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  • Review of Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    affected immigrants too To be sure the shootings in all three cases were carried out by mentally disturbed individuals But what is also true is that in all three cases the perpetrator was not pure laine the argot for a pure francophone Elsewhere to talk of racial purity is repugnant Not in Quebec To be sure Mr Lepine hated women Mr Fabrikant hated his engineering colleagues and Mr Gill hated everyone But all of them had been marginalized in a society that valued pure laine These paragraphs ignited a firestorm of criticism in Quebec and the rest of the country Quebec politicians and the Parliament of Canada unanimously condemned Wong Individual and media critics hurled ridicule and racist and sexist taunts at her She received death threats There was a boycott of her father s restaurant in Montreal which would eventually lead to its closing But what got to Wong was the fact that her employer the Globe and Mail did not support her The editor in chief Edward Greenspon who had read and approved the story before it was published wrote a column saying that Wong had erred More plainly he threw her to the wolves Wong who had been fearless over a 30 year career and previously endured many threats and dangers without flinching fell into a severe depression which lasted more than two years She was fortunate that her family doctor correctly diagnosed her depression and told her to take time off work When she did so a lengthy battle began with the Globe and Mail and its insurance company Manulife which did not believe that Wong was really sick Eventually the Globe fired her In this book Wong leads the reader into the emotional and sometimes suicidal hell of clinical depression describing her every mood nuance and stage relapses and eventual recovery with the honesty and precision that is her trademark as a journalist She outlines the history of the illness and explains current theories on the causes of depression She cites famous sufferers like Darwin Tolstoy and Styron Probably the most crucial element in Wong s recovery was the steadfast support of her family She dedicates the book to her sister Gigi from whom she was estranged after the death of their mother who had also suffered from depression but who rallied fiercely to her aid Her aged father and husband stood by and her two teenaged sons displayed an understanding and level of support well beyond their years Wong received substantial help from her family doctor and a psychiatrist One of her doctor s suggested cures was that she remain active and that she travel to take her mind off the depression This geographical cure helped her feel better but also further convinced her employer that there really was nothing wrong with her Wong found that listening to music and playing flute in a couple of groups helped her feel better She goes into some detail to describe the various drugs that she took

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/review-out-blue-memoir-workplace-depression-recovery-redemption-and-yes-happiness (2015-04-05)
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  • Unpaid Internships: a boon or a bane? | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    a long term business tactic and it won t be surprising if it becomes a permanent one Daniels who dreamt of becoming a successful high quality chef in a French restaurant says Canadian employers have gotten used to free labour and so has he Many leave empty handed unpaid time wasted Yes we gain experience but we all still have to pay the bills he says In a large city like Toronto the competition is fierce and employers know this Despite the fact that internships seem to be the new normal for University and College graduates there are few statistics that define just how wide spread the practice is We do not know what exactly is happening in the labour market says Toronto based lawyer Andrew Langille Specific actions can only be taken when we have enough data on unpaid internships in the province or country Surveys and research needs to be conducted on a large scale Talks have been going on for 15 years within the unions on this issue without any substantial result Lise Lareau Vice President of the Canadian Media Guild says that it is tough to strike a balance in providing people with internship opportunities and at the same time not abusing them by not paying Unions in general do not support unpaid internships says Carmel Smyth National President of the Canadian Media Guild We help in sponsoring raising awareness speaking publically education people and pushing the government to do something about it We are very committed to work on the social justice front but if you talk about individual work place we cannot do anything with the company which we do not represent or which are non unionized The lack of statistics raises several unanswered questions How many internships translate into paid employment What is the length and duration of internships How does it translate into actual applicable work experience required by the employer for a desired position Internships and precarious employment is prominent in cultural sectors too In many ways that is how its always been for artists writers actors musicians or photographers most of whom do not get a chance to work full time Not that that makes life any easier They are seasonal or temporary workers with few benefits lack of collective representation little or no job security Bryn McAuley Actor and ACTRA member for 17 years mentions how her life swings due to the precarious nature of her work from making 48 000 in good times to 8 000 per year in bad times The voiceover artist who is an icon for children has to work in a restaurant to sustain her living at times For Christopher Daniels internships turned out to be an unsatisfactory pursuit He s come back to school to retrain and look for a second career in finance It s time to work towards a future that will allow me to support a family I do not see things changing rapidly and I think that people will

