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Establishment of Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month was first officially recognized in December 2001, when the Canadian Senate adopted the month of May as Asian Heritage Month.  This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the long and diverse history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada, as well as the many struggles they face.

History of racial discrimination

Since the arrival of the first immigrant of Asian descent in the 1800s, they faced racism and racial discrimination in the forms of immigration laws, the denial of the right to vote, segregation and other basic human rights abuses.

The application process for the 2017 PSAC Scholarship Program is now open.

The program consists of 14 scholarships for dependent children of PSAC members and 3 scholarships for PSAC members who will be attending university, college or a recognized institute of higher learning on a full-time basis.

Applications are due June 23, 2017 and scholarships will be granted in the fall for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Shortly after PSAC National President Robyn Benson sent a letter to Minister Scott Brison, President of Treasury Board, asking about fair treatment of RCMP civilian members, we received Treasury Board’s written commitment to provide pay-matched civilian members with the pay increases recently negotiated by their comparators in the core public administration. We’ll confirm with the employer as to when raises will be provided. Treasury Board has also committed to ensuring that the deeming process will be undertaken on a “good faith” basis.

In 1992, twenty-six workers died in the Nova Scotia Westray mine disaster, where an underground methane explosion occurred.  This disaster gave rise to the Westray bill, which amended the Criminal Code of Canada, holding employers criminally liable who failed to protect the safety of their workers.

April 28th, is a day to remember all the workers who have been injured or killed at work. It is important that Canadians send a strong message to their political representatives that workplace deaths and injuries are inexcusable. It is time employers see the consequences of their neglect of workplace safety.