Ten things to know about homelessness in BC

On February 20, the British Columbia government will table its next provincial budget. With that in mind, it’s useful to reflect on the province’s homelessness crisis—along with the various public policy factors that have likely contributed to it. Here are 10 things to know: 1. Public operating spending by BC’s…
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Ontario January job numbers: Keep calm and carry on

Don’t leap to conclusions from January’s job loss numbers in Ontario. We can’t draw conclusions from one month’s worth of data; The lion’s share of job losses were not concentrated in minimum wage sectors; It will take time for this increase in the minimum wage to work its way through…
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Planning for progress: Minimum wage increase is a correction long overdue

The recent minimum wage increase in Ontario has underscored business sector fear-mongering and mainstream media’s misreporting of the projected economic impacts. But, interestingly, the increase has received significant public support, according to a survey from Forum Research. And while one would expect those currently earning below $15/hr to be enthusiastic,…
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12 arguments for the $15 minimum wage debate

Discussions about raising the minimum wage for workers often generate maximum rage from business. But is there any truth to the arguments and fear mongering? Let’s take a look. 1) The fear mongering is overblown It’s hard to miss the reports predicting job losses as a result of the minimum…
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Media get it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study

Over a million workers in Ontario just got a big raise thanks to tireless, bottom-up organizing, but to hear the media tell it, this is a bad news story. The same, tired headlines are back. Wednesday, the CBC ran a story titled, “Minimum wage hikes could cost Canada’s economy 60,000…
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