Volume 50, Issue 2: Spring 2016
A new structure for Dimension
Welcome to the Spring issue of Canadian Dimension. With this issue, we launch ourselves into a fresh era for CD. Our new structure consists of a coordinating committee that will work through a small core of standing committees that will help sharpen the coordination of editorial production both for the magazine and in our growing online efforts. One of the editorial-oriented groups will deal with the print magazine’s central theme, while the other will stay on top of CD’s regular features. Our Web working group will ensure that CD develops a lively online presence, keeping up to date with breaking issues, events and trends. The other two working groups will work to underpin our finances and make sure our promotional infrastructure is up to scratch. In addition, we are counting on a network of associates (some drawn, we hope, from what used to be the CD collective) to support the new structure with both ideas and energy.
A community of readers
Since we are largely a volunteer undertaking, we encourage you, our readers, to see yourselves as part of this ambitious project and see how you might contribute. If it takes a village to raise a child (children are the focus theme of this Spring issue, after all) it takes a community to sustain a magazine. For those hopelessly pressed for time, we will be happy to take financial contributions to help encourage a future to believe in, as opposed to another round of the same-old same-old.
We need our SUSTAINERS
The 150 readers who are CD sustainers together contribute over $20,000 to our coffers each year. That pays the printing bills of three of the four quarterly issues of Canadian Dimension. Do you want to help pay for the printing of the fourth?
For more information, write to us firstname.lastname@example.org or Canadian Dimension, 2E, 91 Albert St. Winnipeg, R3B1G5, or call 204-957-1519.
This spring’s focus on childhood, a first for CD, was planned and edited by Judy Deutsch and David Hugill. We think there are some really thought-provoking pieces in this issue. We’d like to hear your thoughts about this focus and about a future theme we are contemplating: Growing old in Canada. To add your input, please use the contact info listed above.
Feel the Bern
However he finishes on the electoral trail, Democratic Party presidential nomination candidate Bernie Sanders has opened up a lot of opportunities to organize and to talk socialism. In this issue, we gather a variety of viewpoints on how the left here should respond to the Sanders campaign. Here’s one idea that was left out. Bernie has made socialism almost cool to talk about. In the U.S. of all places!!!! If socialism is on the agenda, we need to ask the same old questions: What exactly is it? How do we get there? But we need something different than the usual formulaic answers. We offer this discussion as a starting point. We could put together an entire issue of CD exploring the variety of potential socialisms. And what might work best here in Canada? Does this appeal to you as a CD reader?
Have a good read.