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| July 11, 2014

Federal Court ruling says cuts to refugee health care are 'cruel and unusual'

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The Federal Court has given the government four months to change cuts to health-care coverage for refugees or that the cuts may be struck down.

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Gavrilo Princip
| June 28, 2014

Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Let the critiques begin!

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Critiques of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program abound from inside, and outside, parliament after the announcement of changes to the program.

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program met with criticism

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The federal government changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program received criticism just minutes after the announcement on Friday from opposition politicians and activists across the country.

Liberal MP John McCallum said the changes deserve a grade of C+. NDP MP Pat Martin said that the good news is the fact the government acknowledges the program is broken. The bad news, he adds, is that "they have done little to actually fix it."

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| June 20, 2014
| June 9, 2014
Reginald H. Roy
| June 6, 2014

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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