School of Labour: Links & Resources - School of Work and College Preparation

Links & Resources

Print Resources from the School of Labour include:

  • Rights and Wrongs: Workplace Rights and Responsibilities (facilitators' manual for Employment Standards in Ontario, 1999) 
  • Proceedings: Prior Learning and Assessment Centres: Who Needs Them? A Symposium on Community Models for PLAR. Held at George Brown College, Toronto, April 1999
  • Never Too Late:  Interview Strategies for Older Workers (video, 1996)
  • Getting the Credit You Deserve:  Portfolio Development for ESL Speakers (facilitators' manual, 1995)


1. The School of Labour’s partners and closely-linked community-based organizations

  • Toronto and York Region Labour Council Toronto’s central umbrella organization, with plenty of regularly updated info about labour issues and campaigns in the city  
  • Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT  A progressive centre that researches work and working people, poverty, labour union issues and culture, and education
  • Toronto Training Board An organization that monitors employment and training/education/apprenticeship issues and needs in the city
  • Advocates for Community-based Training and Education for Women (ACTEW)  
  • Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University  
  • Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts  Once a year, in May, the city explodes in artistic celebration of work and working people – and Mayworks organizes it!
  • Our Times – Canada’s Independent Labour Magazine
  • Times Change Employment Services for Women An agency offering assistance to women searching for work, career direction and strategies
  • Workers Action Centre An activist organization that helps workers get their workplace rights – contact them for assistance re unpaid wages, discrimination on the job, and other violations of workplace law

2. National and Provincial Federations of Labour

3. Unions in Canada

4. Labour Studies / Labour History Journals
(and magazines that sometimes carry Labour Studies content)

  • Canada’s History (formally The Beaver Magazine)
  • Briarpatch  A 35-year old magazine “still challenging the corporate agenda and presenting workable alternatives”
  • Canadian Committee on Labour History at
  • Canadian Dimension- -- an independent magazine published 6 x year as well as a forum for left thinking with weekly and daily updates on “The Best of the Web”
  • Canadian Ethnic Studies - A journal on ethnicity, immigration, inter-group relations in Canada
  • Harvard Labour and Worklife Program  
  • Journal of Canadian Studies
  • Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society  
  • Labour History in New Brunswick
  • Our Times Canada’s independent labour magazine, featuring current stories about working people, union issues and debates
  • This Magazine  
  • United Association for labour History Journal (U.S.)

6. Labour Studies / Labour History Sites  

7. Up-to-the-minute labour news

  • LabourStart “Where unionists start their day on the web” – campaigns and information from Canada and across the globe
  • Canadian Association of Labour Media  – lots of great info, CARTOONS! and links
  • labournet San Francisco-based institute for global communication
  • Working TV A labour TV program broadcast weekly in British Columbia – “from the point of view of those of us who do the work”!

8. International labour sites

9. Labour Studies Programs

10. Progressive Media, E-zines and journals

  • Dissent magazine 
  • labour Notes US organization working on restoring democracy to unions since 1979, connected to labour News Wire, which is updated every 15 minutes 
  • Mojo Wire, Mother Jones, US investigative magazine since 1976, named after the feisty pioneer labour organizer 
  • New Internationalist -- a gorgeous site from the magazine, packed with global info and links to action sites for teachers, students and the community 
  • Our Times – Canada’s Independent Labour Magazine
  • A huge Canadian site with articles, columns, podcasts and even an etiquette column!
  • Red Pepper – a very cool and smart British based e-journal “spicing up politics”
  • Seven Oaks A Vancouver magazine of “politics, culture and resistance”(takes its name from the Manitoba battle of Seven Oaks in 1816 between the Metis and the British colonialists)
  • Spacing -- A wise and thoughtful Toronto site devoted to improving public spaces – in the political, social and cultural environment
  • The Straight Goods - Canadians informing Canadians -

11. Globalization

Corporate monitoring:

  • McSpotlight: critical of McDonalds and its clones

Philosophy behind Corporate Globalization:  

Canadian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s)

  • Council of Canadians: non-governmental trade watchdog
  • Maquila Solidarity Network: works to improve conditions for workers in maquiladoras (free trade processing zones)
  • Kairos:  Ecumenical social justice organization
  • Inter Pares:  Canadian social justice/development organization  

Global Financial Institutions and Agreements pushing neoliberalism:

  • The Bretton Woods Project: critical of World Bank

Alternatives to Corporate Globalization:

  • Alliance for Responsible Trade: information on A People’s Trade Agreement
  • Common Frontiers: A Canadian organization that brings together people from many sectors to fight against globalization and deep economic integration in the Americas; lots of valuable info  

12. LGBTQQ and Positive Space sites

  • George Brown College’s Positive Space site – lots of info and links!  
  • Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE)
  • Gay Rights Watch Updated news re lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Stonewall A British advocacy and lobbying organization

13. Activism! Community and Social Justice Organizations

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  An independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice
  • No One is Illegal – works against immigration policies that restrict access to services and citizenship and that increase poverty globally and locally
  • Centre for Social Justice A progressive think tank that aims to narrow the gap between rich and poor, and to reduce corporate domination.
  • The Council of Canadians - Canada’s largest citizens’ organization; valuable info re anti-globalization campaigns and issues
  • Institute for Work and Health 
  • Justice for Migrant Workers
  • The Polaris Institute A Canadian think tank founded in 1996 to give community groups and individuals the tools to re-skill themselves in the fight for social justice
  • Web Networks Community  3500+ Canadian activists, artists and non-profit organizations, and non-profit internet provider