Winnipeg’s city council proposes an austerity budget which would close libraries, pools & cut public transit. Meanwhile, police still receive the bulk of public funds.
About 5,000 workers for six Crown corporations and one Crown agency, who are all members of Unifor, went on strike Friday morning, October 4th. Later that day at 4 PM, Unifor members rallied outside of the Saskatchewan Party convention, including local national Unifor leadership Simon Enoch, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Continue reading5,000 Unifor Crown workers on Strike in Saskatchewan
By Emily Leedham Amelia Deneka, a student and first time organizer disrupts a United Conservative Party meet and greet at the University of Alberta on Wednesday, March 6. In what could be a result of the protest, UCP leader Jason Kenney ended up not speaking at the event. Deneka shares why they organized the event Continue readingManitoba’s Austerity Budget & Protesting Jason Kenney
By Peter Hogarth Labour law changes are coming to federally-regulated workers. If you have been following the Fight for $15 and Fairness in Ontario, then the changes introduced in the federal government’s Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-86, will sound similar to the labour law changes the Ontario Liberals introduced in 2017 with Bill 148. The Continue readingFighting for $15 & Fairness from Bill C-86 to the workplace
By Gerard Di Trolio On the surface, social finance seems like the perfect policy to be proposed by the Trudeau government. It’s supposedly a modern approach to solving social problems that claims to be innovative and results oriented. But many forms of social finance, like social impact bonds (SIB), are unproven and could easily act Continue readingBeware of social finance
We Own It! is a campaign launched by OPSEU in coordination with community groups in 2016 to keep public services public. The campaign is focused on battling privatization and strengthening public services across Ontario. They have been holding community forums and protests across the province.
I’m not sure if this is something that I should vocalise or whether or not it should be shared with the world but as I sit at home thinking about the other night the Grenfell Tower I feel like people might want to know how the incident went from the point of view of a Continue readingFrom a firefighter at Grenfell tower
By Shellie Bird, Candace Rennick, and Michael Hurley In 1991, 20 per cent of childcare workers belonged to a union. This stands at 21 per cent today. Despite their stated commitment to organize women in the wage ghetto of childcare, unions have essentially forsaken one of the most vulnerable, underpaid and undervalued female dominated workforces Continue readingChildcare Now! The Struggle for Quality, Universal Childcare
By Wendy Goldsmith and Dylan Penner Humanity. Neighbourhoods. Compassion. Love. These are the driving forces behind Londoners for Door to Door and its recent resurgence to address yet another broken Liberal promise in the making. A decision is expected this Spring on whether the Liberal government will keep its promise to restore door-to-door mail Continue readingRestoring Door-to-Door delivery will take people power
On October 18, The Council of Canadians released the report: A Prescription for Better Medicine: Why Canadians need a National Pharmacare Program. Rankandfile.ca editor Gerard Di Trolio sat down with the report’s author, the Council’s National Healthcare Campaigner Michael Butler, to ask him about the significance of the report’s findings, how it would benefit Canadian Continue readingThere is no better time than now for pharmacare
By Daniel Tseghay On October 17th, BC’s Education Minister, Mike Bernier, fired all nine elected Vancouver School Board (VSB) trustees. The province’s reasoning is that the elected school board failed to pass a balanced budget by the June 30th deadline, violating the School Act. Bernier has now replaced the board with an appointed trustee, a Continue readingEntire Vancouver School Board fired: The crisis of education funding continues
By David Bush, Gerard Di Trolio, and Doug Nesbitt In early September the Canada Post Task Force, promised by Justin Trudeau during the last election to review the postal service’s future, released its discussion paper. The paper was the committee’s preliminary thoughts about the future of Canada Post based on stakeholder meetings, expert opinion and Continue readingKilling Canada Post: Trudeau’s Turn