Niagara-Based Research Examines What Region’s Employers Look For In Young Job Seekers

This Event – Featuring Release and Discussion of the Research – is Open to the Public

Posted February 24rth, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – At the same time Brock University helps prepare graduates to be contributors to the Canadian economy, it is also conducting research that examines what employers are looking for in their new hires.young-businessman-holding-sign-looking-for-a-job

A new policy brief set to be released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory sheds light on Niagara employers’ expectations of young job seekers.

The brief — “Is there a skills gap? Understanding what Niagara employers are looking for in recent graduates” — will be released Tuesday, Feb. 28 in a discussion at Brock. The document addresses questions such as how important soft skills and technical expertise are and if there’s a skills gap related to young workers in Niagara. Continue reading

Iroquois Caucus Condemns Plan To Truck Highly Radioactive Liquid Across Canada/U.S. Border From Chalk River

‘It is appalling that such reckless and irresponsible plans are given approval by regulators and the Courts.’                                    – Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.

A Message from the Iroquois Caucus, consisting of elected Councils from Akwesasne, Kahnawà:ke, Kanesatake, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), Oneida Nation of the Thames, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Wahta Mohawks

Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Reminder from Niagara At Large of concerns several public interest groups and politicans on both sides of the border have that these shipments of highly toxic radioactive waste may pass through the Niagara and Buffalo regions as they cross border bridges over the Niagara River.)nuclear-waste

The Iroquois Caucus announced this February 22nd  that it is unanimously condemning a plan to truck 23,000 liters of highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River, Ontario across the International border to the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, using public roads and bridges.

This unprecedented action could have a devastating impact on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Depending on the route(s) chosen, there is the potential for a spill or spills into waterways flowing into the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River or one of their many tributaries.

This ecosystem provides drinking water for an estimated 40 million people on both sides of the border. Continue reading

Canadian Journalists join Coalition of other Citizen Groups in ‘Day of Action’ against Controversial Federal Surveillance Bill

A Call-Out to the rest of us from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

This coming  Saturday, February 25th , 2017, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will join a coalition of civil society, media and labour organizations in five locations across the country.

These groups will be participating in creative, peaceful public vigils to reinforce their concern about national security policy, surveillance and freedom of the press.

RSVP for the #ProtectPressFreedom day of action!

Canadians rallied in the thousands when the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) was introduced.stop-spy-bill

The controversy surrounding the national security legislation became a touchstone during the 2015 federal election campaign.   In addition to the controversy surrounding Bill C-51, CJFE learned in fall 2016 about police surveillance of journalists in Quebec. Continue reading

Niagara Falls MPP Tackles Hydro Prices First Week Back To Ontario Legislature

 From the Office of Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Ontario – Wayne Gates NDP MPP for Niagara Falls, rose in the House today and condemned the Liberal Government for their mismanagement and consistent inaction to address the number one concern for the residents of Ontario—outrageous hydro rates.

Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

 “I want to rise and talk about the hydro crisis, and I want to say who it’s hurting in the province of Ontario? It is hurting seniors, young families, young people, manufacturers, business owners, small and large.”

“We know that the CEO of Hydro One is making $4.3 million a year. Think about that. Then he says he feels our pain. Can you imagine somebody making $4 million a year and he feels the pain of families and manufacturers in the province of Ontario? If you take a look at Manitoba, which is publicly funded, publicly owned, he’s making $400,000 a year,” said Gates. Continue reading

Buffalo, New York Area Congressman Condemns Trump’s Attach on Transgender Children

A Statement by U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo/Western New York

Posted February 23, 2017 on Niagara At Large

U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo/Western New York

U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo/Western New York

Buffalo, New York – Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the bipartisan Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s action to rescind protections for transgender students.

 “This is an attack on our most vulnerable and a significant setback in the hard-fought advancement of human rights.   The struggles for transgender children and families are real and every school across the country should be a place where students can feel comfortable and safe. Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission to Host Job Fair

Over 350 positions available in 2017

A Call-Out to Job Seekers from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), one of the region’s largest employers with over 1,700 full time and seasonal employees, will host its annual Job Fair on Saturday, February 25, at the Niagara Falls campus of Niagara College.

Niagara Park's iconic Floral Clock. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara Park’s iconic Floral Clock. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

The Job Fair allows NPC to showcase the seasonal job opportunities that exist within the Commission each year, while providing individuals with an opportunity to connect directly with various departmental hiring managers. Representatives from NPC’s Human Resources Department will also be on-hand to help answer any questions. Continue reading

Trickle Down Economics Is A Fraud That Further Enriches The Rich And Leaves The Rest Of Us Further And Further Behind

A Message from Bernie Sanders, from his Facebook

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – I am posting the following Facebook message from former U.S. presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, not just because of my admiration for him as one of the all-too-few honest, progressive-minded crusaders for people in politics today.best-sanders-in-closest-seattle

I am posting this one because what Bernie Sanders is saying here also applies to Canada where trickle down economics, and all the rhetoric around “we have to give more tax relief to the (so-called) job creators,” has been (and continues to be) peddled by politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal level at least going back to the days of Mike Harris and Stephen Harper.

Hey people – and, yes, I’m talking to all the rest of us who are earning less income in an entire year than the top CEOs in this country are earning in a couple of ours. We have to stop allowing ourselves to be conned by this.)

A Message from Bernie

Trickle down economics is a fraudulent theory designed by the rich and their think tanks in order to protect the billionaires and large corporations. At a time of grotesque income and wealth inequality, the rich do not need more tax breaks and working people and their kids do not need cuts to education or other basic needs. Continue reading