As CUPE 3902 Unit 1 approaches the fifth week of its strike, the shadow of academic continuity hangs over the University of Toronto.
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.
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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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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With over 9,000 graduate students on strike at both the University of Toronto and York, we need a special kind of roundup. Given that both the employers and workers in these labour disputes are paid to reason, educate and argue, you can imagine that there has been a lot of discourse in and around this strike.
Spring is being welcomed in Quebec with a Popular Protest (Manifestation populaire) against austerity and the petro-economy this Saturday, March 21, called by Printemps 2015 organizers. Saturday's event in Montreal will be the biggest of the day, though others are planned around Quebec.
Printemps 2015, named in reference to the "Maple Spring" student movement of spring 2012, pegs austerity and a fossil fuel economy as the forces to rally against.
On April 1, 2015, new federal government rules will set the stage for the largest set of deportations in Canada's history. A new immigration policy targeting low-waged migrant workers in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) and the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) takes effect.
This policy has been dubbed the "four and four" or "4 & 4" rule because the legislation introduced on April 1, 2012 states that migrant workers who have been employed in Canada for four years or more must leave the country, and that these workers will be barred from working in Canada for another four years, after which they can reapply for a work permit.
Negotiations have resumed today between the University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association and the university's administration. However, classes remain cancelled at the school as faculty fight to achieve a first contract with the University.
"This is actually the first response we've had to our tabled proposal of February 26, so it's been a while coming," said UNBC's Faculty Association President Jacqueline Holler.
Just over 230 professors, full- and part-time instructors, senior lab instructors and academic librarian have been on strike at the Northern B.C. University in Prince George since March 5.