The Liveable City? Work

The Liveable City? Work

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The Liveable City? Work

Friday April 5, 2019, 7 PM
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

As Impressionism in the Age of Industry takes viewers on a journey through a period of immense change in 19th century Paris, we invite speakers across various disciplines to enter into conversations around urgent issues facing Toronto today: work, affordable housing, transportation, and the cost of leisure.

On April 5, the focus is on precarious labour as Worker’s Action Center founder and coordinator Deena Ladd, senior economist and public commentator with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Sheila Block, Caregivers' Action Centre coordinator Kara Manso and Toronto Star investigative reporter Sara Mojtehedzadeh discuss the challenges workers face in today's economy.

Sheila Block is a senior economist and a public commentator with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sheila’s research specializes in Canada's labour market, public finance, and inequality. She has worked as both a political advisor and a public servant in the Ontario government and as an economist in the labour movement. Sheila has an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.  

Deena Ladd has been working to improve wages and working conditions in sectors of work that are dominated with low-wages, violations of rights, precarious and temp work for the past 27 years. She has worked to support and develop grassroots training and organizing with groups such as the Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign, Decent Work and Health Network as well as the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.  Deena is one of the founders and Executive Director of the Toronto Workers’ Action Centre. The Workers’ Action Centre organizes to improve wages and working conditions with low-waged workers, women, racialized and immigrant workers in precarious jobs that face discrimination, violations of rights and no benefits in the workplace. 

Kara Manso is a former Care Worker and currently the coordinator at Caregivers' Action Centre (CAC), a grassroots organization made up of current and former Care Workers and their allies seeking radical change for migrant caregivers in Canada. Through her involvement with CAC, Kara has been organizing and lobbying for fair employment and immigration status for Care Workers and migrant workers. She is also a visual artist with works that highlight the experiences of Care Workers and how they are showing resistance.  

Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on labour issues and precarious work for the Toronto Star, where her reporting has been recognized by the Hillman Foundation prize for social-justice oriented investigative journalism and the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 2017 she received the JHR/CAJ Award for human rights reporting and last year was nominated for the Michener Prize for public service journalism. Previously she worked for the BBC World Service.

The Liveable City? series is a partnership between the AGO, Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Star. Join us for the full series of The Liveable City? conversations:

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