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Neoliberal rampage in Canada 3

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Uncle John
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Who benefitted from the National Council on Welfare? Is anyone who is poor going to get less money because the National Council on Welfare is over? Or was it a few Stalinist bureaucrats on high salaries who lost their jobs? In all their time of existence, did the poor benefit once from what they said? I am going to be called an ignorant fool here (a debating tactic which shows such intelligence and class from certain leftists who know who they are) but the first time I ever heard about the National Council on Welfare was when it was shut down.

Welfare is a provincial responsibility, if you check the division of powers in Canada. The feds have no more business promoting welfare than the provinces have promoting national defence and diplomacy. What is REAL in Ontario is that McGuinty has cut REAL rates of welfare, with shitty jobs, high rents, and bad healthcare, the lot of the poor in this country is worse than it ever has been.

Whining about rich lawyers and bureaucrats who have lost their jobs shows real compassion for the poor, or just the standard hypocrisy which is common to all political people.


Slumberjack
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Uncle John wrote:
Or was it a few Stalinist bureaucrats on high salaries who lost their jobs?

You're going to have us crying uncle with this slapstick.


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Illegal job action by Air Canada pilots leads to cancellations at Pearson

Air Canada has issued a nationwide travel alert warning of delays after an "illegal job action" by some of its pilots affected dozens of flights at Pearson International Airport on Friday.

“This morning we started receiving a higher number than normal of sick calls from pilots — it’s a small group,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CityNews.

“This small group is causing some disruptions.”

More than 60 flights set to depart or arrive at Pearson were cancelled, while scores of others were delayed, according the airport's website.

Passengers were also disrupted in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

A source told CityNews that a group of pilots planned to book off sick on Friday in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to protest recently implemented back-to-work legislation that forced the pilots into binding arbitration.

"We just want to talk with the airline and work out a fair deal," the source said.

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/200504--cancel...


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Uncle John wrote:

Who benefitted from the National Council on Welfare? Is anyone who is poor going to get less money because the National Council on Welfare is over? Or was it a few Stalinist bureaucrats on high salaries who lost their jobs? In all their time of existence, did the poor benefit once from what they said? I am going to be called an ignorant fool here (a debating tactic which shows such intelligence and class from certain leftists who know who they are) but the first time I ever heard about the National Council on Welfare was when it was shut down.

Welfare is a provincial responsibility, if you check the division of powers in Canada. The feds have no more business promoting welfare than the provinces have promoting national defence and diplomacy. What is REAL in Ontario is that McGuinty has cut REAL rates of welfare, with shitty jobs, high rents, and bad healthcare, the lot of the poor in this country is worse than it ever has been.

Whining about rich lawyers and bureaucrats who have lost their jobs shows real compassion for the poor, or just the standard hypocrisy which is common to all political people.

NDPP

 

No? 'Stalinist bureaucrats'?

You mean they're not all gone yet?

So then it sure sounds like tragedy to me!

Could easily be just as you say Uncle John. I'd never heard ot it either.  Of course this is but one of the many 'surgical strikes' in the latest  budget butchery and hardly 'the unkindest cut of all'  - as you suggest. The intent of the posting is simply sampling one more knock  from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block. The point is the amputations are extensive is all...


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Health strike ‘scary’ risk

If Local 42 of the Nova Scotia Government & General Em­ployees Union strikes at the end of the month, there won’t only be a shortage of doctors and nurses.

The local represents more than 150 job classifications at Capital Health, from nutri­tionists to youth health-care co-ordinators and X-ray tech­nicians to morgue attendants.

Tracey Fisk, president of Local 42, said a fair offer and a fair contract is vital to members of all professions.

These people, Fisk said, are “excruciatingly important" in ensuring the best care for pa­tients. She said it’s the people, not the machines, who make health care possible.

“You can’t just go up to a machine and say, ‘Oh, X-ray me,’ because that just doesn’t work."

Holding signs reading We Save Lives and We Prevent Suffering, members rallied at various locations across Halifax at noon on Friday.

Fisk stood in front of her workplace, the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, in Hali­fax. She wants to go back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.

