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Toronto protesters call for higher minimum wage

09/14/2013 04:06 EDT | Updated 11/14/2013 05:12 EST
Protesters gathered in Toronto’s west end today to rally in support of raising Ontario's minimum wage.

About 100 people were outside Dufferin Mall Saturday afternoon. Many were holding red balloons and wearing t-shirts reading “Fair Wages Now.”

They were calling on the province to raise the legal minimum wage to $14 per hour. It’s currently at $10.25, where it’s been frozen since 2010.

The province is currently conducting an in-depth review on how it could increase the minimum wage.

Organizers of Saturday’s rally say the current rate leaves many workers below the poverty line, even if they have a full-time job.

According to Statistics Canada, more than 800,000 Canadians were working at or below minimum wage in 2009.

Advocacy groups in Ontario staged similar protests in March, the month when minimum wage increases have historically happened in the province.

Low wages have also been a hot topic in the U.S., where fast-food workers recently organized national walkouts.

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