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Events Across Canada Commemorating The Quebec Mosque Shooting

On January 29th, 2017, six Muslims were murdered at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, Canada. Six people were killed including Ibrahima Barry (aged 39), Mamadou Tanou Barry (aged 42), Khaled Belkacemi (aged 60), Aboubaker Thabti (aged 44), Abdelkrim Hassane (aged 41) and Azzedine Soufiane (aged 57) Nineteen others were injured, including Aymen Derbali, who is now paralyzed. Read More

Smoke & Mirrors: Uncovering truths about human rights in Canada

This special episode of Smoke & Mirrors features conversations with some of Canada’s leading Black thinkers and activists including Desmond Cole, Robyn Maynard, and Dr. Afua Cooper. Lawyer and journalist Hadiya Roderique hosts the episode. Originally aired February 2018. Click Here for more information

Power of Many

Power of Many

Greetings, What fantastic Women’s marches and actions there were around the province last week and weekend! The energy was great with so many women and allies saying loud and clear #WeWillNotGoBack, #IDoNotGiveConsentToThisGovernment, the #PowerOfMany are pushing back! It was wonderful to see so many marches and solidarity actions occurring in your communities. We saw several news reports from around the province reporting on the women’s march events which had great photos. The Power of Many scarves looked really good! If you have any photos you’d like to share, please send them to OFL Communications Director Meagan Perry at so...

Canada Post strikes hit Mississauga and Brampton again

For the second time in about a week, strike action is happening at Mississauga’s Gateway postal facility. Canada Post says striking members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began job action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 morning in Mississauga as well as Brampton, Toronto, Etobicoke, Concord and at the York Distribution Centre in Scarborough. Strikes are also ongoing in parts of Nova Scotia while job action out west near Vancouver ended on Tuesday morning. On its website, the Crown corporation says Toronto and Vancouver are “key processing hubs” for the country so the strikes will have a “significant impact” on...

Region of Peel seeks public input on strategic plan

The Region of Peel is looking for input from residents on what matters the most by participating in an online survey from now until Wednesday, Dec. 5. Input from the survey will help inform the region’s priorities for the next four-year term of council (2018 to 2022) and achieve Peel’s 20-year strategic plan, called Community for Life. The region sets out new priorities for each new term of council, with the 20-year community vision (2015 to 2035) being fulfilled in stages. Read full article >

Here’s What the Federal Government is Planning To Do About Poverty

The idea that your life could get to such a point where you need to rely on government assistance or the generosity of others, while humbling, is also depressing to think about. Poverty is still a serious problem in Canada today. While government is not always the ideal solution to every problem, the federal government is taking action to do something about it. Federal Social Development Minister Jean Yves Duclos announced this week he is introducing Bill C-87, the Reduction of Poverty Act, to take several measures on poverty reduction. Read full article >

The Canada Post Strike May Have Only Just Started

The Canada Post strike has only started in some places. According to a recent press release, while negotiations continue, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has started strikes in the following areas: Quebec City and La Tuque, Que., Fredericton, St. Stephen, Miramichi, Acadie Bathurst, Campbellton and Edmunston, N.B., Chatham, Clinton, Orangeville, Port Hope, Stratford, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, Wingham, Woodstock, Ont., as well as in Georgetown and Milton As of last night, Nov. 6, CUPW shut down Canada’s largest processing centre in Toronto for a second time in three weeks. Since Oct. 22, CUPW’s rotating strikes have shut down Canada Post’s...

Here Are Some New Businesses That Could Be Coming to Brampton

Recently, the City of Brampton hosted Startup Weekend to showcase new business ideas and getting feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where attendees learn how to build a company in a weekend. Since 2007, the event has taken place in over 150 countries with more than 200,000 alumni. Participants take their product or business idea to the next level and join in a huge worldwide network of entrepreneurs. For this year, a major highlight was when Nicole Verkindt, Founder of Offset Market Exchange (OMX) and the newest “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragon’s Den spoke about the...

Labour Unions Gather in Peel Ready to Fight Doug Ford

It’s no secret that labour unions in Ontario have never a warm relationship with the Progressive Conservatives. The legacy of the Mike Harris years left a bitter taste in their mouths as the previous Tory government cut welfare payments and nursing jobs to cut costs in the health care sector some 20 years ago. Now that Doug Ford is premier, it doesn’t seem like that relationship has improved much. Under Patrick Brown, the former PC leader tried conducting outreach to the nurses unions and to mend fences in order to present his party as a viable alternative to the then...

Doug Ford to Require Teachers to Complete a Math Test

If you were given a math test today, would you pass it? If you hope to become a teacher in Ontario, you might have to start brushing up on your math skills. The Ontario government recently proposed legislative amendments that, if passed, would reportedly “keep children safe” and enhance their overall learning experience. Read full article >