$15 minimum wage will be a boon for our economy
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Canadians still count themselves lucky to have escaped much of the type of economic madness that came to afflict the United States after the 2008 crash. Still, there seems to be some discomfort with the state of things here if the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index is to be believed. This globally-focussed think tank praises Canada frequently, placing us at number eight this year with Yemen dead last and Norway number one, after assessing a range of socio economic factors. This index is picked up quite widely in the business media most years and it appears to contain much general truth.
The Christmas shopping season and the expectations around next year’s increase to the minimum wage in Ontario brings our minds to the retail trade. If so many of our fellow citizens are going to work in that sector we should hope for it not to be stupid, exploitive and awful.
Retail jobs don’t need to be bad. Here’s proof
Living wages: explaining a growing movement
Stronger protections needed to fight erratic scheduling, advocates say. As the passage of Bill 148 nears completion, workers worry that a loophole in new protections will leave them vulnerable to unpredictable schedules
Walmart: too big to fail?
Sears demise is Nortel all over again for pensioners, says expert. Some 16,000 retirees face uncertain future as company seeks approval to begin liquidating assets
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The public health authority for Hamilton, Ontario released a report in November about local food security. For many Hamiltonians, it comes down to cost and there is concern about the province looking to reduce its monitoring efforts in this area.
Part of California’s state capital has begun to distinguish itself via its suburban poverty numbers.
Fortress North America doesn’t really hear much about New Zealand, does it? In terms of suburban poverty this feature from the summer begins to correct that a little.
Childhood diseases in the land of milk and poverty
nzherald.co.nz (video 2:14)
Suburban poverty has its own awful Australian TV show. Great! It looks like some of what is often called poverty porn found on UK TV and must surely generate similar feelings. On one hand this kind of thing brings attention to issues of poverty and social difficulty under neo-liberalism in a resource-research country (sound familiar Canada?). On the other hand does it change anything, help anyone?
News that half of Canadians in their prime working years don’t have a full time permanent job is a bit of a puzzle. Consider this against the central place in this culture occupied by the folklore of occupations and work, status and wages, the entire socioeconomic package of Canadian life.
Census 2016: Canadians in prime working years less likely to hold full-time jobs
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