Regional Executive Vice President in Northwest Territories

January 26, 2018 - 3:35pm
(From the July 19/17 issue of Yellowknifer)
January 16, 2018 - 4:22pm
A new year begins and with it a new hope that the working lives of Northerners continue to improve. As I have mentioned in a previous column, PSAC North is today announcing that we are starting a new campaign to increase the legal minimum wage. In partnership with other labour organizations across the North, we are calling on all three governments to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.
November 29, 2017 - 10:18am
  By Jack Bourassa (As appeared in the Nov. 29, 2017 issue of 'Yellowknifer')  We were slightly amused in recent weeks to see Premier Bob McLeod issue a 'red alert' to our federal government. I certainly do feel there is a lot to be 'alerted' about as it comes to the lack of commitment by the feds to Northern living and how services are delivered to our citizens.
October 11, 2017 - 12:24pm
Across the country there is an increasingly accepted view that raising the minimum wage is both socially responsible and of net benefit to the economy. Within the last year, the public discourse around this subject has shifted dramatically after progressive leadership in several provinces have either announced a $15/hr wage floor before 2020; or put plans in place to work toward that figure before 2020.
September 28, 2017 - 2:32pm
PSAC North asks citizens to wear an orange shirt on Saturday, September 30 to commemorate the Every Child Matters campaign. The day recognizes all of those who experienced the trauma of residential schools and recommits our support for national reconciliation with indigenous peoples. Please see the Orange Shirt Day Shirt website for more information.
September 27, 2017 - 2:18pm
The Native Women’s Association NWT, Yellowknife Victim Services Program and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) project will be holding its annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil and March.  The event will take place at Yellowknife City Hall on Oct 4th, 2017 from 11:30am-1:30 pm. Participants will be walking to Northern United Place. Please see the attached poster for more details.
September 20, 2017 - 12:03pm
Jack Bourassa Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North By now many labour organizations across the country have spoken out in condemnation of the acts that we all witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. Given the tight-knit and diverse nature of our own community, I feel as REVP at PSAC North that we must not only denounce in the strongest terms what occurred, but moving forward, tackle the lingering impact of that weekend.
March 16, 2017 - 10:16am
By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North Canadian families need to have access to a universal, affordable child care system that helps everyone equally. The hodgepodge system of child care we have in Canada now, with every province and territory taking their own approach, is hurting families and failing to support Indigenous Peoples.
December 20, 2016 - 2:44pm
Political Action and Mobilization
October 11, 2016 - 11:24am
By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President for the North (abbreviated version published in the Yellowknifer, October 12 2016)  Here’s a $150 million-dollar question: if you knew your single-mom neighbour lives with her children in unsuitable housing, surviving off food banks, would you help out? Or would you give a hand to a businessperson with a vague intention to set up shop down the street, by helping them pave the road instead?

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