Milky Trades: A Discussion of the The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Dairy Market

The finalisation of the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP), a free-trade agreement and one of Harper’s last accomplishments in office, has led many to believe that the Canadian dairy industry could either be radically transformed or destroyed. The agreement, a trade pact between 12 countries, would allow foreign producers access to the Canadian market. Cheaper foreign competition and a decrease in prices could mark the end of a historically protected industry from the global economy. The show will investigate the consequences of the TPP and its impact on dairy farmers.

Show Guests

Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph

Charlebois is considered an expert on food and agriculture policies both within Canada and abroad. He has authored almost 200 peer-reviewed publications, written four books. His research has been featured in a number of publications including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and the Globe & Mail.

Laura Dawson, founder of Dawson Strategic and Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre

Dawson has more than fifteen years’ experience providing advice to businesses and government around the world on trade, regulatory, and border issues. The Hill Times named her one of the Top 100 Canadian foreign policy influencers of 2014. She is the Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and continues to serve as emeritus advisor of Dawson Strategic.

Yves Leduc, Director, International Trade at Dairy Farmers of Canada at the ‎Dairy Farmers of Canada

Show Credits

Luke Adams & Emilie De Monte, Hosts
Mohamad Yaghi, Show Producer
Fiona Downey, Chase Producer
Richard Tang & Kelley Prendergast, Technical Producers
Nirmalan Vijeyakumar, Executive Producer

Music Credits

Bring Down the House, Dean Brody
The Veldt, Deadmau5

Photo Credit

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/ Flickr

Transit Town Hall with TTC CEO Andy Byford

Event Description

The Arts and Science Students’ Union and the Urban Studies program at the University of Toronto invite you to a town hall on transit with TTC CEO Andy Byford on November 19th at Innis Town Hall.  The event will be moderated by Professor Matti Siemiatycki.  Come out and pose your questions to the TTC CEO on transit! RSVP required.   This event is part of ASSU’s City Series. Visit assu.ca/city for more information.

ASSU is committed to providing a space that is inclusive, accessible and accommodating to all people. If you have any concerns about the accommodations and accessibility of this event, please contact Abdullah Shihipar at president@assu.ca.

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WHEN

Thursday, 19 November 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 CA

The Shared Economy II

Uber, AirBnb, Taskrabbit – all examples of businesses falling under the shared economy. In recent years, a plethora of companies have sprung up where individuals are able to exchange human and physical resources for a monetary benefit. What’s the problem with that? These businesses fall under a grey zone when it comes to legislation and policy. This show will explore how consumers benefit and the problem governments are facing.

This show was produced during the 2015 Fall fundraising week. CIUT 89.5FM would not be in operation without the generous support of our listeners. To donate please visit CIUT 89.5FM.

Show Guests

Laura Anderson, Researcher – Wellesley Institute

Laura joined the Wellesley Institute from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and holds an MPH in Global Health from Emory University in Atlanta, as well as a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She has community-based and population health research experience with diverse populations and recently authored “Behind the Bargains: How the sharing economy impacts health.”

Sunil Johal, Policy Director – Mowat Centre

Sunil is the Policy Director at the Mowat Centre and was previously a Director with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. In addition, he has held many senior management and policy roles in Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs. He co-authored the report “Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: Beyond Whack-A-Mole.”

Mark Thompson, Professor Emeritus – UBC’s Sauder School of Business

Mark Thompson is Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Music Credits

Not Dead, Fine Time

Said the Whale, Lucky

Wild Things, Alessia Cara

The Rural Alberta Advantage, This City

Show Credits

Hosts: Emilie De Monte & Rajesh Sankat

Executive Producers: Emily Rasmussen & Nirmalan Vijeyakumar

Election 42: Postmortem Panel Discussion

Most pundits, pollsters, and political junkies agree: 19 October’s federal election is perhaps one of the most exciting electoral contests that Canada’s ever seen. Can Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party maintain control of the House of Commons after nearly a decade in power? Will Thomas Mulcair and his New Democrats make Canadian history and form government for the first time? Can Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party shake-off 2006’s defeat and once again emerge as Canada’s ‘natural governing party’?

