PLATFORMS FOR PEOPLE, NOT PROFIT
Digital platforms boast that they’ve “democratized” cultural production. But what would truly democratic platforms look like in Canada?
ORGANIZING THROUGH LOSS IN THE HEART OF OIL COUNTRY
The story of climate justice organizing in Alberta, at the heart of the tarsands, is the story of a group of young activists learning what it means to lose, and keep on fighting
GROWING THE LABOUR MOVEMENT
How unions are using community gardens to engage members, nourish communities, and help strikers weather the picket line
A NEW ERA FOR OLD CROW
In the Yukon’s northernmost community, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is reckoning with how to preserve their land and culture, amid a warming climate and an influx of tourists
“At Least Hookers Get Wages”
The risky business of sex work in the gig economy
The Literal – And Literary – Futures We Build
Briarpatch editor Saima Desai talks to two judges of our Writing in the Margins contest about Idle No More and MMIWG, ethical kinship, writing queer sex, and their forthcoming work.
The Cost Of A T-Shirt
In Honduras, women maquila workers are fighting back against the multinational garment companies that they say are endangering their health and safety.
Milking Prison Labour
Canada’s prison farms are being reopened. But when prisoners will be paid pennies a day, and the fruits of their labour will likely be exported for profit, there’s little to celebrate.
Bringing Back The Beat
In mainstream media, labour journalism has been replaced by financial reporting and business sections. But journalism students are raising the labour beat from the grave.
There's No Journalism On A Dead Planet
Corporate media owners are killing local newspapers – which is making it impossible for everyday people to understand the on-the-ground impacts of the climate crisis
The Loud Silence Of Queer Poverty
The loud silence of queer poverty In every sense that matters, poverty is an LGBTQ2S issue. So why aren’t mainstream Canadian LGBTQ2S organizations treating it as such? And who’s picking up their slack?
Reading Truth To Power
The struggle over whom Winnipeg’s downtown library belongs to serves as an unexpectedly sophisticated example of what’s possible when leftists organize outside of the electoral sphere and commit to winning a single protracted struggle.
Not Just A Pretty Instagram Profile
Lessons from high-school organizers fighting Ford’s education cuts
Mutual AID For The End Of The World
Conversations with disabled, trans, and racialized survivalists who are changing what it means to be a disaster prepper
A Dignified Death
Winner of the 2019 Andrea Walker Memorial Prize for writing on women’s and non-binary people’s health
Capital City: Gentrification And The Real Estate State
Several years ago, my roommate and I were evicted from our small, ground-floor apartment in the west end of downtown Toronto.
This Is A Prison, No Matter What You Call It
Activists are determined to halt the construction of a new migrant detention centre in Laval
The City Vs. Big Tech
Activists kicked Amazon’s HQ2 out of New York City. They ran Google’s new campus out of Berlin. Now, in Toronto, #BlockSidewalk wants to send Google – and their new “smart city” packing. As the techlash is slowly becoming organized, the battle against Big Tech has emerged as the new front in the fight for the right to the city.
“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”
Hate, By Any Other Name
Why would an anti-hate group condemn a Muslim organization for a third-hand connection to hate, while remaining silent about unabashed Islamophobia in a nonMuslim one?
Mexico’s new president promised “the end of neoliberalism.” But as he forces through megaprojects and steamrolls over Indigenous dissent, activists are beginning to understand that anti-neoliberal doesn’t always mean anti-capitalist.
'Fuck It, I'll Do It'
As we stare down a climate crisis and a hard-right political wave, women activists are setting out to transform electoral politics in Canada. But are the parties ready for them?
Inside Indian-occupied Kashmir’s deadliest year in a decade
The Resurgence Of The Jewish Left In Canada
While antisemitic hate crimes increase in North America, there’s been a resurgence of the Jewish left – led by young people, rooted in solidarity with other marginalized communities, focused on ending the Israeli occupation, and held together by new articulations of Jewish community and ritual.
Developers are building condos on top of sacred Algonquin Anishinabeg islands. Why are Indigenous sacred sites not given the same legal protections as settler ones?
On This Patch Of Grass: City Parks On Occupied Land
In June 2018, six people at the Justice For Our Stolen Children Camp were arrested by Regina police.
If Only They Knew What We Know Now
Excerpts From The Suitcase Project
How Can Farmers Fight Back Against The New NAFTA?
NAFTA 2.0 is chipping away at policies that guard Canadian farmers from price volatility and ensure high labour and environmental standards. The National Farmers Union says the fight has to combine grassroots and policy advocacy.
For The Dreamers
In the palm of my hand, I delicately finger a pair of unfamiliar ID cards printed on worn pieces of coloured paper, yellow and salmon pink. The faded type reveals they were issued in the spring of 1941 with approval from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Bodies On The Line
Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement slices through the southern half of Saskatchewan, but there’s little Indigenous opposition in the province. To mount our own fight, we’ll have to learn from other Indigenous resistance efforts along the pipeline’s route.