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Entries Tagged as 'Employment & labour'

Child care unaffordability in Canada’s cities and what to do about it

November 10th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Women

A new report from the CCPA takes a closer look at child care fees in Canada’s biggest 22 cities and shows just how unaffordable child care has become everywhere outside of Quebec, the only province in Canada with universal subsidized child care. It’s hardly news that child care is expensive. Indeed, it is pricier than […]

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Why teachers are still striking

September 12th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Education, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Speech to the Langley Teachers Association’s Public Forum on Education Delivered July 16, 2014. Check against delivery. I have a slightly different take because I don’t come from the labour movement or from the education sector – I come as an economist, so I’m going to talk a little bit about numbers. But before I […]

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program changes – who do they help?

July 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Immigrants & refugees

The Conservative Government’s Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, announced on June 20th 2014 a draft of changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The program has attracted controversy since at least 2006, most recently when the CBC reported that MacDonald’s outlets in Victoria were favouring temporary foreign workers over Canadians […]

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Frameworks and photo-ops

May 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Education, Employment & labour

About a year-and-a-half ago, BC teachers and their employers approved a landmark framework agreement for their upcoming round of contract negotiations. In the wake of a difficult and divisive round of bargaining, and after many, many years of frustration and disappointment, the parties agreed to do things differently.  It was the first change to bargaining […]

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Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage

May 9th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

A couple days ago, I submitted the following letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun. Hopefully they will publish it shortly: Mark Von Schellwitz (opinion piece, May 6) is right that a minimum wage and a living wage are not the same thing. But he seems to be confused about the difference. He claims […]

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New Living Wage Reports Force Us to Look at Child Poverty in the City

April 29th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

There reports released today show that the costs of supporting a family are rising fast in the three largest urban areas of our province, home to 2/3 of BC’s population. Two parents working full-time must each earn $20.10/hour in Metro Vancouver, $18.93/hour in Greater Victoria and $17.02/hour in the Fraser Valley. The living wage reflects […]

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program Takes Jobs Away from Canadians

April 24th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

Yet another report, this time by SFU Public Policy Professor Dominique M. Gross, finds evidence that Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program is bad for domestic workers. The report looks at BC and Alberta specifically and concludes that the expansion of the TFW program between 2007 and 2010 resulted in an increase in unemployment levels by […]

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Temporary foreign workers policy lets low wage firms have their cake and eat it too

April 22nd, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Employment & labour

One point that has been highlighted by the recent controversy over Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) is that firms can be profitable with very different approaches to wages and worker turnover. On one side of the spectrum are companies such as Lee Valley Tools, which treats its employees well in terms of wages, benefit, and training, […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2014

February 18th, 2014 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today’s 2014 BC budget contained very little news, as expected. Despite a significantly weaker economic picture for BC than what was projected in the June 2013 Budget Update, there are no new measures to help British Columbian families struggling with economic insecurity in the weak job market. Five years after the recession officially ended, BC […]

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When no news is not good news: what the uneventful BC throne speech means for you

February 15th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week’s BC throne speech received little media coverage, partly because it fell in the middle of the Olympics and on the same day as the Canadian federal budget, but also because it was rather uneventful, repeating familiar themes and commitments. The absence of significant new announcements in the throne speech is not good news […]

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