Dossier: Working people speak out on the pandemic and take their stand

March in Fredericton, New Brunswick on November 2, 2021 as legislature opens

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This blog salutes all of Canada’s working people whose contribution makes life possible, especially under the conditions of all out mobilization to contain the coronavirus. Our aim is to help break the silence around the struggle being waged in every sphere to defend their rights and the rights of all. 

RECENT ISSUES

November 5, 2021 – No. 104

People of New Brunswick Firmly Support Striking Public Sector Workers

For a Pro-Social Solution to the Public Services Crisis!

BC Government’s Denial of Social Responsibility for Injured Workers
• Serious Problems with “No Fault” Workers’ Compensation Historic Compromise
• BC Workers and Their Unions Support Just Cause of Injured Workers

For Your Information
• Ombudsperson’s Recommendations and Ministry of Labour’s Response

November 3, 2021 – No. 103

Steelworkers Must Have Say in Decisions that Affect Them
• “Green” Pay-the-Rich Federal Handout to ArcelorMittal

Quebec
• Construction Workers Call for Increased Vocational Training in the Sector
• Daycare Workers’ Strike Upholds Right to Child Care

Alberta
• Paramedics Organize to End Crisis in Emergency Medical Services– Peggy Morton

November 1, 2021 – No. 102 

Defend Public Interest by Upholding Workers’ Rights!
• Stop Anti-Social Assault on Locked Out New Brunswick Education Workers!

Opposition to Pay-the-Rich Schemes
• Injured Workers Hold Halloween Lobby Actions
• Hilton Metrotown Workers’ “Come Back Stronger” Day of Action

October 29, 2021 – No. 101

Canadian Union of Public Employees Members in New Brunswick Begin Strike Action

All Out to Support Workers’ Struggle for Their Rights and in Defence of Public Services!

Unemployed Workers Week
• Advocacy Organizations Highlight Urgency of Defending Rights of Unemployed
• Regressive Changes Made to Employment Insurance Regime Over the Years

October 27, 2021 – No. 100

Manufacturing Yes! Nation-Wrecking No! Oppose Schemes to Pay the Rich!

• Essar Steel Algoma Completes Merger with Legato – K.C. Adams

• Algoma Handout Political Arrogance in Contempt of Workers and Communities – Pierre Chénier

• Criminal Corruption at the Highest Levels
• What the Workers Have to Say

No. 99 – October 25, 2021

Lawsuit Against Canadian Pacific in Lac-Mégantic Tragedy
• Residents and Activists Demand Answers and Rail Safety Protection– Pierre Chénier

Justice for BC Hospitality Workers
• Hilton Metrotown Workers’ Militant Picket Demands Justice– Anne Jamieson
• Financial Corruption of the Owners of the Hilton Metrotown

No. 98 – October 22, 2021

In Defence of the Rights of Injured Workers
• Workers and Advocates in Ontario Condemn Plan to Enrich Employers and Impoverish Workers
•  Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic Demands Restitution for Injured Workers

No. 97 – October 20, 2021

Quebec Health Care Workers Step Up the Fight for Their Rights
• Determined Actions to Abolish Untenable Mandatory Overtime

Quebec Government Refusal to Recognize Breakdowns in Health Care Services
• The Experience of Health Care Workers in Northeastern Quebec– Interview, Nathalie Savard

No. 96 – October 17, 2021

Meat Packing Monopolies Demand Increase in Temporary Foreign Workers
• Status for All! Immediate Regularization for All Migrant Workers!– Peggy Morton

For Your Information
• Temporary Foreign Workers in Meat Processing Plants
• Agri-Food Immigration Program

No. 95 – October 15, 2021 

New Brunswick Public Sector Workers Have Solutions to Problem of Retention and Recruitment
• Workers Step Up Their Fight Under Conditions of Renewed COVID-19 Crisis
• Workers Band Together for Collective Action to Ensure They Are Respected and Their Rights Upheld– Interview, Steve Drost


No. 94 – October 13, 2021 

Ontario Government to Allow Compensation Board to Distribute”Surplus” to Employers
• All Out to Oppose Attacks on Injured Workers!
• We All Need to Work Together Against These Drastic Changes Affecting Workers and Workers’ Benefits Across Canada– Interview, Steve Mantis

October 8, 2021 – No. 93

Vancouver rally on October 1 marks second anniversary of Ledcor workers’ strike

Vancouver Rally Marks Second Anniversary of Ledcor Workers Strike

Militant Denunciation of Company and Government Violation of Workers’ Rights

Deterioration of Occupational Health and Safety in Quebec
• A Call to Action to Defend Rights and Human Lives

Arts and Entertainment Workers Fighting for Their Rights
• Animation Workers Sign New Contracts
• Film and Television Workers in the United States Demand a Fair Deal

October 6, 2021 – No. 92

Perfunctory Consultation on Employment Insurance Reform


In a press briefing, September 1, 2021, during the federal election, activists for the rights of the unemployed spoke to the kind of changes needed to the Employment Insurance system.

