SOCIALISM 2016: Crisis and Change

SOCIALISM 2016: Crisis and Change

an International Educational Conference


When: May 20-22, 2016
Where: Woodsworth Residence University of Toronto, Room 20 (lower level)
321 Bloor St. W. (St. George Subway Station) map


  • $15 in advance for weekend;
  • $20 at door for the weekend;
  • $5 per session or PWYC.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste – Canadian state,
  • Socialist Action – USA,
  • Socialist Unity League (Liga Unidad Socialista) – Mexico
  • New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) – France.

Click here for the event poster.

Click here to contact the organizers.

Click here and here for the postcards.


Friday, May 20

5 p.m. Registration opens

7 p.m. Is Russia Imperialist? The nature of the conflict in Ukraine and Syria –

  • Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, Socialist Action – USA;
  • Roger Annis, veteran socialist, writer and editor, based in Vancouver.

Saturday, May 21

10 a.m. Robots, Part-time and Precarious employment – Is the Working Class Disappearing? –

  • Peter D’Gama, paralegal worker and socialist from Etobicoke North;
  • Brandon Haynes, young library worker and Executive member of CUPE 4948;
  • Xavier Chiarelli, postal worker and leading member of NPA, France;
  • Bob Lyons (see bio below).

1 p.m. Climate Justice, after COP21 –

  • Roger Annis, Vancouver;
  • Jaime Gonzales, Socialist Unity League-LUS, Mexico (Click here for the presentation slides)
  • Angela Bischoff, staff member of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

4 p.m. Another Great Recession – and the Stakes for Humanity –

  • Louis-Philippe Rochon, Professor of economics – Laurentian University;
  • Bob Lyons, SA/LAS member, former NDP MLA in Saskatchewan, now based in Costa Rica.

7 p.m. Corbyn, Sanders and the Revival of “Socialism” –

  • Barry Weisleder, federal secretary, Socialist Action – Canada;
  • Jeff Mackler, SA-USA;
  • Xavier Chiarelli, NPA-France;
  • Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP Parkdale-High Park.

10 p.m. Social at a nearby pub, The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave., one block north and east of OISE.

Sunday, May 22

SA/LAS Convention (for members, organized supporters, and invited guests only)

Photos from the Conference