In Politicians We Trust (?)

by Wayne Prins on March 10, 2014

Corrupt, embarrassing, pathetic, typical. I’ve heard these words a lot the past year in conversations about Canadian politics and politicians. The first three accurately describe high-profile scandals, such as Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s crack smoking. The fourth, however, is most troubling. The widespread perception that these antics are “typical” is [...]

Celebrating Labour Day Every Day

by Rob Cleveland on September 3, 2013

How did you spend your Labour Day? Many of us across this great and diverse nation enjoyed the weekend with family and friends at backyard barbecues, camp sites, small-town parades, below brilliant firework displays, or catching a CFL game. Labour Day has been celebrated by Canadian workers since the 1880s, officially recognized as the first [...]

Unpacking CLAC

July 25, 2013

“What do you do for a living?” This question is asked of all of us on a regular basis—on vacations, during casual conversation with the new neighbour across the street, or, as was my case recently, while chatting with a stranger sitting beside me on a three-hour flight between Saskatoon and Toronto. The length and [...]

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It’s Still Not about the Money

July 9, 2013

This July marks the tenth anniversary since the signing of the first collective agreement between CLAC’s member firefighters and the city of Hamilton, Ontario. An anniversary gives us a chance to reflect on past experiences and revisit some highlights. From 1998 to 2001, the provincial government restructured many of the municipal boundaries in Ontario, causing [...]

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Fare Vs. Fair

June 20, 2013

After three days on the road, I was looking forward to going back to my home in Fort McMurray. I was booked on the six o’clock flight from Edmonton. It bothered me that I wouldn’t be home in time to see my young daughter before bedtime, so I was very excited to discover that they [...]

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Aging Ain’t Easy

June 11, 2013

“Growing old is not for sissies,” my eighty-one-year-old mother-in-law tells me every time I ask how she’s doing. While she’s as chipper and feisty as ever, her body is starting to wear out. She’s already had one hip replacement and has arthritis in her back. I agree with her—growing old is no fun. The reality [...]

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More than just a toe

April 28, 2013

When I was first married many years ago, I found myself having to mow my own lawn. Not having a whole lot of experience with lawn mowers, one day I accidentally set my foot just under the mower deck and yanked on the starter. Fortunately, I only shaved off the top of my shoe. As [...]

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Good News! It’s Tax Time Again

March 26, 2013

Life is full of variety, but it’s lived within the familiar cycle of annual routines that characterize the various seasons and events of the year. We’re into spring now, and for many people this is a favourite time of year—except for the annual obligation to file your taxes. I recently read an article about tax [...]

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The Puck Stops Here

November 15, 2012

As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m still waiting to see whether or not I’ll be able to watch my favourite hockey players play this season. There’s been no word lately from the powers that be, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, head of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). Some of you may not [...]

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A good thing to struggle with

April 3, 2012

Are you for the oilsands or are you against them? These days, we hear a lot of passionate debate from both sides in Canada, the US, and around the world. From environmentalists we hear that continued development of the oilsands will lead to irreparable damage to the landscape and catastrophic climate change. Their opposition to [...]

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