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WORK #4 – Reaping the Whirlwind
It’s a story of racism and labour exploitation that goes back decades, even centuries. And it’s a prophecy of what is to come — that the hardships inflicted on migrant farm workers are only a trial run for the rest of us. 
Arshy Mann
Host & Producer
Jordan Cornish
Producer
Noor Azrieh
Producer
André Proulx
Production Coordinator
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief

Migrant farm workers are the backbone of Canada’s agricultural economy. But because they can be fired and deported at will, their voices are rarely ever heard in this country.

But Gabriel Allahdua is one of the few who can now speak up. And the story he has to tell is startling.

It’s a story of racism and labour exploitation that goes back decades, even centuries. And it’s a prophecy of what is to come — that the hardships inflicted on migrant farm workers are only a trial run for the rest of us. 

 

This is the second episode in a two-part series on farm labour. 

 

Featured in this episode: Gabriel Allahdua, Chris Ramsaroop

 

To learn more:

Harvesting Freedom: The Life of a Migrant Worker in Canada by Gabriel Allahdua with Edward Dunsworth

“‘Overtly racist’: Lawsuit challenges Canada’s migrant farmworker system” by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours in Al-Jazeera

“Former Ontario seasonal farmworker speaks out about exploitation, files class action lawsuit” by Jon Woodward in CTV News

“The Canadian state and the racialization of Caribbean migrant farm labour 1947–1966” by Vic Satzewich in Ethnic and Racial Studies

 

Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

 

Additional music from Audio Network

 

Sponsors: Rotman, AG1

 

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