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.
WHY SO LITTLE PUBLIC RESPONSE FROM LABOUR TO BANGLADESH'S GIANT TRAGEDY?
By Dave Bennett, with a response from Jorge Garcia-Orgales
I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress Pensioners' and Retirees' Association to protest the weak response from the Canadian labour movement to the recent building collapse in Bangladesh, which killed over 1,100 workers.
LOOK WHO'S LYING ABOUT THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM
By Karl Flecker
Whatever Jason Kenney and Kellie Leitch may say about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and how "reforms" have improved it, the goal of the Harper government's agenda remains the same: fast track + pay less = wage suppression.
Send in Your Work Poems!
By Lorraine Endicott
Calling all Canadian poets!: Send in your poems about work, workers, and social justice to Our Times' poetry contest, being held in memory of artist and poet Lena Wilson Endicott (1928-2012). Deadline: June 30, 2013. First prize:$400.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CANADA'S TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM
By Karl Flecker
Why is Jason Kenney, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, so willfully blind to the problems inherent in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program? There are hundreds of examples of disingenuous employers and labour brokers exploiting migrant workers and their families. Here are just some of them.
HARPER GOES AFTER UNIONS
By Mae Burrows & Donald Gutstein
Imagine you have a decent health plan for your family's medical emergencies, but, if you use more than $5,000 worth of services, your personal information is posted on a website for anyone to read. This is what the current session of Parliament may hold for unions, union families and unionized companies under Harper's Bill C-377, "An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act(Labour Unions)."