"This report by a federal government agency shows how governments and employers failed seniors in long-term care as we went through the first, then the second, wave of COVID. And now they are failing them again in the third wave. Canada cannot continue to ignore this crisis; the impact on residents and workers in these facilities is a national tragedy. To protect our seniors, the Canada Health Act must govern long-term care in Canada." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
The Scholarship for Black Students is open to Black students preparing to enter their first year of a full-time program at a Canadian public, post-secondary education institution.
“We can’t celebrate in person, but NUPGE is proud to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. We stand by our transgender members and transgender friends, family members, and neighbours, and we promise to keep fighting against discrimination in the legal system and in society.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Health professionals and justice workers represented by NUPGE are eyewitnesses to the unfolding crisis.
“This is an important day for climate action. Carbon pricing is just one tool in the toolbox for meeting the climate crisis, but it remains an important one. We hope that today’s decision drives forward ambitious federal action to respond to the climate emergency and to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is a just one.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We’re all in this together.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Now known as Bloody Sunday, it is the latest in the ongoing state-sponsored violence and deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines.
“Just as many young people will continue to advocate for policy change and fight against racism, so must we all. Only with everyone working together to advocate for change at every level will we achieve a truly equitable, non-racist society.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The only way to stabilize this situation and prevent loss of child care spaces in the future — which women will need to re-enter the post-pandemic workforce — is through sustained, substantial public operational funding. We're sounding the alarm: the federal government must prioritize funding and full transformation of child care now, before it's too late." — Martha Friendly, report co-author
What is meant by the value of water is “enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment” rather than just the price.
"The Canadian government has a responsibility to take action to right this wrong. I am asking you to raise this matter with your French counterparts and to communicate the view that the proper course of action is for the French authorities to drop these unfounded charges against Diab and to not continue with the prosecution." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"It's not just Local 325 members fighting, it's all 390,000 of us." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"We will continue to advocate for our members, but also ensure that the recovery benefits everyone. Our future can be inclusive and fair, with the importance of public services more recognized than ever, where we take better care of our children and our seniors and everyone in between, and where we can reduce income and social inequality. We can build a healthier and safer country for everyone. In fact, it's not only that we can — we must." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
HSAA/NUPGE elections were held from February 17 until February 24.
Women bear the brunt of harmful tax practices and policies, such as tax dodging and regressive tax cuts.
"While it may not have been what the federal government intended, the way CEWS is set up effectively subsidizes privatization" — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Canada’s unwillingness to endorse a proposal at the World Trade Organization to make COVID-related vaccines, treatments, and technologies more affordable and readily available for all countries is a glaring example of this mismatch between words and deeds.
"As we celebrate the contributions women and gender-diverse people have made to make Canada and the world a better place, we commit to pressuring the government to ensure that they have a voice in the economic recovery. As the pandemic has highlighted, the inequities of the past must not be part of our future." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We are proud to stand in solidarity with all people of the Global South to have access to safe and effective vaccines." — Larry Brown NUPGE President.
At this historic moment, we are with Indian farmers in their struggle for survival, for justice, for democracy, and for a say in determining and protecting their futures, and that of successive generations.
According to the Toronto Star analysis, the death rate due to COVID-19 was 7.3 per 100 beds in for-profit facilities compared to 3.8 in non-profit facilities and 1.5 in publicly owned facilities.