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March-April 2015

Features

  • 17

    THE NEW MISOGYNY

    LAUREL MACDOWELL

    At the dawn of the 21st century, misogyny and inequity are on the rise. It’s time for a new women’s movement.

  • 24 COVER STORY

    WORKERS UNITE!

    MELISSA KEITH

    “When they’re not being treated respectfully at work, that’s when people want to organize and stick together,” says union organizer Tanya Ferguson.

  • 31

    WOMEN OF LABOUR AND THE ARTS

    HASEENA MANEK

    “Union music is about the right of us, as working people, to have decent housing, jobs, food and working conditions,” says musician and singer/songwriter Faith Nolan, one of five winners of the latest Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards.

  • 40

    ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME

    ADRIANE PAAVO AND BARB THOMAS

    We want local activists to feel confident when they reach out to union members. It’s a lot to ask our already harried volunteers that they make the time and effort to truly understand members’ concerns. Here’s a talker’s toolkit and some more great ideas along with it.

  • 47 WORKING FOR A LIVING

    PIPE DREAMS AND PASSIONS

    SHAWNA TROKE-LEUKERT

    I was only nine when my teacher introduced me to creative writing. Thirty-two years later, I am now a paid, published author.

Departments

  • 7

    NOTES

    Sisters in the Trades * Promoting Local Labour History * Unions Matter * Compensation for Rana Plaza Victims * West Coast Women Leaders

  • 11 WEBWORK

    FEMINIST FUNDS & TURKERS’ GUILDS

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    Ever try to find a link or a comment that you’re sure you posted on a social network and have your words disappear without a trace? Could be those content scrubbers on the job.

  • 13

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    SEAN CAIN

    Rank of Rwanda among countries that have the highest percentage of women in their national parliaments: 1
    Rank of Canada: 61

  • 14 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    NICARAGUA WITHOUT WOUNDS

    TERESA HEALY

    The construction of a giant canal through Nicaragua threatens both the environment and the people.

  • 23 POETRY

    WORKING THE SKY

    HUMBERTO DASILVA

  • 39

    UNION

    TANIS MACDONALD

  • 45

    SHIFT

    CATHERINE MACLENNAN

  • 50 REVIEW

    THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

    Review by KAREN COOLING

    Naomi Klein makes a confession in her book This Changes Everything. At one time she, too, tried her best to avoid thinking about climate change.

  • 52 COMMENTARY

    BEING A BETTER ALLY

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    There are no alliances without humility, and there is no growth without changing unhelpful or damaging behaviours.