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. 40, No. 2, March-April

25 Years: Ready or Not?
Twenty-five years ago Canada signed the most comprehensive human-rights treaty on women's rights, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This was an enormous accomplishment for women around the globe...
3 Perspectives of Evo Morales
A Different Latin America NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL DECEMBER 24, 2005 Bolivia's recent presidential election was almost as history making as Iraq's parliamentary vote. The winner, Evo Morales, will be the first member of the indigenous majority...
Church, State and the Left Hand of God
GOD IS NO STRANGER TO politics. Heck, he's right in the thick of things, having somehow become Bush's celestial Commander-in-Chief. The Almighty--even if you don't believe in him (or her)--is a big-league political player. But while Bush's super-powered...
Election 2006: The NDP's Strategic Dead End
Despite the high spirits at the NDP victory party in Toronto on election night, it's hard to fathom what there was to celebrate. Their popular vote increased only marginally, their seat total fell shy of affecting the balance of power and they failed...
Growing into Filipino
At a 2001 anti-FTAA rally in Saskatoon I was involved in a street-theatre piece wherein I was the sweatshop worker--the "other" face of globalization and its race to the bottom. It was easy to play that part, to look that part; I'd read No Logo, I...
Horowitz's Red Tory
George Grant's conservativism derived from skepticism about the religion of progress. He took issue with the doctrine that technological progress requires more educated and civilized participants in a global economy. Politicians no longer talk of progress....
"If You Have Come Here to Help Me ...": Why Women Are in Canadian Prisons
I want to start by honouring those women who have lived the experience about which I presume to speak. Women are the fastest-growing prison population world-wide. This is not accidental. Canada has been one of the first countries to be impacted...
International Women's Day: Not Just Another "Hallmark" Opportunity, Eh?
Over the past century, International Women's Day has evolved from radical protests for women's political, economic and social rights to a day for celebrating women's achievements. In Canada, nowadays, at celebratory luncheons and evening award galas,...
Labour and the Election
This most recent election will go down in history as one time the Canadian labour movement set a new record in ideological confusion. Buzz Hargrove hugged Paul Martin. A PSAC regional leader speculated on the benefits of electing Tories. [ILLUSTRATION...
Latino Mercenaries for Bush
In the faculty dining room at the California State University where I teach, a Mexican-American woman places the thin slice of turkey on the bread to make my sandwich. The stress lines that radiate down from her high cheekbones twitch as she tells...
More Than Just Music: The Harvest Moon Society Plants Seeds of Hope
Folk festivals are synonymous with great music, friendly people and life-long memories. What they often are not associated with in this day and age are social causes, especially ones that involve donkeys, farm tours and alternative food production....
Nuclear Warning: Ryan White Interviews Dr. Helen Caldicot
CD In your recent book, New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex, you state, "Never, in the almost three decades that I have been campaigning against the use of nuclear weapons and nuclear power have I felt that the world is...
Quebec Left Takes Another Historic Step
Over the past ten years, the Quebec Left has been consolidating, building unity and building its strength. Now the Left has taken another important step in the construction of a progressive party that will be a true alternative to neoliberal parties....
Raising Our Voices against Violence
Listen. Women are speaking across the land, and around the world. We want to be safe. We want our sisters to be safe. We expect justice in our communities. Will anybody listen? On International Women's Day, 2006, thousands of indigenous women in...
Rick Salutin's Skepticism
Rick Salutin counsels the Left to exhibit less zeal and more skepticism. For him the Left has historically behaved like a religious movement, while pretending to be the opposite. In response, I will argue that, as a posture, skepticism may be worthy...
Selling the Tory Majority
Okay, here's the ugly truth. I refused to vote in the federal election. I turned my back on my ballot. I skipped the whole thing. When all was said and done, it felt like the only responsible thing to do. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I declined to...
Sound and Fury
Little Hawk's 1492-1975 was recognized as the Best Album of the Year at last November's Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala in Toronto, and also won honours in the Folk category. Since decisions about "good taste" depend at least as much upon audience...
Spotlight on Women Directors
On the eve of another national election, which, in the absence of proportional representation, is a disgraceful exercise of simple vote theft that gives the word "fraudulent" new depths of odoriferous meaning, and with one watery eye on International...
Steadfast in Pursuing Justice for Palestinians: James Graff, 1937-2005
James Graff died on October 23 in Toronto. He was a wonderful person. He had unbounded energy and courage in defence of human dignity, resolutely challenging those dark and disgraceful forces that demean, humiliate and destroy the lives of others....
The Horowitz Paragraph
Dear Jack, I see that you have lined up with Harper (and Martin) behind the brutal (and stupid) Yankee practice of minimum sentences for crimes involving guns (and what next?). The right-wing editors of the Globe condemned you all on January 13...
What Are We Going to Eat? Gold or Diamonds? the WTO, Women and Indigenous Communities
In December, 2005, indigenous Asian communities from the most marginalized scapes took to the streets to reclaim their livelihoods and eco-culture, redefining food sovereignty and environmental space for themselves. The resistance from the peripheral...
Women Who Are Changing the World
Brenda Austin-Smith protested the broadcasting of The Lord's Prayer in her high school in the 1970s, was active in Winnipeg's Nellie McClung Theatre group and Arts for Peace in the 1980s, helped organize and was first president of the Canadian Union...
Xeno-Racism and the Hypocrisy of Managed Migration: Adrian Harewood Interviews Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations
CD There are 125 million people who are displaced in this world. Who are these people? Where are they from? And what are the causes of their displacement? LF I think this figure represents people who have been displaced from all regions of the world...