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Below is the story list for our next issue, which will be released on Tuesday, October 2. The submission deadlines for this issue are as follows: Monday Sept. 10: Confirm with your Section Editor that you will be submitting for the September issue, and indicate what story you plan to write. Friday, Sept. 21: First drafts due. (If you are covering an event that takes place after this deadline, please make special arrangements with your Section Editor.)
Please feel free to submit a pitch if there's a story we've overlooked!
Many war resisters are awaiting decisions on Humanitarian & Compassionate applications or spousal sponsorships. It appears that these decisions will now start coming in quickly, as the Conservative government continues to fight to make it illegal for them to stay. Find out more.
Fight to change Aggregate Resources Act
This summer, the Government of Ontario held hearings looking into updating Ontario's Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). this Act allows pits/quarries to be dug anywhere including environmentally protected land; it bypasses the environmental assessment process; it does not require that proof of need of the aggregate be established. The ARA and its underlying policies must be updated. Find out who has been fighting to change the ARA and what alternatives are being proposed.
The Problem with Private Child Care
A new CUPE research paper has tracked the growth of for-profit child care in Canada, documenting the aggressive expansion strategy of several corporations. The pursuit of profit in child care: Risky business for parents and governmenthighlights the consequences of this expansion if it continues unchecked, including lower quality of and access to care, one corporation dominating the sector, a drain on government funds and the encroachment of private corporations into the public education system. Find out more: http://cupe.ca/child-care/backgrounder-exposes-dangers-for-profit
Murray's Business Model for Public Education
Glen Murray, minister of training, colleges and universities has demanded from each Ontario university a list of qualities that make it distinct. The deadline is Sept 30. What will Sheldon Levy lay claim to as Ryerson University's distinctive attributes? Moreover, what does Murrary's approach to education reform mean for students at all levels?
Fighting Foreign ownership of natural resources
The Canadian Labour Congress wants the government to launch an open and transparent review of the proposed takeover of Nexen by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Canadian workers have experienced the negative consequences of a massive, recent wave of take-overs in the natural resources sector in the form of bitter industrial disputes with global corporations, such as Vale Inco, Caterpillar, Rio Tinto and U.S. Steel, who have broken their commitments to invest and create jobs, and instead, have used their muscle to demand major concessions from workers. Most Canadians have watched in dismay as these take-overs have cemented majority foreign ownership and control of the mining and oil and gas sectors.
What Does the PQ Victory Mean for the Quebec Student Movement?
The PQ has committed to repealing Charest's 75% tuition increase, which compelled students into the streets for months of protest and in a widespread strike. Now that their central demand has been met, how might the movement be sustained? Has the strike radicalized students in such a way that additional demands - for debt-relief, for instance - might now find redress?
BOOKS | Zadie Smith reads at Harbourfront Centre
Zadie Smith reads from her latest work, NW, set in northwest London, where four former friends who grew up in the same housing estate live close to each other, but have not kept in touch. A mysterious visitor arrives seeking help, and forces the friends out of their isolation. Smith will be interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio.
**If anyone is interested in covering this for us, please let me know ASAP and I can try and get a media ticket.
PHOTO | Queen West Art Crawl
Sept. 14 – 16 / Queen Street West (Bathurst to Roncy)
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Queen West Art Crawl. Enjoy the festivities along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles, taking place from September 14-16. Purchase a great work of art from 250+ jury-selected artists at the Outdoor Art Show and Sale in Trinity Bellwoods Park, or take part in a walking tour and attend a talk by featured guest speakers.
**Both photos and a write-up on this would be great. Is the art crawl doing anything to mark its 10-year anniversary? Any stand-out artists and pieces? How affordable is the art?
CULTURE | Romanian Festival Toronto
Sept. 8 / Mel Lastman Square – 5100 Yonge Street
Annual festival of the Romanian-Canadian community in GTA. This is the 9th edition. The festival presents traditional Romanian folk music and dances, Romanian food, art exhibits and businesses in GTA. Live performances with Romanian artists from Canada, USA and Romania.
**This would be a terrific photo essay is anyone is interested in snapping some photos for us.
CULTURE | Roncesvalles Polish Festival
Sept. 15 – 16 / Roncesvalles Village – 281 Roncesvalles Ave.
