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Canada Since 1960: A People’s History

A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture

When Winnipeg's Cy Gonick started the magazine Canadian Dimension in 1963 to provide a home for the thinking and analysis of mostly young leftists engaged in Canadian economic, social, cultural, artistic and political issues, he had no grand plan. But Canadian Dimension was welcomed by intellectuals, scholars and students, and it proved enduring. Hundreds of Canada's leading figures of the left have contributed to its pages over the years, writing about every major topic in Canadian public life.

This book offers an account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the sixties until today, as seen and interpreted by scholars and writers on the pages of Dimension. Each chapter reviews a major theme, such as Canada's relationship to the U.S., the development of our health care system, the dynamics of Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations and the role of Canadian cultural work in shaping Canadian society. Taken together, the book provides a unique and broad perspective on virtually every significant event and development in recent Canadian history.

Readers who know the magazine will find this book a compelling summary of how Canada changed in the past five decades, and how the Left saw those changes and challenged them. Readers who discover Canadian Dimension through this book will find a multitude of compelling voices who challenge the dominant neoliberal thinking of mainstream Canadian intellectual life.

The twenty-seven contributors, from every part of the country are Greg Albo, Brenda Austin Smith, Chris Bailey, Evan Bowness, Mordecai Briemburg, Elizabeth Comack, Angela Day, Bryan Evans, Alvin Finkel, Peter Graefe, Judy Haiven, Larry Haiven, Trevor Harrison, Henry Heller, David Hugill, Peter Kulchyski, Andrea Levy, James McCorrie, James Naylor, Bryan Palmer, Denis Pilon, Joe Roberts, Stephanie Ross, Arthur Schafer, Frank Tester, John Warnock and Chris Webb.

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Cy Gonick

CY GONICK is the founding publisher of Canadian Dimension magazine and the author of several books on the Canadian economy. An NDP member of Manitoba's Legislative Assembly from 1963 to 1973, Gonick was the program coordinator for the Labour and Workplace Studies program at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 2001. He lives in Winnipeg.

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Sets up the ideas behind the book and why it is important. Outlines a bit about Canadian Dimension in that it is a intellectual left megazine and thoughts on why it has remained in circulation ; 10 $1.00

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Outlines the history if Canadian Dimension from 1963-2013, articles it has published, perspectives it has presented, etc. Examines the success of the magazine despite all factors saying it should … 89 $8.90

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Canadian Dimension’s focus on national independence, foreign policy and relations with the United States during the past fifty years has remained remarkably consistent. From its beginning … 22 $2.20

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Fifty years after its founding, CD continues a proud tradition of nonethnocentric coverage of Quebec politics, but some strategic limitations persist: CD seems to have catalogued parallel social … 17 $1.70

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This chapter will review Canadian Dimension’s coverage by decade in order to show the sweep of its coverage. This narrative also allows for showing the development of a distinctive … 22 $2.20

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in the first three decades of its existence, with some noteworthy exceptions, the magazine approached the subject in a largely piecemeal fashion, focusing on polluting industries but not yet … 14 $1.40

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Debates about natural resources that have been covered by Canadian Dimensions over the years and the relation to capitalism 20 $2.00

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It is in this departure from an assessment approach to culture that CD made its most interesting and useful contributions to cultural commentary. 27 $2.70

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Dimension was lucky to have some of the most senior and respected left trade unionists and labour academics writing in its pages. And, from the 1980s, it also had several regular labour … ; 28 $2.80

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Looks at the coverage of Student Activism that has been made by Canadian Dimensions from 1963-2013 14 $1.40

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The take-away message from half a century of CD articles on both medicare and health is that, at the end of the day, the story of health is largely the story of status, equality and social … 27 $2.70

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Over the last fifty years, various federal and provincial governments in Canada have tapped into the public’s fear of crime as a strategy to deflect attention away from more pressing social … ; 11 $1.10

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Insight into the Canadian Left response to these topics from 1963-2013 12 $1.20

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Looks at revolution and imperialism in terms of world events and the north american response. Includes the Vietnam War to the Occupy Movement 25 $2.50

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It was nearly four years after Canadian Dimension’s first issue that the subject of Israel appeared in its pages. And it was many years later before Palestine and Palestinians assumed a … 14 $1.40

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From a left perspective examining economic nationalism and the clash against capitalism ; 34 $3.40

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the magazine as a documentary treasure of everything that a left-winger might want to know about Manitoba over the past fifty years 12 $1.20

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Examines Atlantic Canada. A key theme in all of the articles is working-class life in a resource based economy 6 $0.60

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Canadian Dimension and Saskatchewan 6 $0.60

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This chapter identifies the key episodes in CD’s coverage of Ontario from 1970 to 2012. 12 $1.20

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a close reading of fifty years of CD reporting on British Columbia suggests that now is a good time to interrogate what, as working people, our interests really are, and how, in relation to the … 12 $1.20

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Reading nearly fifty years of Canadian Dimension’s eye on Alberta is both sobering and heartening. Sobering because one realizes how little the province’s political culture and … 9 $0.90

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The monumental incapacity of mainstream organs of knowledge production to offer anything close to a sustained pattern of critical self-reflection means that such efforts fall to alternative … 11 $1.10

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Examines at length how Canadian Dimension has addressed the broad politics of the Left. This substantive background can then be used to develop more discrete accounts of the evolving … 38 $3.80

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Consideration of how feminist issues were covered and framed in CD’s pages over the years provides a fascinating chronicle of the complexity of the wider feminist struggle in Canada as well … 27 $2.70

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The hard work CD and its contributors have done over five decades exploring the personal dimension has been as important as any revolution or specific issue covered by the magazine. The … 26 $2.60