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Picture of LTC worker in a mask with text: Long Term Care Hotline 1-888-OPSEU-LTC LTC@opseu.org

As an OPSEU/SEFPO member in our long-term care facilities sector, you are one of thousands of heroes on the front lines of long-term care homes, retirement homes, independent living centres, palliative care homes, and residential care homes. Your workplaces are ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. As a worker, you know what’s going on out……

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We know the physical dangers of COVID-19. But this pandemic has also been dangerous to our mental health. The grief and loss. The increased stress over work and safety. The isolation. The harsh realities of lockdown have taken a toll on our mental health and the consequences have been tragic and heartbreaking. The province’s Chief……

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Each year, the United Nations marks January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day – an important time for us all to pause and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. It’s also an opportunity for all progressive individuals and organizations to reaffirm our commitment to oppose antisemitism, racism and intolerance, which all too often……

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Situation: Case count as of January 26, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 26 janvier 2021 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 753 011 + 5 628 19 238 +……

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Situation: Case count as of January 25, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 25 janvier 2021 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 747 383 + 4 852 19 094 +……

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The Ontario government has decided that a provincial jail in Milton, Ont. will not accept new inmates while it continues to fight a major COVID-19 outbreak. This decision comes after the union that represents correctional officers called for a halt to new admissions last week. Peter Figliola, president of Local 234 of the Ontario Public……

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A COVID-19 outbreak at Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton has resulted in at least 90 positive cases and the union that represents workers at the jail is now calling for a pause on the admission of new inmates. OPSEU/SEFPO Local 234 President Peter Figliola, whose union represents correctional workers at the jail, tells CP24 that……

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas in the Queen's Park media gallery.

To emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever, OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is urging the Minister of Finance to invest billions more in public services in the 2021/22 budget. “Decades of cuts have left Ontario defenceless against COVID-19. Those cuts have already cost 5,000 lives,” Thomas told Peter Bethlenfalvy during a virtual presentation on……

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Situation: Case count as of January 22, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 22 janvier 2021 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 731 450 + 5 955 18 622 +……

OPS members work at 'light speed' to support small businesses

In one day, OPSEU/SEFPO members from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services processed more than 10,000 small business grant applications at “light speed” according to the Finance Minister. That was the first day the Ontario Small Business Support Grant went online, on January 15.……

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OPSEU/SEFPO is extremely proud to represent tens of thousands of members who work in a wide variety of roles in education. On the third International Day of Education, January 25, we salute and thank each and every one of them for their extraordinary contributions to the success of Ontario and its people. This year’s theme……

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Situation: Case count as of January 21, 2021 / Nombre de cas le 21 janvier 2021 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Canada* 725 495 + 5 744 18 462 +……

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Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says a hospital director who jumped the COVID-19 vaccine queue is retiring voluntarily after intervention from the union, but says the hospital’s response is too accommodating for such a grave breach of protocol. “She had to go,” said Thomas. “But the hospital leadership must take this more seriously.……

Corrections Bargaining unit: Solid for the future

Thunder Bay — Five correctional officers at the Thunder Bay District Jail have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while others wait for the results of their tests to come back from the lab. Bill Hayes, president of OPSEU/SEPFO Local 737, says the number of inmates who’ve tested positive currently stands at 20. The outbreak began after……

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Note: The answers for Sections 1-3 were compiled from the information available on the Government of Canada website, retrieved at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/transition.html Section 1: Employment Insurance (EI) What is EI? EI provides temporary income support for individuals who have lost their income due to job loss or temporary layoffs. How do I know if I’m eligible……

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