Reform Must Be Based on the Demands of Workers and Their Organizations

• Our Demand Is for a Just and Universal Employment Insurance Regime – Interview, France Simard

Ontario
• “Rise Up for Long-Term Care” Rallies Call for Government Action to Protect Seniors in Care

October 4, 2021 – No. 91

Workers Nationwide Fight New Assault on Health Care

Governments’ Refusal to Protect the People Barbara Biley

• Alberta Government Adds Health Care Facilities to Its “Critical Infrastructure” Legislation – Peggy Morton
• Manitoba Nurses Call for Action on Staff Shortages and Poor Working Conditions
• Ontario Hospital Workers Stand Firm in Defence of Their Rights
• New Brunswick Workers Demand Immediate Action to Address Staff Shortages in Seniors’ Homes

No. 90 – October 1, 2021 – No. 90

Quebec
• Government Adopts Anti-Worker Occupational Health and Safety Regime
• New Law Bans Demonstrations in Front of Health Care Facilities and Schools – Pierre Chénier
• About Quebec’s Bill 105

No. 89 – September 29, 2021 – No. 89

Workers Step Up Defence of Their Right to Safe and Healthy Working Conditions
• Demonstration in Front of Quebec National Assembly Demands Withdrawal of Anti-Worker Law
• Quebeckers Asked to Send a Message to Their Members of the National Assembly

Defend the Hereditary Rights of the Wet’suwet’en!
• Stand With Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders
• Coastal GasLink Destroys Archeological Site on Cas Yikh Territory– Indigenous Environmental Network
• Call Out for Nationwide Support for Blockade on Unceded Territory

September 27, 2021 – No. 88

Education Is a Right: Assessing and Dealing with Problems – Laura Chesnik

New Brunswick
• Public Sector Workers Give Strong Strike Vote

Ontario
• Post-Secondary Education Workers Demand Protection for Workers
and Students

• Education Unions Hold Government to Account

September 24, 2021 – No. 87

Quebec Government Poised to Dismantle Occupational Health and Safety Regime

Workers and Their Unions Demand Withdrawal of Anti-Worker Anti-Social Bill 59

• Interview – Julie Hébert, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator, Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers

Repeal Ontario’s Bill 124! Increase Funding for Health Care!
• Arbitration Decision in Nurses’ Bargaining Will Deepen Crisis of Recruitment and Retention

September 22, 2021 –  No. 86

National Day of Action September 17

Nurses Are “Done Asking”

Workers’ Concerns Are Everyone’s Concerns
• No to Legislating Against Postal Workers’ Rights!– Jeff Callaghan
• Serious Concerns About Quebec Government’s Bill 59– Simon Lévesque

No. 85 – September 20, 2021

Matters of Concern to Workers Which Governments and Elections Fail to Address
• The Government Is Not Protecting Workers’ Pensions– Éric Drolet, President,
United Steelworkers Local 9700 

• What the Deteriorating Conditions in Alberta Reveal– Kevan Hunter
• Rule by Decree Will Only Deepen Health Care Crisis in Saskatchewan – Barbara Biley

No. 84 – September 17, 2021
Workers Must Control Economic Policy and Economic Outcomes

• Canadian Workers’ Pension Monies Used to Privatize Water in Brazil
• Greenwashing Privatization of Public Utilities
• “Financialization” of Government Pension Programs

BC Government’s Sell-Off of Public Lands to Powerful Private Interests
• Corruption to Profit Privileged Buyers – K.C. Adams

• We’re Already in the Next Healthcare Crisis – Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Workers’ Concerns Are Everyone’s Concerns
• No to Legislating Against Postal Workers’ Rights! – Jeff Callaghan
• Serious Concerns About Quebec Government’s Bill 59 – Simon Lévesque

No.83 – September 15, 2021

Our Security Lies in Empowering the People Whose Fight Upholds the Rights of All

COVID Contagion in Montreal Schools

• Escalating COVID-19 Crisis in Alberta 
• Workers Must Take the Lead to Deal with State of Health Care System – Peggy Morton
• On the Situation Facing Ontario Public Sector Workers – Interview, Fred Hahn, Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario
• BC Hospitality Workers Ratify Hard Fought New Contract with Hospitality Employers
• BC Governments Sell-off of Public Lands to Powerful Private Interests  – K.C. Adams

