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Unionized construction workers in Ontario less likely to be injured, less lost time than non-construction workers, says new study

By Denis Calnan      

Sean Strickland, of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, which funded the study, says it confirms there is a ‘union safety effect’ on workplaces.

Liberal MP Joyce Murray pictured at the construction skills training facility at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont., with Scott Fleming, construction skills coordinator for Sir Sandford Fleming College. Photograph courtesy Joyce Murray

A new study says unionized construction workers in Ontario are less likely to be injured and have less time lost on the job than construction workers who are not in a union, confirming that there is a “union safety effect” on workplaces, according to those behind the study.

‘Very close to a point of no return’: urgency of climate crisis top of mind for Canadian delegation heading to UN conference

News|By Mike Lapointe
Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'

Kenney outlines demands ahead of face to face with Trudeau

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mr. Kenney’s other demands include calling for a 'fixed,' 'firm' timeline for completing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

‘Competence’ of Scheer in doubt, says ex-Tory Senator Segal, while progressive Conservatives eye the future

The party won’t split, and risk letting Grits win ‘just by showing up,’ say moderate Conservatives. 

Some defeated Conservatives want to back Scheer for their own ‘survival’ as future candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.

No exit timeline for NATO training mission strengthening Iraq military, says outgoing commander

News|By Neil Moss
Long-term NATO mission will lead to greater chances of success stabilizing Iraqi security forces, says foreign policy experts.

PMO completes hiring chiefs of staff to 26 cabinet ministers, 10 ministers still waiting to recruit their top aides

News|By Abbas Rana
The Prime Minister's Office selected new chiefs of staff from CVs sent to PMO chief of staff Katie Telford; PMO director of administration Brett Thalmann; and cabinet ministers directly, a senior Liberal source told The Hill Times.

Veteran Senate staff get walking papers; leaders split over giving extra cash to keep PSG afloat

The leaders of the Senate agreed to give the upstart Canadian Senators Group cash to operate in the coming months, but were divided over floating the Progressive Senate Group after it lost official status. 

Rookie PSPC minister a ‘calculated risk’ as a cabinet pick, say observers

News|By Palak Mangat
Canada's new procurement minister Anita Anand 'ticks a lot of the boxes,' says one political observer of the first Hindu to be appointed into cabinet on a federal level.

In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'
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