Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Check out the Make Poverty History Election Campaign here....
Why is Stephen Harper refusing to say what he plans to do about poverty?
Other Canadian political leaders go 'On the Record' about poverty.
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Sunday, 28 September 2008
"Stephen Harper has no problem sentencing 14 year-olds to life in prison. As for his gang of merry corporate supporters who have fleeced hardworking Canadians for billions? They have a better chance of getting locked up in the U.S.
It’s not that Canada is devoid of white collar crime – Canadian workers and taxpayers have paid a high price for made-in-Canada market fraud and abuse. It’s just that our politicians would rather enable corporate criminals than hold them accountable." read more....
The SNL version Interview:
The actual CBS Interview:
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Saturday, 27 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
"This book is one in a series of CCPA publications that have examined the records of Canadian federal governments during the duration of their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of previous governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative minority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper during its 32-month term from January 2006 to September 2008." read more....
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
SFL takes next step against Bills 5 and 6 at ILO
For immediate release September 25, 2008
In an additional step in the defense of workers’ human rights, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) has now delivered its arguments against Bills 5 and 6 to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The ITUC, the world’s largest trade union federation, represents 166 million workers through its 309 affiliated organizations within 156 countries and territories.
The General Secretary of the ITUC will deliver a report on behalf of Canada, containing the SFL’s arguments, to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Committee of Experts shortly.
“The SFL is pleased that the ITUC is bringing forward our concerns to the Committee of Experts. We expect that the Committee will agree that Canada is not complying with its international obligations as a result of the Saskatchewan Party government’s attacks on workers’ rights,” says Larry Hubich, President of the SFL.
The ILO Committee of Experts oversees countries’ general levels of compliance with international obligations. They then present their findings to an international convention of leaders and experts.
The ITUC’s report will argue that in passing Bill 5, the Wall government “makes freedom of association a right solely to be given and taken away at the whim of employers, including the largest employer in Saskatchewan, the government.”
The ITUC will also submit that the amendments to the Trade Union Act (Bill 6) weaken the rights of workers and unions to organize into associations, and that it potentially permits employers to use coercive means to stop the formation of union associations, and to potentially punish workers for engaging in union associational activities.
“The Committee of Experts is another way for us to hold the Wall government accountable for its failure to consult with labour organizations before ramming through these union-busting laws. We are very interested in hearing how this government’s actions hold up to international scrutiny,” adds Hubich.
The SFL represents nearly 95,000 unionized workers from 37 affiliated unions in Saskatchewan.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Friday, 19 September 2008
Environment and cutting green house gas emissions important issues for 4 of 5 major parties.See more and read transcript by clicking here....
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
"I made an insensitive and inappropriate remark about the (listeriosis) outbreak and Member of Parliament Wayne Easter. Earlier today, I called Mr. Easter to apologize,"Various reported quotes of Mr. Lukiwski:
"I also want to apologize to anyone who was hurt by what I said, especially those who were directly affected by this situation."
"I made a couple of spur-of-the-moment offhand comments, in particular, one about my official Opposition critic to whom I have already apologized. My comments were tasteless and completely inappropriate."
"If I could take those comments back, I would." "I would give anything to take those comments back. They do not reflect the type of person that I am. I can only say that on behalf of myself, my family and my children, I am sorry. I am ashamed."
"I was stupid, thoughtless and insensitive."
"The comments I made should not be tolerated in any society, they should not be tolerated today, they should not have been tolerated in 1991, they should not have been tolerated in the years previous to that."
"I deeply regret and I have deep remorse for my words of 17 years ago, but I can assure you . . . that I will spend the rest of my life, my career . . . trying to make up for those shameless comments."
"Millions of pounds of unused and expired pharmaceuticals are flushed down the drain across the United States annually by the health services industry. Traces of these drugs are found in the nation's drinking water supplies, affecting at least 46 million Americans, and in rivers and streams where they harm aquatic wildlife species. (Photo: Getty Images)"
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Kuchta holds the so-called agreement signed by Wall and Stelmach side by side with a similar agreement, signed in 2003, between B.C. and Alberta called the "Protocol of Cooperation - Between the Government of Alberta and the Government of British Columbia" which led directly to the back room, closed door, secret signing of the anti-democratic BC/Alberta Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA).
In his posting, entitled: "TILMA: Alberta-Saskatchewan Protocol of Cooperation eerily similar to Oct. 2003 BC-Alberta agreement that led to controversial trade deal", Kuchta alerts readers to the glaring similarities between what occured in the lead-up to the seriously flawed BC/Alberta TILMA, and the recent meeting between Wall and Stelmach.
Is this an example of a flip-flopping Premier who is trying to sneak through the back door what he was afraid to bring through the front door?
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
"Murray Dobbin: Canadian government is supporting an American policy that's against Canada's interests" - full transcript of video is available by clicking here....
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Reproduced is a letter I received on September 8, 2008 from GSU General Secretary, Hugh Wagner:
Brother Larry Hubich and
Delegates to the Annual SFL OH&S Conference
Sisters and Brothers,
Re: Grain Services Union picket line
Your attendance today at our picket line at Viterra head office together with the solidarity and enthusiasm you brought have done so much to bolster the morale of GSU members who have been on the line since July 7.
Words alone can't express how you have touched the hearts and raised the spirits of GSU members who are fighting the good fight. Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts for your solidarity.
As a token of our appreciation, please be advised that GSU is making an intial donation of $1,000 to the strike fund of our sisters and brothers who are on strike at the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. In addition, we are sending five GSU t-shirts for you to raffle at your conference in aid of any cause that you choose.
On Behalf of the Women and Men of GSU
Hugh J. Wagner
Monday, 8 September 2008
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
"We firmly believe that the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association will find that the actions of the Saskatchewan government run afoul of Canada’s international obligations and commitments. Part of those commitments is to ensure that workers are free to join unions of their own choosing and to engage in free collective bargaining without undo influence from either employers or government," Hubich added. "At a time when human rights are increasingly topical on the global agenda, the Sask. Party government’s attack on workers’ rights is embarrassing.”