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Canadian workers are joining global action: The fight for $15 minimum wage

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From Thunder Bay to Victoria, major protests will take place in Canada tomorrow as part of global Day of Action to demand higher minimum wages and decent working conditions. 

Scheduled for April 15 (4/15), the date echoes the demand of protesters in the United States and across Canada for a $15 minimum wage. 

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Canada called upon to recognize human rights violations in Mexico

Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a survivor of the September 26, 2014 attack on students by Mexican police, and Hilda Legideño Vargas, the mother of one of the 43 students who was disappeared following the attack, are travelling across Canada on the Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan to meet with politicians and civil society leaders.

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Quebec City: Pressure building on climate and tar sands

On Saturday April 11, 25,000 people took to the streets in Quebec City for a legal protest, the Act on Climate March.

A number of conferences were held over the weekend, put on by student associations, unions and environmental NGOs.

On April 13 and 14, Canada's Premiers will be meeting in Quebec City to discuss their approaches to climate change moving forward.

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Poor response to toxic spill in Vancouver warns against bitumen

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On Thursday April 9, residents in Vancouver -- occupied xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwəta land -- woke to news of a toxic fuel spill in English Bay, remnants having made their way to a popular downtown beach.

According to Vancouver City Councilor Geoff Meggs, the federal government had reports of the spill between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, but didn't officially notify the City of Vancouver until 6 a.m. Thursday.

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This week in labour: Take that, austerity!

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In addition to all this great news, you should know that this is World Health Workers Week! That means that if you see your doctor, nurse, physical therapist, hospital cleaner, security guard, occupational therapist -- whatever their position -- maybe don't forget to smile and wave and say "Thank you for keeping me alive!"

Here are some of the big stories in Canadian Labour this week:

 

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Website calling for corporate tax increases deemed unfit by Alberta election laws

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Eyes on Quebec City for climate gatherings

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Thousands of climate activists are on their way to Quebec City, where they will take to the streets as Canada's provincial and territorial leaders will be meeting in Quebec City April 13 and 14 to discuss climate change. 

The Act on Climate March on Saturday April 11 will be the largest of the planned events, snaking through the streets of Quebec City. More forward-looking, movement-building events will be scattered around the city throughout the weekend. 

Equiterre, Nature Quebec, Greenpeace and others large Quebec NGOs have organized Act On Climate. Police have been given the March's itinerary, making it a legal demonstration. The event is being promoted as family friendly. 

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Londoners vow to keep door-to-door mail delivery

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Ever since Canada Post Corporation announced its plans to eliminate door to door mail delivery to five million households over the next five years, postal customers and letter carriers have been campaigning hard to stop the implementation of community mailboxes (CMBs). In Ontario alone CMB conversion has already been implemented in Oakville, Kanata and Petawawa. This year Canada Post plans to convert additional communities, including London, Milton, Whitby and St. Thomas.

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Labour in solidarity with temporary foreign workers

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Despite the stigma that is often attached to temporary foreign workers, several labour groups are calling for an end to Canada's "revolving door" immigration policy.

Starting this month, tens of thousands of migrant workers are eligible for deportation, after recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Implemented in 2011, the "four and four" law stipulates that foreign nationals can only work in Canada for four years at a time. After a temporary foreign worker has reached their four-year limit, they will not be granted another work permit in Canada for the next four years.

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Coincidence or success? Nuclear waste facility drops towns after protest

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Anti-nuclear organizers note a coincidence: towns with resistance to the construction of nuclear waste facilities are often declared "geoscientifically unsuitable" and struck from the list of potential hosts.

On March 3, the towns of Creighton, Saskatchewan and Schreiber, Ontario were dropped from consideration by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to host a facility for highly radioactive used nuclear fuel.

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