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The News This Week
Federal government announces ban on assault-style firearms. On Friday morning, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a ban on 1,500 types of assault-style firearms. The list includes two weapons used in the Nova Scotia mass shooting and the gun used in the Ecole Polytechnique massacre. Conservatives are furiously opposed to the ban, which a new poll shows 80% of Canadians support.
This announcement is a massive victory for the North99 community, which has sent over 35,000 letters to the government calling for an assault weapons ban. Thank you to everyone who took action! Our work is not done, however, we will continue to push for a common-sense handgun ban.
Government flip-flops on refusing aid to companies that use tax havens.Prime Minister Trudeau’s position on COVID-19 bailouts for tax-haven companies has switched multiple times this week. After refusing calls to follow the lead of Denmark, Poland, and France, which have banned government aid to companies using tax havens, the PM appeared to change his tone. On Tuesday, he told legislators that tax-avoiding companies would not receive any bailout money.
The following day, however, the PM backtracked when he was asked to reiterate his support for this policy. North99 continues to pressure the federal government on this issue – join our campaign and call on the government to refuse bailouts to companies registered in tax havens.
Disaster in Canada’s Long-Term Care homes. New statistics show that the fight against COVID-19 in Canada has become fiercest in our long-term care and nursing homes. Roughly 80 percent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths are linked to Long-term care.
As the death toll in these house continue to rise, reports of mismanagement have emerged and so too have lawsuits aimed against the private corporations that own and manage them. Join our campaign to protect seniors and call for an end to for-profit care homes.
Alberta government is failing workers. While Canada has had a strong overall response to COVID-19, there is one glaring exception. When it comes to workplace safety, the Alberta government has failed to protect workers from this pandemic. Dr. Hinshaw, the province’s Chief Medical Officer acknowledges that the majority of cases are linked to big workplace outbreaks.
This comes after Alberta witnessed Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak at the Cargill meatpacking plant, a workplace which the Ministry of Labour kept open despite refusing to send an inspector inside. Sign the petition and demand Minister Dreeshen’s resignation for his failed response.
Corporate Tax Cheats Don’t Deserve COVID-19 Bailouts. Denmark, France, and Poland have all vowed to refuse government aid to companies that have used tax havens. Why is Canada refusing to do the same.
John Ivison’s Attack On CERB Recipients Is Disgraceful. National Post columnist John Ivison thinks that emergency relief for laid-off Canadians “risk turning workers into welfare slackers.” Not only is Ivison’s argument weak, asserts the author, it should be reprehensible given our societal circumstances.
COVID-19 Has Exposed The Horrors Of Long-Term Care Facilities. Long-term care homes all across the country have become an epicentre of Canada’s battle against COVID-19. In this piece, Nora Loreto digs through the numbers to show that our long term care system was failing long before the pandemic, which has now only exposed what has been a reality to many for years.