"The outcomes of child poverty are not just felt within individual lives, but are experienced by families and entire communities.” – Monika Dutt, Medical Officer of Health, Cape Breton, N.S.
Equality and Human Rights
"If we want a country that cares for the future of women and families, we must create good jobs, fight gender discrimination, and promote pay equity. And that's just a start." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“While the union cannot speak to the investigation of Mr. Lavin, I feel I must speak out and question whether it truly warranted terrorizing a family in their own home.” — Joan Jessome, President, NSGEU
“As Aboriginal people, we absolutely need and deserve culturally appropriate and adequately funded Aboriginal child, youth and family services.” — Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
Winter can be a very difficult time for Nova Scotians who are already struggling to make ends meet. On top of high food bills, they also have to cope with rising power and heating bills as the temperatures dip.
The National Union of Public and General Employees joins with its sisters and brothers in the labour movement in calling for greater assistance for the Syrian refugees.
"When a government refuses to consider alternative energy sources, sidelines its own utilities commission, ignores environmental concerns and Aboriginal People’s constitutional rights, citizens have a responsibility to speak out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Report from the UN Committee raises concerns about missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Bill C-51, immigration detention measures for asylum seekers, among a wide range of issues.
“It creates broad and dangerous new powers, without commensurate accountability, and this can result in serious mistakes.” — Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“It’s critical that we show our solidarity with Aboriginal people though action and justice. This is the only way our nation will be able to truly move beyond shame to reconciliation.” — James Clancy, National President