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#ICYMI: Quilt of Belonging, postal strike and job fair, more news

The Quilt of Belonging snakes down the public hallway in Ottawa City Hall last year during two-week-long Canada Day celebrations. ( Photo courtesy of Meredith Royds ) Meredith Royds

In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.

This is the story of a quilt, a very large Canadian quilt. Called the Quilt of Belonging, it celebrates what its creators describe as “a richly hued portrait of the human family,” not unlike the historically priceless Bayeux Tapestry of almost 10 centuries ago. The Quilt of Belonging sets out to tell the story of Canadians, all of us, no matter our place of origin, in a gathering together of what are called ‘blocks’, the various patches that are placed on the 120-foot long quilt and establish its uniqueness, 263 blocks in all. Together the blocks represent “the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada (Indigenous, Métis and Inuit) and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new millennium.” It was a massive undertaking.

Columnist Bill Young writes: Hudsonite Meredith Royds heads board behind Quilt of Belonging

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One year from the next federal election, the Bloc Québécois believes it has plenty of time to improve its fortunes, party vice-president Gilbert Paquette said in an interview with Presse canadienne. The former Parti Québécois minister acknowledged the sovereignist party has a “big hill to climb,” but noted that “a year in politics is an eternity.”

Like a rolling stone: Bloc Québécois admits it has “big hill to climb” before next election

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No fewer than 5,000 jobs will be up for grabs this week at the National Career Event at the Palais des congrès on Wednesday and Thursday. Job seekers of all ages, backgrounds and skills are invited to attend the jobs fair, being held as Quebec’s labour shortage is at an all-time high. The event will bring together 220 employers in Greater Montreal, as well as a number of companies in outlying regions of Quebec. Employers are particularly looking for immigrants to fill vacancies.

Take this job and … : 5,000 jobs up for grabs at National Career Event

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Workers at Canada Post could begin rotating strikes overnight from Sunday to Monday if no agreement is reached during the day. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) filed a strike notice earlier this week after 10 months of negotiations to renew collective agreements. Lise-Lyne Gélineau, president of CUPW’s Montreal Chapter, said members do not want to go on strike, but the ball is now in the employer’s court.

What about gloom of night?: Postal strike could start Sunday at midnight

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging Premier François Legault‘s newly elected government to address Quebec’s labour shortage. CFIB senior vice-president Martine Hébert said the government must make the issue a priority because there are 110,000 job openings in the province’s small and medium-sized businesses. Hébert pointed out several companies currently have to refuse contracts because of a lack of manpower, while others have had to reduce their activities or even close temporarily.

In other news: Business group calls on Legault government to address labour shortage

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