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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015

posted on March 20, 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 21, 2015 Poverty and Precarious Work Propel Ontario’s Racial Divide: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015 Ontario remains a wealthy province inflicted with the disease of poverty, but the effects of this crisis of inequality are not evenly felt across society. Racialized people [...]

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OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative

posted on March 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2015 OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the Government of Ontario’s action plan to address sexual violence and harassment but argues that the plan can only be effective if it is [...]

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

posted on December 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2014  Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside: OFL Statement for December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day Around the world, December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in [...]

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OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering – Nov 28-30, 2014

posted on September 26, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is holding its Aboriginal Educational Gathering from November 28, 29, and 30, 2014. The OFL and its affiliates have a long history of activism and lobbying on Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit issues. This is a Gathering that is reaching out to all non-Aboriginal People – labour and community, Aboriginal [...]

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Welcome Emancipation Day and Ride the Underground Freedom Train

posted on July 29, 2014

By Natasha Henry. Read more at http://teachingafricancanadianhistory.weebly.com/blog August 1st, 2014 is a significant date in African history for two reasons. It marks the 180th anniversary of the legislation that abolished the enslavement of Africans throughout British colonies. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Universal Negro Improvement Association by the [...]

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Demand That Israel Stop Bombing Civilians in Gaza, Ryan Urges Harper

posted on July 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins millions of Canadians who are shocked by the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has created a nightmare for tens of thousands of civilians who are caught in the crossfire. “The Harper government’s policy is unbalanced toward Israel, and is completely out of step with Canadians’ views,” said [...]

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Cuban MP Mariela Castro Espin Presented OFL Workers’ Rights Award at World Pride

posted on June 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espin Named OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award Recipient (World Pride – Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception [...]

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National Aboriginal Day is significant to the Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates

posted on June 20, 2014

June 21 was proclaimed National Aboriginal Day by Canadian Parliament in 1996. Yet today, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and people throughout Canada continue to struggle for equality, justice and respect. Over 1.8 million people reported having an Aboriginal ancestry, or ancestors with an Aboriginal Identity in Canada in 2011 .More than 1.4 million people [...]

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Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL

posted on June 20, 2014

Media Release June 20, 2014 For Immediate Release Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL  Temporary Foreign Worker Program Promotes Harper’s “Low-Wage Agenda” (Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has long called for changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), but the tinkering being put forward today by Employment and [...]

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Statement by Sid Ryan regarding the Toronto Sun editorial cartoon of June 5, 2014

posted on June 6, 2014

(Toronto) It is during election times like these that the Canadian spirit shines through. Our democracy relies upon a vigorous public debate, the freedom to express one’s beliefs and an independent news media that covers the issues fairly. What makes our civil society so strong is that we exercise our democratic freedoms in a peaceful [...]

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STATEMENT: Asian Heritage Month

posted on May 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH MAY 2014 May is Asian Heritage Month and has been designated in recognition of the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and cultural development of Canada. One month is a short time to do justice to those who were instrumental in building and shaping Canada. Asians of [...]

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