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Toronto city budget: broken promises and austerity

In late November, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced a 2017 budget surplus of $141.8 million, shortly before city council revealed a balanced budget plan for 2018. The news lends support to Tory’s image as a stable, responsible mayor, wisely investing in public services while not spending more than the city can afford. However, a closer look reveals a different picture. The budget, which represents an increase of one per cent in spending over the previous year, actually represents a cutback in services once inflation and population growth is taken into account. Even worse, the "balanced" budget is in fact perched on the edge of an inflated and precarious housing market, making the consequences of a potential correction disastrous for workers.

Petty and vindictive Tim Hortons owners show the real face of capitalism

Tim Hortons workers expecting an improvement in living conditions with the rise in the minimum wage are instead facing a cut back to their overall compensation. Staff at the Tim Hortons location in Cobourg, Ontario received a letter from their bosses, who were busy at their vacation home in Florida at the time, informing them that the minimum wage increase had left them “no alternative” but to cut breaks and benefits.

Ontario college strike: Say no to employer forced vote!

On Monday, November 6th, the College Employer Council once again walked away from the bargaining table, starting a process that would extend the college faculty strike by at least another week.

Ontario college faculty strike: Interviews on the picket line

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the College Employer Council walked away from the bargaining table after submitting a final offer that was aptly referred to by OPSEU as “a poisoned pill.” Failing to address the faculty’s key demands of the ratio of full-time to contract faculty, job security for partial-load faculty, and academic freedom in regards to academic decision-making, the council put forward an offer that increases contract faculty, reduces full-time faculty, encourages outsourcing, and reduces starting salaries.

Underfunded services impact Toronto workers

John Tory Presents 2017 BudgetThe city of Toronto continues to face crippling erosion of its much needed social services. This has been shown by the Toronto municipal budget. The budget reveals cuts at the expense of the city’s most vulnerable. Under the mantra of “keeping taxes low”, the city council instead decided to cut public jobs and services which impact the working people of the city.

The Collapse of the Ontario Liberals

kathleen wynneThe once mighty Ontario Liberals have collapsed. Fourteen years of corruption, mismanagement and austerity have left the people of Ontario exhausted.

Wynne’s Legacy of Energy Poverty

Hydro RallyPublic outrage against soaring hydro rates continues to rise throughout Ontario. The shock of energy bills doubling or tripling from last summer hasn't worn off; hardworking families and individuals are still buried in anxiety and debt. Just this January, newspapers across Ontario covered Kathy Katula’s $1200 monthly hydro bill -- significantly larger than even her mortgage payment. The hardworking but overwhelmed rural Ontario mother lives in poverty induced by high energy costs despite making $50,000 a year, and hundreds of thousands of Ontarians share Kathy’s daily pains.

The New Minimum Wage, is it enough?

raies minimum wage ontario 2017Ontario has recently raised the minimum wage. In a time when many Canadians live paycheque to paycheque, and when the federal Finance Minister tells us to get used to precarious work, the crucial question is: is this enough?

The Real Reasons Behind the Latest TTC Crisis of Hot Subway Cars

ttc hot car crammed fullIt is currently estimated that roughly 25 percent of the subway cars on the Bloor-Danforth Line Two are 'hot cars', meaning that due to the failure of the vehicle's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, passengers suffer from temperatures as high as 33°C while the cars are in service. Why are we in this hot mess? A look behind the curtain reveals that this is only the latest manifestation of the broader crisis within public transit as well as within the system as a whole.

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