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Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide

Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New...

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Syria: Trump‘s Red Line - WELT - Von Seymour M. Hersh | 25.06.2017

Syria: Trump‘s Red Line - WELT - Von Seymour M. Hersh | 25.06.2017 | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.
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Seymour Hersh, the veteran investigative journalist who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib by the US military in 2004, provides much food for thought in this informative piece.

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Food is a human right, not a commodity

Food is a human right, not a commodity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Food is not a business like others. Food is not a commodity. It is far more important. It is not a consumer good. It is precious. It is a human right,
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Five things labour still wants from the Ontario government

Five things labour still wants from the Ontario government | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"This month, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. 


It includes a $15 minimum wage to be implemented by 2019, equal pay for part-time and full-time workers doing the same job, and three hours’ pay for workers whose shifts get rescheduled on less than 48 hours’ notice. 


 Despite all the changes, labour groups across the province argue the government could’ve done more. “It’s a good start,” says Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas, president of OPSEU. “But labour — my union included — will push for it to be more inclusive.”


Here are five things labour groups want to see from the government. 


1. Workers should only once have to say they want to join a union


2. Unionized contract workers shouldn’t lose their agreement with each new contract


3. No one should be excluded from the Labour Relations Act


4. Victims of domestic violence should be entitled to more leave


5. Franchise workers should be able to bargain together


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Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings

Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Sportswear brands review spate of incidents in factories where employees on short-term contracts work 10-hour days in 30C temperatures
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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Advocates of the single-payer healthcare proposal which has been steadily advancing through the California legislature were voicing outrage and disappointment on Saturday after Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, announced he was pulling the bill from further consideration this year.

Known as the Healthy California Act, or SB 562, the measure had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber when Rendon said Friday it was being shelved by the Assembly Rules Committee, which he chairs, “until further notice.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has vocally promoted SB 562 amid a broader call for a national Medicare-for-All system, said he was"extremely disappointed” and called on Rendon to reverse his decision.

“At a time when the United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care for all, and when tens of millions of Americans are uninsured or underinsured because of outrageously high costs, California has the opportunity to lead this nation in a very different health care direction,” Sanders said. “If the great state of California has the courage to take on the greed of the insurance companies and the drug companies, the rest of the country will follow. The eyes are on California today.”
It is time “go forward,” Sanders added. “Allow the Assembly to vote.”

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True democracy includes guaranteed healthcare for all. As California is demonstrating, getting there is a rocky, uphill climb.
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The Stairs: Tales from Regent Park - Watch the documentary on TVO

The Stairs: Tales from Regent Park - Watch the documentary on TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Hugh Gibson's documentary examines the lives of community workers giving back
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The 8 best cycling innovations: from dockless bikes to solid tyres

The 8 best cycling innovations: from dockless bikes to solid tyres | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Smart traffic lights, bike paths in high-rises and paying people to cycle are among the trends that stood out at the recent Velo-City 2017 conference
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Bicycling never gets old!

Bicycling never gets old! | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Two centuries after their invention, bicycles are still the most efficient and beneficial form of transportation we have. Get out and ride if you can! It's good for you and the planet.
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Ontario employers say it’s challenging to find qualified talent: report

Ontario employers say it’s challenging to find qualified talent: report | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Ontario businesses are finding it more and more challenging to recruit properly qualified talent, according to a report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Are employers looking for talented, educated individuals who are eager, ready to learn and very trainable entry level employees? 
Or are they unwilling to train new talent, expecting all those costs to be borne by potential recruits and taxpayers? 
There's an abundance of educated, talented young people whose endeavours at gaining employment are met with dehumanizing processes of rejection. The luckier ones gain temporary, unstable positions. 
These conditions of job search and employment have become normalized.
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The Stairs: Marty's story

The Stairs: Marty's story | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Marty Thompson credits three women in his community for helping him recover. "They died before seeing me achieve my goals, but I know I achieved them with their blessing." (Courtesy Midnight Lamp Films)


The title for The Stairs comes from Marty’s poem, about his experience living in stairwells. Below, he shares more poems, about his cherished community, and memorializing departed friends. In the film, look for Marty’s fridge, where he keeps pictures of deceased friends. Watch how, over the years, the fridge holds more and more pictures.  – Hugh Gibson, filmmaker

