Category Archives: Labour

New year, old issues: Enbridge, state of Michigan renew Line 5 hostilities in court

WASHINGTON — Enbridge Inc. and the state of Michigan are renewing their legal hostilities over the future of the controversial Line 5 pipeline — and their latest court battle looks an awful lot like the last one.  Attorney General Dana Nessel

New Brunswick government offering some workers a $3 per hour wage top-up

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government is offering a $3 per hour wage top-up for some workers who provide services to vulnerable residents.  The temporary top-up for workers who make less than $18 per hour is in effect until March 14.

Teachers union skeptical as Nova Scotia schools poised to return to in-class learning

HALIFAX — As 400 public schools in Nova Scotia prepare to resume in-person classes on Monday, the president of the province's teachers union says he has "severe doubts" as to whether they can stay open until the end of the

Some nurses still don’t have proper COVID-19 personal protective equipment: union

OTTAWA — When news of the first cases of COVID-19 began cropping up in Canada in early 2020, Linda Silas was one of the first to ring alarm bells about the lack of proper personal protective equipment for health workers. While

Omicron wave may be peaking, but modelling shows COVID-19 hospitalizations to surge

OTTAWA — Canada could be nearing the peak of the Omicron wave of COVID-19, but public health experts still expect the high number of cases to drive a surge in daily hospitalizations in coming weeks. New federal modelling released Friday shows

N.S. government accepts recommended minimum wage increase to $13.35 per hour

HALIFAX — The minimum wage in Nova Scotia will rise by 40 cents to $13.35 per hour this spring, Premier Tim Houston said Thursday, adding that his government would take a few weeks to discuss further increases. Minimum wages are set

Canada joins with Mexico to dispute how U.S. interprets USMCA auto rules of origin

WASHINGTON — Still licking its wounds from a dispute over dairy imports, Canada teamed up with Mexico on Thursday to challenge how the United States is interpreting North American trade rules that govern duty-free cars and trucks.  Trade Minister Mary ...

Alberta unions call for circuit-breaker COVID-19 lockdown but Premier Kenney says no

EDMONTON — The leaders of Alberta's largest public and private sector unions are calling for drastic lockdown measures immediately to fight the spiralling COVID-19 Omicron variant. The leaders are calling for no in-person service at restaurants and bar...

Staffing shortages cause admissions halt at 25 Nova Scotia nursing homes

HALIFAX — More than two dozen Nova Scotia nursing homes have halted admissions because of ongoing staffing shortages complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Katelyn Randell, director of long-term care, told the legislature's health committee Tuesday that...

With start of meetings on EI review, businesses look for rethink of parental leave

OTTAWA — One of the largest business groups in the country says a sweeping review of the employment insurance system should consider whether to turn parental benefits into a separate program. It's an idea that has been floated previously, to hive