“It’s a scary time for every­body that works at Capital Health," said Fisk. “They’re starting to cut services. They’re cancelling services."

Fisk said members of the union held the information picket and rally to put a face on the 3,600 Capital Health work­ers who are members of Local 42.

“A lot of people don’t know who we are and what we do," said Fisk.

A news release said members of the local voted 91 per cent in favour of a strike if Capital Health doesn’t improve its wage offer. In a three-year con­tract, the union proposed a 5.1 per cent raise in the first year and cost of living increases for the remaining years. As of Fri­day, the offer stood at a one per cent increase for each for the next three years....

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/86475-health-strike-scary-risk


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Underfunded NewPage pensions plans to be abandoned

The British Columbia firm looking to restart the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill is walking away from the mill's underfunded pension plan, signalling bad news for hundreds of retirees.

Pacific West Commercial Corp.'s offer to take over the mill in Point Tupper does not include inheriting the mill's four pensions plans, which are underfunded by approximately $130 million.

"It's quite a shock," said Roddie MacDonald, a NewPage retiree.

"You never anticipate that when you've worked for 30 to 40 years and paid into your pension plan, you never think this is going to happen."

The lapse in funds will affect MacDonald and about 1,000 active and former employees, according to the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

"They would be looking at a 30 per cent reduction," said Nancy MacNeil-Smith, Nova Scotia's superintendent of pensions....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/04/13/ns-newpage-pe...


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Labour tribunal declares 'sick out' by Air Canada pilots illegal

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The pilots caused havoc in airports across the country when they skipped work as part of the organized action. The disgruntled pilots apparently were upset about federal anti-strike legislation passed last month, as well as recent threats by Air Canada to fire two of their union's top executives.

As a result, some pilots called in "sick" in a protest not officially sanctioned by their union.

"On Friday, the Canada Industrial Relations Board granted, at Air Canada's request, an order declaring that certain pilots were participating in an illegal strike; ordering ACPA, the pilots' union, to take all reasonable steps to bring to an end the illegal strike; and requiring all pilots participating in the illegal strike to immediately return to work and perform their duties in the normal manner," the airline said in a news release Friday evening. "As such, Air Canada expects to resume its normal schedule effective Saturday, April 14."

Earlier Friday, government had a strong message for Air Canada pilots who caused dozens of flight delays and cancellations on Friday morning — get back to work.

"It's a dangerous move," said Ian Lee, who teaches business at Ottawa's Carleton University. "All they're doing is diminishing the brand of Air Canada and sending passengers to other airlines. We don't teach in business schools that it's a good thing to alienate and send to competitors."

Air Canada said at least 30 flights were cancelled Friday morning, and that more were delayed.......

http://www.canada.com/business/Labour+tribunal+declares+sick+Canada+pilo...


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Uncle John wrote:

Who benefitted from the National Council on Welfare? Is anyone who is poor going to get less money because the National Council on Welfare is over? Or was it a few Stalinist bureaucrats on high salaries who lost their jobs? In all their time of existence, did the poor benefit once from what they said? I am going to be called an ignorant fool here...

Let's let the reading public decide that one, shall we?

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Since 1962, the National Council of Welfare had held up a mirror to the nation, highlighting the pockets of poverty and warning policy-makers of the consequences of neglecting those in need. It gave non-profit groups the facts they needed to speak credibly about hardship in a land of plenty. It tracked the emergence and growth of a crack in society between the comfortably well-off and the struggling. And it brought together social policy thinkers to find solutions to poverty — or at least keep the debate alive. - Carol Goar


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The council’s annual report on welfare incomes in Canada is the only comprehensive analysis of social assistance across the country and how it interacts with federal benefits, he said. The council has also produced authoritative reports on child care, child benefits and low incomes in Canada.

Its latest report, “The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty,” released in August, showed that it would cost $12.6 billion to give some 3.5 million poor Canadians enough money to live above the poverty line. However, the economic and social consequences of poverty cost Canadians twice as much, the report found.

