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Celebrating 100 Years of Canadian Women Winning the Right to Vote

“The 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in federal elections reminds us that we are stronger when everyone, no matter their gender identity, can participate freely, fully, and equally in our democracy.’ – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

A Statement from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted May 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today Thursday, May 24th) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in federal elections:

Women campaigning for the right to vote in Canada in the early years of the 20th Century

“One hundred years ago, women in Canada gained the right to vote in federal elections for the first time. Today, we recognize the countless women who have transformed politics in Canada and shaped a better country for all of us.

“This decision was a turning point for gender equality and a victory for Canadian democracy. When more voices are heard, we shape laws that reflect who we are and decisions that improve the lives of Canadians. Social activists and feminists worked hard to win the right to vote. Our democracy is stronger because of their commitment to their convictions, and their vision for a more just future. Continue reading

New Book Explores Anti-Union Sentiment In Niagara, Ontario And Beyond

 “While it is fairly obvious why employers, concerned with relative loss of power and profits, would be anti-union, explaining worker anti-unionism is trickier.” – Larry Savage, Professor in the Department of Labour Studies, Brock University

A News Release from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted May 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A Niagara casino and the closed John Deere plant in Welland are among the case studies used in a new book co-edited by a Brock University labour expert examining the challenges faced by unions in Canada today.

 “There is no doubt that overt anti-union sentiment, policy and practices are on the rise in Canada,” says Larry Savage, Professor in the Department of Labour Studies.

“Workers in all sectors of the economy are facing aggressive anti-union employers emboldened by an increasingly anti-union political climate.”

Labour Under Attack: Anti-unionism in Canada explores both external and internal difficulties faced by unions in Canada today. Continue reading

Veteran Port Colborne City Councillor Barbara Butters to take on David Barrick for Regional Seat

A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted May 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Here’s some good news for people out there who are looking forward to seeing the back of Port Colborne regional councillor David Barrick when the votes are counted in this coming October’s municipal elections.

Port Colborne city councilor Barbara Butters making a point. She is in the race for Port Colborne’s one and only directly elected regional council seat.

It has now been confirmed that Barrick, who also holds an administrative job at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA),  will be facing someone who promises to be a formidable opponent in those elections – a feisty Port Colborne city councillor, Barbara Butters.

Butters confirmed she will be taking a run for Port Colborne’s one and only directly elected seat on Niagara’s regional council in a message she posted on Facebook this May 22nd.

“I want to thank the people of Ward 4 in Port Colborne for 20 years of support,” said Butters on her Facebook site. “I would not be here without that support and it has been a privilege to serve you. I hope you will continue to support me in my campaign for Niagara Regional Councillor for Port Colborne.” Continue reading

Ontario NDP Leader Addresses Challenges Young People Face At Townhall

“Decades of Conservative and Liberal governments have cut and privatized the services and supports that families depend on to build a great life. Wynne has let young people in this province down, year after year, and Ford’s promise to cut over $6 billion will make things so much worse.” – Ontario NDP Leader   Andrea Horwath

A News Release from Ontario’s New Democrats

Posted May 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Toronto — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath met with young Ontarians at a crowded townhall meeting Wednesday, where she heard about challenges young people wanted to discuss, and answered questions about her plans to convert student loans to grants, create 27,000 new paid co-op and internship spaces and make life more affordable for everyone.

 “For generations, Ontario has been a province with the opportunities and resources to allow millions of families to build a great life. But young people today are facing skyrocketing costs of living, outrageous student debt, and a changing economy where good-paying, stable jobs are becoming harder and harder to find,” said Horwath. Continue reading

So Unpopular, Even Some of Wynne’s own Liberals don’t want her around

A Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted May 23rd on Niagara At Large

Is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne becoming persona non grata in her own Liberal Party?

As if Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hasn’t already sunk about as low in the polls as any political leader ever has in Canadian history, here is the punch line.

Wynne has reportedly become so radioactive that even candidates in her own Liberal Party don’t want her visiting their riding in the few weeks left leading up to the June 7th provincial election.

“The offer was made if we wanted it (a campaign stop from the premier in the riding),” Rino Bortolin, Liberal candidate for Windsor West was quoted saying in a May 23rd story in the Windsor Star, “and we turned it down…We basically told her we don’t need her to come down… we don’t feel that actually strengthens our chances.” Continue reading

YWCA Niagara Region – Proud Supporter of the YW’s No Fixed Address

You Are Invited to Participate in a 24 hours Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon – June 8th-9th at General Motors in St. Catharines !

A News Release from YWCA Niagara Region

Posted May 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – YWCA Niagara Region’s signature event No Fixed Address is back, and it has made some big changes for its 24-hour Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon. No Fixed Address (NFA) will take place on June 8 – 9, 2018, in the General Motors (GM) parking lot on Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines.

Participants will experience how difficult it is to live out of their car and live off of a convenience store diet. The event’s purpose is to educate, it does not try to simulate homelessness.

“We’re thrilled to continue building our strong partnership with the YWCA by hosting No Fixed Address onsite at our facility” said GM St. Catharines Plant Manager, Carolyne Watts. Continue reading