The COVID pandemic has clearly illustrated how broken Canada’s mental health care system is. After two years of social and economic disruption, people of all ages are struggling with depression, stress and anxiety at unimaginable levels. Each of us are trying our best to cope with loneliness, loss and grief.
The twin failures of rising inequality and galloping inflation are reducing real incomes and living standards for wage earners and working people in Canada and around the world. Corporate profits in North America are reaching levels never seen before in recorded history, and working families and consumers are literally paying the price. Yet to fight inflation, governments are choosing to raise interest rates, which will only slow down economic growth, increase levels of unemployment, personal and public debt, and make income and wealth inequality even worse than it already is.
To fight both inflation and economic inequality, the best policy choice is creating a system of progressive taxation, where the very wealthy and powerful pay their fair share. This includes eliminating tax havens for Canada’s financial and corporate elite, which cost the government tens of billions of dollars each year, instituting a wealth tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires, creating windfall taxes on excess corporate profits, and returning corporate taxes and income taxes on the top 5% of income earners to where they were in the early 2000s.
Also, the federal government should end price gouging and corporate profiteering by big monopolies in the gas, banking, energy, resource and other sectors, and ensure that profit levels remain at traditional levels so that working people can better afford the basics like gas, rent and food.
John Hanrahan Reports from Istanbul, Turkey CCU Vice President John Hanrahan participated in LabourStart’s second annual global solidarity conference. On the agenda were issues including social networking, online campaigning, labour law reform and others that […]
Kivanc Eliacik, A young and charismatic leader of one of the largest labour unions in Turkey will be speaking in Halifax this Saturday about the state of human rights in his home country and around […]
Written for the PPWC Leaflet, September 2012 By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett The class agenda of Prime Minister Steven Harper and the federal Conservative government are quite obvious. More for the wealthy minority, less […]
By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett It hasn’t even been one year since Premier Dalton McGuinty pledged during the October 2011 Ontario election that a Liberal government would “respect the bargaining process” and wouldn’t “tear […]
By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett “Unions have outlived their usefulness.” We’ve all heard this line before. Labour unions are old-fashioned, outdated and a relic of a bygone era. Type the phrase “unions have outlived […]
By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett Another day, another attack on the rights of workers. The war on unions continues. Tell us something we don’t know. This week’s edition of “Blame Everything on Unions and […]
By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett They say that difficult economic times breed class resentment. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong class that usually gets targeted. We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how labour unions, and […]
For Immediate Release Toronto, Canada – A national union confederation is preparing for a major fight against a Conservative Private Member’s Bill that will radically increase the administration costs of managing a union and interfere […]
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Documentary - 47 minutes
The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU's dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and its commitment to growth and renewal.
The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.
The documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival.
Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon.
Director and Editor: Sean Cain
Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett