About Canadian Dimension

Canadian Dimension is published 6 times per year, including 2 double issues. We are a magazine which shows there is an alternative to the corporate agenda and the dictates of the global market; that the dream of a better society is still alive. It provides a forum for debate, where red meets green, feminists take on socialists, socialists take on social democrats, whites hear from aboriginals, activists report from all corners of Canada, trade unionists report from the front lines, campaigns make connections, and the latest books, films, websites, CDs, and videos are radically reviewed.

Canadian Dimension draws on the best writers on the Left, both familiar and fresh. Some contributing writers include Greg Albo, Gregory Baum, Varda Burstyn, Michel Chossudovsky, Sam Gindin, Joan Kuyek, Brian Palmer, Leo Panitch, Judy Rebick, Jim Stanford, Jack Warnock, and Reg Whitaker. These veterans write alongside young vigorous writers including Catherine Brown, Samir Gandesha, Anders Hayden, Meg Holden, Alex Roslin, Ardith Walkem. International coverage not seen elsewhere is provided by David Bacon, Henry Heller, Saul Landau, Edward Luro, Ahmar Mustikhan and James Petras.


Founded in 1963 by Cy Gonick, Canadian Dimension was published from the beginning in Winnipeg, home of the famous 1919 General Strike. In its earliest years, the magazine was produced in Gonick’s basement with the help of family and a core group of volunteers. It soon attracted some brilliant young writers to its pages and a very talented layout designer.

In 1975 a collective took over editorial responsibility. Although the composition of the collective has changed many times, and includes members from around the globe, a Winnipeg-based group still functions as the hub of the magazine. The dramatic change in the very definition and scope of Left politics since the inception of the magazine is reflected in the evolution of Dimension. Topics that were, in the past, often marginalized by mainstream Left politics — the environment, the family, the division of labour in the home, food, community development, coalition building, gender and racial inequalities — now comprise a large part of a typical issue of CD.

Dimension remains what it has always been — an independent forum for Left-wing political thought and discussion — including just about the entire range of what passes for the Left in Canada. A few years ago we adopted the banner “a magazine for people who want to change the world”. That’s still a good summary of who we are. In 2005 we decided to relaunch CD — redesign it through and through, carry more debate, opinion, personal stories and short reviews along with our usual feature articles. We made this decision to express confidence in ourselves and in the efforts of numerous others to revitalize the political life of our country. In the coming years we will continue to bring Canadians the best debate and discussion that can be found among progressive publications.


Canadian Dimension wishes to acknowledge funding and support from the following organizations:

Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

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Department of Canadian Heritage - Canada Magazine Fund

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Manitoba Arts Council

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Canadian Dimension is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly narrow media world. Here you will find the views and depth so sadly missing in most Canadian magazines and newspapers. Long live Canadian Dimension!

— Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians. SUBSCRIBE NOW!