No. 82 – September 13, 2021
Quebec Government Decrees Will Exacerbate the Crisis in Health and Social Services
• Only the Workers Can Decide the Conditions Needed to Keep the Population Safe– Pierre Chénier

Ontario
• Hospital Workers Conclude a Summer of Rallies in Defence of Rights
• Ontario Lab Technologists Require Assistance Immediately

Affirming the Right to Education in the Context of the Fourth Wave
• Discussion on Concrete Measures to Uphold Health, Safety and Rights as Schools Re-open

No. 81 – September 10, 2021
Quebec Government’s Attempt to Dismantle Occupational Health and Safety Regime
• Bill 59 Must Be Withdrawn! Defend the Right of Workers to Safe and Healthy Working Conditions!– Pierre Chénier

Interviews
• Félix Lapan, Union des travailleuses et travailleurs accidentés ou malades 
• Cédric Joly, Prevention Representative, United Steelworkers, Local 7493, Rio Tinto Fer et Tinane, Poudres Métalliques in Sorel-Tracy

September 8, 2021 – No. 80

75th Anniversary of USW Local 1005

Congratulations to Hamilton Steelworkers, Local 1005 and Their Fight for the Rights of All

Nova Scotia
• Canada Post Attacks Cape Breton Delivery Drivers
Government Provocations Against New Brunswick Public Sector Workers
• Workers Holding Strike Votes to Defend Their Rights
Manitoba
• Government Withdraws Five Anti-Social Bills
All Out to Reverse the Anti-Social Offensive
• Treasury Board Attack on Nurses in Barrie, Ontario
• Criminalization of Health Care Workers and Attempts to Turn Us Against Them

No. 79 – September 6, 2021
Labour Day 2021
• All Out for Democratic Renewal to Defend the Rights of All!

Défendons la dignité du Travail, Fête du travail 2021/Defend the Dignity of Labour, Labour Day 2021

September 3, 2021 – No. 78

Good News in Workers’ Fights in Defence of Their Rights


Victoria, July 22, 2021. One of a number of actions around BC in fight to reverse privatization.

Hospital Employees’ Union in BC Announces Victory

• Reversing Privatization Can Be Done!
• Congratulations to Olymel Workers in Vallée-Jonction!

September 1, 2021 – No. 77

New Brunswick Workers Seek Solution to Crisis in Recruitment and Retention


Fredericton, August 28, 2021 (F. Hahn)

Marches Across the Province in Support of Public Sector Workers

• What Participants in Fredericton March Had to Say
• New Brunswick Workers’ 100 Days Campaign
Interview
• On the Burning Issue of Workers’ Migration Out of New Brunswick – Daniel Légère
Conditions of BC Health Care Workers
Interview
• Problem of Staff Shortages in Health Care Must Be Solved – Rhonda Bruce


Actions in Alberta in August oppose Kenney government’s reckless reopening measures.

No. 76 – August 30, 2021

Tentative Agreement at Olymel Plant in Vallée-Jonction, Quebec

Olymel Should Negotiate, Not Dictate! Support Olymel Workers!

No. 75 – August 27, 2021 – No. 75
Condemn Governments Which Do Not Treat Unemployed Workers with Dignity and Respect
• A Livelihood for All Unemployed Workers!– Pierre Chénier

Interviews
• Line Sirois, Coordinator of Unemployment Action Movement, Côte-Nord
• France Simard, Coordinator of the Unemployment Action Movement, Lac Saint-Jean

No. 74 – August 25, 2021 – No. 74
All Out to Support De Havilland Aerospace Workers in Toronto!
• De Havilland Workers Declare,Whose Plant? Our Plant!
• Court Injunction Attacks De Havilland Workers

No. 73 – August 23, 2021- No. 73

United Nurses of Alberta Day of Action, August 11, 2021, Edmonton

No. 72 – August 20, 2021 – No. 72
Quebec Government Dismantles Occupational Health and Safety Regime
• Defend the Rights of Workers to a Safe Working Environment

Interviews
• Kevin McLean, Chair of the Health-Safety- Environment Committee of the Federation of Public Service Employees-CSN
• Sonia Charette, United Steelworkers Representative in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

No. 70 – August 16, 2021 – No. 70

Ontario Hospital Workers in Action
• Province-Wide Demonstrations Demand Repeal of Bill 124

