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30 people dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced because of a petrochemical complex explosion in Mexico

On April 20th, communities in the Veracruz isthamus of Mexico were devastated by an explosion at a petrochemical complex that produced raw materials for the oil and gas industry.  This was the latest in a series of disasters that have resulted in a loss of life involving Pemex and Mexichem.

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Deliverology 101 is more like neoliberalism 2.0

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| April 7, 2016
March 29, 2016 |
Budget 2016 could create the conditions for more privatization, outsourcing and centralization in the federal public service and PSAC will be monitoring the government's actions closely.
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Saskatchewan opens door to privatized blood collection

March 15, 2016
| The first Canadian clinic to pay donors for their blood products opened its doors in Saskatoon last month. ExaPharma will give donors a $25 gift card each time they donate plasma.
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March 11, 2016 |
NAPE President Jerry Earle: "We have Premier Dwight Ball on the record there and in the media several times since committing to no privatization of public services. We intend to keep him to his word."
| March 9, 2016
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Debt looms over the good and bad in Ontario budget

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The good, even visionary, news in Ontario's recent budget was elimination of student debt to cover tuition, for all families under $50,000 of income and many above. It amounts to "free tuition." It doesn't matter if there's no new money provided to do it, or if it's "just moving money around," as the opposition says. It doesn't matter because a fateful dynamic was finally confronted.

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March 1, 2016 |
The flipping of more than 450 Toronto-area school bus routes yesterday shows how unstable a system Ontario has for handing out such contracts, and will only get worse.

The cost of privatized food in public institutions

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Earlier this year, inmates at the Regina Correctional Centre started and ended a second hunger strike over the quality of prison food. In December 2015, the first hunger strike was sparked in part when inmates were served raw eggs. Issues with equipment, quality and the status of a cooking job skills program were resolved.

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