In this special issue, we’re celebrating half a century of Briarpatch, and we’re also looking for stories about the present and future of independent, left-wing media in Canada. Pitches are due September 5.
Almost 100 years ago, Mewa Singh walked into Vancouver’s courthouse and shot William Hopkinson, an immigration inspector tasked with undermining anti-colonial organizing. What does it mean to commemorate Singh as an “anti-racist activist”?
New Freedom of Information documents show the City of Toronto’s efforts to control the media narrative around encampment evictions last summer – inflating the number of fires in encampments and using media exclusion zones.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Pacific Gateway and Hilton Metrotown hotels laid off their workers – then refused to hire them back. Hotel workers are fighting for their jobs, and for the future of the hotel industry after the pandemic.
A grassroots collective is putting forward a different vision of a Métis future – one built on reciprocity, good governance, and police abolition. Plus: saving the bees means ending capitalist agriculture. Opposing Doug Ford's plan to increase suburban sprawl. The surging demand for gender-affirming health care in Canada's small provinces and territories. How disabled people are being left behind in B.C.'s climate adaptation plan.