On July 7, 2020, the Solicitor General tabled Bill 195, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (“Bill 195”). Bill 195 permits the government to continue to maintain and modify emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for at least a year after the end of the declared emergency, and possibly longer. At the same time, it removes important mechanisms for democratic accountability.
After months of putting themselves and their families at risk the Ontario Conservative Government is thanking health care workers by violating their constitutional rights and needlessly overriding the Collective Agreements bargained in good faith with hospitals and the Ontario Hospital Association.
On Tuesday, the provincial government introduced legislation suspending many workplace protections for health care staff for a period of at least one year. The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/Canadian Union of Public Employees is in the process of securing a mandate from its hospital members to oppose the legislation in a meaningful way.
(TORONTO, ON) The Ford Conservatives’ proposed legislation extending emergency powers will give the province significant powers at the expense of front-line workers, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
Canada’s food banks work hard to get food to people who need it even in the best of times. And the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not the best of times. Canada is seeing its worst economic crisis in generations. More than a million people lost their jobs in March alone, affecting 40% of households in the country.
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians who are exposed to COVID-19 who:
On March 8, CUPE joins the world in celebrating International Women’s Day