Canadian Labour Institute

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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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Apr 3, 2019
Fired over a $1 fryIn the end, it turned out the Burger King case against Usha came down to a $1 order of fries. Burger King said they fired her for stealing them. Usha said her shift boss told her she could have them. The whole incident started with a simple and reasonable request one day in...
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Mar 29, 2019
WE DON’T WANT OUR MEDICARE TO BE THIS WAY. A man dies after six hours in a cold hospital corridor, waiting for medical attention. A woman with broken bones, cracked ribs and internal bleeding waits nearly two days for surgery in a hospital “holding area.” Patients are stashed in offices, given...
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Mar 28, 2019
THEY ARE READY TO TAKE ON ALL COMERS TO WIN. And they do. Even if it means using the courts against the very people who are supposed to be looking out for their rights. Human rights activists in Nova Scotia have taken the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) to court more than once—and won....
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Mar 26, 2019
ONE HUNDRED CEOs WANT DOUG FORD TO THINK AGAIN. They want the Ontario premier to change his mind about junking the province’s Universal Basic Income pilot project. They believe scrapping the pilot loses a real chance to gain insight into constructive ways to deal with real job destruction and...
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Mar 25, 2019
DOUG FORD WANTS TO BE THE BURGER KING OF ONTARIO. He wants to have it all his own way. Unions there have distinctly different plans for the Ontario premier. OPSEU (the Ontario Public Service Employees Union) and Unifor have joined forces in a formal alliance to go toe-to-toe with Ford. The two...
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