Conditions of Migrant Workers
• Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers Increasingly at Risk– Diane Johnston

No. 69 – August 13, 2021 – No. 69

Hotel Workers Persist in Defending Their Rights and Dignity
• Women Lead Lively Rally to Support Fired and Locked-Out BC Workers– Anne Jamieson
• Reinstate Montreal Union President Aida Gonçalves!– Pierre Soublière

No to Ontario Government Backroom “Consultations”
• Injured Workers’ Groups Demand Reversal of Cuts to Compensation for Injured Workers

No. 68 – August 11, 2021 – No. 68
Emergency Rooms — the Quebec Example
• All-Out Assault on Workers’ Right to Speak and Organize

Interviews
• Denis Cloutier, President, Union of Health Care Professionals for Montreal East
• Francis Charbonneau, Vice-President, Northern Sector, Union of Health Care Professionals for the Laurentides
• Karine d’Auteuil, Interim President, Union of Health Care Professionals for the Outaouais

Alberta Nurses’ Province-Wide Day of Action
• Standing Up to Government Wrecking of Health Care– Peggy Morton

No. 67 – August 9, 2021 – No. 67
Rio Tinto Workers on Strike in Kitimat, BC
• Workers Stand Up to Rio Tinto’sAnti-Social Offensive and Nation- Wrecking

Albertans Mobilize Against Government’s Irresponsible Actions
• Protect Health! Save Lives!– Peggy Askin and Peggy Morton

The next issue of Workers’ Forum will be published on August 2. For the month of July matters of concern will be covered as part of the In the News section of CPC(M-L)’s homepage and coming events will also be advertised on the website.

No. 66 – August 6, 2021 – No. 66
Defending the Dignity and Rights of Quebec Slaughterhouse Workers
• No to Government and Company Provocations Against Olymel Workers in Vallée-Jonction!
• Workers Want to Be Respected by Olymel and We Are Not!– Interview, Martin Maurice

Sudbury Miners Defeat Vale’s Demand For Concessions
• Resistance Is The Only Way!– David Starbuck

No. 65 – August 4, 2021 – No. 65
Stop Use of Police Powers to Address Homelessness and Attack Human Dignity!
• Brutal Ongoing Evictions of Residents of Toronto Encampments
• Dismantling of Notre-Dame Street Homeless Camp in Montreal
• Report on Living Conditions at Gatineau Emergency Shelter– Alexandre Deschênes 

No. 64 – August 2, 2021 
Full Status for All! Uphold the Rights of All!
• Ottawa Demonstration Demanding Full Status for All a Resounding Success
• Trudeau Government’s New Self-Serving Regulations for Temporary Foreign Workers– Steve Rutchinski
• Fight in Quebec for Free Health Care Coverage for Workers with Precarious Migratory Status and Their Families– Diane Johnston

No. 63 – June 30, 2021 – No. 63
Canadian Charter “Right” to Labour Mobility Treats Workers as Disposable
• Nation-Building Requires Providing the Right to a Livelihood Where People Live and Status for All – Steve Rutchinski
• Note to Our Readers

No. 62 – June 28, 2021 – No. 62
Canadians’ Demand for Status for All!
• We Are One Working Class, One Humanity, Waging One Struggle for the Rights of All
• Internal Migration and Rotational Work in the Oil Sands – Peggy Morton

No. 61 – June 25, 2021 – No. 61
New Brunswick Workers Seek Solution to Crisis in Recruitment and Retention
• Workers Give Government 100 Days to Negotiate Collective Agreements with Wages Acceptable to Themselves
• Standing up to Government’s Abuse of Power– Interview Steve Drost

No. 60 – June 23, 2021
Unconscionable Attacks on Striking Exceldor and Olymel Workers in Quebec
• Defend the Dignity and Rights of Slaughterhouse Workers!
• Olymel and Exceldor Workers Demand a New Equilibrium and Refuse to Be Considered Workers Without Rights– Normand Chouinard

No. 59 – June 21, 2021
Further Evidence of the Rich Becoming Richer and Workers Poorer
• Plundering of the U.S. Economy During the Pandemic
• How Corporations Pumped Up CEO Pay While Their Low-Wage Workers Suffered in the Pandemic

No. 58 – June 18, 2021
June 20 Join Cross-Country Day of Action
• Permanent Status for All!
• Cross-Country Day of Action

Conditions of Migrant Workers
• One in Thirty People on Earth Are International Migrants
• Canada’s Reliance on Migrant Labour
• Essential Services and Industries Depend on International Migrants
• The Contribution of Agricultural Migrant Workers
• With Our Deepest Condolences

