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Four reasons Québec is on the streets fighting austerity

Night demonstrations -- a fixture in the 2012 Quebec student movement -- were held on Tuesday in Montreal and Quebec City, and again on Friday in Montreal, with thousands filling the streets as well as hundreds of armoured police.

The mobilization against austerity measures was met by strong police reaction. On Thursday of the same week, the Quebec Liberal government tabled a budget "balanced" by large cuts to education, health care and other social services spending.

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Ontario precarious workers 'Still Living on the Edge,' report

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"Still Living on the Edge," a new report released today, finds that Ontario's employment laws are failing low-wage and precarious workers.

Forty per cent of Ontarians work 'non-standard jobs,' meaning part-time, temporary, or independent contract work, and 33 per cent work low-wage jobs. But, as the report shows, Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has not adapted to protect the growing number of precarious workers in the province.

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Migrant advocacy groups fight April 1 temporary foreign worker deportations

On April 1, 2015, an estimated 70,000 temporary foreign workers whose contracts are expiring will either voluntarily leave Canada, be given deportation orders, or will continue living here without legal documents. Based on the number of temporary foreign workers seeking assistance from settlement services agencies and migrant organizations, 16,000 temporary foreign workers in Alberta will lose status in Alberta, which migrant advocates stress is a conservative estimate.

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This week in labour: Conservative myth-busting and plenty of picket lines

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There is a theme to this week's labour round-up -- or maybe there are two themes.

One has to do with the connected struggle between workers and students, and student-workers. From daycare to post-secondary, budgets are being squeezed, as are educators and students. A second, and related, theme is bad policy from public-sector spending to immigration to C-51.

Sorry, was is that too bleak? Happy weekend reading!

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Labour leader speaks out on Bill C-51 in Parliament

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Could U of T implement unilateral changes to course evaluations without consent?

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As CUPE 3902 Unit 1 approaches the fifth week of its strike, the shadow of academic continuity hangs over the University of Toronto.

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Alberta austerity: Will Jim Prentice change the tax advantage?

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Voting yes: Urban development on the line in Vancouver transit referendum

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If you live in metro Vancouver, your mailbox contains the chance to voice your opinion on the transit referendum. Whatever you think will be neatly expressed by one of two words: yes, or no.

If you vote "yes," you vote for the expansion of public transit services. As metro Vancouver looks forward to an additional one million people, transportation will play a key role in supporting and shaping the urban development necessary to accommodate the demographic increase.

Implicit in your choice is support for the existing development paradigm. The concern is that this development model could displace those who will most benefit from transportation expansions.

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Thousands in Montreal unite against austerity and petro-economy

Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.

Despite persistent wet snow and a low grey sky, the protest grew several blocks long, noisily winding through downtown Montreal for several hours on Saturday afternoon.

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Love and friendship on the picket line: This week in labour news

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From a win on the prairies to spring in the air on the picket lines of Ontario.

Some disputes seem to be winding down in the post-secondary sector but the struggle is far from over, as workers continue to protect their labour rights from sea to shining sea to shining sea.

 

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