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Across Canada ceremonies remembered stolen sisters

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial Day March in Vancouver. This event exists to commemorate the lives of women who have gone missing or were murdered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). In recent years the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has begun to gain more attention from the Canadian public, international community and authorities. Yet the problem persists.

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Energy East carries election issues from Quebec to English Canada

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TransCanada's Energy East pipeline has been catapulted to centre stage in Quebec. It wasn't on the public radar a year ago. But now, after a summer of energetic citizen mobilization against it, a phone survey in October indicated only 33 per cent of the population was in favour of the pipeline being built.

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Freelancers fighting full copyright claim by non-profit media company

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A small group of freelance radio journalists are in a stand-off with a non-profit media company that has asked them to give up full copyright in a new contract.

The freelancers allege that AMI Accessible Media Inc., a Toronto-based news organization that produces content for the blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, has changed the terms of a new contract so that they will own full copyright to stories -- including raw material like the audio interviews and research notes.

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How labour is trying to save your pension

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Municipal employees in the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador have been locked out by their employees for almost three weeks in a fight that's become all too familiar in recent years.

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Supreme Court upholds right to strike: A major win for workers

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Saskatchewan public sector workers have won back the right to strike.

In a 5-2 majority, the Court deemed that the essential service law, which prevents public sector employees from striking, violates section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects freedom of association.

The Court has given Saskatchewan one year to enact new legislation.

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Laid off Target employees to get 16 weeks of pay? It's complicated.

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As Canada faces the biggest private-sector closure in recent history, the terms of severance are still to be determined for 17,600 Target workers who will soon be out of a job.

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Municipal workers locked out in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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Two weeks ago, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay locked out its municipal workers. 

The 43 members of CUPE Local 2019 are fighting to keep their Defined Benefit (DB) pension plan, which their employer is looking to downgrade. In a 96 per cent strike vote, the workers rejected the Town's demand for a two-tiered pension plan, which would have seen all new hires move to a Defined Contribution (DC) plan.

"The 48 members at the local have said look, a defined contribution plan is nothing better than an RRSP and that's an absolute sell-out to the next generation," said President of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Wayne Lucas.

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What does the Bill 1 decision mean for Nova Scotia health-care unions?

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Monday, arbitrator James Dorsey released his decision on Bill 1, the Nova Scotia Bill which will change the labour landscape for Nova Scotia health-care workers.

The explicit meaning of the 196-page decision wasn't immediately clear. However, in the hours after the announcement, all four health-care unions affected expressed their satisfaction with the ruling, which they say resembles the bargaining association model favoured by labour.

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Service restored: New abortion clinic opens in Fredericton

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Clinical abortion services are returning to Fredericton. Clinic 554 announced its opening on Jan. 16, 2015, as a family practice providing integrated abortion care services as well as specialized care for the LGBTIQ community. Clinic 554 is located at the former Morgentaler Clinic.

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Bill 1 decision charts future for Nova Scotia's health-care unions

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After months of protests and legal proceedings, Arbitrator James Dorsey has rendered his decision on Nova Scotia's controversial Bill 1, the Health Authorities Act.

Dorsey was brought on to help determine how 49 bargaining units in the health-care sector would be restructured into four units during a major streamlining process. The decision rendered today, Jan. 19, strikes somewhat of a balance between the unions' proposed bargaining association model and the approach legislated by the provincial Liberal government.

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