Canadian Dimension

A journal that focuses on strategies for social change in Canadian society, featuring articles written by Canadians about Canadian and international issues. The editorial viewpoint is self-described as radical, anti-capitalist, with the goal of providing

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, May-June

A Bright Side to Torture & Death Squads
CHOMSKY SAYS -- "At a Latin American strategy development workshop at the Pentagon -- just a year ago, which involved noted academic specialists and others... they concluded that current relations with Mexico... are extraordinarily positive. That means...
CD's Angus Reid Poll Explains Why Voters Are Leaving the NDP
Like most Canadians, Doctor Dimension has speculated about the reasons for the federal NDP's inability to maintain credibility with significant sectors of the electorate for longer than a few weeks at a time. In these dismal days of economic gloom...
Consider the Nation & Other Sacred Cows of the Left
Montreal Reader's letter to Canadian Dimension (Jan./Feb. 1993) shows the kind of unexamined nationalism that has made adequate discussions of Quebec almost impossible for the Canadian Left. The Left has treated nationalism largely as axiomatic...
Deficitphobia
Fear of deficits has become a major conservative propaganda tool. It is used to make it seem inevitable that social programs must be pared down, that public service unions must be curbed, that government services must be privatized, and that the regulatory...
Free Trade Abrogation Is a Diversion
Abrogation of the Canada-US and North American free trade agreements "constitutes a fundamental challenge to capital," Canadian Dimension editorializes in its first issue of 1993. Abrogation "is not just another policy issue. It is much more fundamental,...
Granny Power
She has howled under a full moon on the Nevada nuclear test site, been arrested as Mother Earth in a temperate rainforest, and shared an Israeli jail cell with 14 women and no toilet paper. And that's just what she did last year. At age 65, Jean...
Green with Anguish
The troubles faced by "Greens" in Canada, Britain, Europe and elsewhere, look terminal. Mind you, this claim depends on what one means by "The Greens." If "The Greens" are a movement, then I suspect (and hope) they are here to stay. If we are talking...
Leftist Name Calling Is No Solution
I never had any doubt what the election of the NDP in Queen's Park meant. This was a progressive government elected September 1990 that was surrounded by neo-conservative governments that control most of political and economic levers; and for any government...
Lies Our Leaders Told Us
With three NDP premiers joining other government leaders making debt reduction their priority, the Globe and Mail is chortling with glee. The "Left", it says, has finally capitulated on this issue. We beg to differ. We do so for reasons we do...
Lithuanian Communists Win
The Lithuanians have elected former communists! The results of the elections in Lithuania still had not been finalized when this sensational news flashed across the pages of the newspapers. For the first time, a left party has triumphed in free...
Ontario's NDP Government and the Corporate Agenda
Has the Ontario NDP succumbed to the power of capital? Has the Rae government capitulated to the corporate agenda? Will the NDP continue to avoid challenging the FTA by not introducing a public auto insurance plan? Social democrats are asking themselves...
Relief for Canada's Forests
New trends in the global pulp market threaten many of Canada's mills and their jobs, but may present a reprieve for our ancient forests, especially the boreal and northern forests where most of the massive new pulp developments are concentrated. The...
Return of the Russian Communist Party
The Russian Communist Party banned by decree of President Boris Yeltsin a year and a half ago, confounded the predictions of pundits by voting itself back into existence at a Congress on February 13-14. Six weeks later it was officially registered...
The Uses of Subjectivity
To be involved in progressive movements is inevitably to wrestle with personal experience, or in other words, subjectivity, and its prickly value as a political instrument. The concept of the individual person or subject, possessing definite characteristics...
Tree Mining in Labrador
Silent beneath a canopy of centuries-old spruce trees, a cluster of Innu blocked the first dozer dispatched to blaze a trail into a loggers' paradise. The developers had appeared with the first warnings that Newfoundland's infested and over-harvested...
Vlad the Impaler Meets Clifford Sifton's Nose
When I read the news reports on Eastern Europe these days I can't help hearing echoes of one of Canada's first press barons. It was Clifford Sifton who rhapsodized over Ukrainian immigrants, describing them as sturdy men in sheepskin coats, accompanied...
What Is an Organizer?
I am an organizer who is obsessed with developing organizations and leaders that bring out the co-operative, loving parts of human beings so we can live in harmony with other creatures and the earth. Through almost thirty years of eclectic experience,...
Why CAW Local 222 Dumped the NDP
When 553 members of CAW Local 222 at General Motors in Oshawa voted to stop local union funding to the NDP because of its "left-wing" policies, many people were caught by surprise. Even though the vote was a prelude to a referendum scheduled for the...
Winnipeg's Bear Clan Patrol
The Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol is modelled after the AIM Patrol (also known as the Peace Makers Patrol) based in Minneapolis. It came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal...