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Cuba's Future According To A Havana Taxi Driver

Margot Pepper on 01 December 2016

Our cab driver's kinky black hair is laced with grey. Judging by his dark skin, it's easy to predict how poor he was before the revolution. It’s also easy to guess whether he supports it or not. "Reynaldo, did people really eat more meat before the revolution than they do now in Special Period?"

Was Fidel A Dictator? A Personal Account. Excerpt from Through the Wall, A Year in Havana (Freedom Voices)

Margot Pepper on 28 November 2016

In 1992, I was one of a handful of international journalists granted a visa to remain on the blockaded island of Cuba a year longer than the usual month or two allotted visitors. The resulting memoir, Through the Wall: A Year in Havana, from which parts of this article are extracted, traces my experience as a Mexico City-born daughter of a blacklisted Hollywood producer to 1993 Havana, where my radical ideals were challenged by what has become known as the bleakest year of the Cuban revolution.

The Gladu Review: A Historical Misunderstanding

Kurt Powell on 28 November 2016

Our MP Marilyn Gladu believes that the Trudeau's Liberals are waging a war on Canadian history. She supported MP Peter Van Loan's argument that celebrating Canada's 150th birthday is celebrating confederation and it should not emphasize youth, indigenous reconciliation, the environment, inclusion, and diversity. Ya think so eh?

Congratulations to the artists and organizers of Art, My Refuge: A painting exhibit featuring the works of artists who are new to Canada

Susan Gold Smith on 26 November 2016

Art, My Refuge is an exhibition of three artists making their debut into the Windsor Community, Nozah Omar, Maham Gull, and Adnan Al-Zuhairi. When Nozah Omar told Malgorzatta Holec, her instructor at W5 (Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women): "Teacher, I can’t live without my painting!", the idea of this project was born. Nozah's enthusiasm for art is contagious. Two additional artists came into the project. A grant proposal to Windsor's Arts Culture and Heritage Fund was successful, and an experienced local artist, Danuta Gnat Siniarska, was asked to mentor the group. An intense process of reviewing past work and creating focused new work began. The Common Ground exhibition space was booked. The work was installed, and the exhibition Art, My Refuge, became a reality. The opening reception on November 18th was notably well attended.

Russia—The Enigma…

John Tomlinson on 24 November 2016

As the Russian Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet present a show of force, and their intent to control the future of Syria, the question remains about our knowledge, or lack of, regarding Russian history and a world view which we do not understand.

Canadian Labour International Film Festival 2016

on 16 November 2016

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival tells the stories of workers—unionised and non-unionised. CLiFF is the stage and the voice of those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. CLiFF would also like to bring the subject of unpaid work into a public discussion

Charles Brooks labour nominee Prof Brian E Brown to be Celebrated

on 16 November 2016

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council, will host the 39th Annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Caboto Club, honouring this year's recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Professor Brian E. Brown of the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA).

Windsor-Essex Comes out on top With Highest Number of Living Wage Employers

on 15 November 2016

Windsor-Essex proudly holds the top spot as the region with the highest number of living wage employers in the province.

People Teach, Not Machines

Mireille Coral, Jeff Noonan on 04 November 2016

The belief that schools at all levels need to embrace new learning technologies is widespread. The belief that they are not fully embracing these technologies is also widespread, even though hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent in Canada on technological development: wireless internet has been installed, classrooms have become "smartrooms," and faculty are endlessly pestered to take one or another workshop on how to more effectively use this or that digital technology and this or that "innovative" technique.

On Roots

on 07 October 2016

On Roots is a Folk/Roots Concert Series that showcases touring musicians and bands in an intimate, gallery setting. Our goal is to create a unique performance opportunity for travelling singer/songwriters - to celebrate and elevate the Folk/Roots genre in a "listening room" which is ideally suited to see and hear every nuance of the performer’s craft.

The United Nations International Day of Older Person

Donna Longmoore on 29 September 2016

Saturday October 1, 2016—in Windsor there will be a flag raising at City Hall at 1:00 pm, followed by a luncheon and gathering at the Unifor Local 200/444 Hall at 1855 Turner Road at 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited—young folks and elders. The current pension crisis will also be discussed.

