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Link: St. Joseph’s lab professionals win “a voice and a choice” with OPSEU | OPSEU

Congratulations to medical laboratory professionals at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto have voted 100% in favour of joining OPSEU http://ow.ly/9UGC30hg8Qr (15 likes, 1 comment)

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Link: Part-time college support staff ballots to be counted – 18 months after union representation vote | OPSEU

Part-time college support staff ballots to be counted – 18 months after union representation vote. “This is an extremely significant event in labour relations in Ontario,” said Smokey Thomas “It was the largest union drive in Canadian history” http://ow.ly/9szv30hgc7R (19 likes)

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Link: Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash near Tweed, Ont. | Toronto Star

Devasting. (2 likes, 2 comments)

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Video: York Region opens for shopping all year round – John Cartwright TYRLC – MetroMorning – December 2017

John Cartwright was on Metro Morning today with Matt Galloway at 6:10am on Friday morning to talk about the York Region fiasco. Have you sent a message to the Regional Councillors? YorkRegionSpeaksOut.ca … share far, tell EVERYONE!
64,000 retail workers & families affected! #TOpoli #canlab #ONpoli (3 likes)

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A strong and militant labour movement is the best way to fight inequality. (5 likes)

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Canada’s unions call on more communities to join sanctuary movement

Canada’s unions are highlighting International Migrant Day by renewing their call for communities to join the sanctuary movement.

“We’ve been working with communities from across the country in support of the sanctuary movement,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “We believe that Canada should be a safe place for everyone; sanctuary municipalities help ensure migrants find welcoming spaces wherever they arrive,” he added.

The United Nations’ theme for this year’s International Migrant Day is “Safe Migration in a World on the Move.”

At least 65.3 million people have been forced from their homes. There are an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 non-status migrants in Canada.

Non-status migrants may include, but are not limited to, people who have had their status revoked, who were coerced by traffickers, or who had their refugee claim denied. Many have experienced conflict, violence, persecution, and other human rights violations.

Migrants experience increased insecurity and violence in their adoptive communities as a result of the rise of racism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment. Racialized women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ2SI, and persons with a disability are especially vulnerable.

“Non-status migrants’ precarious immigration status makes them vulnerable. These are people who live and work in constant fear,” said Yussuff. “We can and we must respond to the needs of these people. We have to place ourselves in their shoes.”

A sanctuary city designation provides residents who don’t have full status documents safe access to municipal services. The designation must be accompanied by comprehensive training and implementation of best practices. The designation also requires broad support from front line community service providers including police, firefighters, school staff and administrators.

“Canadian municipalities can take an active stand against racism and xenophobia through a sanctuary designation. We can and we must respond,” said Yussuff. 

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Link: Overcrowded Ontario hospitals ‘on the brink,’ province warned | Toronto Star


Overcrowding at Ontario hospitals has become so serious that the sector is “on the brink” of a “crisis,” warns its umbrella organization, using uncharacteristically alarming language.”

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Proposal to transfer Winnipeg ambulance services raises questions, concerns from paramedics

“When you look at how busy our paramedics are, I just can’t see how you could cut the service without putting lives at risk.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President

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Poll shows Canadians want action on tax havens

“There are some simple changes that can close the door to corporations using tax havens to avoid paying their fair share.” — Dennis Howlett, Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness

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Link: Amazon is running its own hunger games – and all the players will be losers | Jathan Sadowski and Karen Gregory

“In an era of brutal austerity, cities are hollowed out and hoping for a savior. Since the tech sector is flush with cash, by showing up and saying the magic words – growth, jobs, investment, innovation – city leaders bend to their will. Amazon’s HQ2 competition is the latest egregious example of a techno-capitalist regime that’s bewitching cities around the world.

While only about 30 of the proposals are publicly available so far, they paint a troubling picture of cities clamoring to s… (9 likes, 2 comments)

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