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Feeding Families

Feeding Families - Restaurant Relief continues.  

 

Thanks to Grey Bruce Labour Council  for purchasing 40 turkey dinners from Kettles Back Home Cookin' which were then delivered  to Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Effort   

 

This is a win/win for the restaurants and our community!  

 

#FeedingFamiliesRestaurantRelief

 

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Workers Deserve Input

Ontario Federation of Labour This week’s eblast is packed with ways to take action. Use our new campaign hub to support worker input on the future of work, demand the government repeal Bill 124 & 195, and more! In this eblast: • Support Worker Input on the Future of Work • Respect & Protect Workers’ Rights • Demand Stronger Training Standards • Follow the Science Toolkit • No More Profiting from Pain • Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools • Prevention Link Update ________________________________________ Support Worker Input on the Future of Work Ford’s Conservative Government has struck a committee on the “future of work” without any representation from workers themselves. Instead, the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee is primarily made up of employers, while it leaves out representation from labour. The best way to ensure a better future for workers is to ensure they have a seat at the table. Email your MPP, Doug Ford, and Monte McNaughton to demand worker representation. Click here to send an email. ________________________________________ Respect & Protect Workers’ Rights Ford’s Conservative Government has a long track record of undermining workers’ rights including severely limiting wage and benefit increases for public sector workers with Bill 124 and allowing employers to override collective agreements and fair processes with Bill 195. Workers deserve to have their rights respected and protected. Take action to demand the government repeal Bills 124 & 195. Send an email now. ________________________________________ Demand Stronger Training Standards The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on the Ontario Government to implement four priority training standards recommended by the Expert Panel on Health and Safety. These four priority training standards would ensure: ➡️ people who work with and around hazardous chemicals can use WHMIS labels and sheets to protect their health and safety; ➡️ health and safety representatives have the skills and knowledge to improve their workplace conditions; ➡️ everyone doing work at heights knows how to use the right protections and fall protection equipment; and ➡️ workers on construction sites get hazard awareness training before they start work. Tell us your story about why stronger training standards are important to you. Click here to learn more. ________________________________________ Follow the Science Toolkit While Ontarians are beginning to see the other side of the pandemic, some workers still do not have the protections they need. Government, public health bodies, and employers must follow the science, and enforce the law to protect workers from airborne exposure. Download our Follow the Science Toolkit here. ________________________________________ No more profiting from pain Join the protest to stop Doug Ford’s plan to give Orchard Villa a new 30-year license and expansion: WHEN: Wednesday, July 14 12:00 p.m. WHERE: Outside Orchard Villa, 1955 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering The residents & families of Orchard Villa have suffered enough. For-profit chain Southbridge owns this long-term care home where 71 residents died of COVID-19 and others died of dehydration, starvation, and horrific neglect. There has been NO accountability for the corporate owners, whose LTC homes have the worst death rate in Ontario. ________________________________________ Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools On Monday, July 12 @ 7:00 p.m. OSSTF and community partners are holding a summer discussion panel for parents and community members - Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools. The event will be moderated by Karen Littlewood, OSSTF President, and will feature a guest speaker panel consisting of parent and community activists, who are skilled child advocators, and their transgender children who will speak to challenges and successes of transgender/transitioning students in public schools. Register here. ________________________________________ Prevention Link Update Mental Health First Aid: This summer, we are hosting a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) virtual training with an experienced Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor Cindy Krysac. MHFA is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Sign up and get certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Cost: $169.00 (incl. HST). Spaces are limited! Register before July 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Summer School: Sign up for our popular introductory workshops of Level 1 and Level 2 to explore worker and employer rights and obligations under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the benefits and services available. Our team has created interactive two-week long courses using an industry-leading Learning Management System with modules, presentations, videos, and discussions to make this valuable program engaging. Learn all about the workers’ compensation system in Ontario from the comfort of your own home with the support of the Prevention Link Team. Who should attend: WSIB representatives, Workers’ Compensation activists, RTW specialists, union leadership and union stewards, H&S representatives and activists, supervisors and employers, young workers. Cost: $399.00 per course. LEVEL 1: Rights and Obligations: August 9-23, 2021 (Register before July 18 to get $50.00 discount) LEVEL 2: Benefits and Services (Prerequisite course: Level 1): September 1-15, 2021 (Register before August 8 to get $50.00 discount) Follow us on social media to learn more about what we offer, things we care about, and workers’ compensation: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn. 416-441-2731 | 1-800-668-9138 [email protected] 15 Gervais Dr, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8 Sent via ActionNetwork.org. To update your email address, change your name or address, or to stop receiving emails from Ontario Federation of Labour, please click here.