Big Green Sky, Stone & Sky 2016

Patricia Fell on 26 September 2016

After the successful production of Big Green Sky for the MayWorks Windsor 2016 Arts & Labour Festival, Windsor Feminist Theatre continued presenting professional performance, literary, and visual artists throughout the entire summer on Pelee Island. Stone & Sky, an eclectic series of concerts and other events takes place in a disused limestone fossilized quarry in the southernmost inhabited community in Canada. Featuring professional artists, we present weekly concerts, and the series culminates with an experimental theatre production.

Not Only in May: Bridge to Somewhere

Linda Renaud, Susan Gold Smith on 25 September 2016

MayWorks Windsor Alumna Linda Renaud's exhibit, Stories of Old Sandwich Towne. A Bridge to Somewhere, a socially oriented community art project, was on display in the Gallery of the School of Creative Arts on the South West corner of Huron Line and College from September 15–September 18th. The project explores the relationship of the Ambassador Bridge to different facets of community life in the area known as Olde Sandwich Towne.

Windsor's Margaret Lawrence Solo Art Exhibit in Iqaluit

Margaret Lawrence, Susan Gold Smith on 22 September 2016

This Summer In the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit, in the Regional Art Museum of Nunatta Sunakkutaanigit, the drawings of former Windsor artist, Margaret Lawrence, were exhibited in a one person exhibition: "Seals: meat, skin, ice, land, dreams".

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Darlene Costello on 19 September 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another terrible Free Trade Agreement and is a bad deal for Canadians. It was poorly negotiated by Harper and Canada came to the table when much of the agreement was already negotiated.

Neolithic to Neoliberal: Trying to Understand how the Economy got here.

Kurt Powell on 15 September 2016

What is the economy? Why do we need an economy? Why is the economy so fucked up now? These questions keep me up at night, especially when the world is being hammered from the global economic elites that manifest themselves as the TPP, US Presidential elections, great depression money velocity conditions.

The Case for the Social Determinants of Health Discourse

Josie Watson on 26 August 2016

MayWorkers continue to make a difference and create culture all year

Not Only in May

Susan Gold Smith on 26 August 2016

MayWorkers continue to make a difference and create culture all year

Iona College Building sold to University

on 26 July 2016

It is with some sadness but with great hope that Iona College announces it will be leaving its home of over 50 years at 208 Sunset Avenue, Windsor.

Terrorist Buzz: A Thought Experiment

Kurt Powell on 25 July 2016

For thousand s of years the Honey Bee (Apis melifera) has developed a symbiotic relationship with humans (Homo sapiens), in which Bees provide a source of nourishment including; pollen, royal jelly, and honey. These goods are used for a variety of medicinal treatments as well as general food consumption. In return humans provide protection from predators, care for the colony during the winter months, and advantageous summer locations to help the bees produce premium honey. Additionally honey bees are extraordinary important to the environment and our food security system as they pollinate the flowers which produces fruits and vegetables.

Morley: Thinking Outside the Box

John Tomlinson on 17 July 2016

One of the odd things about TV is the random nature of finding what is good to watch, especially between hockey games. Sometimes, there is something good.  Lately, one of the best was the 60 Minutes program on Morley Safer, the Canadian who changed much of the way reporting is done, or should be done on American television.  He might have been fired several times, doing his job.

From Classroom to Radio to Sewing Collective: The Classroom as a Contradictory Space

Mireille Coral, Jeff Noonan on 09 June 2016

Our article this month is divided into two parts. The first is a concise reflection on the principle of critical pedagogy; the second is an extended discussion of an attempt to put this principle into practice.

Thousands of Canadians to "Ride Don't Hide" for mental health

on 06 June 2016

on June 26, 2016, Canadians from all walks of life will join the fourth annual Ride Don't Hide community bike ride in celebration and support of mental health. CMHA is expecting more than 6,000 cyclists to ride for mental health on June 26, 2016 in 32 communities across Canada, including Windsor-Essex.