If polls are to be believed, any of Canada’s three major political parties has a legitimate shot at forming government on 19 October and we invite you to join us once the dust has settled to assess and reflect on the election result, whatever it may be, and discuss the many facets of the election campaign itself: including media coverage, voter turnout, the accuracy of the polls, and the prospects for policy change. Our panel features representatives from across Canada’s political landscape, spanning the worlds of journalism, grassroots voter engagement, polling, and the academy. Taken together, our panel is sure to provide an insightful and lively discussion on 19 October’s electoral result and its implications on Canada’s public policy.

Show guests

Donna Dasko, former Senior Vice President, Environics Research Group

Elizabeth Dubois, Executive Director, Vote Savvy

Ed Greenspon, Managing Editor, Bloomsberg News

Carolyn Tuohy, Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Mel Cappe (Moderator), Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Music Credits

The Dead Projectionists, All This Time

Show Credits

Dalia Hashim, Show Host

Celine Caira & Kelley Predergast, Technical Producers

Emily Rasmussen, Executive Producer

Election 42: Postmortem Panel Discussion

Event Date
October 23, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location
Room CG-160, Canadiana Building, 14 Queen’s Park Cres. W.

Most pundits, pollsters, and political junkies agree: 19 October’s federal election is perhaps one of the most exciting electoral contests that Canada’s ever seen. Can Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party maintain control of the House of Commons after nearly a decade in power? Will Thomas Mulcair and his New Democrats make Canadian history and form government for the first time? Can Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party shake-off 2006’s defeat and once again emerge as Canada’s ‘natural governing party’?

If polls are to be believed, any of Canada’s three major political parties has a legitimate shot at forming government on 19 October and we invite you to join us once the dust has settled to assess and reflect on the election result, whatever it may be, and discuss the many facets of the election campaign itself: including media coverage, voter turnout, the accuracy of the polls, and the prospects for policy change. Our panel features representatives from across Canada’s political landscape, spanning the worlds of journalism, grassroots voter engagement, polling, and the academy. Taken together, our panel is sure to provide an insightful and lively discussion on 19 October’s electoral result and its implications on Canada’s public policy.

Speakers:

Donna Dasko, former Senior Vice President, Environics Research Group

Elizabeth Dubois, Executive Director, Vote Savvy

Ed Greenspon, Managing Editor, Bloomsberg News

Carolyn Tuohy, Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Mel Cappe (Moderator), Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Admission is Free. Pre-registration is required (space is limited)

This event will be recorded by Beyond the Headlines, to be aired on CIUT 89.5FM.

Immigration in Canada: Express Entry

Earlier this year, the government of Canada launched Express Entry, a new immigration system that replaces the former points system, which brought in skilled immigrants through a first come, first served basis. Express Entry uses a comprehensive ranking system that allocates potential candidates points for skills, work experience, language ability, education and other transferable factors. Candidates who are eligible are then placed into a pool and invited to apply to immigrate, based on the number of points they’ve been assigned. The higher the points, the better the chance of an invitation. Those with a job offer from a Canadian employer, receive additional points and are automatically pushed to the top of the pile. In this show, we’ll be talking to three guests who can shed more light on how Express Entry has been unfolding.