No. 57 – June 16, 2021
2021 Virtual Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress — June 16 to 18
• The Workers’ Movement Must Provide Canada With a Pro-Social Political Aim
• The CLC Convention Gets Underway
• Some Thoughts on the Basic Thesis of the CLC Convention– Pierre Chénier

No. 56 – June 14, 2021 – No. 56
Miners’ Strike at Vale in Sudbury
• Miners’ Strike Opposes Anti-Social, Anti-Worker Concessions
• Sudbury Workers Stand Up for Future Generations!– David Starbuck
• Vale Sudbury Workers Produce Enormous Social Wealth

No. 55 – June 9, 202

In Memoriam
• We Are One, We Act As One

No. 54 – June 7, 2021
Spirited Programs Mark Ontario Injured Workers’ Day 2021
• Join Together As One Voice with Injured Workers and Refuse to Be Silenced!
• I Was a Worker and I Will Not Be Forgotten
• Women of Inspiration Hold 16th Annual Vigil

No. 53 – June 4, 2021
Industrial and Public Sector Workers Hold Vigil at Quebec National Assembly
• Workers Speak Out Against the Dismantling of the Occupational Health and Safety Regime
• What Participants Said in the Course of the Vigil – K.C. Adams

No. 52 – June 4, 2021

• “Our Earth, Our Future” March in Victoria
• Waterfall Camp Peacefully Retaken by Land Defenders – Video posted
by Ecologyst

• Protecting Old Growth Forests Is Not a Crime! – Barbara Biley
• hishuk ma cawak (all is connected, everything is one)– Facebook post from a Nuu-chah-nulth youth
• Civil Liberties Group and Legal Observers Condemn RCMP Actions at
Fairy Creek
 – BC Civil Liberties Association
Vancouver Public Sector Workers’ Stand Against Concessions
• Lively Car Rally to Support the Just Demands of Granville Island Workers
• The Story of Granville Island – Anne Jamieson

No. 51 – May 31, 2021 
Significant Strike at Fermont ArcelorMittal Mining Complex
• Broad Support for ArcelorMittal Workers
• The Fight for Rights Is a Fight for Life

No. 50 – May 28, 2021
Workers Reject Having Their Rights Trampled in the Mud
• Quebec Public Sector Workers Strike Against  Government Dictate on Wages and Working Conditions
• Decades of Neo-Liberal Attacks on the Working Class Exposed

No. 49 – May 26, 2021
There Is No Such Thing as a Right to Defame
• Troubling Expansion of Powers to Subject Teachers’ Conscience to Scrutiny– Enver Villamizar
• Attempts to Get Away with Defamation in the Name of Opposing Hate– Mira Katz
• Petition — Protect Students and Education Workers

No. 48 – May 24, 2021
The Subversion of Arts Authority and Funding in Education
• Arts Education Is a Must!– Mary Joyce

No. 47 – May 21, 2021
Four Workers Die of COVID-19 in Alberta Oil Sands
• Unacceptable COVID-19 Outbreaks in Oil Sands Workplaces– Peggy Morton
• Oil Sands Workers Speak Out About Their Conditions

No. 46 – May 19, 2021 

Quebec Workers Step Up the Fight Against Bill 59
• Anti- Worker Anti-Social Bill 59 Must Be Withdrawn! – Pierre Chénier
• Bill 59 Means Reduced Compensation and Increased Impoverishment for Injured and Sick Workers– Interview, Félix Lapan

No. 45 – May 17, 2021
April Labour Force Survey
• April Job Losses Total 207,000
• Reflection on April Labour Force Survey– K.C. Adams
• Long-term Unemployment
• Labour Force Growth Lags Behind Population Growth
• Labour Underutilization Rate

No. 44 – May 14, 2021
On the Situation at Laurentian University
• Sudbury Says NO!to CCAA Wrecking of Laurentian University– David Starbuck
• Faculty, Students and the Community Speak Out

No. 43 – May 12, 2021 
Quebec Public Sector Negotiations
• Unions Reject Government’s Unacceptable Position – Pierre Chénier
• Quebec Premier Legault’s Imperialist Reference Point– K.C. Adams

No. 42 – May 10, 2021 

Education
• What Teachers and Education Workers Are Learning Through the Pandemic– Laura Chesnik
• Where Things Stand in K-12 Education in Ontario– Enver Villamizar

