Monthly Archives: August 2012

Labour Day 2012 events in Nova Scotia

THERE ARE FIVE EVENTS taking place in different parts of Nova Scotia for Labour Day on Monday, September 3, 2012. We are including some details of the events, taking place in Halifax, Port Hawkesbury, Kentville, Sydney and Yarmouth. Continue reading

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Mass rally in Toronto opposes McGinty’s attacks against teachers, education workers and the rights of all

SOME 20,000 teachers and education workers and their supporters from all over Ontario rallied at the Ontario Legislature on August 28 in a powerful demonstration of their opposition to the introduction of Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act, by the McGuinty Liberal government. Ontario Political Forum* reports that the teachers and education workers were supported by delegates from teachers’ organizations all over the country and by contingents of workers and their organizations from the public and private sectors. Bill 115 is draconian anti-worker legislation that strips teachers and education workers of their right to collective bargaining and right to strike and cuts teachers and support workers pay through a two-year freeze on wages, unpaid days and changes to wage grids. A rally for northern teachers and education workers was also organized in Thunder Bay. Full report...

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Sidestepping the issue: Harper’s polka and veterans

Audrey White takes on Veterans Affairs

TO JUSTIFY Harper’s sweeping Omnibus bill, one of the false impressions created by the government to secure support was that it was finally responding to the concerns of veterans at their post-service exploitation. One of the myriad measures – Division 50 of Part 4 – amended the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act to provide for the payment or reimbursement of fees for career transition services for job-challenged veterans or their survivors. Continue reading

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USA: Senior hunger growing

IS THE USA a society fit for human beings? Huffington Post reports that in 2010 8.3 million Americans over 60 faced the threat of hunger – up 78 per cent from a decade earlier, according to a 2012 study. The proportion of the seniors affected has grown to one in seven in 2010 from one in nine in 2005 – even as the hunger risk for the population as a whole declined slightly, the study found.

The biggest jump in poverty rates was among people 50 to 64 in the period studied, but poverty levels are highest for people 85 and older, Banerjee noted, citing medical expenses as the most significant factor. “In all the other categories – housing, entertainment, food, clothing – spending goes down with age,” he said. “But medical expenses are higher, and for these people, it takes about one-fifth of their budget.” So much for the myth of the baby boom generation.

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Halifax Labour Day 2012

The Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council invites you to attend the HALIFAX LABOUR DAY 2012 Continue reading

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Dispatch from Damascus

A revealing report from MANUEL OCHSENREITER* of the German monthly newsmagazine ZUERST! breaks the embargo of the warmongering monopoly media about the actual situation in Syria.

Poster of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

ACCORDING to the mainstream Western media, a ‘civil war’ is raging in Syria. Campaigning groups like the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights make extravagant claims about huge numbers of casualties (they claim that around 20,000 people have already died) at the hands of the Syrian state security forces. Independent journalists, it is alleged, are not allowed to report directly from Syria, and the regime does not permit free press activities. Continue reading

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Moncada Day celebrated

MONCADA DAY, July 26, is Cuba’s National Day of Rebellion. It marks the start of the movement that overthrew the U.S. puppet Batista regime in 1959. It was celebrated in cities across Canada, including Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver, at events organized by the Nova Scotia Cuba Friendship Association (NSCUBA) and other Cuba Friendship Associations as well as other organizations which want to build friendly relations with Cuba. Continue reading

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