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Every year, there are Black History Month festivities and events  all across the country that honour the legacy of black people or people of African descent in Canada, past and present.

There was and continues to be a lack of positive protrayal of black people's contributions in the communities and awareness of black history. This resulted in the establishment of  a week in February to recognize black people's contributions in the U.S. in 1926. During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976.

In the evening of January 20, 2012 a massive explosion and fire destroyed the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, a remote community of about 3,600 people in northern BC.

The fire, the worst industrial accident in BC in a generation, killed two workers and injured another nineteen. The destruction of the mill also put 250 members of the United Steelworkers out of work and will have a devastating effect on the entire town’s economy, thanks to the many spin-off jobs created by the local forestry industry.

On January 27th the United Steelworkers announced the launch of a fundraising appeal and the creation of a trust account to provide support to the workers of Babine Forest Products and their families. The labour movement in quickly responded and USW was inundated with offers of support and assistance from other unions and union members across the country.

Once again, it's time to fight for our pension plan.

As recently reported in the media, Prime Minister Harper, Finance Minister Flaherty and other Ministers are openly talking about the Public Service Superannuation Plan, and leaving the door open to changes in the upcoming federal budget. Those changes could include reducing benefits, changing the plan for new and younger employees and/or increasing contribution rates even more.

Higher tuition fees and changes to student loan programs mean BC students are now saddled with record-high student loan debt. The average BC university student debt is $27,000 upon graduation. About half of all students in BC depend on student financial assistance in order to pursue post-secondary education.

That's the idea behind Re:Generation and Bring Your Boomers, experiments in sharing power and ideas across age lines.

Federal cutbacks announced in the 2010 and 2011 budgets will result in more than 60,000 job losses, says a study released today by the CCPA.

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