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Faculty on strike at Ontario colleges

Monday, 16 October 2017 05:47 BD
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It could be the start of a lengthy unscheduled break for 500,000 students at 24 Ontario colleges as 12,000 faculty will be walking picket lines. The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says the two sides couldn't resolve their differences ahead of the midnight Sunday strike deadline. And there's no indication when talks might resume. Employer council spokeswoman Sonia Del Missier says the strike is completely unnecessary. She says management was offering terms that were as good or better than recent settlements with teachers, college support staff, hospital professionals, and Ontario public servants. The college employer council had complained last week that union demands for staffing ratios and wage increases would add more than $1 billion in costs over three years.

 

(IM)

 

Tentative Agreement Reached For Cami Workers

Saturday, 14 October 2017 05:47
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General Motors says a tentative agreement has been reached with its striking workers at the company's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

The company announced the agreement in an email Friday night, but didn't provide any details because the workers still must vote on whether to accept it.

The plant assembles GM's Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle.

The agreement comes after GM told Unifor, the union representing the workers, that it may shift more production to Mexico if the four week old strike didn't end soon.

Unifor President Jerry Dias had accused the company of declaring war on its Ingersoll workers, but the company said it had little choice.

Job security was a major issue in the negotiations.

(The Canadian Press)

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Employees will vote on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Western Fair District in London.

If the agreement is approved, employees could go back to work Monday at 11 p.m.

 

Hardeman Brings Shop Local/Buy Local to Tillsonburg

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:20
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Ernie Hardeman was in Tillsonburg yesterday, touting his Shop Local, Buy Local initiative.

The Oxford County MPP began the campaign after a summer of job loss in among his constituents.   The aim is give a boost to local producers and help bolster the local economy. Hardeman says when you make purchase locally, you are supporting your friends and neighbours and your community.

(IM)

 

London Teacher Acquittal Upheld

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:18
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the acquittal of a high school teacher who was charged with voyeurism after secretly videotaping the chest areas of female students.

The Crown appealed after a lower court judge found Ryan Jarvis not guilty on grounds that the videos of 27 female students aged 14 to 18 taken at a school in London were not sexually motivated.

In a split decision, the appeal court agreed with the prosecution that the videos were taken for sexual purposes -- but still upheld the acquittal because it said the students were in a public place and therefore had no reasonable expectation of privacy.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Grant Huscroft said the students did have a reasonable expectation of privacy despite being easily observed in public and he would have convicted Jarvis, whose licence to teach was suspended in 2013 for failing to pay his dues.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Pressure to Get Boundary Deal Done

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:10
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Oxford County builders say that unless boundary adjustments happen there will be jobs lost in the county.  More than 100 people attended a meeting that put local politicians on the hotseat urging them to get the deals done so more homes can be built.  The Audience was told that some discussions have stalled, especially between Woodstock and South-West Oxford that would add land to the southwest corner of the city.  A proposed deal between East Zorra Tavistock and Woodstock was scuttled when 3 members of E.Z.T. council voted against taking the proposal to a public meeting.  At the end, the crowd urged the parties to get back to the negotiating table where possible and to strike deals that would protect hundreds of jobs in the area.

(MH)


 

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