“The largest and one of the deadliest outbreaks of Covid-19 in a long-term care (LTC) facility in Canada is raising serious questions about how Nova Scotia’s government has handled the crisis – and whether ignoring early warnings from frontline workers and their unions had deadly consequences,” writes John McCracken.
Nova Scotia’s health care Council of Unions is calling on government and employers to sign onto a safety protocol that ensures frontline workers are protected and supported during this unprecedented time. Tony Seed reports.
A coalition of unions representing more than 40,000 health care workers is launching a new campaign today, asking Nova Scotians to call on government to sign an important protocol to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our province’s frontline healthcare workers.
The defacement of the well known Mi’kmaq billboard at the NS-NB border is not an isolated incident. Pockets of Nova Scotia’s social media are abuzz with anti-Indigenous sentiments and the likes of Rebel Media are fanning the flames.
In the aftermath of the Northern Pulp decision there are a lot of racist social media comments directed at the people of Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN). To see racist comments on Facebook is of course not unusual, but this is getting out of hand. If we don’t push back it will continue to get worse.
I went to the rally of Northern Pulp and forestry workers at Province House. It will be a sad day tomorrow no matter what McNeil decides.
Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation posted a response to the Unifor proposal on her Facebook page. “Today, they are caught in a battle that THEY had years and years to resolve. They had many years of opportunity to do better. They chose not to. Even with the Boat Harbour ACT they still believed they were above that and didn’t begin consultation with the Band until 2017 after we requested it.”
Unifor, with its deep roots in the community, could be a force for a solution of the Northern Pulp conundrum. But will remain ineffective if it aligns itself unconditionally with Paper Excellence, the owners of Northern Pulp.
A little something about that legislated deadline to the Boat Harbour closure and how politicians and unions better not mess with it.
“The fact is this is not about risk, it is about ideology. The credit union has chosen to jump on the dump-DB-pension-plan bandwagon. The action by the employer completely fails to recognize the years and years that employees either took concessions or accepted less in order to maintain a decent pension plan and each time they showed their ability to work with the employer.”