Artwork by Mary Kirkpatrick

In this issue

Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Way We Work

How decent jobs became precarious labour, and what we can do about it.

Feature by Fatima Syed

The Labour of Immigrant Women

During the pandemic, immigrant women briefly came into the spotlight as the hardest hit faction of Canada’s workforce. Those numbers don’t tell nearly enough of the story.

Feature by Tahmeed Shafiq

Trapped in the Ivory Basement

In Toronto's booming public community colleges, part-time educators get none of the privileges of cushy academic jobs. Instead, they are overworked, underpaid, and even pushed out of their union.

Photo essay by Jessica Lee

The Real Cost of a Manicure

In Toronto’s ubiquitous nail salons, immigrant nail technicians are underpaid, precarious, and often exploited.

Perspective by Reina Cowan

Rebuilding the Restaurant Business, One Argument at a Time

The pandemic created a window of opportunity to change a broken industry. The challenge now is getting restaurant workers to agree on what that change should be.

Feature by Samantha Edwards

How the Laws Make Sex Work Less Safe

Canada's prostitution laws are supposed to protect sex workers. Advocates say they're doing the opposite.

Photo essay by Ramona Leitao

Three Black Farmers on Making it in the GTA

These farmers are trying to fight food insecurity in their communities while making farming a sustainable job. Their biggest challenge? Getting access to arable land.

Perspective by Mirusha Yogarajah

Is EI Broken?

Our employment insurance system was built before the rise of temp work, gig work, and foreign labour. It’s time for an overhaul.

Investigation by Inori Roy

“Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt”

Inspections at industrial workplaces in Ontario fell nearly 30 percent in the last decade, according to analysis by The Local. In the same period, critical injuries more than doubled.

Perspective by Zeahaa Rehman

One Year, Fifty Cover Letters, Three Interviews, Zero Jobs

A report from the debt-ridden, desperate, increasingly despairing graduating class of 2020.

Feature by Alison Motluk

The Gigification of Health Care

During the pandemic, health care workers have flocked to apps like Staffy for temp work. What happens when nurses are hired like Uber drivers?

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