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2020 Oct 22 - 8:07am
October 21, 2020Ontario long-term care home lays off 60 unionized workersSixty union jobs have been lost in Bowmanville, Ontario amid a pandemic crisis in long-term care homes.
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2020 Oct 22 - 7:38am
Chelsea NashBonnie Haley has been a personal support worker (PSW) at the Glen Hill Marnwood long-term care home in Bowmanville for 22 years. On Tuesday at around midnight, during her overnight shift, her employer, Durham Christian Homes, presented her with a layoff notice.  Haley is one of 60 long-term care workers being laid off by the non-profit Durham Christian Homes simply because the home and its residents are relocating to a new building...
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2020 Oct 22 - 2:55am
Cathy CroweIt shouldn't have taken a court case to ensure that Toronto shelters would move beds two metres apart in a pandemic. In a previous blog, I chronicled how and why a legal coalition took the City of Toronto to court to protect homeless people from COVID-19.    A settlement was achieved, and one would think that would be the end of the story.  Not the case. The legal coalition of human rights and housing advocates comprised of...
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2020 Oct 21 - 10:45pm
David J. ClimenhagaAn ambitious six-week fall sitting of the Alberta legislature commenced in Edmonton yesterday with Premier Jason Kenney telling the house during question period that his government isn't about to publish any updated COVID-19 modelling. As Opposition Leader Rachel Notley argued, it would be useful to know what the experts say now if we wish to strike the right balance between keeping the economy percolating and keeping the...
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2020 Oct 21 - 4:50am
David SuzukiIn its throne speech, the federal government committed to exceeding Canada's 2030 climate targets. The need for new, more ambitious targets and a plan to meet them couldn't be more urgent. The UN's annual "Emissions Gap Report 2019" found Earth is headed towards 3.2 degrees celsius temperature rise based on current and estimated emissions trends -- a scenario one expert described as "terrifying." The report called on governments to...
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2020 Oct 21 - 4:05am
Yafet TeweldeJustin Trudeau's blackface scandal was shocking news for many after its emergence during the 2019 Canadian federal election.  First elected as prime minister in 2015, Trudeau had become one of Canada's biggest international stars. Particularly in the U.S., where his supposed left-leaning progressive stances were juxtaposed with newly elected President Donald Trump.  The blackface scandal called into question the ways Canada is...
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2020 Oct 21 - 3:47am
October 20, 2020Nova Scotia lobster fishers clash with First NationsThe RCMP has called in reinforcements from other provinces, but will the police recognize that the Indigenous fishers are the law-abiding people here, while their tormentors are the criminals?
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2020 Oct 21 - 3:44am
Karl NerenbergNon-Indigenous inshore lobster fishers in Nova Scotia are clashing with First Nations lobster fishers who are exercising a right the Supreme Court recognized in its Marshall decision of 1999.  Donald Marshall, who died 11 years ago, was the Mi'kmaw man who spent 10 years in jail for a murder he did not commit and whose name has since become synonymous with wrongful conviction.  The 1999 court decision on fishing rights is...
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2020 Oct 20 - 10:59pm
Philip LeeWomen all over the world are celebrating the sixth instalment in 25 years of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP).  What is it? A series of extensive gender and media monitoring studies conducted every five years since 1995 by WACC Global, an international NGO that advocates communication rights in order to achieve social justice. By analysing gender differences in the portrayal and representation of women and men in print,...
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2020 Oct 20 - 1:34pm
David J. ClimenhagaAlberta has now passed a significant milestone -- more COVID-19 cases than at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring, 3,138 compared to 3,022 on April 30. There were 898 new cases over the weekend if you count Friday, as Alberta Health Services does, and four more people have died, including one who was only 20. There are outbreaks at 97 schools, including 26 with five or more cases, and it's pretty hard to...
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2020 Oct 14 - 6:35am
David J. ClimenhagaIt seemed crazy for the United Conservative Party government of Premier Jason Kenney to pick a fight with the province's doctors in the middle of a pandemic. Still, if you believe the Roman proverb that fortune favours the brave and look at the world from Kenney's ideological perspective, you can understand why he might have thought a bold attack on the most expensive component in the public health-care system might be worth...
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2020 Oct 14 - 5:07am
David SuzukiDuring their miraculous but perilous journey from inland spawning grounds, down rivers, out to sea and back again years later, Pacific wild salmon often must pass open-net coastal salmon farms. Here they swim through waters that can harbour parasitic sea lice and harmful viruses and bacteria. In its 2012 report, the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River identified potential dangers to...
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