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Media: Get the story straight on U of T strike

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Since members of CUPE 3902 went on strike last Friday, there has been very little coverage in the mainstream media that accurately conveys the demands of the striking workers.

CUPE 3902 represents 6,000 teaching assistants (TAs) and graduate course instructors at the University of Toronto. I am a Teaching Assistant in the University's English Department and thus a member of 3902. I don't speak for the Union or for all those who are on strike right now. But I do hope to clarify some of the basic issues as I understand them, and as they have been poorly represented across major news outlets.

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Canada made Deepan Budlakoti stateless. Now it is denying him health care.

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Imagine being 23 years old, born and raised in Canada, and then waking up one morning to the news that your citizenship has been stripped in the only country you have ever called home.

That is Deepan Budlakoti's story.

Born to Indian working class parents, growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, the first few years of Budlakoti's life read like that of any child of immigrant parents. But in 2010, Budlakoti's world as he knew it came to a screeching halt, and what happened after should give us all cause for concern.

On February 24, Deepan went to court to defend his right to health care.

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Newfoundland fracking panel lacks diversity and key areas of expertise

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In February, the "Public Forum on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Oil and Fracking" drew a full house in western Newfoundland, where anti-fracking sentiment has been growing since 2012 when Shoal Point Energy first suggested it may use fracking to unlock oil from shale rock.

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On Bill C-279, state violence and institutional transphobia

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On Wednesday February 25, the Canadian Senate voted 6-4 to amend Bill C-279. Bill C-279 is federal Bill that seeks to bring rights and equality to transgender Canadians, sponsored by NDP MP Randall Garrison and which passed in the house of commons two years ago.

The amendments the Senate wants would essentially render Bill C-279 useless.

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This week's labour news: Labour hits the books

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It's freezing cold in most of Canada right now, and the temperature at a few Canadian universities has been chilly too as negotiations continue.

It's not just universities where labour is in action but this week's labour round up will start in the post-secondary environment. Here's the labour news:

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Nova Scotia Bill 1: The saga continues

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The drama continues in Nova Scotia this week, after the provincial Liberals announced plans to create new legislation that would reassign health-care workers to unions not necessarily of their choosing.

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Publicly funded abortion services in N.B. will only expand to Moncton City Hospital

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Publicly funded abortion services in New Brunswick will only be expanding to the Moncton City Hospital, according to an email sent from Horizon Health Network President and CEO John McGarry to a number of doctors on Jan. 21.

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Hunting for solutions to the Nunavut food-cost crisis

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In late 2014, Nunavut's supermarket's prices spiked, garnering national attention for the fifth time since 2013. 

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Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA

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On Friday February 20, Vancouver Transit Police announced that it will cease its agreement with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and end its enforcement of federal immigration law.

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This week in labour news: From railroads to universities, labour is in motion

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Here you have it, folks, it's that time again.

The news summary you've all been waiting for. It's…this week in Canadian labour!

 

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