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April-May 2010

Features

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAYWORKS!

    By Deidre Walton

    This year Toronto’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary, and continues its ever-popular special events coordination.

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    MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

    Photographs by Joshua Berson Text by Carole Pearson

    Thanks to the workers at the Portland Hotel Society and Insite, people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are receiving the support they need in order to try to turn their lives around. A photostory.

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    THE STORY OF 61 WORKERS

    By Robert Smol

    Sixty-one employees of Cadillac Fairview, a real estate developer in Toronto, lost their jobs after more than eight months on the picket line. Ironically, the teachers’ pension plan owns the company that issued the terminations. The teachers weren’t happy.

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    ORDEN DE MAYO

    Compiled by Jorge Garcia-Orgales

    “We will show the Junta and the Canadian government that working people speak the same language even when they live thousands of miles apart,” said Enrique Tabak in 1979. “We have our picket line ready.”

Departments

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    NOTES

    Viva la Causa! * Labour Video of the Year * Chilean Workers Losing Jobs * News About China’s Workers * Ontario’s Minimum Wage Win * 350.org Support * Congrats to a Poet

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    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Chance that an unemployed person in Canada today isn’t collecting unemployment insurance benefits: 1 in 2

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    WEBWORK:  LABOURSTART CONFERENCE

    By Derek Blackadder

    As I write this we’re in the early planning stages for our first-ever open-to-all global solidarity conference. Hope we see you there.

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    POETRY

    By David Day

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    REVIEW: IN AND OUT OF THE WORKING CLASS

    Review by Herman Rosenfeld

    In and Out of the Working Class examines the various ways that working-class people understand and engage with the world. A review of Michael Yates’ book.

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    COMMENTARY: OUR PAST IS OUR FUTURE

    By Stephen Elliot-Buckley

    By focussing our political will, like unions did before, we’ll have the capacity to engage our communities and help people see their interconnectedness.