Labour - Unions

David Climenhaga
Truckers and supporters against a federal vaccine mandate in Delta before departing for Ottawa on Jan. 23. They vow to snarl traffic on their route. Photo by Darryl Dyck, the Canadian Press.

Jan. 24, 2022

The convoy that left BC Sunday raised $2 million. A key organizer is said to be a big figure in the Alberta separatist scene.

An online fund-raising campaign organized by a person associated with the Maverick Party and other western separatist causes now indicates it has raised close to $2 million in the week to bankroll highway disruptions by truckers angry at Ottawa for imposing a vaccine mandate on cross-border essential workers.

The convoy departed B.C. for Ottawa on Sunday.

Seth Klein
Columnist Seth Klein believes he has had a "sneak peek" at the B.C. government's Feb. 8 throne speech. Photo via Province of British Columbia / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Horgan's Throne Speech is slated for Feb. 8. Seth Klein's proposed text for it (below) is a fantasy, but it does lay out many of the tasks that need doing in the near future. Only a huge mobilization of BCers can force even some of them to be done.

           -- Gene McGuckin

Jan. 19, 2022

[The following is a work of fiction.]

Amazon workers
December 21, 2021

From the minimum wage, to precarious work to unemployment benefits, 2021 was a year of intense struggle

Through 2021, COVID-19 continued to expose many flaws in Canada’s labour laws and employment standards, creating opportunities for reform and change.

Marc Lee, Belinda Li, Sue Maxwell and Tamara Shulman
The Vancouver South Waste Transfer System handles anywhere from 400 to 1,300 tonnes of waste in a single day. Photo by Michelle Gamage.

Jan. 21, 2022

Recycling is not enough to curb emissions. Here’s how BC could create jobs and cut CO2.

Marc Lee is a CCPA-BC senior economist. Belinda Li is a solid waste management consultant. Sue Maxwell is a sustainability consultant. Tamara Shulman is a waste reduction planning consultant.


Don Pittis
Nurses don personal protective equipment before attending to a COVID-19 patient in the ICU of Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary. Despite burnout and wage increases below inflation, health-care workers are quitting, rather than taking job action, say labour specialists. (Submitted by AHS/Leah Hennel)

Jan. 18, 2022

Collective action appears to have given way to individual moves to improve compensation

With inflation cutting into workers' spending power and businesses complaining of staff shortages, you might think now would be the time for a dramatic resurgence in the kind of labour activity Canada has not seen since the 1970s.

But, so far, people who study the trade union movement in Canada say it's not happening.

Rochelle Baker
Ken Wu, chair of the new Nature-Based Solutions Foundation, says conservation financing is necessary for First Nations in B.C. that agree to pause logging at-risk old-growth. Photo courtesy of NBSF

Jan. 13, 2022

A new conservation foundation is working to provide Indigenous and other land-based communities with funds to protect endangered ecosystems and build economic alternatives to the logging of at-risk old-growth forests.

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer @mitchellbeer and Sheila Regehr @basicincomecdn
Town hall - Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta, USCDCP/pixnio

Jan. 6, 2022

Full Story: The Hill Times @TheHillTimes

A series of grassroot conversations in communities across Canada is building a picture of how a universal basic income can lay the groundwork for faster, deeper carbon cuts, by boosting local resilience and helping to ease uncertainties around the shift to a low-carbon economy.


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