Royal Military College welcomes 350 officer cadets, Aug. 2017
“THERE’S NO LIFE LIKE IT”—THANK GOODNESS. That’s not the reaction the Canadian military got to their recruitment slogan back in the 1980s. They often do now.
No one expects life for military recruits to be a walk in the park. But the truth is that in Canada these days it is far too often a danger to their mental health.
The suicide rate at the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston , Ontario is 35 times higher than the national average.
THE GRINCH IS ALL TOO REAL FOR INJURED WORKERS IN ONTARIO. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) steals their Christmas from them just like the cartoon character. But, there is no happy ending for injured workers. The meanness of the WSIB lasts year after year. But the workers remain unbowed.
MOTHERHOOD IS A DRAG AT WORK. It catches working women in a double bind. First, like all women, they have to accept lower pay than men. But it gets worse if you become a mother.
Working costs mothers more. They have to spend a lot of their pay on the childcare they need to allow them to go out to work in the first place.
Unifor president Jerry Dias (left) and OPSEU president Smokey Thomas
DOUG FORD WANTS TO BE THE BURGER KING OF ONTARIO. He wants to have it all his own way. Unions there have distinctly different plans for the Ontario premier.
OPSEU (the Ontario Public Service Employees Union) and Unifor have joined forces in a formal alliance to go toe-to-toe with Ford. The two unions represent 470,000 workers—about one in every four workers in Ontario.
17-year-old Ryan Falkenham led Halifax Mooseheads to 2013 Memorial Cup win. One year later a hip injury ended his dream of playing in the NHL
GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY JUST DOESN'T CUT IT. The teenage players on the 60 teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) believe they deserve more. The team owners don’t agree. More and more players are acting to change that.
NO DONE DEAL
MORE JOBS FOR WOMEN IS NOT GOOD NEWS. Sophie Webb explains why in her new study A Deal with the Devil: An analysis of the feminization of labour, the rise of the precariat and the effects of contract work on Canadians—the latest research sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights and the Canadian Labour Institute for Social and Economic Fairness.
IT TAKES A UNION
UNION HATERS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME IN B.C. There is a $100 million answer to the question “what have unions done for you lately.”
Two union bargaining associations have won a total of $100 million dollars for 31,000 health and social care workers who worked for too little, too long. The BCGEU (BC Government Employees Union) is the lead union in both associations, which together include 12 other unions.
MAKE ‘EM PAY
Juan Servantes fought against being cheated and won
JUAN SERVANTES WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE 'EM PAY. When Domino's Pizza didn't he complained. It got him fired. He complained some more. It finally got him the $28,144.55 he always said the fast food giant owed him.
The father of six from Mississauga delivered pizzas for Domino’s for over four years. Domino’s did not pay him minimum wage or any benefits. Juan knew this was wrong and said so.
Protest and Joy
From the Labour movement to the Civil Rights movement–music has been a key tool for social activists throughout the years. Two of our writers, Mike Martin and Skip Hambling have listed their top ten protest songs. Check out their lists and vote on which one has the best list! You can tell us your favourite protest songs by leaving them in the comments below.