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UP! Young workers take the helm in Nova Scotia's labour movement

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I first started attending union meetings, rallies and pickets in Nova Scotia when I was a student organizer. I worked among folks who thought I, at the age of 28, was ancient.

But when it came to organized labour, I was one of the few under 35s in the room. When we would enter, I swear I could hear a collective sigh of relief "oh good, the youth are here."

While the majority of those involved in our unions are still a good decade (or three) older than me, my peers have recently taken on leadership roles. Three of five labour council presidents in Nova Scotia are under 35. What led to this surge in youth leadership has barely been explored.

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Introducing... UP! Canadian labour rising

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I sometimes feel as if "the Left," that massive catchall term for a group that's meant to encompass everyone who isn't a heartless, tax-hating, business-loving earth killer, is standing along the shore of the ocean. Together, we look outward trying to see the other side, but we are knocked down, again and again, by massive waves.

Whether we think we can withstand the waves or stop the waves simply by our presence doesn't matter. We keep getting knocked down, standing back up and getting knocked down again.

All the energy it takes to get up again and again makes it impossible for us to see the boat that's just to our left.

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Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin responds to PMO allegations

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Faced with insinuations of improper conduct from the Prime Minister's Office and reported widely in the press, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court sets the record straight in the press release below

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to recent media reports, the office of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. is releasing the following statement.

At no time was there any communication between Chief Justice McLachlin and the government regarding any case before the courts. The facts are as follows:

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Who funds today's tobacco research?

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The Fraser Institute research results that questioned whether smoking can cause cancer were funded by Big Tobacco. So this leads to the question: Who funds today's research?

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B.C. Labour Board rules in favour of blacklisted Mexican workers

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The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled that the Mexican government blacklisted seasonal agriculture workers who formed a union at their workplace in the lower B.C. mainland.

The Board found that the Mexican government improperly interfered by identifying workers who were a part of United Food and Commercial Workers at Sidhu & Sons Nursery, a flower growing operation in Abbotsford, B.C. and prevented them from returning to Canada to work under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SWAP).

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