Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eight in Ten (80%) Canadians Think Ending Child Poverty Should be a Goal for any Federal Government

Almost Nine in Ten (86%) Agree Providing Quality Care for Children is an Expression of Canadian Values

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Toronto, ON – A new Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by The College of Family Physicians reveals eight in ten (80%) Canadians think that ending child poverty should be a goal for any federal government.

In addition to supporting the goal of governments to end child poverty, half of Canadians (51%, 9% very strongly influence, 42% somewhat strong influence) say their vote would be strongly influenced by a party’s platform on child health care. The other half (49%, 35% somewhat weak influence, 14% very weak influence) say a political party’s platform would weakly influence their vote.

Furthermore, almost nine in ten (86%, 37% strongly/49% somewhat) agree that providing quality care to all children and youth in Canada is a reflection of Canadian health care values. Females are more likely to agree (88%) in comparison to males (83%), and Canadians 55+ are more likely to agree (90%) compared to those aged 18-34 (83%) and those aged 35-54 (84%).

Canadians are also demanding more from their government with respect to home care. Over eight in ten (83%, 40% strongly agree, 42% somewhat agree) agree that providing quality home care for those that need it is an expression of Canadian health care values. Less than two in ten (17%, 5% strongly disagree, 13% somewhat disagree) disagree with this. Despite the importance of home care to Canadians, three quarters (76%) believe the federal government is not doing enough about home care.

Four in ten (43%) Canadians also believe that increased independence and dignity of people who are ale to stay at home while under home care is the most important benefit of providing quality home care, compared to two in ten (19%) who believe lower costs for the health system is the most important benefit. One third (36%) believe both benefits are equally important and only 2% said neither of the two are important.
Two thirds of Canadians (65%, 20% strongly influence, 45% somewhat strongly influence) say a political party’s position on home care would strongly influence their vote for that party, while one third (35%, 9% very weak influence, 26% somewhat weak influence) say it would weakly influence their vote.

These are findings from an Ipsos Reid survey conducted between July 7 and July 11, 2014 on behalf of The College of Family Physicians. A sample of n=2,004 Canadians from Ipsos’ Canadian online panel were interviewed. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data for Canada, and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online surveys is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the total sample is accurate to within +/-2.5 percentage points had all Canadians in this sample universe been surveyed. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

For more information on this news release, please contact:
Sean Simpson
Vice President
Ipsos Reid
Public Affairs
(416) 572-4474

About Ipsos Reid

Ipsos Reid is Canada's market intelligence leader, the country's leading provider of public opinion research, and research partner for loyalty and forecasting and modelling insights. With operations in eight cities, Ipsos Reid employs more than 600 research professionals and support staff in Canada. The company has the biggest network of telephone call centres in the country, as well as the largest pre-recruited household and online panels. Ipsos Reid's marketing research and public affairs practices offer the premier suite of research vehicles in Canada, all of which provide clients with actionable and relevant information. Staffed with seasoned research consultants with extensive industry-specific backgrounds, Ipsos Reid offers syndicated information or custom solutions across key sectors of the Canadian economy, including consumer packaged goods, financial services, automotive, retail, and technology & telecommunications. Ipsos Reid is an Ipsos company, a leading global survey-based market research group.

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Public Sector Alliance of Canada Members Across the Country Reject Government's Sick Leave Proposals and Cuts to Public Services

Federal Public Service Workers Defend Their Rights

Nov 12, 2014

Workers in the federal public service, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) organized rallies, pickets and information sessions across the country on October 30 to express their determination to defeat Treasury Board demands to gut their sick leave provisions. The current round of negotiations began in July and affect some 100,000 workers. Through their actions the workers gave a resounding NO to concessions and upheld their right to sick leave and the rights of Canadians to high quality public services. They spoke out against the Harper government's cuts to public services, raised the demand of sick leave for all workers, and gave the rallying cry to Stop Harper! In Quebec, PSAC members joined the coalition of public sector unions in a big rally in front the Quebec National Assembly on October 30. PSAC Atlantic Region also organized a Day of Action on October 17, with participation in all four provinces.

The Harper government is attempting to roll back the clock to the days when public sector workers had no unions, to eliminate negotiated the sick leave provisions which have been in place for up to 50 years. The Treasury Board which negotiates collective agreements with unions representing federal government workers tabled a proposal to gut sick leave benefits on September 10. Annual sick leave would be reduced from 15 days a year to five days as part of establishing a new Short Term Disability Plan (STDP) which would exist outside the "collective agreement." All sick leave credits which workers have accumulated over many years would be abolished. Workers would no longer be able to carry over unused sick leave from year to year. The new STDP would impose an unpaid seven calendar day period before workers could receive benefits. It would pay 100 per cent of salary for the first four weeks and 70 per cent after that for a maximum of 26 weeks.

The Treasury Board is also demanding that the union agree to provisions in the collective agreement which would sanction arbitrary action by the employer. Sick leave would only be paid if the worker satisfies the employer "in such manner and at such time as may be determined by the Employer" that she/he could not perform their job because of illness. The new STDP would be privately administered, further imposing arbitrary measures to deny sick leave while lining the pockets of the insurance monopolies.

PSAC rightly characterizes the government's proposals as a "go-to-work-sick" plan. This violates all the public health norms of a modern society. It negatively impacts not only the workers forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay, but their co-workers and the public they serve.

The Harper government has been making wild claims about the "cost" of sick leave in order to justify its attack on the rights of public sector workers and the services they provide. PSAC points out that information from both the Parliamentary Budget Officer and Statistics Canada show that the government is providing misleading data to make its claim that the workers are "abusing sick leave." The government is grossly inflating the amount of paid sick leave actually taken by federal public service workers which it calls a "burden on taxpayers." By claiming that sick leave is a "cost," the government is denying that sick leave is a right which belongs to all workers. The wages, benefits and pensions of public service workers are not a cost to society. Society could simply not function without the services these workers provide, and far from being a cost they provide enormous benefit to society. To decry paid sick leave as a cost is an attack on the rights and working conditions of all as well as the public services these workers provide.

In addition to PSAC, negotiations are taking place with 16 other unions in the federal public service. All the unions have signed a solidarity pact to present a common front on the issue of sick leave benefits.

TML congratulates the federal public service workers for their determined stand and calls on all Canadians to give full support to their just fight.

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Imminent Decision in Hassan Diab's Case - Please Consider Signing Letter

Begin forwarded message:

Dear all,

As you may be aware, the Supreme Court of Canada will issue its decision regarding whether or not to hear the appeal in Hassan Diab's case this Thursday, November 13th. 

If leave is granted, the case would be heard by the Supreme Court sometime in 2015. If leave is not granted, the government would remove Hassan from Canada to France where he would spend years in pretrial detention before facing trial based on a handwriting analysis report that was discredited and condemned by five world-renowned handwriting experts. 

The following letter was drafted by professors at Carleton University. We are collecting signatures on the letter and plan to submit it as an Op-Ed to a newspaper in the next couple of days. We also plan to send the letter (and list of signatures) to the Canadian Minister of Justice and Members of Parliament.

Please consider signing the above letter by Wednesday, November 12th at the latest and help us circulate it among others you know. You can enter your name and affiliation directly at the bottom of the above page. 

Here is a link to factums that were filed by Hassan's lawyers regarding the leave to appeal application.

Best regards,

Hassan Diab Support Committee

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