The Ontario provincial government “spends more on interest than on colleges and universities”, according to Mike Crawley of CBC News, “Taxpayers are shelling out $11.4 billion in interest on the debt this year. That’s more than the government is spending in either community and social services ($11.1 billion) or colleges and universities ($7.8 billion).” Ontario’s debt is now $298.9 billion from $153 billion in 2007-08.

Does this really matter to me as a worker and an Ontarian?

I am not an economist. As a lay person that came from a developing country. I have experienced and know that there is a greater possibility in the future that the interest rate will increase which means that more tax money will pay for debt interest than spent on social services, education, and health. What will this mean to us, our families, our parents,  and our children?  What would happen to OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan), publicly funded education, fund assistance to college and university education, public utilities (hydro), seniors’ assistance? What about municipal services that are supported by the province? Again, there is a great possibility that the Ontario provincial government will download the services to the municipalities which may mean social services cut or increase tax to the people.

I know, it is a complex situation and it confuses simple workers like me.  All we know is that we work hard to pay our taxes hence we seek accountability from the government we elected.  We as workers carry the burden of keeping the economy alive. We work precarious and vulnerable jobs so all we ask is stable future for all workers and Ontarians – a safe and respectful community where people have access to safe and affordable housing, medical and health services, green and clean environment, children are publicly educated in a healthy school environment, and most of all, an Ontario that respects and value diversity. We strongly urge the provincial government to incorporate the following:

Priority 1:        Apply a “Climate Change” lens to all decisions made by every Ministry. All new infrastructure must be designed to attain the lowest carbon footprint in its operation. Economic development policies and investment must help place Ontario’s private and public sectors on the cutting edge of sustainable practices and business opportunities. Money from Carbon Trading should be re-invested in green technology. Ensure the benefits of a green economy are fully shared with all communities.

Priority 2:        Restore the capacity of public revenues. Instead of selling Hydro One, ensure corporations and tax evaders pay their fair share by:

  • Reversing the disastrous corporate tax cuts by restoring the rate to 14%, which could generate over $2 billion annually.
  • Increasing efforts to collect the more than $2 billion in unpaid taxes the Auditor General has uncovered.
  • Removing the exemptions from the Employer Health Tax, which could generate up to $2.5 billion.

Priority 3:        Undo the structural inequities and ideological distortions left over from the Harris cuts and downloading. Restore and extend funding for social housing, transit operation, schools and childcare. Scrap the privatization of key services and assets such as transit and hospitals. Abandon any plans to further outsource public services, and challenge any aspect of CETA and TPP that would undermine the ability to support Canadian jobs.

Priority 4:         Commit to a comprehensive agenda of social, racial and economic equity. Strengthen workers’ rights in order to tackle income inequality, build on the Community Benefits process for public infrastructure, invest in a robust Anti-Racism Secretariat, address the Gender Wage Gap, update the Fair Wage policy and raise the Minimum Wage to $15.

Priority 5:        Commit to pro-actively strengthening the social infrastructure needed to address growing poverty, youth violence, obesity and health, and the aging population.  Reduce tuition fees for college and university, and ensure that the next generation finds career opportunities that lead to decent jobs and a secure future.


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CUPE79 begin Work2Rule

Come to City Hall this Thursday at noon to support CUPE Local 79!
After months of fending off massive concessions, CUPE Local 79 members responsible for childcare, recreation and other indoor jobs at the City of Toronto began a work-to-rule campaign this week.  Mayor Tory and his Conservative Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong are demanding cuts from these front-line workers, many of whom have precarious jobs, even while providing police with a cumulative pay increase of 8.64 per cent over four years. The police budget ballooned over $1 billion this year. See what Royson James has to say about it http://ow.ly/YECeG Find out more at www.betterlivesTO.ca

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Byelections in Scarborough 41

On January 25, 2016, a by-election is happening in Scarborough 41 of the Toronto District School Board. The trustee seat was left vacant due to the election of Shaun Chen as an MP of Scarborough North. Twenty (20) candidates are running.

