Each year on December 6 — the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women — we commemorate the loss of the 14 women who were murdered that day in 1989 at Montréal'sÉcolePolytechnique simply because they were women.
The reckless actions of the Harper Tories in spying on Dr. Cindy Blackstock, child welfare advocate, the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), and a UFCW Canada national community partner, is disturbingly reminiscent of Senator Joseph McCarthy who terrorized Americans with the Red Scare during the 1950s, and utilized that fear to create a chilling effect on those who advocated for basic decency and human rights.
December 3rd is observed around the globe as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 10% of the world’s population or approximately 650 million people live with disabilities.
UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley was recently honoured as ‘Person of the Year’ by the UFCW Minority Coalition in Washington D.C., as the recipient of the UFCW Charlie Hayes Award. The award is presented annually by the UFCW Minority Coalition for lifetime achievement as an advocate for equal rights and social and economic justice.
UFCW Canada had an unparalleled presence at the 11th Biennial Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Convention in Toronto from November 21 to 25. With over 100 activists in attendance, UFCW Canada represented one of the largest delegations at the convention.