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/unpaid-internships-boon-or-bane (2015-04-05)
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  • McGuinty's assault on Ontario's public sector workers | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    500 000 Ontario public sector workers including workers in hospitals and universities Walkom continues the proposed bill would give the provincial cabinet wartime style powers over public sector compensation for at least six years If approved by the legislature the Protecting Public Services bill would allow the government to not just freeze the wages it pays to unionized employees ranging from nurses to home care workers to hydro linemen but roll them back It would give cabinet the power to scrap or modify salary grids as it has already done with the province s teachers The government would also be able to unilaterally change or eliminate any non wage benefits unionized public sector workers now receive And the bill would bar unions from either striking or appealing such decisions to the courts For essential services such as hospitals where workers are already barred from striking the bill would prevent contract arbitrators from basing their rulings on either the Canadian constitution or the Ontario Human Rights Code Walkom s analysis has been confirmed by a report released by the legal firm Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP It focuses on Schedule 2 of the expansive act which carries another Orwellian name the Respecting Collective Bargaining Act Public Sector 2012 The report s introduction begins with the following passage The Liberal Government has circulated draft legislation intended to implement what it describes as compensation restraint measures in the broader public sector However as currently drafted the proposed Protecting Public Services Act 2012 goes far beyond simply implementing a wage freeze for workers in the broader public sector rather it would give the Government unprecedented control over collective bargaining the right to strike interest arbitration in the case of essential services and the content of every term and condition of every collective agreement It continues Given these extraordinary powers the proposed legislation and in particular Schedule 2 the Respecting Collective Bargaining Act Public Sector 2012 can only be described as a wholesale hijacking by Government of collective bargaining in the broader public sector Although admittedly on a different scale it is as if the Ontario Government has seized the kind of power over the economy and collective bargaining that has historically been reserved to a state of emergency or apprehended insurrection warranting invocation of the War Measures Act The proposed legislation also purports to do away with the ability of labour tribunals arbitrators and the courts to review any part of the Minister s virtually untrammelled authority to interfere with collective bargaining and the content of collective agreements The introduction concludes on this point while purporting to respect collective bargaining to quote the Orwellian pretence of its title the Respecting Collective Bargaining Act Public Sector 2012 would actually eviscerate it The proposed bill prompted a meeting of major Ontario union leaders under the umbrella of the Ontario Federation of Labour Held on September 26 leaders of organized labour announced their intentions to combat such legislation The OFL s position is well articulated by its president

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/mcguintys-assault-ontarios-public-sector-workers (2015-04-05)
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  • Diesel engine exhaust carcinogenic | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    human carcinogen Similar to asbestos and silica diesel engine exhaust is now recognized as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC IARC is part of the United Nation s World Health Organization WHO The decision to reclassify diesel engine exhaust from a probable human carcinogen Group 2A to a definite human carcinogen Group 1 is the result of compelling scientific evidence according to a panel of scientific experts convened by IARC They explained in a June 12 2012 press release Diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer Kurt Straif Head of the IARC Monographs Program says The main studies that led to this conclusion were in highly exposed workers However we have learned from other carcinogens such as radon that initial studies showing a risk in heavily exposed occupational groups were followed by positive findings for the general population Therefore actions to reduce exposures should encompass workers and the general population Millions of Canadians are exposed to diesel engine exhaust when they breathe According to CAREX Canada more than 800 000 Canadians are occupationally exposed to diesel engine exhaust Here in Ontario more than 275 000 workers are exposed including truckers bus drivers heavy equipment and farm tractor operators miners landscaping labourers and maintenance workers Employers are required by law to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker The Workers Health Safety Centre has recently updated a diesel exhaust fact sheet highlighting examples of precautions designed to help protect workers and the public The fact sheet also outlines the numerous additional risks to health posed by diesel exhaust Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/diesel-engine-exhaust-carcinogenic (2015-04-05)
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  • Apple’s new products increase pressure on Foxconn workers | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    force used by guards against workers Over 2 000 people were involved in fights resulting in 40 being hospitalized and suspended production The company officials deny the guards involvement in the conflict but demanded additional government forces to prevent further riots On March 29 2012 Apple publicly claimed to address working conditions at its Chinese supply chain factories that build iPhones iPods and iPads Earlier Apple employed Fair Labor Association FLA to carry out an audit at its chain of suppliers In their report dated to August 2012 the FLA referred to rapid improvements at Foxconn enterprises in China since their last missions in July including improvements in working time and wages However a set of testimonies collected by the network of activists China Labor Watch CLW from Foxconn workers and published just a few days before the clashes at Taiyuan factory revealed no changes in workers conditions with many saying they have to work additional overtime sometimes two or three times in excess of the legal limits allowed in China in order to meet Apple s deadlines According to these reports workers pay also remains inadequate and does not fully remunerate long extra hours of work imposed on them Many report on a fierce attitude of guards towards workers Earlier IMF now IndustriALL Global Union together with International Trade Union Confederation ITUC Good Electronics MakeITFair and Students Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour SACOM expressed serious concerns over FLA s ability to adequate audits of Foxconn sites based in China without involvement of independent unions able to express workers concerns Give Apple workers a voice in their future The recent SACOM report released one day before official launch of iPhone 5 confirms one more time these concerns SACOM interviewed 60 workers in Zhengzhou detailing continuing problems at the Foxconn plant Given

