August 2012

Confronting income inequality takes spotlight at NUPGE's 14th Leadership School

NUPGE leadership activists discuss strategy and develop skills to confront the biggest challenge facing workers today: growing income equality. 

Keene (30 Aug. 2012) - The exceptional skill and ability of labour activists was front and centre during the National Union of Public and General Employees' (NUPGE) 14th Annual Leadership Development School. The school held yearly at Elmhirst's Resort, on the north shore of Rice Lake, just outside Peterborough hosted activists from August 25 to August 31.

NUPGE pays tribute to Greg Blanchard

“With the death of Greg Blanchard, NUPGE and the entire labour movement has lost one of its strongest and most spirited leaders.” - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Ottawa (28 Aug. 2012) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is mourning the loss of Greg Blanchard, one of its founding leaders and long-time activists.

HSABC encourages members to vaccinate against flu - will investigate new policy

As in previous years, Health Sciences Association of British Columbia encourages health care workers who work in patient care areas to be vaccinated annually against influenza.

Vancouver (27 Aug. 2012) - British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall has announced new measures for influenza prevention among health care workers and patients.

Potential for billions of dollars in increased health cost if Canada-EU trade deal goes through

With Europe in a financial crisis the question remains how far is Canada willing to go to achieve a deal?

Ottawa (16 Aug. 2012) – While negotiators for the proposed Canada-European Union trade deal say that negotiations are in the final stages, serious concerns continue to be raised about some of the provisions expected to be in the agreement. It is reported that negotiators have reached agreement on 3/4s of the text but that there are some serious issues remaining to be addressed.

Financial inequality hurting Canadian's health, says CMA poll

Governments have a role to play in ensuring citizens live healthy lives.

Ottawa (15 Aug. 2012) - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released results of a poll indicating that the health of Canadians is suffering due to the widening gap between the rich and poor in Canada. Results show that one in four Canadians earning less than $30,000 a year say they have put off, or stopped buying, prescription drugs because they can’t afford them; one in four has skipped meals.