Friday, October 7, 2016

Changing Workplaces Review.

October 14 deadline for feedback on Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report

  • Workers' Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services have published a response to the Changing Workplaces Review. Download it here. They have also prepared a sample cover letter for others to use as a template while endorsing the WAC & PCLS submission: available here.
  • The Ontario Federation of Labour is also working on a submission that can serve as a template document and we will share it as soon as it is ready for distribution. We are encouraging all groups to support the OFL's submission.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Raise the Minimum Wage to $15

Please join us in calling for at least $15 an hour for all workers now. Watch and share this fantastic music video written, performed and produced by Nadine MacKinnon. And don't forget to tweet Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne @Kathleen_Wynne and Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn @MPPKevinFlynn to let them know that all workers deserve at least $15 an hour - NOW! Please use #15andFairness and #MakeItFair.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Concerned about the Liberal’s government decision to privatize Ontario hydro without public consultation, debate, accountability or transparency?

Wondering how will this decision impact you, local businesses, industries, municipal and regional governments? Want to be involved in this campaign?


Day: Wednesday JUNE 29
Time: 7 pm
Place: Central Branch of St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street, St. Catharines.

For more information contact Adrian: or call Sue 905-932-1646

The Citizens Coalition Against Privatization [CCAP] is a broad based, non-partisan group of Ontarians working together on this campaign.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fight for $15 & Fairness

Niagara Workers Activist Group & Niagara Regional Labour Council: FIGHT FOR $15 & FAIRNESS:

Workers, are you sick and tired living under precarious working conditions? Come, hear, see,  and discuss what we can do to make our wor...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 15 Rally

Join us for a rally outside of Jim Bradley's office as we as we fight for $15 and Fairness. 
April 15, 2015 at 10 am to 10:30 am
2 Secord Drive, Unit 2
St. Catharines

This day of action is especially timely, as we wait for the Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review. Last year we lobbied our Niagara MPPS for much needed changes to Ontario Employment Standards and the Labour Law. We presented our briefs to the review panel outlining our concerns and our recommended changes .
On April 15, we want to remind our MPPs that workers want:

  • A $15 minimum wage with no exemptions for any worker 
  • Decent hours that we can live on
  • Paid sick days
  • Respect at work
  • Rules that protect everyone
Through province-wide organizing, the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage made major gains winning an increase to the minimum wage and indexation to inflation in 2014. But we know that workers need more than that to be lifted out of poverty, have decent jobs and live healthy lives. So we're taking our fight to the next level and launching the Fight for $15 and Fairness! 

Our fight is part of a larger movement that is gaining momentum across North America. April 15 is a global day of action in the Fight for $15. Workers will be walking off the job in over 100 US cities, with solidarity actions in 40 countries around the world. 

Community and labour groups across Ontario are organizing actions for $15 and fairness. 

April 15th rally at MPP Bradley office on Secord Drive, St. Catharines

Saturday, January 9, 2016

BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE Public Informaiton Session


St. Catharines and District Council of Women and the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network
January 13, 2016  7:30 pm
Centennial Library 
54 Church Street, St. Catharines

The St. Catharines and District Council of Women and the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network believe that ending poverty is within our means and a basic income guarantee is part of the answer.
An important part of getting from here to there is education and awareness notes Gracia Janes, Convenor of the St. Catharines and District Council of Women. “That’s why we have invited Dr. Lisa Simon , Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Muskoka Simcoe Public Health Unit to talk about a basic income guarantee so people can develop a better understanding of the connection between poverty and health,” says Janes.
As a health care professional, Dr. Simon understands the link between income and health. The Muskoka Simcoe Public Health Unit was the first in Ontario to endorse a basic income guarantee. Thanks to her efforts, this action was followed by Ontario’s Public Health unit’s provincial body, the Association of Public Health Agencies last spring.
“Decades of research have demonstrated that income has a substantial impact on health at all ages, with implications for physical and mental health from childhood to adulthood,” Simon says.
According to the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN), “a Basic Income Guarantee ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of their work status.”
It’s a simple idea that has been discussed for a number of years and even piloted in Dauphin and Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1974-79.
The evidence from Manitoba supports that people fare much better when they are income secure. From a decrease in hospitalization rates, less domestic violence, higher secondary school completion rates to a decline in teenage pregnancy, a basic income offers people stability in their lives which translates into improved social and health outcomes.
“The momentum for a basic income is growing nationally and internationally,” says Elisabeth Zimmerman, chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network. “We feel a basic income guarantee is an important policy measure that has the potential to prevent poverty and combat income insecurity,” Zimmerman adds.
“Given the persistent challenge of poverty and the trend towards fewer opportunities for secure employment, a basic income guarantee has real potential to contribute to the reduction of poverty and its health and social impacts,” says Simon.
To learn more about a basic income guarantee, join the St. Catharines and District Council of Women and the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 7:30pm at the St. Catharines Centennial Library, 54 Church St., for an informative presentation.
For more information, please contact Gracia Janes, Convener of Social Justice St. Catharines & District Council of Women at 905-468-2841 or by email at


MONDAY January 18th @ 12 noon
116 King Street, West
There is parking available underground at the Sheraton and across the street next to the Convention Center.