WINNING HAS MEANT NOTHING to Maria Tajan. She’s still homeless, jobless and penniless 18 months after the Ontario Ministry of Labour ruled a former employer owes her $28,000. Worse still, she will likely never get a penny of it.
COME SEE THE “FREAKS” and scare your kids away from drugs. That’s what the operator of Scared Straight Tours said his bus tour of the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in Vancouver could deliver. Residents in the neighbourhood were outraged. Their loud and very public refusal to be part of a “human zoo” ended the tours
FRESH AIR WAS FORBIDDEN TO DEMAR. He wasn’t in prison. But he says that’s what it felt like. Demar is a recently arrived migrant worker from Jamaica. Being cooped up for 14 days without fresh air was a condition of his quarantine when he came back to work here this spring.
ALL CANADIANS ARE SHOCKED by the discovery of the bodies of 215 unidentified children at a grave site near the former Kamloops Residential School. Let us all take a moment to reflect on that and to express our sympathy and offer our condolences to the families and communities who are suffering such a great loss.
ALL BANK ROBBERS DON’T USE GUNS. Brenda Denney is one of millions of Canadian bank customers who know a stroke of a pen can be enough. “Raising their fees just because they feel like it is like the banks are robbing us. It's like bank robbery from the inside out,” she says.
IT’S TEXTBOOK DISASTER CAPITALISM. Create a crisis to make things better for yourself. The Co-op Refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan did just that last year. They created a crisis for themselves that others would help pay for.
JAY RUNHAM CAN’T BELIEVE HIS BOSSES. They demand that he give back some of the pay he has earned after March 31. If he’s not ready to do that he’ll just have to quit working for the University of Alberta