New year, new government, same complicated problems in the Canadian economy. This issue of the Monitor presents a snapshot of how people are working—or not—in Canada today and where the right policy, regulation or social movement demands could improve lives. From rights for sex workers, self-employed “gig” contractors and new immigrants, to options for democratizing our workspaces, to grappling with the coming wave in automation, these articles explore some of the significant glitches in our economy—problems that won’t fix themselves by praying for higher oil prices and leaving the rest up to “the market."
Here is a sample of what you will find inside this issue:
- Apploitation in a city of instaserfs, by Andrew Callaway
- Is this the end or rebirth for Stelco’s remaining steelworkers, by Paul Weinberg
- Women’s work: what’s it worth to you? by Kate McInturff
- Beyond work-life balance, by Dianah Smith
- There are just and unjust ways to legalize marijuana, by John Akpata