Kincardine Pride Disappointed With MP Ben Lobb

 

 

Kincardine Pride Disappointed in MP Ben Lobb’s Vote on Conversion Therapy

Kincardine, ON | Kincardine Pride Inc. is disappointed and disheartened to discover Huron Bruce Member of Parliament (MP) Ben Lobb voted against Bill C-6, a bill to amend the Criminal Code to protect LGBTQ2+[1] youth from undergoing conversion therapy.

On June 22, 2021, the Canadian House of Commons voted on the third reading of Bill C-6, where it passed and is now on its way to be voted in the Senate. Sixty-three conservative MPs voted against Bill C-6 – including MP Lobb. 

“Conversion therapy is an unscientific, unethical and harmful practice that puts our youth in danger and is a form of torture for LGBTQ2+ people,” says Fort Papalia (he/him), President of Kincardine Pride Inc., “seeing that a local politician does not support the ban of conversion therapy is troubling for our youth and our entire LGBT2Q+ community.”

Conversion therapy is any treatment, including individual talk therapy, behavioural or aversion therapy, group therapy treatments, medical or drug-induced treatments, which attempt to change, suppress or deny someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Simply put, it is abuse.

“More than 50% of rural LGBTQ2+ individuals believe conservative values and beliefs are the largest barriers to the rural LGBTQ2+ community,” says AJ Adams (he/him), a rural LGBTQ2+ advocate/educator and advisor of Kincardine Pride. “This action by MP Lobb is despicable and adds to the narrative that conservatives and rural communities are anti-LGBTQ2+. This is a narrative that we know isn’t true and needs to change” adds Adams.

Bill C-6 is an amendment to the Criminal Code; it proposes five criminal offences related to conversion therapy. If the bill passes, it will be illegal to force a minor to undergo conversion therapy; force a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will; profit off of providing conversion therapy; advertise conversion therapy; and take a minor out of Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad.

Being LGBTQ2+ is not something that can be “cured” as there is nothing wrong with being LGBTQ2+ . Huron Bruce LGBTQ2+ youth troubled by the news of their MP’s actions can find support through LGBT Youth Line, Kids Help Phone and WES for Youth Online.

You can learn more about conversion therapy in Canada at noconversioncanada.com

 

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For more information please contact:

Fort Papalia
(he/him)                                                                                AJ Adams (he/him)
President of Kincardine Pride Inc.                                                          Rural LGBTQ2+ Advocate & Educator             
[email protected]                                                                   [email protected]

 

[1] LGBTQ2+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit. 

 

We Need #SafeSeptember

 

Throughout the pandemic, the Ford Government’s refusal to invest in safety and listen to science has been detrimental to education in Ontario.

But the Conservative Government’s refusal to ensure safe and healthy classrooms is not the first time they have prioritized profit over people in Ontario’s education sectors. Since 2018 Ford’s Conservative Government have made cuts across the board from child care to K-12, to post-secondary education.

That’s why we’re hosting an Education Assembly this Saturday, June 26 @ 9:30 a.m. Workers, students, and parents across education sectors are coming together to plan and advocate for a just and safe September. Will you join us?

