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Entries Tagged as 'Employment and Labour'

A Paycheck is Not a Lifestyle Choice

June 9th, 2014 · · Employment and Labour, Gender Equality

Pay GapAllow me to woman-splain some things about the wage gap.

What is the wage gap? When two people have the same job, work the same hours and make different amounts of money that is a wage gap. In Canada, women working full-time earn between 20-23% less than their male colleagues.[i] Pay equity refers to situations where two people perform different tasks that are of comparable value and receive different levels of pay.

Do women always make less than men?

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Latest Job Stats Show Ontario on Unsteady Ground

June 6th, 2014 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Ontario

New Statistics Canada jobs data shows that much of Ontario remains on the same unsteady ground it was on a year ago.

Communities and regions suffering from continually high joblessness and underemployment remain pretty much stuck in that pattern; while the regions that are doing well – such as Kitchener-Waterloo – continue to perform well.

Overall, Ontario’s labour market saw the creation of 14,800 net new jobs last month. This small change masks a loss of 30,000 full-time jobs and a gain of 45,000 part-time jobs.

Much of the big picture data, however, masks a continuing shift in Ontario’s labour market.

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Leitão’s Budget: Austerity in All but Name

June 6th, 2014 · · Employment and Labour, Environment, Quebec, Taxes and Tax Cuts

Both before the budget was tabled and during its presentation, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão spoke of “rigour” and “responsibility,” but never used the term “austerity.” Yet, this is truly an austerity budget: many government departments will be receiving less next year than they have this year. Here is a summary of the budget cuts:

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Ontario Leaders’ debate: fact check

June 4th, 2014 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Ontario, Pensions, public services

Election debates can be exciting spectacles — they’re fun to watch, and they are important reminders of the value of democracy and constructive disagreement.

They are not, however, the best format for political leaders to cite their sources or explain nuance and in the rapid back-and-forth some detail is lost.

So we thought we’d dig into three statements from last night’s Ontario Leaders’ debate with the goal of both fact-checking the political statements and providing the policy detail behind the debate.

Harper-style Private Pension Plans?

“The Liberals are about to introduce into Ontario, in a couple of months, a Harper-style private pension plan …” – Andrea Horwath

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CBC: The Do’s and Don’ts of Consultation

May 25th, 2014 · · Employment and Labour, Media

On May 5th, CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix spoke at the Canadian Club of Montreal to present CBC’s financial situation. The speech was meant to expose the impact of the federal government’s cuts on the public broadcaster, but especially to discuss the new reality brought on by the arrival of new means of consuming radio and TV content. Since, to borrow the words of its president, CBC/Radio-Canada is “facing a defining moment,” this address also served to launch an online survey: “Transforming CBC/Radio-Canada for the future.”

This desire to consult CBC employees as well as the general population is certainly commendable. However, fundamental methodological principles must be followed for any consultation to be valid and representative of the opinion of those who take part. Unfortunately, after having submitted CBC/Radio-Canada’s consultation to a few tests, we conclude that it presents problems in three major areas: technical and methodological problems with the sampling, a political aim permeating the entire survey, and a multiple answer structure which, along with the wording of the questions, steers respondents towards particular answers.

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Behind the #ONelxn Spin: The reality behind Hudak’s 100,000 job cut promise

May 12th, 2014 · · Employment and Labour, Ontario, public services

At a campaign stop on Friday morning, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak pledged to cut 100,000 jobs from the public service in Ontario in order to balance the budget.

According to the Globe and Mail’s description of the announcement, “Mr. Hudak did not say exactly which jobs would be cut, but promised not to touch doctors, nurses or police officers. He suggested instead that he would mostly look to eliminate administrative positions and to privatize some services. The Tories have, in the past, talked about privatizing gambling and the LCBO, among other things.”

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Ontario job situation still in need of a helping hand

May 9th, 2014 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Ontario

Job statistics have certainly been making the headlines this week.

On Tuesday, Canada’s Auditor General published a report warning that Statistics Canada’s job vacancy data still leaves many people in the dark about the type of skills in demand and the regions with job vacancies present.

On Friday morning, the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey made headlines as economists pointed out the data collected through the survey could be more robust than it currently is.

Though the Labour Force Survey could be better, it does tell us something valuable about Ontario’s labour market this month: the province’s job situation is still in need of a helping hand.

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How NOT to Create a Million Jobs

May 8th, 2014 · · Employment and Labour, Ontario

In a recent media event at a Toronto sound studio to launch his campaign for the Ontario election, Conservative leader Tim Hudak made an interesting comment that is worthy of serious consideration by Ontario voters — and anyone else concerned with unemployment during this brutal, austere era. Mr. Hudak was emphasizing his “Million Jobs” plan.  His argument was sidetraceked by the awkward fact that the venue for the launch (MetalWorld recording studio) benefits from targeted provincial subsidies for the music and production industry — exactly the sort of “corporate welfare” that Mr. Hudak pledges to end).  Television coverage of the launch can be viewed here.

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Unfortunate outcome to a disappointing campaign

April 13th, 2014 · · Democracy, Employment and Labour, Quebec

The province of Quebec now has a new government. On April 7th, in a majority of ridings, the population chose to elect a representative of the Liberal Party of Quebec, making neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard the new Premier. Former PQ leader Pauline Marois thus became not only the only woman to lead Quebec, but also the first Premier to fail to win a second term for his or her party in more than 40 years.

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Why the job market still looks pink and blue

April 9th, 2014 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Gender Equality, Income Inequality

ImageOver the past twenty years more women have gone to university and more women have entered the paid workforce. So why does the job market still look pink and blue?

A recent study published by Statistics Canada finds that young women with university degrees today are most likely to become elementary school teachers or nurses.

Just like young women twenty years ago.

The increasing share of women attaining university degrees has clearly increased their share of some professional job markets—particularly in law and medicine. However, women’s shares of jobs in science and engineering have grown only slightly from their historically low levels.

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