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Chaos is the last thing we need Cornwall.  Peterborough. Guelph. Ottawa. Niagara. Peel. Toronto. And now police forces right across the province are refusing to make use of the new powers authorized by the Ontario government yesterday. And with good reason; randomly stopping citizens and ticketing those who don’t comply won’t stop the COVID-19 pandemic.……

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Toronto – Today the Ontario government tightened restrictions on Ontarians and announced new and arbitrary police powers to detain, question and ticket citizens outside their homes, even those who don’t have one. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced new measures to enforce stay-at-home orders to curb rapidly escalating rates of COVID-19 in the province. “Ontarians want……

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OPSEU/SEFPO is very concerned about OMERS’s investing strategies in light of the losses the municipal sector workers’ pension plan recorded in 2020. The union very proudly represents some 15,000 municipal sector workers, many of whom are part of the OMERS pension plan. As a union sponsor, OPSEU/SEFPO has a vested interest in the plan’s success……

HOOPP - Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Members belonging to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) will be very pleased to know that their pension plan continued to perform extremely well in 2020. When COVID-19 hit last spring, the markets went into a tailspin but rebounded fairly quickly to give HOOPP a healthy 11.42 per cent return. This compares favourably with……

President Thomas to Ministers: Keep our roads safe by paying TEOs fairly

Transportation enforcement officers (TEOs) are front-line peace officers who protect Ontarians by inspecting commercial vehicles, pulling unsafe trucks off the roads, and enforcing provincial and federal laws and regulations. They are significantly underpaid in comparison to many other enforcement positions in the Ontario Public Service. This has created a retention and hiring crisis in the……

Equality Day: four hands holding in center

Every year on April 17 Canadians celebrate Equality Day, which marks the day that Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed along with its landmark provisions guaranteeing equality under the law. The “equality provisions” were enshrined in our laws to ensure that everyone is entitled to the same fundamental human rights – the right……

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Situation: Case count as of April 15, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 15 avril 2021 Area / Région Area / Région Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 1,087,152 + 8,590 23,445 + 53 Ontario** 398 835 + 4,736……

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On April 9-10, passionate and highly motivated college faculty delegates and observers gathered virtually to lay out and rank the top demands the bargaining team will take to the table. The CAAT-A collective agreement will expire on September 30, 2021. Divisional Executive Chair RM Kennedy welcomed participants from all 24 locals by noting faculty’s extremely……

OPSEU Corrections Division

Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on Solicitor-General Sylvia Jones to order Hamilton public health officials to do their job and vaccinate frontline Corrections staff as soon as humanly possible. “The minister must make it clear to public health officials in Hamilton and across Ontario that our frontline heroes at Correctional facilities must be a……

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Situation: Case count as of April 14, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 14 avril 2021 Area / Région Area / Région Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 1 078 562 + 7 546 23 392 + 36 Ontario**……

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OPSEU/SEFPO has launched an ad campaign to support Ontario’s vaccine rollout and encourage Ontarians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s undeniable that the COVID pandemic has hurt us all,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “It has taken a toll on our economy, on our health, on our well-being, and even on our very lives.……

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April 14, 2021, marks the annual International Day of Pink. This is a day of action for communities across the world to remain united in celebrating equity, diversity and inclusion while raising greater awareness of the need to stop homophobic, transphobic and all forms of bullying. The Day of Pink is an annual event celebrated……

OPSEU/SEFPO calls on province to provide emergency funding to protect Laurentian University 

Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on the provincial government to step in and block massive cuts at Laurentian University. The elimination of over 60 programs and the termination of 100 professors will snatch a quality education from hundreds, if not thousands, of people living in northern and Indigenous communities, Thomas said.  ……

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Situation: Case count as of April 13, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 13 avril 2021 Area / Région Area / Région Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 1 071 016 + 10 859 23 356 + 41 Ontario**……

OPSEU/SEFPO Stands with Laurentian University

The people of Sudbury and the North urgently need our help. On April 12, it was announced that more than 60 programs were cut and 100 professors terminated at Laurentian University. University administrators had said the money runs out April 30 and are forcing through deep cuts ahead of the deadline. They are making it……

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