Northern Reflections: Anxiety Breeds Passivity

Over the weekend, Conservative senators announced that they will re-introduce a bill which previously sparked rebellion in the Red Chamber. The bill would force unions to publicly disclose their spending. It’s all part of a movement which began forty years ago. Murray Dobbins writes: In those pre-corporate globalization days, it was conventional political and social ...

Northern Reflections: Behind The Numbers

When Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page released a report  two weeks ago, which documented the average annual salary of a federal employee as $114,100, there were howls from the usual critics. Andrew Jackson writes: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation was quick to jump on the report of the Parliamentary Budget Office on federal government pay and ...

Northern Reflections: The War On Wages Continues

On the subject of rotating teacher strikes in Ontario, Tom Walkom offers a little historical perspective:  When Bob Rae’s New Democratic Party government overrode collective agreements in 1993, many private sector unions — including the Steelworkers and my union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers — broke with their public sector counterparts to support the NDP ...