 300 parking lot will impact on the ecological features and functions of Ojibway.  The green space that is there, will be replaced by asphalt, accelerating rain water runoff.  This will likely effect the perched water table by not allowing it to replenish.  Prairie plants need a high water table, change that and they die.  In addition, the parking lot will increase light, water and litter pollution.

Traffic Matchette Road has a current vehicle volume of 8 000 -11 000/day.  The traffic from the proposed Big Box will double vehicle volume to 18 628/day or 130 000/week.

Other The development also requires Matchette Road to widen by 30 ft, installation of at least 2 traffic lights and insertion of a 150 ft median to manage additional traffic.  All of this beside one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth.  How did proposal ever get this far?

What can we do?

Visit the website and follow the links.

1.  Write a letter or send an email (see sample letter) to;

Daraleigh Irving- MNR District Planner, Alymer District- daraleigh.irving@ontario.ca

Make sure to cc:

a)  Hon. Dalton McGuinty- Premier dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

b)  Hon. Linda Jeffrey- Minister of Natural Resources (MNR)-  ljeffrey.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org





Sunday 18 April 2010 6:30 PM


656 Pitt St. West
Human rights in Colombia cannot  be played with by the Liberals dancing to the tune of Harper & Uribe’s songs composed in the White House.


The debate on the infamous proposal of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has continued for the third time in the Canadian Parliament.  Rejected twice already, BILL C-2 has been tabled again by the Harper Government, this time aided by the Liberal Opposition.

The Liberals added an amendment to come to the rescue of the Harper government as if human rights can be played with in discotheques by a Liberal MP (ex-Conservative)(Scott Brisson) dancing to the tune of Harper & Uribe’s songs composed in the White House.  (“Dining, dancing, free trade deal-making” – Globe & Mail, 26 March 2010 – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/dining-dancing-free-trade-deal-making/article1513908/)

The main premise presented by the Conservatives and some Liberals is that increased trade will bring about “democracy” and respect for human rights, in this manner obscuring the anti-democratic nature of the Harper and Uribe regimes.

It must be asked, how does respect for human rights follow from giving “preferential tariffs” to monopolies anxious to exploit the wealth of Colombia for their own private gain?  In fact, a free trade deal with Colombia will confer undeserved legitimacy and rewards on a regime with the worst record of human rights violations in the hemisphere.  This cannot be covered up or excused with honeyed words about “helping with the economic recovery” and “helping Canadians prosper”, as if the conscience of Canadian workers could be so easily bought. (continues on the other side)

Even though the Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Colombia in 2009 by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights appears to let Uribe off the hook, it provides valuable facts.  Like reports by other human rights organizations, it provides clear and convincing evidence of the ongoing fascization of the Colombian state over the last 8 years that correspond to Uribe’s reign of terror. The level of assassinations, forced disappearances, displacements, political persecution, etc. have all risen, along with the impoverishment of the population.

The debate on the Canada-Colombia FTA should center not only on rejecting Bill C-2, but on severing trade relations and imposing sanctions on Colombia till a convincing process of democratization has taken place in the country.

If in the past economic sanctions were successfully used to isolate the racist South African regime and its policy of apartheid, why could the same not be applied to Colombia’s death squad “democracy” today?

The Canadian people share the Colombian people’s sentiment for democracy and  peace with social justice.  The following are some measures that should be instituted before any investment or trade agreements are entered into with Colombia:

1) The war must be ended through a process of dialogue, initiated by an exchange of prisoners on both sides.

2) New political arrangements should be put in place in which all Colombians can participate without fear for their lives, imprisonment or persecution.

3) The sovereignty of the country must be respected by withdrawing all US military bases and personnel as well as foreign mercenaries from Colombian territory.

4) Canadians like Colombians welcome recent events and decisions by the Constitutional Court of Colombia and any other attempts to put a stop to impunity.  The truth must be known and all those who have committed crimes against humanity must be punished.

