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Briarpatch is an award-winning magazine of politics and culture. Fiercely independent and proudly polemical, Briarpatch offers original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective. As a reader-supported publication, Briarpatch is not just devoted to reporting on social movements — it’s committed to building them.
Our annual labour issue has stories about the risky business of sex work in the gig economy; airport workers organizing in Canada's biggest workplace; how a Canadian garment company is fleecing women maquila workers in Honduras; the reinstatement of Canada's prison farms; a planned economy for a just transition; Alberta's public-sector unions rising to meet the challenge of a UCP government; and student journalists reviving the labour beat. Plus a book review, comic, and interview with writing contest judges.