Equality and Human Rights

January 26, 2016

“I’m delighted the Premier has turned her mind to the intolerable situation in Saudi Arabia. But what’s she going to do about the pain she’s inflicted on Ontario’s colleges? That’s where this whole mess started” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas

January 25, 2016

"This kind of endorsed discrimination against women is never okay, and certainly not in 2016. For a government that claims it wants to close the wage gap between men and women, it’s highly problematic that it won’t allow women into two of its colleges." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

January 15, 2016

"We will be paying close attention to the provincial budget in February to see if funding is there to improve, in a meaningful way, the services we provide to vulnerable children and youth in our province.” — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer

January 8, 2016

“Low-income people cannot absorb a fee hike this extreme, thereby denying them any recourse when landlords violate the residential tenancy act.” — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer

January 5, 2016

“Algonquin College needs to get out of Saudi Arabia, and the Liberals need to give colleges the means to do their job: providing the education that will bring jobs and prosperity to the province.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

December 21, 2015

"The two or three Mi’kmaq women who sat with Nora Bernard around her kitchen table in Truro, Nova Scotia, in 1987 strengthened us all. They believed in themselves. They believed they could find many more men and women of good will to stand with them and fight the good fight for dignity and justice for all Indigenous people. And they did. This strengthens us all." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

December 10, 2015

Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always: Theme of 2015 UN International Human Rights Day

December 3, 2015

"It makes it easy to say we're abiding by the Convention, but when we have no mechanism to track actions or violations, it's pretty disingenuous." —  says James Clancy, NUPGE National President

November 26, 2015

"The outcomes of child poverty are not just felt within individual lives, but are experienced by families and entire communities.” – Monika Dutt, Medical Officer of Health, Cape Breton, N.S. 

November 24, 2015

"If we want a country that cares for the future of women and families, we must create good jobs, fight gender discrimination, and promote pay equity. And that's just a start." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President