Vol. 34 No.2



CONTENTS

FEATURE STORIES

14 WHAT DID NOT HAVE TO BE

"It was a war zone," says Lakeland Mills sawmill worker Bruce Germyn, recalling the night when the BC mill exploded. Contrary to safety regulations, highly combustible wood dust had not been controlled. No one has been held accountable.
By Carole Pearson

COVER STORY
21 STORYTELLING AGAINST RACISM

The web-based project Working While Black in Nova Scotia provides space to confront a persistent myth: that racism is no longer a problem in Nova Scotia.
By Melissa Keith

31 UNIONS IN A CHANGING CHINA

All the Chinese labour leaders our delegation met were eager to exchange information about collective bargaining, union services for members, and health and safety. Workers in China today seem as militant as workers in Canada in the early days of our trade union movement.
By Cathy Walker

THOSE WHO DID THE WORK
37 I THINK OF YOU

I wrote this poem in honour of my grandfather, one of the 133 men who died between 1914 and 1932 while building the Welland Ship Canal.
By Howard Fraracci

39 THE BIG BOOK OF INJURED WORKERS

It was April 28, and we were on our way to the Day of Mourning ceremony for workers injured or killed on the job. I'd brought the book with me, and I was nervous.
By Peter Page


DEPARTMENTS

5 NOTES

Black Lives Matter * Black Trade Unionists Convene * NB Honour Roll * Online at Our Times * Walmart has Plumbing Issues? * Our Times' Staff News

WEBWORK
9 BIG DATA & BRANDED BUZZ

If you're relying on Buzzfeed to get your word out and your word is a union word, start working on Plan B.
By Derek Blackadder

HAVE YOUR SAY
11 BEING AMIRA

Poverty is one of the most widely accepted forms of violence in our society. Walking through a poverty simulation forces us to confront that fact.
By Mojdeh Cox

POETRY
29 DERANGE OF MOTION
By Cindy McCallum Miller

REVIEW
41 PAIN AND PREJUDICE

"I learned at school that I should never express certainty," writes Karen Messing in her book Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn About Work from the People Who Do It.
Review By Steve Mantis

COMMENTARY
44 HEALTH & SAFETY FOR THE PSYCHE

Stigma shows up like this: almost half of Canadians say they wouldn't socialize with someone with a mental health problem.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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