Labour Le Travail: A Significant Collection in Canada's Working Class History
Labour / Le Travail is a bilingual and biannual journal covering a broad range of approaches to studying the working class in Canada. Based out of Newfoundland’s Memorial University, L / LT has received international acclaim as a pioneer in Canadian working class history. This journal was born out of the political and socially tumultuous years of the ’60s and ’70s. Labour / Le Travail emerges from the New Left movement, and it might, as Verity Burgmann alludes, be a product of increased access by working class youth to universities across the country during the ‘50s and ’60s. The journal received its intellectual inspiration by a circle of historians inside the Communist Party of Great Britain, such as Eric Hobsbawn and E. P. Thompson.
Canada in Afghanistan
By Dana R. Brown
On August 31st, New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton called for troop withdraws from the counter-insurgency mission in Afghanistan. He stated that “This is not the right mission for Canada. It is not clearly defined, there is no exit strategy and it is unbalanced in that it focuses on counter-insurgency and not peace keeping.”
I agree with Layton, and so do the majority of Canadians, according to a recent Angus-Reid poll.
American Gangster in Montreal: The True Story of Hal C. Banks
By Dana Brown
This paper will attempt to analyze Donald Brittain’s critically acclaimed film by examining its origins, reception, conditions of production, and cinematic conventions used to emphasize Brittain’s commentary. In addition to the above, this paper will attempt to assess the historical narrative that Canada’s Sweetheart tries to address.
On the surface, Brittain’s sarcastic commentary and seamless transition from stock footage to dramatization is a powerful depiction of Canadian Labour history.