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. 36, No. 5, September-October

Anti-Occupation, Exhibited: Art, Politics and Palestine
Human and civil-rights issues' incorporation into the arts has usually been symptomatic of an imminent moral and political awakening within larger society. Whether it is the Artists Against Apartheid movement or the Free East Timor movement, South...
Battle Lines at Toronto City Hall -- 2002
The battle lines are now drawn at Toronto City Hall for the next five years. The centrepiece of polarized labour relations for the near future will be the answer to the question of service delivery -- will it be public or private? Last summer both...
Blood on the Bananas
Bonita, the word for beautiful in Spanish, is not a bad description for the nearly flawless fruit in the banana bins at Costco and many other fruit and vegetable markets across the country. It is also the actual name on the paper label sticking to...
Brazil: Another World Is Possible
Luis Inacio da Silva, the left-leaning candidate of Brazil's Workers Party (PT), has taken a commanding lead in the upcoming October presidential elections. A victory by da Silva, commonly known as "Lula," would have political repercussions that could...
Canadian Nationalism and the Struggle for Popular Sovereignty
During the past year or two we have seen evidence of a resurgence of Canadian nationalism reminiscent of that of the 1 960s or of the period surrounding the debate over the Charlottetown Accord. The question being debated in the Canadian Left is whether...
"Dirty Money": Greasing the Wheels of the American Empire
There is a consensus among U.S. congressional investigators, former bankers and international banking experts that U.S. and European banks launder between $500 billion and $1 trillion of dirty money annually, half of which is laundered by U.S. banks...
Electoral Reform Gains Ground in B.C. (Pacific Edge)
Proportional representation, or "pro rep," is an electoral idea whose time has unfortunately not yet come for British Columbia (or for any other jurisdiction in Canada or the U.S.). But the results of a recent citizens' initiative here revealed substantial...
Essays on the State of the Movement. (Debates)
TIME TO MOVE ON by Corvin Russell There are times when history's course is turned by protest. There are political demonstrations that bring to light wishes hidden in a million hearts, and bring a new spirit into life on the stage of history....
Getting Back in Gear: CAW Auto Campaign
At its recent Collective Bargaining Convention, the CAW launched a new public campaign. Called "Getting Back in Gear," it is aimed at pressuring the federal and Ontario governments to adopt a series of policies to revitalize the auto industry in Canada....
Labour Needs to Lead on Health Care. (Labour Report)
Anyone looking for a concrete manifestation of the battle against globalization needs to look no further than the struggle for universal, public, no-fee health care. In all of the many free-trade negotiations currently underway, including the FTAA...
Looking Back (and Forward) to Carlos Fonseca and the Sandanista Revolution
Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution by Matilde Zimmermann 2000, Duke University Press During the 1980s the Nicaraguan revolution acted as a pivot of world politics, bearing as it didthe brunt of nearly a decade of U.S.-financed...
Mills No Martyr for Press Freedom. (Offensive Lines)
Over the summer former Ottawa Citizen publisher Russell Mills was being heralded as one of the great defenders of freedom of the press for standing up to the Asper family in a conflict over the paper's editorial policy. It appears the Aspers and Mills...
No Capitalism without Conscience?
The first thing to say about the white-collar crimes perpetrated at Enron, Arthur Anderson, Global Crossing, Xerox, WorldCom and others to come is that they are not new. They are not even exceptional. Financial scamming is a common feature of corporate...
Prisons Are the Looking-Glass of Society: The Struggle toward Dignity for Women
The history of federal women prisoners is riddled with scathing reports and condemnations of their prison conditions and yet, to my knowledge, the situation for women prisoners in Canada has not changed since P4W was first described as "unfit for bears"...
Radical Democracy and Strategy: Questions for the Left. (Editorial)
Over the past decade, a significant layer of Left activists has embraced the concept of "radical democracy." Building on the foundations of earlier projects for participation and pluralism such as the SDS, the 1960s New Left and the new social movements...
Setting the Record Straight. (Exchange)
A number of the points raised by Herman Rosenfeld in his review of our book, Building A Better World: An Introduction to Trade Unionism in Canada (May/June 2002) merit comment and further discussion. First, Rosenfeld criticizes us for failing to...
Six Reasons Why Health Care Is Not a Commodity
In the fall of 200, my aging mother went for a walk to buy a birthday card at the shopping plaza near her home. While attempting to climb a curb, she fell and fractured her hip. After surgery in an acute-care hospital, she spent eight weeks in two...
The Scandals, the Stock Markets and Corporate Law: It's the Barrel, Stupid, Not the Apples!
ENRON; WORLDCOM; TYCO; ADELPHIA; GLOBAL CROSSING; MERCK; BRISTOL MYERS; ARTHUR ANDERSEN; XEROX; DUKE; VIVENDI; DOT.COMS. THIS IS A DELICIOUS MOMENT FOR THE LEFT, BUT IS THE CURRENT MALAISE OF CAPITALISM LIKELY TO PROVE ANY MORE THAN A MOMENT? The...