Aug 24
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Those who lack paid sick leave are often precariously employed and come from racialized communities.
Aug 21
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An audio webinar from the Canadian Labour Congress exploring the effects of the COVID pandemic on women, and what a feminist recovery could look like.
Aug 18
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Chronic underfunding of public schools in Ontario has forced school boards to choose between funding educational programming and funding maintenance.
Aug 13
Doctors gather to address systemic anti-Black racism by police, and how that impacts the public health sector.
Aug 12
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Cutting down forests that have never been logged to produce more toilet paper, packaging and other paper products we barely recycle can never be circular, let alone sustainable.
Aug 10
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: PMO
Four million people will transition to an EI system that is not up to the task. The feds need to keep $500 per week flowing to workers impacted by COVID until a universal livable income is in place.
Aug 7
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Harassment need not be by a superior at work, or even a co-worker, and the protection provided by occupational health and safety legislation is not limited to harassment on human rights grounds
Aug 6
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The shuttering of child care in Canada has put parents and providers in an untenable position, but has also given policy-makers critical insights.
Aug 5
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Public pressure for a safer school reopening got Jason Kenney's government to budge -- a little. The question is, will worried Albertans decide it budged enough?
Aug 4
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With Lockheed Martin seeking $19 billion from the Canadian government to build new warplanes, now is an ideal time for teachers to divest from the war machine.
Jul 30
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Alberta's management of its economy is nothing short of a disaster -- something to keep in mind as Kenney and his followers push for maintaining the pro-corporate model in the post-pandemic order.
Jul 28
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in November 2019. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
In Canada, parties do not form coalitions with other parties when they fail to win a majority of seats. It might be time to take a different approach.
Jul 24
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the phone with Donald Trump. Image: JustinTrudeau/Twitter
If there is any threat to Trudeau's leadership, it comes from his own party. A good many Liberals are growing weary of the prime minister's questionable judgment.
Jul 23
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The astronomical cost of J-school and the endless class- and race-privileged opportunities that follow serve as a near-impenetrable barrier to keep marginalized young people out of the media industry.
Jul 22
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The pandemic has exposed and intensified severe hardships, but it is also showing us a path towards healthier ways to produce food.
Jul 20
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Premier Kenney says he's making "a very strong recommendation" that Albertans wear masks, but there's no way he's going to order them to do it.
Jul 16
Justin Trudeau announces the Canada Student Service Grant in June 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Screenshot
The government will try to tough it out, and hope a couple of apologies do the trick, even as more revelations about the deep involvement of the prime minister and his family with WE emerge.
Jul 15
Then British prime minister David Cameron, giving a speech in 2015. Image: Number 10/Flickr
The persistence of the "big society" concept helps explain Justin Trudeau's preposterous claim the WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of running a nationwide program.
Jul 14
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Organic vegetable farmer Brent Preston talks about the work of a new national coalition called Farmers for Climate Solutions.
Jul 9
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping addressing yesterday's "embargoed news conference" as "red tape reduction minister" Grant Hunter looks on. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
Bill 32 has nothing to do with restoring balance in Alberta's workplaces. It's a wholesale effort to hamstring unions.
Jul 8
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Reforms to Canada's employment insurance system are necessary, say workers' advocates.
Jul 7
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Canada is decades behind in collecting race-based data in the public sector. Advocates have long fought for easier access to disaggregated data from the criminal justice system.
Jul 3
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Police officers carry the name, but don't monopolize the practice. Policing is structurally integral to all of our institutions, and is carried out both "benevolently" and violently.
Jun 30
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As calls to defund the police mount, police unions are already starting to put up a fight.
Jun 25
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Why defunding the police is a crucial and necessary step to dismantling the carceral system.
Jun 24
AUPE president Guy Smith addresses media at the Edmonton Court House this morning as the union's lawyer, Patrick Nugent, looks on. Image: AUPE
AUPE president Guy Smith vowed to fight the UCP's Bill 1 all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and to "defend any and all AUPE members or staff who are caught in the bill's cross-hairs."
Jun 22
A woman holds a Black Lives Matter sign. Image: Joan Villalon/Unsplash
Manufactured mortality among Black and Indigenous people is a fundamental mechanism by which the world operates. Addressing this inequity requires action on a global scale.
Jun 15
A George Floyd mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
As we reflect on George Floyd, it would be a mistake to think that the murder revealed something new to the Black community about the injustice that led to his death.
Jun 12
Is the federal government's delay in delivering its response to the MMIWG report due to plans to infuse it into its pandemic recovery strategy? Recent government actions leave room for doubt.
Jun 10
Police at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
New tools and policies will not resolve the problem that emerges from arming a small group of mostly white men in an unequal, racist society, and giving them the power to defend the status quo.

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