Articles Social Movements

  • Government ends negotiations with Quebec’s striking students

    On Wednesday, April 25, Education minister Line Beauchamp abruptly ended the negotiations with the student leaders to which she had reluctantly agreed two days earlier — before they had even got to the key issue of the $1625 fee hike. She refused, once again, to negotiate with the CLASSE, the largest student union, which represents about half of the 180,000 students now on strike in Quebec’s post-secondary colleges and universities. That effectively ended the negotiations, since the other two student unions refused to break their united front with the CLASSE and fall for the government’s blatant attempt to divide them.

  • Massive student upsurge fuels major debates in Quebec society

    A crowd estimated at 250,000 people or more wound its way through Montréal April 22 in Quebec’s largest ever Earth Day march. They raised many demands: an end to tar sands and shale gas development, opposition to the Quebec government’s Plan Nord mining expansion, support for radical measures to protect ecosystems, and other causes. And many wore the red felt square symbolizing support to the province’s students fighting the Liberal government’s 75 percent increase in post-secondary education fees over the next five years. The Earth Day march was the largest mobilization to date in a mounting wave of citizen protest throughout the province.

  • The Student Movement: Radical Priorities

    The student movement in Quebec is an incredibly important development, with implications that reach well beyond provincial borders, rekindling the political imagination to a degree not seen since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. This is the most troubling and dynamic period in recent Quebec history, and the possibility that this energy will foster fundamental social change is very real.

  • Why anti-pipeline organizing isn’t just another protest

    Social Movements

    The argument here is pretty simple: the creative, grassroots, solidarity-building efforts going on in pipeline organizing differ from conventional environmentalism, and that’s a great thing. The how of anti-pipeline organizing looks much different when people move beyond traditional strategies of environmental organizing and campaigning.

  • The Enigma of David Harvey

    David Harvey does not look at capitalism as simply an economic system with geographic consequences. Drawing directly from Marx’s dynamic mode of thought, Harvey looks at capitalism as a highly intricate and interconnected social and productive system and offers remarkable insights by looking at it in this dynamic way.

  • Uneconomic Growth

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    The idea that economic growth can not continue indefinitely, or even for more than a few generations, is as old as economics itself. The classical economists — Smith, Ricardo and, of course, Malthus — each offered reasons for thinking that the human population would eventually outrun the capacity of nature to provide for much more than subsistence.

  • Growing Alarm

    Social Movements

    Growth, conventionally defined as the ever increasing flow of goods and services on the market, is a mantra that continues to be embraced by nearly the entire political spectrum, even though, in the contemporary period, the biophysical, social and economic “limits to growth” have been identified as an urgent problem for over 40 years.

  • 2011: Reflecting on Social Movement Successes in Canada

    Working through and across differences–while maintaining the diversity of an inter-generational anti-oppression and radical politics–has strengthened the terrain for inclusive, participatory, and revolutionary struggle in Canada for the upcoming year.

  • A call for activists and intellectuals to engage with the Occupy Movement

    It is imperative for us who have been critical of society to engage with people in the contested space of the Occupy movement rather than retreat to a moral or intellectual high ground of non-participation supported by the knowledge that once again the masses are wrong.

  • A Punishing Regime

    The expansion of the criminal justice system has become a central part of political and economic restructuring in Canada and it demands attention. This special issue of Canadian Dimension contributes to the documentation of what this shift looks like and the ways people are resisting it.

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