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Zak Vescera
Thousands of people work in the gig economy in BC without basic protections like minimum wage and WorkSafeBC coverage if they get hurt on the job. Photo via Shutterstock.

Dec. 14. 2022

Uber and the rest have changed the game, and solutions are complex — and slow. Part one of two.

Workers, unions and experts say B.C.’s government is dragging its feet on pledges to improve conditions for drivers and food courier workers eking out a living in the digital gig economy.

Seth Klein
But what early climate signals can be found in B.C. Premier David Eby's new cabinet and their mandate letters? asks Seth Klein. Photo via Province of British Columbia/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dec. 13, 2022

The past few years have hit most British Columbians hard — from COVID-19 to floods and fires to the escalating cost of living. The new premier has hit the ground running, delivering an ambitious string of initiatives in his first weeks.

Chris Gilbert
Luisa Cáceres communards assembled beside communal mural. (Photo: Gerardo Rojas/Voces Urgentes)
Dec 01, 2022

Chris Gilbert is a professor of political science at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela, and the creator and co-host of the Marxist educational television program Escuela de Cuadros. This article is adapted from his upcoming book, Commune or Nothing!: Venezuela’s Communal Movement and Its Socialist Project (Monthly Review Press, 2023).

McNally Robinson Online Events
Virtual launch of David Camfield's Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change.
Streamed live on Oct 22, 2022

The virtual Canadian launch of Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change by David Camfield. This event moderated by Fiona Jeffries and includes conversation and words from Sara Birrell, James Hutt, and Saima Desai. This event is co-hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers and Fernwood Publishing.

H.G. Watson
Illustration by Melanie Lambrick

Nov. 28, 2022

In some cities, landlords have to engage in collective bargaining with tenants

Like many transplants to Nelson, B.C., James Barbeiro first lived in resort housing when he came to the area. He had moved from northern Ontario to the “Queen City” of the Kootenays region, with easy access to all sorts of outdoor activities.

Jen St. Denis
Fiona York, an advocate for people living in a homeless encampment in Vancouver’s Crab Park, outside the community’s warming tent in the spring of 2022. Photo for The Tyee by Jen St. Denis.

Nov. 30, 2022

Increased financial supports, not just new affordable housing, are needed to prevent people from falling into homelessness, says advocate.

The leader of an organization working to end homelessness is calling on the federal government to treat homelessness as an emergency and set up a system of cash transfers, much like the COVID-19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit program, to prevent people from losing their housing.

Marc Lee and Ben Parfitt
Climate-related disasters like 2021 flooding in the Fraser Valley will take an increasing economic and human toll. Photo via City of Abbotsford.

Nov. 30, 2022

In BC, 2021’s heat, fire and floods cost the economy $10.6 billion to $17.1 billion, a report calculates.

When Don and Mary Nowoselski moved from Dawson Creek in northeast British Columbia to the Creston Valley 30 years ago, they were looking for a little less winter.

A bit of land tucked near the U.S. border in a fertile valley in the province’s East Kootenay region seemed to fit the bill, and the couple settled into a new life that included an expanding cherry orchard operation.

Zak Vescera and Amanda Follett Hosgood
‘We have to come to terms with the violence that the police have on our people,’ Marjorie Dumont, a BC Teachers’ Federation delegate and a Wet’suwet’en member, told BC Federation of Labour conference attendees on Tuesday. Photo for The Tyee by Zak Vescera.

Nov. 23, 2022

Several historic resolutions supporting Indigenous rights were considered at this year’s convention.

Unions representing more than half a million B.C. workers called on the provincial government Tuesday to resolve disputes on Indigenous territories without the use of force, a clear nod to years-long clashes over resource development in the province’s north.

Marcus Barnett
British postal workers picketed outside a Royal Mail delivery office in Fulham on October 25, one of hundreds of pickets across the country. Next up are strikes on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping days of the year. Photo: CWU

Nov. 18, 2022

In Britain today, anyone asking a worker about the direction the country is headed will be unlikely to receive a printable answer.

Sam Gindin
globe encircled by US dollars

"It is tempting to battle capitalist internationalization by countering it with a working-class internationalism. Specific acts of international solidarity are, of course, possible, and an internationalist sensibility is paramount. But we cannot act substantively on the international stage without being strong at home.


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