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Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. The theme for IWD in 2012 is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.

If every International Women's Day event held in 2012 includes girls in some way, then thousands of minds will be inspired globally.

Food Safety Staffing Could Drop to Pre-Maple Leaf Foods Listeriosis Crisis Level

VANCOUVER, - The union representing federal food safety inspectors is warning consumers that significant cuts to the public service expected in next month's budget may reduce the inspection of imported foods to less than two per cent of all products examined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

WHITEHORSE – Recent cuts to federal environmental monitoring programs will have a long term negative impact on Canada’s environmental sustainability and its economic prosperity, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Conservative austerity budget in March will only exacerbate the problem and make it difficult for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada to fulfill their mandates.

The PSAC bargaining team met the employer this week to once again press your demands for improved job security language and related issues. Here's what happened:

Parks Canada told us “a richness of protection” already exists in the collective agreement and we have no need for improved job security language.

But Parks also asked for more time at the table to review the proposals. Without negotiating them, naturally.

The B.C. Council of Seniors today welcomed Premier Christy Clark’s promise to improve services for seniors, but cautioned that actions speak louder than words.

“For the last decade, this government has implemented a ‘seniors’ agenda’ that has created misery for thousands of elderly citizens in our province,” said Art Kube, President of the 80,000 member Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO).

“As a senior minister and deputy to Gordon Campbell, Premier Clark had a direct role in undermining the services that helped seniors to live with dignity and independence in their own homes. The harmful effects of ten years of mean-spirited actions can’t be undone with warm and fuzzy platitudes.”

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