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. 24, No. 8, November-December

Acting Up
ACTING UP Ten women wearing short, pleated, yellow skirts over their pants and carrying pom-poms come onto the stage. A young woman confronts them: "I thought you were supposed to be feminists." The women, masquerading as cheer-leaders, assure...
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Facts
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND FACTS One of my addictions is baseball. Another is TV news. My baseball needs require a statistical fix. This leads to me reading the statistical data compiled in Bill James Baseball Abstract. This helps me to understand,...
A Tree Farm Is Not a Forest
A TREE FARM IS NOT A FOREST The living forest is truly a green web of interrelationships which are extremely complex and interdependent. Even if we pay attention, we can only catch a glimpse of these networks, which are essential for the survival...
A Winter of Discontent
A WINTER OF DISCONTENT The anger that inflamed the Canadian people this summer has not gone away with the onset of winter. If anything the sense of discontent has turned into a bitter hatred for the Mulroney government. It is difficult to think...
Canada-Nicaragua Solidarity Renewed
CANADA-NICARAGUA SOLIDARITY RENEWED It's late in the evening, at a party to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Inevitably, talk turns to a subject close to all our hearts: Nicaraguan rum. After extolling the merits...
Canadian CP Convention Adopts Renewal Plan
CANADIAN CP CONVENTION ADOPTS RENEWAL PLAN The Communist Party of Canada made a significant break with an authoritarian past at its 28th convention, held in Toronto October Oct. 5 to 8, passing resolutions which put more control in the hands of rank-and-file...
Confrontation at Canada Post
CONFRONTATION AT CANADA POST In March 1990, Vancouver postal management forced sorters, most with 12 to 16 years of seniority, to work on permanent midnight shift. In June 1990, Canada Post closed down Station B in the downtown eastside of Vancouver...
Feels So Similar
FEELS SO SIMILAR Watching the music videos competing for 'Most Innovative Video' and 'Best Postmodern Video' (the same four videos turned up in both categories) on the MTV Music Awards a while ago set me musing over the influence of postmodernism...
Human Rights: A New Agenda
HUMAN RIGHTS: A NEW AGENDA (MOSCOW) No issue has been more dramatically used, or abused, during the long, bleak years of Cold War than human rights. Selectively defined, aggressively championed, human rights were said to be the very essence of that...
Hypocrisy at the Globe
HYPOCRISY AT THE GLOBE The most satisfying aspect of this September's NDP victory in Ontario (aside from the fact that Robin Sears was not there to claim any responsibility for it) was the media's response to it. On election night Journal viewers...
Not a Time to Abandon Socialism
NOT A TIME TO ABANDON SOCIALISM The collapse of what has been called 'actually existing socialism' in some Eastern European countries has led to confusion, demoralization and disillusionment among socialists in Canada. While many of us rejoiced as...
Social Movements Crucial Factor in Ontario Election
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS CRUCIAL FACTOR IN ONTARIO ELECTION Ontario Liberal Premier David Peterson knew his troubles had begun the moment he announced the election. The Queen's Park media room was packed. The Sept. 6 date was set. Gord Perks of Greenpeace...
South Africa's Economy - from Apartheid to Liberation
SOUTH AFRICA'S ECONOMY -- FROM APARTHEID TO LIBERATION The inequalities inherent in apartheid, and the weakness of the role South Africa plays in the world economy, have combined to generate political and economic instability. The contradictions...
The Crime of Sexual Abuse
I will tell you of the circumstances of my early life so that you can understand why it was easy for an evil person to begin abusing me in such subtle and insidious ways. My parents emigrated from the Ukraine just before the Depression. when I was...
The Road to Market Stalinism
THE ROAD TO MARKET STALINISM The storm of protest provoked last May by the government's "Program of Accelerated Transition to the Regulated Market" came from two sources. The liberals were upset that the program was too gradual and timid. They want...
The West and the Arabs
THE WEST AND THE ARABS The Iraqi regime may be thoroughly unwholesome and there is little doubt that the invasion of Kuwait is an act of aggression. But the unsavory record of the Iraqi regime cannot obscure the reality that the American military...
Vancouver Island Coalition Unites Loggers, 'Tree-Huggers.' (Tin-Wis Coalition)
VANCOUVER ISLAND COALITION UNITES LOGGERS, 'TREE-HUGGERS' In a region of Canada where loggers, environmentalists and native Indians are more likely to face each other across a blockade than around a table, an unlikely alliance is forming that may...
What Employment? What Equity?
WHAT EMPLOYMENT? WHAT EQUITY? In 1983, the United Nations, with the Canadian government as a signatory, proclaimed the Decade of Disabled Persons. When, in 1986, Ottawa passed Bill C-62, the Employment Equity Act, Canada's "affirmative action"...