Against Inequality with Tom Malleson

Join us on Tuesday February 13 at 5:30pm on zoom to hear Tom Malleson discuss Against Inequality.

There is far too much inequality in our societies today. A world with billionaires alongside severe deprivation is a world without justice. Against Inequality draws on extensive historical and comparative evidence to show that raising taxes on income and wealth is not only practically feasible, but the costs of doing so would be far outweighed by the enormous benefits that such taxes could bring. The book also investigates the ethics of inequality and argues that rich people do not morally deserve their wealth. We can and we should abolish the billionaires.

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  • Meeting ID: 974 1662 2727
  • Passcode: 3.qMuy

Presented by Studies in National and International Development at Queen’s, The Providence Centre for JPIC and Just Recovery Kingston. For more information, please contact sayyida.jaffer (at) chco (dot) ca

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We Don’t Talk About Class with Deborah Dundas and Ricardo Tranjan

Thursday September 28, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Holiday Inn, Islandview Room (tickets $0-$20)

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Rich, poor, working class, tenant class. We know these phrases, but North Americans often discount how class, and the inherent machinations of capitalism impact the lives people can live. When we ignore these realities, what, and who, are we omitting? Join Deborah Dundas and Ricardo Tranjan for a conversation about class: of who controls the narrative, and why this must change.

Deborah Dundas

Deborah Dundas is a writer, television producer, book editor of the Toronto Star and a journalist with over 18 years of experience. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in Canada, the UK and Ireland including Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Notes and Queries, The Belfast Telegraph and The Sunday Independent. Deborah grew up poor and almost didn’t make it to university. In her book On Class, she talks to writers, activists, those who work with the poor and those who are poor about what happens when we don’t talk about poverty or class—and what will happen when we do.

Author Heather O’Neill praises the book, saying “I really enjoyed Deborah Dundas’s small and brave book On Class. She addresses the need to speak about the different classes in Canada, and the ways it is almost impossible to cross their divides.” Open Book calls it “urgent and wise, written with Dundas’ trademark wit and crisp prose. Raw and smart, it urges readers not to look away from the complexity of issues affecting the poor and working class, especially in a time of constant political, economic, and social turmoil.”

Deborah attended York University for English and Political Science and has an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter and their loving, grumpy cat Jumper.

Ricardo Tranjan

“It is a part of our culture in Canada and in other Anglo-Saxon countries. We have equated homeownership with success, with security, with making it,” says Ricardo Tranjan. “I think this fixation on homeownership and the stigma attached to renting prevents us from having a better conversation about the different options to achieve housing security.” Ricardo Tranjan is a professor, political economist, and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He managed Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, and, in his early academic work, focused on economic development and participatory democracy in Brazil, his native country. In his book The Tenant Class, Ricardo poses the provocative question – what if there is no housing crisis, but instead a housing market working exactly as intended? Author Leslie Kern says, “this book explodes entrenched myths about renters and landlords and will change the way many people understand the injustice of the housing system.” Ricardo has a PhD from the University of Waterloo, where he was a Vanier Scholar. A frequent media commentator in English and French, he lives in Ottawa. 

The PC-JPIC is a community partner for this event at the Kingston Writersfest.

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Division Street: Integrated Care Hub

In this episode of Division Street, Sayyida interviews Justine McIsaac, Consumption and Treatment Services Coordinator of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH). Justine talks about the drug poisoning crisis and the critical work the ICH is doing in our community. Division Street is available on YourTV (Cogeco Cable) on Mondays at 8pm and various other times each week.

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Division Street – Sleeping Cabins Project

The first episode of Division Street highlights Kingston’s Sleeping Cabin Project: The challenges, the successes. Sayyida Jaffer interviews Chrystal Wilson, Executive Director of Our Livable Solutions, and Care Coordinator Mark Sousa about their personal experience with the project. This episode will air on YourTV for a two week period starting January 30 at 8pm.

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Division Street launch on YourTV on Jan 30

What is causing homelessness in Kingston? Why are we facing a drug poisoning crisis? What does it mean to be food insecure? How are people responding to unaffordable rents? Division Street is a new YourTV series that probes these questions. But it does so in a different way.

Division Street’s examination of Kingston’s frayed social fabric premieres Monday January 30 at 8pm and continues to early April. It is co-hosted by local Journalist Jamie Swift and Sayyida Jaffer of the Providence Centre.

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Housing for All Webinar – Dec 8, 2022

Do you believe housing is a human right? Would you like to work towards better housing conditions for all? Do you want to get involved with like-minded individuals? If you answered yes to the previous questions, register for the Housing For All Webinar here:

Attendees will hear from local groups that are working on solutions and interventions for the local affordable housing crisis.  In the first part of the webinar we will hear from several groups about their innovative projects related to policy advocacy, tenant organizing,  unhoused solidarity, and alternative housing development. In the second part, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the projects and how to get involved. The webinar will end with a conversation on the potential for a housing coalition in Kingston. 

Participating groups include: Just Recovery Kingston, Luke’s Place Kingston, Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston’s Unhoused Solidarity Group, Our Livable Solutions – Sleeping Cabins Project, PSAC 901 Affordable Housing Working Group, Social Planning Council’s Displacement Project, and the Support Not Stigma Campaign.

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