Winter 2021-2022

Features

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    Our Songs Are the Language of Our Forests

    Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

    I feel completely underwhelmed and concerned by the outcomes of COP26, knowing the deal struck is weak and full of loopholes for corporations to continue business as usual.

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    FLAMES ON THE FRONTLINES

    JANET NICOL

    For six weeks there was no real daylight, says Joanne Hammond. “On the ground, Firekeepers were able to share their services and knowledge with the BC Wildfire Service firefighters.”

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    INTO THE FIRE ZONE

    JANET NICOL

    “I remember the first time we jumped,” says smoke-jumper Ingrid Pond. “I thought ‘nope I’m not doing this today.’ But the training is impressive.”

  • 29

    PUSHING FOR A JUST TRANSITION FOR WORKERS

    RICK CICCARELLI, KAREN LIOR AND STEVE SHALLHORN

    Looking at just transition and whether workers’ interests were taken into consideration when coal plants were phased out in Alberta, Ontario and Australia.

Departments

  • 6

    UPFRONT

    Climate and Just Transition Forum • On Journalist Robert Devet’s Passing • British Columbia’s Untold Stories • 10 Paid Sick Days • A Letter to Our Times’ Webhead • The Tally Will Return

  • 10 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    LABOUR CONFRONTS THE CLIMATE CRISIS

    JAMES HUTT

    Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour, an online conference allowed trade unionists to explore the unique role unions can play in shaping climate action.

  • 12 WEBWORK

    DAYANISMA & DISCOVERIES IN DUBLIN

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    Have a look at the websites of the major Brazilian unions. Are they unions or political parties? Or both?

  • 14 POETRY

    5822 parked cars

    DENIS ROBILLARD

  • 39 HAVE YOUR SAY

    A LETTER TO OUR LABOUR MOVEMENT ABOUT ADA’ITSX/FAIRY CREEK

    A COLLECTIVE OF UNION ACTIVISTS

    Forestry workers are played off against Indigenous and environmental activists by the very corporations that profit from their exploitation.

  • 41 HAVE YOUR SAY

    TAKE THE MATH PROFICIENCY TEST OUT OF THE EQUATION

    E.R. ZAREVICH  

    Ontario’s math proficiency test for teachers imposes needless barriers. That’s just one reason why it’s got to go.

  • 43 WORKING FOR A LIVING

    THE ART OF RUNNING AN EMPTY LIBRARY

    PASCALE DUGUAY

    Our tallest student had lots of fun teasing me by poking his head over the partition, reminding me of a mischievous giraffe.

  • 45 REVIEW

    OUR CLIMATE, OUR STORIES

    SHERLYN ASSAM

    Full of climate anxiety, devotion to the Earth, hope for the future, and calls to action, Our Climate, Our Stories is a collection of young voices refusing apathy in the face of the climate crisis. Bea, whose story “It’s Our Blood” is excerpted in this issue, is one such voice.

  • 48 COMMENTARY

    FACING 2022

    ARCHANA RAMPURE

    We will not see far-reaching and profound changes from this government unless we — the people of Canada — force them into climate action.