Actors' Manifesto

A recent news release has pointed out that film and television producers are unsatisfied with the current agreement with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the union that represents Canadian film, TV and radio performers, and this is forcing our actors to go on strike. Even with all the tax credits and government funding they get, producers are still trying change the rules so that actors can’t get a fair break.

Social Impact Bonds: The Next Stage of Casino Capitalism

Social Impact Bonds come from the same dark place in the financial world as complex derivatives, the trading of which lead to the great financial crisis. They are a way for the great gamblers of financial markets to place bets on ‘success,’ in this case betting on the delivery of social services on the cheap. It is a disaster in the making for anyone who actually needs support.

The Middle Ground Is Not Rational When It Comes To Climate Change | Citizens' Press

A NYT article tries to suggest that there is a new position coming from the scientific community when it comes to climate change. It continues by stating that this position is the ‘middle’ position, presumably between those that deny that the entire science community is correct in their analysis that the earth is warming because of human behaviour and those radicals that make the absurd claim that we should do something about it.

Canada-Europe Deal: A people's consultation to avoid selling our sovereignty! | Québec Solidaire | Unofficial Translation

At the eve of the imminent signature of the deal, Québec Solidaire is asking that the population of Québec be consulted on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. Amir Khadir, member of the national assembly for Mercier and André Frappier, president and spokesperson of Québec Solidaire, are concerned with the fact that this agreement gives disproportionate power to big businesses to the detriment of the sovereignty of Québec and its population.

Sick Leave Stats and CFIB Nonsense

The CFIB have released their annual report that attacks the public sector’s higher reported sick days (when compared to the private sector). The analysis they put forward is bogus and their recommendations essentially amount to an attack on women and health care workers. If their recommendations were adopted it would be disastrous for public health and safety.

Unions Have Proposed More Solutions than Hudak Ever Has

Hudak’s Op/Eds are rambling diatribes against unions and working people more generally. In his latest he says unions have never offered an alternative to his strategy of destroying decent jobs in Ontario. However, working peoples' organizations have proposed more innovative solutions to the economic problems facing Ontario than the Conservatives ever have.

Copyright and the Academy

A brief overview of copyright in the modern context and the way that copyright and publicly funded academic labour relate.

Community Supporters Of Locked Out Postal Workers Occupying MP John Baird's Constituency Office

June 23, 2011 Ottawa – At 9:30am today, supporters of locked out Postal Workers began an occupation of Conservative MP John Baird’s constituency office, located at 2249 Carling Avenue, Suite 418. The occupation aims to draw attention towards back-to-work legislation currently being debated in the House of Commons. The individuals occupying the office are not members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. They are all residents of Ottawa who wanted to speak up in support of the 48 000 locked out CUPW members.

Process used by Self-Sufficiency Task Force Undemocratic – Press Release

Many groups and individuals from all corners of New Brunswick are raising concerns about the lack of democracy employed in the process used by Premier Shawn Graham’s Self-Sufficiency Task Force. We are calling on the Premier to open the discussion to all New Brunswick residents by holding public meetings across the province.

Budget's attacks on social and cultural research are short-sighted

Opinion Editorial Regarding 2009 Federal Budget The federal stimulus package introduced in January was historical on many fronts. In the field of university research, the federal government has taken a nearly unprecedented turn for the worse by directly intervening in the allocation of graduate scholarships in a manner that is unwelcome and unscholarly. By interfering in the scholarship selection process, the Harper government has undermined the role of merit and peer-review.

Gradstudents Respond to NB Flat Tax Scheme

In June 2008, New Brunswick’s Department of Finance released a paper entitled ‘A Discussion Paper on New Brunswick’s Tax System’. The report recommends implementation of a flat-tax system, a dramatic decrease in corporate tax rates, and increases in consumption taxes. Unfortunately, the discussion paper paints an overly flattering picture of its proposed changes and ignores the negative consequences of a flat-tax system.

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