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Federal public service workers deserve to receive their salaries in a timely fashion. And they should not have to face delays or errors due the former Conservative government’s decision to consolidate payroll services.

That is the message that Chris Aylward, PSAC’s National Executive Vice-President, delivered in a meeting with Public Services and Procurement Canada on April 7.

Closing the gender pay gap is the government’s responsibility. Each year the Equal Pay Coalition, of which PSAC is a part of, asks all Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to sign the MPP Pay Equity Champion Pledge. 

At a 30% pay gap, a woman will have to work 3 1/2 months into the new year to earn what men do by December 31 of the previous year. 

Put another way, it will take Ontarian women 15 1/2 months to earn what Ontarian men do in 12–and women who are racialized, disabled, Indigenous, migrant and immigrant, or sexual minorities or gender variant will have to work into May and June.

This is why Equal Pay Day is in April.

The backroom re-negotiation of CETA that resulted in changes to the Investor State Dispute Mechanism (ISDS), now referred to as the Investment Court System (ICS), do not in any way “fix” CETA as the Canadian Government has claimed. Foreign corporations will still have unprecedented power to sidestep the domestic courts and can sue our government if a public policy decision is deemed to prevent future profit. We continue to believe our public court system is the fair and accountable way to handle any disputes about government policy.

Held annually on the second Wednesday, this year, “International Day of Pink” will be celebrated on April 13, 2016.

This event was an initiative of two heterosexual High School students in Nova Scotia who saw a gay student being bullied because he was wearing a pink shirt. They decided to buy pink shirts and encouraged everyone at their High School to wear them and stand together in solidarity against bullying.

For more than two weeks now, protesters with Black Lives Matter - Toronto have been camped outside the Toronto Police headquarters after the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) cleared a Toronto police officer in the shooting death of Andrew Loku, a black man shot dead last summer. 

PSAC Ontario stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter – Toronto tent city movement, which has been advocating for justice for all people who have been marginalized by a system that is meant to serve and protect. 

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