October 25, 2018 Latest News

City of Kawartha Lakes residents added their voices to one of the largest public rallies at Queen’s Park, opposing the Doug Ford government’s plans for the future of health care.

Bonnie Kennedy, co-chair of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Coalition with Barbara Doyle and Zack Miller, said the local group decided to join other coalition chapters Tuesday (Oct. 23) afternoon following meetings led by the Ontario Health Coalition regarding the proposed merger of Ross Memorial Hospital and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

“We decided we wanted to be more vocal about what is not only happening to health care in Ontario, but also our community hospital,” said Kennedy, adding the local group has also circulated a petition opposing the merger and is holding a Rally For Ross on Monday (Oct. 29) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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October 25, 2018 Latest News

Premier Doug Ford’s government will freeze Ontario’s minimum wage at $14 for another two years with a sweeping new bill that scraps many of the labour reforms brought in by the previous Liberal government in favour of a more pro-business agenda.

The omnibus legislation, unveiled Tuesday, is designed to fulfil one of Ford’s central campaign promises, to make Ontario “open for business.” It will change several provincial laws, notably employment standards.

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October 25, 2018 Latest News

TORONTO, ON (October 23, 2018) – Reducing wages and gutting protections for our provinces lowest paid workers proves Premier Ford is only interested in helping his corporate friends and has no problem hurting working people and their families to do it, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.

Hahn’s comments come following today’s announcement that Ford is not only cancelling the increase to minimum wage but is also reversing the legislation that reduced the ability of employers to exploit part-time, contract and temp agency workers. Ford is also cancelling the two paid sick days and fair notification of schedule changes for non-unionized workers.

“Scrapping protections for the most vulnerable and precarious workers in our province is not the actions of a government that is truly ‘for the people’. Today’s actions will hurt thousands of working people, hurt their families and it will ensure that Ontario’s economy only benefits those at the very top,” says Hahn. “All across Ontario, workers and their families are struggling. They used to have money at the end of week, now they have week at the end of the money. If the Premier really wants to protect workers, he will rethink his plan.”

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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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