The buzz on wild bees versus honeybees
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by David Suzuki
2h ago
For many people “bees” means “honeybees” — the prolific insects that flit from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen to take back to their hives. They’re important agricultural pollinators and produce honey and wax that humans gather and use. Their utility to people has heightened fears about “colony collapse disorder,” in which various suspected causes — fungi, mites, parasites, pollution, insecticides and starvation — have killed off unusually high numbers of colonies. Still, honeybees have proliferated, thanks in part to the growing popularity of urban beekeeping. That may sound g ..read more
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Scared of progress, two Toronto City Councillors seek to restrict our charter rights
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by Andria Babbington
2h ago
This week two Toronto City Councillors will present a motion that poses serious threats to workers’ rights and our  democracy. The motion, which would significantly restrict our charter-protected rights to freedom of expression and  freedom of assembly, attempts to control where and how working people can use our voices, aims to quell collective  action and essentially wishes to silence us.  Politicians have lots of opportunities to communicate with the public. They don’t just sit in their offices; they go to the  streets by knocking on doors. We go to the streets by ..read more
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Alberta premier Danielle Smith okay with thousands of decision makers at health service
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by David J. Climenhaga
1d ago
Since well before her return to politics, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has carped constantly about how there were too many managers at Alberta Health Services (AHS).  As she said herself a year ago according to Calgary Sun political columnist Rick Bell, who often seems to serve as a semi-official conduit for Smith’s pronouncements, “it’s no secret I’ve had frustration there is a lot of middle management in Alberta Health Services.” This is usually delivered with a disclaimer about how much the United Conservative Party (UCP) loves front-line health care workers.  There are many re ..read more
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Wage suppression tactics cuts into so-called ‘Alberta Advantage’
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by David J. Climenhaga
1d ago
What Alberta Advantage?  A new report by economist Jim Stanford shows how working people in Alberta are experiencing unprecedented reductions in incomes, purchasing power, and living standards.  Alberta’s Disappearing Advantage: The Crisis in Alberta Wages and How to Fix It, published by the Centre for Future Work and released at the Alberta Federation of Labour’s mid-term forum in Calgary, shows how by many measures, the crisis in living standards “has been worse in Alberta than in any other province.”  Importantly, Dr. Stanford wrote, “these challenges have been made far wors ..read more
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Off the Hill: The myths and realities of Canada’s labour shortage (FULL VIDEO)
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by Breanne Doyle
1d ago
On Wednesday, May 15, our Off the Hill panel focused on all things labour — specifically, the myths of Canada’s labour shortage, the challenges facing migrant workers and what the future of work looks like in Canada. Our panel featured MP Matthew Green, economist Jim Stanford, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour Laura Walton and researcher and policy analyst at the CCPA, Véronique Sioufi. Co-hosted by Robin Browne and Libby Davies. About our guests MP Matthew Green was first elected Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre in 2019 and re-elected in 2021. Previously, he served for th ..read more
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Students are making history. All of us should join them
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by Laura Walton
5d ago
Today marks the one-month anniversary of the student encampment movement, which started at Columbia University in New York City on April 17. Since then, protests have spread to hundreds of campuses across North America and around the world, as students call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and to end their institutions’ complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. None of this should surprise us. Students have been at the forefront of every major progressive movement for change, from May 1968 in France, to the protests against the US war in Vietnam, to the struggle against Aparthe ..read more
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Push for Rainbow Equality continues on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
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by Nick Seebruch
5d ago
May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and in the lead up to that day, leaders across the country took a pledge to support Rainbow Equality. For the first time, the Society for Queer Momentum and their partners organized a national Rainbow Week. The week saw events take place across Canada to push back against rising hate of 2SLGBTQIA+ groups, culminating in the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. As a part of the campaign, the Society for Queer Momentum challenged public leaders to take the pledge to support Rainbow Equality ..read more
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Global union helping to unionize right-to-work states in the Deep South
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by RadioLabour
5d ago
The global union IndustriALL has been helping workers at the Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz plants in the traditionally anti-union south of the United States. The workers at Volkswagen won their union with the UAW. The Mercedes-Benz workers are voting. Right-to-work laws have been introduced in Alberta. In Canada IndustriALL represents unions such as Unifor and the Teamsters. RadioLabour is the international labour movement’s radio service. It reports on labour union events around the world with a focus on unions in the developing world. It partners with rabble to prov ..read more
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The myths and realities of Canada’s labour shortage
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by rabble radio
5d ago
This week on rabble radio, we feature a segment from our most recent Off the Hill political panel. This month, our theme was ‘Off the Hill: The myths and realities of Canada’s labour shortage’ Our panel featured MP Matthew Green, economist Jim Stanford, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour Laura Walton and researcher and policy analyst at the CCPA, Véronique Sioufi. About our guests MP Matthew Green was first elected Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre in 2019 and re-elected in 2021. Previously, he served for the 2014-2018 term as the Ward 3 Councillor, and first person of colou ..read more
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Del Monte exploits temporary workers and subverts Ontario employment law
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by Kiah Lucero
6d ago
Earlier this year Oshawa, ON, Del Monte shuttered the doors to the local factory. Seventy-one workers at the Oshawa Del Monte factory were terminated without notice or severance pay Prior to the closure, these workers were on the picket line fighting for a livable wage above poverty line and other basic compensations. Three weeks into the strike, Del Monte announced the factory was shutting down and stated it was due to the economic impact of the strike. But since Del Monte used a third-party temporary staffing agency, Premier, to hire these 71 workers, the company was able to subvert Ontario ..read more
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