Author: Brian Charlton

A Woman’s place is in her Union

  In the increasingly unequal society we are living in, people who are marginalized and muzzled already need strong and united organizations that will stand up with them. At a time when those very organizations are under attack it’s important that people understand the joint history of trade unionism and feminism. Women benefit from the work of trade unions. The benefits are many and substantive. In Canada women who belong to unions earn on average $6.89 more an hour. The wage gap between unionized women and men , while still bad at 84%, is considerably better than the 70...

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What Does Labour Want

What Does Labour Want? Now that Canada is living in the post Harper era, in a land of “sunny climes,” some of the most targeted groups such First Nations, environmentalists and trade unionists are feeling a little less on the defensive. It is time, while the windows of opportunity are at least half opened, to step forward and state not only what needs to be turfed, fixed and amended from the past ten years of Conservative misrule but to go beyond. We need to develop a vision of the Canada that could be, and should be, if we want...

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Vancouver Island Maywork’s 2015 ‘Writing on Work’ Contest

Vancouver Island Mayworks will be holding our third annual ‘Writing on Work’ contest and if you work and you write, you should enter. Each year the WoW contest has grown in both quantity and quality and we expect even bigger and better things this year. The subject matter is work, any kind of work. We are looking for pieces told from the point of view of a worker, or a story about a group of workers but we are open to any approach. It could be about hard physical work, or it could be about cyber-work, or about a...

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David Rovics at Zocalo Jan 22

David Rovics , political ballader and humourist is coming to the Comox Valley.We get a rare treat to see this Portland Oregon troubadour at our favourite friendly venue Zocalo Cafe and Bistro on Thursday Jan 22nd starting at 7 PM. Tix are $15 at the door. David Rovics is a wonderfully thoughtful and funny songwriter and musician who sings songs that matter. David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90’s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by...

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Upcoming Events

Nov
17
Sat
9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more! See you at the Native[...]
Nov
24
Sat
9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more! See you at the Native[...]

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