Canadian Labour Institute

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Dec 4, 2018
THE CHINESE CALL THEIR PROJECT “PARADISE.” The locals call it a big mistake. The problem is the Chinese want to build their $1.4 billion Paradise development of shopping malls, houses and offices on 484 acres they bought in the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This was a lot...
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Dec 3, 2018
MOST OF OUR UNIVERSITY TEACHERS ARE GETTING SCREWED. They have few benefits, and no pension plan for retirement. They are paid by the course, with no guarantee that they will have their contracts renewed next term. They live like this for years, even decades. They’re expendable. It wasn’t always...
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Nov 30, 2018
THE LAW CAUGHT UP WITH KAMALJIT BHALLA LAST MONTH. His mistreatment of teenage workers earned him a sentence of 15 months house arrest. The guilty verdict came after the court heard how Bhalla essentially held two 16-year-old boys captive for three days on his remote construction site northwest of...
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Nov 29, 2018
YOU CAN FORGET THE RUMOURS ABOUT ELECTORAL REFORM. A change to proportional representation (PR) does not bring instability, uncertainty, and political conflict. A quick look at countries using a PR-based voting system proves it. The truth is countries where a PR-based system is used get a fairer...
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Nov 28, 2018
PUBLIC SERVICES JUST WON’T DIE. No matter how hard politicians work to impose privatization on us. Reality continues to prove privatization is a bust. Privatization cannot, and does not, provide us with the range and quality of services we want, need and deserve. A good proof of that is the fact...
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Nov 27, 2018
MILLENNIALS CAN’T CATCH A BREAK. They’ve got a lot to complain about but get nothing but grief when they do. A lot of it is because they are easy targets. Most were coddled by their parents. They grew up being told they were as singular and special as snowflakes—and believed it. It’s no surprise...
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Nov 26, 2018
JAKE MOGGERIDGE IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE DISHWASHER. He gets paid $16 an hour at the Union Local 613 restaurant in Ottawa. He’s probably the highest paid dishwasher in the city, maybe the province, maybe the country. “I feel very appreciated,” says Jake. But he’s not alone: all the workers at the Union...
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Nov 15, 2018
JUSTIN MATHEWS IS DEAD. His job killed him. It happens a lot. Mostly because we just don’t care enough about worker safety. It was that kind of carelessness that killed Justin. Justin was doing his job inside the Rossdale fire station in Edmonton on October 2 2017. He was checking air quality to...
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Nov 13, 2018
MILLIONS OF US LEAVE DEMOCRACY BEHIND EVERY DAY. We go to work. Once there, most of the rights and freedoms we hold to be so precious to us off the job just evaporate. This doesn’t seem to matter. The boss gets to behave like a little dictator. Not noticing is expected. Ya gotta go along to get...
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Nov 12, 2018
“LABOUR HISTORY DOESN’T EXIST,” SAYS JIM WARREN. "There is just history. None of it happened without working people. But that’s not how we choose to teach history in our schools.” Jim Warren is co-author of On the Side of the People: A history or labour in Saskatchewan and a professor of political...
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