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Leigh Phillips | The jaw-dropping speed of COVID-19 vaccine development is a glorious marvel of science, cooperation, and economic planning — a glimpse of how much more an egalitarian world could produce and achieve. But the lifeboat ethics of vaccine rollout is a horrifying display of the inefficiency and cruelty of capitalism.
From schools to hospitals, up and down the province, Manitobans are sitting in confined death traps. As of December 1, 312 people have died from COVID-19. Judging by the leisurely response of Premier Brian Pallister, it appears the sick and dead act as nothing more than sacrificial lambs to the political divinity of neoliberalism in Manitoba.
This infographic describes the precautions that Canadians will be taking or will continue to take as COVID-19 safety measures are relaxed across various population groups, on the basis of an online panel survey conducted from June 15 to June 21 called Canadian Perspectives Survey Series.
Safety investigation of COVID-19 in Cargill slaughterhouse didn't include worker representation, OHS finds | CBC News
A review from Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has found that Cargill did not attempt to engage worker representation as it investigated the circumstances that led to the largest COVID-19 outbreak linked to a single facility in Canada.
TORONTO – Unifor mourns the loss of Leonard Rodriquez a Local 40 PSW member who passed due to a preventable workplace exposure to COVID-19.
The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care was measured in 14 countries. Canada had the worst record | The Star
Canada has the highest proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in long-term-care settings among 14 countries, according to a study by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network.
The Ontario government had all the knowledge it needed to make better and faster decisions that would have saved lives in long-term-care homes.
85% of workers afraid to return as Alberta meat plant preps to reopen after COVID-19 outbreak, union says | CBC News
Union is fighting to keep the Cargill plant, site of Canada's largest coronavirus outbreak, closed
Health officials say five workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a warehouse facility north of Calgary that handles orders for the global online marketplace Amazon.
A variety of missteps by management at Forest Heights Revera Long-Term Care Home created a pandemic within its walls, a union president says.
The Kitchener home is now the facility with the most COVID-19 cases — 193 among residents and staff — and more than half of the deaths in Waterloo Region.
Locally, 66 people have died of coronavirus, 34 of them at Forest Heights.
Coronavirus antibody studies and what they allegedly show have triggered fierce debates, further confusing public understanding. ProPublica’s health reporter Caroline Chen is here to offer some clarity around these crucial surveys.
Covid-19 is a crisis on a scale never seen before in peacetime. But, James Meadway argues, the left risks losing the arguments of the future if it mistakes the political battles of the next decade for the battles of the last.
A number of people at an Ontario greenhouse have tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent, said there are 40 positive cases of COVID-19 among the workforce of Greenhill Produce near Kent Bridge.
Colby said the entire workforce of more than 100 employees have been tested, and so far 22 tests have come back negative.
Physical distancing while working inside an Amazon warehouse can get tricky, especially since the company still tracks workers' productivity during the pandemic.
The e-commerce giant has hired 1,000 new employees to boost its fulfillment centres and delivery network in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta.
Amazon workers in the Greater Toronto Area say the new hires, especially in the warehouses' narrow aisles and locker rooms, are a big problem.
Unions say coronavirus crisis has brought 'into sharp focus' the problem of women being expected to wear PPE designed for men | Press and Journal
The issue is one which trade unionists have raised for many years but has been brought into “sharp focus” in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, following complaints from nurses that the PPE they have been wearing for 12.5-hour shifts is “designed and made to fit men”.
Scab Work Camp at Saskatchewan Co-op Refinery Still a Threat to Public Health, Locals Warn PressProgress
Workers, occupational health experts and local officials are warning that a crowded camp housing hundreds of scab workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina is still a potential COVID-19 hot spot and a threat to their community.
Capitalism Is Failing Its Coronavirus Stress Test—Only Workers Can Turn Things Around - In These Times
All companies—even those with the most enlightened CEOs—are pushed by market competition to prioritize profits above all else. That’s why working-class people can’t ask “good” corporations to save us. We have to save ourselves.
The undersigned represent scientists and researchers from across the globe. The current COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and we need innovative ways of coming out of the current lockdowns. However, we are concerned that some “solutions” to the crisis may, via mission creep, result in systems which would allow unprecedented surveillance of society at large.
Unifor members at Local 1075 are getting ready to manufacture parts for urgently needed ventilators at the Bombardier plant that usually manufactures bilevel GO Trains, streetcars and subway trains.
A 58-year-old grocery clerk opens up about the fear and frustration of working through a pandemic