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MMA’s Norma Rae

Photo: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Leslie Smith is a mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete and a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) top-ten fighter. But the biggest fight of her career isn’t in the octagon — it’s the fight to unionize the sport [...]

Should OHL players be paid? Yes

Photo: OHL Major junior hockey is big business. Everyone from coaches to Zamboni drivers to concession stand workers gets paid and protected under labour laws. Everyone, that is, but the players. The Government of Ontario’s new fiscal road map [...]

The World Cup is a Crime Scene

Photo: Agência Brasil On the eve of World Cup 2018, soccer’s international governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, announced that the United bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States has been awarded [...]

Household Workers Unite!

Premilla Nadasen, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Boston: Beacon Press, 2015) Within a short period of time, Premilla Nadasen has established herself as one of the most important [...]

Yonge Street riot remembered

It was a riot in the minds of those politicians whose rule was, and remains, dependent upon the suppression of. It was a riot in the minds of those politicians whose rule was, and remains, dependent upon the suppression of historical memory not [...]

The athletes’ revolt

By the time San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand against oppression by taking a knee during the national anthem, it will have been clear to even the most casual sports fan that we are in the midst of an [...]

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