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Biden to Highlight ‘Dignity of American Workers’ at Labor Day Events

Biden to Highlight ‘Dignity of American Workers’ at Labor Day Events

U.S. President Joe Biden is traveling Monday to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to take part in celebrations for the annual Labor Day holiday.

The White House said Biden will use speeches in both Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to highlight the “dignity of American workers.”

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is joining Biden for the events.

The president on Sunday expressed his support for a California state measure that would give agricultural workers expanded ways to vote in union elections.

“Government should work to remove — not erect — barriers to workers organizing. But ultimately workers must make the choice whether to organize a union,” Biden said.

California’s legislature has approved the bill, which would let workers cast union ballots by mail. But California Governor Gavin Newsom has opposed the measure in its current form, with a spokesperson citing concerns about the system being untested and lacking necessary steps to protect election integrity.

Monday’s holiday honoring workers in the United States was first celebrated in 1894, and it includes parades and other events in cities across the country.

Labor Day also represents an unofficial end to summer with a last busy long weekend for travelers and many children set to begin their school year.

Some information for this story came from The Associated Press.

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Philippine Heritage Month event at Bower Ponds celebrates Temporary Foreign Workers

Philippine Heritage Month event at Bower Ponds celebrates Temporary Foreign Workers

“We were participating in a lot of local events, and then COVID-19 took us down. This year, we’ve managed to put on this first ever event, which we like to call Pinoy Fiesta. This is very common in the Philippines,” she said.

“This event is also a tribute to Temporary Foreign Workers, because being one is a journey and a challenge. That’s why we have other resources here for them to access. When you come to Canada using this program, you don’t have much of anything. I had luggage, $50 and my passport, but now I’m stable and I have my family here. It’s even where I met my husband.”

Rosales, a worker at Red Deer Regional Hospital, said for those in and outside the Filipino community who need help with the Temporary Foreign Worker program, aid is available through Catholic Social Services.

Lhen Ramiso has lived in Red Deer for 17 years, and also came here under the TFW program, starting out with Olymel where she’s now a lead hand.

Ramiso oversees the Oly Girls dance group, which performed for the first time at Saturday’s event.

“It’s really big for the group to do this. It’s a pleasure to share our culture, and we’re very proud to put a smile on people’s faces coming out of difficult times,” she said.

“When I came here in 2005, it was difficult having to leave my family back home, including my then nine-year-old daughter who I was able to get here five years later. It was such an overwhelming experience.”

Ramiso added she’s thankful that Canada allows for this type of opportunity to build a better life.

“Times are hard back home. Our hourly wage here is our daily wage there. It’s kind of difficult,” she points out. “Here, you can stay in a house with one person per room, while there it can often be 16 people in one house with two bedrooms, something I experienced. Now I live good and I’m very thankful to Canada.”

Red Deer-Mountain View Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen, has seen the TFW program undergo changes and scrutiny since becoming an MP in 2008. The program itself was created in 1973.

Dreeshen says the program is positive but unfortunately his office hears about a lot of people getting stuck in the system.

“We’re trying to prevent people from falling through the cracks, but we also hear concerns about people who need workers on the farm helping with planting, for example, but folks are getting lost in the system. Folks here are trying to make sure people are aware of this and what they can do,” said Dreeshen, who offered remarks on stage Saturday.

“It’s important employers know they’ll have enough workers, meaning it isn’t good when it takes too long to get people in. Especially on the agriculture side, folks who bring in Temporary Foreign Workers know the system and what they need to provide so they can have a solid workforce.”

Sometimes restrictions are also unclear for employer and employee, he noted, adding that clarity would be good on that front.

“The program’s objective is good. Many people, however, think the intent is just for people to use it to become Canadian citizens and bring family members here, but that’s not the case at all. Many come here and send money back home, giving their families better opportunity in their own country,” he said.

“I’m happy that it has helped so many families, not just here, but back home for folks. We certainly need great workers, and people who are committed to their communities. They are a hardworking group, they are people of faith, and they contribute in all the ways they can. It’s important to them, and it should be important to everyone.”

In 2017, there were about 550,000 TFWs in Canada, or about 2.9 per cent of the overall workforce, according to Statistics Canada. An estimated 27.4 per cent of those 550,000 worked in crop production.

Upwards of 100,000 TFWs come to Canada annually under the program which allows employers to hire international workers if there are no Canadians or permanent residents available.

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WHO/Europe training course for prison health-care workers: innovation in NCD policy and action

WHO/Europe virtual press briefing: Humanitarian emergency in Ukraine and the wider region

May 2022 online training course

The WHO European Regional Office for Europe, in collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine, has developed an online training course to empower and enhance professional development of national counterparts and clinicians working with prisons and other detention facilities.

The online course will give its participants the knowledge and innovative tools to:

  • review the latest evidence on the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity and overweight, cancer, respiratory diseases, and mental health disorders; and their risk factors;
  • implement successful NCD practices in a prison context;
  • develop further advocacy strategies; and
  • train their peers to deliver the WHO-recommended interventions.

Level and demands

The course is aimed at health professionals specializing in prison environments from any of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. Professionals from other regions are also welcome to express their interest in participating.

The training is free of charge for all selected participants.

Course timeline and composition:

The course starts on 10 May 2022 and ends on 24 June 2022.

It will consist of several modules and include educational videos, webinars, practical workshops, and participant activities.

Application deadline:

Please send your expression of interest to participate in the course to Filipa Alves da Costa ( by 5 May 2022. All participants will be notified on further course details by 9 May 2022.


All participants receive a digital certificate after successfully completing the course.

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Workers evacuate as seismic event rattles Victoria’s largest gold mine

An aerial shot of a mine.

Underground workers at Fosterville Gold Mine in Central Victoria were evacuated after a 2.5 magnitude seismic event this morning.

About 80 workers heard rocks fallings and loud bangs at 8:25am. 

On the ground, staff heard buildings rattling and a sharp bang.

No-one was hurt.

Fosterville, which is owned by Agnico Eagle Mines, is the largest gold producer in Victoria and is located 20 kilometres north-east of Bendigo.

General manager Lance Faulkner said mine workers were encouraged to contact their families to let them know they were safe.

“In this instance, we’ve been able to establish that the location of the event was over a kilometre below the surface and hundreds of metres away from our underground workings,” he said.

Mr Faulkner said it was the largest seismic event since a monitoring system was installed in 2019.

“The next highest was at magnitude two level in the middle of last year,” he said.

“Mine-induced seismic events are not uncommon, and they occur when there’s a redistribution of stress and that occurs as the mine advances.

“Workers have knowledge of the events, know what we expect from them and what they have to do.

Operations have resumed.