5) All lands taken by force or deceit should be returned immediately to their rightful owners.  The state must apologize to and compensate all victims of genocide and other crimes committed by the Colombian army, paramilitaries, other members of the security apparatus and state officials.

We invite you to an open discussion regarding these issues

Sunday 18 April 2010 6:30 PM


656 Pitt St. West wcsclo@hotmail.com

OPIRG Calendar

Every Wednesday 12:30 – 1:00 pm


Wyandotte Ave. W. at the University of Windsor
(across from the entrance to Ambassador Bridge)

All women and children welcome


Wednesday, April 7 @ 6 p.m.

Because boys will be girls…and girls will be boys

Out on Campus & OPIRG-Windsor Present


252 Dillon Hall, U. of W. Campus

everyone welcome

“In biology, nature abhors a category”

for more information call or email Out On Campus 253-3000 ext. 4093 oocwindsor@gmail.com or OPIRG 253-3000 ext 3872 opirg@uwindsor.ca


Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Cinema Politica Presents:

“CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil”

This cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

Erie Hall 3123 University of Windsor Campus

Free Admission Open to the Public Donations accepted $2 parking

In association with: Dept. of Communication, Media & Film, The Council of Canadians, Windsor Essex, Windsor Peace Coalition, OPIRG Windsor, Toxic free Canada – Ontario, CAW Windsor Environment Council. www.cinemapolitica.org/windsor Windsor@cinemapolitica.org


Friday, April 9 @ 5pm

OPIRG – Windsor Annual General Meeting &

Poetry Reading, Door Prizes, 50/50 draw, free refreshments

Special Presentation by the Friends of Save Ojibway

Iona College, 208 Sunset
(located between Riverside Dr. & University Ave. on the east side)

Nomination forms for elections to the 2010-2011 Board of Directors are available on the web at http://opirg.uwindsor.ca
or at 252 Dillon Hall – weekdays 10 to 2pm

for more information call 519-253-3000 ext. 3872 or email opirg@uwindsor.ca


Every Saturday 11am to 12 Noon


11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Market Square
(On Ottawa Street, near the enterance for Market Square.)

for more information visit http://windsorpeace.org/


Every Sunday @ 3:30 p.m.


Every Sunday at Rose Bowl lanes on Dougall.

For more information email pauletteandginny@cogeco.ca


Monday, April 19 at 7pm


Meets third Monday of the month at 7pm at United Way building, Giles E at McDougall

For more information contact “James McAllister” macsnest@mnsi.net

Peace Action Fund of New York State and The Nation Institute present

March 31, 2010: Interview with Philip Lauri of Detroit Lives!

Hosts: Sheena Cameron and Paul Chislett

Hear the full program here:68-The_Shake_Up-20100331-1200-t1270033201

Learn more about Detroit Lives! here.

Earlier Media Release

“DETROIT LIVES! // the exhibit” to Showcase Local Creatives

Exhibit tells a story behind Detroit’s forward rumbles.


Ever bought an inch of land in Detroit? Well, hundreds of people from around the country already have, according to DETROIT LIVES! founder Philip Lauri. Lauri is organizing an exhibition that will include information about the sale of hundreds of inches of Detroit land along with works by Detroit artists, musicians, a farmer, and a New York Times writer among others. “DETROIT LIVES! // the exhibit” opens January 14 at 6pm at the Ladybug Gallery in Southwest Detroit’s historic Hubbard Farms neighborhood.

“Detroit is a colossal force to be reckoned with in terms of the kind of talent and creative juice coming from the city. The idea is to capture a piece of that with the exhibit through the works of those on the ground making it happen,” says Lauri.

The exhibition will serve as the official screening for the DETROIT LIVES! short film “The Farmer and the Philosopher”– a story of Detroit’s forward progress told through the prism of two totally different figures: Toby Barlow (NY Times, Creative Director a tTeam Detroit) and Mark Covington (Chairman, Georgia Street Community Collective). The film is a collaborative project between Lauri and videographer Andrea Adelman.

