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We must unite to end gender-based violence

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November 25 is the date chosen by the United Nations to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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The incredible, irrepressible and witty Nellie McClung

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January 28, 2016 was the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Manitoba. That date was a day to celebrate the sheer determination of women's suffrage to gain for Canadian women -- for the first time -- equality with men to cast votes and hold provincial office.

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Under the Liberal government, will there be a new year for the old?

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The popular image for the changeover in the calendar combines an old man with an hourglass and scythe giving way to a bouncing baby. As the calendar changes in 2016, how will the lot of seniors change?

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Memories of 64 years as political junkies

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I'm a "political junkie." The Wikipedia definition of a political junkie is, "One who is obsessed by all things political and votes in every election." So, yes, that's me, but I'd like to add that I believe political junkies also need to get involved in politics as party members, volunteers, as well as candidates.

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Being Mortal: Examining our ideas about living and dying

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Everyone knows about Halloween but few remember that its origin was as the eve of All Saints' Day on November 1. This day honours not so much the big-name saints like Saint Peter but our ancestors who are now in heaven. Or as Dylan Thomas poetically put it, "those no longer willing with us." In small Italian towns, on November 1, like the one my wife is from, people go to the cemetery to clean the graves and place fresh flowers on them. 

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Women face gender inequality at every stage of working life

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My mother, Barbara, was a lovely, energetic, innovative and resourceful woman: she was a published author of science fiction, selling her first article to John Bull when she was only 17; she was an accomplished dressmaker, taught herself French polishing, and built her own business around each of these skills. Our home was her workshop. During the Second World War, she served as a plotter in England's Auxiliary Territorial Service.

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Rand Formula: Bitter strike, inspired resolution

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At the end of June, Conservative senators took what Senate Speaker Leo Housakos told the CBC were "draconian steps" to hustle through Bill C-377 just before Parliament's summer break.

The Union Transparency bill forces unions to provide the public with detailed spending accounts. This  places an unnecessary administrative burden on labour organizations, a burden other organizations do not bear, and constitutes an invasion of privacy for unions and their employees. Seven provinces have declared their opposition.

C-377 is just the latest anti-union position the right wing has taken.

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Debt: The new four-letter word for seniors

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Fighting for retirement equality: What women need to know

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The second day of the Union Coalition for Free Negotiation's States-General took place in Montreal on April 27, 2015. We heard from distinguished guest speakers who introduced us to the reality of women's pensions vs. those of men. Several statistics emerged, showing realities that the majority of women may not know.

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Labour organizing 101: On the road to Michelin workers

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Author's note: Michelin is one of the global giants in the manufacturing of tires; they have been staunchly anti-union since they began in France. In the 1970s, they decided to locate plants in Nova Scotia with the understanding that the provincial government would introduce a law, which became known as the Michelin Bill, to make it almost impossible to organize employers with multi-site plants. A number of unions, including Rubberworkers, Steelworkers and Autoworkers, all tried, but were foiled by what Larry Haiven, a professor in the Department of Management at Saint Mary's University, called "an act of corruption." This column documents the first attempt to organize by the Canadian Auto Workers in the 1980s.

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