NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Faculty of Social Science
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Fight the Cut to Community Start Up
Town Hall Meeting
to plan action and advocacy in the Region and to the Province
Start Me Up Niagara
17 Gale Crescent
Oct. 16th 4 – 6 pm
Food and child care provided.
75% of Niagara CSUMB (Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit) recipients used the benefit for basic housing needs like rent and utilities. Other uses include fleeing domestic violence or recovering from bedbug infestations. (Report to Public Health and Social Services, September 4)
Tell your story. Make your voice heard.Act Now to Save Housing Supports for People on OW and ODSP!
The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit is being cut.
The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) is important because:
- It assists people on social assistance – people who rely on OW or ODSP are among the most vulnerable in Ontario.
- It provides people with the direct assistance they need to retain their housing and prevent homelessness – it can help them pay their rent or utility arrears, or help them move to safer or more secure housing.
- It is a mandatory benefit – people who are denied are able to appeal the decision. This oversight ensures a measure of fairness for Ontarians with low-income and protects them from arbitrary decisions.
These critically important aspects of CSUMB will be eliminated in January 2013. That's when the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will transfer half of current CSUMB funds to municipalities for local housing and homelessness programs, which are meant to serve an even larger pool of low-income people. The other half will be eliminated from social assistance altogether. CSUMB will cease to exist as of January 2013. (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario)
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Labour Studies Speakers Series
The labour studies political economy speaker series has its second event today. We are proud to present Stephen McBride, who will be giving a talk, "labour in a cold climate," today, October 9, 2012 at 3:30pm in PL 600. We hope to see you there.
Stephen McBride is the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization and professor of political science at McMaster University. He is the author of Not Working: State, Unemployment and Neo-conservatism in Canada (1992) which won the 1994 Smiley prize, and Paradigm Shift: Globalization and the Canadian State (2001; 2nd edition 2005). He is the co-author of Dismantling a Nation: Canada and the New World Order (1993; 2nd edition 1997) and of Private Affluence, Public Austerity: Economic Crisis and Democratic Malaise in Canada (2011). His current research is focussed on the impact of globalization on the state, and the political economy of labour and the welfare state.
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition
Responses by Jane Helleiner (Brock University, Sociology) and Peter
Nyers (McMaster University, Political Science)
exercising biopolitical power through the simultaneous integration of information about the body and isolation of those very bodies through remote practices of interception and detention. The border is reconstituted through this fragmentation.
Sovereign power at once fails and is reconfigured through the performative work of enforcement that plays on what is hypervisible and what is left unseen. Through the blurring of on and offshore, inside and out, intimate knowledge and publicly securitised agendas, haunting sovereignties extend outward like tentacles, moving the border to intercepted bodies, carrying out detention in ambiguous places between states through "third parties." This haunting continues even as those forces made invisible continually reappear, their absence ever-present.John Sorenson will be presenting a talk, as part of the Labour Studies Political Economy Speakers Series, on the Political Economy of Animal Rights. The talk is from 2:30 to 4:00, this Tuesday (March 20th), in the Sankey Chambers. Light refreshments will be served.
John Sorenson is professor and chair of sociology at Brock University, where he teaches courses on critical animal studies, racism, and globalization. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on various ways of representing animals. His previous books, stemming from research on war, nationalism, and refugees, include Culture of Prejudice: Arguments in Critical Social Science; Ghosts and Shadows: Construction of Identity and Community in an African Diaspora; Imagining Ethiopia: Struggles for History and Identity in the Horn of Africa; Disaster and Development in the Horn of Africa; and African Refugees. His most recent books, centering on animals, are Ape and About Canada – Animal Rights.
Indigenous Perspectives on the War of 1812: Alternative Histories and Artistic
Alan Corbiere, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation,
Shelly Niro, artist and curator
Carol Jacobs, Brock University Elder in residence
Moderated by Renée Bedard, Tecumseh Centre
PLUS the exhibit:
Four Artists from Six Nations, paintings & photographs by
Friday, March 23rd, 3 - 5 pm | Niagara Artists Center | 354 St. Paul Street |
Sponsors: Social Justice and Equity Studies MA, History Department,
Aboriginal Education Council, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research
and Education, Aboriginal Student Services, Women's and Gender
Studies, Brock University, and the Niagara Artists Centre
Join us for the First Annual African Heritage Lecture Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine “Transcending Ghosts of the Past: The Future
of Black Political Engagement”
February 10, 2012, 1:00 pm
Sankey Chambers, McKenzie Chown A Block
Opening Remarks by
Dr. Murray Knuttila,
Vice-President and Provost
Dr. Wilma Morrison
Brock-Niagara African-Canadian Renaissance Group
International Services, MA in SJES, OHRES, Sociology
SOCIOLOGY SPEAKER SERIES 2011‐2012
Dr. June Corman & Dr. Ann Duffy
Wednesday February 15, 2012
10:00 a.m.‐12:00 p.m. Academic South 427
Personal Troubles, Public Issues: Rethinking the Personal‐Work Connection
We recently gave a presentation at an event hosted by the Niagara Workplace Planning Board. We
stressed that current economic realities (dramatic reductions in good jobs, rapid expansion of
marginalized and non-standard forms of employment) have negatively impacted many Canadian
workers. Managing a suitable work-life balance is becoming increasingly problematic. Even more
importantly, acquiring a secure job is extremely difficult in the Niagara Region. In discussing these
troublesome consequences of the new economy for individuals, families and communities, we
developed concrete suggestions for how to reconceptualize the work-life nexus through a more
cohesive approach to life and work. We suggested that employment support and services might be
effectively embedded in larger conversations about civic involvement and personal well-being. Our
talk for the speakers series summarizes this presentation and then reflects on what it means to do
Everyone Is Welcome
Snacks will be provided