"On behalf of NUPGE members across the country, I add my voice to those condemning the arbitrary detention of Cihan Erdal and demanding his immediate release. I implore you to take urgent action to secure Erdal's immediate release and safe return to Canada." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We have been pushing for the government to accept that there is no turning back to the ways things were. This Build Back Better Throne Speech is a signal that they've heard that message. We'll be spending our time before the federal budget to pressure the Liberals to stand by their words and put its money where its mouth is." – Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“This youth-led movement serves as another reminder that we must not forget about the climate crisis amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the pandemic has illustrated the unequal impacts of a crisis, which we are already seeing with the impacts of climate change, as well as the ambitious, course-changing response that’s possible when the political will is there. We know that Canadians’ will is with climate action. Will the Trudeau government’s be as well?” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Recovery from COVID-19 calls for a rethinking of the ways in which our communities and our economy are organized. Prime Minister Trudeau: Full Immigration Status for All is just, fair, necessary and urgent. The time is now.
Individuals from around the world can add their voices to condemning the violence and supporting the Belarusian workers exercising their rights by sending a message to Belarusian government officials via the LabourStart campaign.
"This technology, which is unregulated in Canada, threatens people's fundamental rights and freedoms." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Top concerns are protecting frontline workers, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing for COVID-19, and wage protection.
“It’s time to stand up for all Indigenous people all across Turtle Island.” — Molly Wickham (Sleydo'), Wet'suwet'en spokesperson
Despite their diversity, these cases of civil unrest are commonly rooted in deeply structural issues.
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): not the progressive deal Canadians were promised.
"The courts have accomplished something the Liberal government promised but didn't deliver, ending the politically motivated Harper-era audits on progressive charities." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"British Columbians see this speech for what it is — a cynical public relations exercise by a political party trying desperately to cling to power at any cost." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“It is encouraging to see strong agreement on so many important issues ahead of a new budget. In particular, the commitment on mental health supports stands out as important. This commitment elevates strategies that recognize the urgency around the opioid crisis, which we know is having a devastating effect on workers and the communities in which they live.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
In a democracy, decisions should reflect the wishes of a majority of voters. Unfortunately, the way we elect governments in Canada means that rarely happens. The National Union has a discussion paper that looks at better ways to hold elections.
Activists train to be part of the next provincial election.
"We’ll be watching to see what changes are made when this bill (reforming election finance laws) returns to the legislature in the fall. No matter how long it takes, we’ll continue to push for equal access and influence for every person in this province.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
A National Day of Action to stop the "secret police" Bill, C-51, has been called for March 14. All Canadians are encouraged to get involved.
It is less than a week until the start of the Peoples' Social Forum—a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships.
The March 25 Let People Vote! day of action is part of a growing movement focused on stopping the Harper government from introducing U.S.-style voter suppression into Canadian law.
In Canada, coinciding with federal budget day, activists criticize that the spying agency will be housed in the “most expensive government building ever built” using a budget that’s more than doubled in the last decade, while essential services face cutbacks.