Profile of Lana Payne

Lana Payne writes on labor, politics and social justice issues every second week or twice monthly in The Weekend Telegram.

All articles of Lana Payne

  • The big blink

    It doesn’t happen often, but the Harper government just blinked. It wasn’t a total capitulation, not even close. Indeed, the changes announced ...

  • Foreign workers and federal priorities

    It is a program that is rife with abuse. Its rules are regularly broken. And it was designed that way; legalized exploitation.No one should be ...

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: welcome to austerity

    The definition of insanity, Albert Einstein once said, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Welcome to ...

  • Broken election rules and no penalty in sight

    As far as excuses go, they are not even good ones. The dog ate our copy of the “Political Financing Handbook for Candidates and Official Agents” ...

  • Attacking the most desperate

    Vilifying the unemployed has become commonplace and pervasive in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canada. In Harperland, anyone and everyone who ...

  • Worthy of note: a banker is touting the benefits of bolstering CPP

    The considerable voices urging the federal and provincial governments to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in some fashion just got an ...

  • Getting by with a little help from Facebook friends

    American author James A. Michener once claimed: “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” Of course, Mr. Michener was more ...

  • Expecting public service (and getting it)

    If he chooses to do so, Kevin Page can look back on his term as the country’s parliamentary budget officer with the knowledge that he made a ...

  • Prosperity, meet austerity

    So what does a government do when faced with a “white-hot” economy, real wage growth, skyrocketing consumer and business confidence, the best ...

  • Idle No More

    She has inspired so many, with humble courage, with quiet determination, with dignity and with steely resolve.Some might call her hunger strike ...