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September 13, 2018 Latest News

It’s provoked one of those preposterous outpourings of social media outrage that roil and churn public debates nowadays, and the first odd thing about it is that it’s only a 57-second video, with no narration. There’s just a running line of explanatory text and scrolling photographs of a few people, with their names, and a bit of sombre music in the background.

The video showed up in the social-media accounts of the labour union Unifor last Thursday, introduced this way: “Crossing a picket line hurts families. As Unifor Local 597 members enter month 21, locked out in Gander, meet some of the scabs D-J Composites has hired to do their work.”

That’s it.

By the weekend, the video had been viewed more than 100,000 times and the hullabaloo on Twitter and Facebook had broken out in conventional news media. The CBC: “Union defends video identifying ‘scabs’ at D-J Composites after workers report threats.” The National Post: “‘Meet the scabs’: Unifor Canada video exposes workers crossing picket line.” Canadian Press: “Debate over Unifor video that names, shames N.L. replacement workers.”

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September 13, 2018 Latest News

One of the most pernicious myths circulating in Ontario’s labour ranks is that the Days of Action – the big protests and strikes against the Harris Tories in the late 1990s – somehow led to the re-election of the Harris Tories in 1999.

This is complete nonsense. Let’s examine why the Tories were re-elected in 1999 before we take a deep dive into the Days of Action themselves.

From recession to recovery, again

The worst of Ontario’s 1990s recession fell under the NDP regime from about 1990 to 1993, but the province’s economic crisis lasted well into 1997. After a strong recovery beginning in 1994 thanks to a recovering American economy, the Harris Tories were elected in 1995 and sent the economy back into recession, raising unemployment and driving growth downward to zero by 1996. Their “Common Sense Revolution” did this by slashing infrastructure spending by billions, decimating labour laws, drawing up massive austerity budgets, and the cutting 13,000 out of 65,000 Ontario Public Service jobs.

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August 14, 2018 Latest News

For the third month in a row, Peterborough had the lowest unemployment rate of Canada’s 34 census metropolitan areas.

Peterborough’s jobless rate rose a little bit to 3.3 per cent in July, up from 2.7 per cent in both May and June.

Quebec City which had the second lowest rate at 3.9 per cent, while St. John’s, N.L. had the highest at 9 per cent.

Nearby, Oshawa’s jobless rate rose to 4.4 per cent in July from 4.2 per cent in June, Kingston’s rose to 5.9 per cent from 5.6 per cent while Barrie’s rose to the fourth highest of Canada’s cities at 7 per cent, up from 6.9 per cent in July.

The national unemployment rate fell to a four-decade low of 5.8 per cent in July, down from 6 per cent in June while Ontario’s jobless rate fell to 5.4 per cent from 5.9 per cent in June.

Despite the impressive low percentage for Peterborough, the rate partly reflects a continuing decline in the size of Peterborough’s labour market that began last September.

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August 14, 2018 Latest News

A union representing elementary school teachers across Ontario has told its members to continue teaching the 2015 sex-ed curriculum, despite the provincial government’s order that a 20-year-old version of the lesson plan be taught.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) denounced the Progressive Conservative government’s recent decision to have teachers set aside the sex-ed curriculum updated under the Liberal government and revert to a version written in 1998.

The denunciation happened at an annual meeting of the union in Toronto on Monday, which was attended by two local union leaders.

Shirley Bell, president of the Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Teachers Local, and David Berger, vice-president, were both at the meeting.

“It was all about encouraging teachers to use their professional judgment and teach either part of – or the full – 2015 curriculum,” said Bell over the phone from Toronto on Monday night.

 

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August 14, 2018 Latest News

As the 2018 Municipal Election is only months away, City of Kawartha Lakes officials are pleased to see the excitement of both candidates and residents during the campaign season.

Election signs are a great way to communicate, show support for a candidate and to stay involved in the municipal election, but officials wish to advise candidates of the rules that apply to the signs.

Signs are now permitted on highways, roadways and public property from July 24 to Oct. 27. When displaying election signs, please ensure that you follow the regulations outlined in  By-Law 2018-077

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August 14, 2018 Latest News

The list of candidates is now solidified and 27 candidates are running for council in Peterborough.

The city’s municipal election will take place in October and candidates will have to deal with issues including the city’s housing crunch, transportation, population growth and The Parkway.

On election day it will be decided who will return to their seats and which new faces will be seen in council chambers.

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June 13, 2018 Latest News

Sitting in Peterborough could be an office which connects homeless people with housing opportunities and gives the unemployed a chance to make their own work.

That’s an image a planning group is seeking to realize through two workshops starting on Thursday, June 14.

Stephanie and Joe Mancini are special guests, presenters and founders of the Working Centre.

They’re planning on sharing how their company has helped Kitchener’s homeless population and how that model could work in Peterborough.

According to its website, the Working Centre was established in 1982 as a response to issues of poverty and employment in the area.

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June 13, 2018 Latest News

Peterborough Public Health has put out more information as it pertains to the Precarious Employment Research Initiative.

The latest ‘InfoBrief’ focused on Employment Security.

Monique Beneteau says unions may play an important role in protecting workers.

In the fall of 2016, 800 residents were contacted by phone and asked a series of questions related to their employment.

The survey on the status of employment and working condition in the Peterborough area included the City and County of Peterborough and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.

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June 13, 2018 Latest News

According to a recent report specific to the Peterborough job market, 64 percent of workers in the region, it suggests, are working under vulnerable or precarious conditions.

The study is being spearheaded by Peterborough Public Health and involves several community organizations, who together have started the Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI). This month, they have released a third report looking at the working conditions of precarious employment and its effects on the worker.

The goal is to release eight briefings and identify how employment and working conditions are impacting the economic, social, physical and mental health of workers in the community.

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May 23, 2018 Latest News

John Ball was one of the first General Electric workers to battle for justice and protections for workers after seeing colleagues die due to chemical contamination in the Peterborough plant.

And his recent death adds to the casualty list of former workers who have died while continuing to fight for compensation.

On May 14 Ball died at the age of 84 after years of health issues caused by exposure to toxic chemicals at the plant, says friend and fellow activist Marion Burton.

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