News and links: Air Canada and Union Reach Deal; Stigma, Shame, and Sexuality; and Plastic Surgery

Air Canada and its flight attendants have reached a tentative deal, avoiding the looming strike and the threat from Conservative Labour Minister Raitt to intrude, once again, on the right to collective bargaining through back-to-work legislation.

CUPE national president Paul Moist said they are confident their membership will agree to the deal.

However, he said the government’s threat of back-to-work legislation actually hurt negotiations, as they were close to a deal beforehand.

“This settlement happened in spite of intervention by the government of Canada,” he told CTV’s Power Play.

“The minister of labour has become the minister of employers in our point of view.”

Raitt suggested her legislative threat may have helped expedite the deal.

“For every action, there’s a reaction,” she said on CTV’s Power Play Tuesday.

– Gender Across Borders is hosting a series on Stigma, Shame, and Sexuality. Follow the link to check out the pieces they already have up and what they have in store for the rest of the week.

-Celebrities bring the not-so-great side of plastic surgery that has made some of them regret getting it in the first place out into the open.

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