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Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Never too early to start exposing bad Liberal policy | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 02, 2016 08:35 AM
The honeymoon with the Liberal Party (federal and provincial) is dragging-on a bit for those who fight for social and economic justice. While much of the population continue to get their news from media sources enamoured with the new Liberal brand, substantive change is hard to come by. Advancing free trade agreements and hobnobbing with the world's financial elite aside, progressive changes to employment insurance, welfare programs, and investment in public services are lagging.

Your internet-connected devices are shockingly insecure | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 02, 2016 08:36 AM
A variety of electronics are now being sold that connect directly to internet. From fridges to lights, thermostats to baby monitors, and security systems that connect to the TV, these devices communicate with one another for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, the companies that develop these products care more about profit than your security and privacy.

When employers seek to divide and conquer, our only defense is solidarity | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jan 18, 2016 09:31 AM
It was a bad week for media workers. Halifax-based newspaper The Chronicle Herald is getting scab-ready for a bargaining round in which they are hoping to lower wages, increase work hours, and layoff over a quarter of their sixty staff. The Toronto Star announced the closure of a Vaughan printing plant, meaning that 220 full-time and 60 part-time workers will lose their jobs. The industry is shifting, and workers are left wondering what tools they have to resist short-sighted profit-obsessed employers and present a vision of the future where integrity, sustainability, and quality journalism are at the heart of the industry.

Solidarity in the "new" economy | Graham H. Cox

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jan 16, 2016 02:03 PM
The labour dispute at the Halifax Chronicle Herald has again raised important questions of maintaining inter-generational solidarity. There are no easy solutions to the problems of the Herald as they are the result of economic models of publishing that are no longer sustainable (if they ever were). Unfortunately, the owners and managers of the Herald seem to think that this crisis is a good opportunity to target workers instead of finding a progressive solution that can work for the industry in the long-term.

How can work in the 21st century be better for workers? | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jan 11, 2016 05:57 PM
It won't come as a surprise that capitalist think-tanks are putting forward a vision of work that should trouble anyone who works for a living. Groups such as the Policy Network and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) promote future dystopia for workers where the nature of our work is perpetually precarious, privatized, and fully market-driven. It is a vision where robots, computer programs, and artificial intelligence replace all of the world's jobs that defined and established today's affluent worker.

Book review: 44 Hours or Strike! | R. Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 10, 2016 09:58 AM
Rarely do you come across fiction for young readers where the backdrop is a labour dispute, let alone one as harsh and violent as the 1931 dressmakers’ strike in Toronto. In 44 hours or strike! (Second Story Press, 2015), Anne Dublin has us follow two young Jewish sisters whose struggle ends up taking place as much within themselves as it does in the cold streets of Hogtown.

A view to 2016 | Graham H. Cox

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:27 AM
While we do not do predictions here at Citizens' Press, it seems there are some themes that have come out of 2015. Reflecting on this over the break lead to some thoughts on how these themes may continue in 2016. To this end, here are some ideas of where the battle fronts could be in 2016 and where I will be focusing -- at least until something unexpected comes along.

Climate deal lacks strategies critical to achieving promised results | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Dec 14, 2015 03:41 PM
It's easy to be swept-up in the feeling of accomplishment the COP21 agreement promises, especially with the enthusiastic response of the media, politicians, and celebrities involved. Unfortunately, while it is a victory for so many countries to come together and unanimously agree that something should be done, this is not the first time such promises have been made.
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