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Trent students, supporters protest student aid cuts in front of MPP Dave Smith’s office

A 10 per-cent cut to post-secondary tuition sounds good for students on paper but for the majority of students protesting outside Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith’s constituency office on Monday, they say the Conservative governments’ decision to lower tuition fees is actually making education more expensive for lower-income students.

A noon-hour protest saw more than 50 Trent University students and other supporters gather to protest the recent tuition changes to post-secondary institutions across the province.

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Taking on multiple jobs a growing trend for Peterborough workers

Loretta Parkinson is working on her resumé and looking at job listings to fill out her work week.

She already works one job filing paperwork part-time for a Peterborough business. Until last Thursday she worked a seasonal position at Applewood Retirement Residence.

Part-time work allows her to go to the gym, which she uses to maintain her physical and mental health.

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A Statement from Tyler Burns:

It is with great pride and humility that I stand to my election as President of the Peterborough and District Labour Council. There will certainly be a great void left from Marion Burton’s long-time leadership. I will do my best to replace that mentorship with my own perspective and expertise. I will continue to encourage PDLC to be the voice of the $15 and Fairness and Pharmacare For All campaigns in our region, as well as reach out to all workers in Peterborough City and County.

As the leader of the Labour Council I will be the voice for organized and unorganized labour in Peterborough, I will ensure that workers’ rights are protected, and that we are all treated fairly!

January 31, 2019

A union that has spoken up against the impending sale of the local utility to Hydro One has been denied intervenor status in a hearing before the energy regulator — and the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario calls it “ridiculous.” A release from the Ontario Energy Board from Wednesday states that […]

January 31, 2019

Fleming College’s student administrative council has signed a nationwide letter addressed to the Ontario government that expresses dismay over changes to the post-secondary system. The student administrative council joined more than 75 post-secondary schools across Canada on Tuesday to speak out against recent changes to OSAP and ancillary fees. Greg Asselin, president and CEO of […]

January 31, 2019

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford isn’t guaranteeing that full-day kindergarten will continue beyond the next school year. The program was introduced by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and was fully rolled out in 2014. It saves families thousands of dollars a year in child care costs, but it costs the government $1.5 billion a year. […]

January 31, 2019

Black History Month (BHM) is an opportunity for all Canadians to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians to Canadian history and society at large. In December of 1995, the OBHS (Ontario Black History Society), under the leadership of president Rosemary Sadlier, successfully lobbied the federal government to have February declared as Black History […]

December 7, 2018

The announced closure of the GM plant in Oshawa. The current provincial government’s recent action to replace Bill 148 – Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act with Bill 47 – Making Ontario Open for Business Act. The government stating that getting everyone a job is a good strategy for addressing poverty. No matter where you look, […]

December 7, 2018

As the world begins COP24, the UN international conference in Poland to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), the need to act quickly underlies all negotiations. The urgency for action on climate change has ramped up enormously in the last two months; the crisis has gone from “sometime in the future” to action required immediately to avoid […]

December 7, 2018

A rally against a wage freeze for clerical workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is planned for outside the hospital at lunchtime on Tuesday. Hospital spokesperson Michelene Ough wrote in an email that 247 unionized workers recently had their jobs re-evaluated. Of those, Ough wrote: •33 will not see their wages change, as a […]

November 28, 2018

The Peterborough and District Labour Council will have a new president on Jan. 1. Tyler Burns, a city bus driver and president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1320, was elected on Tuesday evening as incoming president of the Labour Council. Marion Burton, who has been president for 12 years, didn’t seek re-election on Tuesday; […]

November 28, 2018

A group of 244 unionized clerical workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre will have their wages frozen for the next five to eight years after a re-evaluation of their jobs — a move that the union president calls “unconscionable” and has vowed to fight, while the hospital says the re-evaluation was long overdue and done […]

November 16, 2018

A former Ontario child advocate says she was “devastated” to learn that Premier Doug Ford’s government was scrapping the province’s child watchdog role. Judy Finlay, now an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Child and Youth care, fears the move will increase the vulnerability of young people that the office had been advocating for. Finlay […]

The Peterborough and District Labour Council (PDLC) is the central body of union locals in the Peterborough area (Peterborough County plus Omemee) who are affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

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