Welcome to Between Times, an online-only feature to complement the magazine you find in your mailbox every two months. Between every issue of Our Times, watch for a specially selected online article, letters to the editor, late-breaking reviews, debate and ideas about stories in Our Times, and resources to help keep you inspired in the struggle for workers' rights and social justice.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS
By Frank Saptel
Middle-class people not only don't identify with working-class values, they also don't understand them. I believe you can be a bank manager and still be a working-class person. It's about understanding the issues — working people's issues.
PAY US FOR THE WORK WE DO
By Christo Aivalis
"If your parents are letting you live in the basement, you might as well go out and do something for free to put the experience on your CV." So says Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada. His understanding comes from the place of privilege that an annual salary of $434,000 provides.
STAND UP FOR TEACHERS
By Janet Nicol
"It was my mother's idea for me to be a comedian," Bae says. But back in the 1990s, Bae had other ideas. He wanted to become a teacher. He says his parents tried to talk him out of it.
WHY I'M ON THE PICKET LINE
By Tara Ehrcke
While our public schools have many wonderful programs and many dedicated teachers, the sad truth is that there are also overcrowded classrooms, children falling behind, and a workforce exhausted from trying to fill in the gaps.
THE INFINITE ENERGY ILLUSION
A Climate/Justice Commentary
By Teresa Healy
There can be no individual path towards climate justice. We have to find our way collectively, which means we need to learn how to talk to one another. Let's start with the massive new hydroelectric development at Labrador's Muskrat Falls.