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Mayor cancels electric bus photo op after complaint

Posted on 16 October 2018

Ottawa’s mayor backed out of a photo op Friday afternoon after the city clerk and solicitor received a written complaint questioning whether the event was against election blackout rules. Watson talked about electric buses in interviews with media on Thursday and said an electric bus pilot project was part of his re-election plan. Hours later, a city news release came out that said the ...

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Meet your candidates for Ottawa mayor

Posted on 16 October 2018

Although there are an even dozen candidates in the race for mayor in this fall's election, few of them are running what one might consider a full-fledged campaign. Two-time incumbent Jim Watson is clearly well-organized, with hundreds of supporters showing up to his campaign rally and first election promise in September. Challenger and former councillor Clive Doucet doesn't appea ...

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Think it's hard to build big projects in Canada? Wait till you see the Liberals' new bill

Posted on 15 September 2018

CALGARY — A fight over the federal government’s bill to overhaul the National Energy Board has been playing out away from the public eye but is expected to take centre stage in the Senate in September. Behind the scenes, lower levels of government, companies and think tanks have been suggesting changes to Bill C-69 — which would turn the NEB into the Canadian Energy Regulator and establish ...

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Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

Posted on 22 August 2018

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Seasonal workers in certain areas of the country will get up to five more weeks of employment insurance benefits under a $189 million pilot project announced Monday by Ottawa. Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, made the announcement at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B., as other Liberals touted the project in Atlantic Canada and i ...

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Trees and teargas: worldviews clash at Barriere Lake

Posted on 22 August 2018

Events from a chilling October day in 2008, on a gravel road entering Algonquin First Nation bush territory, epitomize the contentious history of jurisdiction in what is now known as Canada. Riot cops teargassed the community standing at a blockade and arrested nine people, including two minors, an elder, and a pregnant woman. The alarming story of Barriere Lake reveals much about the tactics and ...

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Canadian labour in crisis: the way forward

Posted on 22 August 2018

Workers across Canada, most of whom are non-unionized, will benefit from the success of the Fight for 15 & Fairness campaign that swept the province of Ontario recently. The campaign successfully pressured the Liberal government to increase the minimum wage to $14 in 2018 and $15 in 2019, among other substantial changes to minimum labour standards. To recoup their “losses,” employer ...

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Putting Public Ownership Back on the Table

Posted on 22 August 2018

In a recent announcement, Greyhound Canada has decided to end its passenger bus lines west of Ontario, leaving over 400 people unemployed, and numerous communities without access to reliable public transit. The company discontinued the lines because they are unprofitable. This follows the Saskatchewan Party’s dismantling last year of the Saskatchewan Transport Company, which was founded a crown ...

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Doug Ford’s New Poor Laws Replace Basic Income

Posted on 22 August 2018

The decision of the new Tory Government in Ontario to terminate the basic income (BI) pilot project that their Liberal predecessors had set in motion, confirms that the right is as divided as the left on this issue of social policy. The Doug Ford Tories form part of an international right wing opposition to BI that does not share the view of the Silicon Valley billionaire set, the World Bank and a ...