No. 41 – May 5, 2021
Quebec Workers Speak Out on Health and Safety
• Workers Oppose Neo-Liberal Health and Safety Reforms on Day of Mourning
• Sounding the Alarm on the Crisis in Quebec’s Health Care Sector– Pierre Soublière
• The Case of OPTILAB

No. 40 – May 4, 2021
Workers in Transportation Sector Speak Out
• Truckers Persist in Building Organizations Needed to Defend Their Rights– Normand Chouinard
• Keeping Workers and Society Safe and Defending Workers’ Rights– Rob Ashton

No. 39 – May 3, 2021

Safety Concerns in Meatpacking Sector and Railways
• Determined Fight of Alberta Workers and Families for Safety of All
Workers
– Peggy Askin

No. 38 – May 1, 2021 

May Day 2021
• Organizing to Get Results– May Day Greetings, Worker’s Centre of CPC(M-L)

No. 37 – April 30, 2021

Organizing to Get Results
• Major Changes in Mining Methods: the Need to be Proactive in Defending Jobs and Health and Safety – André Racicot

No. 36 – April 29, 2021
Organizing to Get Results
• Ongoing Demands of Workers in Hospitality Sector and Support Workers in BC Work Camps– Stephanie Fung
• Organizing Postal Workers in Defence of Rights – Roland Schmidt

No. 35 – April 28, 2021
April 28 Day of Mourning
• Criminal Failure to Guarantee the Livelihoods of Workers Exposed or Infected at Work– Barbara Biley
• Workers Comp Is a Right!– Christine Nugent
• Statement of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union

No. 34 – April 27, 2021
Join Railway Workers in Demanding Safe Human-Centred Working Conditions
• Lyndon Isaak, President, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
• Demand an Inquiry into Rail Policing
• Protect Transportation Safety Board Whistleblowers

No. 33 – April 26, 2021
Health and Seniors Care Workers Speak About Their Concerns
• Vicki McKenna, President, Ontario Nurses Association
• Natasha Lisun, President, Local 8, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Calgary
• Rhonda Bruce, Rehabilitation Assistant and Regional Vice President, BC Interior, Hospital Employees Union

No. 32 – April 23, 2021
National Day of Mourning — April 28
• The Fight for Lives Is the Fight for Rights!– Statement of the Workers’ Centre of the Communist Party of Canada (MarxistLeninist)
• Beyond the Statistics

No. 31 – April 22, 2021
Federal Budget
• Exercise to Cover Up Paying the Rich and Disinform the Fight for Rights
• The Right to Child Care
• Depth of Liberals’ Wretchedness

No. 30 – April 19, 2021
Widescale Opposition to Alberta Government’sRetrogressive Science Curriculum
• Main Goal of Science Curriculum Should Be Scientific Literacy– Dr. Dougal MacDonald
• Widescale Opposition to Kenney Government’s Draft Science Curriculum

Quebec Teachers Hold One-Day Strike
• Attempts to Secure a NegotiatedCollective Agreement

No. 29 – April 16, 2021 
Corruption and Hubris of the Privileged Elite
• Dangers Posed by Seizure of Government Decision-Making Power by Private Interests– Louis Lang
• Revelations about Secret Negotiations to Import Radioactive Waste into Canada from Japan
• Revolving Door of Elite Officials Moving from Government to Private Sector and Back Again
• Unacceptable Conception of What Constitutes “Safe Storage” of Spent Nuclear Fuel
• The Need to Settle Scores with Abuse of Power and Privilege

No. 28 – April 14, 2021
Quebec Government Presents “New Offers” to Public Sector Workers
• Abuse of Power to Deny Workers’ Needs and Their Right to Decide– Geneviève Royer
• What the Government Calls “New Offers”
• Responses from Public Sector Unions
No. 27 – April 12, 2021

• Public Infrastructure to Pay the Rich
• Sorry Tale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
• Simon Fraser University’s Research into Trans Mountain Project
• Evaluation of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project


No. 26 – April 9, 2021
Demands for Governments to Take Up Their Social Responsibility Rail Safety
• Workers Must Have a Decisive Say in What Constitutes Safe Working Conditions– Peggy Morton
• Families of Railway Workers Continue Their Fight– Peggy Askin

Hospitality Workers’ Job Security
• Using the Pandemic to Deprive Workers of Their Jobs Should be Illegal
• More Actions in Support of BC Hotel Workers

No. 25 – April 7, 2021
Right of Workers to Determine Health and Safety Conditions!
• Opposition to Quebec Bill Dismantling Occupational Health and Safety Regime– Pierre Chénier
• Quebec Steelworkers Reject Bill 59
• “This Bill Means Reduced Treatment and Compensation”– Interview, Félix Lapan

