Ontario CUPE education workers start voting on whether to strike

Ontario education workers including librarians, custodians and administrative staff are set to start voting today on whether to strike – and their union is recommending they vote yes. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called Ontario’s initial contract offer, which it made public, insulting. The government has offered raises of two per cent a … Read more

Teachers brace for ‘tooth and nail’ fight with province

Ontario’s Public High School Teachers Will Need Tooth And Nail “in This Round of Bargaining With The Provincial Government, Says the President of Their Union. Speaking to local leaders at their summer meeting in Toronto, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Karen Littlewood said “I know the absolute last thing that anyone wants to hear … Read more

Union wants 11.7 per cent raise for Ontario education workers in bargaining proposal

TORONTO — A union representing Ontario education workers has asked the province for annual wage increases of 11.7 per cent — or $3.25 per hour — as the two sides hash out a new collective agreement. The Canadian Union of Public Employees — which represents 55,000 workers including early childhood educators, school administration workers, bus … Read more

Ontario throne speech set for Aug. 9 as legislators prepare for summer sitting

TORONTO — Ontario’s lieutenant governor will deliver a throne speech on Aug. 9. The government announced the date for Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s speech on Thursday. Her remarks will lay out the re-elected Progressive Conservative government’s priorities and will come a day after the legislature convenes. Legislators are to debate and vote on the provincial budget that … Read more

Toronto man calls for hospital backlog fix as wife awaits procedure – Toronto

A Toronto man best known for his skating fundraisers for Alzheimer’s research is calling on all levels of government to fix the surgical backlogs that have kept his wife in hospital for nearly a month awaiting a procedure. Steve McNeil and his wife Tina Grazos-McNeil were watching TV on Canada Day when Tina said she … Read more

Ontario energy grid emissions set to skyrocket 400% as Ford government cranks up the gas

Ontario energy grid emissions set to skyrocket 400% as Ford government cranks up the gas | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Electricity sector emissions forecast”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“type”:”textBreakPoint”,”insertAt”:”contentMiddleBreakPoint”},{“type”:”articleRelatedInlinePrimary”},{“text”:”Burning more methane — the primary component of natural gas — flies in the face of Canada’s international GHG reduction commitments, he added.”,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“text”:”Industry analysts, meanwhile, point out that Ontario’s competitive advantage in the clean-tech … Read more

Ontario budget promises $1B boost to home care and a tax credit to keep seniors in their homes longer

Ontario budget promises $1B boost to home care and a tax credit to keep seniors in their homes longer | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”iframe”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”But critics said the plan falls short of what’s needed because low-income seniors can’t afford many of the expenses it covers and, even if they can, the payouts diminish as family net income … Read more