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Inside the conditions migrant workers face in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Most know it as a destination for summer wine tastings. But for migrant workers, Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to extremely difficult, precarious work

Kristin Lozanski

It’s August 7, 2016, the day after Jamaican Independence Day. I’m in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., sitting on the back of a “jitney”—a truck with the top of the cab chopped off, used to haul crates of freshly picked peaches from the fields to the packing barns. A few men are sipping Labatt’s Blue, while others drink […] More »
July-August 2017

Inside Newfoundland and Labrador’s uphill battle to economic prosperity

The province is banking on industry for its financial salvation

Nora Loreto@NoLore

This year, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Ours is a country of rich history—but not all Canadian stories are told equally. In this special report, This tackles 13 issues—one per province and territory—that have yet to be addressed and resolved by our country in a century and a half At a St. John’s rally on April 6, the […] More »

Here’s what Conservative leadership hopefuls have to say about labour

Spoiler alert: You're not going to love their proposed policies

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Thinking about @justinpjtrudeau and his plan to plunge #Canada into a $1.5 trillion bankruptcy. Wow I have to get rid of this this guy in 2019! A post shared by Kevin O’Leary (@kevinolearyshark) on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:13pm PST Kevin O’Leary, the Boston-based former CBC personality said that if he were ever elected, he […] More »

Five issues to watch the Liberals address in 2017

Will Justin Trudeau's government keep their promises? We'll see

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Stephen Harper didn’t hide what he thought of working people. His government waged attacks against collective bargaining. They tried to force unions to develop overly bureaucratic measures to make their finances public to non-members. They resisted and dismantled social programs that help people, even if they had few or no benefits through their work. And they […] More »
November-December 2016

New documentary exposes Canada’s abusive migrant labour program

Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams delves into the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's precarious issues

Pema Tsering@PemaTsering1

If you look at a map of southern Ontario, Leamington seems no more remarkable than the other small towns that dot Lake Erie’s coastline. Yet, in Min Sook Lee’s documentary Migrant Dreams, the 30,000-population town becomes the setting of a much bigger issue. Leamington has the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America. And, thanks to […] More »

Should unions still call workers “brothers” and “sisters”?

The titles adhere to a strict gender binary—and union activists are demanding change

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Have you ever been called “sister” in a union meeting? Did you feel erased or were you misgendered? The labour movement practice of calling one another “sister” or“brother” clashes with a growing consciousness about the perils of classifying people into a strict gender binary, and many union activists are demanding change.  “We’re erased in many […] More »
November-December 2016

Inside the Chronicle Herald’s ongoing strike

The now nine-month strike exposes media’s precarious labour landscape. In an industry rife with layoffs and low on jobs, how can unions protect news integrity, connect with young journalists, and keep everybody from crossing the picket line?

Michaela Cavanagh@mmcavanagh

In January 2016, just weeks before the Chronicle Herald would begin its still-unresolved strike, management at the paper offered Nathan Clarke a job. Clarke covers sports, and the Herald, Nova Scotia’s newspaper of record, wanted him to be its sports reporter, stepping in to fill the shoes of a striking worker—what’s called being a strikebreaker or, […] More »

Why aren’t we talking more about the politics of labour?

Oops! What we missed in our 50th anniversary issue

Nora Loreto@NoLore

This Magazine is 50 years old. To celebrate, This editors embarked on an ambitious project: they featured 50 ideas from “Canada’s brightest, boldest, and most rebellious thinkers, doers, and creators” to “share their best big ideas.” I was struck not by what was there, but what was missing: Of the 50 ideas, there wasn’t one […] More »
May-June 2015

Project Diversity

RM VaughanWebsite

Straight, white men still dominate the technology industry. RM Vaughan introduces us to LGBTQ activists around the world who are fighting for change STUART CAMERON REMEMBERS the first time Unicorns in Tech set up a booth at a major tech/IT conference. “People would stop and see ‘Unicorns’ and think, ‘Oh that looks like fun,’ and […] More »

Social Justice All-Star: Rabia Syed

Nadya Domingo@nadyawrites

Tireless labour rights activist Rabia Syed is third in our new online-only Social Justice All-Stars series. Know a social justice all-star who deserves recognition? Email editor Lauren McKeon at [email protected] Coworkers call Rabia Syed the “all star” of organizing. At 50 years old, Syed has spent more than half her life working tirelessly in union […] More »
September-October 2014

Third Annual Corporate Hall of Shame

This Magazine Staff

For the past three years, This Magazine has waded deep into the bad deeds of our country’s corporations. Each time, we scour hundreds of public records, court cases, company filings, and media reports to find our country’s most shameful corporate citizens. For 2013-2014, we found more than enough to enrage us. The now (unfortunately) familiar […] More »