“So, I guess we don’t want to know anything about poverty or how to solve it,” said NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina). - Laurie Monsebraaten


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“The National Council of Welfare should not be eliminated,” says Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator for Campaign 2000.  “With the termination of the long form census and now the National Council of Welfare, Canadians who want to see a reduction in, and the eventual eradication of poverty in Canada are being denied access to information that is pertinent to their work. The Council does not duplicate the work undertaken by anti-poverty organizations in Canada. The decision to axe the Council is a blow to the social policy work that needs to be undertaken by the federal government.  The government’s decision is unwarranted and shows the lack of interest in the well-being of people living in poverty in this climate of austerity.” - Canada Without Poverty


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“Just like the long-form census, the National Council of Welfare provided credible data on poverty rates and now the Conservatives have gutted the funding for the organization, effectively shutting it down,” said Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. NDP


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..txs m. spector!


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Mill workers weigh challenge

PORT HAWKESBURY — The future of one of Nova Scotia’s largest economic engines will be at stake Saturday.

Hundreds of laid-off workers from the Point Tupper pulp and paper plant will pack into the Port Hawkesbury firehall at 2 p.m. to direct their union’s response to the contract ultimatum that potential buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. delivered Thursday.

“Our job is to inform and their job is to decide,” said Archie MacLachlan, vice-president of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.

“We’re laying all the cards on the table.”

The union executive is not making a recommendation on whether the workers should vote for or against Pacific West’s contract proposal. The floor will be open to any motions from union members. If the membership decides to vote on the contract offer, a separate meeting will be held in the near future.

Pacific West spokesman Marc Dube said the Vancouver company wants an answer by next Thursday.

The workers’ initial reaction after learning details of the offer was not good.

“It’s been a long, hard winter on the families who rely on this mill, and nobody expected this to be easy,” one mill employee, who didn’t want to reveal his name, said Friday.

“But we were hoping for something better than this.” 

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According to the contract, Pacific West would only operate the newer and more efficient Paper Machine 2, which produces high-gloss paper products. Employment at the mill would be reduced by more than half to 229. Wages would stay nearly the same but there would be no increases over the 10-year life of the agreement.

The deal would also give the company the right to contract out some services that unionized mill employees once performed....

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/85319-mill-workers-weigh-challenge


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I haven't yet seen anything on what the NDP government anted up in the form of subsidies and tax breaks as part of the deal.  Likely nothing resembling the winning mega-bucks-for-life scratch ticket the Irvings are holding onto, but probably substantial enough to persuade the buyer away from investing someplace else with a better rate of return, like offshore.


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Slumberjack wrote:

I haven't yet seen anything on what the NDP government anted up in the form of subsidies and tax breaks as part of the deal.  Likely nothing resembling the winning mega-bucks-for-life scratch ticket the Irvings are holding onto, but probably substantial enough to persuade the buyer away from investing someplace else with a better rate of return, like offshore.

 

Are you suggesting the Harpers might have shopped elsewhere for the $25 billion dollar contract like they did with the F-35? Surely there are cheaper offshore alternatives.

We could have built new planes in Canada if it hadn't been for a federal Conservative Government exporting an entire aircraft industry and 50,000 Canadian jobs to the U.S.A. in the 1960s.

In that case, the NS NDP appear to have made the largest investment in job training and job creation in Nova Scotia's history.


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Thousands in the Street in Support of Alma's workers Worldwide Solidarity against Rio Tinto. Glorious Day in Alma Affirms the Need to Build the New and Stake Our Claim on the Future

On March 31, more than 8,000 workers and people from all walks of life answered the call of the locked-out Rio Tinto workers to join them in a mass demonstration in Alma, Quebec to defend their rights and the rights of all. Locked-out for three months, the Rio Tinto workers in Alma are militantly rejecting Rio Tinto's dictate to subcontract jobs and thereby establish two-tier wages and a non-union plant.

Recognizing that this fight is their fight, workers came from many regions of Quebec, as well as from Kitimat, British Columbia, Hamilton and Toronto. They joined workers' families and members of local communities whose future is affected by the dictate of Rio Tinto to use local resources without making commitments to the community or the region. Many workers from Alma came with their families highlighting that their fight is to build a future for the coming generations. Students on strike in defence of the right to an education for all also came from many regions of Quebec....

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/thousands-street-support-almas-worke...

