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US Labor and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 21, 2016 02:13 PM
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy's latest e-Bulletin outlines the existential split in the US trade union movement along the politics of fossil fuel pipelines. Since the beginning of the movement, similar ruptures have existed between socially conscious labour unions and those focused solely on jobs, regardless of the costs to communities or the environment. However, without both sides taking some leadership to openly debate the issues based on accurate analysis, these divisions will continue to be acutely harmful to the broader movement.

Global textile: a supply chain that weighs on workers and the environment | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 20, 2016 12:33 PM
When a Canadian consumer buys a pair of jeans for $30 at H&M, an entire chain of production is at play. While $30 for a pair of jeans may seem like a bargain, there's more to it than a marked-down price tag. Millions of workers are involved in the international textile supply chain: in cotton fields, in the textile factories of Bangladesh, in shipping and packaging, and in retail outlets around the world.

Where does economic critique come from? | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 03, 2016 10:48 AM
Following the global economic crash of 2008, there has been a lot of discussion about the need for a re-think of mainstream economic thought. While this "orthodox" economics held claim to the economic growth before 2008, it completely failed to predict the economic crash and seems unable to deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately, while the economy they supported collapsed, the theories that set the foundation for the economic crisis have not lost their dominance.

Selling Toronto Hydro is a terrible idea | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 11, 2016 09:45 AM
The Toronto mayor and his ideological allies have been trying to turn people against public ownership of Toronto Hydro by pointing to specific outages and "decaying" infrastructure. This is an act right out of the provincial Liberal's play book – pointing to the need for infrastructure investment has been the go-to response for the Wynne government while selling Hydro One.

Revenue Options for Toronto (and other cities) | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Sep 26, 2016 09:57 AM
For socialists, this time of year is incredibly frustrating. There are many different and rather obvious ways a city (or any level of government) can generate revenue that are simply ignored by (neo)liberals and conservatives. Even more frustrating are the options presented to "solve" the budget crises that just make things worse in future years, making the process that much more painful to watch.

30 years of The Handmaid's Tale: a book review

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Sep 26, 2016 09:34 AM
In 1985, Canadian author Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid's Tale. The book would go on to win the Governor General's Award for English language fiction that same year and further establish her as a prominent writer. As a francophone reader, I am late in the game of reading Atwood's work, but this novel's 30th anniversary prompted me to add it to my summer reading list. As it turns out, The Handmaid's Tale is a timely, provocative read for initiated and first-time readers alike.
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