March 7, 2009

Mar 13-14, 2009, at the U of T

Join us for a teach-in on nuclear energy in Ontario. What are the concerns surrounding nuclear energy, and what are the alternatives?

Registration is now live! To register go to

On the evening of Friday March 13 at 7:00 p.m. there will a screening of the film Battle of Chernobyl. Earth Sciences Auditorium (ES 1050), U of T. For a description of the movie see

Workshops will be held all day on Saturday Mar. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kofffler Centre, Room 108, U of T. The workshop on “What’s the Connection Between Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons?” takes place from 11 am to noon.

This conference will provide valuable information on the cost, the health effects, the ethical considerations, and the effectiveness of nuclear energy s compared to alternatives (e.g. renewable energy sources).

$25 – or pay-what-you-can. Free for U of T students.

Speakers include:

– Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clearn Air Alliance
– Dave Martin, Greenpeace
– Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace
– Dr. Dorothy Goldin-Rosenberg, OISE
– Cherise Burda, Pembina
– Keith Stewart, World Wildlife Fund
– Greg Allen
– Phyllis Creighton, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms
– Helen Chilas, Canadian Voice Of Women for Peace
– Vinay Jindal, Physicians for Global Survival
– Jim Elve, Nanticoke
– John Morand, Port Hope
– Norm Rubin, Energy Probe
– Jos Higginson
And many more.

Sponsored by:
Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Greenpeace, University of Toronto Students Union, Students Against Climate Change, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Hiroshima Day Coalition, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and Physicians for Global Survival.

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OPIRG event: Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto

February 24, 2009

Event: Globalization, Labour and Poverty in Palestine “Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto”

What: Lecture

Host: SAIA-UT, SAIA York and SPHR Ryerson

Start Time: Thursday, March 5 at 7:00pm

End Time: Thursday, March 5 at 9:00pm

Where: Koffler Institute Room 108 – University of Toronto

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Burger King Exposed

February 19, 2009

Here is another expose from the intrepid Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films:

What would you do with an extra $18,000 in your pocket?

That’s the amount of extra cash each and every Burger King employee in America would have received last year if Goldman Sachs (one of the fast-food chain’s largest owners) had shared its bailout billions with rank-and-file workers. Instead, Goldman Sachs squandered 6.5 billion of our taxpayer dollars on bonuses for their financial staff. These were some of the highest bonuses on Wall Street! Meanwhile, Burger King workers earn wages averaging just $14,000 a year — well below the federal poverty line for a family of three.

Watch the harmful effects of Wall Street’s greed:

Goldman Sachs has been having it their way with Burger King workers for too long. It’s high time you had it your way with Goldman Sachs. Tell the Wall Street giant how they could have used the $6.5 billion blown on bonuses. We’re looking for the most creative, constructive, or comical ideas to curb corporate greed and help fix the financial crisis. We will send all ideas to Goldman Sachs as a reprimand for their wastefulness. The winner of the Have It Your Way with Goldman Sachs contest will have their idea featured in our next video. The contest ends March 3.

Pass this video and contest to your friends and family, and don’t forget to digg it. Tell them working people all over the country are pushing back against Wall Street excess. Tell them we’re joining with SEIU and others to stage demonstrations and hold Goldman Sachs accountable! And tell them it’s time to end this era of corporate greed and impunity.

Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Films team

P.S. – Do you think Goldman Sachs should be forced to give back their bailout money to taxpayers, should they have to raise Burger King workers’ wages, explain their spending to the government, or be left alone because they are living the American dream? Vote now in our online poll.

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Tomgram: Waltz with Bashir, Part 1

January 26, 2009

January 24, 2009

As a 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Ari Folman took part in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was on duty in Beirut during the notorious massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Just a week ago, Waltz with Bashir, the animated documentary film Folman directed in which he explores his own nightmarish, half-suppressed memories of that period, was given its first underground screening in Lebanon — not far, in fact, from Hezbollah headquarters in southern Beirut — though the film is officially banned in that country. It has also been screened in Palestinian Ramallah and is reportedly soon to be shown in the Arab Gulf states. It has already won six Israeli Academy Awards, best foreign film at the Golden Globes, and is now nominated for an Oscar as best foreign film.

Waltz With Bashir

At this moment, when the Israeli assault on Gaza has ended in catastrophic destruction and death, director Folman’s remarkable voyage — he calls it a “bad acid trip” — into the oblivion of war trauma and the horrific recent history of the Middle East is as stunning, moving, and unnerving an experience as anything you’ll see this year, or perhaps any year. A no less remarkable graphic memoir, Waltz with Bashir, was developed in tandem with the film. It will be in your bookstores in a couple of weeks, but can be ordered in advance by clicking here. Not surprisingly, the book and film have some of the impact that the first “graphic novel,” Art Spiegelman’s MAUS, had when it came out in 1986, and that assessment comes from the fellow — me, to be exact — who published MAUS back then.

