About Us

Who We Are

Our Times is an independent, pro-union Canadian labour magazine read by working people, trade unionists, community activists and union supporters across the country. Dedicated to promoting workers' rights and social justice, Our Times publishes stories by and about workers in Canada: miners and factory workers campaigning to make work-related deaths a corporate crime, service workers organizing unprecedented union drives, part-time, temp and migrant workers speaking out for fair working conditions, and health care, education and government workers on the frontlines fighting for high-quality public services. Our Times focuses on workers' rights and strong communities, and in every one of our issues we seek to further Truth and Reconciliation. We believe in good green jobs for all, care for the environment, and international solidarity with workers everywhere.

Our Times is published four times a year by Our Times Publishing Inc., a federally incorporated non-profit organization managed by a volunteer board of directors. A staff of two work on the magazine, and they are members of Unifor Local 591-G. A cross-country advisory board supports the staff in their editorial and outreach work. Our Times is a member of Magazines Canada.

"Our Times has been more than a touch of heart for union activists in the last 30 years — it's the collective voice from our hearts."
— Winnie Ng, former CAW-Sam Gindin Chair (now Unifor National Chair) in Social Justice and Democracy, Toronto Metropolitan University

Where We Came From

Our Times was founded in 1981 by Frank Lento and Katie Pellizzari and friends as an alternative media for first-generation Italian-Canadian social activists in Toronto. Within a few years, with the help of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Our Times evolved into a full-fledged national labour magazine published by Our Times printshop, which produced high-quality design and print work for the labour movement and its allies for more than 10 years.


  • Managing Editor: Antje Meyer-Erlach
  • Publisher: Haseena Manek
  • Poetry Editor: Maureen Hynes
  • Art Director: Barbara Bailey/Red Setter Studio
  • Accounts: Sharmeen Khan

Board of Directors

Adriane Paavo, Angella MacEwan, Frank Saptel, Japna Sidhu-Brar, Shobna Radons

Advisory Board

Adriane Paavo, Angella MacEwan, Cheryl Stadnichuk, David Durning, Elizabeth Ha, Enver Harbans, Frank Saptel, Japna Sidhu-Brar, Jennifer Huang, Jenny Ahn, Joel Harden, Jojo Geronimo, Jorge Garcia-Orgales, Min Sook Lee, Mojdeh Cox, Navjeet Sidhu, Mary Rowles, Shobna Radons


Thistle Printing Ltd.

Thanks from Our Times

Our Times receives financial support from its loyal readers, advertisers, and annual donors. The Toronto & York Region Labour Council kindly provides the magazine with room for its business office. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Publication Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Magazine Fund, and the Ontario Creates Magazine Fund, an initiative of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Finding Our Times

Our Times is available by subscription and on newsstands. Our Times is indexed in the Canadian Magazine Index, the Alternative Press Index, and is available in microform from ProQuest. Our Times is also available digitally, contact us to learn more about the digital edition for you or your union, and subscribe online here.