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'The system isn't broken -- it was built this way!' Black Lives Matter Toronto rally on SIU's doorstep

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The criminal justice and police oversight systems in Canada aren't malfunctioning. They were designed to disproportionately criminalize communities of colour. So Black Lives Matter Toronto is saying: shut it down.

On the one-month anniversary of police killing Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old Somali-Canadian man, outside his Ottawa home, Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapters rallied in seven cities across Canada.

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Not quite back to school for Mexican teachers

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Teachers in four Mexican states refused to head back to school on Monday as the teacher-led movement against President Enrique Peña Nieto's impeding education reform ramps up with ongoing strikes and renewed road blockades.

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Canada's immigration policies are killing people

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Last week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled a $138-million budget for developing "alternatives to [immigration] detention," including $10.5 million dedicated to bettering health services in detention facilities.

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Goodale invests $138 million to upgrade indefinite detention, not reform it

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On Monday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the federal government would be pouring $138 million into upgrading immigration detention facilities across Canada. Two detention centres, in Quebec and British Columbia, will also be replaced.

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Mount Polley a 'disaster' that 'needs to be shut down' says Imperial No More activist

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Last night, Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society and Ancestral Pride officially launched the Imperial No More Campaign against Imperial Metals, the mining company responsible for the 2014 Mount Polley tailings pond disaster.

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Pride march for queer people of colour creates critical space for healing

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On August 1, nearly 200 people gathered at Victory Square in Vancouver for the Two Spirited Queers, Trans, Intersexed, and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March.

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Widespread workplace violations leave workers without basic rights, report finds

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Updating labour laws to better address the fractured and complex reality of work today is no easy feat.

Ontarians working to achieve better protections for workers -- as well as those fighting against them -- are currently digesting a significant and wide-ranging report addressing the challenges (and possible solutions) to modernizing the province's Labour Relations and Employment Standards acts.

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Immigration detainees end 18-day hunger strike

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Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario began eating over the weekend, ending an 18-day hunger strike. End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) could not confirm if detainees at the Toronto East Detention Centre have continued the hunger strike.

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Black Lives Matter bring fight for racial justice to Vancouver Dyke March

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Renaissance Hotel workers' inspired fight for right to unionize

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Frontline workers at Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel have been fighting for union representation for nearly six months. Last Thursday, a successful -- albeit close -- vote result sparked celebrations among workers and UniteHere Local 75 organizers.

Reflecting on the victory, four women from the hotel's housekeeping department shared their stories with rabble.

 

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