Category Archives: Labour

Just the tip: Payday loan companies are the poster-child for what’s really wrong

If you’ve ever walked into a payday loan company to get something to tide you over to the end of the month, you’ll know you’re lucky if you come out with your shirt. It takes less than half an hour … Continue reading

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A New Deal for a Precarious Economy

What do you say we start this discussion with some facts? I know, I know, that’s not the way we do things anymore. Economics is common sense after all. Wage hikes cause unemployment. Unions are job killers. Companies are job … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Costs … Everyone

It was Andrew’s first day at his new job. It paid minimum wage but, hey, it was his first job ever. His task was to stack bins that had just been washed out and disinfected. He was given rubber boots … Continue reading

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Wynne’s Win: Ontario’s Great Divide

No one should be happy about the Liberal majority. Well, maybe Kathleen Wynne—she owned up to the gas plant scandals and she ran a terrific campaign. This is, more than anyone else’s, Wynne’s win. Elections have a way of showing … Continue reading

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The new economy owns your soul

Sally’s choice was this: either pay the heating bill or fix her car. She chose the car because without it she couldn’t get to work, and if she couldn’t get to work, she wouldn’t be paid. Sally is a personal … Continue reading

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The Ladies on the Line

It’s friggin’ freezing out here on the picket line, and I’m not dressed for it. Happily a lot of cars are honking their support for the strikers and that’s warms the heart at least. But the hot chocolate I brought … Continue reading

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How to Build a Creative Community

Start with Art. Art, like most Canadians, comes from small places. Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angle takes place in Manawaka, her fictional mirror for Neepawa in Manitoba. Everything in Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy begins with a snowball thrown in the … Continue reading

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