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Dear Ontario teachers: Don't let McGuinty get away with this

I know you're angry right now. You should be. That your bargaining process has been interrupted by the reprehensible actions of the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in Ontario should outrage you and all Ontarians who support you.

I want to acknowledge your pain. Having never had a student wet himself beside me, having never had to separate a fight where girls' hair is strewn across the floor, having never had to explain why the Merchant of Venice doesn't suck, having never had to stop myself from swearing for more than a few days at a time ... I know that what you do I could never do. What you do, most people can't do. Even with the shitty teachers lumped in, the service you give to the community deserves to be acknowledged, honoured and celebrated.

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G20 inquiry, now!

Rogue page Brigette Depape spoke to the crowd.
Protesters call for better policing and inquiry...

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Torontonians demand candidates respond to their issues and needs

Last May, I resolved to start a movement to encourage Torontonians to eat their ballots on October 25. I'm not normally one to promote and encourage movements of entrenched disenfranchisement but this mayoral election had so disappointed me, eating my ballot seemed to be a better option than any other, i.e. voting for a candidate.

As I talked to others who are normally just as engaged in local politics as I am, it was clear that disenfranchisement was widespread.

I wondered why, until I went to an all-candidates debate hosted by Brian Mulroney's son Ben.

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Photo: QUOI Media/flickr
| August 27, 2014
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| August 8, 2014

Unions matter. So why does Canada pretend like they don't?

Unions Matter: Advancing Democracy, Economic Equality, and Social Justice

by Edited by Matthew Behrens
(Between the Lines,
2014;
$26.95)

One of the triumphs of neoliberalism is the demonization of unions.

Thanks to a dominant discourse that has been imagined by Canada's 1%, inspired by Thatcherism and actively and passively fed to us through complicit journalists, many Canadians have no idea how unions protect them, regardless of whether or not they're members of a union.

This creates an intense urgency: union activists must express their necessity or risk greater decline.

Nearly all activists feel this urgency and, unsurprisingly, several books and articles on the importance of unions have recently been written (including my own).

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Image: Facebook/Amir Schiby
| July 21, 2014
Evan Soloman: Likely not a zombie
| June 25, 2014
Image: flickr/John Hansen
| May 29, 2014
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