Category Archives: Labour

Survey finds doctors worry supplies of flu vaccine, PPE will lag demand

TORONTO — The Canadian Medical Association says doctors still face hurdles getting personal protective equipment and fear they won't be able to adequately respond to increased demands for the flu shot. With COVID-19 cases surging to new highs in parts ...

Union demands permanent hires to solve backlog in veterans’ benefit applications

OTTAWA — The union representing employees at Veterans Affairs Canada says the department should hire more permanent staff to deal with the backlog of veterans waiting for services and benefits.Union president Virginia Vaillancourt said temporary hires ...

Money laundering inquiry delayed over of B.C. election: commissioner

VANCOUVER — The head of B.C.'s money laundering inquiry has delayed the resumption of the hearings because of the B.C. election.  Austin Cullen says the hearings will start again on Oct. 26, two days after the provincial election is to be

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

OTTAWA — The minority Liberal government has reached a deal with the New Democrats over legislation to support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, securing the backing needed to survive a confidence vote on the throne speech.  NDP Leader Jagmeet...

Furloughed WestJet workers demand clarity on wage subsidy program amid pay cut

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is warning furloughed workers their pay will be cut by up to 53 per cent starting Sunday due to changes in the extended federal wage subsidy, prompting flight crews to call on Ottawa for action. The maximum weekly

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

OTTAWA — In mid-March, Christine Ilott's manager broke some bad news to her: she was losing her job in live theatre as a result of the pandemic.  The 47-year-old went home to her basement apartment north of Toronto, walked down the

Alberta to review concerns of four mayors who oppose 911 EMS dispatch consolidation

EDMONTON — Alberta's health minister says he will review the concerns of four mayors who say the government's plan to consolidate 911 emergency medical service dispatch services will put lives at risk.  Tyler Shandro met Thursday with Calgary Mayo...

No safe mask option for bearded members, RCMP says, but force is exploring solutions

OTTAWA — The RCMP says there is no safe and proven face covering for officers with beards, but it is working to find one for Sikh members temporarily sidelined from front-line policing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly expressed disappointmen...

Liberals propose upping value of new COVID-19 benefits to match sunsetting CERB

OTTAWA — The Liberals are proposing to increase the value of benefits for unemployed workers to $500 a week under newly tabled legislation that lands days before aid runs out for millions. It follows a demand from the New Democratic Party,

More than 100 staff isolating as COVID-19 outbreaks at Calgary hospital grow

CALGARY — More than a hundred staff are isolating as a busy Calgary hospital confirmed 26 cases of COVID-19. Alberta Health Services says the infections include 17 patients and nine staff at the Foothills Medical Centre.  The cases are in two card...