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Amidst the sea of people were numerous signs denouncing the secret deal signed in 2007 between the Charest government, Hydro-Québec and Rio Tinto that among other things declares a lockout a force majeure that allows Rio Tinto to violate any contractual obligations and states that Hydro-Québec is to buy all unused hydro by Rio Tinto Alcan during the lockout therefore financing Rio Tinto for locking out its workers. Many others bore slogans condemning the Charest government's sell out of Quebec's interests and its resources to the monopolies and demanded that this government be held to account.


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Fidel wrote:
Are you suggesting the Harpers might have shopped elsewhere for the $25 billion dollar contract like they did with the F-35? Surely there are cheaper offshore alternatives. We could have built new planes in Canada if it hadn't been for a federal Conservative Government exporting an entire aircraft industry and 50,000 Canadian jobs to the U.S.A. in the 1960s.  In that case, the NS NDP appear to have made the largest investment in job training and job creation in Nova Scotia's history.

This is Capitalism in the 21st century Fidel.  Everyone granted a position of authority over the population through election cycles, including those seeking authority, must take their place within it and conform so that a share of the pie is not withheld from the citizenry.  I think it's well understood that this is the smoking gun being held against everyone's head nowadays; smoking because it occasionally goes off wherever there's an issue with compliance.  When we critique the NDP and other parties, we are in fact critiquing Capitalism, along with what it takes to function within it in good standing.  We critique the increasingly impossible suggestion of there being a substantial difference from one management team to the next.


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Battle lines being drawn


Capital Health workers erect a countdown banner in front of their strike headquarters near the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Cen­tre on Monday. NSGEU Local 42 members can strike as early as April 25.  (PETER PARSONS / Staff) Health board, union set up plans for possible strike; patients may be shuttled around

A FORMER FUNERAL home near the corner of Robie Street and Quinpool Road has been converted to strike headquarters for Local 42 of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union.

The union representing Capital Health workers will be in a strike position as early as April 25 and preparations have begun on all sides.

Management and the workers aren’t the only ones drawing up contingency plans and holding meetings to figure out how to handle a partial shutdown of the Halifax-area health system, inevitable if 3,600 Capital Health workers walk out over disagreements on wage raises....

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/87503-battle-lines-being-drawn


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Unions protest at Rio Tinto AGM against its lockout of workers in Canada

17 April 2012

Unions are protesting at the Rio Tinto shareholders’ AGM in London on Thursday 19 April against the four month-long lockout of 780 union members of the United Steelworkers (USW) in Alma, Quebec, Canada.

WHAT: Protest at Rio Tinto AGM
TIME: 10 am
DATE: Thursday 19 April
PLACE: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, SW1P 3EE

The protestors will bring to shareholders’ attention Rio Tinto’s unethical and illegal actions in Canada and the damage this is doing to the company’s reputation and its sponsorship of the London Olympics.

Rio Tinto, one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics, is providing 99 per cent of the metal for minting the London Olympic medals, tarnishing them with the company’s reprehensible labour practices.

The locked-out members of USW are supported in this action by the UK union Unite, the London Mining Network and three global union federations: International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

This action is part of a sustained global campaign of ICEM and IMF against Rio Tinto demanding the company clean up its act towards workers. On the same day, miners’ unions from around the world attending an ICEM mining conference will be making the same demands at a protest at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney at 13:00 (EST) on Thursday 19 April (vision available on request).

http://www.itfglobal.org/press-area/index.cfm/pressdetail/7289


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Slumberjack wrote:

Fidel wrote:
Are you suggesting the Harpers might have shopped elsewhere for the $25 billion dollar contract like they did with the F-35? Surely there are cheaper offshore alternatives. We could have built new planes in Canada if it hadn't been for a federal Conservative Government exporting an entire aircraft industry and 50,000 Canadian jobs to the U.S.A. in the 1960s.  In that case, the NS NDP appear to have made the largest investment in job training and job creation in Nova Scotia's history.

