The Toronto Star surveys the general picture for Ontario’s workers as Decent Work Day (Oct 7th) and the conclusion of public consultations within the province’s Changing Workplaces Review coincide with what has been a blue sky Thanksgiving weekend.
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Grrr, you payday lenders, you!
See also: (966) We are the loan sharks
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Yeah, Canada’s payday loan industrial complex…
“We are loan sharks”: why one woman is leaving the payday loan industry [with several videos]
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If a given nation’s welfare system took on some of the characteristics of its surveillance system, what would that be like?
Pregnant, on Medicaid and being watched
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Since temporary agencies now have this major moderating role in how Americans get work they really need to be under pressure to do right by their clients.
Decoding discrimination in America’s temp agencies
Center for investigative reporting
Election 42 is peaking as we write. What a doozy: far too long and no attention for poverty. Too much focus on personalities. And wasn’t that a Tory Prime Minister flaunting his relationship to track-suited one-time wild man Rob Ford at some kind of rally in Etobicoke the other day? We certainly heard about the economy a fair bit over the last several weeks.
Lowest point: the high level disinterest in the women’s issues debate. Highest point: …uh, we’ll get back to you on that.
Setting aside the big picture, waiting for the polls to come in all across our very wide nation we can zoom in on one particular economic situation in search of Canadian reality. Think we’ll forward this to the legal department. Tax evasion advice from a major newspaper? Don’t know, maybe?
How a couple with a net worth of $10 million and annual income of $215,000 can pay $0 in income tax
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What’s with us as a society always “blitzing” things like basement apartment standards, restaurant cleanliness or the mechanical safety of taxi cabs or the behaviour of temp agencies? Why can’t these things be subject to a reliable, fair and continuous level of inspection to keep everything cool? Is that such a stupid question to ask, Ontario?
Province-wide blitz shows majority of temp agencies on wrong side of the law. Former temp agency worker Ben Corpuz says more needs to be done to protect vulnerable employees
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