Rainbow

on 01 June 2016

The rainbow or Pride flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The many colors represent the many kinds of people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. This is a poem written by Margot Pepper's second grade language lab.

Upcoming Events in May

on 04 May 2016

MayWorks calendar of events

Living with Trumbo Under the Blacklist

Margot Pepper on 02 May 2016

If any movie deserved an Oscar on February 28, it is "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston as best actor. The film is about James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905—September 10, 1976) the screenwriter who broke the Hollywood Blacklist. When I first saw the trailer directed by Jay Roach, I broke down in convulsive sobs I worried neighbors would hear. See, I lived with the Trumbo's for a year in the Hollywood Hills and the eight year-old inside me didn't expect him to reappear as though for a hug, his thick mustache yellowing like the pages of a cherished book, sporting a khaki mechanic jump suit with "Trumbo" embroidered on the pocket.

Essex County could be the model for veterans' healing

John Tomlinson on 01 May 2016

One of the most interesting experiments in the United States with veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD, is a program to introduce them to rural living, and farming.

Education and Social Development

Mireille Coral, Jeff Noonan on 01 May 2016

In a 2013 discussion paper describing Ontario's "Differentiation Policy" for the post secondary education system, the authors note that a key goal of the policy is to foster social and economic development, serving the needs of the economy and labour market, and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship. This may include, but is not limited to, the impacts of institutions' commercialization, innovation, and applied research activity on social and economic development.

Significant Themes come out of MayWorks Windsor Festival programming

Susan Gold Smith on 01 May 2016

MayWorks Windsor 2016 celebrates art, labour and community with its 7th Annual Festival. This year artists and workers have come forward again with their creative energy. Stories to the Streets will be a month long opportunity for DIY posters to poster the town with stories! Look for them all during May. They may pop up in your neighbourhood. Or you could be inspired to post.

The New Theology: Harper's Achilles Heel

John Tomlinson on 15 September 2015

Several years ago, I led a KAIROS delegation to MP Jeff Watson's office to lobby for a revised federal government climate change position. Part of the dialogue that occurred had to do with whether the Essex MP would take personal responsibility if he and the federal Conservatives were wrong. Climate change, he said, was a disputed science.

It's Time to Make a Better Kind of University

Brigham Bartol on 01 September 2015

As a student at the University of Windsor, I think a lot about how we could make our university better. I've been fortunate enough to have a department with great professors, small, intimate classes, and opportunities to study topics rarely covered by other schools. But despite everything I like about our school, I can't ignore the number of students I know who have dropped out because they couldn't pay the rent, the number of students who were left without a degree a year before graduation because their program was cut, and the number of students who lost their scholarship when they had to choose part­time work over studying.

The Unsaid

Jeff Noonan on 01 September 2015

Unlike the natural world studied by natural science, political reality is not simply given, but is in part the outcome of people’s beliefs, actions, and interactions. There are of course objective structures and forces in social life (laws, institutions, resources), but their effects on people are not like the force of gravity (which is indifferent to peoples' beliefs). Instead, objective social forces change as beliefs and actions change and give rise to new patterns of interaction in the service of different goals and values. One way to understand political power is as the collective capacity to define and change the given reality in according to a guiding value system.

Environmental Critique of Bill C-51

Kurt Powell on 01 September 2015

As of June 9, 2015 the Conservative government of Canada has passed Bill C-51, The Anti-Terrorism Act, a law that has been widely denounced by the public, unions, professors and prominent Canadian figures. Environmental activists have been known to participate in civil disobedience from peaceful protests to road blocking. A majority of environmental groups want to regulate pollution output in order to safeguard against health problems in their community.

Plurality Voting

Jeffrey Aylesworth on 01 September 2015

We take it for granted that elections ought to be decided by asking every voter who they believe is the most qualified and awarding the election to whoever gets the most votes. We take it for granted because that is how government elections are held in most of the world. In Canada, every official who is voted into office does so in an election with these rules.