No. 24 – April 2, 2021

Ontario Government’s 2021 Budget
• Urgent Need Is for a Pro-Social Direction for the Economy

Unions Denounce 2021 Budget
• Ontario Federation of Labour
• Service Employees International Union– Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare
• Ontario Nurses’ Association 
• Canadian Union of Public Employees(CUPE) Ontario 
• CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Chair
• Joint Statement of Unions Representing Education Workers
• Unifor

No. 23 – March 29, 2021
Quebec Teachers Provide Themselves with Strike Mandates to Compel the Government to Negotiate
• All Out to Support the Teachers’ Fight for Their Rights and a Human-Centred Education System!
• Our Demands Are Essential to Solving the Crisis in Education– Interview, Geneviève Royer

No. 22 – March 26, 2021
Fight to Defend Educational Institutions
• University of Alberta Staff Launch Mass Campaign to Protect Post-Secondary Education– Dr. Dougal MacDonald

No. 21 – March 24, 2021
All India Shutdown to Take Place March 26
• All Out to Support the Demands of Indian Farmers!

Workers’ Resistance in Britain to Anti-Social Offensive
• Workers Step Up Opposition to Widespread Use of “Fire and Rehire” Methods
• Government’s Disrespect for Health Workers

No. 20 – March 22, 2021 
Infrastructure Projects Related to Minerals Critical to U.S. War Economy
• Rio Tinto Announces Scandium Oxide Pilot Plant in Sorel-Tracy– Fernand Deschamps
• Rio Tinto’s Role in the Scandium and Aluminum Alloy Market
• Pay-the-Rich Scheme: Part of the “Green Economy”

No. 19 – March 19, 2021
Privatization of Public Infrastructure
• Canada Infrastructure Bank and Pay-the Rich-Schemes

Governments’ Destruction of Forestry Industry and Natural Environment
• No Going Back — A Paradigm Shift in Forest Management– Peter Ewart

No. 18 – March 17, 2021
Quebec Bill 59, An Act to Modernize the Occupational Health and Safety Regime
• Defend Workers’ Right to Healthy and Safe Working Conditions! Hands Off Workers’ Compensation!
• Bill 59’s Changes to the Occupational Injury and Workers’ Compensation System

Interview with United Steelworkers’ Mining Sector Representative
• “The Government Cannot Deny What Workers Have Done for 40 Years to Defend Occupational Health and Safety”

Call to Action to Stop Deportation of Laval Detainee
• No to Deportations!

No. 17 – March 15, 2021

Federal Budget and Government Borrowing
• New Law to Permit Unlimited Borrowing
• Liberal Pay the Rich Scam to Increase Borrowing from Private Lenders

Broad Support for BC Hospitality Workers
• Hotel Workers Hold Militant Action on International Women’s Day
• New Westminster and Victoria City Councils Support Hotel Workers

No. 16 – March 12, 2021
Increase Funding and Social Responsibility for Post- Secondary Education!
• Funding Crisis Must Not Be Used to Attack Professors, Staff and Students and Undermine Social Responsibility– Dr. Dougal MacDonald

Vancouver
• Vigorous Campaign Supports English as a Second Language Teachers

No. 15 – March 10, 2021 
Hold Governments to Account for Violation of Treaty Rights and Nation-Wrecking!
• Uphold the Mi’kmaq Right to Their Self-Regulated Fishery– Philip Fernandez
• Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs Respond to Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Announcement– Press Release
• The Mi’kmaq Right to a “Moderate Livelihood”

Announcement of Alberta Plant Closure
• Shameless U.S. Monopoly Runs Away Like a Deere– Dougal MacDonald

No. 14 – March 8, 2021 March 8 – International Women’s Day
• Call for Women Workers to Lead the Work for Political Renewal to Empower the People 

Interviews with Women Who Lead by Example
• Sarah-Jane Shaw, Steelworker, Operator on Z-line at Stelco in Hamilton
• Shannon Horner, Steelworker in Ontario.
• Geneviève Royer, High School Remedial Teacher
• Marjolaine Aubé, President of the Union of Workers at the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre of Laval (CISSS de Laval-CSN)
• Anne-Marie Taylor, Receiver/Tank Farm Operator, Calgary International Airport
• Kathleen Mpulubusi, Edmonton Letter Carrier
• Laura Chesnik, Elementary Teacher, Co-Host of Education Is A Right and MLPC Candidate in Windsor, Ontario

