Category Archives: Labour

Presidential envoy John Kerry, Canada’s Wilkinson discuss shared climate priorities

WASHINGTON — Canada and the United States will push each other toward more ambitious climate goals, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday after a meeting with special envoy John Kerry.  Wilkinson met virtually with Kerry, Joe Biden's p...

Presidential envoy John Kerry, Canada’s Wilkinson discuss shared climate priorities

WASHINGTON — The spirit of cross-border co-operation is lingering as Canada's environment minister talks climate change priorities with presidential envoy John Kerry.  Jonathan Wilkinson says he expects Canada and the United States to push each other t...

‘I don’t want a small town:’ Airport leaders rally to save control towers

REGINA — Eleven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, silence fills Regina's airport.  Empty check-in counters line one side of the terminal while the odd employee moves behind reception along a row of vehicle rental desks.  There's no one on the staircas...

Isolation centre for migrant workers could close in Windsor due to funding shortfall

TORONTO — An isolation centre where migrant farm workers in southwestern Ontario recover from COVID-19 may have to close next month due to a funding shortfall created by a shift in federal support. In a letter to federal Health Minister Patty

Macklem points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recovery

OTTAWA — Governments could increase access to child care and reduce its cost to help the labour market rebound, and reduce the risk of long-term economic scarring for women who have disproportionately felt the brunt of pandemic job losses, the

Biden on China’s detention of two Michaels: ‘Human beings are not bartering chips’

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden granted Justin Trudeau at least one of the items atop his wish list Tuesday as they met for the first time as president and prime minister: a pledge to help get two Canadians out of a

Canada Post worksite hit by major virus outbreak excluded from provincial inspections

TORONTO — Ontario labour inspectors are homing in on warehouses and distribution centres, but the site of a major workplace COVID-19 outbreak isn’t included in the ongoing inspections: Canada Post.  More than 300 employees at the postal service’s Gatew...

Air traffic controllers say potential cuts at Nav Canada would put lives at risk

OTTAWA — Air traffic controllers say Nav Canada is mulling layoffs even if it receives a possible bailout from Ottawa, jeopardizing passenger safety. More cuts would axe critically needed workers and make for a more hazardous airspace in corridors acro...

Screen-shared vision: Biden-Trudeau meeting to feature common ground, old irritants

WASHINGTON — Call it the Screen-Shared Summit.  Tuesday's bilateral meeting of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden — a strictly virtual affair, thanks to COVID-19 — offers hope of a new start for Canada-U. S. relations. It will be the...

Kenney says no new taxes as Alberta preps for another tough times pandemic budget

EDMONTON — On Thursday it’s budget day in Alberta, a time that will cruelly and ironically remind residents that last year’s projected eye-popping $6.8-billion deficit was actually the good old days. Since then, that deficit has tripled to $21 billion ...