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. 38, No. 5, September-October

2005 and Beyond
In a few months the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) will hold its national convention in Montreal. Already many activists are considering the content of potential policy and constitutional resolutions and there is considerable discussion of whether...
Building a Quebec Party of the Left: A Wide-Ranging Process Is Underway
Faced with triumphant neoliberalism, the main obstacle to the emergence of the Left on the Quebec political scene is its overall dispersion and weak sense of unity. Under the initiative of the Union des forces progressistes (UFP), the building of unity...
Canadian Crimes in Haiti: Beyond Complicity
In light of the graphic and well documented human-rights reports coming out of Haiti*, the Canadian government has a number of serious questions to answer. Namely, if "order has been restored" since the "resignation" of President Aristide, then why...
Democracy in Montreal: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Barely three years after the creation of Montreal's megacity, the municipal political boundaries are to be redrawn once again. Instead of one big city divided into 27 boroughs, the island of Montreal will look rather more like swiss cheese: one big...
Fanning the Flames
"Hey, where's the Russian flag?" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Windsor's Labour Day march, 1957, and I was three years old. Marchers carried flags of Canada, England, the United States. I rambunctiously blurted out the question above as my parents tried...
Fool Me Twice? Labour Politics in South Africa
Campaigning on a platform of "A People's Contract to Create Work and Fight Poverty," the ruling African National Congress (ANC) received nearly 70 per cent of the popular vote in South Africa's third democratic election in March, 2004. The ANC's...
Glen Murray's Failed New Deal
When he was president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Jack Layton called for cities to be recognized constitutionally so as to be independent of the provinces and to be able to create their own forms of taxation. The Federation backed...
G Stands for General Strike
In the July/August issue of CD, the "Labour Report" column suggested that it was high time for activists and the Left in the labour movement, especially in public-sector unions, to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of significant political struggles...
How Glen Murray Flunked out as "Transit Mayor"
Referencing a legacy cultivated over nine years as unofficial, de facto leader of the political opposition on city council, one of Glen Murray's most repeated and most popular mayoralty campaign promises was to "oversee the rebirth of public transit...
Mining Towns and the New Hinterland Crisis
Canadian mining towns have always been sharply affected by the periodic booms and busts of capitalism. They have also experienced closures from the depletion of ores and shifts to new regions of exploitation. Since the 1980s, mining towns, especially...
On the Edge
The circular stage designed to bring the President as close as possible to delegates has been dismantled and put into boxes. The brass players have packed up. The balloons have been trampled and so has the truth. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Republican...
Please Restrict Your Comments to the Weather
The Day After Tomorrow Directed by Roland Emmerich 20th Century Fox, 2004 In The Day After Tomorrow, the new film by director Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, Independence Day, Stargate), global warming has finally gone too far, too fast. Way too...
Red Ballot: Voting for Revolution in Venezuela
As early as 3am on Sunday, August 15th, Venezuelans started camping outside schools and public buildings, waiting hours to cast their vote in a referendum to decide not only the future of President Hugo Chavez, but also of the Bolivarian revolution...
Teaching Torture Congress Keeps School of the Americas Alive
The U.S. Congress recently passed a renewed appropriation to keep open the most infamous torture-teaching institution, the School of the Americas (SOA), where the teaching of Abu Ghraib-type illegal physical and psychological abuse has long been routine....
The 2004 Election & the Left: Some Lessons from Quebec
A few thoughts on the June 28 federal election, focused on the Quebec results and their implications for the Left in the Rest of Canada. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT: HERE...
The Cost of Forgetting: Lessons from Canada's "Worst" Neighbourhood
A Night at the Theatre Even this close to downtown, the buildings are small. This landscape is from a time when bustling city centres were not synonymous with glass towers, live-work studios and lifestyle marketing. Tonight I am surrounded by wood-shingled...
The Parkland Institute: Alberta's Unofficial Opposition
In an oil-rich province with a seemingly undefeatable Progressive Conservative government, it can seem more than a little difficult to challenge the status quo. Gordon Laxer knows this, but it didn't stop him from creating the Parkland Institute, a...
The Resistible Rise of the Creative Class
"The Creative City" should immediately strike one as an odd phrase, one that we could very well do without. Because it has become such a buzz word since the publication of American consultant Richard Florida's urban economic policy manual The Rise...
The Uncertain Path to PR
The election of a minority Liberal government in the June federal election has created a historic opportunity to push democratic reform in Canada, specifically dumping our unrepresentative, uncompetitive first-past-the-post voting system for some form...
"Utopia on the Pacific"? Coping with the Crisis in Vancouver
November, 2002: Jammed into the downtown library, 2,000 activists roared as the results of Vancouver's civic election were announced. For the first time since its formation in 1968, the labour/Left-backed Coalition of Progressive Electors swept the...
Winnipeg City of Contradictions
Winnipeg's history is one of contradictions. On one hand, it was once the "Gateway to the West"--the flourishing outpost on the frontier of Anglo capitalism, where dangers were met and fortunes won. On the other hand, it was the city of labour and...