North America's Largest Polish Celebration! Enjoy music, food and dancing! Party all weekend in one of Toronto's most vibrant communities. Polish food, live music, beer gardens and festivities. Join hundreds of thousands celebrating Polish culture and the Roncesvalles Village.
**How big is this festival exactly? Any special attractions? A history of the festival and how it came to garner this profile would be great. Photos + write-up.
ART | Six Weeks of Iranian Art
Sept. 21 – Nov. 2 / Queen Gallery – 382 Queen Street East
For six weeks, Toronto’s Queen Gallery will be host to an exciting and eclectic series of Iranian art exhibits, featuring the work of internationally renowned and award winning Iranian artists alongside that of emerging young talent from the ranks of the growing Iranian-Canadian community. From visual arts to captivating theatre, music and film, this 6 week festival aims to cast the spotlight on Iranian art and Iranian-Canadian artists, while embracing Canada’s rich multicultural community.
**Profile some of these artists, and what they’re doing differently. Could be a great feature!
BOOKS | Word on the Street Toronto
Sept. 23 / 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Word On The Street is a free festival that celebrates the written word and champions literacy through an annual outdoor book and magazine fair. Each year, we turn Queen's Park Circle into a book & magazine lover's paradise by showcasing Canada's hottest new books & authors, as well as the best Canadian magazines!
**What can bibliophiles look forward to this fall? Any new books and magazines to check out?
FOOD | Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair
Sept. 7 – 9 / Harbourfront Centre
Free talks and cooking demonstrations from leading vegetarian experts.
FILM | TIFF Wrap-Up
Sept. 6 - 16
The RFP is not accredited to this year’s festival, nor do we have any tickets to give away, but if you’re seeing some films and are interested in writing about them, we’d like to hear from you.
FILM | Feature on Toronto Urban Film Festival
Sept. 7 – 17
Each year, at the same time as TIFF, TUFF screens the best films from hundreds of submissions. In 2012 we will be showcasing truly unique and wholly creative silent one-minute film, video and animation from across Canada and around the world. TUFF films screen every 10 minutes on 300+ screens in 63 subways stations across Toronto.
**Rather than focusing on TIFF, I think a feature on TUFF would be worthwhile. I’m interested in the accessibility of the festival, and how it brings film to commuters without a pricey ticket package. It would be great to talk to some filmmakers who have had their work screened on the TTC. What’s different about the fest? Why is it a good/bad idea?
FILM | Stiffed! Festival
Sept. 20 / Projection Booth Cinema
“Every year, only a handful of Canadian short films are accepted into TIFF. This festival celebrates the rejected.”
**This could be more of a feature. What’s the point of Stiffed, and why is it an important event for Toronto’s film community? What compelled organizers to create the festival in the same week as TIFF? What’s the relationship like between the two festivals?
Responses to Rape and Assault
Still reeling from Krista Ford's recent comments that women shouldn't dress like "whores," residents of neighbourhoods where there's been a rise in stranger sexual assualts have begun to take action. What are the responses from politicians and police? How should these assaults, and the responses to them, be assessed in light of the reality that most perpetrators already know the women they assault?
Do the US Presidential Elections Matter for Canada?
As the elections grab hold south of the border, how is the outcome likely to influence policy in Canada? Canada and the US haven't both had conservative heads of state since the early 1990s -- what did it mean then, and what would it mean now if Romney wins? This piece must include policy analysis.
Ontario's Online Education Plans
Glen Murray, minister of training, colleges and universities has decided to champion online education. What are the implications of online education for students? How does it transform learning? What are the risks? Additionally, how will it inform (or reinforce) the restructuring of labour in the post-secondary sector?
Insider attacks in Afghanistan
There's been an increase in the number of "insider attacks" in Afghanistan: Afghans opening fire on NATO soldiers. NATO has said they're dedicated to stopping them. What do these attacks reveal about relations between Afghan and NATO soldiers? What do they reveal about the strategy and effects of the ongoing occupation? Is it accurate to dub these attacks "insider"?
What does the PQ victory mean for Quebec and the separatist movement?
Rob Ford In The Hot Seat
Should Ford lose his job over the conflict of interest case, or not?
Murray's Proposed Three Year Undergraduate Degree
Is it a good idea for Ontario students? Why and why not?
Does Facebook Facilitate Political Debate?
It's good for staying in touch and for updates about news and events, but does facebook facilitate political interactions? Especially when we disagree, does the format help us communicate our ideas, or vice versa?
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