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GJFA Speaks Out On Sidewalk Labs

GJFA’s October 2019 forum on Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for developing part of Toronto’s lakefront was filled to capacity. GJFA sent a letter outlining wide-ranging concerns and conditions for consideration as Waterfront Toronto decides on October 31st whether and how to proceed.

See letter here.

Sidewalk Labs

A Critical Primer on Sidewalk Labs

This primer, a work in progress, is an educational and discussion piece pointing to some of the fundamental issues raised by the Sidewalk Labs (Google) plan for 200 acres on the Toronto Waterfront. A plan which proposes fundamental changes to city governance and data collection, changes that could affect all of us who live in the city.

See David Robertson’s “Ten Reasons to say no: A Primer on Sidewalk Labs’ Plan for the Waterfront.”

Fix Employment Insurance

Something’s Really Wrong with Workers’ E.I. Safety Net

We Need to Fix EI!

Here are some questions to ask Federal election candidates.

  • We need to start paying attention to the huge cracks in our EI system – or pay the price with the next economic slowdown or recession.
  • Politicians may focus on EI parental or seasonal benefits but the main job of EI is to provide income security when we’re laid off or lose a job.
    We pay weekly EI premiums so the safety net’s there when we need it.
  • EI rules are too harsh, especially for those in part-time and temporary jobs.

Download PDF flyer and questions.

GJFA calls for local and inclusive action to address climate change

Last Friday, 25 million people worldwide marched for climate action, and this Friday, tens of thousands are expected to march in Canada. It’s never been clearer that people from all walks of life want immediate, meaningful action to drastically reduce greenhouse gases.

It is well past time for Toronto to declare a climate emergency. Dozens of Ontario municipalities like Ottawa, London, and Sudbury have formally acknowledged the urgency of the climate crisis. Toronto has not. Yet.

Climate change is the key issue of our time. While it is incumbent on all individuals, corporations, and governments to do more, Toronto is uniquely positioned to “think globally, act locally.” As Canada’s largest city and North America’s fourth largest municipality, Toronto must act responsibly, even ambitiously, in this critical fight.

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Sidewalk Lab Project

The presentation is now available from the December 12, 2018 forum:
“What’s the story with the Google Toronto Sidewalk Lab Project?”

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Speakers Kumsa Baker (TCBN), moderator Dusha Sritharan (TEA), Alejandra Ruiz Vargas (ACORN) and Nasma Ahmed (Digital Justice Lab) outline the background and some challenges with Sidewalk Lab’s plans for Toronto waterfront at Parliament Street and Queen’s Quay.

Election Charter for Climate Justice

Toronto Election Charter for Climate Justice and Good Green Jobs for All

In Toronto’s October 22, 2018 Toronto municipal election, we must demand action against climate change.

The Good Jobs for All Coalition created the Election Charter for Climate Justice to support action now and after the election. It contains nine great measures that should be included in the City’s ongoing program to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Use it to ask candidates who are seeking your vote what they pledge to do to combat climate change:

  • Take the Charter to all-candidates meetings and ask questions
  • Write letters to the editor about the nine measures
  • When candidates ask for your vote on your doorstep, ask if they’ll commit to advocating for the Charter

Download the short version of the Charter or the longer version.

Election Charter for Climate Justice and Good Green Jobs for All

In Ontario’s 2018 provincial election, we need to continue taking action against climate change.

The Good Jobs for All Coalition created the Election Charter for Climate Justice to support action now and after the election on June 7th. It contains nine great measures to be included in a proposed Climate Change Accountability Act.

Use the Charter at all-candidates meetings, in letters to the editor, on your doorstep when candidates ask for your vote, and in other ways you use to take action.

Here are three questions you can ask candidates and parties:

  1. Do you support a Climate Change Accountability Act that would include adequate measures to ensure Ontario’s legislated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets are met?
  2. Do you agree that all revenues earned under the cap and trade system be spent on GHG reduction activities? (Note: The undesirable alternative approach is to give residents “dividends” or to put funds into general revenues.)
  3. Do you support “just transition” measures to reduce GHGs, so that the negative impact is minimized on workers and historically marginalized groups and they are involved in decision-making? This includes measures such as:
    • Just transition funds
    • Investing in publicly owned renewable energy, public transit, public building retrofits
    • Stopping privatization of Hydro
    • Community Benefit Agreements for all infrastructure projects over $50-million
    • Mandatory joint union/management environment committees in workplaces

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