More than 400,000 public sector workers offered $1000 ‘cost-of-living protection payment’ in negotiations

The NSW government has offered hundreds of thousands of state public sector employees a 10.5 per cent pay rise over three years, in a move it says gives certainty to frontline workers. The offer, to benefit more than 400,000 workers, comes with an annual $1000 “cost-of-living protection payment” against inflation, and a pledge to a … Read more

Soaring debt and deficits causing worry about threats to the economy and markets

A view shows the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2024.  Kaylee Greenlee Beal | Reuters Government debt that has swelled nearly 50% since the early days of the Covid pandemic is generating elevated levels of worry both on Wall Street and in Washington. The federal IOU is now at $34.5 trillion, or about … Read more

Biden confronts Gaza, 2024 election weak spots in Morehouse speech

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses Morehouse College graduates during a commencement ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., May 19. Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters President Joe Biden on Sunday addressed the war in Gaza and discussed his investments in Black communities during a commencement speech at Morehouse College, part of a larger effort to reinvigorate the voter … Read more

The West Block – Episode 36, Season 13 – National

THE WEST BLOCKEpisode 36, Season 13Sunday, May 19, 2024 Host: Mercedes Stephenson Guests:Dominic Piché, RCMP National Close Protection Training UnitHoward Sapers, Former Correctional Investigator of Canada Location:Ottawa Studio Mercedes Stephenson: Secret transfers of some of Canada’s most notorious killers, warnings about prison riots, and questions about the conditions behind bars. I’m Mercedes Stephenson. The West … Read more

More transparency needed after high-profile prison transfers: ex-watchdog – National

Canadians deserve to know more about why corrections officials make decisions on things like high-profile prison transfers, a former watchdog says. But Howard Sapers, a corrections policy consultant and former Correctional Investigator of Canada, says that transparency should still be limited to prevent the sharing of personal information about prisoners and anything else that’s not … Read more

Democrats campaigning to suspend filibuster rule to pass abortion protections

CHICAGO — Sen. Tammy Baldwin, facing a tough reelection fight in one of the races that will determine control of Congress, has made protecting reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign, and she’s willing to back that up by pledging to change the Senate filibuster rules if Democrats retain control of the chamber. The Wisconsin … Read more

Vaping in Canada may cost more as of July 1. Here’s why – National

Vaping could cost more this summer due to a tax increase proposed by the federal government in this year’s budget. On July 1, the price of a vape pod will increase between 12 and 24 cents depending on where Canadians live – expected to bring in $310 million to the government over the next five … Read more

Ohio voters approved reproductive rights. Will the state’s near-ban on abortion stand?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A county judge could rule as early as Monday on Ohio’s law banning virtually all abortions, a decision that will take into consideration the decision by voters to enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution. The 2019 law under consideration by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins bans most abortions once … Read more

New Kansas abortion clinic will open to help meet demand from restrictive neighboring states

A new abortion clinic will open in southeast Kansas this fall, bolstering the state’s role as a regional hub for reproductive health services whose neighbors have severely restricted access since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced Tuesday that Pittsburg, Kansas, will be home to a … Read more

North Carolina lawmakers push bill to ban most public mask wearing, citing crime

RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are pushing forward with their plan to repeal a pandemic-era law that allowed the wearing of masks in public for health reasons, a move spurred in part by demonstrations against the war in Gaza that have included masked protesters camped out on college campuses. The legislation cleared … Read more