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Attack on Canada's only surgery clinic for trans people elicits 'zero reaction'

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On the evening of Monday May 2, Canada's only sex reassignment surgery clinic was subject to an arson attack. A man, armed with a machete, axe and gas can, set fire to the operating room.

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Solidarity Across Borders occupies Montreal CBSA, demands status for all

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Over 30 activists and allies of the migrant advocacy group Solidarity Across Borders staged an occupation of the Montreal office of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Tuesday, May 3.

"Our aim was to disturb, for a day, [the CBSA's] work and to pass along our message," Romina Hernandez, an active member of Solidarity Across Borders, told rabble in a phone interview.

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Suncor Energy ceases operations due to Fort McMurray fires

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Alberta's wildfire has forced several Canadian oil and energy companies to scale back operations in and near Fort McMurray.

Suncor Energy, one of the affected companies, announced Wednesday its base plant -- located 25 km north of Fort McMurray -- had ceased operations due to safety concerns for employees. 

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B.C. continues to neglect climate recommendations, favours LNG projects

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As Trudeau's Liberal government meets its six-month mark of being in office, climate group the Pembina Institute is calling for a clear, comprehensive climate change test for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects.

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Airport workers demand fair wages, better jobs on May Day

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It was an afternoon of samba drums, churros and solidarity at Toronto's Pearson International Airport yesterday.

The May Day celebrations, which attracted about 300 workers and labour activists, kicked off around 1:00 p.m. outside the departures block at terminal one.

The crowd marched in support of the Fight for $15 and Fairness along the closed roadway as part of this year's International Workers' Day actions in Canada.

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High risk of injury for young workers prompts B.C. schools and students to act

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Twenty-nine young workers died on the job in B.C. between 2010 and 2014. And, according to WorkSafeBC, young workers, people age 25 and under, are more likely than any other age group to be injured on the job.

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#OccupyINAC Vancouver declares victory after ministers agree to meeting

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On Monday April 25, the Occupy INAC group in Vancouver declared victory after confirming a meeting with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett and Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly. 

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Toronto library workers fight against austerity as strike looms

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Update: A new collective agreement for the Toronto City public library workers is in the final steps of ratification. More details here.

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National Day of Mourning: Unions urge us to mourn the dead and fight for the living

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Workers across Canada and around the world today stand united in the fight for better health and safety in the workplace.

The National Day of Mourning, also recognized as International Workers' Memorial Day, is commemorated on April 28 each year, and is dedicated to those killed and injured due to unsafe work practices.

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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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