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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP face legitimate concerns and kooky conspiracy theories in debate over Bill 6 farm safety bill

Alberta’s NDP government has been in full damage control mode since Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act exploded in their faces late last month. While attempting to bring our province closer to national standards on farm safe… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP face legitimate concerns and kooky conspiracy theories in debate over Bill 6 farm safety bill

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP should tap the brakes on its new Farm and Ranch Safety law

The Alberta government needs to rethink its approach to overhauling safety laws on family farms and ranches. Since it was introduced in the Legislature on Nov. 17, confusion about Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act has trigge… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP should tap the brakes on its new Farm and Ranch Safety law

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Canada’s Pest Control Product Act protect farm workers?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It has been said that the measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members.  So when I recently testified the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health about Canada’s Pest Control Products Act (PCPA), I chose to focus my submissions on what we’ve learned . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Canada’s Pest Control Product Act protect farm workers?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Limping Alberta Liberals face more financial troubles

Tweet Did Liberal leader Raj Sherman break Alberta’s political donations limits when making donations to his own party? The Calgary Herald is reporting that Dr. Sherman may have exceeded the $15,000 limit for donations three times in the past four years and donated double the limit this year through corporations he controls. The questionable donations . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Limping Alberta Liberals face more financial troubles

Political Eh-conomy: On the hunt for good jobs

There’s lots of talk about “good jobs” these days. At the same time, the expectations for what makes work not only “good” but even a “job” keep falling. It’s hard to fight for better (and less) work in light of decades of defeat for workers as an organized force, years of lingering post-crisis fallout and . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: On the hunt for good jobs

Alberta Diary: The only sector where you can’t have a union is the only one with no health and safety rules? Explain, please…

Alabama farm workers in 1935 – not so different from Alabamberta farmworkers in 2012. Below: Premier Alison Redford.

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta

Literally everybody – and that includes Alberta Premier Alison Redford – knows that permitting an industry to “voluntarily” self-regulate the health and safety of its own workers amounts to a load of a . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The only sector where you can’t have a union is the only one with no health and safety rules? Explain, please…

Bill Longstaff: Dying for your country in anonymity

According to Wikipedia, 158 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed in the Afghan war since 2002. Their ultimate sacrifice has been widely recognized, honoured and commemorated—individually and collectively—and will continue to be, at least every November 11th, for generations.

I thought about this while reading about how the Alberta government has decided to no longer . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Dying for your country in anonymity