The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) would be located in Toronto and create a one-stop shop for new infrastructure funding, pooling investments from large investors with a small amount of seed funding granted from the Government of Canada. This approach deliberately creates huge returns for private investors, while driving up the cost of public projects and giving up important public control.
These days, fewer and fewer jobs offer any sort of retirement plan – leaving more people feeling insecure and worrying about their futures. Shouldn’t government be building back retirement security for hard working Canadians?
Learn more: http://pensions.psacunion.ca/
The #ThirstyforJustice campaign video was developed in collaboration with an award-winning documentary filmmaker and focuses on the community of Grassy Narrows.
The river water has been contaminated by mercury for over 40 years and the tap water is not safe to drink. Grassy Narrows is only one of more than 100 First Nations communities that do not have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
“Our people are a river people. Historically, they lived from the water,” says Judy DaSilva, a Grassy Narrows community activist and International Peace Prize winner who is featured in the video. “It’s like a genocide of our people. Many have died from the mercury poisoning and today people are still dying.”
“It’s hard to imagine something we have cherished and honoured for the last ten thousand years can turn against us,” says Steve Fobister, a former Grassy Narrows and Treaty Three Chief who was poisoned by mercury contamination.
Call to action
The #ThirstyforJustice campaign is demanding that the Liberal government make good on its promise to fix the water crisis in First Nations communities and ensure that all Indigenous People have access to tap water that is safe to drink.
Share the campaign video and tag @JustinTrudeau and #ThirstyforJustice. And visit ThirstyforJustice.ca today.
Everyone in Canada is legally entitled to a work environment that is both inclusive and discrimination-free. That includes you.
This short video aims to raise awareness about the duty to accommodate. Accommodation means reviewing and revising rules, policies, practices or standards to incorporate alternative arrangements that eliminate discriminatory barriers.
The video also covers employer and employee positive obligations toward maintaining an inclusive and discrimination-free work environment.
For more, see psacunion.ca/duty-accommodate
*This video also includes subtitles in Inuktitut.
People with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) can suffer debilitating physical symptoms when exposed to chemicals in the environment that have no effect on most people.
The video explains what MCS is, its impact on workers with MCS and the employer’s duty to accommodate.
What could childcare look like in 2020, if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system?
- Parents could drop their children at inviting childcare centres that provide educational and culturally-relevant programs.
- Home daycare providers could earn decent wages and network together to share skills and experiences.
- Women could participate fully in the workforce, knowing that their children are in nurturing and safe environments.
- And families of all stripes could begin saving for their children’s post-secondary education and their own retirements, free from the burden of the “double mortgage years.”
Comprehensive universal childcare for the next generation. That is the vision of Childcare 2020.
As it stands, the majority of parents must rely on a patchwork of largely unregulated childcare, with no guarantee of quality. The cost of childcare presents a crushing burden for most families, with fees as high as $1,800 a month for a one-year old in major cities such as Toronto and Ottawa.
The Conservative government has chosen a “Leave it To Beaver” approach, offering families the equivalent of a toonie per day to pay for childcare, couching it in the language of “choice.” The reality is that the costs are so high right now, that many women have no choice but to leave the workforce until their kids are in school.
Watch our Childcare 2020 video for a glimpse into what the future could hold if the federal government invested in a national childcare system.
For many families, child care is the second highest expense after housing. The average cost per child is $30 to $80 a day, or over $1,000 a month.
That’s challenging enough – yet there are also families who can’t access quality, regulated childcare. Wait lists are notoriously long. That’s because there are only enough regulated spaces for about 19 percent of children aged 0 to 12 years. Yet almost 70 percent of mothers with children under the age of five years are working.
We are ALL Affected by the lack of affordable, quality child care. Let’s Rethink Child Care!