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Fall 2015

Features

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    GROWING OLDER, GROWING BOLDER

    CAROLE PEARSON

    Alison Acker has been to jail for justice. Today the eighty-seven year old and other seniors like her continue to fight on behalf of us all.

  • 29 COVER STORY

    MOVING OUR PEOPLE FORWARD

    HASEENA MANEK

    “There was a time when you felt like you had to assimilate to survive,” says Janice Gairey, whose father was barred from his union because of the colour of his skin. The labour and community activist reflects on the past, present and future of Canada’s labour movement.

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    SPREADING THE WORD

    TERRY INIGO-JONES

    Alberta-based social media maverick Ishani Weera is intent on making unions heard.

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    TAKING A NEW ROUTE

    MELISSA KEITH

    Trade unionist Jeff Callaghan places the blame for the cuts to our postal service squarely upon the Prime Minister’s Office.

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    HOW WE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

    KAREN COOLING

    Naomi Klein has said she is not an activist. Rather, her work is about seeing patterns. A gathering she convened at the University of Toronto made it clear that a new pattern of coalition building has emerged.

  • 50 WORKING FOR A LIVING

    TELEPHONE SALES & BINGO CARDS

    MAUREEN MCREAVY

    “Use that sexy voice,” my team leader joked with me.

  • 51

    ROAD CASES & WRESTLING RINGS

    T.H. HATTE

    Every stagehand loves pipe and drape. All that fabric really ties the showroom together.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Labour Film Festival Time * Part-Time Workers Triumph * Work, Climate Change and Gender * New Employees’ Questions * Did You Help Crack Bell? * Black Votes Matter

  • 11 WEBWORK

    ESMAIL ABDI & THE THRESHOLD

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    On his way to the Education International World Congress in Ottawa in July, Esmail Abdi was arrested. Thoughts on the Canadian campaign to have him freed.

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    OUR TIMES TALLY

    SEAN CAIN

    Number of eligible voters in Canada who did not vote in the 2011 federal election: 9,434,184.

  • 14 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    THE POPE, THE PLANET AND THE POOR

    JUDITH MARSHALL

    The Pope is bringing popular movements together to help save the planet from a system that doesn’t care.

  • 17 HAVE YOUR SAY

    NOW IS THE TIME

    TYRONE SOULIERE

    First Nations, M├ętis and the urban Indigenous population have the numbers to deliver the margin of victory in many ridings. And we are organizing.

  • 19 HAVE YOUR SAY

    BEGIN WITH THE CHILDREN

    MOJDEH COX

    Whether you have young children or not, child care is your issue.

  • 35 POETRY

    COYOTE HOLES

    IRENE HOWARD

  • 54 REVIEW

    REMEMBERING SALT

    Review by RACHEL E. BEATTIE

    Labour historian and filmmaker Ron Verzuh rekindles resistance with Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt.

  • 56 COMMENTARY

    WHY I JOINED TEAM MULCAIR

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    We should not be fooled into thinking that terrorists are on the verge of blowing up our hallowed hockey arenas and legislatures.