EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data

Statistics Provide Detail Concerning Record Monetary Relief; Charge Receipts and Litigation

WASHINGTON February 5, 2014—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive set of fiscal year 2013 data tables showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in agency history through its administrative process, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million. The data tables also provide detailed breakdowns for the 93,727 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received. The 93,727 charges received in fiscal year 2013 are a 5.7 percent decrease from the 99,412 charges received in fiscal year 2012. More (attached)

CCPA releases its new 2014 Alternative Federal Budget today

Feb. 5, 2014 -- The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a partner in Campaign 2000, released its 2014 Alternative Federal Budget.

The Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government plan.

Specifically, it proposes to double the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) in order to re­duce child poverty by 26% (Cost: $3.1 billion/year). So, you may want to comment on this and/or you may hear from the press in your communities. More:

Low-income homeowners getting energy upgrades through Efficiency NB program

from Government of New Brunswick

DRUMMOND (GNB) – Low-income homeowners are benefiting from energy efficiency upgrades to their homes under a new program offered by Efficiency NB.

The Low Income Efficiency Program was announced in July, and renovations are now being completed in homes throughout the province.

"Our investment in this initiative will have immediate and long-term benefits for low-income homeowners," said Environment and Local Government Minister Danny Soucy, minister responsible for Efficiency NB. "On average, the homes completed will have significantly lower monthly heating costs and a long-term annual saving of almost $1,200."

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City loses track of 131 needy seniors

from Earle Rheaume, Unpublished Ottawa

Author's Note:

Since I have been fighting with Kent Kirkpatrick, Steve Kanellakos, Rick O’Connor, Jim Watson and all City Council for more than five years on this issue, I thought I would take this opportunity to inform the good citizens of Ottawa about the complete lack of interest demonstrated by City Hall in needy seniors. People whose income is mainly from pensions that range from about $11,000 to $14,000 per annum.

Please share this letter with anyone you think may be interested in helping to build public awareness and lobby City Hall on behalf of these needy seniors.

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Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Launches Mind Your Mental Health Campaign with national association

-(Toronto, Ontario) February 3, 2014. Today, in honour of Psychology Month, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) joined forces to highlight the need to enhance access to mental health services across Canada through the launch of the national Mind Your Mental Health Campaign.

The campaign aims to help increase awareness among the public about psychological topics and disorders and how to prevent, manage and treat them. The campaign also encourages the public, to write their provincial and territorial governments to let them know that Canadians need better access to treatments provided by psychologists, in the public health care system.

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Mind Your Mental Health

from Canadian Psychological Association

National awareness campaign launches today in honour of Psychology Month

(Ottawa, Ontario) February 3, 2014. Today, in honour of Psychology Month, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and representatives from the provincial and territorial associations of psychology joined forces to highlight the need to enhance access to mental health services across Canada through the launch of the national Mind Your Mental Health Campaign.

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Sustainability Blooming

What makes a community sustainable?

from Community Research Connections

As the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development program enters its final year, we reflect on the ideas and discoveries that have emerged through the research over the last decade. This animation captures the main points of what we have learned in our exploration of how to edge forward toward a sustainable future. The flower in this animation also maps the CRC website, and we encourage you to visit the interactive version to learn more about sustainable community development.

Long-awaited report on minimum wage increases does little to help the working poor: Editorial

The report recommends annual wage increases tied to inflation but without an actually jump in pay, wages would be stuck at 2010 levels.

from The Toronto Star

Well, that was hardly worth the wait. More than six months after a provincial advisory panel was struck to report on adjusting Ontario’s minimum wage, the final recommendations read like an exercise in timidity.

Instead of grappling with the big issue — how to make up for four years of frozen wages — the panelists applied a narrow focus and limited themselves to recommendations related to annual cost-of-living increases. Without improvement to the base pay, the working poor are being cheated.

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