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On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were gunned down by Marc Lepine as he chanted “I hate feminists” at Ecole Polytechniques in Montreal. They were murdered because they were women.

Sadly this is far from a single event. The harsh reality is that upwards of 300 women and children flee violence every day in Canada and sorrowfully, many do not make it out alive.

December 6th is a day for us to band together, to mourn and remember, not only for these 14 women but for all our Sisters who suffer gender-based violence.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased with the release of the Mental Health Joint Task Force report today. It is an important step in improving federal public service workplaces.

Task Force created through collective bargaining

PSAC pushed for the establishment of a joint task force in the current round of bargaining with Treasury Board.  An agreement was reached in March 2015.

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has been estimated to be nearly 1 billion people worldwide. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.

This day honours those who have lost their lives by murder or suicide, as a result of transphobia – the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming persons. Although not every victim may have self-identified as transgender, that is, as a transsexual or otherwise gender-variant, each was a victim based on a bias against members of this group.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released early findings of a project examining implementation of the CSA Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard.

The three-year Case Study Research Project follows 41 organizations across Canada to better understand how they and other workplaces are implementing the processes laid out in the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace standard developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). 

The Ontario government is looking at overhauling labour laws in this province. This is an important opportunity to improve the basic working conditions of every single worker in Ontario.

The Labour movement and community organizations are lobbying for 7 paid sick days for all workers in Ontario, as currently our province has no legislated mandatory paid sick days. PSAC’s own healthy workplaces campaign has been fighting to protect our federal public service members’ sick days and it would be a major victory to extend paid sick days to our provincial members, many of whom do not have any.