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The Stairs: Roxanne's story

The Stairs: Roxanne's story | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Roxanne Smith writes about her experiences as a harm reduction worker in Toronto's Regent Park.
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Access to Education, Yes - But Who Is Going To Pay For It? | Just Visiting

Access to Education, Yes - But Who Is Going To Pay For It? | Just Visiting | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
“Redistribution” is political poison, which is strange because according to public opinion polling, lots of people are for it. 
63% think that upper income people pay too little in taxes[3]
59% say that wealth should be “more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people.”
52% say that this more even distribution should be explicitly achieved by establishing “heavy taxes on the rich.”
Ah, but there’s the rub, who’s rich?
Is it the top 1% whose after tax income has increased by 192% since 1979? 
Or is it the top 5% who, when indexed to 1973, have seen incomes rise by 70%, while the bottom 20% are essentially flat?
Is it the top 10% who hold 76% of the country’s wealth? 
Or, as Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard V. Reeves argues, is it the top 20%? “This favored fifth at the top of the income distribution, with an average annual household income of $200,000,[4] has been separating from the 80 percent below. Collectively, this top fifth has seen a $4 trillion-plus increase in pretax income since 1979, compared to just over $3 trillion for everyone else. Some of those gains went to the top 1 percent. But most went to the 19 percent just beneath them.” 
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How edible forests are changing London’s landscape (and foodscape)

How edible forests are changing London’s landscape (and foodscape) | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
So-called food forests have been springing up across the city — but turning them into sustainable sources of produce will require sustained volunteer efforts.
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Time to make healthy food a human right? TVO

Time to make healthy food a human right? TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
OPINION: Canadians like to pat ourselves on the back for universal health care — so why aren't we making sure people have access to healthy food?
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Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months?

Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By Arnold August on June 19, 2017 


"The official June 16 statement was barely uttered when the majority nationwide opposition to the Trump Cuba policy was once again reignited. Indeed, it was already extremely active and vocal before the Little Havana, Miami venue and date were announced on June 9. 


By stage-managing the event in Little Havana, Trump was preaching to the choir, one that does not even include the rest of Florida, where the majority of Cuban-Americans oppose the blockade, or at least support the Obama policy of making the blockade somewhat more flexible. 


Trump’s trademark manner of hand-picking events to spread the word across the country will not work. His Cold War rhetoric will not detract the forces that want to increase trade and travel to Cuba. 


However, Trump’s policy is not yet set in stone. According to the June 16 White House Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy, the Treasury and Commerce Departments will begin the process of issuing new regulations only in 30 days. 


His policies cannot take effect until the new regulations are established, a process that, according to the Fact Sheet, “may take several months.” A lot can happen within this time frame."

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Grenfell wasn’t an isolated tragedy. Poverty destroys many lives in Britain | Kamran Ahmed

Grenfell wasn’t an isolated tragedy. Poverty destroys many lives in Britain | Kamran Ahmed | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Working as a junior psychiatrist, I saw first-hand how policies that fail to protect the disadvantaged lead to ill-health, stress and reduced life expectancy
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Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is they think it’s normal’

Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is  they think it’s normal’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The TUC chief has been battling the ‘gig economy’ for 10 years. Now, on the eve of a new campaign to support casual workers, she says ‘we’ve gone backwards’
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Texas Couple Exonerated 25 Years After Being Convicted of Lurid Crimes That Never Happened

Texas Couple Exonerated 25 Years After Being Convicted of Lurid Crimes That Never Happened | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after they were convicted of a crime that never happened, Fran and Dan Keller were formally exonerated on June 20 in Austin, Texas.

The couple’s prosecution in 1992 was part of a wave of cases across the country amid an episode of mass hysteria known as the Satanic Panic. Beginning in the 1980s, accusations flew that the childcare industry had been infiltrated by bands of Satanists hell-bent on brainwashing and sexually abusing young children. The Kellers’ exoneration closes a decadeslong chapter of profound injustice for a couple that paid an exceptionally high price for the credulousness of local law enforcement.
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Trump Administration Delists Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Trump Administration Delists Yellowstone Grizzly Bears | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Published June 22, 2017 WASHINGTON – Citing the supposed success of recovery of the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on behalf of the Trump administratio…
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Blame game - escalating student debt blamed on parental spending

Blame game - escalating student debt blamed on parental spending | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"High debt loads are hurting our children by forcing them to pay for their post-secondary education and then go into debt themselves."