If you are a public school board supporter and have not yet voted last weekend in the advance voting, please exercise your right and vote for the candidate that will put the students’ success first.  Research your candidates and vote for the one who has proven leadership in the community and a strong advocate for the community. One who is qualified and ready.

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Join the Justice 4 Janitors rally on January 25

Join our brothers and sisters on Janaury 25, 2016 12 noon – 1 pm.


Their struggle is our struggle. Agencies must comply with the labour laws. Companies who use agencies must ensure that these agencies comply with the law.

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Justice for Janitors


Toronto janitors take on property moguls


Mila Viernes a cleaner with 9 years of experience who was fired from a Dream REIT building because she wanted to join a union.

By David Bush
A couple of dozen janitors and their supporters protested outside the corporate headquarters of Dream Office REIT, one of Canada’s largest estate companies, in downtown Toronto on Tuesday. The lunchtime rally was organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 2 in an effort to shed light on the company’s poor labour record. The companies that Dream REIT have chosen to contract out its cleaning services to have been accused of numerous labour violations such as not retaining when a contract was flipped because workers wanted to join a union, paying below the minimum wage and not paying proper severance and termination pay.

Click this link to read the full article.David Bush article.

See also Toronto Star’s coverage on the story. http://on.thestar.com/1N3MBNe

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Filipino Workers Network @ Lumad Prayer Service


massforlumadOur sisters, Cecilia Austria and Rafunzel Korngut participated in the Mass for the Lumad Prayer Service and Community gathering at St. Dunstan’s Parish Church last Sunday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00-6:30 pm.

The prayer service was con-celebrated by Rev Irene T, Rev Dante Coloma and Rev Bob McElhinney. MP Bill Blair of the Scarborough South West was in attendance as well as leaders from the various Filipino community organizations and parishioners. Beautiful music was provided by Belinda Corpuz and Tim Parayno at the prayer service while Norman Crisostomo, Lui Queano, Rhea Gamana and Tambuli  sang original Filipino progressive songs at the community gathering. Our thanks to Fr. Jeff Masterson who welcomed us in the parish church. The event was organized by ICHRP and PATAC.

The prayer service was one of the events held as part of the campaign to stop the killing of the Lumad indigenous people in the Philippines. The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) also sent an open letter to the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III express urgent concerns regarding the violent attacks on Indigenous Peoples (Lumads) in Mindanao. The Philippine Star, a newspaper in the Philippines declined to publish the open letter as a paid ad “due to political reasons”. The request to publish was made during the APEC meeting in Manila.

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Christmas Salo-salo ng Filipino Workers

fwnDECDecember 5, 2015, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

60 Richmond St E

Toronto, Ontario

Come and join Filipino Workers from various unions and organizations.

Sayawan, Kantahan, Kuwentuhan

(Dancing, Singing and Chatting)


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Ganz Training on December 12, 2015

On December 12, 2015,  the Filipino Workers Network will conduct its first Ganz training with select SEIU Local 1 Filipino union leaders and the Filipino Workers Network Steering Committee members.

December 12, 2015, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

OFL Building, 15 Gervais Dr., Toronto, Ontario

Please RSVP. Limited seating.

Call 4163208703 or email campaigns@labourcouncil.ca for information.

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Bring the GANZ out: A leadership training for Filipino Workers

Ganz training is a popular training developed by Marshall Ganz, a successful organizer and now a senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard University. He teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Ganz training is a product of years of experience that Marshall Ganz acquired in his work with students, farmworkers and community organizations, since 1964.

On December 12, 2015,  the Filipino Workers Network will conduct its first Ganz training with select SEIU Local 1 Filipino union leaders and the Filipino Workers Network Steering Committee members.

Call 4163208703 or email campaigns@labourcouncil.ca for information.

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Christmas Salo-Salo


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Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the First Filipino Conference.

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