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October-November 2008

Features

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    PODCAST TO THE WORKING CLASS

    By Derek Blackadder

    Every couple of weeks university electrician Scott McWhinnie puts his media-mogul top hat on and produces another episode of The Labour Show, a podcast.

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    COVER STORY: LABOUR IN ART

    By Guylaine Spencer

    How frequently has art reflected the daily life and challenges of working people? I’m guessing: not very often. That’s why an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, in Ontario called “Blood, Sweat and Tears: Labour in Art"deserves attention.

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    PATTERNS OF LABOUR AND LIFE

    By Janet Nicol

    When B.C. artist Sybil Andrews passed by a window of a cafe near her Campbell River home on Vancouver Island, she saw more than four men simply having a cup of coffee. “It made an exciting picture.”

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    TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING:  IS THE MOVEMENT AT A STANDSTILL?

    By Pradeep Kumar

    We need to move beyond perceptions and, instead, focus on assessing tangible evidence regarding union efforts and outcomes. It’s not looking good.

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    WORKING FOR A LIVING:  A JOB FOR THE SEASON

    By Laura Best

    Wreath-making in Nova Scotia is more than just a job, it’s a season. It’s the scent of balsam fir and a crispness in the air. Some say it’s also a dying art.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Art Cuts and ACTRA Western Library Workers Jay Sussman Award Call Precarious Work

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    WEBWORK

    By Derek Blackadder

    Think of podcasts as radio shows that come at you from your computer rather than your radio and you won’t go far wrong. A podcaster’s starter kit.

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    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Ratio of average CEO compensation to that of a minimum wage worker in the United States in 2007: 866 to 1.

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    POETRY

    By Leslie Vryenhoek

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    REVIEW: CANADIAN COPYRIGHT

    Review by Carole Pearson

    Believe it or not, that grocery list you’re carrying around in your wallet is covered by copyright. A review of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide.

  • 40

    COMMENTARY: WEASELS VS. WORKERS

    By Randy Robinson

    Good thing I have a crystal ball so I can give you the news from Wall Street: The U.S. working class is about to get shafted.