wmtc: from the front lines, day five

I have been staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out how to describe the amazing day we had, and how to express my feelings about what we’re creating together. Not an easy task. Plus, my members keep posting awesome pics and vids to Facebook and YouTube and getting me distracted!! Good Morning, City ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day five

I have been staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out how to describe the amazing day we had, and how to express my feelings about what we’re creating together. Not an easy task. Plus, you all keep posting awesome pics and vids to Facebook and YouTube and getting me distracted!! Good Morning, City ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Every day, more and more members are coming out on the line! At least 250 people were at Thursday’s morning rally and lunch-time barbecue with CUPE Ontario. Spirits were very high, and we were NOISY! We were joined by members of many other unions: – Ryan & Evan, CUPE 3902, University of Toronto– Sandra & ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Every day, more and more members are coming out on the line! At least 250 people were at Thursday’s morning rally and lunch-time barbecue with CUPE Ontario. Spirits were very high, and we were NOISY! We were joined by members of many other unions: – Ryan & Evan, CUPE 3902, University of Toronto– Sandra & ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day three

Here are some highlights of the incredible support our strike action is generating: 1 – A customer called this morning. “Good morning, I am a library patron, just calling to say we support you. It is so hot today, would a donation of water be acceptable?” When we said yes, he said “OK, I will ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day three

Here are some highlights of the incredible support our strike action is generating: 1 – A customer called this morning. “Good morning, I am a library patron, just calling to say we support you. It is so hot today, would a donation of water be acceptable?” When we said yes, he said “OK, I will ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day two

We had another great turnout on Tuesday. When I arrived at 8:30 AM, there were already 100 people making noise at our favourite corner, and another 40-50 waiting to sign in. So what did we learn today…? The labour community rocks! Folks from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Peel Regional Labour Council, York Region ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day two

We had another great turnout on Tuesday. When I arrived at 8:30 AM, there were already 100 people making noise at our favourite corner, and another 40-50 waiting to sign in. So what did we learn today…? The labour community rocks! Folks from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Peel Regional Labour Council, York Region ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day one

About 200 of us were on the picket lines today. Despite the blazing temperatures, our spirits were high. We waved our signs and our flags, showing our pride to every passerby. Media I did interviews with the Toronto Star, CBC (we were at 6:00 PM), CTV, CP24, the Mississauga News, and the labour newspaper Rank ...

wmtc: mississauga library workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

Yesterday, the members of CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, voted overwhelmingly to strike. Amid massive turnout in three separate meetings, 96% of the members in attendance said they are willing to take strike action in order to win a fair contract for all members. The July 4th strike deadline coincides with the start ...

wmtc: it’s crunch time at the bargaining table

Now here’s an interesting calendar of events. June 27-29: The Negotiating Committee for CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, returns to the bargaining table for three days. June 30: The Negotiating Committee presents membership with a settlement offer. If the bargaining team recommends ratification, there is a ratification vote. If we do not recommend ...

wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

When we travel, we’ve always had someone stay over in our home with the dogs. In almost 30 years of dogs, we only boarded our dogs once. It was not a good experience, and we never did it again. Also, for many years, our schedules also required a dogwalker. So we’re accustomed to paying for ...

wmtc: blue jays vs. royals, library style

Library smackdown? Toronto Public Library vs. Kansas City Library, via Twitter.

wmtc: a historic opportunity for residents of peel region: vote ndp on october 19

In the upcoming federal election, Peel residents have an opportunity to make a real difference for ourselves, our neighbours, and all of Canada. We can support a platform aimed at supporting working people, preserving and expanding public healthcare, restoring our democracy, and protecting our environment. We can vote NDP. NDP candidates are running in all ...

wmtc: sunrise from the 19th floor

19th floor, central Mississauga, facing east. For locals, this is from the corner of Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe. You can see a bit of Lake Ontario on the right. Toronto is not that close. I’m zooming in. Here’s the actual foreground.

wmtc: the other side of waste management in peel: shocking lack of recycling in apartment buildings

Goodbye, old friends In the 10 years I’ve lived in Mississauga, I’ve always been impressed with Peel Region’s recycling and trash management. Now that I live in an apartment, I’m seeing another side of those services, and it’s not pretty. First, there’s no “green bin” – organics – recycling. I’ve grown so accustomed to throwing ...

wmtc: wheelchair rugby finals, parapan am games 2015

The 2015 Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games were held in Toronto and the GTA this summer. Although I regard these events as a ridiculous waste of money, a very bad deal for residents of the host cities, there was one very bright upside for me: the opportunity to see some disability sports, nearby ...

wmtc: thoughts on luxury, plus know your rights, rental edition, part three

We have to move. We are heartsick over it. Our landlord is selling the house we live in. We’re not letting ourselves get kicked out (see below), but chances are very good we’ll have to move, so we’re taking steps to find a place sooner rather than later. With the shock of our landlord’s announcement ...

wmtc: more art and culture in the suburbs: indian art activism and the baps mandir

In September my mother was here for her annual visit. I always plan some art or cultural attraction for us to take in. This time she was recovering from some knee surgery, so major walking in Toronto was out. On a previous visit, we had already done most of the cultural attractions in Mississauga – ...

wmtc: steve mahoney for mayor of mississauga

We’re having a historic election here in Mississauga: it will be the first time in the city’s existence that Hazel McCallion is not running, the first mayor other than McCallion that Mississauga has ever had. Twelve candidates are on the ballot, but the race comes down to two people: Steve Mahoney and Bonnie Crombie. Crombie ...

wmtc: guest post: "rob ford, eid prayer and the silencing of dissent"

Rob Ford, Eid Prayer and the Silencing of Dissentby Fizza Mir July 30, 2014 My Eid started out like most, enjoying a morning coffee after a month of abstinence, rushing to get to the downtown prayers at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and navigating through hoards of playful children and beautifully dressed congregants. The khutbah ...

wmtc: summer, teens, the library, and me

Yesterday was my first summer program at the library. Attendance was low, but very keen. An artist and activist (who happens to be a friend of mine from the war resisters movement) led a workshop I called “Comix that Save the World”. We explored the use of the comics form to express larger social concerns. ...

wmtc: sometimes knowing your rights is all it takes: in which we win our landlord battle

We won! And we won so easily, we’re left scratching our heads and asking, “What just happened?” As you’ll recall, our landlord asked for an illegal rent increase – 10.5% when the legal allowable is 0.8%! – and implied that he would resort to dirty tricks if we didn’t pay. We did our homework, checked ...

wmtc: know your rights, rental edition, part two

Just about one year ago today – July 8, 2013, to be exact – our area was hit with a massive flood that swamped homes, cars, highways, trains, and . . . our basement. The basement had been Allan’s office. The office in which he was working to meet a publishing deadline. Stressful? You could ...

wmtc: a baby polar bear, three white lions, and my first visit to the toronto zoo

After living in the Toronto area for more than eight years, I still had never visited the Toronto Zoo, opting for several trips to Jungle Cat World and the Haliburton Wolf Centre instead (links here and here). But when one of the polar bears in the Toronto Zoo gave birth in November, there was finally ...