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PSAC Ontario urges the federal and provincial governments to address the chronic under-funding and lack of resources for education, training, housing, infrastructure and health services for indigenous communities across Canada.

Recently, a state of emergency was declared by the Attawapiskat community in northern Ontario. On April 9th, after 11 young people tried to kill themselves in an attempted suicide pact, community leaders ordered the state of emergency to access critical health services.

Attawapiskat is a small community with about 2,000 residents, yet it has seen more than 100 suicide attempts in the past seven months alone, including nearly 30 attempts in March.

The application process for the 2016 PSAC Scholarship Program is now open

The program consists of 14 scholarships for dependant 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 24, 2016 and scholarships will be granted in the fall for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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.