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Canada's Two-Tier Remittance Economy

Josie Baker and Katie Mazer write about the issues facing temporary foreign workers in rural PEI and workers leaving PEI for jobs in western Canada

Posted: Tuesday 7th April 2015 13:10   (Updated: Tuesday 7th April 2015 19:59)

"For starters, both groups are staring down staggering wage gaps that have been produced by retrograde economic policy, unfettered resource extraction, the undermining of food-based natural resource industries, and more. Both groups of migrants lack dignified employment options at home and are increasingly encouraged to train for long-distance labour markets. Ultimately, these workers are seeking basic economic security and opportunities for their kids . . . "

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Working Group for a Livable Income holds forums in Summerside, Montague and Charlottetown April 9-16

Posted: Thursday 26th March 2015 08:52

Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), is a plan that would ensure that all individuals and families have a decent income. Right now, low wages, low pensions, and inadequate social programs are keeping too many people in poverty. The three community forums will give people a chance to learn more about BIG, and to offer their ideas for making it happen. Each forum will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. There is no cost involved, and refreshments will be offered. Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Community Connections, 701 Water St., Summerside Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – Montague Regional High, 274 Valleyfield Road, Montague Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond St., Charlottetown For more information, call Cooper Institute, 902-894-4573 or 1-877-894-4573 (toll free) or email cooperinstitute@eastlink.ca Read more about BIG here: http://cbigpei.wix.com/c-big-pei

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Going West: How Government Policies are Forcing Workers to Leave Home

A community forum connecting the stories of temporary foreign workers and Islanders working out west - Saturday, March 14

Posted: Wednesday 11th March 2015 10:24

Saturday, March 14 from 2-4pm (Storm date March 15) Alice Duncan Centre, 544 Maine Street, O’Leary. The forum will connect the stories of Island workers who have gone west looking for work, and international migrant workers working in PEI. The forum will include presentations about the economic forces and government policies that are contributing to the rise of forced labour migration globally and on PEI. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Islanders who have worked out west Islanders with family and friends working out west Temporary foreign workers Local decision-makers Curious community members Refreshments will be served. The venue is accessible and the event is child-friendly. Money is available to reimburse participants for the costs of travel, childcare, and eldercare.

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Cooper Institute is an education and community development centre in the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. The main program areas of our organization are livable income for all, food sovereignty and cultural diversity and inclusion. Within these programs, we conduct research and popular education projects on provincial, national, and international level.

The REPORT of Cooper Institute's first annual Social Justice Symposium is now available! You can also watch a video of Chandra Pasma's presentation: Powerless Workes and Apathetic Citizens: Is Basic Income The Cure?


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May 7, 2014.