Bell Canada’s New CEO Says Race for Cheap Wireless Prices is a Bad Idea

Last summer, Bell Canada announced its CEO George Cope was set to retire in January 2020, to be replaced by its chief operating officer, Mirko Bibic. As of today, Bibic has started his role as Bell’s new president and CEO.

Today, Bibic has commented on Canada’s desire for cheap wireless rates, calling the move “really bad public policy.”

Bibic stated his views in an interview on Bell Media’s BNN Bloomberg with Amanda Lang today. According to the new CEO, he said, “If our objective is to have the cheapest communications services in the world, or the G20, or the G8, I think that would be really bad public policy.”

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Locked out workers to escalate fight for a fair deal at Co-op Refinery

January 7, 2020 – 12:00 AM


REGINA – Hundreds of members of Unifor Local 594 and their supporters rallied at noon today to show the Co-op Refinery that, on day 34 of the lockout, their resolve has never been stronger.

“Co-op will not bust our union by using profits only made possible by your hard work. We are going to hold them to their pension promises. Our union will intensify our campaign to achieve a fair collective agreement for our members,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer.

Payne told locked out Local 594 members that locals across Canada will mobilize and send members to Regina as the union ramps up the fight for a fair deal.

“While refinery workers walked picket lines 24-7 in the frigid cold, their greedy employer posted revenues of $9.2 billion last year,” said Scott Doherty, lead negotiator and Executive Assistant to the Unifor National President. “For Co-op to attack workers with lies and misinformation while claiming to respect workers is just shameful.”

During the rally, secondary pickets were also underway at Co-op retailers in Western Canada as the union announced an escalation of the boycott campaign against Co-op. The union’s Boycott TV commercial has been seen by millions of Canadians, including during Saturday’s Gold Medal World Juniors Hockey game.

“Co-op must return to the bargaining table with a deal that does not include gutting half the value of our pensions as was promised in the last round of bargaining,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Unifor Local 594. “We just want to get back to doing the jobs we love.”

PWHPA Dream Gap Tour returns to Toronto

January 8, 2020 – 3:00 PM


The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Dream Gap Tour will return to Toronto January 11-12, 2020 with a six-game tournament.

“Unifor has been a strong supporter of the PWHPA since its inception,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “Our union fully supports the goal of a sustainable professional women’s league that girls and women players can aspire to.”

This weekend’s tournament will be the fourth official PWHPA event. Unifor was the title sponsor of the first Dream Gap Tour tournament, which took place in Toronto back in September 2019. Since then the tour has held tournaments in Hudson, New Hampshire and Chicago with an upcoming tournament scheduled to take place in Philadelphia next month.

The Women’s Hockey Showcase, sponsored by Secret deodorant, will bring six teams comprised of 120 athletes from across North America for two days of action packed hockey. Four of the games will be held at Toronto’s Herb Carnegie Arena, with three on Saturday January 11 and one the morning of Sunday January 12.  A fifth game will be played Sunday morning in Vaughan at the Al Palladini Centre and the final game will take place Sunday afternoon at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.

The event will showcase the best players in the world including Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne and many more.

The mission of PWHPA Dream Gap Tour is to draw attention to the continued lack of opportunity and support for professional female hockey players in North America.