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Bill 47 passes, Ford shows he is NOT for the people

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Over 77% of Ontarians — including 64% of Conservative voters — oppose Ford government’s decision to eliminate paid sick days. Over 66% of Ontarians — including 62% of small businesses — support a $15 minimum wage… Over 77% of Ontarians — including 64% of Conservative voters — oppose Ford government’s decision to eliminate paid sick days. Over 66% of Ontarians — including 62% of small businesses — support a $15 minimum wage.

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Unpaid caregivers do a lot of heavy lifting – and they deserve more support

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Stats Can also reports that 8.1 million Canadians are providing some level of care to a loved one, suggesting that the majority of care, especially of seniors, is being done on an informal basis… A large number of caregivers, 44 per cent, said their loved ones have “aging issues” that require help, but a significant number, 17 per cent, care for someone with dementia, and as many care for someone with a significant physical disability… if caregivers were paid the equivalent of Ontario’s minimum wage ($14 an hour), their economic contributions would range from $26-billion to $72-billion a year.

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Scrapping labour reforms is damaging Ford’s popularity: poll

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

“Ford needs to do a better job telling workers why getting rid of those measures is a good thing for business and a good thing for workers. He hasn’t done that.” Indeed, 77 per cent of Ontarians oppose the premier’s decision to scrap two paid sick leave days while 17 per cent favoured that and 6 per cent were unsure. About half of those polled — 52 per cent — were opposed to Ford stopping a planned increase of the minimum wage to $15 on Jan. 1.

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Labour leader says Pay Equity Act should also address income disparity in minorities, disabled

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

… research shows that visible minorities – the term Statscan uses – earn almost 20 per cent less, on average, than Canadians who are not visible minorities. That gap widens further for women of colour, who earned, on average, 70 per cent of what a man who is not a visible minority earned… research considered factors such as education, experience and hours worked. “After controlling for all characteristics that may drive earning gaps, we still see some gaps that then we can say that’s discrimination”…

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Doug Ford government spins fake news to ditch minimum wage hike

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

After two years of public consultations, special advisors leading “the largest review of Ontario’s labour laws conducted in decades” concluded in the 400-page Changing Workplaces Review report “that there are too many people in too many workplaces who do not receive their basic rights.” … for business lobbies to now say there has been no input and that Bill 148 is “too much too soon” is disingenuous… In fact, some of the changes… were modified by the business community.”

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No sign minimum wage hike was ‘job killer’ Doug Ford says it was

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Now that Premier Doug Ford’s government is scrapping nearly every change the Liberals made to the employment laws and freezing the minimum wage until October 2020, it’s time to assess whether the claims that it’s killing jobs and devastating the economy are true. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce predicted (in what it called an independent economic analysis) that the reforms would put 185,000 jobs at risk. The fact is Ontario’s unemployment rate over the past year is as good as it has been this century.

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Ontario is open for business, but on the back of vulnerable workers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

… the Tories are cancelling a $1 increase in the minimum hourly wage scheduled for Jan. 1, 2019, eliminating two paid sick days for workers, and dropping the requirement that employers pay part-time and casual staff at the same rate as full-time workers doing the same job. The government is also repealing measures that would have given employees the right to request a change to their schedule or work location, and to be paid for three hours of work if a scheduled shift is cancelled without 48 hours’ notice. Workers will also lose the right to refuse to work on days they weren’t scheduled to.

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Minimum wage hikes help reduce income inequality, report shows

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

“Minimum wage increases in most Canadian provinces from the mid-2000s onwards have had a significant impact on wage growth at the lower end of the distribution, at both the national and provincial levels,”… The report also found that while wage gains for women have exceeded those for men since 1997, there remains a “considerable gap” in the wages paid for men and women.

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The secret world of corporate tax avoidance

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

… do large Canadian corporations avoid billions of dollars of taxes each year? You bet they do. And other taxpayers – you and I – have to ante up the shortfall. Canadian tax rules are in desperate need of repair. If the federal Department of Finance is not up to the task, the government should appoint a fair-minded and non-partisan group of tax experts to do the work.

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Will Canadians accept a carbon tax?

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

… with Canadians expressing a desire for government leadership, a substantial amount of concern about climate change, and moderate support across much of the country for a carbon price, the time may be right for bold action along the lines of the national carbon tax currently under discussion. No policy will be popular with all Canadians, but the data point to a reasonable chance that a carbon tax will be acceptable to the majority.

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