On December 7, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal addressed Unifor's Ontario Regional Council. He began: "My Canada is the kind of country where trade unions and free collective bargaining makes our economy stronger and Canada a better place. It is as important a part of a strong and growing economy as capital investment, reasonable profits, and fair wages. And without collective bargaining there is never any guarantee on fair wages. And without fair wages we are not building a society of which we can be proud, and we can transfer to our kids and grandchildren knowing we have transferred them something that reflects our values as Canadians.
Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg. In 1994 he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Watch his inauguration speech here.
Greg Macdougall interviews Mia Mingus, one of the leading articulators of Disability Justice, for the Icarus Project after her talks Beyond Access: An Introduction to Disability Justice. Disability Justice deals with the oppression of disability and other systems of oppression and injustice. It moves beyond rights- and equality-based approaches instead working towards collective justice and liberation, towards transforming society as a whole.
Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt wants to reduce the number of Flight Attendants on Canadian aircrafts from 1 in 40 passengers to 1 in 50 passengers. But recent crashes by Air France and Asiana prove that passengers survive when Flight Attendants get them out of burning planes. So why is Raitt selling out our safety for corporate profits?
"Why are the rich getting a free ride?" is the question being asked in a new video highlighting the problem of growing income inequality in Canada. The short video asks some very important questions about why many people -- even those who are making a decent wage -- are still struggling to get by and create a decent life while others are profiting like never before.
"We have recovered a digital video file that is consistent with what has been described in media reports." Toronto Chief of Police, Bill Blair, on the Rob Ford video, October 31, 2013.
With news that the police have the infamous "crack video" in their custody, the media descended on Toronto Mayor Ford's office today. The Mayor made a brief statement, and fled.
This video was captured by Toronto Video Activist Collective.
"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."
In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman, comedian Russell Brand lays into a discussion about political apathy, democratic inequality and capitalist institutions, bringing a mainstream light to the messages of marginalized people.
For decades young workers have faced challenges getting a foothold in the labour market. In recent years, the austerity agenda has magnified these challenges and hit young people in Ontario particularly hard. In April 2013, youth unemployment in Ontario was sitting at 17.1 percent, compared to 6.1 percent for those 25 and over.
While many young people remain un- and under-employed in temporary short-term positions, the conversations needs to continue and concreate solutions need to be made.
Tom Mulcair challenges Stephen Harper in question period to come clean about the Senate scandals.
It is noteworthy that as finance has been on the 'rise,' some activists began to formalize anti-corporate and targeted activist campaign strategies through pension and personal investment funds. In Canada and the U.S., several faith organizations began to argue that anti-social corporate behaviour should be, in some sense, sanctioned by individual investors and ultimate owners, on the basis of social principle or humanitarian values. These initiatives then crystallized and drew broader support with the rise of the sanctions and divestment movement directed against corporate and government support for apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.