• Blog

    Free transit is just the beginning

    It’s no coincidence that struggles over public transit are erupting across the Americas. Free transit is about an end to austerity, a refusal of police power, and a demand for decommodified and universal public services.

  • Magazine

    The literal – and literary – futures we build

    Briarpatch editor Saima Desai talks to two judges of our Writing in the Margins contest about Idle No More and MMIWG, ethical kinship, writing queer sex, and their forthcoming work.

  • Magazine

    “At least hookers get wages”

    If sex were factored out of the equation, sugaring would look a lot like the precarious gig economy jobs of Uber drivers or bike couriers. And – like in other web-based jobs – sugar babies in Montreal are struggling to develop collective strength with their fellow workers.

  • Magazine

    The climate case for working less

    The argument for a reduced work week asks: why do we work to produce so much more than we can possibly use? Why not work less, waste less, distribute better, and enjoy the age of abundance that we’ve been promised?

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  • Announcement

    Call for submissions (May/June)

    We’re looking for writing rooted in rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist struggle for an unthemed issue. Pitches are due January 6, 2020.

  • Announcement

    Announcing Briarpatch’s new publisher, John Cameron

    We’re welcoming John Cameron to the staff!

  • Magazine

    Alberta’s summer of solidarity

    Can Alberta’s labour movement rise to the challenge presented by the new UCP government?

  • Magazine

    The cost of a T-shirt

    In Honduras, women maquila workers are fighting back against the multinational garment companies that they say are endangering their health and safety.

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Current Issue

November/December 2019

Our annual Labour Issue has stories about the risky business of sex work in the gig economy; airport workers organizing in Canada’s biggest workplace; how a Canadian garment company is fleecing women maquila workers in Honduras; the reinstatement of Canada’s prison farms; and more.

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