In the face of relentless attacks on organized labour, there is a clear need and desire for both union renewal and for unions to fight back against the anti-worker austerity agenda.
Within this context, a confrontation looms on the horizon as the Conservative government is poised to eliminate the automatic dues check-off (the “Rand Formula”), which has been a cornerstone of union security for decades. As unions gear up in defence of automatic dues-checkoff, some labour activists are questioning their efforts.
They believe that the Rand formula has created bureaucratic unions that are disconnected from their memberships. Losing Rand could in fact contribute to the process of union renewal, they argue.
Octopus Books is excited to host a conversation on hunger, farming, and food sovereignty. Author Haroon Akram-Lodhi will be in Ottawa to launch his new book "Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice, and the Agrarian Question." He will be in conversation with Paul Slomp, local cattle-farmer and executive member of the National Farmers Union (NFU).
University of Toronto Press Publishing presents the Toronto release for Dennis Pilon's latest book 'Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West'.
Though sharing broadly similar processes of economic and political development from the mid-to-late nineteenth century onward, western countries have diverged greatly in their choice of voting systems: most of Europe shifted to proportional voting around the First World War, while Anglo-American countries have stuck with relative majority or majority voting rules. Using a comparative historical approach, Wrestling with Democracy examines why voting systems have (or have not) changed in western industrialized countries over the past century.
Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West
The following is an excerpt from the new book Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West, which examines why voting systems have or have not changed in western industrialized countries over the past century.
Babble Book Club will be holding its final discussion of selection Dianne Warren's Cool Water.
The conversation will take place Tuesday February 19 8:30pm EST to allow numerous book club members to be present in real-time for a more active conversation about the book. Participants should feel free to discuss all aspects of the novel -- story, writing, concept -- with respect to the other participants in the forum.
The discussion will take place in the babble book lounge on the Cool Water thread.
Babble Book Club will be having its wrap up conversation of selection People Park by Pasha Malla to discuss the book in its entirety between readers.
The online conversation will take place for minimum one hour when all readers are invited to discuss the various aspects of the book between each other while present in real-time. All readers -- whether not finished or finished completely -- are invited to comment and present their opinion of the book with other readers and discuss whichever points of the point interested, angered or engrossed them most.