This is Capitalism in the 21st century Fidel.  Everyone granted a position of authority over the population through election cycles, including those seeking authority, must take their place within it and conform so that a share of the pie is not withheld from the citizenry.  I think it's well understood that this is the smoking gun being held against everyone's head nowadays; smoking because it occasionally goes off wherever there's an issue with compliance.  When we critique the NDP and other parties, we are in fact critiquing Capitalism, along with what it takes to function within it in good standing.  We critique the increasingly impossible suggestion of there being a substantial difference from one management team to the next.

Yes, it is true that the NDP is a capitalist party. The difference is that it has always sought to reform capitalism toward social democracy. That was also true of the Liberal Party from about MacKenzie King to Trudeau's time with a lot of falling off the wagon in between, pushing and prodding by the CCF-NDP. Some of us may laugh and jeer, but where else do we wade into it? Do we sit idly by while capitalist greed and lust enslaves and destroys humanity? Or do we roll-up our sleeves and help people to understand just how undemocratic the whole thing really is?

The point is, it's not even capitalism anymore - it's neofeudalism. Today's capitalists make mock of their own gods of capitalism: Smith, Locke, Hamilton, Ricardo etc. The former Marxian relationship between worker versus capitalist-industrialist parasite has become one of worker versus absentee corporate landlord and marauding international capital. Capitalist industrialism of Marx' era and Lenin's era has been overthrown by capital itself. It may seem to be a step backward in time, but there are some who say we need to revisit the relationship between worker and national owners of the means of production. We need, as Keynes said, to disarm international capital for the sake of world peace and democracy. I think it is a good fight. Any fight against capital is a good one. But we with few resources in comparison to power and that only grows stronger, need to choose our battles wisely. 


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Impact of the 2012 Budget on Aboriginal Peoples

As a policy instrument, the 2012 Federal Budget is true to the Conservative government's course of assimilating the Aboriginal population by making life in First Nations communities unbearable.

One would have thought that the widespread attention drawn to the James Bay community of Attawapiskat would have had an impact – but there was no new money for housing in this budget. And despite unanimous support in the House of Commons for “Shannen's Dream” – a bill that commits the federal government to raising the standard of First Nations' K-12 schools to the same level as their provincial counterparts – the $100 million in the first year falls far short of the $1.5 billion required.

In 1998 Treasury Board placed a 2% cap on First Nations budgets which, all other things being equal, would have kept them only slightly behind the rate of inflation. Problem is, all things are not equal. Aboriginal Peoples continue to be the fastest growing demographic in Canada.

Following the success of Sharon McIvor in (nearly) ending gender discrimination in the Indian Act, 45,000 Aboriginal Peoples will be receiving their rightful status and another 40,000 will be added as recognition is finally being given to the Qalipu Mi'Kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland and Labrador. The strain on First Nations budgets – that were severely underfunded to begin with – will continue to grow at a staggering rate.

Deep cuts

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AAND) itself will be cut by $165 million. It remains unclear which programs will be lost or substantially decreased as a result of this 2.7% reduction but we do know that the First Nations Statistical Institute is the first casualty.

The Conservative government is about to pass Bill S-8, The Safe Drinking Water Act. It will shift the responsibility for water systems from AAND directly to First Nations. The $200 million over two years provided for water infrastructure in this budget is, if you'll pardon the pun, a drop in the bucket compared to the $6.5 billion required as estimated by the Assembly of First Nations. By design, this will pave the way for the privatization of water on reserves.

The budget document has more direct plans for privatization:

Some First Nations have expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of legislation that would allow private property ownership within current reserve boundaries . . . Economic Action Plan 2012 announces the government's intent to explore with interested First Nation the option of moving forward with legislation that will allow for this.

With changes to matrimonial real property legislation that will see non-Aboriginals gain interests in reserve lands, the federal government's assimilation strategy has been laid bare in a way not seen since Chrétien's 1969 White Paper.....

http://www.psac-afpc.com/news/2012/issues/20120417-e.shtml


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73% of teachers vote to adopt resistance strategy on Bill 22

A decisive 73% of teachers have voted in favour of a resistance strategy to oppose Bill 22, the controversial Education Improvement Act.  In a province-wide vote conducted April 17–19, 2012, a total of 21,625 teachers voted yes and 7,846 voted no.

