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Manitoba releases career booklet for girls; Supreme Court takes another look at Giant Mine bombing; Montreal police dress for protest
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2008

Manitoba releases career booklet for girls

Winnipeg — A new booklet from the Manitoba Ministry of Labour and Immigration will help girls build self-esteem, handle the ups and downs of life and select a career. The booklet, 4 Girls Only, is geared to girls in Grades 6 through 8 and includes information on a variety of topics, including health issues, body image, bullying, online safety, healthy relationships and career selection. Girls can obtain copies from guidance counsellors, teen clinics, drop-in programs, crisis programs and health centres. It is also available online at www.manitoba.ca/msw.

Supreme Court takes another look at Giant Mine bombing

Ottawa — The Supreme Court of Canada will review the claims of the widows of nine men killed in the Giant Mine bombing in Yellowknife 16 years ago. The miners were killed when employee Roger Warren planted explosives at the mine during a bitter strike in 1992 involving replacement workers. The widows won a civil suit in 2004 and a security company, the Northwest Territories government, the miners’ union and the mine owner were ordered to pay the widows $10.7 million in damages. The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal quashed the award earlier this year. The Supreme Court gave no reason for its decision to hear the case and no date had been set for the hearing at press time.

Montreal police dress for protest

Montreal — With no right to strike, Montreal police are wearing jeans, track pants, pyjama bottoms, parachute pants and brightly coloured camouflage pants to protest the fact they have been without a contract since December 2006. Because police are an essential service, they say this is the best way they know to legally show their displeasure with the labour dispute. The union says if they accepted the city’s last offer, the city’s police officers would be in the middle of the pack compared to other Quebec forces in terms of remuneration, which is unfair given Montreal is the biggest and most dangerous city in the province. The city’s police chief, Yvan Delorme, has asked the province’s Essential Services Council to put a stop to the protest because wearing camouflage, which invokes military rule, in immigrant neighbourhoods could strain already tense relations between the community and the police.