Here’s the plan for the day:

  • Education – Hear from keynote speakers about chronic issues across education sectors
  • Inspiration – Share ideas about what workers, parents, and students need to return to school safely
  • Action – Strategize and develop actions to do throughout the summer to ensure the government does what is needed for a safe September

Sign up here to help us develop an education plan that keeps everyone healthy and safe. Together, we are the power of many fighting for a better public education system for all.

https://takeaction.ofl.ca/event/education-assembly/

In solidarity,

The Ontario Federation of Labour

416-441-2731 | 1-800-668-9138
[email protected]
15 Gervais Dr, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8

PWU Mourns

The PWU Mourns

 

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of one of our own. Earlier this week, Nathan Reynolds, a 27-year-old Hydro One Lines Regional Maintainer II from Gravenhurst, was killed in a motor vehicle accident while working on the job. Additional information about the accident will be released as appropriate.

 

We offer our deepest condolences to all Nathan’s family, friends, and coworkers affected by this loss. We cannot imagine how difficult this time must be.

 

During the next days and months, we encourage you to seek out the support you need. As we obtain more information on the family’s wishes of how you can show your support, we will share it with the Membership.

 

In sorrow,

 

 

 

Jeff Parnell

President

Power Workers’ Union

Labour Council Mourns Workplace Death

June 15, 2021

Grey Bruce Labour Council-For Immediate Release

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

               Workplace accidents and exposures to hazardous substances in workplaces take loved ones, friends and colleagues away from us each day. Some die on the job as a result of a catastrophic situation that takes life almost immediately or very shortly after the accident. Many others die years later from the adverse effects of exposure to a hazardous substance such as asbestos. In any case it is not uncommon for Ontario to witness one worker succumb to workplace injury, exposure or illness for each day of the year.

               For the Labour Movement and the Grey Bruce Labour Council there is nothing more important than the health and safety of workers in any and all workplaces. It is the health and safety of workers that gave birth to organized labour. Health and Safety is in the DNA of unions and labour councils and when there is any death or illness or both, it strikes at the core of who we are. It is this fundamental value in the Labour Council and across the union movement that symbolizes the sentiment that “an injury to one is an injury to all”.

               The Grey Bruce Labour Council became aware of the loss of a worker in Bruce County on June 14th. Investigations and various processes will address the questions of what happened. No one should attempt to speculate on what happened. We can be very thankful that occupational health and safety law in Ontario ensures that a fulsome investigation will take place and workers will be part of this.

Kevin Smith, President of the Grey Bruce Labour Council, speaking on behalf of the thousands of workers represented by the Labour Council notes, “as union activists and witness to workplace carnage only too often, we are all too familiar with the pain that the family, friends and colleagues are experiencing as a result of this tragedy. Our experience commits our expression of sorrow and condolences to be tearful and profoundly heartfelt. May the memory of your loved one be a blessing”.

The Grey Bruce Labour Council welcomes all media inquiries.

 

PWU Grieves for the Muslim Community

The PWU Grieves for the Muslim Community

 

Discouragement, sadness, and defeat can be felt by Ontarians all around the province. On Sunday, June 6th, an unfathomable attack of terror was conducted against a family of five in London, Ontario.

 

We will not repeat the name of the terrorist who carried out this heinous act of hate, instead we will name the victims. Madiha Salman, 44, her husband Salman Afzaal, 46, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and Mr Afzaal's 74-year-old mother were all struck by a vehicle while taking an evening stroll yesterday. The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez Afzaal has survived the attack and is currently recovering in hospital from his injuries.

 

If you are struggling with this tragedy and require assistance, we encourage you to contact your EFAP provider for support.

 

Should you wish to help more, here are some routes you can take:

 

  • A GoFundMe page has been created for Fayez, in which the PWU will be donating towards.

 

 

 

It is important to the PWU that we emphasize that we deplore any type of racism or hate and reiterate that it has no place within our workforce. We stand in solidarity with #OurLondonFamily and our Muslim community and will continue to work to ensure they always feel safe and supported.

 

 

Jeff Parnell

President

Power Workers’ Union