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A minimum wage worker speaks out

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As a minimum wage worker, who like most of those I know working minimum wage jobs (both here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country), works part time to full time to support myself and those I care about, I know the value of every paycheque I get. I know the value of making even a few cents extra on minimum wage, and the potential benefit to myself and others that a true living wage could one day provide. When the news featured Tim Hortons franchises cutting benefits in Ontario to make a statement against having to give workers a fair wage I saw people who would sacrifice someone else’s long term future for their own short term gain. I saw people crying foul from their winter homes in Florida because they no longer get to profit off of a broken system. Evidently so does Tim Hortons’ parent company,…

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Why won’t the Province pay up?

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“As the capital city, St. John’s hosts a big proportion of our most important provincial facilities, but the province has chosen to pass the disproportionate tax burden of the associated services directly onto city taxpayers.”

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Silence is a weapon of control

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“In this day and age, silence is being used to the advantage of those who wish to quell any resistance to ‘development’ by the people.”

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Climate Change: reclaiming the conversation

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“One doesn’t change an economy overnight, but one does need a vision of the future that ensures today’s policies will create the kind of future we want.”

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An Open Letter to Dwight Ball on “Discovery Day”

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Let’s call it “Reconciliation Day” instead.

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Let’s fight for free education

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“Education is a fundamental condition of human freedom.”

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Press freedom a “cornerstone of a healthy democracy”

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From Concerned Youth of Newfoundland and Labrador: An open letter in support of Justin Brake and the role of good journalism in a turbulent future.

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Rome is burning

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What are we going to tell future generations who ask us what we did to solve global warming?

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Access to education and employment key to poverty reduction

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“Policies aimed at improving access to education and the ability to obtain employment complement each other in breaking the cyclical nature of poverty.”

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Liberal backbenchers hold the power

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“If 10 or more of you get together as a united group you have the power to demand change to this horrible budget. If cabinet is unwilling to act, cross the floor and form the Official Opposition.”

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“How much do we have to give up before we say that’s enough?”

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“We can take a stand — in our presence, in our words, in our willingness to unite, in our willingness to understand why we are like we are and in the effort to decolonize and take our rightful place on and for our land.”

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The merchant days are over

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“We need to stand together and show that we are more than the quaint people hanging clothes in tourist commercials.”

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“Keep on marching”

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“[T]his government did not concede anything out of ‘caring’. They were drove to their knees by the pressure from the marchers…”

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Time to take the Leap

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“Canadians believe that Canada and the provinces can become world leaders in addressing climate change.”

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Time to slay the Muskrat Monster

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“I love the fact that folks are speaking out about our lost services and our financial state, but I do feel we cannot call ourselves a compassionate people if we are not willing to stand up against Muskrat Falls.”

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Open letter to Paul Lane

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“Your decisions Wednesday have stoked the flames and given the movement courage and hope.”

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We need to stop letting history repeat itself

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“Let’s stop letting greed and ego cloud the vision of our future.”

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