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Summer 2015

Features

  • 14

    WHAT DID NOT HAVE TO BE

    CAROLE PEARSON

    “It was a war zone,” says Lakeland Mills sawmill worker Bruce Germyn, recalling the night when the BC mill exploded. Contrary to safety regulations, highly combustible wood dust had not been controlled. No one has been held accountable.

  • 21 COVER STORY

    STORYTELLING AGAINST RACISM

    MELISSA KEITH

    The web-based project Working While Black in Nova Scotia provides space to confront a persistent myth: that racism is no longer a problem in Nova Scotia.

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    UNIONS IN A CHANGING CHINA

    CATHY WALKER

    All the Chinese labour leaders our delegation met were eager to exchange information about collective bargaining, union services for members, and health and safety. Workers in China today seem as militant as workers in Canada in the early days of our trade union movement.

  • 37 THOSE WHO DID THE WORK

    I THINK OF YOU

    HOWARD FRARACCI

    I wrote this poem in honour of my grandfather, one of the 133 men who died between 1914 and 1932 while building the Welland Ship Canal.

  • 39

    THE BIG BOOK OF INJURED WORKERS

    PETER PAGE

    It was April 28, and we were on our way to the Day of Mourning ceremony for workers injured or killed on the job. I’d brought the book with me, and I was nervous.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Black Lives Matter * Black Trade Unionists Convene * NB Honour Roll * Online at Our Times * Walmart has Plumbing Issues? * Our Times’ Staff News

  • 9 WEBWORK

    BIG DATA & BRANDED BUZZ

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    If you’re relying on Buzzfeed to get your word out and your word is a union word, start working on Plan B.

  • 11 HAVE YOUR SAY

    BEING AMIRA

    MOJDEH COX

    Poverty is one of the most widely accepted forms of violence in our society. Walking through a poverty simulation forces us to confront that fact.

  • 29 POETRY

    DERANGE OF MOTION

    CINDY MCCALLUM MILLER

  • 41 REVIEW

    PAIN AND PREJUDICE

    Review by STEVE MANTIS

    “I learned at school that I should never express certainty,” writes Karen Messing in her book Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn About Work from the People Who Do It.

  • 44 COMMENTARY

    HEALTH & SAFETY FOR THE PSYCHE

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    Stigma shows up like this: almost half of Canadians say they wouldn’t socialize with someone with a mental health problem.