Show guests

Sarah Anson-Cartwright, Director of Skills Policy – Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Sarah is responsible for skills, training, education and immigration policy development and advocacy in Ottawa.  With experience in the corporate and public sectors, she is a leading advocate and voice on government policies vis-a-vis employers’ needs.  Sarah’s career includes government relations positions at BCE/Bell Canada, Global Public Affairs and Stentor Telecom Policy Inc.  Sarah holds an Honours B.A.  (Economics) from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Professor Jeffrey Reitz, Director of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies – University of Toronto

Professor Reitz examines the social, economic and political experiences of immigrant and ethnic populations, and has a number of projects underway in Canada.  His current comparative research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France, Quebec and Canada.  During 2012-2014 he was affiliated with L’école des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Sharaf Sultan, Employment & Workplace Immigration Lawyer – Sultan Lawyers PC

Sharaf advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market, particularly with regard to Business Visitor visa applications, intra-company transfers, Labour Market Opinion applications, and applications for permanent residence.  He also regularly writes and speaks publicly on both employment and workplace immigration matters.

Music Credits

Caribou (Pixie’s Cover), Tanya Tagaq

Show Credits

Dipal Damani, Guest Show Host

Janet Tsang, Technical Producer

Alyssa Wali, Technical Producer

Helen Tamburro, Show Producer

Nirmalan Vijeyakumar, Executive Producer

Samara Canada’s Election Day Party!

Looking for a non-partisan space to watch the election results? Look no further. Samara will be hosting a not-to-be-missed election party—with beer sponsor Amsterdam Brewery—for passionate non-partisan politicos and journalists.

As space will be limited, RSVPs are encouraged. If your RSVP changes between now and October 19th, please let us know.

We hope to see you October 19th!

WHEN
October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm – 10:30pm
WHERE
Google Canada Headquarters
111 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON M5H 2G4
Canada
Google map and directions
CONTACT
RSVP here

University-Rosedale Debate

According to a recent United Way report, the City of Toronto is now the income inequality capital of Canada, with the gap between rich and poor households in the city widening at double the national pace. Toronto’s growing income divide risks dampening social mobility, weakening community bonds, and undermining economic stability. How would the Candidates of University-Rosedale, a central downtown Toronto riding, represent and address these issues within the federal government, should they be elected members of the House of Commons of the 42nd Parliament of Canada on 19 October?

Candidates

Chrystia Freeland, Liberal Party of Canada

Jennifer Hollett, New Democratic Party of Canada

Nick Wright, Green Party of Canada

Organizers:

Beyond the Headlines, CIUT 89.5FM

Massey College

Ontario College of Family Physicians

School of Public Policy and Governance

SPPG Students’ Association

Music Credits

Cowboys + Drugs by Sun K

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships are a reality for thousands of Canadians each year and this issue has continually entered into the public debate, especially on university and college campuses. Many argue that unpaid internships are exploitative to youth and other marginalized groups, but is this really the case? Do unpaid internships provide a tangible benefit for people attempting to land that first job? This week’s show will take a closer look at this issue to better understand the true costs and benefits of unpaid internships.

Show Guests

Phillip Oreopoulos, Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Oreopoulos is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.  His current work focuses on education policy, especially the application of behavioral economics to education and child development. Dr. Oreopoulos received his Ph.D. from the University of California, at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Andrew Langille, Lawyer

Andrew Langille is a Toronto based labour lawyer and an internationally recognized labour law scholar. Andrew acts as as a strategic consultant to organizations and political parties on economic and labour market issues affecting youth.  He is the founder of Youth and Work, a website that utilizes emerging communication strategies to disseminate information on workplace law to young people.

Nicole Cohen, Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and holds a graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information. Her research has been published in South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, Canadian Journal of Communication Studies, Democratic Communique, and several edited books in communication studies.”

Music Credits

Alone in the Universe, David Usher

Tongue Tied, Faber Drive

Say it Right, Nelly Furtado  

Show Credits

Emma Helfand-Green, Show Producer

Gagan Batra, Show Host

Abdi Hersi & Ahmad Alramahi, Technical Producer

Nirmalan Vijeyakumar, Executive Producer

Interns, Connect! A Forum on Upsetting Unpaid Work

Centre for Social Innovation Annex: The Garage
720 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4
Canada

Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Interns, Connect! A Forum on Upsetting Unpaid Work

Moderated by Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star

Celebrating the publication of Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Industries, and Higher Education, a special issue of tripleC.

