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In Politicians We Trust (?)

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 [...]

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Celebrating Labour Day Every Day

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 [...]

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Rebooting the “brand”

February 14, 2012

“Unions must overhaul themselves dramatically—and fast—or face a slow death.” This was the conclusion of a recent leaked document, as reported by the Toronto Star. The “secret” paper was prepared for discussion at merger talks between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers (CEP) union. According to the Star, the [...]

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