Category Archives: Labour

Manitoba civil service union fought wage freeze, wins retroactive pay hikes

WINNIPEG — Some 11,000 Manitoba civil servants have won retroactive pay raises after fighting government demands for a wage freeze. An arbitration board has awarded annual pay hikes of between 0.5 per cent and two per cent going back to 2019,

‘CSIS is broken,’ lawyer says in support of spy service employee’s claim

OTTAWA — Lawyers for a Canadian Security Intelligence Service employee say his discrimination lawsuit against the spy service should be allowed to proceed because CSIS managers do not take internal grievance and harassment processes seriously. Counsel ...

Military failing to remove barriers to diversifying ranks: ombudsman

OTTAWA — Canada’s military ombudsman is joining the chorus of those accusing the Canadian Armed Forces and Defence Department of failing to address long-standing barriers to recruit and retain more women, visible minorities and Indigenous people. Grego...

Alberta premier visits U.S. capital to talk North American energy security

WASHINGTON — The Alberta government's all-out effort to become America's preferred provider of oil and gas will face a critical moment Tuesday as Premier Jason Kenney delivers his province's sales pitch to some of the most prominent members of the

White House, senators have ‘sympathy’ for Canada’s position on Line 5, says Wilkinson

WASHINGTON — White House officials, Capitol Hill lawmakers and the U.S. secretary of energy have all expressed "significant sympathy" for the plight of Canada's Line 5 pipeline, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday after a day of...

April jobless rate drops to another new low as economy adds 15K jobs: StatCan

OTTAWA — The unemployment rate fell to another record low in April even as the pace of job creation slowed, suggesting a tightening of the labour market. Statistics Canada said Friday the jobless rate fell 5.2 per cent for April as

Firefighters say recognition of cancer risk is tough battle, especially in Quebec

VANCOUVER — Jenn Dawkins remembers the spring day in 2016 when she joined four other female firefighters at British Columbia's legislature to lobby for the inclusion of breast cancer as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province's health a...

Saskatchewan minimum wage to rise to $15 an hour by 2024

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is planning to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.  The province has the lowest minimum wage in the country at $11.81 hourly. The government says that figure is to increase to $13

‘New chapter’: Alberta prosecutors get more pay, talks to improve justice system

EDMONTON — A group representing Alberta prosecutors says an announcement by the provincial government to raise salaries and enter into negotiations to improve the justice system marks a "new chapter." Last month, the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Associatio...

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to visit counterpart Mary Ng in Ottawa

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel north of the border next week to meet with her Canadian counterpart, Mary Ng.  Tai's office says the ambassador will hold two days of meetings May 5-6 with Ng, Canada's international trad...