*Photo by Fairooz Aniqa and the Student Union of the University of Arts London [CC-BY-2.0] 

Free and open to the public | snacks and refreshments will be served

Making connections on LinkedIn is no substitute for solidarity in a precarious labour economy. In a job market where we skip from project to project, contract to contract, employer to employer, we adjust our collective behaviour to unstable work. Interns, often working without pay and social protections, are among the crowded frontlines of precarious employment. The intern slogan, “getting a foot in the door,” is a wager. Cynical resignation to unpaid work is widespread. And reluctance to speak out is understandable in a hyper-competitive labour market regulated by reputation.

And yet, interns and their allies resist. They challenge employers, pursue lawsuits, take direct action, propose policy, and use social media to expose exploitation. But the state of the intern economy is mixed. The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently launched a new “blitz” to crack down on illegal internships—but this is a short-term effort. The momentous legal victory of interns against the media giant Fox Searchlight was stalled in 2015. Intern activist groups are spreading, but connecting interns who are dispersed is a major challenge.

What’s the state of the intern issue? How do internships connect to the wider precarious labour economy? Are colleges and universities part of the problem or the solution? While internships have grabbed headlines, whose experiences of unpaid work aren’t being talked about enough? How does the informal economy of “connections” reproduce social inequality in the world of work? What strategies for connecting interns and improving internships are effective? How might unions connect with interns?

Join us to explore these questions with interns, activists, lawyers, and researchers. Brief presentations will be followed by a Q & A and discussion.

Guests

Carlo Fanelli is Visiting Professor at the Department of Politics at Ryerson University. His research focuses on work and labour market restructuring, urban governance, and public sector austerity. Carlo serves as editor of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, and his book, Megacity Malaise: Labour and the Struggle for Public Services, will be out in the new year.

Ella Henry has been involved in activism around unpaid internships as Co-Chair of Students Against Unpaid Internship Scams. She has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and a law degree from the University of Toronto—although as a student she likely spent more time on student activism and union organizing than being a student. She is currently articling at a union-side labour law firm.

Deena Ladd is one of the founders and a coordinator at the Workers’ Action Centre. WAC organizes to improve wages and working conditions with women, racialized, immigrant, and low-waged workers in precarious jobs that face discrimination, violations of rights, and no benefits in the workplace. 

Andrew Langille is a Toronto-based labour lawyer and acts as the General Counsel for the Canadian Intern Association. His graduate work at Osgoode Hall Law School focused on the regulation of work during the school-to-labour market transition and formed the theoretical basis for law reform initiatives to increase workplace rights for interns. He has lectured extensively, both domestically and internationally, on intern rights, the impact of precarious work on young workers, and intergenerational equity. He blogs at youthandwork.ca.

Katherine Lapointe is an organizer with CWA Canada, an all-media labour union. Katherine coordinates associate memberships in the union for student, volunteer, and precarious media workers. Her work focuses on setting up training and networking opportunities, raising awareness of worker rights, and doing advocacy work on issues that impact emerging media workers.

Josh Mandryk is the Executive Director of the Canadian Intern Association. Prior to this, Josh was Co-Chair of Students Against Unpaid Internship Scams, a coalition of students and youth who urged the Ontario government to take action on unpaid internship scams. In these roles, Josh has mobilized students through demonstrations, petitions, and public legal education, written op-eds in the Toronto Star, presented before legislative committees, and worked with elected officials to promote interns’ rights.

Sara Mojtehedzadeh is the Toronto Star’s Work and Wealth reporter.

Jainna Patel took part in a highly exploitative internship program with Bell Mobility in 2012. She left and fought her employer, claiming it was an illegal internship. Despite much hesitation, she decided to go public and hoped to educate and empower others in similar situations to be strong enough to walk away. In 2014, justice was served when the program was shut down.

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