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Graham sits down with Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), to discuss the addiction and mental health crisis in Saskatchewan and its impact on the work of nurses in the province. They cover everything from tough family conversations to safe injection sites.
Learn more about SUN's initiatives here: https://makingthedifference.ca/addictions
Watch a number of SUN's documentaries:
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In this podcast, Tom Walker talks about his forthcoming paper in Contributions to Political Economy (2021) called "The Ambivalence of Disposable Time: The Source and Remedy of the National Difficulties at 200," a study of the unheralded influence of the 1821 pamphlet on Marx's analysis and on contemporary Marxism. Tom also talks about the implications of his work on labor, the natural resource-dependent economies, and worker’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In this podcast, Julie Guard talks about her book, “Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada”. Dr.Guard sheds light on the implications of her book on our understanding of women’s involvement in organized social movements, and parallels with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In this podcast, Suzanne Mills, Adriane Paavo, and Benjamin Owens talk about their research project that looks at the experiences of LGBTQ workers in Sudbury and Windsor and what unions can do to improve work experiences. They shed light on the aims, methodology, findings, and implications of this project.
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Sean and Graham discuss the large-scale infection and deaths of workers in Alberta’s meatpacking industry due to COVID-19, particularly at the Cargill plant at High River. In the spring of 2020, that plant was the site of the largest single workplace outbreak of the coronavirus in North America, with over 950 workers infected. 3 workers died. Another major outbreak occurred at the JBS plant at Brooks, Alberta, linked to the death of at least one worker and several community members.
In January 2021, the RCMP began reviewing a complaint filed by the family into the death of Benito Quesada, 51, who had worked at Cargill for 15 years. The probe is the first known instance in Canada of police investigating a workplace-related COVID-19 death. Charges may be filed under the Westray Act under the Criminal Code. Later that month, three more deaths of workers were connected to an outbreak at the Olymel plant in Red Deer.
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In this episode of Work of the West, we are joined by Janice Jarvis, President of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Local 823 in the Salmon Arm and Revelstoke area. Janice discusses the state of working conditions at Canada Post during the COVID pandemic and the impacts of back-to-work legislation has had on workers and bargaining rights in Canada.
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In this podcast, Sara Birrell talks about Saskatchewan’s long-term care crisis. This includes a discussion about staff-resident relationships during COVID-19, and experiences of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In this podcast, Emily Eaton provides an overview of her research interests with a focus on research she conducted on “just transition” and the oil/gas industry. This includes a discussion about what led Dr.Eaton to this topic, and future research interests.
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In this podcast, Bruce Curran talks about the wage restraint legislation passed by the Manitoba legislature in 2017. This includes a discussion about what the decision got right and criticisms of the decision.
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Former Unifor Local 594 president Kevin Bittman opens up on the 2019-2020 lockout at the Co-op Refinery in Regina. In this episode, he reflects on the implications for labour solidarity, the role of government in private-sector strikes, and the future of labour in the province.
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Professor Charles Smith discusses the broader implications of the 2019/2020 Co-op Refinery lockout for the labour movement in Saskatchewan, as well as the privileging of property over workers’ rights, the Wagner model in Canada, and the use of the courts as a tool for worker power.
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Tony Leah, a veteran autoworker and current master’s student at McMaster University, sits down to discuss a just transition away from fossil fuel in oil-adjacent industries, nationalizing car manufacturing, and the contradictions of capitalism.
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Patrick Maze, president of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, goes into greater detail regarding the unique challenges faced by Substitute Teachers in Saskatchewan and further challenges teachers have faced during the pandemic.
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