Sep 24
Justin Trudeau speaks in a televised address after the throne speech. Image: Video screenshot/PMO​
Based on the speech, it is hard to believe that there was any need to cut the previous parliamentary session short -- except to put a stop to committees that were looking into the WE affair.
Sep 23
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"Big labour" paints a picture of power hungry unions who are out of touch with workers. It's a phrase used to separate workers from their collectivity.
Sep 23
Justin Trudeau speaks after a cabinet retreat on September 16, 2020. Image: Video screenshot/PMO
Some Ottawa insiders have speculated that the government will pull back from any overly ambitious new programs, be they in energy, social welfare or even health, to focus on the pandemic.
Sep 21
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Seth Klein's "A Good War" is the book every climate-concerned Canadian has been waiting for.
Sep 17
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The Trudeau government could show some leadership, and drop its appeal of last July's federal court decision that the Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Sep 16
Photo taken at a George Floyd rally in May 2020. Image: Anthony Crider/Flickr
Part two in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Sep 14
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Adult day school teachers are precariously employed, have no job security, no benefits and are paid less than regular high school teachers.
Sep 11
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Part one in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Sep 9
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To successfully and safely reopen public schools, governments and school boards should have focused on innovation and new investments. Instead, their main focus is on their financial bottom lines.
Sep 8
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A reflection on the labour movement's achievements in 2020 so far.
Sep 8
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Health reasons, but also not wanting to participate in a plan they say was not made with students or staff in mind, are contributing to teachers' decisions to hold off on returning to school.
Sep 2
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Custodians are anticipating hours of additional work to be able to keep up with new cleaning demands in Ontario schools.
Aug 28
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Advocates say the end of pandemic support programs will inflame B.C.'s rental crisis.
Aug 27
Foodora worker and organizer Ivan Ostos. ​Image: Tess Siksay​
Foodster union organizers say they're now setting their sights on organizing the broader gig economy.
Aug 26
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The constant rush to exploit resources, burn fossil fuels and create disposable plastic products for the sake of short-term profits is putting all life and health at risk.
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.