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EDITOR’S NOTE: This open letter to Premier Doug Ford, Education Minister Lisa Thompson was also forwarded to the Orangeville Banner. I am a teaching assistant and proud of the job I do. I have received whiplash, concussion, torn ligaments in my shoulder, broken front tooth so yes workplace violence is very real in our schools!  My

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Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthening these services for future generations. CUPE works in

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TORONTO — Union leaders and Opposition MPPs want to know how the Ontario government plans to cut grants for education and increase class sizes without costing any workers their jobs. “Not one teacher, not one, will lose their jobs because of our class size strategy. None,” Minister of Education Lisa Thompson told reporters at an

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It’s being called Ontario’s biggest health system reform in 50 years, since the advent of medicare. But what will it actually look like for patients? The government of Premier Doug Ford is merging 20 agencies, which employ more than 10,000 people, into one big agency in what will be called Ontario Health. While much of the attention so far

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The provincial government announced a massive overhaul of Ontario’s healthcare system, eliminating the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS) and attempting to improve connections between health agencies. While some critics have voiced concerns about a lack of details around the plan, Headwaters Health Care Centre CAO Stacey Daub is taking an optimistic approach. “Our community is

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Today, more than 40 CUPE members from across the country met with Members of Parliament to support the creation of a national Pharmacare program and to discuss retirement security and pensions. CUPE members, alongside 350 activists from the Canadian Labour Congress, participated in a lobby day in Ottawa. The group met with over 192 parliamentarians throughout the day to support

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TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – Ontario’s largest union in the private sector expresses deep concern for the proposed amalgamation of healthcare oversight and delivery into an unaccountable partisan agency. “First, Minister Elliot claimed that this bill didn’t exist. Now, this secret agency is just as damning in the light of day as it was when public sector

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A contentious debate continues across the country as schools struggle to integrate special needs students into the classroom. As Eric Sorensen reports, there are rare cases where disruptive behaviour and safety test the most well-intended policies. Read full article >

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