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May 29

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. 

 

June 21

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. 

June 16

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.

June 2

The Harper Conservative’s vision of Canada? Cuts, cuts and more cuts. Between cuts to Veterans affairs, employment insurance, search and rescue, environmental protection, food safety and border security, the Harper Conservatives are bleeding Canada’s public services. 

This 0:47 minute video reminds Canadians about the importance of the upcoming federal election and to vote to stop the cuts on October 19.

http://votetostopthecuts.ca/

September 28

Robyn Benson is a proud grandmother. But when she was a struggling single parent in the early 1980s in Winnipeg, she had very few child care options. In a new video released by PSAC, the union’s national president describes the hard choices she had to make when there was no other support available. 

“In 1980, when I started at the Winnipeg Tax Centre, I was a single mum with two small children.  And, of course, at that point in time, there was no daycare anywhere,” says Benson. “Once my daughter was 10, 11 years old, then she watched her brother. She had the key and they had to walk home from school together.”

Benson describes the “nagging fears” associated with leaving her children alone or in substandard care. And she encourages people to think about child care when they cast their ballots in this federal election. 

“Because there is nothing worse than a young woman or a man trying to enter into the workforce after having their children and not being able to afford child care,” says Benson. 

The video is being launched in conjunction with the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign’s Talk it Up for Child Care week of action. PSAC supports the campaign’s demand that election candidates commit to building an affordable, universal, non-profit child care system.

September 16

Robyn Benson is a proud grandmother. But when she was a struggling single parent in the early 1980s in Winnipeg, she had very few child care options. In a new video released by PSAC, the union’s national president describes the hard choices she had to make when there was no other support available. 

“In 1980, when I started at the Winnipeg Tax Centre, I was a single mum with two small children.  And, of course, at that point in time, there was no daycare anywhere,” says Benson. “Once my daughter was 10, 11 years old, then she watched her brother. She had the key and they had to walk home from school together.”

Benson describes the “nagging fears” associated with leaving her children alone or in substandard care. And she encourages people to think about child care when they cast their ballots in this federal election. 

“Because there is nothing worse than a young woman or a man trying to enter into the workforce after having their children and not being able to afford child care,” says Benson. 

The video is being launched in conjunction with the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign’s Talk it Up for Child Care week of action. PSAC supports the campaign’s demand that election candidates commit to building an affordable, universal, non-profit child care system.

September 16

The Harper Conservative’s vision of Canada is cuts, cuts and more cuts. Between cuts to Veterans affairs, employment insurance, search and rescue, environmental protection, food safety and border security, the Harper Conservatives are bleeding Canada’s public services. 

This 1:15 minute video reminds Canadians to think about what’s been happening to public services and to vote to stop the cuts in the upcoming federal election.

For more, see http://votetostopthecuts.ca

July 27

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. 

November 14

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