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. 5, September-October

After Chaouli
In Quebec the Public-Private Partnership Agency, currently studying different PPP scenarios, will submit its report this December. One hot issue for the end of Premier Jean Charest's tumultuous mandate is therefore likely to be the controversy around...
Atlantic Canada Fights Back against Atlantica
This past June 8 to 10, the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, offered an interesting portrayal of the contemporary configurations of class and nation in the Atlantic region. On one side, a few hundred of northeastern North America's most wealthy and...
Communities, Not Corporations: The Clear Choice for Canada's Water
The vast majority of water and wastewater systems in Canada are owned, operated and maintained within the public sector. Essential to our public health system, municipal water systems were one of the first major services to be publicly delivered in...
Dear Dr. Phil ... Are Indigenous People in an "Abusive Relationship" with Canada?
They say "love is blind." When friends and relatives think your relationship is in trouble they start dropping you hints and sending you clippings from the newspaper. An alert Maliseet reporter sent this one our way. "Doesn't this sound like Canada?"...
In Defense of Divestment: Unpacking the Israeli Lobby's Arguments
Not long after CUPE Ontario passed its now-famous Resolution 50 in support of the divestment, boycott and sanctions (DBS) campaign against Israel, the union received a significant letter of solidarity from the Congress of South African Trade Unions....
Labour Should Follow CUPE Ontario on Israel
When CUPE delegates returned to their homes and workplaces after attending the Ontario Division's annual convention in May, the media reports they would see and hear focused on but one resolution adopted at the convention. That was the now-famous Resolution...
Learning to Spin: Understanding Media the Middle East Conflicts
Behold the media consultant. Usually a migrant from the world of mainstream media, and roughly equivalent to the thief who teaches security, the media consultant, or "coach," will teach you how media works and show you how to "work it." I confess that...
Leonida Zurita: Growing Coca in a Fight Far Survival in Bolivia
For centuries, coca has been used as a medicine in the Andes to relieve hunger, fatigue and sickness. Many Bolivians chew the small green leaf or drink it in tea on a daily basis. Much of the coca produced in Bolivia goes to this legal, controlled...
"Missile Defense" Alive and Well in Canada
Contrary to widespread popular mythology, "Ballistic Missile Defense" is alive and well in Canada. In fact, for many years Canada's contribution to BMD has greatly surpassed efforts by other nations that have, at least, been honest enough to admit...
Motherhood Organizing: Disability and Resistance
Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs by Miriam Edelson Sumac Press, 2005 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Becoming Citizens: Family Life and the Politics of Disability by Susan Schwartzenberg University of Washington Press, 2005...
Patsy Gallagher: 1939-2006
The labour and socialist movements in our country suffered a grave loss when Patricia (Patsy) Gallagher died on June 19, 2006, of complications after surgery for lung cancer. She was only 66. Patsy played a major role in many of the political and...
Polluted Water Hits First Nations, but Doesn't Stop There
June 19, 2006 Grassy Narrows First Nation gets a boil-water advisory from the Medical Services Environmental Health Worker for Treaty #3 First Nations. My first thought was: "I thought we were safe." To say the least, it's very inconvenient to boil...
Revisiting a Forgotten High-Seas Struggle
Betrayed: The Story of Canadian Merchant Seaman Directed by Elaine Briere Canada, 2004, 56 min. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As filmmaker Elaine Briere tells it, the merchant seamen emerged from WWII with a strong, progressive union, publicly...
Rockers in a Straight Man's World
Galaxy is a very good band that happens to be made up of a trio of two lesbians and a bisexual. Vocalist/guitarist Katie Stelmanis explains: "I'm totally fine with being a gay band and having that label, just as long as people know that we're just...
Senate Reform: The Conservatives' Dubious Democratic Agenda
As part of their larger project of securing a future majority government, the Harper Conservatives have made democratic reform a priority. The decision is both strategic and politically clever. Strategically, calls for democratic reform resonate with...
Society in the Cold Light of Day: The Chilling Cinema of Michael Haneke
The Seventh Continent (1989) is one of the most radical critiques ever filmed of consumerism and the societies that are suffocated by it. It is the first film by the great Austrian director, Michael Haneke. It opens with the shadowy forms of an upper-middle-class...
Tax Cut Mania and Energy Crises in Nova Scotia
Energy politics have often loomed large in Nova Scotia. The province has a coal-mining history and has long sought economic salvation in offshore oil-and-gas development. Despite significant coal reserves and ongoing hopes for an oil and natural gas...
The Future of Agriculture: Has Cuba Shown the Way?
As practiced now in North America and exported to developing countries via the advice of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the high-input, industrial model of agriculture is simply not sustainable. This so-called "green revolution,"...
The Highway to Oil's End
On an exceptionally cold and wet morning in January, a small group of protestors gathered outside an upmarket hotel in downtown Vancouver, brandishing leaflets and placards about the impacts of highway construction. Inside, the provincial transportation...
The International Community Must Act to Stop Israel
In the avowed aim of fighting terrorism, Israel has unleashed a reign of terror on innocent Lebanese nationals in flagrant violation of international law--for the second time in 25 years. An old hand at visiting collective punishment upon civilian...
The Right to Water: An Indigenous Struggle
Indigenous peoples worldwide face a long and sordid history of dispossession of their lands and resources, usually to benefit more dominant groups, or economic interests like mining, logging, oil drilling and pipeline construction. Sometimes they are...
Turning on Canada's Tap
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper sat down with President George W. Bush in their first White House meeting on July 6, one of the "unmentionable" items on their agenda may well have been the question of bulk water exports from Canada. After all, Bush...
Turning Up the Heat an Israel
The DBS (divestment, boycott and sanctions) campaign against Israel comprises a diverse group of organizations. Their actions range from boycotting Israeli products to divesting from Israeli companies to boycotting Israeli academic institutions. ...
Varda Burstyn to John Saul
Dear Friends, Dear many reasons having to do with a recently disrupted life, I only recently saw John Saul's review of my book, Water Inc. (CD, November/December, 2005). I have never responded to any review in the mainstream press, but since I am...
What's Behind Stephen Harper's Anti-Aboriginal Agenda?
Evidence is mounting that Stephen Harper has an anti-Aboriginal rights agenda. The most recent evidence is his government's attempt to delay for two years the signing of the new UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In a June, 2006 vote...
Why the Canadian Football League Is the Sweden of the Sports World
In the age of sports superstars with multi-million-dollar salaries, we tend not to think of professional athletes as workers. But, like other workers, professional athletes sell their labour to capitalists in return for a wage. With fame and fortune,...
Working People's Assemblies: Can We Learn from American Activists?
The editorial in the July/August issue of Canadian Dimension--"Building a Grassroots Opposition to Harper"--noted that some members of the CD collective have been discussing the possibility of establishing local "people's assemblies." In this article,...