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Labour Law Reform Campaign


Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line.

It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back.

However, there is new hope. The Wynne government has bent to pressure from the labour movement, sustained media attention to the growing trend towards precarious work and the ensuing public outcry.

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Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (i.e.: telemarketing), advance fee fraud (i.e.: West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

I have put together a number of their alerts, tutorials and warnings into one comprehensive document. The document, RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.pdf, has a good deal of links to other security related articles and videos.

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Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care


“This report confirms what injured worker advocates have been hearing for years – that the WSIB system is more interested in clearing its case load than supporting workers who have been seriously injured on the job,” said OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison. “These doctors are blowing the whistle on the WSIB’s punitive practice of ‘deeming’ injured workers eligible to resume work when their treating physicians and medical professionals have clearly stated the opposite. The report we are releasing today tells the story of these doctors and their patients. We hope it will force a formal investigation into the WSIB’s treatment of medical advice and lead to systemic change.”

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Unifor celebrates defeat of Harper Conservatives


TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor is celebrating the defeat of the Harper Conservatives and calling on the Liberals and NDP to cooperate to rebuild Canada.

"Tonight's election results offer Canadians an opportunity to rebuild our country," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Canadians have sent a clear message that the Harper Conservative agenda is not one that represents our interests and needs."

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Dear Canadians - a message from Canada's veterans

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For more than nine years the Harper government has betrayed our veterans and their families. That’s why we hope you’ll join our campaign. Our sole purpose is to stand up for those who have served our country.

We have launched the Canadian Veterans Anyone But Conservative (ABC) Campaign 2015. Our goal is to defeat the Harper Conservatives on election day Monday, Oct. 19.

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Watch: How to piss off a Conservative.


Advance polls open in just four days. Thousands of Canadians are planning to vote early – including some very special Canadian artists.

“In this election, we have the chance to do something amazing. Together, we can do this.” —Gordon Pinsent

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Is Harper the worst prime minister in history?

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“I think Harper… can be vindictive, certainly not always grateful for what people have done for him in the past… So you can say he’s ruthless, which is probably true… Maybe that’s a personal failing.”
– Tom Flanagan, former Harper adviser, campaign manager and University of Calgary political scientist

“Brian Mulroney was an appalling prime minister, appalling. But if I had to pick one prime minister over the other [between Harper and Mulroney], I would pick Mulroney.”
– Stevie Cameron, author of On the Take, the 1994 bestseller about corruption during the Mulroney years.

Bruce Livesey
The National Observer

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OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare


(TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded NDP Leader Thomas Muclair’s pledge to establish a universal prescription drug plan across Canada.

“Nine years of Conservative cuts to health care and public services have been a tough pill for Canadians to swallow. Mulcair’s New Democratic Party is challenging all of us to reject Harper’s cynicism and Trudeau’s inexperience to begin imagining a better Canada for all of us,” OFL President Sid Ryan. “By announcing a universal pharmacare plan, Thomas Mulcair is promising the missing piece to Canada’s medicare system. This is yet another reason why Ontario workers are putting their support behind Canada’s NDP.”

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Tom Mulcair Interview with Peter Mansbridge


NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his first acts as prime minister would include pulling the Canadian Forces out of Iraq and Syria, bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees and reducing taxes for small and medium-sized businesses.

Mulcair, whose party is currently leading in the polls, sat down with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge for the third in a series of four interviews with the national party leaders.

Click here for the full video of interview

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Margaret Atwood: The geezer vote

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"If you were born between 1915 and 1935 you can remember the Depression and the Second World War, and you are likely to take a dim view of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s mistreatment of vets — any vets. He loves monuments to dead soldiers, he’s just not keen on soldiers who have inconveniently remained alive." - Margret Attwood

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2015 Port Elgin Labour Day Parade

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The Grey Bruce Labour Council and the Canadian Auto Workers held their annual Labour Day parade in Port Elgin on Monday September 7th.

It's turned into a Labour Day tradition, There was classic cars, three pipe bands and up to 1500 people walking in it.

It kicks off the UNIFOR retirees conference at the UNIFOR centre (formerly the CAW Centre) which takes place during the week.

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Harper leaves future generations behind


Every generation of parents, from Canada’s First Peoples through each wave of immigration since, have trusted that hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren.

However, despite record levels of education, today’s youth will become the first generation in history to expect a lower standard of living than their parents.

Those who are fed up with corruption in Ottawa, blanket support for corporate Canada and an inexcusable indifference to inequality are seeing the NDP as the better choice.

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Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP


The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) today declared its full support for the federal NDP to form the next government of Canada. In advance of Labour Day Weekend, OFL President Sid Ryan called on Ontario’s 54 labour unions and over one million unionized workers to volunteer their time for NDP candidates in every riding across Ontario.

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Harperman -- the video they don't want you to see

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Environment Canada scientist Tony Turner wrote a political protest song about Stephen Harper – and now he’s been put on leave and is being investigated by the government!

They want to silence free speech and stop the song, “Harperman”, from reaching a bigger audience…but it’s about to backfire big time. Because if all Avaaz members watch the video on the following page, it will be seen by 3% of Canada – if we all share it with just one other person, 6% of Canada, and so on.

Let’s make this viral and timely video a political nightmare for a government trying to silence critics. Help make this huge by signing the petition demanding Tony be reinstated immediately – then help "Harperman" take-off across the country by sharing on Facebook, and everywhere else.

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Use Of EI Funds By Tories To Help Balance Budget Draws Criticism


The federal government is using $1.8 billion in surplus EI funds to help balance its books, drawing criticism from opposition parties and labour groups who say the money belongs in taxpayers’ pockets.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered Tuesday the Tories’ long-promised balanced budget ahead of this year’s federal election — though it was one that eked out a very small surplus of $1.4 billion.

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