The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-Healthcare and Unifor have denounced the Ford government’s “band aid pay-as-you-vote gimmick,” an offer of a one-time $5,000 payment to some nurses as an incentive not to leave their jobs.
Tag Archives: Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)
Reports from around the world indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Reports include: south Korea 400,000 new cases in one day; France over 100,000 new cases for a second consecutive day; Vietnam 180,000 new cases on March 16. China has 14,850 new cases. Its Jilin region built eight makeshift hospitals to control new outbreaks.
In the United States, the White House said it will start to wind down a COVID-19 program that pays to test, treat and vaccinate people who don’t have health insurance despite 23,663,746 new active cases as of two days ago. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s budget for 2022 stands at $768 billion.
In Canada, as of March 16, the count of active cases was 115,048 out of total cases of COVID-19 in Canada since the pandemic began of 3,379,200. This includes 39,653 in BC, 6,559 in Alberta, 15,413 in Ontario, 12,704 in Quebec, 6,689 in Nova Scotia, and 4,039 on Prince Edward Island. Given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
(With files from Public Health Agency of Canada)
The regulations put in place following the government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act were published in the Canada Gazette on February 15, 2022. They read as follows:
– Government of Canada –
PC Number: 2022-0106
Whereas the Governor in Council believes, on reasonable grounds, that a public order emergency exists and necessitates the taking of special temporary measures for dealing with the emergency;
“At every step of the way, all three levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal — have been noticeably outmanoeuvred. Thus, the occupation continues as do the border blockades. The other thing that has become very noticeable is that the convoy, occupation and blockades bear the stamp of military-style organization. It has been revealed that some of the main organizers have a knowledge of military tactics and police procedures” | PETER EWART
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency in the province at a news conference the morning of Friday, February 11, saying it is necessary to respond to protests and blockades in Ottawa, Windsor and Toronto. He said the protests against public health measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 have caused major disruptions in multiple areas of the province in recent weeks.
By Pauline Easton
The narrow supranational private interests behind the so-called “Freedom Convoy” that is making a nuisance of itself in Ottawa and other cities and provinces have lowered the level of culture to one word expletives and are doing their utmost to instil confusion and fear.
Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spoke out about the blockade set up at the US.-Canada border crossing at Coutts, Alberta. This border crossing was shut down on January 29 by a convoy demanding an end to all vaccine mandates. Chief Adam pointed out that if the protesters were Indigenous, the RCMP would have already arrested them. “If peaceful protests of critical infrastructure at Coutts is allowed, then we expect the same to be true in the future should Indigenous people engage in similar forms of protest,” he said.
By Normand Chouinard
Across the country, the more rumours circulated about “a convoy of truckers” organized across the country to converge on Ottawa and other cities, the more truckers dissociated themselves from it and provided evidence of fake news.
State of emergency and mayhem in Ottawa: The time is now to speak out in defence of the rights of all
The federal and other governments, their official media, the cartel parties with seats in the federal and provincial parliaments are incapable of providing analysis and measures to resolve the conflicts within their ranks, let alone meet the just demands of the people. This is why what is called “freedumb” applies to all of them, not just the demands of the hooligans who are causing mayhem in Ottawa and other places. | PAULINE EASTON
A mobilization called the Freedom Convoy converged in Ottawa on January 29. It is being presented as an initiative of truckers demanding the revocation of the vaccine mandate applying to truckers entering Canada from the U.S. that came into effect on January 15. However, it is not a truckers’ rally and our advice is Don’t Blame the Truckers!
By NORMAN CHOUINARD
Today there is a lot of talk about problems with supply chains, the dearth of truckers because of the pandemic, blaming truckers for spreading COVID-19 and the like. A narrative of false causes and consequences presents the problems in the supply chains as the cause of price inflation and, before you know it, truckers are the cause of price inflation.
Note to Readers
(Updated November 5) – Workers’ Forum presents the views and reports of workers on how to handle the pandemic and their struggles for the working conditions they require to make their contribution to the well-being of the population as a whole. They speak in their own name. To popularize these views and information, we are providing updated links to Workers’ Forum when it is published.
By Joshua Cho
In Western media’s latest anti-China crusade, unsubstantiated allegations of a Chinese disinformation campaign – which the reports themselves admit have had little engagement on social media, and nonexistent impact offline – supposedly represent a very serious threat to the US.
St. John meeting during strike vote on September 22, 2021
In its September 22 bulletin, the Canadian Union of Public Employees New Brunswick (CUPE NB) reports that seven of its 10 locals engaged in efforts to renew their collective agreements, some of which expired as long as four years ago, have been given strong strike votes. Workers are currently engaged in centralized bargaining with the government for wages that they consider acceptable and that will assist in addressing the problem of attracting and retaining workers in public services. The issue of working conditions must be resolved through negotiations with the locals.
