|The Institute of Ocean Sciences Canada’s Scientists Keeping Us Safe|
Neighbouring the Victoria Airport, in Sidney, British Columbia, resides the internationally renowned Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) which is shared by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
|“For the Public Good” Campaign Expands|
Regular readers are aware that the Institute’s branding campaign, “For the Public Good”, has been featured in many cities across the country for the past few months (see our Autumn 2009 and Winter 2010 issues for more details).
|“Poor No More” on the Big Screen!|
The Institute was the proud organizer and sponsor of the two official Ottawa premieres of the English version of the film “Poor No More”, shown on Parliament Hill and in the Empire 7 Theatre this past April 12 and 13 respectively.
|Protecting Your Pension|
Over the course of the fall and winter months, rumours circulated in the media about possible changes to be brought to the public service pension plan. Two right-leaning organizations, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the C.D. Howe Institute, were in the forefront of efforts to convince the federal government to take an axe to “gold-plated” public service pensions in its 2010 Budget.
|Government Parking Policy|
The Professional Institute has concerns about the government’s new Parking Policy as initiated by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for implementation across most federal departments and agencies. In the past, parking policy was dealt with by the Treasury Board. However, in 1996 Treasury Board rescinded its parking policy, and custodian departments and agencies were responsible for setting parking rates.
|Contracting out...the Real Picture! - Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2010|
The Conservative Government has engaged in a sweeping series of public service privatization and outsourcing exercises. While the government purports to re-establish a balanced budget, it spent $8 billion dollars for professional and special services in support of program delivery in 2009. This amount represents one-quarter of the total operating budget for salaries and benefits.
|Snapshots - Vancouver Branch AGM|
|PIPSC Challenges Employer’s Unilateral Action to Alter Terms and Conditions of Employment|
|Snapshots - Gatineau Branch AGM|
|Members in Atlantic Canada|
|Peter Krahn: Canada’s Environmental Defender|
|A Legacy of Service|
|First OPEEPM Scholarship|
|91st Annual General Meeting|
|Collective Bargaining Report|
|Know Your Rights|
Getting to see first hand what our members do and meeting them face to face is one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of my job. Even better, I am able to share their stories with you, our readers. These features provide a glimpse of the work being done by PIPSC professionals who make Canada one of the healthiest and most secure countries in the world. In this issue, discover the work being accomplished at the Institute of Ocean Sciences where scientists monitor the Earth’s tremors and the receding Arctic coast line among others. Share your thoughts and suggestions on work sites, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org