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IS IT TIME TO CARE YET?

By Zaid Noorsumar

On Jan. 23, 2007, 73-year-old Betty Moseley-Williams testified to the legislative standing committee about Bill 140, the Long-term Care Homes Act.

Moseley-Williams, who had worked as a nurse for 50 years, harkened back to a conversation with her dying sister over a decade earlier as they planned her funeral. A teary-eyed Moseley-Williams was consoled by her sister, Mary:

Betty, don’t cry. I know where I’m going. You don’t have any idea; my worst nightmare is that I will sit with paper panties in the hallway with a blanket half covering me, tied in a chair.”

“I’ve thought of that a great deal over the last 11 years,” testified Moseley-Williams. “I have to say that Mary’s worst nightmare became reality for all of us.” Read more!


LGBTQ RIGHTS ARE WORKERS RIGHTS, CLIMATE JUSTICE IS LABOUR JUSTICE

Avery Edwards is a community organizer, gender freedom fighter, and a co-founder of PYROS, the Prairie Youth Radical Organizing School, located on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton.

In 2018, PYROS launched Queer Scouts, a cohort style leadership development program that empowers queer and trans youth to challenge injustice in their schools and communities through collective action.

I met Avery and some other members of PYROS and Queer Scouts in Winnipeg last month at the 1919 General Strike conference. Attending this conference was part of their youth education programming. Read more!


LEGAL AID CUTS HURT WORKERS AND LOW-INCOME ONTARIANS

By Rachel Gnanayutham, Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic

In April, the Ford government announced a devastating 30% cut to legal aid funding, as part of its first provincial government. Yesterday, Legal Aid Ontario implemented the cuts to legal clinics. Many clinics providing services to marginalised, discriminated and vulnerable people in Ontario are facing drastic cuts. Some clinics face up to a 43% cut to their budget, retroactive to April 1.

The fundamental frontline support from community legal clinics include services that prevent people from becoming homeless, being deported to life-threatening situations, and accessing some form of basic financial wellbeing. Read more!


FOUR THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BILL 124

By Evan Johnston

On June 5, the Ontario government introduced Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019.

Peter Bethlenfalvy, current Treasury Board President and former Wall Street executive, claims that the bill “allow[s] for reasonable wage increases, while protecting the province’s front-line services, restoring the province’s financial position and respecting taxpayer dollars.” In reality, however, the bill represents a significant attack on the wages, benefits, and rights of workers across the province.

Labour leaders have been quick to denounce the legislation and to identify the threat that it poses to the movement as a whole. Read more!

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