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Volume 31, Number 6

Features

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    RADIO FREE SAINT JOHN

    By Joel Davison Harden

    Producing their own radio show and engaging with local supporters has kept the Saint John 7 busy while they remain on strike for a first contract, and determined to defend local radio.

  • 21

    TEACHERS AND HOPE IN COLOMBIA

    By Janet Nicol

    “As teachers, they have a deep understanding, not just about students but about society,” says Canadian teacher Joanna Larson of her Colombian colleagues. “It’s given me a deeper sense of responsibility here in Canada. If they can risk their lives, we can risk something here as well.”

  • 27

    COVER STORY: REBEL WITHOUT A JOB

    Newer models of union membership are emerging to address freelancers’ distinctive concerns, such as employers who don’t compensate them for completed jobs. A check-in on freelance workers and unions.

  • 33

    WORKING FOR A LIVING: TEACHING IS WHAT I AM

    I have always been a teacher, and I’m a good one. But I think about leaving.

Departments

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    LETTERS

    Unions and Citizens Together * Happy Photographer * Renewal Article Avoids Vital Questions * Reviving Labour’s Image * Where Are The Workers? * Public vs. Private Long-term Care

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    NOTES

    Blue Green Canada Report * PowerShift * Advocacy Awards * LEC is 25 * Our Times Poetry

  • 12

    WEBWORK: A YEAR-END ROUND-UP

    By Derek Blackadder

    The digital utopians of the left are much reduced in number and influence, but now and then you can hear echoes of their “the internet will set us free” optimism from the ‘90s.

  • 15

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Number of Canadians who use a food bank each month: 750,000

  • 16

    HAVE YOUR SAY: LUDDITE IN A LINE-UP

    By Timothy Wild

    It’s not that I don’t know how to use the self-checkout machines at the grocery story - I don’t want to!

  • 35

    REVIEWS: THIEVES OF BAY STREET

    Review by Brian Iler

    Bruce Livesey has an engaging and accessible writing style that informs and, yes, outrages, about the scandals that continue to plague the Canadian investment industry.

  • 36

    WORKING PEOPLE IN ALBERTA: A HISTORY

    Review by David Frank

    Beautifully designed and illustrated, Working People in Alberta is a model of public history.

  • 39

    PEOPLE’S CITIZENSHIP GUIDE

    Review by David Frank

    With its references to dispossession and racism, as well as resistance, this alternative guide challenges the current Canadian “brand” promoted by the federal government in its official citizenship guide, called Discover Canada.

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    RAISING THE WORKERS’ FLAG

    Review by Garnet Dishaw

    This well-written, accurate and vastly interesting book recounts the exciting history of the Workers’ Unity League, which organized and politicized tens of thousands of workers during the great Depression.

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    COMMENTARY: WHAT TRADE UNIONS OWE OUR ELDERS

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    We owe our elders more than just gratitude; we owe them what it takes to live in dignity, and progressive pension investments can help.