Summary from Academica Group - 23 June 2017


"Parental spending to blame for rising student debt: report 


Total student debt in Canada has risen by 6.2% per year over the last 10 years to $42.9B, and much of it can be attributed to parents who overspend and do not save enough for their children's college or university fund, according to a new study. 


Further, the study suggests that debt can have an “intergenerational effect,” as children who receive less support from heavily indebted parents have difficulty saving when they reach adulthood. 


“That group is struggling so much more to cover their cost of housing which makes it hard to save for their kids' post-secondary which is going to make it even more challenging when their kids are 18, 19, 20 years old and trying to go to college,” says Paul Kershaw, a professor at UBC's School of Population and Public Health."

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That's it, then - parents' fault
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Defying Drug Addiction - "The Stairs" - TVO

Defying Drug Addiction - "The Stairs" - TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Jun 21, 2017
Length: 38:36


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The Agenda welcomes the filmmaker and the main subjects of the award-winning documentary, "The Stairs," which examines the lives of habitual drug users in Toronto's Regent Park.


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International historians defend Ottawa scholar who studies Poland and Holocaust › Medicine Hat News

International historians defend Ottawa scholar who studies Poland and Holocaust › Medicine Hat News | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"WARSAW, Poland – Dozens of international historians have come to the defence of a Holocaust scholar from the University of Ottawa who is accused of slandering Poland’s reputation with research that focuses on the participation of some Poles in the killing of Jews during the Second World War.

The Polish League Against Defamation says that Jan Grabowski’s scholarship “falsifies the history of Poland, proclaiming the thesis that Poles are complicit in the extermination of Jews.”

The group made its claim in a public statement earlier this month signed by dozens of Polish academics.

Since then Grabowski has received several death threats, leading to security patrols in his department.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Grabowski describes the campaign against him as a “very brutal, vicious, and personal attack.”

Dozens of international historians of modern European history came to his defence with an open statement Monday in which they also described the campaign against him an “attack” and defended his scholarship, which they say “holds to the highest standards of academic research.”

They said the Polish group is putting forth a “distorted and whitewashed version of the history of Poland during the Holocaust era.”

Grabowski was awarded the 2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research for his book “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland,” which documents the involvement of Poles in finding and killing Jews during the German occupation of Poland during the Second World War."


Summary from Academica Group - 22 June 2017


"Canadian scholar receives death threats over work on Polish complicity in the Holocaust A Canadian historian says that he has faced death threats over work he has published on Poland’s role in the Holocaust. According to the Canadian Press, University of Ottawa Professor Jan Grabowski argues that many Poles who killed Jews during the Second World War were not simply forced to collaborate with the occupying Nazis. The CP reports that many critics have written to UOttawa to accuse Grabowski of fabricating historical evidence, with the Polish League Against Defamation alleging that Grabowski’s views are unfounded and damaging to Poland. Many international Holocaust scholars have also reportedly come out in support of Grabowski, deeming him a scholar of “impeccable personal and professional integrity.”"

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The Stairs: Greg's story

The Stairs: Greg's story | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Greg is a gentle giant: large, in-charge and no-nonsense, but also thoughtful, soft-spoken and sensitive. Very early into the filmmaking process, he gave me a simple instruction that I never forgot: “Just show us for how we really are.” Greg wanted to illustrate the experiences of substance users and precariously housed individuals, many of whom face stigma and discrimination. Like everyone in the film, he’s startlingly honest and deeply intelligent. – Hugh Gibson , filmmaker
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The Basic Income Debate - TVO

The Basic Income Debate - TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Jun 20, 2017
Length: 33:43

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Canada's most populous province now has a basic income pilot program rolling out in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. The Agenda analyzes the merits of this alternative approach to traditional social assistance.
Testing Basic Income in Ontario - TV)

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Immigrant Workers and Activists Challenge Ben & Jerry’s Over Working Conditions

Immigrant Workers and Activists Challenge Ben & Jerry’s Over Working Conditions | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A march for better pay and housing on farms that provide milk to the ice cream maker led to the arrest of two immigrants—and more protests.
- 2017/06/20
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