Purchase for $6.95

February-March 2012

Features

  • 14

    A BIG WIN FOR LABOUR

    By Cheryl Stadnichuk and Janet Szliske

    A landmark decision has restored Saskatchewan workers’ right to fair collective bargaining.

  • 19

    OLD AGE SECURITY IS A WOMEN’S ISSUE

    By Monica Townson

    Most women are still clustered in low-paying jobs with little job security and no benefits.

  • 22

    LIKE WATER FOR PROFIT

    By Diane Kalen-Sukra

    Corporate gold-diggers want to secure windfall profits by creating and controlling a market for the treatment and delivery of our water. They have a problem, though: most Canadians don’t view water as a commodity. How a
    community fought back and kept its water public.

  • 30

    COVER STORY: STANDING UP TO THE STATUS QUO

    By Melissa Keith

    Halifax-based comedian Candy Palmater advocates on behalf of the socially marginalized in her public speaking and her stand-up routines.

  • 37

    THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

    By Tara Ehrcke

    The U.S. education reform movement is, at its heart, a platform to advance an agenda of privatization, market-based reforms, and attacks on unions. And what’s happening in the U.S. is coming to Canada, too.

Departments

  • 5

    NOTES

    CoDev and Gender Equity * CETA Threat to Public Water * Bottled Water Free Day * Fair Tax Summit * Letter to the Editor * Migrant Workers Fund * Burns Lake Report

  • 9

    WEBWORK: NEW MODEL WEBSITES

    By Derek Blackadder

    In our organizing, we need more troops out front. Our online communications efforts are no exception.

  • 12

    JOBS, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE: A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL

    By Mae Burrows and Donald Gutstein

    If every union in Canada became a living-wage employer, they would be demonstrating a concrete commitment to social justice.

  • 17

    POETRY

    By Joan Crate

  • 43

    TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING: RETAIL WORKERS MAKE HISTORY

    By Kendra Coulter

    The decision by workers at the fashion chain H&M to unionize offers important insights for the future of retail organizing.

  • 46

    REVIEW: WRITING THE REVOLUTION

    Review by Shannon Devine

    Feminists owe a debt of gratitude to Second Story Press and the Feminist History Society for publishing Michele Landsberg’s book Writing the Revolution.

  • 48

    COMMENTARY: HARPER’S THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    Even if Harper expands his assault on the working class and organized labour, we should not despair. Mortal threats to social movements have the capacity to energize movements in unpredictable ways.