Ha! Excellent news after a rather dark week. Canadian clothier Simons is introducing a minimum wage of sixteen dollars an hour. Are we psychic predicting they will attract more customers with happier employees who give better service because the people they work for actually give a hoot about them? We know where we will be buying our new clothing in the coming years.
Here’s a link to that open letter from the people managing something like one point eight billion dollars worth of the national economy. Contrast the thinking behind their interest in universal basic income with that other item from same news cycle in which we find Tory/neoliberal playa Patrick Brown (MPP, Simcoe North) needed three hundred grand for his office expenses for two months. This man is part of an AUSTERITY government. One that just foisted a hospital cancellation on Brampton, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, among other things.
What a curiosity these times are. Firstly that a right wing government member can be a hog wild spender with a robotic interest in power who also projects a surface interest in fiscal probity and professionalism mainly expressed through talking like a businessman. Secondly, the actual business managers are, here, in the role of social conservation.
Are these times in which the messages are mixed? You fucking bet they are.
Bankhead from the outside looks like a place that would be pretty hard to love. In other words, it is much like much of the United States. The Atlanta neighbourhood has seen better days, yes, and with some investment from a multi-award winning musician with roots there Bankhead may rise up yet.