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How the Great Salmon Strike Continued

How the Great Salmon Strike Continued

An excerpt from a new book on a pivotal labour action in B.C.’s history.​

Geoff Meggs is the author of Salmon: The Decline of the West Coast Fishery, which received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. A former Vancouver city councillor, Meggs is chief of staff to B.C. Premier John Horgan.

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Loblaws card LIES

Look at what Loblaws sent me to get out of their modest promise of a $25 reimbursement card!

I've sent this to my MP (Alexandre Boulerice) and also sent them back a sharp but not obscene response. I've never had a driving licence in my life - I HATE cars, nor do I have a smart phone. This is also discrimination against people more likely to have a low income and really need the rebate;

Madame/Monsieur REDACTED

Nous avons bien reçu votre inscription pour recevoir une Carte Loblaw de 25 $.

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Happy May Day to all!

Bon premier mai, fête internationale des travailleurs et travailleuses. It also has a natural meaning, known in the Gaelic tongues as Beltane, about the real awakening of springtime in more northern climes.  Both are worthy of celebration. 

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Governing real estate inflation

Obvious to me is to take greed out of the equation when it comes to having a residence you can call home.

I would forward the concept that extending a capital gains tax to 5 or 10 or infinity years might make sellers think twice about how much they ask for their house.

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Uber and the "gig" economy

And yet even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the service of its corporate growth — an effort whose dimensions became evident in interviews with several dozen current and former Uber officials, drivers and social scientists,

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Rae days reboot from the Saskatchewan government

This will be an interesting debate. The Rae days that the Conservatives and the unions railed against in Ontario are now the model (with no credit given) for the austerity policy of the Sask. government.

The argument is that it is temporary and prevents the alternative layoffs.

We have heard this before.


The policy was very unpopular here -- in part becuase of the way it was imposed. However, if you are making cuts it can be argued that it is a better way to do it. And I never did disagree with the mechanism. Unions as well have agreed to other kinds of job sharing arrangments to avoid cuts.


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