For centuries throughout the Northern Hemisphere, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating the arrival of spring. Towns and villages throughout Europe would hold gatherings. With seeding mostly completed, farmers would often give their labourers a day off. To this day, May Day is a national public holiday in several countries, many of which refer to it as Labour Day or International Workers Day.
In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists of the Second International May Day chose International Workers Day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago in 1886. What began as a peaceful labour protest ended with bloodshed and became an international symbol for workers’ rights. Continue reading Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws
About 60 residents gathered in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on March 6 to hear from members of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) about their proposal to open four safe injection sites in the city’s core.
The meeting, organized by the McCauley Community League executive committee, was intended to address residents’ concerns about possible impacts the sites may have on their neighbourhoods. Continue reading Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts
Long before the Alberta Avenue Revitalization Initiative was launched, area residents have been the driving force behind efforts to improve 118 Avenue and surrounding communities.
Continue reading The transformation of Alberta Avenue Area residents have always sought to improve the area
Through boom and bust, calls for action on affordable housing have prevailed for at least a generation. Despite countless announcements and interventions from various levels of governments over the past decade, the situation continues to get worse rather than better.
At the end of September, Mayor Don Iveson joined other big city mayors in Toronto to ask the federal government for a major infusion of money for affordable housing. Iveson has joined his counterparts across Canada in referring to the affordable housing situation as a “crisis”.
Continue reading Fixing Edmonton’s affordable housing problem The slow progress to creating better housing strategies
The only thing climbing higher than Alberta’s unemployment rate is the audacity of the corporations responsible for the layoffs.
A group of those corporations gathered last month and commanded a full mainstream media news cycle, demanding that Premier Rachel Notley shift course and adopt the failed policies of the previous Progressive Conservative (PC) government. It is true that 80,000 Albertans have lost work since the New Democratic Party (NDP) was elected last May. However, the party has nothing to do with the inability or refusal of the oil industry or the previous PC provincial government to prepare for the inevitable downturn in oil prices.
Continue reading Asking for public dollars Shareholders profit while Albertans foot the bill