Windy as all hell out here on the Prairies. But warm enough. Can't get over the growth in my garden.
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SIAST employees shocked by 'illegal' interference E-mail by Dr. Robert McCulloch criticized by SGEU and SIAST employees for meddling improperly with the collective bargaining process.
Regina (26 Jan. 2011) - Employees at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) are expressing shock at an apparent deliberate management effort to sabotage contract negotiations.
Talks broke down last week after SIAST president Dr. Robert McCulloch attempted to coerce members into accepting a contract offer that was not in their best interests. In fact, the offer contained less than SIAST had previously put on the table during the protracted and difficult negotiations - which have been heavily influenced from behind the scenes by the Brad Wall government.
The SIAST president sent an e-mail to employees on Jan. 21, following the breakdown of mediation two days earlier.
The message said retroactive pay increases would be denied to SGEU members as of Feb. 19 if they had not ratified a collective agreement by that time.
NDP leadership candidate pledges to stand up for 'older, white males'
James Keller, The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER - A candidate running to lead British Columbia's NDP is standing up for "older, white males."
Former cabinet minister Harry Lali officially entered the race Thursday and immediately waded into the sensitive area of gender politics, denouncing gender quotas as discriminatory and calling on white men to join his campaign.
In the Throne Speech, the Wall government announced its intention to introduce legislation "requiring voters to produce photo ID when voting in provincial elections."
Wall says, "I think there's been some irregularities." But the Chief Electoral Officer's latest report doesn't say a thing about such irregularities.
Murray Mandryk went so far as to call the proposed law, "a dopey idea... (that) accomplishes little more than soliciting quiet cheers from those who like the notion of making it a little tougher for certain social-economic groups... to vote" (Leader-Post, October 30, 2010).
How can you help defeat this unjust proposed legislation?
For starters, there is an online poll running right now on the 620 CKRM radio website. It asks: “Photo ID will now be required to vote in all levels of Saskatchewan elections. Do you approve?”
Please go to http://www.620ckrm.com and vote on this poll to show your opposition to this unjust idea. The poll can be found halfway down the left-hand side of the webpage.
Thank you for your help to protect democracy.
highlights the disparity between BHP Billiton’s ‘Sustainable Development Policy’ and the reality of its operations, which involve human rights abuses, labour rights violations, relocation of communities, mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples, destruction of sacred sites, devastating impacts on food and water, exacerbating climate change, use of paramilitaries, health concerns, irresponsible tailings disposal procedures and other questionable corporate social responsibility practices.
The Saskatchewan Party government is moving forward with planned budget cuts and has introduced a wage mandate for negotiations with public sector unions as it grapples with a changed financial situation, Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer said Thursday.
Peruvian archbishop asks Canadian bishops to cut funding of alleged pro-abortion groups, critics say it is part of long-standing defamation campaign
By Annie ThÃ©riault
The Archbishop of Piura and Tumbes, JosÃ© Antonio Eguren, has written a letter formally asking his Canadian counterparts to stop the funding, through the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development & Peace, D&P, to alleged pro-abortion groups in Peru.
According to Eguren, President of the Peruvian Conference of Bishopsâ€™ Commission on Family, Childhood and Life, â€œa staff of professionalsâ€ affiliated to the Commission recently led an in-depth investigation of the Canadian-supported groups in Peru and determined that three organizations â€“ including Peruâ€™s Economic Solidarity Network, or GRESP and the Coordinadora Nacional de Radio, or CNR â€“ were â€œpro-abortion.â€
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17 June 2009, Ottawa
Today’s launch of http://www.womensworlds.ca – a trilingual website devoted to a 2011 global feminist event – signals the start of a countdown to what will likely be the largest women’s conference in Canada’s history: Women’s Worlds 2011 (WW 2011).
“Inclusions, Exclusions, and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World” is the theme of the international and interdisciplinary gathering of and about women to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada from July 3-7, 2011.
The event will convene a diversity of minds and experiences to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time. Outreach is underway to draw a rich cross-section of people from around the world into the conversation – from academics to activists and researchers to policy-makers.
In the lead-up to the gathering, the website will serve as a hub where people from around the world can connect and converse on issues related to globalization and women’s equality, and more. To stoke that conversation, organizers will roll out a range of interactive components and unveil content and registration information as it becomes available. Site visitors are encouraged to sign up for e-bulletins to receive up-to-the-minute information about website content and the conference.
Iraq's Presidential Council has ratified the death sentences of 128 people, who now face imminent execution.
The authorities are said to be planning to carry out the executions in batches of 20 per week.
No details have been made available by the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council regarding the individuals who face execution. It is not known whether any of the 128 include prisoners that have been transferred from the custody of US forces following the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the governments of the USA and Iraq which came into force on 01 January 2009.
The bitter taste of Del Monte's pineapples
Do you like pineapples? I do. But next time you bite into a Del Monte pineapple you might find it tastes a lot less sweet. For a year now, plantation workers in Costa Rica who grow pineapples for the giant fruit company have been harassed and deprived of their basic human right to join a trade union. Many have been laid off including some who are suspected of pro-union sentiments. Their union is asking for all of us to take a minute and tell Del Monte that it's time to respect their rights, to negotiate with the union and reinstate the dismissed workers. Please click here to send off your message today -- and spread the word!