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Upstream
Food bank stats don't tell the story of food insecurity
Feb 24 2016
'Food insecurity' refers to the inadequate access to food because of financial constraints -- and it's a larger problem in Canada than most realize.
Council of Canadians
ISDS must be rejected to protect the climate: Council of Canadians co-released paper
Feb 24 2016
The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Europe, and eleven other groups based around the world have released a new 8-page paper titled Oil Corporations Vs. Climate. Read it here.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE Local 79 says work to rule begins today
Feb 22 2016
Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees began work to rule action this morning, as a deal with the City of Toronto was not concluded by 12:01 a.m.
Socialist Worker
Troop trainers are combat troops:
 Stop Trudeau’s escalating war
Feb 22 2016
For more than a decade we have been told that just a little more bombing or training would solve the problems the West created.
Canadians for Tax Fairness
How 7 fair tax options could make a $50 billion difference
Feb 22 2016
We've let the principles of fair taxation slide. Tax-dodging has become commonplace because of staff cuts and under-capacity at the CRA and not taking serious action to counter tax havens.
Fair Vote Canada
PR 101 and unpacking ranked ballots
Feb 19 2016
The new Liberal government has promised that 2015 was the last election using first-past-the-post. Fair Vote Canada invites you to join a two part webinar on voting Sunday February 21 at 7 PM EST.
Unifor
For-profit plasma clinic goes against report on patient safety
Feb 19 2016
Saskatchewan is opening the first for-profit plasma donation clinic in the country. But this isn't even the first attempt by the private company Canadian Plasma Resources to set up for-profit clinics.
National Union of Public and General Employees
Nova Scotia government retreats from changes to Seniors' Pharmacare Program
Feb 19 2016
Seniors, advocacy groups, labour unions and health coalitions have been organizing against the government of Nova Scotia's proposed changes to its Seniors' Pharmacare Program. Looks like it worked.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
A federal plan to tackle poverty and inequality
Feb 18 2016
The fight to eliminate poverty and inequality is far from over and Justin Trudeau's election proposals are inadequate to accomplishing the task. This CCPA paper is a real poverty reduction plan.
Hospital Employees' Union
Stressed health authority budgets leave little room for progress on seniors’ care
Feb 18 2016
There is no commitment in the BC budget to improve staffing levels or to take other actions which would provide a more dignified standard of care for B.C. seniors requiring residential care services.
Ontario Health Coalition
Devastating hospital cuts and flawed process for health reform consultation
Feb 18 2016
Ontario is heading into its ninth straight year of real-dollar cuts to public hospitals' global budgets. This is the longest stretch of hospital cuts since the inception of public health care.
Council of Canadians
How Big Pharma markets its profitable drugs
Feb 16 2016
Pharmaceutical sales representatives are the direct contact between pharmaceutical companies and those who have the power to write prescriptions: doctors.
Unifor
Budget stimulus and EI
Feb 16 2016
Federal research shows that EI is the single most powerful tool the government has to stabilize the economy, reducing both GDP and job losses by up to 14 per cent in the wake of recessions.
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
BCGEU launches "Local Crews Know Local Roads" campaign
Feb 16 2016
This campaign is about protecting good, family supporting jobs. It is about ensuring that experienced, professional, highways maintenance workers who know their region remain on the job.
United Food and Commercial Workers
Canada's leading union launches radio ad campaign demanding fairness at Best Western Seven Oaks
Feb 12 2016
This hotel doesn't treat its workers fairly. They've been on strike since December. These workers are your neighbours. Don't check-in at this hotel. Support them by sending a letter to the CEO.
National Union of Public and General Employees
Job numbers highlight need for urgent EI reform
Feb 12 2016
It takes time for infrastructure spending to kick in and create jobs, so let's act now to stop penalizing unemployed workers, get them the benefits they paid into and so urgently need.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
BDS campaign expanding: let's forge ahead
Feb 12 2016
At its 2008 Convention, CUPW adopted a resolution supporting the call for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. Have a look at CUPW's efforts to support Palestine over the year.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE locals in Toronto launch bargaining ad campaign
Feb 10 2016
Our locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in contract negotiations with the City of Toronto, have launched a TV advertising campaign in support of bargaining.
Canadian Labour Congress
Canada Pension Plan Disability is failing many of the most vulnerable Canadians
Feb 10 2016
This week, Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson released a damning report on the state of the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) program.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Eliminating tuition and compulsory fees for post-secondary education
Feb 10 2016
A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) outlines a clear path towards accessible post-secondary education in Canada.
Socialist Worker
Unite with Quebec against pipelines
Feb 8 2016
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's pointed opposition to the Energy East pipeline was singled out by pro-pipeline pundits and politicians in a disgusting display of anti-Quebec scapegoating.
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing oil sands pipelines and tankers
Feb 8 2016
The endorsement of the Declaration is indicative that more Canadians are committing to respect the laws and authority of First Nations and their efforts to protect the environment of all communities.
National Union of Public and General Employees
Possible $10M in savings as Nova Scotia cuts seniors' pharmacare
Feb 8 2016
Seniors live on fixed incomes and are already struggling. An increase in Pharmacare costs may be the difference between rent and food on the table or medication.
Unifor
Uber fight goes beyond taxis
Feb 5 2016
The fight over Uber is about much more than the taxi industry. The so-called sharing economy could move into almost any other business to undermine the livelihoods of those involved.
Public Service Alliance of Canada
A proactive federal pay equity law is overdue
Feb 5 2016
The House of Commons has adopted an NDP motion that could result in creating a new pay equity law that puts the onus on employers to provide pay equity.
Upstream
Choosing the better story
Feb 5 2016
Acclaimed Canadian author Yann Martel released a new novel: The High Mountains of Portugal. He sat down with Upstream to discuss his book, the importance of story, and his hopes for Canada's future.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies
Feb 3 2016
As Canada prepares to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand this week, two new studies from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reveal significant risks.
National Union of Public and General Employees
Saudi Arabian college fiasco tied to underfunding in Ontario
Feb 3 2016
Algonquin is one of at least three Ontario community colleges, including Niagara and Centennial, that have established campuses in Saudi Arabia to make up for government funding shortfalls.
Council of Canadians
CETA changes make investor-state provisions worse
Feb 3 2016
Critics say it's an oversized public insurance scheme for companies that are unwilling to assume the normal risks of doing business. The Globe and Mail says: "Where do we sign?"
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Anti-TPP movement converges in Mexico City
Feb 1 2016
Labour and civil society groups joined legislators from across the Americas January 26-29 in Mexico City to step up the fight against the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.