Result of 44th General Election
The arrogance of Justin Trudeau in calling a pandemic election was felt to the very end. He called it despite the legislation which provides fixed election dates, the motion in the House against holding a pandemic election, which even his party supported, and despite severe weather conditions and COVID-19 emergencies across the country.
Workers’ concerns are everyone’s concerns
By Jeff Callaghan*
I think that the biggest issue for us as CUPW, when it comes to our employer, is making sure that the employer, and through extension the government, respects the work we do and does not just pay lip service to it. When we are in a pandemic they call us heroes, they call our work essential, and yet every time we go to exercise one of our fundamental rights in this country, that being the right to withhold our labour, the government steps in and has the employer’s back.
By Pierre Chénier
A prominent feature of the last leaders’ debate on September 9, was what has come to be known as Quebec-bashing. A self-serving manipulation of the issue of values makes sure no discussion takes place on what values people actually hold and how they can be expressed in a manner decided by the people themselves.
Gordie MacDonald, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 117 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia reports that Canada Post is firing delivery drivers in the Local and replacing them with new hires. Thirteen drivers in and around Sydney, one in Antigonish and several more in St. Stephen, New Brunswick have been notified that their jobs have been eliminated. One driver has delivered parcels for Canada Post for thirty years.
Oppose all-sided militarization of life and war preparations
By Tony Seed
On May 24, 2020, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) held a high-profile public funeral in Halifax for its public relations officer, Capt. Jennifer Casey, a member of the RCAF’s Snowbirds aerobatic team. She was killed on May 17 when her plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Kamloops, BC, during it’s cross-Canada military public relations and recruitment tour codenamed Operation Inspiration. Fortunately, there was no additional loss of life. Casey was a former radio journalist and previously with NORAD.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada sends greetings to the workers across the country and salutes their struggles for wages and working conditions which protect their health and safety, affirm the rights of all and demand equal rights and status for all workers.
This Labour Day the MLPC expresses profound gratitude to the working people in every sector of the economy for fighting to make sure the lives of all are protected under the conditions of the COVID pandemic which is not over.
Marches Across the Province in Support of Public Sector Workers
Fredericton, August 28, 2021 (Fred Hahn)
Infographics on Measures to Limit the Spread of Infection
An important aspect of slowing the spread of infection are hygiene and social isolation measures recommended by the World Health Organization and public health authorities. The Government of Canada has issued a series of infographics to explain these measures:
On August 23, Ontario reported 639 new cases of COVID-19. Of those, 124 people (21 per cent) were fully vaccinated, 65 were partially vaccinated and the remainder were unvaccinated. Of people in hospital in Ontario on the same day, 23 were fully vaccinated, nine were partially vaccinated and 103 were unvaccinated.
Returning Officers are at the end of their tether and the election is only into its tenth day. Imagine this: one returning office in the Toronto region requires 900 staff. Across the country, in its 338 ridings, more than 250,000 election workers have to be hired. Add to this the fact that the electoral law stipulates that half of the positions must be held open for seven days so that parties and candidates who participated in the previous election can fill them with recommended people. That leaves less than 30 days to conduct interviews and hire.
– Canadian Network on Cuba –
A Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) campaign launched in January 2021 has raised, up to July 2021, over $120,000. A container of two million syringes has been sent to Cuba. In addition, support for other containers of medical supplies and equipment has been ongoing.
At this moment, Cuba is under tremendous pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. immoral, illegal economic blockade which was cruelly intensified in January 2020 when extraterritorial financial constraints resulting from Trump’s declaring Cuba to be a “state sponsor of terrorism” added weight to the U.S. knee on the neck of Cuba.
All Out to Support Revolutionary Cuba
On Sunday, July 11, 2021, incidents took place in some parts of Cuba.
It was not a “social outburst,” but demonstrations on a limited scale in which people with legitimate concerns participated. However, provocative and criminal elements took advantage of the situation to commit in some places acts of vandalism and violence against entities, headquarters of organizations and shopping centers, attacking workers, officials, law enforcement officers and police cars. Unfortunately, one person died in one of these incidents.
The Canadian Network On Cuba was founded on September 6, 2002 and has chapters coast-to-coast. It states “We are committed to the strengthening of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of Canada and Cuba.”
Isaac Saney, Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba, July 12, 2021
The Canadian Network On Cuba condemns the manipulation of the July 11 events in Cuba by reactionary politicians and the monopoly media in order to create a climate of disinformation and confusion that will be used to justify so-called humanitarian intervention in the heroic island nation.
United Steelworkers (USW) informed that the Vale miners in Sudbury rejected Vale’s new offer on June 14. Turnout was 84 per cent and the offer was rejected by a majority of 87 per cent.