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From exploited to supported: Phasing out Canada's lowest wage work programs

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Ontario service organization Community Living Algoma officially ended its sheltered workshop program in September.

The Sault Ste. Marie group, headed by executive director John Policicchio, began operating the program in the 1960s. 

"By the early 1990s there was somewhere close to 130 people who attended the sheltered workshop," Policicchio said.   

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Demands for change to Canada's immigration detention system mount in wake of deaths

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Nearly 80 detainees at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario ended a hunger strike over the weekend that was initiated last Thursday April 21.

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#OccupyINAC Vancouver continues to protest in solidarity with Attawapiskat

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Ten Indigenous mothers, women, and children are currently occupying Vancouver's Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices (INAC) in solidarity with the Attawapiskat Youth Council. The group has been there since Monday April 18 and have vowed to stay until the Attawapiskat Youth Council's demands are met.

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New Brunswick workers and unions celebrate major victory after Bill 24 shelved

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A slick mobilization campaign rallying unions and workers against law changes that threatened collective bargaining rights in New Brunswick resulted in a major victory for labour this month.

Bill 24, an omnibus bill that proposed changes to 14 sets of laws in the province, was introduced in February. 

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Workers who fought for unionization, fired by community organization

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For kids living in the high-rise apartments of the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto like Blackcreek, effective and accessible community programs can make a world of difference. But internal struggles over union representation have threatened one program that once allowed youth into a recording studio. 

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Chippewas of the Thames consider legal injunction to stop Enbridge's Line 9

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The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN) is seriously considering filing for an immediate injunction against Enbridge's Line 9.

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Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter organizes in solidarity with Toronto

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For 15 days, the Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter camped outside the Toronto police headquarters, demonstrating against systematic anti-Black racism and demanding an inquest to the death of Andrew Loku at the hands of police.

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Painful austerity budget for Newfoundland and Labrador

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The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador brought down an austerity budget on Thursday, which included an extensive combination of tax and fee increases, as well as a variety of spending cuts and delays meant to control the deficit.

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'It's been a real struggle': Workers across Canada fight for $15 and fairness

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Workers across Canada fighting for better job conditions take to the streets today for the annual Fight for $15 and Fairness day of action.

rabble labour reporter Teuila Fuatai speaks to those at the heart of the campaign.

 

Acsana Fernando, 35, Group home worker, Scarborough, Ontario

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Occupations of INAC offices continue in solidarity with Attawapiskat

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Update: According to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada's official twitter page, INAC regional offices in Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg and Gatineau.

The #OccupyINAC group in Winnipeg has released an official statement which you can read here.


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