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May
21

‘Diversity is our strength’: OPSEU endorses Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

At OPSEU, we know that diversity is our strength; in our union, our communities and in every single workplace. We know that diversity enriches our society and that meaningful inclusion depends on the eradication of discrimination in all its forms. It’s why I’m proud to announce that OPSEU has endorsed the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and […]

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Dec
17

Letter to Minister Fullerton and Colleges Ontario: Free Speech Policy Must Include Consultation With College Faculty

Dear Minister and Ms. Franklin: We were alarmed to discover that you have developed a free speech policy for the colleges without any consultation with faculty members. We now know that you quietly put together a policy taskforce with 12 college administrators, one student, but no faculty. We are calling on Colleges Ontario to halt […]

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Dec
06

Young man breaking his cycle of poverty

Gauge Roberts is a young man who has lived on the margins and is now on his way to breaking his own particular cycle of poverty. Roberts, 19, spoke at the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Touchdown Breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre on Thursday morning. At the breakfast it […]

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Oct
25

Doug Ford government cancels funding for three new GTA university campuses

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is cancelling funding for three university campuses in the Toronto area, blaming the province’s poor finances. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the government is no longer in a position to fund the three satellite campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton owing to the province’s “new fiscal restraints.” […]

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Oct
05

Algonquin College raises fees, reduces hours to close $25M pay equity shortfall

Algonquin College is increasing some fees, reducing hours of operation and cutting back positions in an effort to close a $25-million shortfall opened up by Ontario’s pay equity legislation. Bill 148, passed by the previous Liberal government, requires employers to pay part-time staff the same rate for the equivalent work of full-time staff. The current […]

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Oct
05

OPSEU President calls for common sense revolution inside Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2018 /CNW/ – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is warning Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives that if they don’t start standing up to Doug Ford, their once-proud party will be hijacked by the kind of cronyism and corruption that destroyed the Liberals. “There are a lot of good, caring Conservatives in Ontario,” said Thomas. […]

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Sep
19

100 hours on the line

We spent five weeks on the picket line–100 hours–during the longest strike in the 50 year history of Ontario community colleges. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. For many educators, the calling to teach is strong. It is rewarding to help students […]

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Sep
13

Doug Ford says Ontario postsecondary schools will require free-speech policies

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has warned universities and colleges they will face funding cuts if they fail to adopt free-speech policies that defend controversial speakers on campus and decline to stop shielding students from opinions some might find offensive. Following a number of high-profile protests over the past year against speakers at Ontario universities, Mr. […]

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