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Saskatchewan schools blindsided by education funding cuts

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Saskatchewan teachers believe they are being blamed for increasing education costs in the province, the provincial teachers' association says.

Recent budgetary announcements from the governing Saskatchewan Party revealed it had decided against funding the 1.9 per cent raise in teachers' salaries for 2016/17 that had been already agreed upon during bargaining.

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Condominium development threatens protection of Algonquin sacred site

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The fight to protect the sacred Chaudière Falls from a condominium development is gaining momentum following a massive sacred walk on Friday, June 17.

The sacred walk, which was initiated by Algonquin Elders from Pikwàkanagàn, brought out approximately 500 people on the Friday afternoon.

The day after the sacred march Stop Windmill, a group of non-native student and labour allies, called a rally for Monday, June 27.

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Community and scientists agree: Ontario must clean up Grassy Narrows immediately

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The Ontario government announced it would commit $300,000 to monitoring mercury levels in the English-Wabigoon River system after ministers David Zimmer and Glen Murray visited Grassy Narrows First Nation on Monday.

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McGill drops legal battle over access to information request

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Cadence O'Neal walked out of Montreal's Palais de Justice on Tuesday morning just before 10 a.m. lugging 600 pages of documents related to a McGill mechanical engineering laboratory's association with the defence industry.

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Possible mercury dumping ground increases calls for action by Grassy Narrows

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UPDATE: Yesterday six Grassy Narrows supporters were arrested and held overnight. They had a bail hearing on Friday morning in Toronto and were charged.

The supporters are calling for action on the mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows. Watch and share this video to show your support.

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Federal ministers hold face-to-face meeting with Occupy INAC protesters in Vancouver

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Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, met with Indigenous advocacy group Council of Mothers to discuss funding opportunities for Indigenous youth and languages on May 24.

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Student seeks access to information on McGill military ties as legal battle begins

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On June 21 and 22, Cadence O'Neal, a recent graduate of McGill University involved with Demilitarize McGill, will appear before the Commission on Access at the Palais de Justice in Montreal in an ongoing legal battle with McGill over access to correspondence between McGill researchers and multiple military contractors.

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Unions brace for anti-worker legislation in Manitoba

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Manitoba workers could be facing tougher union certification rules if proposed labour law changes, tabled this week, are passed.

Spearheaded by the province's new Progressive Conservative government, the possible changes -- detailed in Bill 7, the Labour Relations Amendment Act -- will ban automatic certification as a pathway to unionization if successful.

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CBSA ends participation in reality television show 'Border Security'

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On Monday, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agreed to end its participation in the controversial reality television show Border Security: Canada's Front Line, which began airing on the National Geographic Channel in 2012.

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A benefit system disadvantaging Canada's poorest children

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Lindsey McKay, postdoctoral fellow at Brock University's Sociology Department, is among the thousands of Canadian mothers ineligible for maternity benefits. 

McKay, who gave birth to twins in 2011, missed out because she was studying at the time.

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