Video: Darker Politics: Democracies, Labour Rights and Climate Change

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Friday, May 26, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

An Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces Outreach Event

 

Speakers:

Larry Brown, National Union of Public and General Employees, moderator | Starts 4:01

Tony Burman, Ryerson University and Toronto Star, “Democracy Under Threat” | Starts 14:34

Dr. Elaine Bernard, Harvard University, “Trump’s War on Workers and the Environment” | Starts 40:33

Jim Chorostecki, British Columbia Federation of Labour, “The Softwood Lumber Dispute is the Hatfields vs. McCoys Feud Without the Guns, So Far.” | Starts 1:12:30

 

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Larry Brown

Larry Brown, National Union of Public and General Employees, moderator | Starts 4:01

With degrees in political science and law, Larry, President of Canada’s second largest union, has a wide range of experience in government, pension fund management, public administration, labour relations, teaching and legal issues. He has written and spoken extensively about public finances, debt and deficit issues, the changes in federal provincial financing, public sector restructuring and the resulting changes in the economic and political structures of Canada that have occurred in the last decade. As an elected Officer of the National Union of Public and General Employees for over 25 years, Larry has extensive experience overseeing NUPGE’s policy on environmental issues. Larry is the Interim Leader of ACW’s Environmental Law and Labour Law research group.

 

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Tony Burman, Ryerson University and Toronto Star, “Democracy Under Threat” | Starts 14:34

Tony is world affairs columnist with the Toronto Star. He is former head of CBC News in Canada and of Al Jazeera English in Qatar – responsible for their TV, radio and online journalism. For more than 30 years, he was an award-winning news and documentary producer at the CBC, including seven years as its Editor-in-Chief. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Ryerson University between 2010-16.

 

Elaine Bernard

Dr. Elaine Bernard, Harvard University, “Trump’s War on Workers and the Environment” | Starts 40:33

Elaine is a Senior Research Associate at the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, and previously served as its Executive Director. Elaine works with unions and labour federations around the globe, and has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of international comparative labor movements and the role of unions in promoting civil society, democracy and sustainable development. Within ACW Elaine plays a pivotal role in developing the Green Workplaces training. As well, she is a member of the Manufacturing, Services and International Policy working groups, and she is a member of the steering committee.

 

Jim Chorostecki

Jim Chorostecki, British Columbia Federation of Labour, “The Softwood Lumber Dispute is the Hatfields vs. McCoys Feud Without the Guns, So Far.” | Starts 1:12:30 

Jim has been the Executive Director at B.C. Federation of Labour since 2010. In this role Jim has been responsible for initiating and overseeing a number of important projects that have been attempting to bring together various stakeholders to work together to solve the climate change crisis. Prior to this, he held positions at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Union of Postal Communication Employees and within the Canadian federal government. Jim is a former board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in BC and is currently an advisor on the CCPA Good Economy Project. Within the ACW grant Jim is the Co-lead for the Manufacturing working group and a member of the steering committee.

 

 

Darker Politics Panel was organized by Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change, a research programme of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Organisational members of ACW include York University, the Canadian Labour Congress, and 22 organisations in Canada, US, UK, EU. www.adaptingcanadianwork.ca.