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Enough to live on
Precarious work is on the rise in Canada. Although the quantity of jobs has increased, often dramatically, during recent years of economic boom, there has also been a strong tendency for full-time, relatively well-paid jobs with benefits and security of tenure to be replaced by part-time, short-term, insecure jobs that…
- The Social Sources of Madness
- Buying Happiness
The journey back to where I began
I’ll never forget my first day at the Centre, the beginning of a nearly two-year period that would alter my life forever. They’re not all bad memories, but still, they stand as reminders of a traumatic childhood and a time of immense and difficult transition in my young life.
- Psyched Out
It’s the great paradox of our time: poverty makes us more susceptible to mental illness, while affluence drives us to depression. Exploring these topics and many more, Briarpatch takes a fresh and fearless look at the state of our mental health in an age of growing inequality.
Letter from the editor
Community is a broad, amorphous concept that, when we use it, reveals a lot about our ideals and our utopian dreams.
A Great Restlessness: The Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen
Book review of A Great Restlessness: The Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen
Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide
Film review of Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide
Guerrilla traffic control
STOP eating meat. STOP driving. STOP bush junior. No, I’m not trying to tell you what to do with your life. But somebody is.
Bursting the ethanol bubble
Ethanol’s environmental credentials are dubious at best. Governments everywhere have managed to ignore this mounting evidence. Instead, they have piled aboard the ethanol bandwagon, plowing significant amounts of taxpayer dollars into the production of ethanol and other “biofuels,” claiming this will help both the environment and farmers’ net incomes.
Does the rise of the “naturals” industry represent a small step in the right direction or merely a distraction from a much larger problem?
Dinner plate ethics
As long as hunting is dismissed as unethical while the act of paying for food at the grocery store is seen as benign, we are unlikely to make much progress
Cover story: Guerrilla Traffic Control: Using public art to stick it to car culture. Also in this issue: Haiti’s political prisoners; how the ethanol craze will suck us dry; the one-state solution for Israel/Palestine; a critical look at the “naturals” industry, and more…
Shayna and Dominique have just set out on a cross-Canada trip to seek out intentional communities and learn from their experiences. They’ll be blogging about what they find right here on www.briarpatchmagazine.com.
Who is in jail in today’s Haiti, it seems, has a lot more to do with stifling political dissent than with bringing criminals to justice. And Canada has played a key role
The One-State Solution
Hassan Husseini interviews Joel Kovel, author of Overocming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
- Community radio and the frequency of struggle
- June/July 2007