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

Transforming unions today to represent the workers of tomorrow | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 10, 2016 03:02 PM
Socialists understand better than most that regular people do not control or drive the current economy. Every day, social justice activists are struck with the realization that the economy is changing in a way that makes it harder to advance democratic interests. On one side, we have techno-Utopians who think App Innovation™ will foster a new, better and more efficient world. On the other side, elected officials act as cheerleaders for this economy – an economy based on exploitive precarious employment instead of democratic and sustainable regulated workplaces.

Flint water crisis | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Feb 02, 2016 08:33 AM
Much of the news around Flint, Michigan's water issues are focusing on the terrible government management of their water systems, the slow response to the lead crisis affecting the city’s citizens, and the donations being made by private bottled-water companies.

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.
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