Monthly Archives: February 2011

Walk the Talk on Mental Health – Postcard Campaign

Fill out your postcard and return it to your nearest OPSEU regional office by March 3.

This week postcards are being distributed to OPSEU’s regional offices. The postcards ask Dalton McGuinty to “walk the talk” on mental health.

The Ontario government has spent the last two-and-a-half years developing their 10-year strategy for improving mental health. This has been against a (read more)


Participate in the People for Corporate Tax Cuts Campaign

OPSEU has launched a campaign talking about corporate tax cuts and we need your help.

Back in the fall, you participated in the union’s Stop the Wage Freeze/Invest in Ontario campaign. You calculated how much Dalton McGuinty’s wage freeze will cost you and e-mailed the percentage loss to your MPP. You said that taking money from your pocket and donating it to wealthy corporations in the form of tax cuts won’t help create jobs or pay down the deficit. You told the government to invest in the public services and infrastructure projects that make Ontario stronger.

Our new campaign People for Corporate Tax Cuts uses humour to make the point that Ontario can’t afford corporate tax cuts. We’ve made quite a splash with our website, Facebook page, online ads and advertising in nine targeted ridings across Ontario.

Please help us get the word out to OPSEU members, their friends and families. We need them to:

Visit the website Download the posters. Enter the contest to win $500.  Share the videos.

“Like” our Facebook page, share it with their Facebook friends, join the discussions and stay up-to-date with what’s going on.
Follow our Twitter feed and Tweet about the campaign.!/nuellawarkworth

If you can, please print the attached posters and display them on your union bulletin boards. Alternatively, we can send you printed copies. Let us know how many you want and where to send them.

Our campaign has been widely reported on TV and radio news and discussed on current event shows. It’s been in newspapers around the province and praised on hundreds of blogs.

We’ve helped build and shape the debate about corporate tax cuts. We need to keep the momentum going.

Thank you for your help.

In solidarity,

OPSEU Communications Department

February is Black History Month

Black History Month 2011

The Workers of Colour recognize Black History Month as a month for all Canadians to
acknowledge the past and present contributions of African Canadians and their vast contributions

to the social economic, political and cultural life of Canada.

Why is there a Black History Month?

Although African-Canadians have been present in Canada since the early 1600’s, their

contributions and histories have often been omitted from the official record. For example, there is

little general awareness that:

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slavery once existed in Canada;
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many Loyalists who settled in the Maritimes were black;
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there have been many wartime sacrifices made by Black soldiers extending as far back as the War of 1812
Even more than correcting official accounts of Canadian history, Black History Month serves as a

reminder that African-Canadians have also been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights,

social justice and equality in Canada.

What is the History of Black History Month?

Black History Month began in the United States as “Negro History Week” in February 1926 through

the work of African-American scholar, Dr. Carter Woodson, who proposed the week as an

observance in honor of the accomplishments of Black Americans. In the 1960’s, the United States

began to formally celebrate black history month. Through community events and activities,

organizers sought to present a more balanced and accurate picture of black History.

In 1979, Toronto became the first Municipality within Canada to proclaim Black History Month

through the efforts of many organizations and individuals such as the

Ontario Black History

In 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized Black History Month following a motion

introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to parliament—the Honorable Jean


In February 2008, Senator David Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a

motion to have the senate officially recognize February as Black History Month. The motion

received unanimous approval.

2011 Black History Profiles: A Million Ways to Succeed

In recognition of Black History Month, the Workers of Colour present the Black History 2011

Legacy poster and the profiles of four innovators whose diverse contributions to the economic,

social and cultural life of Canada is unparalleled.