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Elite’s ‘power-grab’ a danger to the planet: Oxfam
“Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half the world’s population,” says the development organization Oxfam. It published a report called Working for the Fewwhich will be the basis of lobby efforts at the ...
Armoured truck crews need improved protection, says union after shoot-out
An armoured truck robbery in Toronto Monday night (January 20) has once again raised safety issues in the industry. Unifor, which represents 2,000 workers in Canada's armoured car industry is concerned by a lack of regulations, and a tendency by certain companies to reduce truck crews from three to two persons.
The incident in Toronto involved a two-person armoured car crew. The third person is usually within the truck and acts as a lookout for suspicious activity around the armoured truck.
"We are grateful that no one was hurt in this incident, but cannot be complacent that there will not be injury the next time there is a robbery," said Jerry Dias, the president of Canada's largest private sector union, Unifor.
Last year the union called on the federal Minister of Public Safety Steve Blaney to establish a task force on the industry, but has not heard from him.
The union is not only concerned for its members, but also the public. These robberies usually occur on the street or in shopping centres.
RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Mike Armstrong, National Representative for Unifor, and responsible for the armoured car industry in Canada's most populous province of Ontario, where Monday night's robbery occurred.
More information: National Post - Fairview Mall armoured truck heist sees two suspects exchange gunfire with guards - here CBC News - Shots fired in Fairview Mall armoured vehicle robbery - here Unifor press release - Armoured car robbery shows need for improved protections - here Unifor letter to Minister of Public Safety Steve Blaney (pdf) - here Unifor "Armed and Safe" study (pdf) - here
Foreign Ministers upbeat on Canada, U.S., Mexico partnership
U.S. Secretary John Kerry, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, and Mexico's Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade were upbeat on Friday (January 17) at a press conference in Washington about their three country partnership as they prepared for a leaders' summit in Mexico on February.
All three ministers emphasized the importance of the 20 year old North American ...
The 4th annual Canadian Whisky Awards event has been held in Victoria British Columbia. and announced the winners Thursday evening at the Victoria Whisky Festival.
There’s a fascination and mystique around whisky. There are websites, forums, magazines, newspaper columns all devoted to uisge beattha-lively water, or water of life, along with mentions or featured in hundreds of movies. ...
The people of Burns Lake deserve an explanation, says the premier of the western province of British Columbia. Premier Christy Clark ordered a review of the investigation into a sawmill explosion that killed two people and injured 20 other last January.
All Canadian provinces have boards which assure worker safety, investigate accidents and govern compensation. In this ...