Controversies in Working- Class Consciousness: Ford Nation v. the Toronto Left

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 | 12:00pm- 2:00pm | S701 Ross Building

Joel Harden teaches in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, and is an Advisory Board member for Our Times Magazine. His recent book, Quiet No More: New Political Activism in Canada and Around the Globe, was released in 2013. He was previously the Registrar of the Labour College of Canada and Director of the Education Department for the Canadian Labour Congress.

Audio | Joel Harden


Maureen O’Reilly is president of the 2,100 member Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU) Local 4948, CUPE. Maureen was elected just two months before Rob Ford became mayor in 2010 and has lived to tell the tale. In 2011-2012 Maureen led the successful fight back campaign against a 10% cut to the library budget that prevented library closures and service hour cuts. The campaign touched the hearts of Torontonians which lead to the derailment of the gravy train mantra. The 2012 library strike which followed was largely about stopping the further advancement of precarious work into library workplaces and the protection of good jobs. Maureen continues to be a strong advocate for not only library workers but for the communities we all want.

Audio | Maureen O’Reilly


Rinaldo Walcott is the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute. As an interdisciplinary scholar Rinaldo has published on music, literature, film and theater and policy among other topics. All of Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time. Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003); he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000); and the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010). In all of Rinaldo’s research and publication he focuses on Black cultural politics; histories of colonialism in the Americas, multiculturalism, citizenship, and diaspora; gender and sexuality; and social, cultural and public policy.

Audio | Rinaldo Walcott

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