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What does it mean to have a 'good job' in Canada today?


At the Good Jobs Summit in Toronto, about 1,000 people from across the country gathered over the weekend to examine that question, hear expert commentary and contribute to the dialogue around the employment challenges affecting millions in our country. They also set forth possible solutions toward establishing a more just society with greater job opportunities for all.

In the spirit of that dialogue, rabble asked a diverse group of five people about the issues raised at the summit and what they meant to them. Here's what they took away from the three-day gathering.

Amanda Cope, fourth year student majoring in Political Science and Labour Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario:


Interview: Van Jones on green jobs and labour politics

Photo: Flickr/Centre for American Progress

On his Facebook page, Van Jones lists among his interests "Slaying dragons. Rescuing imperiled planets. Playing basketball with my four-year-old son."

Jones is better known as a champion of green jobs, human rights and innovative economic solutions designed to lift up the next generation of workers.

LISTEN: click here to listen to the unabridged interview.


Sustainability 2.0? Why technology isn't a panacea

About one billion cellphones are thrown away every nine months. I can't imagine Nitin Kawale thinks much about that most days.

The president of Cisco Canada is too busy preaching his brand of techno-evangelism.

"We all use smart devices," he told a gathering inside a large hall at Caesars Windsor at a Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference last February. I was an observer and member of the CAW Windsor Regional Environment Council (CAWWREC) -- and one of the dumb invisible minority apparently.


Canada's petcoke problem

Photo: Stephen Boyle/flickr
Three-storey-tall piles of petroleum coke are being stored just metres from the Detroit River in full view of Windsor's riverfront.

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The dirty view from Windsor: Canada's petcoke problem

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There's a perverse irony at play in Windsorites' protests against the petcoke piles on neighbouring Detroit's shores.

For years, residents downwind from dirty coal-fired plants in Michigan and other Midwestern U.S. centres have been breathing nasty transboundary air pollution -- including the burning of petroleum coke, also known by its nickname 'petcoke'.


Review: A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers

A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers does not waste time exposing the rot in modern manufacturing in his latest novel, A Hologram for the King.

 In a flashback on page 13, the main character Alan Clay, who failed as a bicycle manufacturer and has been bounced around various sales and consulting jobs, is sitting next to a drunken man on a flight to London, England from Boston. Eggers writes:


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