The single best piece on Waltz with Bashir and its relevance to the recent invasion of Gaza was written by Gary Kamiya of He concludes: “Of course, Israel’s moral culpability for the 1982 massacre [in Sabra and Shatila] is not the same as its moral responsibility for the civilians killed in the current war. But there are painful similarities. Sooner or later the patriotic war fervor will fade, and Israelis will realize that their leaders sent them to kill hundreds of innocent people for nothing. And perhaps in 2036, some haunted filmmaker will release ‘Waltz With Hamas.'”

Given the power and timeliness of this thoughtful, dreamlike memoir from a living hell, it’s a particular honor for TomDispatch to be releasing two long excerpts, exclusively, over the next two Saturdays. Thanks go to Metropolitan Books, the book’s publisher, for allowing it to happen. I hope what follows stuns and intrigues you. Keep an eye out for part 2 next Saturday. Tom

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FILM EVENT: Breaking Ranks (Hamilton, Sept. 16)

September 10, 2008

Breaking Ranks
Nominated for Best Documentary or Series – History/Biography/Social/Political, Documentary: Best Director and Documentary: Best Picture Editing, 2007 Leo Awards. Nominated for a 2007 Golden Sheaf Award.

This fast paced documentary about the American War Resisters is punctuated by real-life footage of the conflict in Iraq

It includes shocking testimony of U.S. soldiers in the “War on Terror” about

Why they joined

What they saw

and Why they quit

An ultimately heartfelt look at these brave individuals and why Canada needs to let War Resisters stay

Tuesday, September 16

7:00 p.m.
McMaster University Student Centre
CIBC Hall (3rd floor of Student Centre)
About the film

Breaking Ranks is a moving documentary that examines the current phenomena of US soldiers seeking refuge in Canada as part of their resistance to the war effort in Iraq. With intimate access to four American military deserters, their lawyer and families, this film documents their experiences as they try to exercise their consciences amidst profound emotional, ethical and international consequences. If deported, they face the venom of mainstream American opinion and one to five years in prison. If Canada instead follows the legacy established by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau during the Vietnam War, when Canada welcomed tens of thousands of war resisters, there may well be an unprecedented crisis in U.S.-Canadian relations.

Filmed over the course of the refugee process, this provocative film explores the meaning of duty through the powerful testimonies of these young soldiers. In so doing, Breaking Ranks poses challenging political, cultural and historical questions for Canadians and the world.

MPs Bill Siksay and Olivia Chow have been instrumental in submitting legislation to protect War Resisters. On June 3, a majority of Members of Parliament in the House of Commons voted by 137 to 110 to let the resisters to stay and to stop all deportation proceedings against them – but Harper is going ahead with deportation anyway.

Announcement: Toronto Premiere of 33 Days

July 9, 2008


Sat. July 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Bloor Cinema – 506 Bloor Street West (Bathurst Street Subway)
Tickets $10 / $5 seniors students unwaged

“33 days”is a documentary on life in Lebanon under the Israeli bombardment of
July – August 2006. Award winning Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri follows the
efforts of several dedicated humanitarians to keep their communities strong in
the midst of destruction: from a woman reporting from the rubble as rockets jet
past her, to a young man who keeps his neighborhood’s children entertained with
improvised games in his local theatre while bombs fall in the distance.The film
is full of compassion and humanity even as it records the devastation of war.

Listen to an interview by Ahmed Habib, of independentarabicmedia, and Mai Masri
discussing 33 Days:

Advance tickets available:
1.  Online at
2.  Toronto Women’s Bookstore (73 Harbord Street, Toronto)
3.  Palestine House (3195 Erindale Station Rd, Mississauga, 905 270 3622)
4.  Bloor Cinema box office during Box Office Hours (after 6:30 on weekdays)

Mai Masri is a Palestinian director born in Amman Jordan. Soon after
graduating from San Francisco State University Film Department in
1981she moved to Beirut and began making films. Her films focus on
Palestine and the Middle East and have won awards at film festivals
throughout the world.

The inaugural Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) will take place
from October 25 to November 1, 2008 at various locations throughout
the GTA. TPFF welcomes audiences of all backgrounds to experience the
vibrant heritage, resilience and collective identity of the
Palestinian people while celebrating film as an art form and means of
expression. For more information visit:

Mississauga: Film screening of “Occupation 101”

April 2, 2008



(the catastrophe)


In 1948, the world witnessed the forcible expulsion of the Palestinians from their land in order to create the state of Israel. The Palestinians refer to this injustice as Al Nakba. Across Ontario this year progressive and democratic organizations are marking 60 years of Al Nakba not as some event of the past but as an ongoing historical problem demanding a just solution. The screening of Occupation 101 is part of this year long commemoration.

Film screening:





A 90 minute award-winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict followed by discussion

Thurs. April 17

7 pm

Palestine House

3195 Erindale Station Road

(between Dundas St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd.)

Sponsored by:

Brampton Coalition for Peace and Justice

Mississauga Coalition for Peace and Justice

Young Muslims