Monthly Archives: September 2012

4th October For Sisters in Spirit Vigil

October 4th is the day on which we honour the memory of hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and also the day on which we help to raise awareness to demand action for these missing women by insisting on a national inquiry.  I have listed a number of vigils occurring around Region 3 (plus 2 in Toronto)  on Thursday October 4th and I hope that you will make time to attend one in your area.  I have included a link to the joint statement where you can also print off a copy of the petition with the address to send it to when you have filled it with names that demand justice.  In solidarity, dora – Chair, Provincial Women’s Committee

To sign on to the joint statement:

October 4th 2012 – Sisters In Spirit Vigils

Barrie – Barrie Native Friendship Centre, March at 6pm at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Georgina – Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery at Main Street Yonge St. at TBD

Midland – Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association at 7pm

Orillia – City of Orillia at 6pm

  • Newmarket – Trinity United Church (Main and Park Avenue at Friendship Centre) at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Newmarket – Women’s Support Network of York Region at Georgina Island First Nation at 4pm -9pm

Parry Sound – Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee at Royal Canadian Legion at 5:30pm

  • Peterborough – YWCA of Peterborough at TBD (late afternoon)
  • Peterborough – Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle at city permit at park at 1pm

Sutton – Georgina Island at TBD

Toronto– Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Allen Garden’s Park at 6pm – 8pm

Toronto – Aboriginal Students  Association at York at Sacred Fire by Strong Pond at 12-1pm

OPSEU REGION 3 Joins Andrea Howarth aboard the Georgian Queen,


The North Simcoe Riding Association of the NDP gathered on September 22nd in Penetanguishene to attend a NDP fundraising cruise aboard the Georgian Queen.

 Simcoe North NDP riding president and former OPSEU Region 3 EBM, Doris Middelton was the master of ceremonies for the 3 hour cruise that featured Ontario NDP leader, Andrea Horwath,  the local folk band, ALEX and a great selection of finger foods and refreshments that included locally produced items.

 Andrea Horwath was enthusiastically greeted by the crowd and spoke appreciatively of OPSEU support during the recent Kitchener Waterloo by-election.   She specifically remarked that OPSEU’s Central Political Action Committee and the support of  the OPSEU Executive Board and member volunteers helped to turn the tide in the riding that  clearly decided that the Liberals would not be granted a majority government in Ontario.      

 On behalf of the Simcoe North NDP Riding Association, Doris Middleton  thanked the significant group of  OPSEU Region 3 members and retirees who supported the event. 

 Another proud moment for OPSEU and Region 3!

Town Hall Meeting (Pensions :A Matter of Trust)

Pension Town Halls Sept. 20 and 24

OPSEU members and leaders need to mount sturdy opposition to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s plan to take control of pensions for most OPSEU members, says President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

Members across Ontario have a chance to get in on the conversation during town hall meetings that will take place over phone lines Thursday, Sept. 20 and Monday, Sept. 24.

Members can ask questions and register their opinions in on-the-spot polls, the results of which will be reported during the one-hour meetings.

OPSEU has mounted an all-out effort to push back McGuinty’s pension grab and continues its longstanding campaign to secure pension coverage for others.

“All people deserve to retire with dignity,” says Thomas. “The problem with pensions in Ontario is that most people don’t have one. Dalton McGuinty should be fixing problems, not creating new ones. ”

Thomas will moderate the town hall meetings and will be joined by two panelists with pension expertise. Executive Board Members Mike Grimaldi (Region 2) and Nancy Pridham (Region 5) will take questions from members across the province.

There are four town halls to give more members a chance to participate. If you are not available to take place in the one set for your region – or if you don’t know your region number – you may join any of the four.

How to get in on the conversation

All OPSEU members

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU

Mike Grimaldi and Nancy Pridham, Executive Board members and pension liaison to Executive Board

Regions 3 + 4 (Muskoka and Eastern Ontario)
8 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

If your phone number is in our database, you will get a phone call a few minutes before the Town Hall is about to start. All you need to do is stay on the line if you wish to participate.

If you do not get a call
Dial 1.877.229.8493 and enter the ID code 110663 at any time during the Town Hall. You may choose to listen only or to participate in discussion and polling by following directions.

Region 3 OPSEU Joins teachers at Rally in Barrie

Energetic Region 3 OPSEU members greeted the rain and Laurel Broten (Liberal Education Minister) in Barrie on Friday morning.   She had come to Barrie  to pose for a photo opportunity at a new school site, the minister was welcomed with jeers and not cheers.  Members of the Barrie and District Labour Council as well as a number of OPSEU members chanted “Negotiate, not legislate!” while Broten attempted to put on a brave face.
She was later quite confrontational when remarks were made about her pension. She responded back saying public sector employees have a 90% pension when we retire.  How we wish that were true!  When you consider that only last week Kathleen Wynne, another caucus member made similarly misinformed remarks.  It is clear that these seemingly intelligent persons have been drinking Dalton’s kool-aid.