BCTF President Susan Lambert characterized the result as a strong vote of confidence in the action plan crafted by delegates to the BCTF’s Annual General Meeting in March.

“This vote sends a powerful message to government that they must rethink Bill 22, listen to the concerns of teachers, respect our rights, and invest in services to students,” Lambert said. “Teachers are united in opposition to this terrible piece of legislation, the twentieth bill passed by the BC Liberals since 2001 targeting teachers’ professional and labour rights. We simply have to take a strong stand.”

Lambert noted that Bill 22 virtually wipes out class-size and composition limits. Coming into a school year when public education will face a $100 million funding short fall, learning conditions will undoubtedly suffer. “How can anyone teach to individual student needs under such conditions?” she asked.  

Lambert acknowledged that the vote was emotional for teachers because the decision to withdraw from extra-curricular activities is so wrenching. “Teachers struggle with this because these activities bring so much joy to our engagement with students. We know this will mean the loss of some highly-valued activities, and we sincerely regret that. But we have to look at the bigger picture and the longer term,” she said.

The plan also calls for other actions including: mounting a public awareness campaign to educate British Columbians about the impact of Bill 22 and to mobilize opposition to it; the possibility of another future vote on a full withdrawal of services; and working in advance of the May 2013 election to bring in a new government that will repeal Bill 22.

Lambert said that one of the most corrosive elements of Bill 22 for teachers is its mock mediation process. “It adds insult to injury by requiring teachers to be complicit in the stripping of basic rights and protections in our collective agreement,” Lambert said.

The BCTF has made application to the Labour Relations Board to quash the appointment of Dr. Charles Jago as mediator due to clear apprehension of bias. The teachers are awaiting a ruling on a government challenge of the LRB’s jurisdiction before a decision can be made on the substance of the complaint....

http://www.bctf.ca/NewsReleases.aspx?id=26736


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Teachers Rally against Cuts to Education

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Cole Harbour - About 300 teachers rallied against cuts to education outside premier Darrell Dexter's constituency office Friday afternoon after the end of the school day.

The rally was one of 18 across the province targeting MLAs from the governing NDP. A rally at finance minister Graham Steele's Halifax office attracted 200 teachers, according to the CBC

A press release from the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union says that $65 million will have been cut across the province come September, and that this "will result in larger class sizes and less individual attention for students."

Teachers chanted "Kids not cuts!" and "Cut to the core! Don't take more!" to the frequent honks of supportive motorists at the busy intersection. A few young children at the rally branded signs concerned about the increases in class size for the coming school year. 

Premier Dexter did not make an appearance at his office.

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/photo/teachers-rally-against-cuts-education/...


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Monetary and Credit Reform Empowers Happiness: Professor Mark Anielski Explains: (and vid)

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/monetary-credit-reform-empowers-h...

"The 99% must achieve factual command of the basic facts how money and credit are created, or else continue their debt-damned existence under an oligarchic and Robber Baron-era structure. The US and Canada do not have a money supply; we have its Orwellian opposite as a debt supply. Canada had public money and surrendered this power to oligarchic interests in 1974, Economics, can, and should be designed to enlighten, inform and empower accomplishment of human happiness.."


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Quote:
Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile... Once a nation parts with control of its credit, it matters not who makes the nation's laws... Usury once in control will wreck any nation.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

Who voted for the bankers and capitalists running Canada from their marble-clad office towers on Bay Street and other cities around the world? 

Not any of us, that's for sure. It's time to disarm marauding international capital for the sake of world peace and democracy.


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Fidel wrote:
Who voted for the bankers and capitalists running Canada from their marble-clad office towers on Bay Street and other cities around the world? Not any of us, that's for sure. It's time to disarm marauding international capital for the sake of world peace and democracy.

That's a pretty tall order Fidel.  The US Navy's latest series of ads featuring the slogan "a force for good in the world," suggests that the protection of sea trade is the most important mission.  Cost wise, it's like having the local brinks operation paid for by municipal taxes, multiplied by infinity, with a portion of the tab including compound interest delivered in one form or another to every dwelling on the planet.  And then there's the airforce, army and the marines.


