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Primary Author: Munisha Tumato
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Nov. 16, 2022

Extensive research conducted in the early 1990s yielded a practical solution to the climate crisis that would have averted the mushrooming environmental havoc the world faces today, says journalist Geoff Dembicki—but it was buried by Imperial Oil, using a canary-in-the-coal mine report to launch a disinformation campaign that effectively blocked early mitigation of the crisis.

This is among many shocking, yet unsurprising, revelations from Dembicki’s new book, The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change.

Adam Carter ·
CUPE members and supporters rallied outside of Queen's Park in Toronto on the first day of a strike earlier this month that closed schools in boards across the province. (Carlos Osorio/CBC)

Nov. 16 2022

CUPE says province has 'refused to invest in the services that students need,' gives 5-day notice

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has filed another strike notice, leaving education workers poised to walk off the job again in Ontario, according to both the province's minister of education and the union.

Jesse Sharkey
Ex-president Jesse Sharkey says sometimes the union's victories required taking real risks—where the outcome could have gone either way. . Photo: Joe Brusky, 2019 CTU strike.

Hi folks:

From Labor Notes comes an article from the ex-president of the Chicago Teachers Union.  It’s not the full story of that amazing union, but it is a part.  They – the union leaders – were not only the leaders of their union, but the leaders of the communities around their schools, of the anti-racist struggle, of getting food for the students, of ensuring safe transit, and so much more.  And the article is pretty good too.

In solidarity,

Larry Tallman

Bryan Evans - Left Streamed
  The Canadian ‘Newest’ Right: Is the Far Right Redrawing the Boundaries of Mainstream Politics?

informative 36-minute video  (watch below)

Recorded  in Toronto Oct. 19, 2022

Lois Ross
Bags of Yara brand artificial fertilizer. Credit: SeppVei / Wikimedia Commons

Oct. 25, 2022

The role that the fertilizer industry plays in the rising cost of food deserves a closer look.

October 16 is World Food Day. And hot on the heels of that annual event the debate is on across Canada. Have you noticed the increase in food prices? Are you buying more or less food because of rising food prices? If Loblaws can freeze prices on its “no-name” brand products, what does that say about price gouging and grocery store profits?

Luke Ottenhof
CUPE Ontario members and supporters wave signs and flags as they demonstrate outside the Queen's Park legislative building in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Nov. 14, 2022

When the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its labour allies seemed to be moving toward a general strike, Premier Doug Ford jumped to beat the news.

Davide Mastracci
Photo via CUPE National on Twitter.

Nov. 9. 2022

Writers Adam King and Abdul Malik discuss whether the union made the right choice by sending members back to work.


NOVEMBER 9, 2022

Heather Stewart and Phillip Inman
A picket line in Leeds on 1 October during a strike by four transport unions. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Nov. 6, 2022

Nearly 1.7 million mostly public sector workers are being balloted on or have voted for stoppages

Rail passengers narrowly escaped fresh disruption this weekend as unions suspended three days of strikes – but over the coming weeks and months, Rishi Sunak’s government is still facing the most significant wave of industrial action since the 1980s miners’ strike.

Scott Martin
Image: Screenshot of YouTube video.

Nov. 8, 2022

"The government managed to unite the entire labour movement in an effort to repeal Bill 28 and protect the Charter rights of workers across Canada.”

A union representing tens of thousands of education workers in Ontario called off planned strike actions on Monday in exchange for the Doug Ford government promising to rescind legislation that imposed a contract and made going on strike illegal.


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