FACTORY WHISTLES WERE A GOOD THING. They blew to begin and to end the work day. The time to start work and end work—to down tools—was rigid and fixed. Not so now. Now, in the middle of this pandemic, people are working longer.
“IT’S TOO SOON TO TELL.” That’s what the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai is supposed to have said in 1972 when asked who won the French Revolution. The same could be said about who won the recent grocery workers strike in Newfoundland and Labrador.
THEY SHOULD FEEL LIKE HEROES. But they don’t. The nurses, personal support workers (PSWs), custodians, cleaners and other health care workers on the frontline in the Covid fight in Ontario feel they are being callously “sacrificed”.
THE ERROR MESSAGE WAS A SHOCK. What Hajar Pittman expected was an automatic approval of her application for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). What she got instead was an error message saying she wasn’t eligible.
BILAL BAGHA JUST WENT AHEAD AND DID IT. He and about a dozen other volunteers in Victoria, British Columbia pooled their energies and skills to build two shower stalls for people living in the open without homes. The group plans to install the stalls in Beacon Hill Park—no matter what city officials say.
PALLISTER COULD CALL THE COPS on covid. The Manitoba premier thinks doing that just might help stop the runaway spread of covid-19 in the province. Everything else he has tried so far hasn’t worked. In fact, many believe the Pallister approach to the pandemic has made it as bad as it is.