May / June 2000
Unions and the Just Society by Jackie Flanagan
As a result of the Industrial Revolution, unions emerged to give collective power to workers who as individuals had none. In Alberta, we are hostile toward unions, or collective action of any type. Who does this attitude serve?
Blacklash by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe
Humour, satire, wit, column
Stenson declares backlash as the force that dictates all change, not just fashion.
In Love with Festivals Why is conservative Alberta a hotbed of artistic celebrations?
by Pamela Anthony, photos by C. Kowalchuk
Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Works, Calgary International Children’s Festival, Calgary Folk Festival
Currently, Alberta hosts 48 art festivals, and considering the enormous public support, this number can only grow. People who ordinarily don’t interact with arts populate these festivals, which function to bring communities together. What’s not to celebrate?
A Good Job is Hard to Find High-tech glamour jobs? No. We’re shoe salesmen, nurses, carpenters, welders and waiters
by Graham S. Lowe, illustration by Hugo Dubon
Daniel Levine, Alberta Advantage, Alberta Growth Summit, knowledge-based industries
The Alberta government recognizes that people nurture economic growth, hence, the title of their human resource policy: People and Prosperity. It’s a nice phrase, but do the words actually describe the actions of the government?
Does Working for Welfare Work? by Tim Devlin
Support for Independence, Social Research and Demonstration Corporations
The Alberta Job Corps was launched in 1995 with great fanfare. Designed for people on welfare who are unsuitable for other government programs-academic upgrading or skill development-AJC is the last opportunity for lost causes. After five years, is AJC achieving its aim of putting the unemployable to work?
Alberta’s Hostility Toward Labour Alberta once played a crucial role in the evoultion of Canada’s labour movement. What happened?
by David Bright
Right-to-work legislation, Peter Pocklington, Gainers strike, 1988 Labour Relations Code, Klein revolution, United Nurses of Alberta, Alberta Union of Public Employees
Historically, Alberta’s unions were influential and effective both with industry and government. Since the 1943 election of Earnest Manning and his Social Credit party, Alberta has become increasingly unsupportive of labour movements.
Urban Renewal by Vivian Zenari, photos by Kevin Steel
Garden, photo essay
Edmonton inner city residents are not just growing gardens, they’re growing communities.
Strike An excerpt from the novel Downriver Drift
by Tim Bowling, illustration by James Lorincz
Fiction, excerpt, Downriver Drift
A fishermen’s strike brews violently, destroying a small town’s harmony, as some choose to cross the picket line and fish for their livelihood.
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