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December 2011-January 2012

Features

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    A PARTY TO REMEMBER

    Photographs by Carlos Ferguson and Hannah Endicott-Douglas

    A photospread from Our Times’ 30th anniversary party.

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    THE SHAME OF ASBESTOS

    By Harry Glasbeek

    Canada stands alone amongst the 142 signing nations in refusing to declare that chrysotile asbestos be subjected to the rules on how to deal with the export of hazardous chemicals and pesticides.

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    WALKING WITH OCCUPY TORONTO

    By Steve Shallhorn

    The Occupy movement has opened up space for a public debate about corporate greed, and beginning the fightback for a more equitable society.

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    COVER STORY: JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLES - IT’S TIME

    By Janet Nicol

    “We need to bring more equality into our lives, and work is part of our lives,” says Sandra Lockhart, a member of her union’s National Aboriginal Peoples Circle, which has launched the campaign called “Justice for Aboriginal Peoples - It’s Time.”

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    MARCHING FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

    As police fortified the city for the upcoming G20 summit, 3,000 Native rights activists took over the streets of downtown Toronto in the largest Indigenous rights protest in Canadian history. An excerpt from Whose Streets?: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest.

Departments

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    LETTERS

    Wayne Antony * Rhonda Sussman * Rosemarie Bahr * Dennis Gruending * Deborah Turner-Davis * Garnet Dishaw * Harry Glasbeek * David Camfield

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    NOTES

    Promote Your Union * Investment Canada Act Needs Overhaul * CUPE Builds Support * Rio Tinto Alcan Lockout * Millworkers’ Solidarity * 23-21 Victory Vote

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    WEBWORK: FACEBOOK IS MAKING MONEY

    By Derek Blackadder

    Remember this and have a Plan B: Facebook, Twitter, and all the other places we go online aren’t ours and could turn hostile or disappear altogether.

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    POETRY

    By Janette Fecteau

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    WORKING FOR A LIVING: SAYING GOODBYE

    By Fred Sinclair

    I won’t lie to you and tell you I am not saddened by our plant closing, because I am.

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    REVIEW: PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE

    Review by Rachel E. Beattie

    The documentary Portrait of Resistance is an intimate examination of the work of Carole Conde and Karl Beveridge, a Canadian artist couple whose series of staged photographs are both art-literate and deeply political.

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    REVIEW: POOR NO MORE

    Review by Melissa Keith

    The Canadian documentary Poor No More is a remarkable indictment of the individuals and corporations it accuses of destroying this country’s social safety net and workers’ rights.

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    COMMENTARY: MORE THAN ATTAWAPISKAT

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    Attawapiskat is symbolic of hundreds of First Nation communities in Canada that are suffering from similar problems.