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The Yemeni city of Sa'ada has been heavily hit by Saudi airstrikes, as shown in this image from August 2015. Photo credit: Philippe Kropf / United Nations OCHA
This study examines the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s labour chapter and finds it cannot adequately protect, let alone enhance, labour rights across the TPP region, as promised by the Canadian and U.S. governments. This is because the TPP chapter largely reproduces the NAFTA model, with its escape clauses for national governments accused of violating worker rights, and its ineffective and complicated dispute process for challenging labour violations.
« Dans ce livre, Nora Loreto propose une vision rafraichie de l’indispensable mouvement syndical à la jeune génération de Canadiens et Canadiennes que la mondialisation avare et cruelle des entreprises a laissés sans protection. Lisez-le et devenez les maitres de votre avenir en vous engageant avec conviction sur le chemin de la justice pour les travailleurs et travailleuses. » —Ralph Nader
This report discusses Canada’s shortcomings and violations of international law relating to its transfer of hundreds of Afghan detainees to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), most frequently the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, despite substantial risks that they would be subjected to torture. 
OTTAWA— A new report, entitled Torture of Afghan Detainees: Canada’s Alleged Complicity and the Need for a Public Inquiry, has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
On September 15, the BC government will increase the general minimum wage by a measly 20 cents, from $10.25 to $10.45, and apply a 2% increase to the minimum piece rates for hand-harvested crops. Under the Employment Standards Act, farm workers who harvest fruits, berries and certain vegetables (peas, beans and Brussels sprouts) are not entitled to receive the minimum hourly wage. Instead, the government sets minimum piece rates based on the volume or weight of produce.
The high-profile Duffy trial is said to have put a spotlight on the inner workings of the federal government and notably the chain of command from the PMO downwards—the who-knew-what of the Nigel Wright cheque exchange, for example (if anyone still cares). So far, Duffy’s lawyers have hammered on the vagaries of Senate spending rules, with witness testimonies exposing how a supposedly non-partisan arm of government is used for political ends by Liberals and Conservatives alike.

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