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Pride celebrations are meant to unite and engage the public by empowering, educating and supporting the LGBTQ community. Pride also provides the space to promote a positive image of the community and to set an example for acceptance and love throughout our region and beyond.

Robyn Benson, PSAC National President is urging the Liberal government to make proactive pay equity legislation a reality without further delay.

“Over 10 years ago, a federal pay equity task force produced a concrete set of recommendations to implement a proactive law,” said Benson. “The time to put these recommendations into law is long overdue.”

Speaking to the House of Commons Special Committee on Pay Equity, Benson pointed out the problems women in the federal sector face trying to achieve pay equity.

After years of campaigning by the PSAC and other unions, we applaud the recent decision by Public Services and Procurement Canada to ban the use of asbestos in all new construction and renovation projects effective April 1, 2016. That includes buildings at the design phase.

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.