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Service cuts in Ontario's austerity budget spark protest

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Hundreds of public sector union members rallied outside the Ontario government buildings on Thursday to protest the provincial budget.

"This is about the kind of Ontario that we want," said OPSEU Executive Board Member Ibrahim Bozai, "We are anticipating serious cuts. We’re anticipating the government digging in their heels when it comes to investments in public services, and more privatization."

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Wage increases for public workers: Time for a rethink

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Warren (Smokey) Thomas gets angry when he hears the newly elected majority Liberal Ontario government being described as progressive. 

The President of OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union) wants everyone to know there are no provisions in the proposed Liberal budget for increases in public service salaries over the next four years. This comes after salary freezes have been in effect for the last three years.

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EPIC FAIL: A short history of privatization in Ontario

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When it comes to value for money no government policy of the past 20 years has a worse track record than privatization.

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The Rockefeller Files: Ontario election and privatization

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In April, the Ontario Liberal government appointed Bilderberg Steering Committee member Ed Clark (President/CEO of TD Bank Group) to lead a five-member council that will consider options to "optimize the full value" of provincial assets such as Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Hydro One -- potentially privatizing key electricity transmission and distribution assets.

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