Race to the bottom in long-term care

Government announces long-term-care bailout--but will workers get any of it?

The UCP government has announced $14.2 million in additional monthly funding for long-term and senior care until the end of the pandemic. But will that money go to paying for workers, or just lining private operators’ pockets?

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Progress Report Pod #37: Manitok. Meatpacking. Postmedia. Manifesto

We have friend of the pod Jeremy Appel on to talk about how his latest story for the Progress Report, The Manitok Manoeuvre, as well as the Sprawl getting shutout of the media bailout, the Herald caring more about "big beef days" than dead meatpacking workers and the Progress Report's transition to a full-time media organization. 

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AER denies sale of Shell Canada's sour gas assets to Pieridae Energy over environmental liability concerns

A May 13 decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator has blocked the $190 million sale of Shell Canada's sour gas wells, pipelines and processing facilities to Pieridae Energy due to environmental liability reasons. 

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How to get away with dumping your orphan wells on the public

The case of Manitok Energy shows just how easy the Alberta Energy Regulator makes it for oil and gas executives to dump their environmental liabilities onto the Alberta public.

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Cargill broke OHS rules and locked worker reps out of COVID-19 investigation

Management at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act by shutting workers out of the investigation into the plant's coronavirus outbreak, according to documents provided to Progress Alberta.

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Exclusive: Interview with a Cargill worker who still doesn't feel safe returning to work

As of May 8, the outbreak at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River, Alberta, is the single largest workplace outbreak of coronavirus in North America. The plant employs 2000 people--946 workers have already tested positive for COVID-19. The virus has already killed one worker at the plant and another worker’s father.

Despite the objections of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401, the union representing these workers, Cargill reopened the plant on May 4. Progress Alberta has been on site to hear from the workers. One of these workers, who asked to remain anonymous, told us about their experience at the plant.

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This is what it's like inside the reopened Cargill plant

The High River Cargill meat packing plant is the single largest COVID-19 outbreak from a single facility on the continent. 

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Champions of Agriculture

This morning, workers returned to North America’s single worst workplace outbreak of coronavirus: the Cargill meat packing plant in High River.

The plant officially opened on Monday--the same day as the funeral for Bui Thi Hiep, the first worker at the plant to die from the virus. But today is when the full workforce returns. By now nearly half of the entire staff of the plant has tested positive for COVID-19, but the plant owners and the UCP government maintain that the workplace is not dangerous. The bereaved might argue otherwise.

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Hundreds of Cargill workers haven’t been paid in weeks despite promises to pay workers during shutdown

The Cargill meatpacking plant in High River re-opened this week after the largest COVID-19 outbreak in North America infected nearly half of the 2000 people who work at the plant. But despite promises from Cargill to pay workers during the shutdown, workers haven’t been paid--some for weeks.

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Progress Report Pod #36: Alberta's most expendable workers

Filipinos in Alberta are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 in Alberta as outbreaks in meatpacking plants and continuing care facilities hit our province. Around 60-80% of the workers in the Cargill meatpacking plant, the largest workplace outbreak in Canada, are Filipino. And now they're feeling unfairly blamed because of the government's and even Dr. Deena Hinshaw's statements on the matter. We talk about this and the Healthcare for All campaign with Migrante Alberta director Marco Luciano. 

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