Purchase for $6.95

Volume 32, Number 1

Features

  • 14

    TEACHERS ARE WORKERS, TOO

    By Carlyn Zwarenstein

    We heard the drumming before we saw the elementary school teachers’ brick-red signs: “Respect Teachers. Respect Collective Bargaining.” A parent’s view on the fight against Bill 115 in Ontario.

  • 19

    COVER STORY:  THE PROMISE OF IDLE NO MORE

    By Melissa Keith

    “Through social media we are free to express our fears, our hopes, and our commitment to the future of our communities,” says Halifax Idle No More organizer and Mi’kmaq activist Marina Young.

  • 26

    SISTERS ARE DOIN’ IT FOR THEMSELVES

    By Ashmeela Ahmad

    Union sisters attended the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Women’s Leadership Summit in December to discuss women’s ongoing struggles for equality.

  • 30

    MAKING TIME FOR EQUALITY

    By Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail, Marion Pollack

    The first of three articles in a series called “Leadership, Feminism and Equality in Unions in Canada.” A cross-country check-up on how women union activists feel the movement is doing on women’s equality issues.

  • 39

    $10-A-DAY CHILD CARE

    By Carole Pearson

    “It’s becoming unaffordable to have a family in B.C. and that is simply not acceptable,” says Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. Early childhood educators Michelle Davis and Caroline Kent couldn’t agree more.

Departments

  • 5

    NOTES

    Letter to the Editor * No Fare is Fair * #J26 Rally * Common Causes * Meredith Conference * Our Times’ Board is the Best

  • 8

    WEBWORK: EDUCATING FOR EQUITY NOW, AND ALWAYS

    By Derek Blackadder

    It looks like our efforts to fight racism and xenophobia in the workplace, to build solidarity amongst our members, could use a little energy and a lot more support.

  • 11

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Year in which women legally became “persons” in Canada: 1929.

  • 12

    PASSING THE TORCH: CLIFF PILKEY: 1922-2012

    By Noreen Shanahan

    Ask anyone and they’ll say Cliff Pilkey had a bullhorn lodged in his throat that could awaken an entire city, a bellow he used often to support women in their struggles for equality.

  • 17

    HAVE YOUR SAY: EDUCATION AUSTERITY AND VALUING WOMEN’S WORK

    By Ishani Weera

    Alberta, one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in North America, seemingly finds itself unable to afford strong funding for public education.

  • 25

    POETRY

    By Anique Yma Jashoba Mandela Jordan

  • 47

    WORKING FOR A LIVING: DISPATCHES FROM THE TRENCHES OF LIF

    By J. Fernanda Sánchez Jaramillo

    As a community support worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, I witness the daily struggles of the poorest people in B.C.

  • 48

    REVIEWS: CALL THE MIDWIFE

    Review by Rachel E. Beattie

    This well-written TV show makes a subtle but strong case for the importance of public services — most importantly, public health care.

  • 50

    FEMINISM À LA QUÉBÉCOISE

    Review by Shannon Devine

    This book is an entertaining and highly readable account of the Quebec feminist movement.

  • 52

    COMMENTARY: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS FOR WHITE MEN

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    A few generalizations that may help explain the continuing acceptance of widespread pay discrimination. Brace yourselves, fellow white men.