Labour

  • Condemnations, contradictions, and rich ironies

    Some see the plant's closure as just another example of blood-sucking foreign companies who come into Canada, ignore our unions, buy our plants, and leave the workers, the provinces, and the country to clean up the mess. Ken Lewenza, the head of the union representing the workers at the EMD plant, suggests that the closure "open[s] a door for multinational corporations to feel confident they can do whatever they want, to destroy communities and the lives of people and get away with it." A commodities boom has driven the Canadian dollar from a 62¢ U.S.

    The talk about last month's move of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant from London (Ontario) to the United States reveals much about the way we treat economics in Ontario and in Canada.

    Some see the plant's closure as just another example of blood-sucki...

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  • Ignoring a Key Reason for the Decline of Unions

    A discussion paper released by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications Energy and Paper Workers (CEP) suggests that unions are "fac[ing] an enormous and historic moment of truth." While Canadian unions are known for their overuse of hyperbole, the list of problems they themselves provide suggests the problem is genuine.

    Canada's unions are in trouble, but what is to be done?

    A discussion paper released by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications Energy and Paper Worke...

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  • Lessons from Election Week in Canada

    Promising polls are as meaningful as yesterday's newspapers. A few months back, you might have found betting odds on Premier Mar in Alberta, Premier McFayden in Manitoba, and Premier Hudak in Ontario—perhaps even as a trifecta. Campaigns and on-the-ground organization matter, and what might have appeared likely in the summer did not materialize.

    Last week, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario held provincial elections. Today Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Yukon took their turn. Alberta's Progressive Conservatives selected a new leader who last Friday was installed as their next Premier...

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  • Intern Nation

    It's the season of interns, and with it the debasing hazing rituals (Cardus' is doing the President's expense reports). Those undergrads who haven't retreated to dignified manual labour to pay tuition bills for the summer, are working to pad their résumé and bolster their experience with now-legion internship opportunities.

     

    It's the seas...

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  • A liberal arts trade school?

    One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.   

    I hate to begin a blog post with a quote from Wendell Berry—lest I disturb the fragile peace at the Cardus dinner table—but I'm going to do it anyway. Berry offers this nugget:

    One of the mos...

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