Ontario P3 program draws auditor’s fire – again

  Public-private partnerships (P3s) are once again drawing the criticism of Ontario’s auditor general, in her 2017 annual report. In 2014, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s wide-ranging report exposed major problems with Infrastructure Ontario’s entire P3 privatization program, known in the province as Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Her 2016 and 2017 reports continue to highlight…

Year-end message from Fred and Candace

Sisters & Brothers, Comrades & Friends, As 2017 draws to a close, let’s reflect on the significant victories that we’ve accomplished together this year. Thanks to the work of CUPE Ontario members, our partners in labour and our community allies, we were successful in getting the Ontario government to pass Bill 148 and legislate real…

World Aids Day Statement

The beginning of December marks many points to commemorate human rights and equality struggles around the world and December 1st begins the month with World AIDS Day. This important international day is a time to recognize the continued resilience and resistance of activists around HIV / AIDS globally and the amazing advances made in prevention…

Celebrating the accomplishments of the Trans community and remembering those we’ve lost

Monday, November 20th, we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance by celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight for trans rights. While transgender people still face significant discrimination, we are also witnessing unprecedented signs of acceptance. Just weeks ago, the small catholic town of Très-Saint-Redempteur in Quebec elected Julie Lemieux as Canada’s first openly…

CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with striking workers at Laurentian University

CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with striking workers at Laurentian University. The 367 full-time teachers and 200 sessional staff who are represented by the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) went on strike late yesterday. LUFA has been working tirelessly to negotiate a fair collective agreement that supports its members and offers high-quality education for students…

After Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services closes, community coalition calls on Wynne government to ‘get the balance right’

Loss of vital agency in four NW Toronto neighbourhoods prompts public meeting to save services and strengthen community agencies everywhere   TORONTO, ON – Following the closure of a well-known community agency serving four northwest Toronto neighbourhoods, more than 100 concerned residents, activists and labour unions last night called on the Wynne government to ‘get the…