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The terms of the deal for privatizing the Canadian Wheat Board mean that it has been given away to the Saudi Arabian government and a U.S.-based multinational.

This week in labour: Dissent springs eternal

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OK, now even in the Maritimes spring has sprung and with it, a deluge of actions. This week the "Fight for $15" protests turned into what is being called the largest protests of low-wage workers in U.S. history, and thousands of Canadians joined their ranks. The best thing about these protests are the slogans, which turn fast-food platitudes on their heads with chants like "All those burgers, all those fries. We want wages supersized!" With more unions starting to mobilize for the election, if the pressure keeps up, we could be in for a hot summer of protests and change.

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SOLD! Canadian Wheat Board no longer quite so Canadian

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"Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that G3, a joint venture owned by two foreign corporations, Bunge and the Saudi investment company SALIC, is the beneficiary of CWB privatization. With this, the Conservative government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers in the history of Canada," said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President.

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Canadian Wheat Board assets to be handed over to private investor

December 16, 2014
| In 2011 the federal government purged farmer-elected directors from the Canadian Wheat Board and replaced them with Harper appointees. Now CWB assets are to be given to a private grain company.
Length: 15:25 minutes (14.12 MB)
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| December 3, 2014

Recounting and reflecting on Saskatchewan's co-operative history

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In this interview Darrin Qualman explores the history of farmer co-operatives in Saskatchewan and more broadly the prairie regions of Canada, focusing specifically on the collective wheat pools and the federally regulated Canadian Wheat Board. Qualman is an author and community activist, who has worked extensively with Canada's National Farmers Union, while also working internationally as a board member of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group).

Qualman addresses some of the context and history of the rural co-operative movement in Saskatchewan, pointing to the important role that agricultural co-operatives play in illustrating a concrete alternative to corporate capitalism. 

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| April 23, 2014
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