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Volume 31, Number 4/5

Features

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    SINGING THE GAFF

    By Suzanne MacNeil

    In the post-industrial urban heart of Cape Breton Island, a treasure trove of long-lost labour verses from the 1920s is enjoying new life thanks to the Cape Breton Island Protest Song Project.

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    LONG-TERM CARE AND LOUSY CONDITIONS

    By Adrie Naylor

    There are days where you feel sorry for residents, sorry for yourself, and mad at the system. A personal support worker’s day on the job.

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    WHISTLEBLOWING AS A UNION ISSUE

    By Euan Gibb

    Every day Canadian workers speak up about workplace practices that are improper, illegal, unsafe or even dangerous to the public - at their peril.

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    COVER STORY

    Time for Union Renewal

    By Larry Katz

    If we don’t learn how to have real conversations, what is labour’s hope for effectively responding to the changing world of work, for becoming more inclusive, and for being a real agent for social and economic improvement?

Departments

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    LETTERS

    Betty Jean Sutherland * Glen Harper * Bob Biderman

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    NOTES

    Pakistan Factory Deaths * New Global Federation * World Day for Decent Work * Vancouver Labour Day * Labour Film Festival * CALM’s New Website * Education Workers Under Attack

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    WEBWORK: LABOUR WIKIPEDIA INITIATIVE?

    By Derek Blackadder

    The portrayal of workers and unions scattered all over Wikipedia is more than occasionally problematic.

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    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Statistical correlation found globally since 1960 between free market economics and the fostering of democracy: 0

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    JOBS, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE: HARPER’S ASSAULT ON EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

    By Mae Burrows and Donald Gutstein

    The EI Boards of Referees were one of the great success stories of Canadian labour relations, yet they are being undone.

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    HAVE YOUR SAY: BRING BACK THE FAIR WAGES ACT

    By Josh Mandryk

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    POETRY

    By Larry Hannant

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    REVIEW:  BREAKING FILM BARRIERS

    Review by Rachel E. Beattie

    Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film examines how Hollywood got to where it is today and how filmmakers around the world are trying make the films they want to make, in spite of it.

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    COMMENTARY: IMAGINE: A NEW CANADA

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    We need to build a new future that will necessarily be different from any past we remember.