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  • Industry and Society in Nova Scotia

    An Illustrated History

    Edited by James E. Candow     January 2001

    In 1990 the steam locomotive Samson was relocated to its current home in Stellarton’s Museum of Industry, where it was dismantled, conserved, re-assembled and put on display as the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent collection. It is now the oldest surviving locomotive in Canada, and one of the oldest in the world. Samson, Hercules and John Buddle arrived in Nova Scotia in September 1839, the most conspicuous evidence yet that this British North American province had joined the industrial revolution. Ten fascinating essays, in this richly illustrated volume, detail Nova Scotia’s industrial history. Ranging from coal, steel, and iron to ropeworks and railways, this work reminds us of our rich and diverse industrial heritage. One of the central themes that emerges is the persistent role of external capital in Nova Scotia’s industrial development. From the British-owned General Mining Association in the 1820s to the American-owned TrentonWorks in our own day, foreign ownership has prevailed. The human impact of industrialization, forming the second main theme of the collection, is discussed in chapters by Janet Guildford and Michael Earle. Women, Guildford notes, were “downwardly mobile in the face of industrialization.” Meanwhile, Earle recounts the building of a steel union local in Sydney, the first important breakthrough for industrial unionism in the Canadian steel industry. Other chapters focus on lesser-known passages of our industrial history, including stone quarrying and rope manufacture. Contents: Introduction James E. Candow and Debra McNabb-The Iron Works of Londonderry, 1848-1910 William D. Naftel-The Building of Steel Union Local 1064, Sydney, 1935-37 Michael Earle-Coal in the History of Nova Scotia Michael Earle-An Introduction to Nova Scotia’s Industrial Railways Robert D. Tennant, Jr.-Stone Quarrying in Wallace Peter Latta-Dartmouth Ropeworks, 1869-1958 James D. Frost-The Rise and Fall of Industrial Amherst, 1860-1930 Nolan Reilly-Wooden World to Tourist Gateway: Yarmouth in the 1880s and 1890s Margaret J. Dixon and Delphin A. Muise-The Role of Women in Nova Scotia’s Industrial Revolution Janet Guildford-Heritage Recording of the Starr Manufacturing Company Premises, Dartmouth Anthony D. Barlow

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  • Hollow Work, Hollow Society

    Globalization and the Casual Labour Problem in Canada

    By Dave Broad     January 2000

    More and more people in Canada and other Western countries are now working at part-time, short-term and other casual jobs. People are now asking: What happened to full-time employment? Why is part-time work being promoted by business people and politicians as a positive thing? Situated historically, the restructuring of global capital and labour markets does not paint such a rosy picture. This book explains the contemporary casualization of work as integral to global economic restructuring. Hence, the increase in casual work is not simply a reflex of the expansion of the service sector, or of women’s post-second world war re-entry into paid employment, but is tied to a business agenda aimed at improving corporate profitability and controlling labour. A discussion of more democratic alternatives to the hollow society concludes the book.

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  • The Westray Chronicles

    A Case Study in Corporate Crime

    Edited by Christopher McCormick     January 1999

    In this book authors from backgrounds as diverse as engineering to public relations are brought together to create a holistic picture of what happened at Westray. From an analysis of the geology of the underlying coal seam to an assessment of the difficulties of pinning legal responsibility on the company, the government or any of the managers, this book constitutes one of the few case studies of corporate crime in Canada. The contributors offer the reader challenging new ways to think about workplace disasters and occupational injuries. Each contributor brings their special expertise to bear in a way that makes complicated issues transparent to the most general reader. At the same time, footnotes and references guide the reader who desires more extensive information.

  • A Land Without Gods

    Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

    By Daniel Buckles and Jacques M. Chevalier     January 1995

    In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico’s cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.

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  • More Perishable than Lettuce or Tomatoes

    Labour Law Reform and Toronto’s Newspapers

    By Edward T. Silva     January 1995

    This book presents an in-depth analysis of the “unbalanced” treatment by the four largest Toronto dailies of the Ontario NDP’s 1992 proposed labour reform law.

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  • The Westray Tragedy

    A Miner’s Story

    By Shaun Comish     January 1993

    “Shaun pulls no punches and gives no quarter to those responsible for what took place on May 9th. This is a book that Canadians will want to read. The company, as Shaun states in his book, tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. They were not fooled. Shaun’s book gives the screaming truth of the incompetency and lack of regard for human life by company officials and politicians.” - Mike Piche, United Steelworkers

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  • Recasting Steel Labour

    The Stelco Story

    By June Corman, D.W. Livingstone, Meg Luxton and Wally Secombe     January 1993

    This is a local study of steelworkers employed at, or aid off from, Stelco’s Hilton Works in Hamilton, Ontario. This local study has been situated in the context of the global restructuring of capitalism. The authors content that more than ever before the dynamics of the whole world economy limit and shape the actions of its past - a process referred to as “globalizing the local.”

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