No. 13 – March 3, 2021
Alberta 
• Two More Olymel Workers Die 
• Demands of Olymel Workers at Pork Processing Plant in Red Deer, Alberta
• President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 Speaks About Olymel Outbreak

Quebec
• Call to Liberate Detainees at Immigration Holding Centre in Laval
• Detainees’ Hunger Strike

Ontario
• Workplace Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Toronto

No. 12 – March 1, 2021 – Stand with Indian Farmers!
• Striving of Indian Farmers to Decide What Happens to Their Produce– Jaspal Singh
• Actions for Repeal of Anti-Farmer Laws Continue
• United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Stands with Indian Farmers
• Letter of U.S. Farmers’ Organizations

No. 11 – February 26, 2021
Vaccines for All Campaign
• Uphold the Rights of Migrant and Undocumented Residents
• Vaccines for All Campaign Launched
• Migrants Rights Advocates Denounce Inadequate Ontario Farm Inspections
• Migrant Rights Network Organizes We Feed You Campaign on Canadian Agriculture Day

No. 10 – February 24, 2021

Company Invokes Force Majeure to Deny Its Responsibility to Workers
• Olymel Must Be Held to Account!– Peggy Morton

Support the Demand for Status For All
• Permanent Resident Status for Immigrants and Refugees Now!– Diane Johnston

Protection of Frontline Workers Critical for the Protection of All
• Saskatchewan Health Care Workers Demand Changes to Vaccination Plan 

No. 9 – February 22, 2021
Workers Fight for Human-Centred Alternatives
• Ontario Nurses Oppose Damaging Changes to Home and Community Care
• Role of Care Coordinators in  Ontario’s Health Care System
• Anti-Social Changes to Health Care Legislation and Regulations

No. 8 – February 19, 2021 
Workers’ Key Role in Curbing the Spread of COVID- 19
• Meat Packing Workers Achieve Closure of Unsafe Olymel Plant– Peggy Morton
• The COVID-19 Pandemic and North American Meat Packing Plants

Firm Opposition to Rule by Decree
• Quebec Workers’ Demands for Solutions to the Crisis in Health Care

The Fight for Job Security During the Pandemic
• Hotel Workers in Vancouver Are Not Backing Down in Their Fight for Their Jobs

No. 7 – February 17, 2021
The Fight for Status for All
• Permanent Resident Program for Refugee Claimants Dismally Fails Migrant Workers
• Who Can Apply for Permanent Residence Status Under the Immigration Department’s “Special Measures?”

Honduras
• Mass Migration, a Post-COVID-19 Legacy– Javier Suazo

No. 6 – February 15, 2021 
Decisive Role of Workers in Flattening Curve of COVID-19 Contagion
• Olymel Workers Affirm Their Right to Decide– Peggy Morton

Canada Must Provide Status for All
• Migrant Workers Alliance for Change Demands Action to Protect Migrant Workers
• Trudeau Government’s Gross Disregard for Human Life: End All Removals Now!– Diane Johnston
• Refugee Lawyers’ Association Opposes Deportation of Refugees During Pandemic

Unconscionable Threats Against Recipients of Emergency Benefits
• Government Now Drops Demands for Repayment
• Status For All Let No One Be Left Behind!– Diane Johnston
• Victory in Campaign to Extend Work Permits and Stop Deportations of Foreign Students

Canada Post Mississauga Plant
• Postal Worker Dies as Canada Post Fails to Control COVID-19 Outbreak

Demands for Action in Defence of Rail Workers’ Safety
• Investigation Launched into 2019 Derailment

No. 2 – February 4, 2021 
Alberta Meat Packing Workers Take Action to Defend Themselves
• Family of Cargill Worker Demands RCMP Investigation into Cargill for Criminal Negligence– Peggy Askin

For Your information
• The Ongoing Fight of Cargill Workers to Protect Themselves and Their Community
• The Westray Bill

No. 1 – February 2, 2021 
As 2021 Gets Underway
• Impotence of the Ruling Elite Regarding Economic and Health Crises
• High Unemployment Reveals Depth of Crisis
• December Labour Force Survey

Curbing the Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Workers’ Organizing for Solutions Remains Key– Pierre Chénier
• Addressing Matters of Serious Concern in the Health Care Sector
• Ontario Extends “Stay at Home” Order– Steve Rutchinski
• Administrative Court Orders Nurses to Stay on the Job– Pierre Soublière

Interviews
• “We Are Not Giving Up on Anything — Help Us to Help You!”– Marjolaine Aubé
• Demands of Ontario Frontline Workers– Jason Fraser

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