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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Our Top 5 Blog posts of 2015

Ranked by traffic to ourTorontotheBetter's Blog [with publication date bracketed]
1. Whose Sports? Our Sports [Announcement of TorontotheBetter's plan to build Canada's first Cruyff Court soccer facility in the North-West section of the City, near the Jane-Finch neighbbourhood. [Jan.26,2015]
2.. Direct Action Economics. Notice of screening of documentary film Can We Do it Ourselves?  [Oct.8,2015]
3. Transforming Lives at the Homeless World Cup (invitation to TorontotheBetter's screening of Homeless World Cup video [Sept.28,2015]
4. Building the Economy from the Ground Up - lead story from For a Better World Magazine (magazine available free from TorontotheBetter  [Feb.14,2015])
5.. A New Economics for the New Millennium: Review of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century [May 8, 2015]

All these posts are searchable by title on our Blog and can be borrowed by request to postmaster@torontothebetter.net.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

WomanACT's Soul of a Warrior Awards: March 8, 2016

WomanAct says:

"Join us for a fun evening to celebrate International Women's Day, honour the recipients of WomanACT's Soul of a Warrior Awards who are transforming the lives of women and children in Toronto and to raise essential funds for the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)."

See the WomanAct's Soul of a Warrior Awards event page for details...

Monday, 15 February 2016

The Internet and the Social Economy Commons

In 2016 electronic information is a basic necessity of life, not a frill, and everybody needs access to it affordably and quickly. It can save lives and has done. Like the long dwindling. and multiply violated, commons of air and water the Internet now has a status as the world's largest commons, built as a public resource and available to all to utilise largely as they choose. The many without their own technology who crowd to public libraries for access are proof of the need. In principle, the Internet is a commons of need as well as capacity. This is not to ignore the various cultural and economic constraints that apply to it, what we may call the social determinants of  knowledge, but nonetheless the Internet, through the Web, is the closest thing we now have to the original commons, the medieval village green where all could freely gather and communicate. By his support for Bell Canada's appeal of a ruling in support for greater high-sped Internet access Mayor John Tory shows his true colours, perhaps, opting for corporate dominance. Lacking a public investment in high-speed Internet more actors are the best alternative for the many  without the financial capacity to fund their own high-speed access.  Kudos to Toronto City Council for rejecting Tory's position .  Time for broad commitment to support the Internet Commons as the growing Open Access movement has done. Let's make the Internet commons a truly social economy commons. For everybody.