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2019 Oct 15 - 11:01pm
Zaid NoorsumarThe province-wide shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) has turned into a crisis in long-term care across Ontario. Chronic understaffing is resulting in burnt out workers who are unable to provide adequate care for residents.  According to Katha Fortier, a Unifor spokesperson, the conditions at the Hogarth Riverview Manor long-term care facility in Thunder Bay are particularly bad.  The union represents 9,000 workers in...
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2019 Oct 15 - 10:46pm
October 15, 2019Action on climate means breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative governmentsIn 2019, breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative government -- an objective of the New Democrats -- starts with the NDP winning enough seats to play a key role in a minority Parliament.
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2019 Oct 12 - 9:22am
October 12, 2019In French debate, Trudeau wins; Singh holds his own; Scheer losesLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own, gamely defending himself on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister: the SNC-Lavalin affair.
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2019 Oct 12 - 9:17am
Karl NerenbergLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own in the French language debate on Thursday evening. He defended his record, citing such tangible accomplishments as the significant reduction in child poverty, while laying out at least a few strong reasons for voters to re-elect him. Even on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister, the SNC-Lavalin affair, Trudeau gamely defended himself. He unapologetically...
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2019 Oct 12 - 7:23am
Alex CoshViewers of Monday night's leaders' debate caught a glimpse of an ugly trend emerging in Canadian politics. In the first round of questions, CTV's Lisa Laflamme read out some of the most divisive tweets authored by People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier: "You called diversity in Canada a cult and extreme multiculturalism. You've used the words ghetto and tribes to describe newcomers whom you say bring distrust and potential violence. On...
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2019 Oct 11 - 1:57am
October 10, 2019The real deficit is environmental, not fiscalAnybody who is truly concerned about their children and grandchildren should be anxious to talk about the environmental deficit instead of hiding out behind old fiscal mantras.
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2019 Oct 9 - 9:54pm
October 9, 2019On October 21, vote for climate solutionsWe should all examine the roster of candidates and parties where we live, compare their environmental platforms and records, and ask local contenders about their climate commitments.
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2019 Oct 9 - 2:30am
Karl NerenbergThe media were quick to crown NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh the winner of Monday's English language leaders' debate, and voters seem to agree. As one still-undecided voter in Montreal's Outremont riding wrote to this writer:  "I thought Singh was terrific, the only one (except a bit for May) who rose above the screaming match. He's an excellent role model for what politics could/should be like. The more people see of him, the more they...
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2019 Oct 9 - 1:28am
Alex CoshIt was an eventful week in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby North-Seymour.  The Conservative party dropped its candidate for the riding, Heather Leung, on Friday, October 4, after after a video resurfaced of her making homophobic and transphobic comments. The video, first posted by local news outlet Burnaby Now in 2011, showed Leung protesting the Burnaby School Board's support for a policy designed to protect LGBTQ youth from...
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2019 Oct 8 - 10:14pm
October 8, 2019The Andrew Scheer factor in election 2019Despite the efforts of many Conservative voices inside and outside media to cover for him, Andrew Scheer is still having trouble talking to Canadians about why he should be the next prime minister.
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2019 Oct 8 - 9:45pm
Zaid NoorsumarAbout 45 Tim Hortons workers in Fort Frances, Ontario, banded together to form a union this past year, joining the United Food and Commercial Workers, one of Canada's largest private sector unions. The outlet is the only Tim Hortons in the small northern Ontario town of about 8,000 people.  "Job security was the number one factor why they decided to join UFCW," said Nathalie Vengal, an organizer with the union. Workers bargained...
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2019 Oct 7 - 11:40am
David J. ClimenhagaResearch published this morning by Environmental Defence Canada concludes that adoption of the powerful Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers lobby group's election wish list would increase Canadian greenhouse gas emissions by 116 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. "In that scenario, Canada's oil and gas sector would be emitting 311 million tonnes, making emissions from that one industry representing one-fourteenth of the...
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