Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, speaking in Toronto last weekend. Below: Renowned author Margaret Atwood on an Alberta union picket line, circa 2000, Doug Ford and his Brother Rob. Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?  I think he’s Rob Ford’s brother? OK. Who is Rob Ford? Didn’t ...

Politics and its Discontents: Reflections from Cuba – Ebooks and Libraries

I wrote the following on January 14, while vacationing in Cuba: While I consider myself to be a cynical man, one deeply suspicious of the corporate agenda, my wife, a woman of sunnier disposition, recently suggested something that shocked even me. We were reading poolside in Cuba, me with an e-reader lent to me by ...