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What's New: Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy

by Trebor Scholz | February 6, 2016

The “sharing economy” wasn’t supposed to be this way. Aided by the tiny computers most of us carry with us all day, every day, we would be free from the burdens of ownership and making money in our spare time by renting out our unused possessions. The vison was -- or at least appeared to be -- an idealistic one. Even before they enter kindergarten, every child learns the value of sharing, and here were the beneficent forces of Silicon Valley bringing us innovative new tools to strengthen our communities, disrupt outdated ways of doing business, and maybe even reduce our carbon footprints.



Bullet #1217: Against Privatization: Health Coalition Demands Funding for Hospitals

by Ontario Health Coalition | February 5, 2016

The 1960s were about much more than protesting the war in Vietnam. It was also a time of cultural upheaval as a new generation challenged capitalist values, including its shallow democracy, and environmental issues emerged both in the workplace and in the community. One response by the state in the core capitalist countries was to give increased prominence to the welfare state.



What's New: Appointment of Michael Wernick...

by Russell Diabo | February 4, 2016

Canada has a newly appointed top federal bureaucrat: it’s the long-time Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs, who spent nearly a decade helping implement Harper’s agenda against Indigenous peoples. What does it say about Prime Minister Trudeau’s own plans on Indigenous issues that this man will now be coordinating the civil service? In a short press release from Davos, Switzerland on January 20, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that he was replacing the current Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet, Ms. Janice Charette with the appointment of Mr. Michael Wernick to that position.



What's New: Why the Bernie Sanders insurgency matters

by Michal Rozworski, Derrick O'Keefe | February 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ achievement in Iowa, a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton, was one of the most remarkable electoral results in recent memory. Just as noteworthy as Sanders’ rise in the polls — he closed a 50-point gap in Iowa in just over six months — is the way his campaign’s themes and issues have resonated with a mass audience. The core messages of the Sanders campaign, once scoffed at or derided when they were expressed by Occupy Wall Street, have become common sense for millions of people.



What's New: Il Manifesto - Global

| February 4, 2016

Meet the new face of progressive world news. Global wants to be part of a conversation about what it means to be a world citizen in a system riven with injustice and inequality. It asks cutting questions and challenges prevailing dogmas, but it is also a tool for you, our readers; when you engage with il manifesto and its perspective, you’re led to confront your own conscience. You ask yourself: What do I really know? What do I stand for? What could we do, together, to change?



What's New: Precarious Work in Toronto Public Library

| February 3, 2016

Despite their exceptional education and dedication to public service, 50 per cent of Toronto Public Library's front line workers are consigned to precarious part-time jobs with unstable working conditions, no benefits, pension or job security. This video exposes the growing extent of precarious work through revealing interviews with library workers, their union's president, Maureen O'Reilly, a Toronto City Councillor and Youth & Equity Advocate Joe Cressy, and pioneering McMaster University labour economist Wayne Lewchuk.



What's New: You can’t hide behind the Constitution to spare us electoral reform

by Dennis Pilon | February 3, 2016

A number of commentators have recently tried to argue that Justin Trudeau’s plans to use his legislative majority to change Canada’s voting system would be unconstitutional. They argue that the use of our traditional single member plurality (SMP) system is “implied” or “presumed” in various parts of the constitution, and that the 2014 Senate reference case decided by the Supreme Court would include the voting system as part of our “constitutional architecture” because any change would unduly affect provincial interests.



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