“We are facing a crisis when it comes to how Indigenous peoples in this country are treated and nowhere is this more evident than the way the federal Government is racially discriminating against indigenous children.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The fact that Ms. Draude was apparently not made aware of these issues speaks to the lack of oversight necessary to take protective steps." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
93.44 per cent of women reported that they had been intimidated and received threats via technology (cell phones, texts, emails).
"It doesn't have to be this way. We hope that growing public pressure on the government and LCBO management will help them do the right thing and come to the table with a fair deal for these workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Dr. Hassan Diab is being held in a jail in France for a crime he did not commit. Diab’s finger prints, palm prints, physical description, and handwriting do not match those of the suspect. Furthermore, French investigating judges have confirmed that he was not even in France at the time of the bombing. Diab has consistently denied involvement and condemned the violence.
"The labour movement has worked hard to create inclusive communities to welcome families and ensure they receive what they need as they start a new life. This is just one example of our commitment to helping, and working with, the most vulnerable." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“These investigations into extra-billing show how easily the idea that you have no right to health care if you can’t pay for it can find its way into our health care system.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This bill is the seventh bill on this issue since 2005. All other bills put forward by the opposition or as private members' bills have met incredible resistance and failure in the Senate. Bill C-16 is the first government-sponsored bill.
Ottawa (16 June 2017) — The struggle to have gender identity and expression protected from discrimination and violence under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code is over.
"The future will tell if Canada's ratification means anything more than a press release and photo op," added Brown. "We'll need to keep our eye on this ball." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"If you ever wanted to see the strangest bed fellows, you would just have to look at the opposition to the Conservative legislation. From the NHL's Players' Association, to the Canadian Bar Association, to academics, accountants, labour and business people, we all knew that this legislation was undemocratic, undermining and unnecessary."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We could retake control of our own economy, rather than allow every major decision to be made by corporations in their own interests. Imagine an economy that serves the people, instead of the current system where people serve the dictates of the economy — in reality, serve the dictates of large corporations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"For months we have been urging the PHSA to provide suitable protections for staff on par with similar hospitals across Canada such as body armour, blocking pads, and meal pass-through doors for those in seclusion." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"They've listened to their constituents, they've looked at the evidence, and they're using common sense; it’s politics at its best." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“As it is, the agreement ignores the federal government’s election promise to create a ‘framework ensuring affordable, high-quality, fully inclusive child care is available to all families who need it’; it does not make universality even a long-term goal,." — Morna Ballantyne, executive director, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC).
At an emergency meeting of OPS local Presidents on June 10, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, called the rollover offer “without precedent in OPSEU’s history.”