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Da’s toch dope, man!
The Netherlands is the only country in the world to allow over-the-counter sale of cannabis products. In the 1970s, when cannabis was becoming the drug of choice of young people in the Netherlands, for reasons of pragmatism and public health the Dutch government amended the Opium Act to distinguish soft…
The shock doctrine
Book reviews of Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater: The rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army and Naomi Klein’s, The Shock Doctrine: The rise of disaster capitalism.
December 2007/January 2008
In this issue, Briarpatch reflects on a coast-to-coast tour of intentional communities, contracts malaria on the Thai-Burma border, takes a critical look at the colour of environmentalism in Canada, investigates the recent introduction of genetically modified yeast into Canadian wine, and more.
- Blind Drunk
- Malaria as a weapon of war
- Green is not the only colour
- New government, old problems
The Deserter’s Tale: The story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
Book review of The Deserter’s Tale: The story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
Workplaces that Work: A Guide to Conflict Management in Union and Non-Union Work Environments
Book review of Workplaces that Work: A Guide to Conflict Management in Union and Non-Union Work Environments
Seizing the advantage
In a landmark ruling on June 8 of this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms constitutionally protects collective bargaining as part of its guarantee of freedom of association. One group that has long been struggling against the denial of its freedom of…
‘Each day of our lives is dedicated to surviving’
The province of Québec is in the midst of a major swing to the right, as the results of the March 2007 provincial election indicate. The centre-right Liberals of Jean Charest managed to hold on to power with a minority government, and the right-wing Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) made…
Out of their labours
“These photos were taken on farms in southern Ontario, as well as in Mexico, in the home villages of the workers. The portraits provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of people who are the backbone of Canada’s agricultural industry, and yet whose faces go largely unseen.” —Adam Perry
Building ‘The World’s Most Flexible Workforce’
Since coming to power, the Harper Conservatives have moved aggressively to expand Canada’s Foreign Worker Program, making it increasingly easy for employers to import workers from abroad. In this first segment of our special report on Canada’s invisible workforce, Karl Flecker investigates the impact on workplace rights in Canada, and…
Working for a ban
Over 40 countries have banned the use of asbestos—a known and dangerous carcinogen. So why does Canada continue to oppose a ban? And where does the labour movement stand on the question?
Bikes without borders
What connects singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, a rape crisis centre in Brantford, Ontario, and an anti-poverty group in nearby Port Dover? They’ve all come together to help ensure the safety of migrant farm workers on Canadian roads. Perhaps an odd combination for social justice work, but it seems to be working.
Letter from the editor
Sometimes a term comes along that enables us to name—-to make visible—-our situation, to better understand the social and economic forces that shape our choices, and to connect various struggles within a broader tapestry of social change. Precarity is perhaps such a term.
The concept of precarity has emerged in recent years as a useful description of daily life under neo-liberal globalization, as well as a potential banner for uniting various movements in the fight against it. This issue of Briarpatch dives into the shallow end of the labour pool to investigate the…
Voices from the front lines
As part of an ongoing project, Making the Links Radio is conducting interviews and producing radio shows focused on immigrant communities in Canada. From these conversations, we bring you glimpses of three important sites of struggle against the exploitation and marginalization of (im)migrant groups in Canada: the Philippine Women Centres,…
Free trade’s refugees
Former farmers driven north in search of work have found that the rules governing the free flow of capital don’t apply to them—indeed, that crossing borders has never been more difficult.