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The protest outside Minister Steele's office was particularly appropriate: while slashing public school budgets, he sends his kids to the most elite and expensive private school in the city.

 

epaulo13 wrote:

Teachers Rally against Cuts to Education

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Cole Harbour - About 300 teachers rallied against cuts to education outside premier Darrell Dexter's constituency office Friday afternoon after the end of the school day.

The rally was one of 18 across the province targeting MLAs from the governing NDP. A rally at finance minister Graham Steele's Halifax office attracted 200 teachers, according to the CBC

A press release from the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union says that $65 million will have been cut across the province come September, and that this "will result in larger class sizes and less individual attention for students."

Teachers chanted "Kids not cuts!" and "Cut to the core! Don't take more!" to the frequent honks of supportive motorists at the busy intersection. A few young children at the rally branded signs concerned about the increases in class size for the coming school year. 

Premier Dexter did not make an appearance at his office.

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/photo/teachers-rally-against-cuts-education/...


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Murray Dobbin wrote:

Something is happening in Canada that seems, in the context of a majority Harper government, counter-intuitive. Harper continues implementing his right-wing revolution by virtual fiat, and Preston Manning's "democracy" institute says Canadians actually want "less" government and more individual responsibility. Yet a flurry of polls in the past few weeks and months suggest two dramatic counterpoints to this self-serving narrative.

First, in a development that is virtually unprecedented, inequality has become, by far, Canadians' top concern, displacing the perennial front-runner, medicare. And closely related are a number of polls showing that Canadians in large majorities think wealthy people and corporations should pay more taxes. They are also willing to pay more themselves.

How these attitudes will play out over the longer term is hard to predict. Other trends are not so encouraging.

The trouble with normal, Bruce Cockburn told us, is it always gets worse. And that's the danger in times like this when we watch the ratcheting back of democratic government and the things that it has provided. The longer-term threat to democracy is that we become inured to the systematic assaults on it. It is easy to get demoralized with what one U.S. writer called "surplus powerlessness." Without an obvious short-term solution to the quasi-dictatorship of the Harper government the easiest response is to deny it is happening -- and then get used to it.

No opposition party has so far said that they are committed to reversing all the reactionary and destructive actions of this government. Yet this is what we should be demanding of them.

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Yes, the highlighted finale is the absolute nub of this. And no opposition party has so far said it because no opposition party intends to do it. Clearly, inurement, denial and 'surplus powerlessness' have indeed taken over. How to break this deathlike popular paralysis and inertia is the critical question. It is as if we are watching our house burn to the ground with practically no moves made to save it.


Fidel
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NDPP wrote:

And no opposition party has so far said it because no opposition party intends to do it. Clearly, inurement, denial and 'surplus powerlessness' have indeed taken over. How to break this deathlike popular paralysis and inertia is the critical question. It is as if we are watching our house burn to the ground with practically no moves made to save it.

 

How can you possibly know this? Crystal ball again?

We've tried the other neoliberal party from 1993 to 2006. They were exactly the same as the Tories before them. 


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Yet another reactionary result from their "moderate" budget" again targetting a "special interest"  - which just happens to be 52% of the population.

http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/44620


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PEI tables budget, introduces HST and cuts public service jobs

Charlottetown (23 April 2012) - The PEI government issued its 2012 budget setting the course for the province late last week. The Ghiz government's austerity budget focused heavily on finding ways to bring down its $1.97 billion debt.

The introduction of the harmonized sales tax will hit every resident hard as it will cover more everyday items than the previous combination of the goods and services tax and the provincial sales tax. But the it is the cuts to the public service that concern many workers the most.

PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE) President Shelley Ward said, “The Minister would like Islanders to believe that the private sector is the sole economic engine of the economy in Prince Edward Island. Never has this been further from the truth. The public sector offers good paying jobs, effective social programs, and public policy that not only generates wealth in the province but ensures that wealth is fairly distributed.”

“The Liberal budget ignores this reality by attacking and diminishing the public service and by arbitrarily appointing the private sector as the only viable solution for our economic future.”...

http://www.nupge.ca/content/4943/pei-tables-budget-introduces-hst-and-cu...


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