Today is a brutal one when you consider that by noon-ish the bigger dollar Canadian CEOs will have blown past the wages of their workers on average pay – FOR THE YEAR. Wow.
Canada’s highest-paid CEOs will earn what the average worker makes in a year by lunchtime today. A report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also reveals the gender pay gap is widest for women at the top of the corporate ladder
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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.
CEOs open letter on basic income test pilot
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Wow! Some nice reading for the day after the Day for the International Eradication of Poverty. Thanks, CEOs, for fighting for us.
Strong words from an enemy of poverty about the millionaire’s boy who can barely string a sentence together but somehow became Premier of the largest province in the country.
Social murder and the Doug Ford government
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Why precarious work threatens the health of Millennials.
New job reality increases risks of physical, mental illness
Downtown Toronto becoming like ‘Downton Abbey’ as service workers get pushed farther from the core
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Looks as if we are not the only ones who feel an almost homonymic gravity of some kind drawing the phrases ‘buck-a-beer’ and ‘go fuck yourself’ into the same orbit. This piece captures the general atmosphere of a hyped up, hot, and violent summer in a province that needs a sex-ed snitch line like it needs another massive forest fire.
Please read and share this powerful piece.
What buck-a-beer feels like to an alcoholic. I’ve been sober for five years, but my province is being led by a politician who seemingly prioritizes cheap beer over other, more urgent, issues—and it sucks
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