Additionally, photographer Vanessa Miller (Detroit) presents her photo essay “Making it Happen” with stripped down, expressive portraits of the young people currently revolutionizing the way Detroit works.

Jerry Paffendorf (Detroit), the mind behind “Loveland,” will also take part in the exhibition. Paffendorf came from San Francisco last year to start a micro-real estate project that has had hundreds of people “move” to Detroit from all corners of the globe through the purchase of $1 inches of land. The end result is a futuristic take on land re-use and revitalization with creative collaboration amongst owners.

Alan Scheurman (Detroit), the Detroit musician who contributed music to the film “The Farmer and the Philosopher” will also perform songs from his recent album “Old Patterns” as part of the exhibit.

“The exhibit is meant to build awareness for a lot of the ridiculously cool creative endeavors around town. We are alive and well here in Detroit. It’s not just about surviving. In many ways, we are thriving. It’s an incredibly exciting and vibrant place to be right now.”

Lauri started DETROIT LIVES! last February with goals to spread a positive message about Detroit through traditional and social media, public art and an apparel line. As part of the exhibition, the group will showcase work they have done throughout Detroit and offer attendees the opportunity to screen print a piece for themselves to take home.

Detroit Lives! // the exhibit opens Thursday, January 14 at 6pm with a reception to meet the artists and take part in the interactive components of the exhibit at the Ladybug Gallery. Scheurman will perform music from the soundtrack of the film one hour prior to the screening. “The Farmer and the Philosopher” will screen at 8pm followed by a Q+A with Barlow and Covington. Admission is free and complimentary beverages will be provided.


In the interview with Philip Lauri we talked a lot about the transition to a post-industrial society. For a look at how this is evolving internationally Sheena and I discussed an article in the New Internationalist about transition towns

What is a Transition Initiative?

Here’s how it all appears to be evolving…

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil, Climate Change, and increasingly, economic stagnation? They recognise several crucial points:

  • to a certain degree, we all experience a life disconnected from our living environment, disconnected from our communities and disconnected from our landbase
  • that our energy-profligate ways of living have depleted our resource base to critical levels
  • that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there’s no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope
  • that we have to act now, rather than wait for the government or “someone else”
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there’s every likelihood that we can create a way of living that’s significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.

They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative that is asking this BIG question:

“for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

They then engage on a collaborative, comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
  • connecting with existing groups, including local government, in the community
  • forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc)
  • kicking off practical projects aimed at building people’s understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement
  • engage in a community-wide visioning process to identify the future we want for ourselves rather than waiting for someone else to create a future that we won’t like
  • eventually launch a community defined, community implemented “Energy Descent Action Plan” over a 15 to 20 year timescale

This results in a co-ordinated initiative across all these areas of life that strives both to rebuild the resilience we’ve lost as a result of cheap oil and also to reduce the community’s carbon emissions drastically. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/community/support/what-transition-initiative

OPIRG Calendar


Every Wednesday 12:30 – 1:00 pm


Wyandotte Ave. W. at the University of Windsor
(across from the entrance to Ambassador Bridge)

All women and children welcome

Every Saturday 11am to 12 Noon


11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Market Square
(On Ottawa Street, near the enterance for Market Square.)

for more information visit http://windsorpeace.org/

Every Sunday @ 3:30 p.m.


Every Sunday at Rose Bowl lanes on Dougall.

For more information email pauletteandginny@cogeco.ca

Wednesday, April 7 @ 6 p.m.

Because boys will be girls…and girls will be boys

Out on Campus & OPIRG-Windsor Present


252 Dillon Hall, U. of W. Campus

everyone welcome

“In biology, nature abhors a category”

for more information call or email Out On Campus 253-3000 ext. 4093 oocwindsor@gmail.com or OPIRG 253-3000 ext 3872 opirg@uwindsor.ca

Monday, April 19 at 7pm


Meets third Monday of the month at 7pm at United Way building, Giles E at McDougall

For more information contact “James McAllister” macsnest@mnsi.net