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Nathan Cullen praises Mulcair and reflects on NDP leadership race

His voice hoarse from a "stunning" third-place finish at Saturday's NDP leadership convention, northern BC's Nathan Cullen told VO Mulcair is proving to be a good choice for New Democrats.

COPE 378's David Black readies for battle with province over labour negotiations

With the province negotiating 250,000 job contracts with several unions in 2012, COPE 378 president David Black speaks about the coming fight, the age of austerity and today's labour movement.

B.C. migrant farmworker advocates speak out in wake of Ontario tragedy

In the wake of the deaths of 11 Peruvian farmworkers in Ontario this week, concerns are again being raised about the safety of migrant workers in B.C.

Social security rates for B.C. poor slammed as MLA ends welfare month hungry, broke

Advocates of boosting financial aid for the poor renewed their social security appeal as an MLA ended a month "on welfare" – $7 in debt and 12 kg lighter. Poverty, he said, affects health and safety.

$1 billion later, no idea if it bought jobs

"No mechanism in place to measure how the plan did."

XYBOOM conference tackles youth unemployment

Three generations will meet to talk jobs. And solutions.

Bad news piles up ahead Flaherty's appearance before finance committee

US recession and debt, market fears all add up to gloom north of the border.

Canada among nations that "wouldn't trade places with the US"

"There's not a country on Earth that wouldn't want to trade places with us," US President Barack Obama said in his weekly weekly radio address on Saturday.  Actually, there probably are -- about...

Canada's economy creating more full time, and better paying jobs, says report

Employment growth is coming in the high-paying sectors -- and is outperforming the U.S., says CIBC study.

Minimum wage hike bad first policy for new B.C. premier: economist

Fraser Institute says "blunt" policy instrument will damage prospects for youth employment.