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/apple%E2%80%99s-new-products-increase-pressure-foxconn-workers (2015-04-05)
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  • Stop Precarious Work | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    of membership If you are a member please log in Celebrate World Day for Decent Work on October 7 by joining the international campaign to Stop Precarious Work All over the world global capital is driving fundamental changes to the way that people are employed Secure jobs are becoming more and more rare while agency work contract work and temporary work are becoming prominent For young people there is practically no other option the only jobs available are insecure Here in Canada it is believed that less than two thirds of employed workers still enjoy a regular job Everyone else is increasingly being forced to take on precarious work Radicalized workers women and young workers are disproportionately represented in unstable and precarious jobs Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has joined with other unions from around the world through IndustriAll global union to fight for decent work for all by organizing precarious workers fighting laws that expand precarious work and mobilizing in support of secure employment with good pay and working conditions Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a

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  • Hidden Labour Histories: a legacy of solidarity between Chinese Immigrants and First Nations | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    working in a Nanaimo coal mine to fight off white bullies and how some labourers had children with First Nations women What s perceived as a marginalized group today had a deep relationship with the Chinese said Bill Chu our tour guide We need to restore the relationship with the indigenous people An immigrant from Hong Kong Chu has been bringing busloads of mostly Chinese immigrants to native reserves to educate them about a history rarely shared He has spent years advocating for what he calls a fair and accurate depiction of Chinese and First Nations history in the B C school curriculum His group Canadians for Reconciliation is behind the push to get Premier Christy Clark to officially acknowledge the province s role in the discrimination and disenfranchisement of the Chinese But when he started on this mission 20 years ago it had nothing to do with Chinese at all Chu said Two decades ago it had everything to do with the indigenous people Chu first learned about Canada s First Nations one wintry day in 1988 He was a new immigrant then shopping for green vegetables in Vancouver s Chinatown when suddenly I heard someone say Can I have some coffee money Chu recalled I turned around and that was the first time I looked into the eyes of an aboriginal young person The two found a café on Hastings Street and Chu offered to buy the man some dinner He started telling me this strange strange story about his miseries in a Manitoba reserve said Chu who was shocked to hear tales of such abuse As a Christian he tried to console the man by talking about God but the man suddenly stood up and walked towards the door Just before he reached that door he turned around and said You are one of them Those words haunted Chu for years What atrocities had taken place he wondered that would make a hungry man turn away his dinner Two years after that encounter in Chinatown Chu was eagerly following news of violent standoff in Quebec between members of the Mohawk First Nations and the Canadian military In 1990 the town of Oka was planning to expand a golf course onto land traditionally used by the Mohawk as a burial ground Photos of tanks and barricades and of a Mohawk warrior and Canadian solider facing off eye to eye sparked a flash of déjà vu for Chu Just a year earlier he had been preoccupied with the demonstrations in Beijing s Tiananmen Square He had organized a rally in Chinatown where 600 people marched to show their support for the students After the Chinese government ordered the tanks into the square after thousands of students were massacred Chu and 6 000 others attended a public memorial service just steps away from the Chinese consulate in Vancouver That particular image in Oka reminded me of what we saw in Tiananmen Square a year before when a column of tanks

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  • Higher injury risk for new workers | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    has not yet been released It is currently under review by the journal Occupational Environmental Medicine OEM The study is an extension of earlier work completed in 2006 by Breslin and his fellow IWH scientist Peter Smith titled Trial by fire a multivariate examination of the relation between job tenure and work injuries Examining the relationship between job tenure and work injuries the original Trial by fire study found that workers are four to six times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job than workers with more than one year experience While the earlier work was a snapshot at one point in time the current study describes the association between job tenure and work injuries over a 10 year period 1999 to 2008 Researchers used Ontario s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board LTC records and calculated claim rates per 1 000 full time equivalents The new research produced two main findings Over a 10 year period the risk of work related injury for workers with shorter job tenure has consistently remained higher compared to those employed at a job for more than one year Risk is particularly elevated among those in the first month on the job with over three times the risk of a lost time injury as workers with over a year s job experience The risk of work injuries among new workers is greatest among older workers men and those in sectors like construction and manufacturing The age based findings are striking says Breslin While all workers in their first month have elevated injury risk the risk of a lost time injury is highest among workers over 45 years of age compared to all other age groups Indeed youth injury rates have been converging with adult rates He continues The key risk

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/higher-injury-risk-new-workers (2015-04-05)
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