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NDP considering name change: the 'Democratic Party'

nick taylor-vaisey

If several high-profile individuals have their way, one of Canada’s major political parties could be on the way to a rebranding even before the summer is out. The New Democratic Party could enter the fall session of parliament with a new name, simply called the “Democratic Party.” The move has been promoted by a mounting […] More »

Trash your neighbour and save the environment

laura kusisto

I grew up in Saskatchewan, so I’m not accustomed to being on the receiving end of the country’s resentment of Toronto. For this reason, I never thought I’d publicly acknowledge, let alone write about, problems created by the ongoing garbage workers’ strike. But the strike did get me thinking about new work applying “social proof” […] More »
May-June 2009

The American Nightmare of Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Wendy and Lucy’

Soraya RobertsWebsite

How global recession, Hurricane Katrina, and social breakdown can strand one lonely woman—and her little dog, too In cinematic terms, the Great Depression is arguably best represented by Mervyn LeRoy’s 1932 classic I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Wrongfully convicted of robbery, First World War veteran James Allen is sentenced to 10 years […] More »

Grumble if you want, but Toronto city workers are right to strike

Graham F. Scott

[Disclosure: CUPE is a This Magazine advertiser] Toronto is now about half a day into a municipal workers’ strike, and the usual braying chorus has sprung up on radio, television, and the op-ed pages, alternately condemning or defending the strike action. Generally, there are three viewpoints expressed: This is inconvenient, but overall I support the […] More »
May-June 2009

Dear CBC: Review more books

Darryl WhetterWebsite

Professional book reviewing is dead in this country. The CBC could revive it. If Clive Owen were a Canadian author, maybe the CBC would finally review books. Katrina Onstad, a film columnist for, begins a recent review: “The International opens with a long, extended close-up of Clive Owen’s face, following which I jotted in […] More »
May-June 2009

Welcome to the no-growth economy

Rosemary Frei

York University economist Peter Victor says it’s time to shrink the economy, not grow it How can we escape our current economic mess while simultaneously avoiding the looming triple threats of peak oil, climate change, and species extinction? York University ecological economist Peter Victor has the answer: significantly slow the nation’s economic growth. According to […] More »

Socialism without socialists in Wired Magazine

Graham F. Scott

Wired magazine’s current issue contains an interesting essay that’s worth a read, called (in Wired‘s loveable hyperbolic style) “The New Socialism.” With the U.S. economy still in a tailspin and “socialism” back on the political radar there (Obama: is he, or isn’t he?) the time is ripe to seriously ask whether the various political ideologies […] More »
March-April 2009

Employment Insurance: Help Wanted

Jenn Hardy

Consumer confidence and stock values might be dropping, but there’s one number that’s on the rise: Canada’s unemployment rate. As more Canadians start turning to Employment Insurance, we got to wondering about the specifics. EI schemes vary widely across the country, it turns out. Just how extreme are the differences? Well, here’s what we found: […] More »

Keep the "Labour" in "Labour Day"

This Magazine Staff

A Toronto Labour Day parade from the early 1900s, shot by Yousuf Karsh It’s Friday afternoon and around our office, we’re all thinking about the upcoming long weekend. Labour Day, for many Canadians, is just another day off, the end of the summer, a chance to sleep in one last time before school starts up […] More »

Mr. Layton goes to Denver (updated)

This Magazine Staff

A press release came in this afternoon saying that NDP leader Jack Layton is spending three days at the Democratic National Convention in Denver to talk to the Dems’ labour caucus, among others, and see if he can shake some important hands. Now, the NDP’s electoral standing in Canada isn’t exactly on par with the […] More »

Solidarity or death?

This Magazine Staff

Acts of murder against trade unionists around the world increased 25 percent from 2005 to 2006. According to a survey on human-rights violations just published by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 144 trade unionists were murdered for defending workers’ rights in 2006, while more than 800 suffered beatings or torture. “Colombia is the deadliest […] More »