Volume 47, Issue 6
This is CD’s third special issue on mining in just the last few years. Canada, one of the world’s largest mining nations, operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making coal. The focus this issue is on the many ways the Canadian state supports the mining industry at home and abroad.
Volume 47, Issue 5
The internet increasingly resembles the structure of modern capitalist society, where those with wealth and privilege have access to knowledge and the rest are trapped behind low bandwidths and paywalls. Struggles against commodification are crucial, on and offline.
Volume 47, Issue 4
The views from left field are of course critical of the way sports culture has been corrupted by commercialization and pressure to win at any price, to say nothing of the way professional sports is used to support war andempire.
Volume 47, Issue 3
The north remains a colony inside Canada. With its resources being pursued that much more fervently by mining and energy capital in recent decades, it has become even more a contested terrain as indigenous communities organize themselves to protect their traditional lands from being ripped apart by rapacious corporations.
Volume 47, Issue 2
The Canadian Dimension of 2013, is, in many ways, the same as the Canadian Dimension of 1963 — an alternative mirror of our life and times, a sharp stick in the eye of authority, a cry for justice, an attempt to illuminate the often murky way forward. But in 1963 we didn’t write about feminism, the environment, human rights, gay liberation, and the connection between the politics we espouse and the way we live our lives. Leftish thinking, and socialism for that matter, hadn’t considered these issues, much less understood their importance.
Volume 47, Issue 1
Youth radicalism was a big part of Canadian Dimension’s first decade, 1963–1973. It asserted itself again after the “Battle of Seattle” at the end of the 1990s in the struggles against corporate globalization. With the Occupy movement and in particular the Québec Student strike, youth activism is once again a leading force for social change.
Volume 46, Issue 6
“If society has an imagination to express its desires and fears, it is activated through art….If social change is on the agenda, then art must make up a large part of the toolkit.”
Volume 46, Issue 5
“Following in the footsteps of the Chilean student protests, the mobilization of Québec students has ignited the fuse of a growing powder keg of popular anger against neoliberalism in Québec, in Canada and in other parts of the world. We are witnessing an unprecedented mobilization to defend public education and with it the very idea of the common good, against the privatization of social relations.”
Volume 46, Issue 4
Medicare was born in conflict. The notorious Saskatchewan Doctors’ Strike aimed to abort it. That was 50 years ago. This issue of Dimension offers an historical perspective on that birth with an essay by Lorne Brown and Doug Taylor (who are preparing a book on the 50th anniversary of Medicare.) Ulli Diemer exposes “Ten Myths about Medicare,” and health economist Robert Chernomas discusses one of those myths in detail: the controversial sustainability question.
Volume 63, Issue 3
Our traditional May Day issue, an issue devoted to the struggles and campaigns of working people in Canada and around the world. Additional focus is given to the Québec student movement, the epidemic of medical errors in addition to articles celebrating the lives of activist Madeleine Parent and This magazine co-founder Bob Davis.
Volume 46, Issue 2
A small but vibrant movement that began in France in 2001, and has now crossed the ocean into Canada, challenges the hitherto unquestioned belief that endless economic growth is sustainable, that any and all constraints can be overcome, and that producing and buying more is the road to happiness.
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