Canadian Labour Institute

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May 7, 2019
Equally damaging are the ripple effects from the drug trade. BCGEU notes that workers from librarians to correction officers have been forced to act as first responders in the opioid crisis.   None of this should be happening, says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. Why it all is, and what can be...
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May 6, 2019
BOAT HARBOUR COULD BE JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S PERFECT STORM. The one that sinks his re-election hopes. The storm centre is in a tiny town in Nova Scotia—but the elements in it could stir the hearts and consciences of millions from coast to coast.   The storm swirls around how the Northern Pulp Mill in...
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May 2, 2019
THE BOSS CHEATED THEM, BUT THEY WERE HAPPY HE DID. Therefore, Hector Mantolino should not go to jail.   That was the pitch Mantonlino’s lawyer made to a court in Halifax January 25. It was an argument beneath contempt. But not really surprising in the trial of a man who had nothing but contempt for...
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Apr 26, 2019
MOHAMMAD HOSSAIN’S BIG CHANCE DIDN’T LAST LONG. Ontario Premier Doug Ford snatched it from him in January.   The 40-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh went back to school in December. A community college education was going to be his big chance—a way to make a better life for himself, his wife and...
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Apr 25, 2019
PISSING OFF THE UNIONS DIDN’T HELP. But that wasn’t the only problem with the deal to bring the second Amazon headquarters (HQ2) to New York City. Amazon expected unanimous support and universal praise. They didn’t get it. Popular opposition turned the whole thing into a public relations shitshow....
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Apr 23, 2019
“TELL ME HOW THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM SLAVERY?” It’s a question interns often ask—but always anonymously. That fact alone makes the case against unpaid internships self-evident.   Legions of young Canadians are desperate to find work. The competition is cut throat. They will do almost anything to...
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Apr 12, 2019
JOSH SMITH ISN'T AFRAID TO WORK FOR WHAT HE GETS. But what he gets isn’t enough to put a roof over his head. Josh holds down a full-time job in Banff, Alberta. But when he finishes his shift he has no home to go to. The $800 he can afford to pay for rent just isn’t good enough. Instead, the 22-year...
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Apr 11, 2019
IT’S AS IF THE SONG WAS WRITTEN FOR THEM. “I am woman hear me roar / In numbers too big to ignore.” That’s what the women’s anthem I Am Woman says and that’s what the women of tiny Sandy Cove Nova Scotia proved the day of the International Women’s March on January 19. About 50 people showed up to...
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Apr 10, 2019
AUDREY LOCKWOOD DOESN’T MINCE WORDS. “Women need to be saying ‘NO’ to just about any volunteer work in the office that does not lead to increased salaries and promotions, and the minute someone asks you to volunteer, hit back immediately with ‘It'll cost you—what pay raise will I get out of this...
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Apr 8, 2019
“CAN YOU JUST USE YOUR CAR TO HURT PEOPLE?” The answer “no” didn’t seem at all obvious to Tara Maszczakiewicz on August 23. Tara was sent to hospital with a broken foot that day. She got it when a driver ran the legal picket line she was on outside the Family Health Organization in Owen Sound,...
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